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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Remains Of Pigeon Found Carrying WWII Message
Experts say the skeletal remains of a pigeon discovered in the chimney of a house in southern England carried a mysterious, long-forgotten message from World War II.

Historians at Britain's Second World War-era code breaking headquarters say the bird was almost certainly returning from Nazi-occupied France during the June 1944 D-Day invasion.

Bletchley Park says that a radio blackout imposed on Allied forces at the time meant that messages about the progress of the invasion were dispatched by pigeon across the Channel.

What the message says remains unknown. It was coded, an unusual measure generally reserved for the most sensitive secrets.

Bletchley Park said Thursday that one of its curators is now trying to unravel the message using World War II logbooks.
Posted by: Sherry || 11/04/2012 11:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6490 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I told them at the time #19 wasn't well enough to fly!
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/04/2012 12:38 Comments || Top||

#2  One of the interesting factoids about WWII is that carrier pidgeons were amazingly reliable form of communication.

Al
Posted by: Frozen Al || 11/04/2012 13:07 Comments || Top||

#3  It reads:

DRINK MORE OVALTINE


Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 11/04/2012 14:48 Comments || Top||

#4  Stop that Pigeon, stop that Pigeon, stop that Pigeon NOW!

Oh wait ... ZOOOMG, THEY DID FINALLY STOP HIM!

Personally I'm blaming Dudley DoRight.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/04/2012 19:43 Comments || Top||


Goa Orders 'No Vulgarity' at Indian Playboy Club
[An Nahar] Indian tourist officials in Goa warned Friday that they would shut down a Playboy club set to open next month if there was any evidence of "obscenity, vulgarity or nudity".
I'm trying to think of what's more vulgar than a Playboy Club. Anybody come up with anything?
Playboy's local franchisee PB Lifestyle has announced plans for more than 100 outlets in India, starting with a beachside club in the holiday state, but their "bunny" waitresses will sport a new look to suit conservative Indian values.

"They may brand the club as Playboy but if they indulge in obscenity, vulgarity or nudity, then we will withdraw their permission immediately," Goa's director of tourism Nikhil Desai, told Agence France Presse.

He said he was unaware of any formal application for a license.

PB Lifestyle, which has the rights to develop Playboy outlets in India, plans to open clubs, hotels, fashion cafes and shops across the country in the next 10 years, investing at least two billion rupees ($37 million).
Posted by: Fred || 11/04/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  No private showing of India's favorite?
Posted by: Shipman || 11/04/2012 10:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Code Pink?
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 11/04/2012 10:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Probably has to do with kickbacks ... easiest way to put pressure on the club manager is to shut them down for "vulgarity". Local police looking for under the table payments??
Posted by: Raider || 11/04/2012 10:53 Comments || Top||

#4  Local police looking for under the table payments?

Anyway they can get them. Bribery is a way of life there.
Posted by: Secret Asian Man || 11/04/2012 16:47 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Lights in lower Manhattan, misery in outer regions
Domingo Isasi, waiting in a gas line on Staten Island, minced no words about the divide he perceived between Manhattan and the outer boroughs.

"The priorities are showing, simply by the fact that Manhattan got their power back," he said, adding that Staten Islanders are used to being lower on the list. "We're the bastard kids who keep getting slapped in the head and told to shut up," he said.

Posted by: Au Auric || 11/04/2012 11:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:


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Protests in Tokyo against US Osprey aircraft
Thousands of people have rallied against American deployment of Osprey military aircraft on a southern Japanese island amid escalating anti-U.S. military sentiment following recent crimes.

Protesters gathered Sunday at a Tokyo park demanding removal of 12 MV-22 Osprey hybrid aircraft from Okinawa. Ospreys were deployed in October despite local opposition over safety concerns following two crashes elsewhere.

They chanted, "Ospreys out! Marine Corps out!"
Posted by: Au Auric || 11/04/2012 12:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6492 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Okinawans, etc. may want the US to leave, but the Japanese Diet = Govt. prefers the US to remain until Japan can formally rearm + dev its own NucWeaps.

Many Chinese Politicos, Perts + Bloggers recognize the above, = desire for "post-US", future World #1 Rising China to attack-iff-not-destroy Japan before it devs NucWeaps = indogenous NucArsenal, or otherwise to finally permamently resolve the various sovereignty issues in the East + South China Seas before it does.
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VARIOUS ....

* CHINESE MILITARY FORUM > KEY PHRASE [PCorrect/Polite-but-firm "War Warning"? = historic] USED IN PEOPLE'S DAILY EDITORIAL, of 10/17/2012 as used just prior to 1962 Sino-Indian War + 1979S Sino-Veitnam War.
> IS JAPAN HIDING UNDER THE US [Nuke, Military]UMBRELLA?
> [Xinhua] JAPANESE VESSELS EXPELLED FROM DIAOYU ISLANDS WATERS.
>[ Global Times] CHINA AVOIDS DIAOYU MEDIATION ATTEMPT BY US DELEGATION, arguing that the US has failed to demonstrate any sincerity [or neutrality] in supporting or defending China's side of the issue.
> [Global Times = 10/29/12] OP-ED:SHADOW OF WAR HAS NOT YET DISAPPEARED FROM EAST ASIA.

