Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Stuff below the fold

The UKTelegraph has an article on what the average soldier carried to the various wars of the last milleneum.

All of them seem to carry sox, and today's soldier carries an iPhone instead of chess sets or dice that were carried in past wars.

The First World war is not a big deal in the USA, which celebrates Veteran's day, but in the UK it is called Poppy day and is still remembered by those who lost family in the war.

anti war sentiment was fashionable after the war, but one wonders what the result would have been if Germany had won.

opinion one:

a stronger Germany would have fought another war for lebensraum and to rule the world.

Opinion two

fascism in France and England, and Germany would end up fighting Russia anyway. The isolationist US would not have fought in Europe, but would have ended up with a war in an expanding Japan anyway.


HELLO President Snow. The first reviews are in for the Hunger Games: Mockingjay part one.

mixed reviews since much of it takes place in dull, regimented District 13...

but most of the folks at RottenTomatoes liked it.


Right in time for the 100th anniversary of World War I, there is now a film inspired by the classic book Testament of Youth.

For those of you who are older, you might remember it was a  BBC/ PBS miniseries back in the 1980's which can now be watched on YOUTUBE.


And if you missed the decline and fall of the Roman empire, you can look forward to Isaac Asimov's recasting the story as futuristic sci fi in Foundation.


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