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chronology: 32 years on, the tragic murder of two RUC senior Officer's still a mystery.
Chief Superintendent Harry Been and his RUC fellow Officer Bob Buchanan both died this month, 32 years ago. The dedicated Police Officer's were ambushed and killed by the IRA in a period of escalating violence between the IRA and the British Government of the day led by Lady Thatcher.
The two senior RUC men had driven to a meeting with fellow Police Officer's of the Guarda in Southern Ireland. They drove in a normal civilian car confident that they could drive there and back safely in plain clothes without being noticed by terrorists in the area. Sup Been had been urged not to go to the meeting across the boarder due to the constant danger faced by RUC Officers. But he decided to drive anyway to the meeting to discuss smuggling in the district.
The two Officer's from the RUC concluded their meeting and set off home to Northern Ireland from their meeting at the Guarda Station. It was the last time the two brave frontierPolicemen were seen alive.
A phone call to a RUC Station alerted the police that there were two men dead in the road near the boarder. It was soon discovered that the two senior Officers were the victims of murder.
The mystery of what happened to the two gentlemen was never to be solved. Some claim that the IRA had been tipped off that the two men were driving through their district and ambushed them as they drove past. But others doubt that. A former senior British Army Officer observed that it would have taken the IRA days to plan such a ambush. Most likely the two Officer's had driven into a mobile IRA Roadblock and been identified as senior RUC men and been murdered. The IRA were said to have deployed 25 men in Spot Check Road Blocks at the time of the RUC men's murder, so it was simply tragic bad luck that led to the men's murder.
There were angry comments in Government circles at the time that, yet again, RUC staff were being exposed to fatalities without being properly protected.
chronology: Louisville Kentucky, September 1862.
The United States Army ruled America during the Civil War. The Army had catapulted from being a Institution of American Pride to becoming a defacto Government and Police Force for the United States.
Being deluged with work and responsibilities, tempers often were lost and Army Officer's often disputed the best choice of plans.
But there was also old fashioned Human Nature, and in Louisville Kentucky human nature had deadly result's.
When General Nelson met General Davis of the Union Army met each other they never liked each other at all. But event's soon spiralled out of control to where the two General's exchanged insult's and, General Davis, gun in hand walked over to General Nelson and shot him dead on the spot.
The shooting had resulted from an exchange of insults by the two gentlemen, and culminated in General Nelson.a huge man, slapping General Davis in the face. General Davis then borrowed a gun and shot General Nelson.
Gen Davis was not charged with any offence and continued his service in the Army's.
For some military historians, Gen Nelson had created his own fate. For an officer and gentleman at the time General Davis was virtually left with no choice at all but to kill General Nelson. But for senior American Officers they wanted the situation swept under the carpet ASAP. The last thing they wanted was American Ranking Commander's taking side's in a personal dispute.
chronology: U.S. police on alert as some American Militia suspected of plotting to invade Capital Hill.
The Militia see Mr Trump as God's Chosen One. They say Mr Trump will miraculously appear in Washington DC and set America free from Child molesting canabals who they say rape children then make snacks out of them.
To the sound of the opening music from 2001 a Space Odyssey, Mr Trump will decend from the cloud's and save America.
'Must be Thursday' as American's say.
chronology: 'Murder in the Bayous'
The mystery continues. Between 2005 and 2009 Jennings Louisiana was going through tough economic times. Unemployment, people short on cash, boring day after day.
Just about half the Western World was in the same doldrums, so what made Jennings Louisiana stand out? Well 8 women wound up dead. Thrown into swamps, storm ditches and river's. And still no progress in solving the crime's. The women had all turned to prostitution to earn a little extra cash for drugs. Crack cocaine and Meth Amphetamine were popular with many folks back then.
Some doubt that the women's death's will ever be solved. In hard times hooker's take more risk's than usual to turn a dollar. Some suspect a psychopath who knew many of the women could have realised that the police had little money for investigation of the killings and possibly killed the women just for the sense of power murder gave him.
Louisiana Detective's may yet solve the crime's. But Detective's may not expecting to much.
chronology: While QAnon has become a buzz word with American Patriot's who seem intoxicated with Conspiracy theories, most Americans still know nothing about the 'Three Sisters' .