* TOPIX > CHINESE VESSELS TEST "AUTHORITY" NEAR SENKAKUS.
> WHY THE JAPAN-CHINA SENKAKUS ISSUE IS THE MOST EXPLOSIVE ISSUE IN ASIA.
> PM NODA SAYS JAPAN MUST IMPROVE ITS DEFENSES.
> THE DANGEROUS MATH OF THE JAPAN-CHINA ISLAND/HIGH SEAS DISPUTE.

China's long histoire' of doing the unexpected, i.e. doing what the West often refuses to believe, espec as per its utility of military force. THE US-WEST MAY ONCE AGAIN BE SERIOUSLY UNDERESTIMATING CHINA'S RESOLVE TO UNILATERALLY SETTLE ITS DISPUTE WID JAPAN USING BLUNT MILITARY FORCE, TO INCLUDE THE USE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS, + DESPITE JAPAN HAVING THE SUPERPOWER US AS ITS ALLY.

* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > CHINA THREATENS JAPAN WID NUCLEAR ANNIHILATION, warning that recent Japanese wargame = war scenario where PLAN Fleets are destroyed fails to take into account the power of China's strategic and tactical LRBMS.

* TOPIX, WORLD NEWS > EX-TOKYO GOVERNOR WANTS TO START A MILITARIST, ANTI-CHINESE POLITICAL PARTY.

Shintaro Ishihara.

Again, as per Ishihara's call for Tokyo to permanently-n-forever settle the sovereignty issues in the East China Sea, + DESPITE CHINA'S CRITICISMS, he isn't doing what many Nationalists = Right-Wingers, etal. in Japan, China, + elsewhere in ASEAN = East Asia themselves would like to see. DITTO FOR REGIONAL LEFT-WINGERS OR LEFT-LEANERS.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/04/2012 19:37 Comments || Top||

#2  + dev its own NucWeaps.
Joe M - all they need to do is find a delivery vehicle for Fukushima.
Posted by: Glenmore || 11/04/2012 20:05 Comments || Top||

#3  Latest from around the Net...

* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > [Ex-NatSec] SENIOR USA OFFICIALS REPORT TO [SecState Hillary]CLINTON: CHINA READY FOR WAR! | [Business Mirror]REPORT [confidential] WARNS CLINTON: THERE IS A MILITARY DANGER TO CHINA-JAPAN ISLANDS DISPUTE.

* SAME > CHINESE SHIPS IN DISPUTED WATERS FOR 14TH STRAIGHT DAY.

* TOPIX > CLINTON WARNED OF MILITARY DANGER IN CHINA-JAPAN DISPUTE.

* SAME > SECOND STEALTH JET PUTS CHINA ON PATH TO BE TOP REGIONAL POWER.

* SAME > US TO INCLUDE SOUTH KOREA IN GLOBAL MISSLE SHIELD: PANETTA, iff the ROK Govt. in Seoul so desires and agrees.

* WORLD NEWS > CHINESE INTRUDERS TELL [Japan = JCG]COAST GUARD TO GET OUT, of Chinese sovereign = territorial waters off disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands.

* TOPIX > WSJ OPED:MATH DOESN'T LOOK GOOD FOR SENKAKUS DISPUTE.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/04/2012 22:54 Comments || Top||

#4  Thx JM for the history/back-story you provide here.
Ain't 2012 life grand?
Posted by: canalzone || 11/04/2012 23:25 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Lahore 'blasphemy' headmaster remanded; court rejects bail
[Dawn] A Pak court on Saturday refused bail to the headmaster of a school caught in a blasphemy row over a piece of homework allegedly containing derogatory references to the Holy Prophet ((PTUI!)).

Asim Farooqi, 77, was remanded in jug for 14 days on charges of blasphemy – which can attract the death penalty in Pakistain – despite arguing he had no direct part in the case.

One of his teachers, Arfa Iftikhar, went into hiding after a furious mob stormed Farooqi Girls’ High School in the eastern city of Lahore over a piece of homework she set.

Blasphemy is an extremely sensitive issue in Pakistain, where allegations of insulting Islam or the Holy Prophet ((PTUI!)) can prompt violent outbursts of public anger.

“The bail petition is dismissed,” Judge Anjum Raza announced after hearing arguments from Farooqi’s lawyer.

The lawyer, Jawad Ashraf, had asked for bail on the grounds the headmaster had no role in the incident.

“The principal of the school can only be held responsible for negligence and has no direct role in the blasphemy incident, he should be released,” he told the court.

About 10 holy mans from local mosques gathered at the court to oppose the headmaster’s release.

But at the same time around 2,000 students, parents and teachers gathered at the school to demand its reopening, carrying placards and chanting slogans which included: “Release our principal.”

The school management on Friday took out front page adverts in two leading newspapers to deny any knowledge of the supposed insults, saying Iftikhar distributed the work just 10 minutes before the school closed for the Eid al-Adha holiday.

Activists say Pakistain’s blasphemy laws are often abused to settle personal scores, and Ashraf said the possibility of a conspiracy against the school could not be ruled out.
Posted by: Fred || 11/04/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  Blasphemy is an extremely sensitive issue in Pakistain, where allegations of insulting Islam or the Holy Prophet ((PTUI!)) just about anything can prompt violent outbursts of public anger.
Posted by: Frank G || 11/04/2012 9:42 Comments || Top||



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  Two Suicide Bombers Attack Restaurant in Somali Capital
Sat 2012-11-03
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  US withdraws its support for Syrian National Council
Thu 2012-11-01
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  18 militants killed in Khyber, Orakzai
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