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chronology: Russia is loosing the AIDS war.
While in most countries AIDS is declining, in Russia the Virus is increasing it's victims every year. Last year 20000 Russians died of AIDS . Around 400000 Russian's have died of AIDS related illnesses.
Heterosexuals and needle using drug user's are the main groups in the rising infection number's. 'At the moment it is an epidemic, but it is turning into a health crisis' said one specialist AIDS worker.
Part of the problem is Russia is a conservative country at heart. They see AIDS victims as low life's getting their just deserts.
Expert's on AIDS say Russia's proposed plans to stop the spread of the illness is not going to work. There needs to be more public awareness in Russia of the AIDS problem, and more resources allocated to tackling the spread of the virus. Right now infection rates are rising every day and few people in Russia seem bothered about this.
'Wake up Russia' .
chronology: The Feathers fly in Silicon Valley.
Well the Web is buzzing with accusations and counter accusations about why a Senior Google Research Executive has left the company.
Google are only saying that they never dismissed the Executive, only that they chose not to meet a list of demands she made as a condition of her staying with the company.
Some are claiming that the Executive was sacked but Google have insisted that she was not sacked, they felt they could not comply with her demands as conditions which she would accept as acceptable to stay.
Staff in Silicon Valley are taking sides in the dispute, hundreds of Google employees have signed letters of support for the woman concerned.
As all this is happening in the very brain of the Internet which reaches into every corner of the world let's hope everyone settles down and there's no bad feelings.
chronology: American Hero Chuck Yerger dies.
Mr Yearger died yesterday aged 97.
Mr Yearger became a living legend when he became the first man to fly faster than sound. But he became known around the world when Tom Wolfe wrote his Book The Right Stuff about the Gemini Astronauts. Mr Yearger was never a Astronaut.
Mr Wolfe wrote how amongst American elite Test Pilot's like Mr Yearger Astronaut flight teams became a joke when they discovered Monkeys were to fly the Rocket capsules first. 'Who wants to be in the same team as a Monkey' sniffed the American heroes.
chronology: This date in 2017 Australia legalized Gay Marriage.
To put it mildly, Australian folks were strongly divided on the subject of Gay marriage. Australian's still hold a sentimental view of Australia as a streight forward, Church going, regular, country. The view of Gay marriage was it was just too weird to be accepted in Australia.
The debate before the decision to legalise Gay marriage was one of Australia's most vitriolic debates. A former Prime Minister was head butted in the face, other people demonstrating for legalisation were called 'qeer b*stards' and beaten up by Anti legalisation demonstrators. But the vote was passed.
Gay married couples in Australia now enjoy full civil rights and welfare benefits. But many Australian's are still uncomfortable with the law. 'The law was passed despite the will of the people of Australia, not because of the will of Australians, look at how they made that Bill law' they lament.
chronology: Sad news for Antinov 225 fans.
The giaganatic Russian Aircraft which has devoted fan's all over the world Crash Landed in Russia a few weeks back.
It was an Airport Managers worst nightmare when the world's biggest Aircraft came to a shuddering halt after overshooting the runway.. It suffered serious damage to it's left wing, and at least two engine's are said to have blown up. Fortunately no one was hurt. But the Aircraft will need major repairs, and just recovering such a huge craft is a major engineering challenge.
Fan's of the aircraft, who turn up in their thousands every time it visits some countries will be hoping there is cash to recover the plane. There are only 3 Antinovs left, and it seems highly unlikely there will be money to build a replacement.
Right now, the beautiful aircraft makes a sad sight beached on the grass near a runway.
chronology: Armand Hammer dies this date in 1990.
Most media stories about Mr Hammer always focus on his younger days. The kid from New York City who arrived in the New Soviet Union and wheeled and dealed between Moscow and New York.
But Mr Hammer's real world was the world of Big Oil. It was Lybia, not Russia that set him firmly on the world stage. With Oil supplies ever precarious in the 1950s, any new Oil Fields were mesmerising the Big Oil companies, and when vast, easy to extract Oil Fields were discovered in Lybia, Mr Hammer with his Occidental Petroleum company was quick to tender for the Rights to pump Oil from them. His knowledge of wheeling and dealing in the cut throat Oil contract business was learned back in the 1920s when he acted as go between for The Soviet's and Germany in trying arrange for Germany to have supplies of Russian Oil. It never worked out, no deals were signed, but the kid from the Bronx gained a foot in the door of the exclusive Oil Trading business. He would use his Oil Trading knowledge to win vast wealth and power in the 1960s. He became the biggest exporter of Lybian Oil, supplying a quarter of all Europe's Oil.
