Sunday, August 20, 2017

Fw: TheList 4526

The List 4526

To All,
I hope your weekend is going well. Here are some things worth passing on from the many email I received while I was off line. Still catching up on reading them all.
Today in History August 19
Maximilian succeeds his father Frederick III as Holy Roman Emperor.
Sigismund III is chosen to be the king of Poland.
Five women are hanged in Salem, Massachusetts after being convicted of the crime of witchcraft. Fourteen more people are executed that year and 150 others are imprisoned.
Gustavus III of Sweden eliminates the rule of parties and establishes an absolute monarchy.
Americans under Major Henry Lee take the British garrison at Paulus Hook, New Jersey.
The USS Constitution earns the nickname "Old Ironsides" during the battle off Nova Scotia that saw her defeat the HMS Guerriere.
The British Expeditionary Force (BEF) lands in France.
38 million Germans vote to make Adolf Hitler the official successor to President von Hindenburg.
Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca is shot by Franco's troops after being forced to dig his own grave.
A raid on Dieppe, France by British and Canadian commandos is repulsed by the German Army.
In an effort to prevent a communist uprising in Paris, Charles De Gualle begins attacking German forces all around the city.
Edith Sampson becomes the first African-American representative to the United Nations.
The first balloon flight to exceed 100,000 feet takes off from Crosby, Minnesota.
US forces destroy a Viet Cong stronghold near Van Tuong, in South Vietnam.
US Ambassador to Cyrus Rodger P. Davies assassinated by a sniper of Greek Cypriot paramilitary group EOKA-B during a demonstration outside the embassy in Nicosia.
Gerald R Ford, who had become President of the United States after Richard Nixon resigned, wins Republican Party's presidential nomination at Kansas City convention.
Hungerford Massacre in the UK; armed with semi-automatic rifles and a handgun Michael Ryan kills 16 people before committing suicide. In response, Parliament passed the Firearms (Amendment) Act of 1988 banning ownership of certain classes of firearms.
Cease fire begins in 8-year war between Iran and Iraq.
Communist hard-liners place President Mikhail Gorbachev under house arrest in an attempted coup that failed two days later.
A Russian Mi-26 helicopter carrying troops is hit by a Chechen missile outside of Grozny, killing 118 soldiers.
Shmuel Hanavi bus bombing: suicide attack on a bus in Jerusalem kills 23 Israelis, some of them children, and wounds 130. Islamist militant group Hamas claims responsibility for the attack.
Google Inc. stock begins selling on the Nasdaq Stock Market, with an initial price of $85; the stock ended the day at $100.34 with more than 22 million shares traded.
Toronto Supercell: A series of thunderstorms spawn several tornadoes and cause flash floods in Southern Ontario. Losses exceed $500 million Canadian dollars, the highest ever in the province.
Operation Iraqi Freedom ends; the last US combat brigade, 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, leaves the country. Six brigades remain to train Iraqi troops.
Thanks to Carl.   This is really neat. You can forward it to the good part. After watching dozens of missiles take off from Vandenberg AFB in the late 50s to early 60s  Thor, Atlas, Titan and Minuteman this is really impressive. Many of those I watched did not make it very high or not even off the pad.
Dragon Resupply Mission (CRS-12) | SpaceX
Watch the video!  The first stage landing back on the launch site near the end of the video is amazing!!
On August 14, 2017, SpaceX successfully launched its twelfth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-12) from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Liftoff occurred at 12:31 p.m. EDT, or 16:31 UTC and was followed approximately two and a half minutes later by successful separation of the first and second stages. The first stage of Falcon 9 then successfully landed back at SpaceX's Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
Read your history books, and then come back and we'll talk !!
Thanks Doctor Rich  
Excellent discussion of the North Korea dilemma …
Thanks to Ken …
    Most on the liberal side think Trump is seriously flawed, that we need to open dialogue with Kim even though he has rejected that, and that war is unthinkable and not an option because millions will die. Winston Churchill told Prime Minster Chamberlain on his return from meeting Hitler in Munich "you were given the chance between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor and you will have war". 

    Unfortunately government schools no longer teach world history in schools and colleges. So we now have several generations of people totally ignorant of what went on in the world over the past 1000 years, and how the world really works. 

    History is filled with a series of psychopaths who rose to power on a road bathed in blood. Liberals, because they live in a rational fantasy-world, mistakenly think that everything can be resolved with discussion and diplomacy. They think that the opponent on the other side will, in the end, act rationally, or that he has some concern for human life. If the opponent did, he would not be in power. All liberals need to do is look at history to know this is naïve and completely devoid of any understanding of history. 

