Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lincoln.

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Movie review.

The movie being reviewed is "Lincoln".

A Spielberg production called a "masterpiece"

Hardly I think a "masterpiece" but very good nonetheless.

I recommend you rent and see this movie.

"As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves."

Deals with the last several months of the American Civil War and those efforts of the Lincoln administration to:

1. Pass the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in the House of Representatives. [the Senate having passed the amendment the prior year]

2. A negotiated end to the American Civil War with terms .

That number two item I being only aware of from fairly recently.

And an issue I too find to be somewhat surprising.

That negotiated settlement, an end to hostilities subject to the Confederate states in rebellion freeing the slaves and ending the "peculiar" institution.

At that point of the war [January 1865], those secessionist armies on the ropes, being defeated quite handily by the ever burgeoning Union armies. I might have thought unconditional surrender and absolute capitulation of all Confederate forces was NOT only surely possible but seen as eminently desirable.

Lincoln for whatever combination of reasons seems to have thought otherwise.

The proposed negotiated settlement to the war having been offered and Lincoln having personally met with representatives of the South, nothing came of it.

ONLY a few months later the war having come to an end, further protracted fighting and guerrilla warfare not transpiring.

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Two Women.

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Movie review.

The movie being reviewed is "Two Women".

Italian production from 1960, in black and white, with English Subtitles.

I RECOMMEND THIS MOVIE HIGHLY WITHOUT QUALIFICATION OR RESERVATION!

It is for her leading role that Sophia Loren won the Academy Award for Best Actress.

With a superb case, directed and produced by those most esteemed luminaries of European cinema.

Italian mother [Loren] in an attempt to save her daughter from the worst aspects of the Second World War walks right into the maelstrom itself.

"Cesira and her 13-year-old daughter, Rosetta, flee from the allied bombs in Rome during the second world war. They travel to the village where Cesira was born. During their journey and in the village, the mother does everything to protect Rosetta. However, on one occasion they both get raped by soldiers hiding in a church."

That allied offensive the object being the liberation or Rome [1944]. Sophia unwittingly jumping from the proverbial frying pan into the fire.

And as is shown in the movie [at the very end] Loren and her daughter also subjected to the predation of the GOUM. French colonial troops, Berbers from the high Atlas mountains of Morocco.

The goum rapists being allowed fifty hours of liberty to do as they pleased, subsequent to the final capture of Monte Cassino.

Those events and the conduct of the goum being yet one more instance of allied atrocity during WW2.

I had to have my public library locate this movie for me, you will probably have to do the same.

But again is well worth seeing.

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Etaple.

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From that previous blog entry:

"The influenza pandemic of 1918 having also a definite military dimension to it."

Indeed!

It is often thought the Swine flu [often called the Spanish flu], had as a source of origin the British military camp of Etaple [properly pronounced E-top] in Belgium.

Etaple at any given moment during the Great War having a population of about 100,000 troops.

Soldiers moving to and fro England and to and fro the front.

Etaple being to the greatest extent possible self-sufficient in the production of food.

The camp having both a piggery and a chicken ranch.

It being surmised that the disease "jumped" from the Etaple swine into humans. The rest being history as they say.

The Swine flu a big mystery to the doctors, HEALTHY PERSONS IN THE PRIME OF THEIR LIFE STRUCK DOWN WITH IMPUNITY BY THE ILLNESS.

That German Spring Offensive it is also suggested stalled by troops sickened and weakened to such an extent they were unable to maintain the rapid pace as demanded by blitzkrieg.

Soldiers too on both sides that habitual and common wearing of gas masks only exacerbating the spreading of the disease, masks and filters both becoming repositories for the virus, toxic gases alone not the sole danger from breathing the air.

Nothing further heard from that exhumation of Sykes of the Sykes-Picot agreement. The English diplomat Sykes having succumbed to the disease his remains sealed in a special casket. Scientists wanting an original specimen of the virus for study having the body dug up with an autopsy done, extraction of the virus the goal. Scientists do love this sort of thing.

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Airstrikes

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From the Sheldon Adelson Internet web site Israel Hayom an Israeli appreciation of the American aerial bombardment campaign currently being waged against ISIL

"Why is [the] Islamic State not folding?" by Dr. Ronen Yitzhak.

Those key points to include:

1. "Firstly, the number of airstrikes is disproportionate to the size of the area it controls (northern Iraq and western Syria)." [too few for the size of the land mass to be covered. ISIL controls an area of land at least half the size of the United States east of the Mississippi river.]

2. "The second problem involves the coalition's tactics. The airstrikes need to focus on specifically targeting Islamic State commanders, in order to paralyze the jihadist organization,"

3. "The third problem is the lack of intelligence. The unwillingness to cooperate with the Syrian regime means there is a shortage of quality intelligence, which makes it hard for American forces to operate in Syria."

