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History / Warfare

The July Crisis: Erich Ludendorff, 1918

Notes on First World War Revisionism, Part 2 From his out-sized influence but relatively low name recognition, historians dubbed Ludendorff the ‘silent dictator…’ Martin Kitchen in his book entitled The Silent Dictatorship argued that after the military defeat of July 18th “an increasing number of officers in the OHL were convinced that the war could … Continue reading

Economics / History / Warfare

The Unacknowledged History of the Plundering Nation, 1870-1923

In the unfolding drama of Greece versus the Troika (the European Central Bank, the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund), another powerful actor, the Federal Republic of Germany, casts a long pall over the “negotiations.”  Considering the FRG and its antecedents have a very checkered history in relation to the rest of Europe, this … Continue reading

Current / Economics / History

Unacknowledged Damage

So, Europe has entered its endgame with regards to Greece, namely it appears to be strangling the Hellenic Republic: The European Central Bank’s governing council is expected to turn off Emergency Liquidity Assistance (ELA) for Greek banks at its meeting later today, according to well-placed sources. So unless Greek savers miraculously decide to cease withdrawing … Continue reading

Aviation / Current / History

Aviation Investigation Snow Job

Someone want to explain this possible claptrap to me? The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 purposely crashed the plane into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board, officials said Thursday. “We at Lufthansa are speechless that this aircraft has been deliberately crashed by the co-pilot,” said Carsten Spohr, CEO of Lufthansa, which owns … Continue reading

Aviation / Current

Earth To Airbus: WTH?

What’s With Your Fly-By-Wire Programming? Yesterday a Germanwings A320, 4U 9525, crashed into the French Alps en-route from Barcelona, Spain to Dusseldorf, Germany.  144 passengers and six crew (likely two pilots and four flight attendants) were killed in the impact.  I’d normally wait for some investigators to release a preliminary statement before commenting, but I … Continue reading