Mr Hammer has been the target for extreme criticism by many people who accuse him of everything from being a Communist Spy to hypocrite. But he is enigmatically referred to by some in the Oil Business as a' mysterious old Walnut' .
chronology: Space X Starship explodes on landing.
Space X Starship made a perfect high altitude flight. But the landing was a failure.
The Web is full of video of the spectacular fire ball Crash. For Space X this is just a test flight, no lives lost and lot's of data gained.
The Starship seen today is only the upper stage test stage. When fully assembled it is as big as a Saturn 5 rocket.
The Starship is a big step forward in orbital space flight. It is fully reusable and self docking to other space craft. Eventually the Starship is expected to offer flights to Mars, these will be none landing flight's. It will also offer flight's to the Moon.
chronology: Southern Hospitality.
Folks in Dear Old Dixie are famous for their friendly and polite greetings to strangers. Maybe that is what is attracting UFOs to the Carolina's these days.
Some of the UFO sightings are pretty surprising to say the least. But like everywhere else in the world these days no one is getting much interested. American Authorities, like other Government's around the globe are not responding to UFO's anymore.
If you are passing through the Carolina's and see one of these odd Craft overhead it may be responsible of you to politely inform local Police Officers, no one else seems much interested.
chronology: This date in 1934 Bill Wilson takes his final drink of alcohol and founds 'Alcoholics Anonymous' .
Mr Wilson was to become a controversial figure amongst American history buffs. As one observed 'Bill exchanged an alcohol addiction for a sex addiction. He spent long afternoons and nights in sex parties with female members. He also spent many a after meeting with friends enquiring of Ouja Boards and Tarot Card's.
But despite his love of sex and spiritualism, Bill Wilson is still held in high regard among millions of people around the world for the help and support he gave people for their alcohol problems.
chronology: This date 100 year's ago the City of Cork is burned out and looted by British forces.
The looting and burning of Cork, which included unprovoked beatings and verbal abuse of Irish civilians alongside robbery of personal belongings carried by civilians in the streets was widely condemned around the world.
chronology: This date in 2008 Bearnie Madoff is arrested and charged with Fraud.
The chaos of the 911 incident seems to have provided the freedom for Mr Maddoff to run wild with his investment schemes. But eventually Authorities in New York City had enough time to prosecute him.
People forget that New York City was covered in heaps of dust and rubble and the city's accountants were buried in work at the time Bearnie was running his investment schemes.
As the president of a large union once told me
Bernies people came to us and requested that we put 100's of millions of our pension fund into Bernie's hands. I asked you knew better?
He replied, No that's not why we didn't invest ', Our financial lawyers simply stated that his number were too good to be true!
It's impossible to have all gains and no losses in the market
Then he mentioned an old quote, I had heard many years before
" Liars don't figure and figures don't lie "
Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme, which bankrupted thousands, worked so well because no one knows how to read financial records
" Bernie Madoff. Ah, Madoff; the man with a Dickensian name and a Shakespearean persona, who apparently staged a multi-billion-dollar Ponzi scheme all on his own, without ever letting on to his brother or sons, who worked in his office, or his wife, who allegedly checked his books. Even the feeders who recruited clients for him were as innocent as newborn babes. And so Madoff alone was convicted last month of bankrupting thousands of people after a strikingly swift trial. So far, only $1.2bn has been recovered. No doubt Bernie is squirrelling the rest up his prison-issued jumpsuit.
Vanity Fair recently published an extraordinary interview with Madoff's former secretary, Eleanor Squillari, who contacted the magazine because, she said, few had bothered to talk to her. "I'm the secretary . . . I must know things! Doesn't anyone want to talk to me?" she recalls shouting at the investigators raiding the Madoff offices. Actually, it turns out that she didn't, she credibly claims, know anything, despite having worked for the man for 25 years. This is not a dig at Squillari – after all, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, bafflingly, never noticed anything was amiss either.
The root problem here, as with the other current financial disasters, is that most people don't know how to read financial records and are easily cowed by supposed experts' obfuscation. But the recent crash has surely proved that these experts often know, at best, nothing. I spoke to one man who had been contacted by one of Madoff's innocent feeders several years ago, suggesting he might like to bank with their guy. "And how does Madoff invest the money?" he asked. "Oh, don't worry about that," was the blithe reply. He never heard from them again. This would almost be funny if it didn't suggest that a lot of other people simply handed over their cash. There was an acronym on 80s Wall Street that investment banks used to put next to names of certain investors – WDIS, standing for the only question these clients would ask: "Where do I sign?"
