HEROIC: No one knew what a hero this man was and how he helped to change the world

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/arno-penzias-nobel-prize-winning-physicists-family-escaped-the-nazis-with-strangers-help/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_medium=weekly_mailout&utm_source=16-06-2022

A Stranger’s Kindness Helped Boy Escape the Nazis Who Would Go On to Win Nobel Prize–And He Never Knew it
By Andy Corbley – Jun 15, 2022

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What would you do if in the middle of the night, a stranger asked you to legally declare your financial support for an immigrant family that you would never meet—and hadn’t even arrived in your country yet?

That was essentially the proposition that Barnet Yudin, a Russian-American Jew, faced one night in 1938 when a stranger, who was going door-to-door, appealed to the man asking if he could help a Jewish family from Germany flee to North America.

While Yudin hadn’t gone on to be the doctor he dreamed of being, he and his family lived comfortably in Belleville, New Jersey—and his job as a paint salesmen brought in a healthy $120 a month.

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“None of these people would exist today without Barnet Yudin,” David said, emphasizing the difference that Yudin’s choice made.

Joe Yudin, a great-grandson, told Nat Geo that his grandfather didn’t say, “Is this kid going to win the Nobel someday, or play shortstop for the Yankees? He did what he did because it was right and didn’t mention it to anybody. He definitely had this big picture of what humanity should be like.”

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I heard stories about the “affidavit of support” and how difficult it was to get through the bureaucrats in the USA.

What a difference from today when criminals work across the southern border with impunity.

Here a fellow that did the right thing.  Even though no one knew about it for generations later.

(Ever heard that old Irish adage about “good works only count if done in secret”. Funny, I learned that from my maternal English Protestant grandmother who wanted to teach me about my maternal grandfather’s “heathen Irish culture that has a few good points”. ROFL!)

Here’s an example!

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PEACE: A good object lesson on the true cost of war; it was a meaningless one founded on deceit and lies

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098328/

The Siege of Firebase Gloria
1988
R
1h 37m

Wings Hauser as Cpl. Joseph L. DiNardo
R. Lee Ermey as Sargent Major Bill Hafner

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A tough, gritty, and seemingly authentic war movie

rsimanski18 March 2002

If you’ve never heard of this movie before, you’re in good company. Apparently, neither have Leonard Maltin, Roger Ebert, or the editors of the “VideoHound Golden Movie Retriever.” Fortunately, the editor of VideoHound’s book on war movies had heard of it. Based on his favorable review, I taped and viewed the film recently. If you enjoy a good “battle” movie, be sure to catch this one–you won’t be disappointed.

“The Siege of Firebase Gloria” is a real film about real people in an unreal hell. Its apparently low budget was a blessing because it forced the creators to focus on plot and character development rather than on bombastic and meaningless special effects. Nevertheless, the battle sequences are believable and well-done.

This film is a sleeper that apparently did not get the exposure that it deserved. Then again, R. Lee Ermey and Wings Hauser, who played the lead roles, are not exactly box-office draws, and the other names in the cast were totally unfamiliar to me. However, Ermey, Hauser, and everyone in the cast do a solid job.

The action takes place during the Vietnamese Tet offensive in 1968, during a supposed holiday cease-fire, when the Viet Cong caught the South Vietnamese and U.S. forces by surprise with an all-out assault throughout South Vietnam. Ermey and his Marines are caught in the trap when they are ordered to help defend a small, meaningless outpost, Firebase Gloria, with virtually no help except, finally, from a small Air Cavalry unit. The Tet offensive was the beginning of the end for South Vietnam.

I never served in Vietnam, but this film has the feeling of being authentic. This is not a simplistic “good guys versus bad guys” film. The atrocities and inhumanities committed by both sides are not overemphasised but they are not glossed over either. They are just there as part of the fabric of the war.

Perhaps more importantly, they are shown in the context of a deadly, virtually unsurvivable siege and final battle. We sympathize with the Marines, of course, and we see them as ordinary, basically decent human beings. We may not condone some of the things that they do, but we understand why they may have seen no other alternative. It reminds me of the film “Zulu,” about British troops trapped in a similar situation a century ago.

