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Sarcastic and cynical view of the world.

Welcome to Vichy America — April 6, 2017

Welcome to Vichy America

Welcome to Vichy America

  • BY MARTY MOORE
  • Jan 26, 2017

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Over 500 Stolen Books Worth 2.5 Million Euros Returned — February 14, 2015
March 1938, Germany under the influence of Adolf Hitler annexed Austria. Will history repeat itself? March 2014, Russia under the influence of Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea? — March 18, 2014

March 1938, Germany under the influence of Adolf Hitler annexed Austria. Will history repeat itself? March 2014, Russia under the influence of Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea?

March 12, 1938: Annexation Austrian-Style

By Marion Kraske

When the Nazis marched into Austrian on March 12, 1938, hundreds of thousands of Austrians turned out to welcome them. But after the war, the country preferred to see itself as just another of Hitler’s victims.

Suddenly, events began moving in fast-forward: It was 10 minutes to eight in the evening, March 11, 1938, when Austrian chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg took to the radio to address his people. He bade them farewell with portentous words:

“God protect Austria.”

Read more at http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/march-12-1938-annexation-austrian-style-a-541044.html

I don’t understand the lack of decisiveness on the part of the European nations that will soon have Vladimir Putin annexing all of its former lands under the pretext of protecting the disenchanted former Russian citizens who think this leader, is their savior.

May God protect Ukraine… because it doesn’t seem as if anyone is going to come to the aid of the people of Ukraine.

BBC E-mail: Last of Trapp Family Singers dies — February 23, 2014

BBC E-mail: Last of Trapp Family Singers dies

Maria von Trapp died at her home in Vermont on Tuesday, her brother, Johannes von Trapp, told the Associated Press.

He said she was a “lovely woman who was one of the few truly good people”.

Von Trapp and her family fled Nazi-occupied Austria in 1938 and ended up performing around the US.

Their story eventually inspired the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, The Sound of Music, and subsequent 1965 hit film.

Coincidentally  I was just in Vermont last Sunday.

If you wish to read more please click on the link below.

** Last of Trapp Family Singers dies **
The last surviving member of the Trapp Family Singers, whose life story inspired The Sound of Music, dies at the age of 99. < http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/news/world-us-canada-26311694 >

 

Tweet from hector f. cadena (@nycnyc) — January 12, 2014
Progress toward enabling manned and unmanned aircraft to share common airspace slow but encouraging. — March 22, 2012

Progress toward enabling manned and unmanned aircraft to share common airspace slow but encouraging.

March 21, 2012

Posted by John Keller

MUNICH, Germany, 21 March 2012. Transforming the world’s air traffic control (ATC) systems to accommodate commercial and military aircraft, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is proceeding, but is proving to be difficult, says the military representative to the European air traffic management (ATM) authority EUROCONTROL.

Progress to integrating manned and unmanned aircraft in shared airspace has been slow, and predictions about when manned and unmanned aircraft integration may occur have been unreliable, says Brig Gen. Hans-Georg Schmidt, vice commander of the 1st German Air Division, and the elected chairman of the Military Air Traffic Management Board of EUROCONTROL.

Schmidt made his comments at the Avionics Europe 2012 conference and trade show in Munich, Germany, sponsored by Avionics Intelligence and PennWell.

http://www.avionics-intelligence.com/articles/2012/03/progress-toward-enabling-manned-and-unmanned-aircraft-to-share-common-airspace-slow-but-encouraging.html

The Never Ending Tide of Human Smuggling — January 19, 2011

The Never Ending Tide of Human Smuggling

2005 Raids by police in the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Greece and Turkey have resulted in the smashing of an international people smuggling ring that made million of euros trafficking people from the Middle East.  Criminal groups in the United Kingdom, Greece, Norway, Sweden, Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan were involved in the ring that smuggled most of the migrants in boats.

Immigrants and their families, were forced to pay huge sums to get to Europe, or, in rare cases, North America.

The network, set up five years ago and run by an Iraqi Kurd, 30-year-old Ali Ako – nicknamed Arsalan – was allegedly  managed from Rome.

The three-year operation netted 53 alleged smugglers.  Paris prosecutor Jean-Claude Marin said 22 of them were in France, 18 in Italy, seven in Britain, three in Turkey and three in Greece.

It was “the biggest-ever simultaneous operation ever conducted on an international level” by agencies tackling people-smuggling, Mr Marin said.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4530970.stm

2011  Still trying to stem the tide of illegal immigration, Italian authorities have recently broken up an Afghan-people-smuggling ring.  Arrested in this case were 26 alleged smugglers in Italy.  Further arrests in France and Germany are expected.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-12178074

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