4. "Finally, the Americans need to understand that Islamic State will not be defeated through airstrikes alone, regardless of how massive. The campaign to eliminate it needs to include a multitude of factors "

"Dr. Ronen Yitzhak is head of the Middle Eastern Studies Department at the Western Galilee College."

My instantaneous and intuitive response at least with regard to items # 2 and # 3 is ANGLICO. U.S. Marines behind-the-lines units specifically trained for and having the mission of targeting enemy units and providing terminal guidance for precision guided munitions. Paveway type laser guided bombs, missiles, naval and army long-range gunfire when available.

NO boots on the ground however? Or are they there already? Surreptitious and clandestine, sub rosa and all that.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Canada!

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Canada under siege!

Events transpiring even as we speak:

From the other day two Canadian military personnel run down with a car, one soldier not surviving the attack. The assailant a Muslim convert:

"ISIS’ Call For ‘Lone Wolf Attacks’ Hits Canada Where A Would-Be Jihadist Just Ran Down Two Soldiers"

"ISIS’ call for 'lone wolf attacks' has hit North America."

"The attack took place while two soldiers were standing in a parking lot in Montreal. One soldier was wearing his uniform. The man behind the wheel, 25-year-old Martin Roulea, intentionally hit the armed forces members and then attempted to make a getaway from police in pursuit."

"However, Roulea lost control of his getaway car during the chase and flipped. As Roulea made his exit from the vehicle, police exercised the use of deadly force. One of the soldiers Roulea hit didn’t survive."

AND NOW FROM TODAY THIS BREAKING NEWS:

"Shots fired on Parliament Hill, soldier shot at National War Memorial (Canada)"

"Parliament Hill is in under lockdown after reports of shots being fired from inside the halls of the centre block. Nearby, at the National War Memorial, a man believed to be a soldier was shot by an unknown gunman."

. . . .

"Police said a man believed to be a member of the Canadian Forces was shot at the memorial."

Canada has strong controls on the individual ownership of firearms. But the jihadist does have the automobile. As in England not so long ago. That soldier ran over first, then beheaded.

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Whiskey.

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Devoted readers to the blog have been following the latest incident involving Swedish submarine hysteria.

This is actually a hot button topic and on-going even as we speak.

And of course remind of the various purported intrusions into Swedish waters by unidentified submerged warships during the Cold War as was the case over thirty years ago now.

This culminated in the famous "Whiskey on the Rocks" grounding of a Soviet Whiskey class submarine.

NOW the rest of the story thanks to Harry at Sharkhunters.com:

"WHISKEY on the ROCKS - Many years ago, probably a good 25 years ago [over thirty years actually], Sweden was realizing that Soviet submarines were in their territorial waters and sure enough, one Russian WHISKEY Class boat ran aground and was there for the world to see when the tide went out and thus, we dubbed her 'Whiskey on the Rocks' after a popular drink.  The boat was eventually refloated and went on her way."

     "Right around this time we reported that PepsiCo, parent company of Pepsi Cola, was moving into the Soviet Market quite rapidly.  People wondered how they paid for all this since the Soviet Union had no hard currency and it was Sharkhunters that revealed they were paying with submarines.  Yep - with submarines.  Each boat was worth about $200,000 in scrap value and boats were sent to the breaker yard in Sweden with the cash going to PepsiCo as payment.  They even did this with the old battleship ARCHANGLSK, the former HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN [originally British].  As the boats were being moved to the breaker's yard, one sharp-eyed Swede spotted one very special boat - it was the one that had been grounded, so it was transformed into a park in Sweden."

The Whiskey class of submarine considered as a POOR clone of the German World War Two Type XXI submarine. ALSO THAT GROUNDED WHISKEY DETERMINED TO HAVE BEEN CARRYING TORPEDOES WITH NUCLEAR WARHEADS!!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mystery!

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From intelNews.org more info on the current episode of Swedish submarine hysteria. The hunt continues.

"Sweden closes Stockholm airspace in search for mystery submarine"

October 21, 2014 by JOSEPH FITSANAKIS

"Swedish authorities shut down airspace above Stockholm on Monday, as they continued searching for a mystery foreign vessel that was sighted repeatedly off the coast of the Swedish capital last week. Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reported on Saturday that the search began last Thursday, after Swedish intelligence detected a number of Russian-language emergency radio signals, which were sent from the vicinity of the port of Stockholm to Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave located on the Baltic Sea between Poland and Lithuania.

And the possible reasons for such an incursion of a Russian submarine into Swedish waters might include:

 * " 'mapping the waters' around the Swedish capital"

* "installing underwater surveillance equipment" 

* "testing Sweden’s maritime defense systems"

* Insertion/Extraction of agents.

This is the work of Russian Naval spetsnaz?  Suvorov describes those GRU forces  as being very active in peace time as well as during war time.

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