    Dictators like Hitler, Stalin, Maduro in Venezuela, Castro, Mao, the mullahs, Assad, Tojo, EdiAmin, PolPot, or Bagdadi, are all maniacs who have no ounce of caring how many millions of people they kill. They are totally devoid of any of what liberals consider to be basic human emotion. And this is just a short list of history's psychopaths.  In their minds, it is simply a matter of making sure they do not get killed like Saddam or Ghadafi. They think they can arm up and intimidate the rest of the world into letting them continue to invade and rule and kill. And for many years they can do just that and get away with it. 

    With Obama as PotUS, , they capitalized on his naivete'.  Sanctions have zero meaning because their life, and the lives of their henchmen are not affected.  And they believe they will succeed where others before them failed.  They are only encouraged by western leaders like Obama or Chamberlain, who have no sense of reality of history. They are all meglomaniacs who want to control and intimidate. Instilling fear is what they do successfully by murdering their own people in large numbers.

    Throughout history, diplomacy has failed almost 100% of the time when dealing with these maniacs unless there was raw power threatened against them as was done by Reagan to end the cold war. .. Only power exercised by the good guys works in the end, and the longer these maniacs are allowed to continue, the worse will be the war to remove them.  They just use the time to arm up.  

    Just take Chamberlain and the world thinking Hitler could be rational despite the blatant evidence he was nuts. What did they think he was going to do with his massive military.  Hitler took that as weakness, and as the signal that the Europeans would not move to stop him before he built his army and took over Europe.  Hitler was right. He counted on the US not getting involved, and were it not for Pearl Harbor, he might have been right. 

    The USA sat back and let London get obliterated for two plus years and did nothing more than send over some arms. The USA let  German subs take control of the Atlantic, and we almost were not able to defeat them because they sank so  many of  our convoys. (Read the history of the Atlantic U boat battle; it was a very close call for two years.) 

    Or Stalin and his slaughter of his own Russians, Czechs, Poles, and others. Just look at Maduro gunning down unarmed civilians. None of these guys care about human life, or their own people.  They only care about their own survival and power. Sanctions mean nothing to them other than confirming in their mind that the west has no balls to pull the trigger. If they were at all rational they would look at history and realize that in the end they will be killed. 

                    History is clear. 

    There have been 65 years of diplomacy with N Korea, thinking we could rationally trade food and oil and other things for getting them to stop threatening military action. Look where that has gotten us. 

    Obama thought he could get the Iranians to act rationally and behave. Like all liberals, he failed to understand their mindset; no different than Chamberlain with Hitler. The Iranians were perfectly rational to believe Obama was a fool who could be lured into the stupidest agreement ever made in history. Now Iran has $150 billion, freedom from sanctions, and they continue to be a terror nation trying to take over the Mideast. They are just waiting 10 years, at which time they will take some of the $150 billion Obama gave them to buy a few nuke missiles from N Korea, and in one elapsed day they have nukes. 

    Crazies who get to control these countries did not get there by being sane and rational, nor thru fair elections. They got there by killing anyone in their way. In many cases millions of their own people. These guys only understand a true threat to their own personal existence, and only massive military power in the hands of a fully willing user can stop them. 

    Most of you are too young to remember the Cuban missile crisis of Oct 1962.  It is the perfect lesson, and analogy.  I was in the Navy then and recall it precisely. The US had nuke missiles in Turkey aimed at USSR. Khrushchev sent boatloads of nuke missiles to Cuba aimed at the US 90 miles away.  Unlike N Korea, these were real nuke missiles ready to launch at a moment's notice, manned by Soviet (Russian) soldiers.  We had no anti missile systems then. We tried to talk to them to remove the missiles, but the Soviets basically said Nyet. So Kennedy sent an armada of US Navy warships to blockade Cuba and turn back any further Russian ships. Shortly, a Russian freighter with missiles showed up, and was intercepted by US destroyers with loaded guns pointed at them. Kennedy told the Russians turn that ship around or it will be boarded or sunk, and if you fire any missiles at the US from Cuba, Russia gets obliterated.  It worked. The Soviets backed down and did a deal to remove the nukes from Cuba, BUT we also removed ours from Turkey.  Point being, talk just encouraged the Soviets, and it took real guns pointed at their ship, and a credible threat to attack Russia (USSR) before they backed down.  Kennedy had been considered weak and inexperienced, which is why the Soviets thought they could pull it off.  

    Obama was weak and inexperienced, and a fool. So the Iranians, Syrians, Russians, Chinese, and N Koreans knew they could do as they wished, which has left us with the most unstable dangerous world since WWII.  Cuba was a very real nuke crisis, with real missiles aimed at us. Cuba was a far more real and dangerous threat than the threat from N Korea right now. Talks with Russian generals years later revealed we came within a hairs breathe of them pulling the trigger. But in the end, it was military action that stopped them, and not diplomacy.  They were convinced Kennedy would really pull the trigger.  This is as analogous as it can be to the N Korea situation. It was real, not some academic discussion. This is why you need to know history. 

