History RefugeInAudacity / RealLife

15th Nov '17 2:18:52 PM CV12Hornet
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** And just to add to the awesomeness, not only were those the only two battleships the British had in the ''entire Mediterranean'', the combination of the Kriegsmarine still menacing the Atlantic convoys, the Japanese rampaging through the Far East, and prior capital ship losses meant one of the primary naval theaters of the war saw no British battleships for ''months''.
6th Nov '17 10:00:21 PM danlansdowne
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* The hits just keep on coming with this: Lieutenant-Commander Beattie, who had gallantly guided HMS ''Campbeltown'' into its target while under heavy fire, was being interrogated by an English-speaking German officer. Just as the German officer was telling him how futile it was to use such a flimsy ship to ram such a great and strong dock, the several tons of explosives hidden in the ship's bow, which the Germans still didn't know about, exploded and blew the office windows in.

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* The hits just keep on coming with this: Lieutenant-Commander Beattie, who had gallantly guided HMS ''Campbeltown'' into its target while under heavy fire, was being interrogated by an English-speaking German officer. Just as the German officer was telling him how futile it was to use such a flimsy ship to ram such a great and strong dock, the several tons of explosives hidden in the ship's bow, which the Germans still didn't know about, exploded and blew the office windows in. Beattie's response? [[BondOneLiner "We're not quite as foolish as you think!"]]
28th Oct '17 10:16:19 AM smallface
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** Autistic ace [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darius_McCollum Darius [=McCollum=],]] who was obsessed with the New York transit system. At 5, he had memorized all of the routes. At 15, he hijacked a train and drove it along its ordinary route. Passengers did not notice. To this day, he is still being arrested for impersonating transit workers. He has spent several years in Sing Sing. [=MTA=] could solve all this by hiring him. Impossible, not just because of his criminal record but because hiring someone with a "mental disability" might leave them open to lawsuits.

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** Autistic ace [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darius_McCollum Darius [=McCollum=],]] who was obsessed with the New York transit system. At 5, he had memorized all of the routes. At 15, he hijacked a train and drove it along its ordinary route. Passengers did not notice. To this day, he is still being arrested for impersonating transit workers. He has spent several years in Sing Sing. [=MTA=] could solve all this by hiring him. Impossible, not just because of his criminal record but because hiring someone with a "mental disability" mental disability might leave them open to lawsuits.
15th Oct '17 9:56:08 AM JulianLapostat
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* It seems the Pakistani government may be attempting one of these. Bin Laden was found a couple hundred yards[[note]] it was actually fairly far from the Academy[[/note]] from their largest military academy, in a massive house on an even more massive lot, surrounded by 10 to 18 foot high barbed wire topped walls with no phone lines [[note]] high walls are not exactly uncommon in that part of the world though[[/note]], in a city full of retired military officers 30 miles [[note]] about a 100 miles and about two mountain ranges from[[/note]] from their capital city, and they had no idea.
** Or, to look at it from another angle, the most wanted terrorist in the world escaped detection by hiding in plain sight, living alongside the same military that was hunting down allied militants in Balochistan and the NWFP. It's like Benedict Arnold buying a summer cottage just down the road from West Point.
** For that matter, the bin Laden raid was one of these as well. Worth noting is the Pakistani government ''wasn't informed of the operation''. The famous photo of the White House staff watching a live feed in shock was because everyone feared a Battle of Mogadishu-type situation (as seen in ''Film/BlackHawkDown'') in a politically allied country. Part of the reason for this was the assumption that bin Laden living within sight of the Pakistani military academy was more due to social, political, or financial influence rather than just sheer daring.
*** On the other hand as more sober analysis pointed out, Abbottabad is a city with a lot of tourist traffic. Also one with a large illegal immigrant population (mostly from Afghanistan, but also Central Asia, Russia and Iran). Finally one which had suffered a devastating earthquake a few years ago and was undergoing rebuilding. In short a city with lots of people moving in and out, foreigners who were shy of the police and lots of recent construction, and construction which was not fully scrutinised by the authorities (since many thousands of houses were destroyed and needed to be rebuilt quickly, the power that be would probably not scrutinize every application as closely as they otherwise would. So the choice was not as strange as it seems.
*** Indeed the CIA's own iostory of the search recounts these factors as why the CIA was able to operate inside the city so easily rather than running afoul of Pakistani Counter-Intelligence as other operations elsewhere tended to.
15th Oct '17 9:37:43 AM aaronupright
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* It seems the Pakistani government may be attempting one of these. Bin Laden was found a couple hundred yards from their largest military academy, in a massive house on an even more massive lot, surrounded by 10 to 18 foot high barbed wire topped walls with no phone lines, in a city full of retired military officers 30 miles from their capital city, and they had no idea.

