Thought for the day

"I contend that for a nation to try and tax itself into prosperity, is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle." -- Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)


Victor Bulla's photo of hundreds of children wearing gas masks was not meant to be a slur, a comment on war or lost innocence, but an example of pride – a nation full of well-trained, well-equipped and clearly courageous young fighters was awarded. ,

The picture dates back to 1937, four years before the Siege of Leningrad, and makes the strangeness vivid and poignant. Many children here would have died in sieges, or lived through it in the Civil Defense Force, eating wallpaper paste and digging trenches. However how brave and ready he must have felt in 1937.

Human-lifting kites are specially designed kites that can lift humans. Back in the days, when airplanes and helicopters were pure fantasy, these human-lifting kites were the closest he could ever dream of flying.

Originally, kites were used for pleasure and entertainment, and later for aerial reconnaissance on the battlefield.

Reagan approved plan to sabotage Soviets gas pipeline in 1982Reagan approved plan to sabotage Soviets gas pipeline in 1982

The below article is from 1994 and obviously speaks to the lengths that certain elements in Washington (during the Cold War – and now) would be willing to go to in order to achieve its political and economic ends in Russia.

Of the 270 pages of FBI files which were the topic of several newspaper articles in early September, a substantial portion of the documents focus on the SCLC and its activities during 1967-1969. Dr. King in early 1967, had come out solidly in opposition to the U.S. occupation of Vietnam and described the war as an “enemy of the poor.”

Claude Josephine Rose "Claudia" Cardinal (born 15 April 1938) is an Italian film actress. He has starred in several acclaimed European films of the 1960s and 1970s, starring in Italian, French and English language films.

Born and raised in La Goulet, a Tunisian neighborhood, Cardinale won the "Most Beautiful Italian Girl in Tunisia" contest in 1957, the award in the form of a trip to Italy, which quickly led to film contracts, topped by Franco's. The partnership led to Cristaldi, who served as his mentor for many years and later married him.

Medical science in the early parts of the 20th century had advanced greatly since the days of the medieval leech, but even so, most treatments and medical equipment were misguided and often barbaric by our modern standards.

Sounds good to mean, bizarre contraptions were created, claiming to help sick patients. A bit of pseudoscience and quackery were also added to the mix.

In 1966, Italy was shaken by a woman's daring efforts to challenge the country's treatment of rape victims – lessons whose lessons are sadly still relevant.

Franca Viola became the first Italian woman to refuse a "rehabilitation marriage" ("matrimonio reparator" in Italian) with her victim after being kidnapped and raped. She was one of the first Italian women who was raped and publicly refused to marry her rapist.


In 1996 TWA Flight 800 was shot down south of Long Island.

The government of the United States, despite the embarrassment of having been caught in court rigging lab tests and lying in its reports, still officially attributes the disaster to a spark in the center fuel tank, while government spokespeople insist that the witnesses who saw a missile hit the jumbo jet are all drunks.

As a quick refresher, TWA Flight 800 left JFK airport in New York en route to Paris on July 17, 1996. Twelve minutes after its 8:19 departure the ill-fated 747 blew up off the south coast of Long Island, killing all 230 souls aboard.

The suit wastes no time in establishing its central argument: “After the incident, the federal government released a false report contending that the explosion was the result of an electrical fire in the airplane’s center.” The real cause, the suit argues, was “an errant United States missile fired at aerial target drones flying nearby.”

Two missiles were fired. Over his headset, Teele heard the announcement, “Birds away.” A few minutes later, he heard “Splash,” meaning the missiles had hit the target. Soon after that, he heard someone say, “Wo, wo, wo.” And another person added, “Wait a minute. We hit an Airbus.”