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SURPRISE!!!!  It’s a Fred-in-the-Box!!!

Given an over-abundance of angst and exhaustion, both mental and physical, I am taking the very lazy way out tonight and reduxing one of my first Saturday Surprise posts.  Naturally, you won’t be surprised to learn it’s a critter post!  This was first posted in 2017 at a time when I apparently felt much as I do tonight!  Still, the cuteness factor never loses its charm.  I hope you enjoy these …


Well, folks, it’s been a long week … what?  You say it was actually a short week, since Monday was a holiday?  Sigh.  Then it’s been an even longer week — a long, short week, as it were.  I don’t know about you guys, but I am t-i-r-e-d.  So, I’ve decided to take a little break from doing much writing today and just show you some cute/funny animals.  I like animals.  They do not…

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21-31 December 1941

Brief excerpts for December 1941:”23 December, the American and Filipino units on Luzon, Philippines, began moving into the Bataan Peninsula. MacArthur was commanding from Corregidor and declared Manila an ‘open-city.’ The next day, 7,000 Japanese troops landed at Lamon Bay on the island and entrap the Allied soldiers on the peninsula.

24 December, after 2 weeks of steady bombardment and the landing of Japanese troops, Wake Island succumbed and US forces surrendered. / The vital British naval and air base at Rangoon, Burma received a major air bombardment.”

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Non-military objectives of the Philippines. (top) Pasay and (bottom) Cavite Non-military objectives of the Philippines. (top) Pasay and (bottom) Cavite

21-30 December, the 11th Indian Division retreated into southern Malaya and the Japanese were freed to push back the Australian troops.  The following link comes with a WARNING!  I located a video of Indian action in the war but there is Graphic Violence____HERE!

The big guns of Corregidor respond. The big guns of Corregidor respond.

23 December, the American and Filipino units on Luzon, Philippines, began moving into the Bataan Peninsula.  MacArthur was commanding from Corregidor and declared Manila an ‘open-city.’  The next day, 7,000 Japanese troops landed at Lamon Bay on the island and entrap the Allied soldiers on the peninsula.

24 December, after 2 weeks of steady bombardment and the landing of Japanese troops, Wake Island succumbed and US forces surrendered.  /  The vital British naval and air base at Rangoon, Burma received a major air bombardment.

24-31 December, along 400…

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ÉCOUTER LE MESSAGE DU CHAMAN YANOMAMI – LE PLAIDOYER DE LA FORÊT TROPICALE !

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“Yanomami observant un site minier d’or sur leur territoire” – Photo des Yanomami, Alto Orinoco, Amazonas, Venezuela et montage photo: Barbara Crane Navarro

« Hey – Regardez nous

Nous vous voyons

Nous avons essayé de vous montrer

Vous n’avez jamais pris la peine d’apprendre notre langue

Vous regardiez toujours vers le bas

Nous vous prévenons depuis le début

a terre est vivante

Cette terre ne peut pas être possédé

Cette terre c’est nous

Nous tous

Vous vouliez les pierres

L’Or

Vos choses brillantes

Titres – Drapeaux – Bénéfices

Vous avez appelé ça progrès

Nous avons essayé de vous apprendre

Mais vous avez toujours été si gourmand

Trop primitif – Trop sauvage

pour comprendre

Maintenant vous apportez toujours des malédictions sur les Yanomami

Les maladies

Et encore une fois, nous en mourrons

t toutes les terres indigènes sont transformées en

cendres et boue

Cinq siècles

Vous n’avez jamais levé les yeux…

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Tarawa (1)

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LVT out of commission. LVT out of commission.

The Battle of Tarawa was one of the more terrible American experiences in the Pacific theatre of World War Two. It was one that would shape the future of amphibious assaults.

In late 1943, the United States launched attacks in the central Pacific. These were meant to speed up victory in the war by drawing Japanese forces away from larger offensives. The Tarawa atoll, part of the Gilbert Islands, was one of the targets of this advance.