Gordon Brown – prime minister during the financial crash, chancellor of the exchequer leading up to it – should know better than anyone that the obvious step would be to make understanding finance part of the national curriculum, because this is the stuff the world is built on and small misunderstandings build up to a big ol' mess that affects everyone. Not once have those hours of mastering sin, cos and tan in school come into use since finishing my maths GCSE; learning how to look for financial irregularities, compare mortgages, maybe even understanding stocks and bonds could have been a lot more useful. Of course, this is about as likely to happen as recovering Madoff's missing billions, seeing as if we all understood these things then we would see how badly we'd all been bamboozled. And who would want that?"
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chronology: Interesting blackie. But it seems Bernie was helped more than anything by 911. After that event regulator's in DC and New York were stunned for year's afterwards trying to catch up with a mountain of work created by the destruction of the WTC. The huge piles of accounting data had to be gone over page by page. Civil Servants in Washington and New York probably just fell into their armchairs at home and fell asleep there and then. But still people were calling for'me first' arrangements to have their compensation money approved. You understand people need help, but even Washington can't just hand people cheque's without approving them. One person who received compensation was Mr Trump. He was given 140000 dollars'stay in New York', money. He returned the favour by calling Washington DC 'the Swamp' later when he ran for President.
So you can see how Bernie slipped through the defence's against that kind of crime.
Bernie himself explained that the fact Authorities were so distracted at the time gave him a chance to just keep going over and over. He said 'when you get away with something once, you do it again. And again, and again' . He became addicted. Just depositing Billions of dollars into his account.
chronology: Mariposa Folk Festival Online celebrates Buffy Saint Marie.
Buffy must be the most famous First Nation Singer in North America. She began her singing career way back in the early 60s and is still going strong.
Buffy is known for Protest Songs mostly, but she also highlights the alienation often felt by many First Nation folks.
chronology: Legacy Inquests begin in Northern Ireland.
Inquests into the death's of around 50 civilians shot dead by British Troops in Northern Ireland began in Belfast last week. Her Honour Mr's Justice Keegan is presiding over the present Inquest after preliminary hearings to assess if standards were satisfactory during the present Covid circumstances.
The Inquest being held at the moment is hearing statements on the death of a young man in County Tyrone in 1974. The young man was shot dead as he ran away from a Army Patrol that called at a farm he worked on. There had been shorts fired at troops near the farm a few days before. Troops approached the young man to ask him questions about the shooting. The man's brother said he called at the farm shortly after the troops arrived and found his brother lying dead in a field. He said the soldiers were laughing and joking and excited by something. One soldier said to him 'am sorry it was an accident' . He said another soldier then threatened the soldier who spoke to him saying 'keep your f*cking mouth shut you are going to get us into trouble' .
The soldiers told Police Officers who questioned them about the mans death that they shot him when he ran away as they approached him. A soldier being accused of shooting the man said he never shot at him, he only fired warning shots. It is possible that another soldier fired similar warning shots but accidentally shot him.
The dead man's brother said his brother was afraid of soldiers and probably panicked and ran away.
The Inquest continues in Belfast.
chronology: Kingsmill Massacre culprit's still unknown.
The 1976 mass murder of 12 Ulstermen at Kingsmill is still a painful memory to the Unionist Community in Northern Ireland. The final verdict by Legal Authorities in Northern Ireland is that members of the IRA carried out the cold blooded killing of the 12 Protestant worker's forced off a small bus in a country lane on their way home from work.
The IRA has always insisted it had no part in the killings and at the time publicly condemned the sectarian murders as totally unexceptable.
The murders were claimed to have been retaliation for murder's of Catholics a few days before hand.
A survivor of the murders tells of hearing the leader of the gang who stopped the bus and organised the killings as having a'clipped English accent' . This was the same description of a unified man involved in the Miami Show band murder's. Some suggest it is possible the same man organised both murder scenes.
The most down to earth explanation of the tragic killing of the innocent Unionists was that they were victims of a vigilante gang acting without knowledge or permission of the IRA. The IRA had previously sent out memos to member's in the district that it would not tolerate sectarian killings of Unionists under any circumstances.
But for some researchers the Kingsmill tragedy seems beyond a vigilante explanation. They say it was too big a crime and too well organized. They say the IRA would have investigated the crime themselves and put the culprits on Trial if they found them.
