HISTORY: The Nazi Interrogator Who Killed Them With Kindness

But one notable German man, who one prisoner would note could get a confession of infidelity from a nun, employed very different means of interrogation, often with much more success than with the point of a bayonet- killing them with kindness. His name was Hanns Scharff – the kind-hearted Nazi interrogator.

Source: The Nazi Interrogator Who Killed Them With Kindness

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Remember this the next time you hear about “advanced enhanced interrogation techniques”.

Gooferment is essentially clueless!

As well as being immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. As well as untrustworthy.


HISTORICAL: How one woman pulled off the first consumer boycott – and helped inspire the British to abolish slavery

Consumers boycotts, which put power into the hands of people of even modest income and can lend a sense of “doing something” in the face of injustice, have a mixed track record. There have been some notable successes, such as consumer-led efforts to end apartheid in South Africa. But others, such as boycotts of the National Rifle Association and of Israel, have yielded little.

Source: How one woman pulled off the first consumer boycott – and helped inspire the British to abolish slavery

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Even though she didn’t see the results — like Moses unable to enter the Promised Land — she did it!

Never give up.


HISTORICAL: Not a big fan of John McCain



McCain and the POW Cover-Up
By Sydney Schanberg 
The American Conservative
March 22, 2019

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Eighteen months ago, TAC publisher Ron Unz discovered an astonishing account of the role the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, John McCain, had played in suppressing information about what happened to American soldiers missing in action in Vietnam. Below, we present in full Sydney Schanberg’s explosive story.

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John McCain, who has risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn’t return home. Throughout his Senate career, McCain has quietly sponsored and pushed into federal law a set of prohibitions that keep the most revealing information about these men buried as classified documents. Thus the war hero who people would logically imagine as a determined crusader for the interests of POWs and their families became instead the strange champion of hiding the evidence and closing the books.

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For many reasons, including the absence of a political constituency for the missing men other than their families and some veterans’ groups, very few Americans are aware of the POW story and of McCain’s role in keeping it out of public view and denying the existence of abandoned POWs. That is because McCain has hardly been alone in his campaign to hide the scandal.

The Arizona senator, now the Republican candidate for president, has actually been following the lead of every White House since Richard Nixon’s, and thus of every CIA director, Pentagon chief, and national security adviser, not to mention Dick Cheney, who was George H.W. Bush’s Defense secretary. Their biggest accomplice has been an indolent press, particularly in Washington.

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While “one should never speak ill of the dead”, in this case, we must recognize historical facts.

Aside from his role in the Keating Five of S&L scandal fame, who will ever forget him casting the vote to spite DJT45 on Obamacare.

These are the reason that the families of POWs and veteran’s organizations are not big fans of John McCain. Every month, in every American Legion hall across the globe, “our POWs a remembered”.

In DJT45’s style of “bull in the china shop”, he’s not exactly wrong.  He just doesn’t lay out the factual case that once again the “American Gooferment” is not “veteran’s friend” like all the politicians claim to be.

Lest we forget!


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NEW YORK –  Some of the more widely quoted philosophy of Yogi Berra, the New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher who died Tuesday at age 90:
On his approach to at-bats: “You can’t think and hit at the same time.”
On selecting a restaurant: “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”
On economics: “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”
On the 1973 Mets: “We were overwhelming underdogs.”
On how events sometimes seem to repeat themselves “It’s deja vu all over again!”
On baseball attendance: “If people don’t come to the ballpark, how are you gonna stop them?”
On a slipping batting average: “Slump? I ain’t in no slump. … I just ain’t hitting.”
On travel directions: “When you come to a fork in the road take it.”
On pregame rest: “I usually take a two-hour nap from 1 to 4.”
On battling the shadows in left field at Yankee Stadium: “It gets late early out there.”
On fan mail: “Never answer an anonymous letter.”
On being told he looked cool: “You don’t look so hot yourself.”
On being asked what time it was: “You mean now?”
On being given a day in his honor: “Thank you for making this day necessary.”
On a spring training drill: “Pair off in threes.”
On his approach to playing baseball: “Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.”
On death: “Always go to other people’s funerals. Otherwise they won’t go to yours.”
On learning: “You can observe a lot by watching.”
On his team’s diminishing pennant chances: “It ain’t over `till it’s over.”
On the fractured syntax attributed to him: “I really didn’t say everything I said.”

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Requiescat In Pacem, Yogi. 

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HISTORICAL: 71st Anniversary of D-Day


Commemorating the 71st Anniversary of D-Day and the Museum’s 15th Anniversary

In fact, the institution we now know as The National WWII Museum was once dedicated entirely to the story of D-Day in Normandy. With founder (and noted author) Stephen E. Ambrose at the helm, it opened in June 2000 in New Orleans—home of shipbuilder Andrew Higgins, whose production of the amphibious Higgins Boats led Eisenhower to describe him as “the man who won the war for us.” Now 15 years later, The National WWII Museum is one of the most popular museums in the world, and home to historical collections and scholarship that span the entire scope of America’s WWII story. The Museum is also a center for ongoing research and outreach, innovating every day to reach students, teachers, veterans, and visitors like never before.

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I wonder how many people will remember the slaughter on the beaches.

And this was against a weakened Germany that was bled by their Russian disaster.

How was history changed by this blood letting?

And blame it all on Wilson and FDR.


Also “We, The Sheeple” have learned nothing from all these wars.

Seems like a good anniversary to bring all the girls and boys home now.

Requiescat In Pacem

Dona Nobis Pacem

Let’s not forget!

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HISTORICAL: Find A Grave and exercise


The Volunteers of FindaGrave.com
Cemetery-loving hobbyists have uploaded millions of photographs of headstones from all over the United States.
ROSE EVELETHAUG 28 2014, 10:15 AM ET

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The volunteers at Find A Grave seem to be largely people like Kenney—retired and looking for a hobby. Paul R has uploaded 289,847 photos since joining the site in 2010. “I am retired so I have time to walk through the cemeteries and take pictures,” he writes in his bio. Other people seem to be fascinated by cemeteries themselves. 

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My kind of hobby.

Now to apply drone technology.


Eliminate all the fresh air and exercise!

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HISTORICAL: Some improvements in the last year?

 ‘2012-04-06 ?’: Took the antihistamine at 1930 Bed at 2200 Up at 0130, WC Restless up at 0145 Back at…

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Interesting. Haven’t been on antihistimes in a long time. Maybe “trimming down” made a difference. Not that I am “thin” by any stretch of the imagination. Still “young and handsome” for a grumpy fat old white guy injineer. 

Maybe it’s time for another “sprint” to lose some more weight?

Primal worked. But then I relapsed into “near primal” and “not so primal”. And, the weight loss stopped. 

BP is excellent according to Doc Otto. (Need that to complete my personal platelet challenge.)

Still blocked, writing wise. 

Maybe I just need to “Just Do It”?

It’s not like I have anything better to do.

Interesting side effect of “primal” is that I no longer drink soda. 

Water, mostly. Beer, coffee, tea, some wine from time to time. 

Off the pink stuff for the most part. 


Frustration and melancholy are my constant companions.

Oh well, on to beat my taxes into shape for the accountant. 

If there is a hell, every day will be April 15th!

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