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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Mid-Year #Journal Through the #Bible
June 21, 20180 Comments

I will be beginning soon and we will simple start mid-year rather than in January.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

#BookReview {4} Thumbing Through Thoreau
May 08, 20180 Comments
Summary from GoodReads: On July 4, 1845, when Henry David Thoreau moved into his cabin on the shores of Walden Pond, he was probably unaware that his abode in the woods, and the impact and influence of that endeavor, would forever echo through time. Thoreau was an uncompromising idealist; an ardent maverick who criticized his fellow man. He urged that men and women ought to live more simply, and more deliberately. "The mass of men," he famously wrote, "lead lives of quiet desperation." Yet the scope of Thoreau's message is much wider than social criticism. He speaks of spiritual transcendence in Nature and the unbounded potential of the individual. Thoreau is a dreamer and he speaks to dreamers. In a word, shun dogmatism and demagoguery; see beyond the immediate conventional religious explanations to reap a higher understanding. In our commodified contemporary American society, with the rise of religious intolerance and fundamentalism, materialism and mass consumerism, Thoreau's message is needed now more than ever. Author Kenny Luck has thumbed through Thoreau's voluminous journals, correspondences and other publications to make this the most comprehensive collection of Thoreau aphorisms available.

My Review: Kenny Luck has gone through Thoreau and pulled out some of his best quotes. They comprise this great historical collection. As I was reading, I found myself thinking of how wonderful this would be as a daily inspirational quote on those cube stacked calendars.
Kenny has comprised this collection in a wonderful order. It all flows through smoothly. A perfect fit. Another great *fit* to this book is that there are wonderful illustrations to go with the quotes.
This book is broken up into three sections: Society & Government, Spirituality & Nature, Love.

I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright (144)

This book is a must have for any Thoreau fan. It's also great for those who have never read him before. It will give you a wonderful taste of his writings. I know all of Henry David Thoreau's works are now on my TBR list.
Rating: 10 stars out of 10
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#10MinuteHistoryLesson {2} - World War II (1): Not So Known Facts
May 08, 20180 Comments
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*      The winter ice road across Lake Ladoga to bring in supplies to the besieged city of Leningrad was called the Road of Life. At first, trucks moving at night were forbidden to turn on their headlights for fear of German air and artillery attacks. However, the number of accidents were so high that later, headlights were turned on.
*      The attack on Pearl Harbor consisted of more than 350 Japanese planes.
*      In 1939 the USSR formed an alliance with Germany and attacked Poland. Later they even formed an alliance with Poland - despite their 1939 attack and the subsequent massacre of thousands of Polish officers - and attacked Germany.
*      Although the World War II had started from 1 September 1939, the war had not reached the global scale until 7 December 1941 as the battles prior to the date were only in Europe and North Africa.
*      Canada declared war on Japan before the US did.
*      Mahatma Gandhi wrote a letter to Adolf Hitler pleading him not to go on a war.
*      The second atomic bomb initially would be dropped over Kokura on 9 August 1945. But, the bad weather in Kokura made the city avoided from the disaster and the bomb was dropped over Nagasaki instead.
*      A Japanese soldier survived hiding on Guam until 1972, 27 years after the war ended. He believed that requests for him to come out were tricks by the allies.

*      There were many Jews or persons in some significant part at least Jewish serving in the German military and in the military-industrial complex including the first husband of Heddy Lamarr who was a munitions vendor and industrialist with close ties to the Nazis and Hitler himself.

*      In “Precision Bombing” used by the US, only about 1/3 of the bombs dropped landed with 1000 feet of the target.
*      Hungary had the world's first Self Propelled Anti Air gun in service, despite the design originating from Sweden.
*      Upon witnessing the first atomic bomb testings, “Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds ” quoted J. Robert ( father of atomic bomb).
*      The Canadian Army in Europe in 1945 was the most mechanized in the world with an average of one vehicle for every three soldiers.
*      Eleven million people died during the holocaust and six million of those were Jews. For comparison, the population of New York City is currently eight and a half million.
*      In July 1943, the Red Army liberated Orel to the north and Belgorod to the south of the Kursk Salient. To honor the liberators of the two Soviet cities, on the 5th of August 12 salvos of 124 anti-aircraft guns were fired in Moscow. The guns were loaded with firework shells which lighted up the night sky of the capital.
*      The Japanese released “Balloon bombs” to float in the jet stream to the USA where they would drop and explode. The jet stream was basically unknown to the US at the time the Japanese were using it.
*      In 1938, Hitler was time's magazine man of the year.

