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Thursday, January 15, 2004
THE BOSTON MOLASSES FLOOD
84 years ago today, January 15, 1919, the North End of Boston experienced a terrible disaster; out of respect for the 21 people who lost their lives, I will refrain from making the jokes that come so easily to my slightly bent mind. Last year, the outstanding blog "Snarkout" covered this in an exemplary manner, with loads of still live links, so I can do no better than to refer you there..
And, in one of those anomalies of history, this cannot be called a unique disaster. 13 years later, 21 people lost their lives in a Molasses flood in Sucarnoochie, Mississippi..
This small and beautiful coral atoll in the Indian Ocean is a fascinating example of a place which represents very different things to different people. In the world of geopolitics, it is a very strategically located US/UK military installation. To the thousands of servicemen who spent time there over the last 40 years, it seems to be a very special place, which they remember fondly, and celebrate online. And to a group of Ilois Islanders, it is the homeland from which they were forcefully removed in 1965; little known casualties of the Cold War, they have lived in abject poverty in Mauritius ever since, and recently have been struggling in UK courts for redress. With the current Middle East situation, their chances of returning home soon seem slim..
Official US Military Site (replete with security warnings for your browsing pleasure)
Info Please provides some basic facts..
A photo from the space shuttle
An excellent site, with loads of links, that is a sort of online class reunion of DG vets : People's Democratic Republic of Diego Garcia
Short article about the lifestyle.. (what do you do holed up on a 17 square mile island with a few thousand other guys? well, for starters, you drink..)
BBC Article on Ilois struggle
CBS Article (60 Minutes)
a Mauritius page, in English, with links to articles, mostly in French, which are much more critical of the US and British
A Photo Gallery
These two sites feature online video clips of "stars pitching products on Japanese TV, who wouldn't be caught dead doing it on their own turf":
Gaijin a Go-Go
How does your country rate on the lush meter? Well, number 2 in alcohol consumption is no surprise, but some others are..I mean, the US is # 26! Come on, guys and gals, we can do better than that!
Finally, a nice virtual tour of the ancient city of Ephesus..
"We seem to have a compulsion these days to bury time capsules in order to give those people living in the next century or so some idea of what we are like. I have prepared one of my own. I have placed some rather large samples of dynamite, gunpowder, and nitroglycerin. My time capsule is set to go off in the year 3000. It will show them what we are really like."