For many of us, our image of R. Lee Ermey is as the over-the-top drill sergeant in “Full Metal Jacket.” His character in “Firebase Gloria” is more human and lower in key, yet you can see his character evolving into the drill sergeant following his tour in Vietnam. When you’ve walked through hell with your fellow battle-hardened Marines and been one of the few to come out alive, you know that you have to do everything in your power to prepare your green recruits to walk through that same hell.

Is “Firebase Gloria” on the same level of quality as “Platoon” and “Full Metal Jacket”? Not quite. I’d put it on a par with “Go Tell the Spartans,” which, despite a strong performance from Burt Lancaster, has also never gotten the exposure that it deserves. These films deserve to be seen, not forgotten.

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It’s a good object lesson on the true cost of war; it was a meaningless one founded on deceit and lies.

I have no idea how historically accurate it is.  I have no idea if the morals of the story are worth deciphering.  I have no idea of how strong a stomach for watching.  I have no idea if the Viet Cong were subsumed by Hanoi as a result of this, or any other battle. 

It certainly does a great job of tallying up the body count to the grunts on both sides.  How anyone could go through that and not come out with PTSD is beyond my comprehension.

It made me more a little L libertarian.

“There are no dangerous weapons; there are only dangerous men.” — character Sergeant Charles Zim in Starship Troopers, a book Robert A. Heinlein, author

The author that “made” me a little L libertarian and truly anti-war — no matter which faction is in the White House.

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PEACE: Don’t poke the bear!

https://www.unz.com/pbuchanan/first-priority-avoid-us-war-with-russia/

First Priority — Avoid US War With Russia
Pat Buchanan • April 22, 2022 • 900 Words • 29 Comments • Reply

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Asked if the U.S. should send troops to fight beside the Ukrainians, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said Sunday the time may have come.

Russian President Vladimir Putin “will only stop when we stop him,” said Coons.

“We are in a very dangerous moment where it is important that … we in Congress and the administration come to a common position about when we are willing to go the next step and to send not just arms but troops to the aid in defense of Ukraine.”

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As U.S. forces fighting and killing Russians in Ukraine would ignite a U.S.-Russia war, which could escalate to nuclear war, we are not going to take that first step and risk the security and survival of our country, even if our staying out of this two-month war means the defeat of Ukraine.

Call it the Eisenhower position.

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I often agree with Pat Buchanan and this time is no exception.

I would point out that the USA overthrew the elected Government in the Ukraine when it was pro-Russia. 

I would also point out that the USA via “Voice of America” encouraged the Hungarian revolution and then (once again) “hung the poor dupes out to dry”.

The USA should just stop being the instigator and MYOB!

Oh BTW, Chris Coons should go put boots on the ground; not “our” young women and men.

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SURVIVAL: 12-year-old Uses Boy Scout Know-How

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/12-year-old-rescues-lost-couple-and-injured-dog-on-a-hike-in-waimanu-trail/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_medium=weekly_mailout&utm_source=24-11-2021

12-year-old Uses Boy Scout Know-How to Rescue Lost Couple and Injured Dog on a Hike
By Andy Corbley – Nov 19, 2021

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First, he suggested they build a stretcher by using two lengths of wood and stringing their t-shirts across it—a technique David had learned from his eagle scout older brother.

“It was his idea to make the stretcher,” said Christine. “We didn’t think it would work because we didn’t think the dog would get onto the stretcher. Smokey was just happy to, and we just carried him out.”

Someone (presumably David) knew the way back to the parking lot as well, and so they all worked together, sometimes in twos, sometimes in fours, to get Smokey to safety, who despite his injuries occasionally hopped off to give some relief to the exhausted hikers.

David would later take the opportunity to tell KHON2 News when you’re off on a hike, a good way to be prepared is to imagine what could go wrong, and plan for that.

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How can anyone let themself get “lost” without a compass, a map, and the knowledge to use them?

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