*      Germany declaring war on Norway prevented a British invasion of Norway. Britain wished to stop Norway and Sweden from trading with Germany and wanted to invade both.
 Japan never made a peace treaty with the Soviet Union, neither with Russia.
*      IJN Submarine I-19 conducted the most devastating torpedo attack of the war on 15 September 1942 when she fired six torpedoes at a US task force. Three stuck and sank USS Wasp (CV-7), another sank USS O’Brien (DD-415) and one damaged USS North Carolina (BB-55).
*      John F. Kennedy’s brother died in World War II which paved the way for him to be the first Catholic president.
*      The Allies dropped 3.4 million tons of bombs.
*      It’s quite possible Hitler himself had enough Jewish ancestry to be barred from the National Socialist party if he wasn't Hitler.
*      Charles Lindbergh was barred from serving as a military pilot by FDR because of his isolationist, anti-semitic, and pro-nazi views.
*      Adolf Hitler’s corpse was burned and buried. Joseph Goebbels’ corpse was burned but not buried.
*      John Malcolm Thorpe Fleming Churchill—known as “Jack Churchill” to his friends, and later “Mad Jack” or “Fighting Jack” carried a Claymore sword into battle. He said, “In my opinion, sir, any office who goes into action without his sword is improperly dressed”.
*      The Mosque of Paris helped Jews escape the Nazis by giving them Muslim IDs.
*      World War II led to the creation of the United Nations.
*      World War II lasted 6 years plus 1 day or 2,193 days.
*      By 1943 Germany could no longer produce enough Karabiner Kar98ks, they resulted in licensing production to Hungary who produced a modified version. Therefore, a lot of German rifles were 43Ms.
*      On the first day of the assault on Berlin (16th of April 1945), a sniper’s bullet hit the tripod of Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev’s artillery glasses, only inches away from his head.

*      In 1941 the Portuguese army was larger than the US army.

*       “Hitler” was a made-up name, his real family name was Shickelgruber. Check the comments, some knowledgeable Quorans were good enough to correct and add detail on this one.
*      Hitler planned to collect thousands of Jews artifacts to build a “Museum of extinct Race”.
*      D-Day was the largest land, air, and sea invasion in history.
*      Before World War II, there were only 2 communist countries in the world: the Soviet Union and Mongolia. In 1949, there were 9 more communist countries established: East Germany, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, North Korea, and the People’s Republic of China.
*      The only person to make an actual visit to a Liberty ship named in his honor was a Frances J. O'Gara, presumed killed in action but in fact was a prisoner of war.
*      On the 9th of August 1945, the USAF dropped the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki. That same day (but a few hours earlier) the Red Army commenced the mighty Manchurian Offensive which, in a few days, would result in the destruction of Japan’s Kwantung Army.
*      61 countries with 1.7 billion people took part (a one third of world's population).
*      Canada ended the war as the world's third largest navy

*      The “concentration camp” was not a German invention; that was the Brits. They used them to house the women and children of Germanic “Boers” whom they could not defeat during the “"Boer war”. 1/3 of said women and children died from the effects of British hospitality, bringing that was to an end.

*      The IJN I-400 class submarines were among the largest subs built, at 3 530 ton and carrying three aircraft. They were intended to attack the Panama Canal but were never sent on mission. All three surrendered to the US Navy 1945. They were sunk to avoid turning over one to the Soviet Union.
*      Warsaw was the most devastated city in World War II. 80% of Poland's capital was destroyed during the war. The second was Manila.
*      WWII is the most destructive conflict in history.
*      The firebombing of Dresden can be easily called a war crime and was committed for reducing the number of German people, women and children mainly.
*      Emperor Hirohito was the last surviving main leader of World War II (This means only including leaders from main countries of each sides, such as Germany and the United States, not the satellite countries such as Hungary). He passed away on 7 January 1989, more than 43 years after the war had ended.

*      Only two of every ten men born in Russia in 1923 survived second world war.

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