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D-Day’s First Reporter: Gustav The Pigeon And The Message He Brought Home

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Gustav the Pigeon’s report from the beaches of Normandy, 6 June, 1944.

 

THE first war-correspondent dispatch from the D-Day landings came from Gustav, an RAF Coastal Command homing-pigeon, released by the Reuters news agency reporter Mr Montague Taylor. The pigeons were taken across the channel in wicker baskets on servicemen’s backs and set free to fly home with vital information.

The message connected to Gustav’s leg read:

We are just 20 miles or so off the beaches.

First assault troops landed 0750. Signal says no interference from enemy gunfire on beach… Steaming steadily in formation.

Lightnings, Typhoons, Fortresses crossing since 0545. No enemy aircraft seen.

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Posted: 6th, June 2014 | In: Flashback, News, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


War On Free Speech: School Suspends Teenagers For Talking About Not Wearing School Uniforms

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THE War on Free Speech spots 24 students at Cowan Road Middle School, Spalding County, Atlanta, suspended for reading and responding to a Facebook post.

Of course, that could be worse. In the UK you can be jailed for that sort of thing.

The Facebook post that got the students rusticated was once encouraging them peers to break the school’s dress code during the final week of classes. The idea was for them to “wear red” on Monday.

One 7th Grade student says her response “I’m in” got her busted.

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Posted: 5th, June 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Bones, April Jones And A Pit

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MADELEINE McCann: A look at the missing child in the news.

The child renamed ‘Our Maddie, by the media is back on the front pages.

Has anything been found on the dig in Praia da Luz?

Daily Star:  “Search for Maddie: Bones from hole taken for test”

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Posted: 5th, June 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen: The Sexual Assault Prevention Officer ‘Who Was A Pimp’

Gregory McQueen Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen: The Sexual Assault Prevention Officer Who Was A Pimp

 

THIS looks like a nice little piece of multi-tasking. There was a non-commissioned officer in the US Army who was tasked with making sure that the number of sexual assaults was kept to the minimum possible (obviously, preferably none). And he decided to do this by asking some of the more hard up female soldiers whether they’d like to do a bit of escort work, a bit of prostitution, on the side.

Well done that man:

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Posted: 4th, June 2014 | In: Money, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Lake Annecy Murders: A Former French Legionnaire Commits Suicide

THE Lake Annecy Murders: A 50-year-old former French Legionnaire questioned over the murders of Sylvain Mollier and three members of the al-Hilli family from Surrey is dead. Police says he left a note.

Eric Maillaud, the Annecy prosecutor, says the man “left a note of six or seven pages in which he said he was disturbed by the questioning. He felt accused… It does not make this the main or sole reason for his action.”

Mr Maillaud says the man was not considered to have been a suspect.

Just as well…

 

Posted: 4th, June 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Bowe Bergdahl: Obama Only Wanted The Glory

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President Barack Obama, center, walks with Jani Bergdahl, left, and Bob Bergdahl, right, to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Saturday, May 31, 2014, after speaking about the release of their son, U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Bergdahl, 28, had been held prisoner by the Taliban since June 30, 2009. He was handed over to U.S. special forces by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees held by the United States. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

 

WHAT to we think of the Bowe Bergdahl affair?  Allahpundit writes:

This seems to boil down to a fundamental misunderstanding by the White House of military culture. If soldiers had reacted the way O expected, celebrating the release of a POW, it really would have tamped down the criticism of Bergdahl. For obvious reasons: If the men who risk their lives defending America are willing to forgive him and welcome his return, who are the rest of us to question him? But that’s not how the men who served with him reacted; in fact, unless I missed it, not a single member of Bergdahl’s unit has spoken up in his defense. Obama gambled heavily that both veterans and the media would keep quiet. He lost.

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Posted: 4th, June 2014 | In: News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Hideous Story Of The Liverpool Man Eaten By His Neighbours’ Status Dog

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SOME stories are so terrible they need repeating.

Clifford Clarke, 79, was cooking a meal in his Liverpool home. He opened the back door to let in some fresh air. Outside was a dog. Charlie was not his. The Presa Canario cross-breed had escaped from the garden of his neighbours Hayley Sulley, 30, and 29-year-old Della Woods. Charlie was one of the couple’s three dogs. All big dogs. All status dogs.