For the long suffering families of the victims there is still no real closure to their distress. Just conspiracy theories.
chronology: This date in 1942 a major battle offensive by German Tanks attempt to rescue German Army division in Stalingrad. The attempt fails and the tanks are forced to regroup. The situation for German force's inside Stalingrad become desperate as supply aircraft cannot deliver nearly enough food and ammunition.
500 supply Aircraft were assembled to fly supplies to the encircled German Army. But the harsh winter conditions meant many of the aircraft simply malfunctioned in the air and crashed.
The only hope for the rapidly dwindling German Army was to fight it's way out of Stalingrad. However Mr Hitler refused to abandon the great Russian City. Russian sniper's were killing hundreds of German soldiers every day, and hunger and cold were killing almost as many others.
Outside Germany many military enthusiasts lamented the loss of the outstanding German Army.
chronology: Yukio Mishima dies 50 years ago in spectacular fashion.
Japan's most famous author at the time. He was appalled at the modernistic American style Democracy in Japan. So in 1970 he walked into a Army Camp, kidnapped the Base Commander and began making an impassioned speech to the Japanese Self Defence Force assembled below him.
The Japanese soldiers were frankly bewildered at his speech. Tho they loved and respected the Emperor, they did not consider it a loyal act to Japan to overthrow the Pro American Government on a whim of an writer.
After seeing his call for rebellion rejected Yukio calmly walked into a building then committed ritualistic suicide with a sword.
chronology: Northern Ireland holds first same sex wedding in church in the region.
A Gay couple exchanged vows and became a couple in a church in Northern Ireland today. A first ever in the region which had permitted civil unions but not marriage in churches.
While showing understanding and sensitivity to Gay couples, Christians in Northern Ireland have long called awareness to the contradiction of homosexual weddings in churches. It is comparable with holding meat pie contests in a vegetarian restaurant. The Bible is pretty clear about homosexual behaviour.
But ammendments to the law this year has allowed the wedding to take place.
chronology: A long nap.
Sometimes people who disappear create a genuine mystery. There are endless theories about why a man or woman just vanished. But often years later the answer to the riddle is found unexpectedly.
When a No Frills supermarket employee vanished police in Iowa were frankly bewildered. But 10 years later the mystery was solved when the empty building the supermarket used to be in was undergoing renovations.
He had never left Iowa at all. In fact he never left work. His body was discovered behind a walk in cooler at his work place. Detectives have concluded he snuck up to the top of the cooler where staff would go to take unofficial naps and somehow rolled over into a 18 inch wide gap at the back of the cooler.
Noise from the condensers in the cooler would have shielded any calls for help had made and sadly he died there. Examination of his body showed no sign of violence, it was just a sad accident.
It is not uncommon for people to be undiscovered right where they disappear. In England a mental patient vanished from an hospital but was found 10 years literally lying in the grass 100 feet from the hospital. An empty bottle of vodka was among his remains.
chronology: HMS Thetiis
When HMS Thetiis had a rough first test dive there was no real drama. It was 1939 and new submarines never worked properly first time around. But when she failed to surface it was clear she was experiencing more than teething trouble. Her bow had slammed into the mud and she was half flooded after a latch malfunction. But her commanders managed to part raise the boat and her aft section was partly above water. The crew were alive and banging on the Hull. It was just time till they could be rescued. But then the navy took control of the rescue from the salvage crews and began to consider how to recover the boat.
Salvage crew members began protesting that it would take less than a hour to cut air holes in the side of the sub, and in a few hours a bigger hole could be cut to get the crew out of the sub from the aft section above water. We will think about it, said the Navy. No air holes were cut or escape holes cut. All 100 men on board slowly suffocated.
It was 60 years later that documents were discovered that explained why no holes were cut in the Thetiis. If they had been they would have permanently weakened the Hull.
The documents never said 'save the sub not the crew'. But as one researcher said, there is no other way to interpret the Navy's action.
Weeks later, the Thetiis was beeched, Hull in tact, and 100 bodies of the dead sailors taken off.
chronology: Mussels in the Tussles
Proud Boys reportedly brawling across Washington DC streets today in ugly street fights. 4 people stabbed, one in serious condition.
The Proud Boys led a 'Stop the Steal' Protest in Washington DC today. Ugly fights broke out as counter protesters clashed with the Right Wing Ultra Patriotic Proud Boys.
Right Wing Talkradio fanatic Alex Jones was also reportedly at the Protest.