           The threat to Guam is pure BS.  

    N Korean missiles would be shot down before they even got over Japan. We and the Japanese have several types of missile defenses in the area, all of which can shoot down Kim's intermediate range missiles. We helped Israel create Iron Dome, and we have that technology, but now much improved. 

    Mattis did what Kennedy did.  Shoot at us and you die. That is what these dictators understand.  Cuba is the perfect proof.  S Korea is also well protected from missile attack, as are US bases in the region.  It is the artillery that S Korea has to destroy to save Seoul. 

    Let's accept that maybe President Trump is not rational, and is an impulsive meglomaniac as well. That is exactly the person Xi,  Kim, and Putin understand. They may think he really is liable to get angry and he is capable of pushing the button instead of sending a tweet.   And seeing the three generals in the White House as key advisors just adds to the credibility that Trump has the military advice he needs to do it successfully.   

    I am sure liberals will say he lies a lot, and has no credibility. But if true, that makes him more dangerous to the bad guys since they lie all the time and they know a liar cannot be trusted.  Someone who is impulsive and vindictive, and who lies, just like them, they cannot trust to follow "normal" diplomatic protocol, and who might just act impulsively one day if threatened and pushed too far.   

    Trump is someone they cannot manipulate like they did Obama. Exactly the things that scare the liberals, is exactly what scares the bad guys. Liberals keep saying Trump blew it with his threat which they think is an empty threat, and war is impossible to contemplate.  Only to those who dream rationally, and are anti war by political belief while they sit in their salons wringing their hands about Trump, think war is too horrible to contemplate, so they mistakenly conclude Trump made an empty threat. The bad guys cannot be sure now.  In 1940 many Americans thought going to war against Hitler and Japan  was stupid, irrational, and not in America's interest. 

    The only thing that kept the Soviets in line during the cold war was the very credible threat of annihilation in a nuclear war, and belief we really would use nukes if they went too far. Reagan did not end the cold war by diplomacy. 

    It ended by Reagan being credible, and out spending the Soviets on nuclear missiles and a massive military, until Russia collapsed economically. Obama did exactly the opposite, and nearly disarmed the US military, and counted on diplomacy. Look at the mess that has caused today. 

    Just look here at home for examples of the consequences of irrational behavior: 

Obama let in a load of illegal alien kids who then formed MS 13 gangs. He thought, as did liberals, that he was doing the right and good thing saving them from the violence of their homelands. He did not understand that violence made these kids psychopaths, and they brought that here.  Now there are 17 brutally murdered kids in Long Island, including 2 young girls. The 17 were hacked to death, shot and tortured by these kids Obama and the liberals were saving from violence. So here is just one example of their thinking: give these kids a chance at a good life, and what happened - they became terrorists nearly destroying Brentwood. Obama did nothing to stop them, and now they are out of control. 

                Look at Chicago.  

    100 people were shot and 14 died over July 4th weekend. Is there any rationale for these gangs to keep killing each other? No, but they do. Chicago's incompetent Mayor Raum Emanuel thinks it is better to pay lawyers to defend his illegal sanctuary city laws instead of paying for more cops to try to stop the carnage. 

    Baltimore had a march for a cease fire.  What happened? Two young Negroes were shot to death while the march was happening.  These are just a local microcosm of the same flawed thinking that really bad people can be talked to, and will act rationally. All of these people, whether gangs here, or Kim, or Hitler, think they can keep from being killed if they amass enough guys with guns. And for a few years that is true. And so long as the rational people are scared, or believe talking  to these psychopaths will work, or that going after the bad guys with guns may lead to more death so it is not an option, they grow in power. As we see on Long Island, now that Jeff Sessions declared war on MS 13, the killing has stopped. 