So who or what is the Three Sisters? And why would any American give the name a second thought? Is it just as crazy as QAnon?
Well we have discussed this in past Trivia Post's wireclubers. The Three Sisters are Washington DC, London and Rome.
All three Cities are Corporate Entities, and all three weild immense power in the world. Washington DC Political Military power, London Banking Power, and the Vatican Religious Mind Control Power.
Curiously, all three Cities are independent of the countries they are located in. All three Cities have very cunningly evolved laws to bamboozle anyone who tries to understand just what exactly is their political nature.
So while QAnon may be a lot of Bull Hockey, who knows what to make of the Three Sisters conspiracy theory?
chronology: Americans in search of Identity.
There was a Guy in the State's a while back who celebrated his root's by snacking on German sausages and wearing traditional German pants. But then one day he sent off one of those DNA kits and found out that he was really mostly Scottish in his Gene's. He now wear's a kilt and spends his holidays in Scotland.
Genealogy Tourism was on the rise in America before the lockdown. And Americans were flying everywhere on a voyage of self discovery. Assisted by DNA analysis of sample DNA they had sent off to Ancestry Websites. Just before the big lockdown, Jewish folks in America were flying off to visit region's associated with DNA testing they had paid for.
Well it must be quite impressive to know you belong to some illustrious Scottish Klan, or to some Old Irish Royal Family. Or to the the Great City of Venice back in the day. Or to the impressive City of Madrid. With the Lockdown ending soon American's will be flying out in search of their past.
chronology: The Ultimate Roulette Game.
Firstly, this is in no way disrespectful to the Gay Community. It just happens that most of the player's of the Party Game are said to be Gay.
So, no Gay disrespect here wirreclubbers.
But it seems a few year's ago in Barcelona Spain, a new Party Game began where Gays were said to engage in a Gay Orgy in which one of the member's was HIV positive. His identity was kept secret during the Orgy. The members of the orgy were not using any protection. Hense the term 'Roulette' .
People outside the Gay Community first became aware of the hazardous game when Doctors questioned young Gay men if they could think how they became inflected with AIDS. The young men told the doctors about the Roulette Games.
Is this Urban Legend true? Well there is no actual proof of such Gay games.
chronology: Jetpack Man still not identified.
The practical Joker known as Jetpack Man who buzzed a number of Aircraft last year at LAX remains unidentified.
The man flew near a number of Aircraft coming into land at the busy LA airport. The FBI and FAA are both investigating the man. What he is doing is no joke, it could bring down a Aircraft.
Flying men have been seen in a number of countries recently. They could be dummies attached to drones. But at least two pilot's at LA are certain they were Jetpacks.
chronology: Jetpack Man will never upstage Fan Man.
James Miller was an Alaskan with a habit of dropping in on people. But when he dropped in on the Bowe Holyfield fight at Las Vegas in 1993 he really upset Fight Fans.
The Fight was progressing normally with both boxer's fighting in the 7th Round. But to the astonishment of the Fighter's and Media commenters a man suddenly descended into the Ring using a huge hanglider.
Pandemonium broke out as Miller was dragged and punched out of the Ring and taken into custody. Tho he landed without injury he was punched and kicked so often as he was dragged away he needed hospital treatment.
James just seemed to love the thrill of total attention from people when he performed his Stunts.
He even went on to land on top of Buckingham palace after flying around London. That night he was lucky not to be shot as he descended onto the roof of the palace. But a exasperated London Police spokesperson later seemed more bored than angry with James when he confirmed James had been arrested, 'yessss we have James in custody, he is an absolute nutter' . James was deported a few days later and banned from entering England for life.
chronology: Close encounters over New Mexico.
If you have a Radio Scanner then you will hear some odd things at times. And if you have 16 scanners hooked up to your laptop you are more to pick up something strange.
Well one American radio scanner buff heard a American Airlines describing a near miss with a UFO like object to Alburqearque Air Traffic control. He has 16 scanners none stop sweeping the American Air waves.
American Airlines say they are unaware of their pilots making such a report to ATC New Mexico.