Tarawa is made of fifteen small islands in the shape of a triangle, their total land area only twelve square miles. In the center is a lagoon, and reefs shelter many parts of the atoll. The British, who had governed the atoll before the war, were remarkably ill-informed about it. All their maps were over a century old, and they had no records of the tides and currents in the…

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Autistic Pride Day 2021

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Introduction – Autistic Pride Day 2021 will be celebrated on June 18 every year all over the world. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness about autism spectrum disorder among people globally. On this day, several organizations all around the world organize events to raise the awareness of this disorder and also arrange for health camps.

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a complex brain development disability, which involves persistent challenges in speech and nonverbal communication, restricted or repetitive behaviors, and social interaction. This disorder effects on the normal function of the brain that affects the development of social interaction and communication of a person. The effects and severity of symptoms of this disorder are different in each individual. Due to this problem, several people are harassed and their rights are violated. These people are labelled as ‘’snob’’ and ‘’anti-social’’ in society.

History – Autistic Pride Day was first celebrated…

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Strahlefarbe Rot

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Leuchtend rote Rhododendronblüten – als Zeichnung welken sie nie.

Die Strahlefarbe Rot ist immer ein Highlight. Sie ist warm, sie ist aktiv, sie ist voller Kraft und stets ein Blickfang. Der Vorteil dieses leuchtenden Eyecatchers ist der Umstand, dass sie auf keinen Fall übersehen wird.
Sei es eine flammende Pfingstrosenblüte, eine edel changierende Murano-Vase, ein hinreißendes Kleid, das keinen Kerzenschein mehr braucht, ein schwedisches Sommerhäuschen im Garten oder ein paar pralle Kirschen auf weißem Teller.

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MIS Interpreters

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1944 MIS class; courtesy of Ted Yenarinat, National WWII Museum

Throughout the war, more than 6,000 Japanese Americans would serve in the MIS as translators and interrogators—often at great risk—for 130 units across the Pacific.  After the war the MIS Nisei were tapped for critical assignments during the occupation of Japan.

The Military Intelligence Service (MIS) consisted mainly of Nisei men, for further information on the Japanese-Americans who served, I have a series on them, that can be located HERE>

Nisei interpreters worked closely with American and Japanese officials to recover the war-torn nation and restore a peacetime government. They also worked as translators during war crimes trials held in Japan, China, the Philippines, French Indochina and the East Indies.

One of the most valuable contributions of the Nisei in the MIS was the translation of the captured documents referred to as the “Z Plan,” which outlined the Japanese plans for counterattack in the Southwest Pacific in 1944.

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MEMORIAL DAY 2021

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Our nation marks Memorial Day to honor and pay tribute to brave Americans who gave their life for this country. Many generations have sacrificed in defense of our nation, our liberty, and our desire to improve our country. On Memorial Day, we humbly honor these incredible patriots and have a solemn duty to uphold their legacy.

At its core, Memorial Day speaks of personal sacrifice for a greater good. It resonates in the stories of ordinary Americans, who fought for a better world and were willing to lay down their lives. Our way of life is shaped by those who have served and those who were lost. We have benefited from their positive influence on our world. It is our solemn duty to honor for our fallen brothers and sisters in arms and their families. This day reflects on heroes from historically distant wars passed and current operations. We honor…

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USS Cod (SS 224)

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U.S.S.Cod(SS 224), was launched on March 21, 1943. under the command of CDR James C. Dempsey, USN. Dempsey had already won fame by sinking the first Japanese destroyer lost in the war while in command of a tiny, World War I-era submarine.

It was onCod‘s third patrol, Dempsey’s last in command, thatCodfought her biggest battle. Tracking a massive Japanese convoy heading for Subic Bay in the Philippines on the night of May 10, 1944,Codmaneuvered into firing position just after sunrise.Codfired three of her four stern tubes at the Japanese destroyer,IJN Karukaya,before unloading all six of her bow tubes at two columns of cargo ships and troop transports. Dempsey watched as the first torpedo exploded under the destroyer’s bridge after a short, 26 second run. Both smoke stacks collapsed and dozens of enemy sailors (watching for submarines) were tossed high…

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