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* It seems the Pakistani government may be attempting one of these. Bin Laden was found a couple hundred yards yards[[note]] it was actually fairly far from the Academy[[/note]] from their largest military academy, in a massive house on an even more massive lot, surrounded by 10 to 18 foot high barbed wire topped walls with no phone lines, lines [[note]] high walls are not exactly uncommon in that part of the world though[[/note]], in a city full of retired military officers 30 miles [[note]] about a 100 miles and about two mountain ranges from[[/note]] from their capital city, and they had no idea.



** For that matter, the bin Laden raid was one of these as well. Worth noting is the Pakistani government ''wasn't informed of the operation''. The famous photo of the White House staff watching a live feed in shock was because everyone feared a Battle of Mogadishu-type situation (as seen in ''Film/BlackHawkDown'') in a politically allied country. Part of the reason for this was the (not unfounded) assumption that bin Laden living within sight of the Pakistani military academy was more due to social, political, or financial influence rather than just sheer daring.

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** For that matter, the bin Laden raid was one of these as well. Worth noting is the Pakistani government ''wasn't informed of the operation''. The famous photo of the White House staff watching a live feed in shock was because everyone feared a Battle of Mogadishu-type situation (as seen in ''Film/BlackHawkDown'') in a politically allied country. Part of the reason for this was the (not unfounded) the assumption that bin Laden living within sight of the Pakistani military academy was more due to social, political, or financial influence rather than just sheer daring.daring.
*** On the other hand as more sober analysis pointed out, Abbottabad is a city with a lot of tourist traffic. Also one with a large illegal immigrant population (mostly from Afghanistan, but also Central Asia, Russia and Iran). Finally one which had suffered a devastating earthquake a few years ago and was undergoing rebuilding. In short a city with lots of people moving in and out, foreigners who were shy of the police and lots of recent construction, and construction which was not fully scrutinised by the authorities (since many thousands of houses were destroyed and needed to be rebuilt quickly, the power that be would probably not scrutinize every application as closely as they otherwise would. So the choice was not as strange as it seems.
*** Indeed the CIA's own iostory of the search recounts these factors as why the CIA was able to operate inside the city so easily rather than running afoul of Pakistani Counter-Intelligence as other operations elsewhere tended to.
25th Sep '17 2:42:52 PM NotThisThing
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* Want to buy cigarettes and fireworks? Underage? Don't have a fake ID? Well just present your real ID with confidence, and according to one would-be customer most cashiers don't bother checking the birthdate. https://notalwaysright.com/worth-checking-just-said/93588/

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* Want to buy cigarettes and fireworks? Underage? Don't have a fake ID? Well just present your real ID with confidence, and according to one would-be customer most cashiers [[https://notalwaysright.com/worth-checking-just-said/93588/ don't bother checking checking]] the birthdate. https://notalwaysright.com/worth-checking-just-said/93588/birth date.
16th Sep '17 6:34:30 AM cantab
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* Want to buy cigarettes and fireworks? Underage? Don't have a fake ID? Well just present your real ID with confidence, and according to one would-be customer most cashiers don't bother checking the birthdate. https://notalwaysright.com/worth-checking-just-said/93588/
29th Aug '17 5:39:15 PM nombretomado
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* Our very own AdOfLose page is typically displaying at least one, and frequently two, ads for marketing services. What else could this be?

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* Our very own AdOfLose DarthWiki/AdOfLose page is typically displaying at least one, and frequently two, ads for marketing services. What else could this be?
22nd Aug '17 11:13:27 AM dracogeorge
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* [[UsefulNotes/TsarTsarAutocrats Tsar Pseudo-Demetrius]], or False Dmitry, who claimed to be Ivan the Terrible's youngest son Dmitry (who died of a stab wound in 1591), who ruled Russia from 1605 to 1606, when the Boyars executed him, put his body on display, cremated it, and then shot his ashes from a cannon facing west (towards Poland, who were his backers). He then came back, claiming to have survived both his original death by stabbing and being cremated and shot from a cannon, and ruled a small part of Russia from 1607 to 1609, even marrying the previous ones widow, who claimed to recognize him as her husband, before being kicked out by a joint Russo-Swedish army, and eventually died in 1610 after being shot and having his head chopped off by a Tartar prince. [[RuleOfThree Then he came back in 1611]], backed by the Swedes rather than the Polish (The second one had some support from Polish nobles, but they left to join up with their own King when he showed up to command a siege at Smolensk) and claiming to have survived the stabbing, cremation, and beheading. He ruled Pskov for a short period of time during 1612 after the Cossacks recognized him as Tsar and threatened the nobles of Pskov. Then he got captured, was sent to Moscow, and was executed. After this, Michael Romanov was elected Tsar, and has the [[WouldHurtAChild 3-year-old son of the second Pseudo-Demetrius hanged]], right after his step-father was killed, and the wife of the first two Pseudo-Demetriuses (Demetrii?), Polish noblewoman/warlord Marina Mniszech, died in prison shortly after the execution of her son. Since things had calmed down, [[ARareSentance people decided to stop practicing necromancy]], and there hasn't been another Pseudo-Demetrius since then.