The object described by the pilot looks like the famous Aurora Drone. The High Flying super fast American drone is the subject of conspiracy theories. Sightings of Aurora are extremely rare.
chronology: Robots may be defending the Falklands in the future.
Britain's MOD is not as open as the Pentagon in its public relations. But Britain in the future may be using Robots to defend the Falklands Islands.
After the regrettable disagreement between London and Argentina in 1982, Great Britain has maintained a garrison of around 2000 personnel in the islands. The islands are a long way from England so shipping out food and essentials is pricey. But with the rapidly advancing Robot technology, Britain may be swapping Boots on the ground for robot tracks on the ground. Autonomous warships and aircraft will also give Britain huge savings in defence costs.
Military experts probably believe that an fully AI managed Falklands Defence system is still a long way to go, but it is definitely the future of any defence forces in the South Atlantic.
The Falkland Islands are unique in that Britain can present a good case that war robots in the region do effect anyone but criminal aggression.
However Argentina will most likely raise loud complaints in the UN and among fellow American States that War Robot deployment by Britain is a serious new development in British Imperialism. The war robots will give Britain virtually unchallenged power in the South Atlantic.
chronology: A visit to the most sacred cemetery.
For most folks, if you asked them about the grave they would most want to visit it would be Old Abe's grave. Such is the esteem and respect for the great man.
Other folks would mention a Hollywood Star like Marylin Monroe. Or Mr Richard Nixon's grave. Elvis Presley still attracts millions of people each year to his grave. And in the Bronx in New York City Herman Melville is still remembered by visitors to his grave in the Bronx cemetery.
But there is no doubt that the most sacred grave of all is in Hebron in the West Bank. There lies Abraham, the patriarch of the Bible. It seems incredible that Abraham's remains have survived the passage of time in such a turbulent land as Judea.
Probably the biggest threat to Abraham's remains was during the conquests of Nineveh. The Assyrian Army would kill everything in sight on entering some enemy town. When they had killed off the living, they dug up the dead bodies of the prominent locals and hauled them back to Nineveh. But Abraham survived the passing of time.
Jewish folks believe his body was buried in the cave at Abraham's field in Hebron. But most likely he was laid to rest in the field near to the cave. His grave would not have been a fancy affair. Most likely it was a simple grave.
When Israel won the 6 Day war, a Jewish Officer became the first Jew in 700 years to pray at the tomb. Some time later a little Jewish girl was lowered into the cave on a rope to look inside the cave. She took some photographs and returned with them.
So after all these years Abraham still rests in Hebron. But of course you can never be certain after all these years. But despite everything, his bones are still most likely there.
The most mysterious grave in history is still Alexander the Great's grave. It was once a regular place of pilgrimage for the Roman Elite. But has become lost in history.
chronology: U.S. Navy has a warm welcome in a cold place.
Folk's in Norway can be a philosophical lot. But even they must have struggled to see the silver lining on timing of the end of the Soviet Union.
It may have been the beginning of a new era of freedom in Europe, but it also happened at the exact same time as Norway finished off building a multi Hundred millions dollar Secret underground submarine base. The base was effectively redundant the moment it opened.
It was later sold off at a fraction of the cost it took to build it. And , irony of ironies, the first customer to use the secret base was a Russian submarine operating for Gasprom, the Russian energy giant.
But times change and the Navy is looking to expand it's service call in's in the far North, and they have found themselves offered a hardly used deep underground submarine base that is virtually bomb proof. The Navy are probably struck at having such a good day at the races.
It is not clear whether the American submarines will fit into the long underground service tunnel Dry Dock. But the Norwegian Authorities have said America is free to use the base as a refitt Dock or just resupply, drop and collect.
chronology: A hundred year's after Einstein won the Nobel Prize for Physics we still have no Idea what Gravity is.
In 1921 Albert Einstein, the 'Jewish Genius' set people talking about Physics like never before. Newspaper sellers in Los Angeles, Cabbies in New York City, Professor's in Colleges all seemed to have ideas about Einstein's theories.