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Posted: 3rd, June 2014 | In: News | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Bowe Bergdahl: What Really Happened?

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PRESIDENT Obama looks weak. Doesn’t he? He’s ordered the release of five Afghan militants from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for American soldier Bowe Bergdahl. Private First Class Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban on June 30 2009. So they say. Some of his former comrades says he deserted. But Bergdahl was the only US prisoner held in Afghanistan.

The US tried to rescue him. Six soldiers died trying.

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Posted: 3rd, June 2014 | In: News | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


From Soup Tins To Dog Turds – How Life Got ‘Iconic’

THE England squad has departed to Miami for warm-up games en route to the World Cup finals in Brazil.

Or should that be ‘the England squad has embarked upon its iconic journey to Miami…’?

 

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A recent ‘survey’ conducted among passengers at Heathrow Airport sought to find ‘the top 10 iconic departures that resulted in sporting history’.

The winner, should you happen to be interested, was Sir Ranulph Fiennes flying to conquer Everest and cross both polar ice caps in 2009. The runner-up was Andy Murray flying to America to win the 2012 US Open.

Leaving aside the preposterously tenuous nature of the concept – the plane trip that preceded the historic achievements – one thing in particular stands out: the word ‘iconic’ itself.

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Posted: 3rd, June 2014 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Martin And Mary Smith, A Spade’s A Spade And Digging For Agony

MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news media…

She’s front-page news:

The Sun leads with a prosaic picture of woman holding two spades. Hovering over the photo of the missing child, the inference is clear. The police are not looking for a living person.

As the Mail reports:

‘They understandably have to remain positive and assume Madeleine is alive, but the dig raises the possibility of finding evidence that she is not’, a source close to the couple said.

 

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Posted: 3rd, June 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


16 Tragic Science Fiction Calendar Miscalculations

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THE phrase “Where’s my jetpack?” has become something of a collective outcry in recent years.  Since the 1950s, we’ve been indoctrinated with visions of the future full of spaceships, time travel, instant food, laser guns, and best of all, dazzling sci-fi duds.

Instead, here we are in 2014 and things haven’t shaped up to that Utopian model at all.  Sure, communication technologies have exceeded our expectations, but the “Jetsons” lifestyle still hasn’t arrived.  Thanks to pop culture’s broken promises of delivering robot maids and whooshing Star Trek doors in a timely manner, we are all a little disappointed.

Here’s a list of sci-fi TV shows and movies and the dates they were supposed to take place.   Some are reasonable… some way, way off the mark.

 

 

1. LAND OF THE GIANTS

 

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Land of the Giants is set in 1983. This is one of the more blatant errors in calculation. Fancy tourist spaceships are still nowhere in sight, and we’re 31 years past the show’s setting.

 

2. UFO

 

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The TV series UFO. was actually set in 1980.   As you will recall,  the SHADO facility was one of the grooviest places on earth. Everything was painted mod colors with babes in mini-skirts or unitards strolling the hallways… and there was Moonbase.  Well, it’s 34 years past due, and still no purple haired Moonmaidens.

 

 

3. SPACE:1999

 

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Anyone who watched Space:1999 knows the show should’ve been called Space:1976. Evidently, earth-toned velour track suits were in vogue on Moonbase Alpha.

 

 

4. LOGAN’S RUN

 

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Logan’s Run is set in 2274.  Even though it features teleportation devices,  I guess it’s far enough away in time that I can go along with it.

 

 

5. BLADE RUNNER

 

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Blade Runner is set in 2019. We officially have five years to go before we have to start worrying about those pesky replicants.

 

 

6. TOTAL RECALL

 

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The year is 2084 in Total Recall.  I was kind of hoping that virtual reality thing would come around a bit sooner.  Although, the three-breasted mutant women and cars driven by Howdy Doody robots can wait.

 

 

7. FORBIDDEN PLANET

 

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Forbidden Planet is set in the early 2200s.  Can we reasonably expect interplanetary travel and Robbie the Robot in a couple hundred years?  The “plastic educator”, a device capable of measuring and enhancing intellectual capacity, seems doable.