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* [[UsefulNotes/TsarTsarAutocrats Tsar Pseudo-Demetrius]], or False Dmitry, who claimed to be Ivan the Terrible's youngest son Dmitry (who died of a stab wound in 1591), who ruled Russia from 1605 to 1606, when the Boyars executed him, put his body on display, cremated it, and then shot his ashes from a cannon facing west (towards Poland, who were his backers). He then came back, claiming to have survived both his original death by stabbing and being cremated and shot from a cannon, and ruled a small part of Russia from 1607 to 1609, even marrying the previous ones widow, who claimed to recognize him as her husband, before being kicked out by a joint Russo-Swedish army, and eventually died in 1610 after being shot and having his head chopped off by a Tartar prince. [[RuleOfThree Then he came back in 1611]], backed by the Swedes rather than the Polish (The second one had some support from Polish nobles, but they left to join up with their own King when he showed up to command a siege at Smolensk) and claiming to have survived the stabbing, cremation, and beheading. He ruled Pskov for a short period of time during 1612 after the Cossacks recognized him as Tsar and threatened the nobles of Pskov. Then he got captured, was sent to Moscow, and was executed. After this, Michael Romanov was elected Tsar, and has the [[WouldHurtAChild 3-year-old son of the second Pseudo-Demetrius hanged]], right after his step-father was killed, and the wife of the first two Pseudo-Demetriuses (Demetrii?), Polish noblewoman/warlord Marina Mniszech, died in prison shortly after the execution of her son. Since things had calmed down, [[ARareSentance [[ARareSentence people decided to stop practicing necromancy]], and there hasn't been another Pseudo-Demetrius since then.
22nd Aug '17 11:13:04 AM dracogeorge
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* [[UsefulNotes/TsarTsarAutocrats Tsar Pseudo-Demetrius]], or False Dmitry, who claimed to be Ivan the Terrible's youngest son Dmitry (who died of a stab wound in 1591), who ruled Russia from 1605 to 1606, when the Boyars executed him, put his body on display, cremated it, and then shot his ashes from a cannon facing west (towards Poland, who were his backers). He then came back, claiming to have survived both his original death by stabbing and being cremated and shot from a cannon, and ruled a small part of Russia from 1607 to 1609, even marrying the previous ones widow, who claimed to recognize him as her husband, before being kicked out by a joint Russo-Swedish army, and eventually died in 1610 after being shot and having his head chopped off by a Tartar prince. [[RuleOfThree Then he came back in 1611]], backed by the Swedes rather than the Polish (The second one had some support from Polish nobles, but they left to join up with their own King when he showed up to command a siege at Smolensk), and he ruled Pskov for a short period of time during 1612 after the Cossacks recognized him as Tsar and threatened the nobles of Pskov. Then he got captured, was sent to Moscow, and was executed. After this, Michael Romanov was elected Tsar, and has the [[WouldHurtAChild 3-year-old son of the second Pseudo-Demetrius hanged]], right after his step-father was killed, and the wife of the first two Pseudo-Demetriuses (Demetrii?), Polish noblewoman/warlord Marina Mniszech, died in prison shortly after the execution of her son.

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* [[UsefulNotes/TsarTsarAutocrats Tsar Pseudo-Demetrius]], or False Dmitry, who claimed to be Ivan the Terrible's youngest son Dmitry (who died of a stab wound in 1591), who ruled Russia from 1605 to 1606, when the Boyars executed him, put his body on display, cremated it, and then shot his ashes from a cannon facing west (towards Poland, who were his backers). He then came back, claiming to have survived both his original death by stabbing and being cremated and shot from a cannon, and ruled a small part of Russia from 1607 to 1609, even marrying the previous ones widow, who claimed to recognize him as her husband, before being kicked out by a joint Russo-Swedish army, and eventually died in 1610 after being shot and having his head chopped off by a Tartar prince. [[RuleOfThree Then he came back in 1611]], backed by the Swedes rather than the Polish (The second one had some support from Polish nobles, but they left to join up with their own King when he showed up to command a siege at Smolensk), Smolensk) and he claiming to have survived the stabbing, cremation, and beheading. He ruled Pskov for a short period of time during 1612 after the Cossacks recognized him as Tsar and threatened the nobles of Pskov. Then he got captured, was sent to Moscow, and was executed. After this, Michael Romanov was elected Tsar, and has the [[WouldHurtAChild 3-year-old son of the second Pseudo-Demetrius hanged]], right after his step-father was killed, and the wife of the first two Pseudo-Demetriuses (Demetrii?), Polish noblewoman/warlord Marina Mniszech, died in prison shortly after the execution of her son. Since things had calmed down, [[ARareSentance people decided to stop practicing necromancy]], and there hasn't been another Pseudo-Demetrius since then.
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