But a hundred year's on people today still have no general consensus idea about what Gravity is, or how it works. 5 years ago there appeared to be a milestone breakthrough when scientists discovered a 'gravity wave' from a explosion far away in the universe. They calculated that gravity travels at the same speed of light. So at least we now know whatever gravity is, it travels at the same speed as light.
chronology: This date in 1964, New York City folk's get a bad rap.
Kitty Genovese, an Italian American, was walking home when a man ran up behind her and stabbed her in the back as she attempted to run away. Kitty managed to shout out 'oh God he stabbed me' . A few people heard her cry out but could not hear what she had said. They looked out of their windows but only saw her walking to the back of a building. She died a few hours later after collapsing.
Over the next few weeks stories in the Press began to describe how people in Queens had done nothing as Kitty lay bleeding to death. Some stories seemed to suggest people watched Kitty being murdered and did nothing.
Reporters who looked into the story a few years after the death of Kitty noted that the facts of the crime did not match the reported stories in the Press. A handful of people had heard Kitty cry out, but presumed it was a lover's Tiff.
But New York still would be slated for year's afterwards for letting Kitty die. Most people today who heard of the story know it was incorrectly reported.
chronology: A Glasgow kiss.
A teenage girl in England today claimed she headbutted a man in the face who tried to fondle her on a footpath. The man staggered back and she ran off.
Such a headbutt is called a 'Glasgow kiss'. It can do some damage to victims. Video on YouTube shows a Woman who walked up to a man stood at a bar and headbutted him in the face smashing his nose. The man crumpled to the floor but staggered up only to be punched repeatedly in the face by the woman. It was said to have happened in Glasgow.
Unsurprisingly the incident was not reported to Glasgow police.
As folks say Glasgow folks are fine folks, but perhaps some pubs are best avoided.
chronology: Sarah Everard demonstration turns ugly in London.
Thousands of women gathered in London the other day to protest violence against women in the wake of Sarah Everards presumed homicide. But the demonstration soon turned on the police at the event shouting accusations at Officer's regarding the death of Ms Everard.
It is a distressing subject, but the reality is even the detectives investigating the death of Ms Everard have no checkable facts yet as to what happened to Ms Everard. A serving police officer has been arrested and is being held for investigation. But again there are no facts at all known about the circumstances of Ms Everards death.
Public figures in England at the moment are not exactly being supportive of the Metropolitan police as police statements are made attempting to assure protesters that all is being done to clarify the death of Ms Everard. A man being held on suspicion of murder has been taken to hospital twice in the last few days with head injuries received in police custody. Police officers at the station he was detained in reported the injured suspect was alone in his cell at the time of the injuries.
It is understandable that women are upset at the moment, but everything they seem to be becoming enraged at the police is at the moment rumour and speculation.
" Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp (yep, that's his full name) ran away from home several times and tried to enlist in the Union Army in the Civil War. He was unsuccessful and was sent back home every time, as he was only 13 years old.
He loved ice cream. He wasn't a hard drinker. In fact, he wasn't a drinker at all. No, the great Wyatt Earp, as macho as they come, never let liquor touch his lips. But he did have a vice: his love of ice cream. Every day in Tombstone, he would stop into the local ice cream parlor and indulge in a scoop.
He was arrested for horse theft along with two other men. Wyatt and the other men were accused of stealing two horses (each worth $100) and jailed. Instead of waiting for his trial, Wyatt broke out of jail and escaped through the jail roof.
He never was hit or injured during a gun fight. No, not in any gunfight he was ever involved in, which contributed to his legend.
He once accidentally shot himself (actually his coat). Although Wyatt was never hit by the bullet of an opponent, once, his single-action revolver fell out of his holster while he was leaning back in a chair and discharged. Embarrassingly, the discharged bullet went through his coat and out the ceiling.
He loved hookers and prostitutes. Wyatt may not have been a drinker, but he loved the ladies (ladies of the evening, that is). In one year (1872) Wyatt was arrested three times for "keeping and being found in a house of ill-repute."
Wyatt was listed as living in a brothel with Jane Haspiel in February of 1872. It is not known whether he was a pimp, an enforcer, or a bouncer in the establishment. Later, in 1876, when his brother James opened a brothel in Dodge City, Wyatt went along with him.
