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Archive for March 8th, 2012

What Would Amnesty and Jezebel Make Of This?

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They don’t do propaganda like this anymore. From the Daily Mail

Then came a second wave of bombers, dropping fresh mail bags around the train. Operation Cornflakes had begun.

Each of the airdropped mail bags contained 300 propaganda letters, addressed to the homes of families of Wehrmacht soldiers killed in the fighting.

Clearing up the mess caused by the attack, German postal workers recovered the bags and delivered their contents – unaware of the seditious materials hidden within.

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Meanwhile, in Rome, a group printed envelopes with more than two million names and addresses taken from the death notices of soldiers reported to have died in the fighting.

When all the materials were ready, loaded mail bags were handed over to the 15th Army Air Force, which was given the task of delivering them behind enemy lines.

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Another letter allegedly originating from the ‘Verein Einsamer Kriegerfrauen’ (Association of Lonely War Women’), was sent to German soldiers implying that their wives and girlfriends were engaging in promiscuous casual sex while they were at the front.

More on Operation Cornflakes here

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March 8, 2012 at 15:39

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Uwe Reinhardt hits the nail on the head when he describes what the “diversity” championed by the left-academic-congressional complex really means

To academics, “diversity” all too often means that people who may have grown up in the same socioeconomic strata, attended the same public or private high schools and have their eyes on the same career in, say, finance, business or law — or perform the same tasks at a university — have different gender, color of skin or ethnicity.

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March 8, 2012 at 15:18

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This Explains A Lot

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David Cannadine explains FDR’s antipathy to capitalism and the free-market

Like his earlier presidential cousin Theodore, Franklin D Roosevelt felt a strong patrician disdain for big business and upstart wealth. This was partly because the Roosevelt clan was never very rich but it was also because in terms of their lineage and their lands, they were about as close to being aristocracy as it’s possible to get in a country, which came into being by proclaiming that all men were created equal.

Audio here

This lends support to Deirdre McCloskey‘s thesis of Bourgeois Dignity

According to McCloskey, our modern world was not the product of new markets and innovations, but rather the result of shifting opinions about them. During this time, talk of private property, commerce, and even the bourgeoisie itself radically altered, becoming far more approving and flying in the face of prejudices several millennia old. The wealth of nations, then, didn’t grow so dramatically because of economic factors: it grew because rhetoric about markets and free enterprise finally became enthusiastic and encouraging of their inherent dignity.

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March 8, 2012 at 14:55

Luddism, sigh . . .

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In an article BBC travel writer Huw Cordey heralds new technology as a mixed blessing for travellers. He laments

It may be a cliche but there is no doubt that technology makes the world feel a smaller – and less interesting – place . . . You crave more of it but, deep down, you know you would be happier with a lot less.

I just wish he would realise how technology has been so important for Wilberth Matamoros and Jenny Neeve. Huw does write

Until the internet arrived, he talked to Jenny virtually every day from his mobile. Half the time she would call him, the other half he phoned her.

Unfortunately that sort of love did not come cheap. Wilberth was spending nearly half his $500 (£300) a month salary talking to Jenny.

Now with the internet and Skype, communication is free which means that they can talk for as long or as often as they like, and the money he saves he can spend on flights to actually see Jenny.

Does Huw think that Jenny and Wilberth would be happier with a lot less? Does he think that their relationship would last in the absence of technology?

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March 8, 2012 at 14:38

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