 

 

8. THE JETSONS

 

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The original Jetsons was supposed to take place in 2062.  If I could pick any science fiction universe to live in, it would be The Jetsons, without hesitation.  Sure, you still had to work and deal with overbearing bosses (Mr. Spacely was a dick!), but it was more than compensated by the Utopian awesomeness of it all.

 

 

9. PLANET OF THE APES

 

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The crew in Planet of the Apes left earth in 2006 in their spaceship traveling at near light speed. Spoiler alert: They crash landed on Earth in the year 3978.

 

 

10. ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK

 

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The tag line for Escape from New York:

The year is 1997. The Big Apple is the world’s largest penitentiary. Breaking out is impossible. Breaking IN is INSANE.

 

 

11. METROPOLIS

 

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The 1927 film Metropolis is set in 2026.

 

 

12. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

 

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2001: A Space Odyssey was right on the money for a lot of things, but it overshot its wad on artificial intelligence and suspended animation.

 

 

13. ALIEN

 

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Alien is set in 2122. Again, filmmakers have a tendency to underestimate the time it will take to develop this suspended animation thing.  It’s the only feasible way to have interstellar space travel, so I understand their motives.

 

 

14. BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY

 

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The Buck Rogers TV series is set in 2491.  This show was overflowing with sci-fi tropes: lasers, spaceships, groovy fashions, and wisecracking robots.   Since it’s still 477 years away, I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt.

 

 

15. BACK TO THE FUTURE II

 

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Back to the Future II is set in 2015. Only one more year until the hoverboard!

 

 

16. STAR TREK

 

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The best method to avoid having your film or TV show woefully outdated may be to set it far beyond the present date like Dune, which is set thousands of years ahead. Or, opt for the Star Wars plan and have it set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.  But the best plan of all may have been Star Trek which used “Star Dates”, which kept the timeline purposefully ambiguous.

Sadly, that was all ruined by Star Trek: The Next Generation which was set in 2364, which allows us to extrapolate that the original series was about 100 years prior.  This really blows the mystique and pisses me off…. what say you, Dr. Bones?

 

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Posted: 3rd, June 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comments (10) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Daily Mail Loses Its Moral Compass Over Animal Testing And Kittens’ Skulls Cracked Open

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THE Daily Mail has a “shocking” story on experiments conducted on kittens and British Universities, The top comment from readers asks:

Where has our moral compass gone?

 

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The story runs:

“Kittens’ skulls cracked open and electrodes inserted into their brains in shocking series of experiments at 9 UK universities including Cambridge

Kittens have been paralysed, had their skulls broken and had ­electrodes stuck onto their brains, ribs and spine as part of a series of shocking experiments at 10 of the country’s most prestigious universities.

The cruel procedures on the helpless subjects have been performed so scientists can improve their understanding of the human body.

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Posted: 2nd, June 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Channel 4 Invite You To Watch Her Dead Body Emerge From The Ground

MADELEINE McCann is front-page news in the Daily Star:

 

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Police are digging on wasteland. They are looking for… Well, it must be a body, right?

Says the Star:

‘Come and dig up my garden’ says mother of cleared Maddie suspect – A MUM whose son was cleared as a suspect in Madeleine McCann’s disappearance welcomed the new police search.

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Posted: 2nd, June 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The 10-Point CV Leonardo da Vinci Sent To The Duke of Milan

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AT age 32, Leonardo da Vinci wanted to work for the Duke of Milan, Ludovico Sforza. Leonardo wrote his CV.

My Most Illustrious Lord,

Having now sufficiently seen and considered the achievements of all those who count themselves masters and artificers of instruments of war, and having noted that the invention and performance of the said instruments is in no way different from that in common usage, I shall endeavour, while intending no discredit to anyone else, to make myself understood to Your Excellency for the purpose of unfolding to you my secrets, and thereafter offering them at your complete disposal, and when the time is right bringing into effective operation all those things which are in part briefly listed below:

1. I have plans for very light, strong and easily portable bridges with which to pursue and, on some occasions, flee the enemy, and others, sturdy and indestructible either by fire or in battle, easy and convenient to lift and place in position. Also means of burning and destroying those of the enemy.

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Posted: 2nd, June 2014 | In: Celebrities, Flashback | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0