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Posts on 09/21/17

More RAF Slang: Gone for a Burton

(John Heelan, UK, 09/21/17 2:50 pm) Here is another RAF WWII saying (still current in popular jargon):  "Gone for a Burton" (i.e. something/someone no longer extant). A "Burton" was/is a beer product fro ...

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Port, Bordeaux and the RAF

(David Duggan, USA, 09/21/17 7:48 am) The glasses (and color) don't look right for port. More probably a Bordeaux. JE comments:  I suspected the same after posting my comment.  But for an RAF pilot to drink ...

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Military Strength: Russia vs NATO

(Cameron Sawyer, Russia, 09/21/17 6:28 am) I have difficulty following Istvan Simon's logic in all of this. I agree that NATO would be insane to attack and invade Russia, but why would it be any less insane for Russia t ...

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Aung Sang Suu Kyi and Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar

(Massoud Malek, USA, 09/21/17 5:00 am) In 2003, I spent 28 days in the predominantly Buddhist country of Myanmar, where monks are venerated members of society. After less than 10 days, I fell in love with a Burmese girl who asked me ...

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Trump on Sovereignty; from Gary Moore

(John Eipper, USA, 09/21/17 4:11 am) Gary Moore writes: President Trump at the United Nations refracts in the New York Times with a question of our age, squeezed into the word "sovereignty.& ...

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Posts on 09/20/17

Can Russia be Encircled?

(Istvan Simon, USA, 09/20/17 5:11 am) I do not often agree with Tor Guimaraes, whose view of the world is very different from mine, in spite of our common Brazilian origins. To my mind, Tor has a one-sided and severely distorted pe ...

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Germany or Russia: Who Is/Was More Aggressive?

(Cameron Sawyer, Russia, 09/20/17 4:16 am) JE commented on September 19th: "Questions of 'ethos' and national character are endlessly intriguing, but with the lone exception of 1941, was Russia ever less the aggressor than German ...

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Splash, Goldfish Club, and Shot Down in Flames: RAF Slang

(Timothy Ashby, South Africa, 09/20/17 3:49 am) To answer John's question about the term "splash" as it relates to aerial combat, I believe it is of RAF origin. "Splash one enemy aircraft" is a term used by Commander & ...

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Rosh Hashanah Greetings

(Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 09/20/17 3:08 am) L'SHANAH TOVAH U'METUKAH! Happy New Year to all Jewish WAISers. JE comments:  Thank you, Eugenio.  We're wrapping up a year of great troubles, both man-made and ...

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