    I am sure to my liberal friends this is all right wing dumb thought, but I invite you to go read your history books, and then come back and let's talk.
Thanks to Dutch R
Thanks to Ben
I like this email.  it comes at a time when there are few people left (alive) to whom I can forward this who would know it's true relevance to now and then. Eventually, the life experiences of the 30s' 40s' and 50s' will disappear along with the last one of us who lived during that time and can still remember it. It's worth reading to the end.
 CHILDREN OF THE 1930s and 1940s – "THE LAST ONES"
Born in the 1920s,1930s and early 1940s, we exist as a very special age cohort.  We are the "LAST ONES."  We are the last to see huge steam engines trailing trains noisily through our towns and countryside.  We are the last to see old black-and-white movies and newsreels of the devastation brought upon China by flood and famine.  We are the last to listen to music on the windup "Victrola".  We are the last, climbing out of the depression, who can remember the winds of war and where we were when Japan struck Pearl Harbor; and the war itself with fathers and uncles going off.  We are the last to remember ration books for everything from sugar to shoes to stoves.  We saved tin foil and poured fat into tin cans.  We saved newspapers and conducted scrap metal drives for the war effort.  We bought War Saving Stamps during intermission at the movies and then pasted them into books that we turned in for a War Bond when the stamp total reached $18.75.  We practiced "Blackouts" and marveled at how we could actually still see when the entire city was darkened.  We delivered newspapers and set up lemonade stands on the late summer afternoons.  We climbed fences and "jumped" garage roofs. We saw cars up on blocks because tires weren't available. 

We are the last to hear Roosevelt's radio assurances and to see gold stars among the blue in the front windows of our grieving neighbors.  We can also remember the parades on August 15, 1945; VJ Day.
We are the last who spent childhood without television; instead imagining what we heard on the radio.  As we all like to brag, with no TV, we spent our childhood "playing outside until the street lights came on."   We did play outside and we did play on our own.  There was no little league.  There was just no organized anything except what we might conjure in our own heads and then act upon.  We roller skated and "biked" in the summer and slid down hills of snow on cardboard boxes in the winter.  we floated boats in the gutter after a summer rain.  We played cowboys and Indians and "war" (we made hand grenades out of clay dug out of a river bank or a shady glen) and of course baseball … "Anybody got a bat, anybody got a ball? … on the street, on the road, on that empty lot, in a field, in the backyard …and the bases … bricks, sticks, stones, rags, shirts, cans, you name it.  It was game on!  And the things we could build with an orange crate!  Break it down, save the nails, find a rock and away we'd go!
The lack of television in our early years meant, for most of us, that we had little real understanding of what the world was like.  Our world stretched for about 10 square blocks or a few miles if you lived in the country.  Our Saturday afternoons, if at the movies, gave us newsreels of the war and the holocaust sandwiched in between westerns and cartoons.  Newspapers and magazines were written for adults except for "funny books" or comic books.  We are the last who had to find out for ourselves.
As we grew up, the country was exploding with growth.  The G.I. Bill gave returning veterans the means to get an education and spurred colleges to grow.  VA loans fanned a housing boom.  Pent up demand coupled with new installment payment plans put factories to work.  New highways would bring jobs and mobility.  The veterans joined civic clubs and became active in politics.  In the late 40s and early 50s the country seemed to lie in the embrace of brisk but quiet order as it gave birth to its new middle class.  Our parents understandably became absorbed with their own new lives.  They were free from the confines of the depression and the war.  They threw themselves into exploring opportunities they had never imagined.  
We weren't neglected but we weren't today's all-consuming family focus.  They were glad we played by ourselves "until the street lights came on."  They were busy discovering the post war world.
Most of us had no "life plan", but with the unexpected virtue of ignorance and an economic rising tide we simply stepped out into the world and went out to find out.  We entered a world of overflowing plenty and opportunity; a world where we were welcomed.  Based on our naïve belief that there was more where this came from, we shaped life as we went.
We enjoyed a luxury; we felt secure in our future.  Of course, just as today, not all Americans shared in this experience.  Depression poverty was deep rooted.  Polio was still a crippler.  The Korean War was a dark presage in the early 1950s and by mid-decade school children were ducking under desks.  China became Red China.  Eisenhower sent the first "advisors" to Vietnam.  Castro set up camp in Cuba and Khrushchev came to power.
We are the last to experience an interlude when there were no existential threats to our homeland.  We came of age in the late 1940s and early 1950s.  The war was over and the cold war, terrorism, climate change, technological upheaval and perpetual economic insecurity had yet to haunt life with insistent unease.
Only we can remember both a time of apocalyptic war and a time when our world was secure and full of bright promise and plenty.   We experienced both
We grew up at the best possible time, a time when the world was getting better... not worse.
We did not have it easy.  Our wages were low, we did without, we lived within our means, we worked hard to get a job, and harder still to keep it.  Things that today are considered necessities, we considered unreachable luxuries.  We made things last.  We fixed, rather than replaced.  We had values and did not take for granted that "somebody will take care of us."  We cared for ourselves and we also cared for others.
Not to be too morose there are fun memories too:  mud pies after a rain shower, glow in the dark belts, whatever the next box top would bring.  Let's exchange Decoder Rings and Flash Gordon lapel pins!  We could even make battleship cannons with those cardboard tubes linoleum came rolled on.  We were creative above all.  We made do.
We are the "LAST ONES."

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