He was once fined for slapping a prostitute. Wyatt was fined the sum of $1.00 for slapping a muscular prostitute named Frankie Bell. Frankie had "heaped epithets" on Wyatt and he got upset and slapped her. Frankie spent the night in jail and was fined $20 (Wyatt's $1 fine was the legal minimum).
His second wife was probably an ex-prostitute. Wyatt's common-law wife, Celia Anne "Matty" Blaylock, who Wyatt lived with until 1881, was reputedly an ex-hooker.
He loved Dick Naylor. Wyatt's favorite horse, a racehorse, was named Dick Naylor.
He was put on trial for murder. After Wyatt's signature moment, the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, he was tried for murder, along with his best pal, Doc Holliday. If convicted, the two would have been hanged. Fortunately for Wyatt and his legend, he and Doc were both acquitted.
He was a pal of John Wayne. In Wyatt's later years, he lived in Los Angeles and was a technical advisor on several silent cowboy films. He befriended a young actor named Marion Morrison (who later changed his name to John Wayne) and regaled the young thespian with tales of the Old West. Enthralled, the young Duke used to fetch Wyatt cups of coffee. Wayne later claimed his portrayals of cowboys and Western lawmen were based on these conversations with Wyatt Earp.
His last words were enigmatic. According to his wife of 47 years, Wyatt's last words, just before he died in January of 1929 were "Suppose, suppose…" Wyatt's wife, friends, and biographers all have only made guesses at what he was about to say to complete his thought before he passed away."
chronology: Dead, the world's most powerful man.
Rome is stunned at the murder of Julius Caesar. Caesar was stabbed to death in the Senate. This date in 44BC.
The Assassins walked in the streets of Rome calling to the Roman people 'people of Rome you are free'. But the Roman public stood silenty staring at the assassins. Soon the Roman people pointedly went inside their homes slamming the doors on the assassins.
Among Romes political elite those determined to avenge Caesars murder began forming their plans.
chronology: The most dangerous River on earth.
That must be the Amazon River, Right? How about the Great Mississippi? Maybe the Colorado River?
No, it is the Strid in Yorkshire. Huh? The Strid looks just like the hundreds of other sleepy looking English river's in Yorkshire. Probably if the U.S. National Parks Service ever heard of the Strid they thank their lucky star's that the river is not in any American Park.
The Strid looks sleepy and idyllic to jump into on a warm sunny English summer day. People who do so are virtually guaranteed to be be killed. While the Strid may look sleepy and calm, it has powerful undercurrents that flow twice as fast as the water near the surface. The undertow water is also tumbling over and over so when you are sucked under you are tumbling around and around. Unless there was some brave Park Service Ranger nearby you are guaranteed dead in minute's.
Don't know wireclubers, it looks like some sleepy old fashioned English stream. If any Park Ranger's visit the river while on holiday in England they would probably be grateful the river is not their Park back in the State's.
chronology: This date in 1968 the incident at My Lai.
A number of graphic and disturbing photographs taken by some GIs at a operation at My Lai would become a headline sensation a year later around the world. Books would be written and documentaries made claiming to tell the 'truth' about My Lai. In reality to this day no ome is really sure what happened during a sweep of the Vietnamese Hamlets. Even the numbers of people killed are pure speculation.
According to some people who have studied My Lai the day began as a routine operation of searching for VC in the area. American troops had been told that the Hamlets should be empty, any Vietnamese seen treated as potential VC. Amongst the GIs sweeping the village's warnings had been given civilians could throw grenades at them.
Most likely around 50 civilians were killed in the confusion that engulfed the patrol of the village. One man who was at My Lai still insisted that no civilians had been shot there a year later. 'I did hear shooting but always presumed that was normal engagement of the enemy' he told an Army inquiry.
U.S. Army legal expert's had to acknowledge that there was no crime scene or bodies documented at My Lai. The alleged crimes only existed on soldiers photographs.
A sad event wirreclubbers. But remember virtually everything you read about My Lai is unproven.
chronology: This date in 1984, William F Buckley is kidnapped in Lebanon.
For the CIA the kidnapping of Mr Buckley was a serious setback to their Middle East infrastructure. CIA Officials began noticing people who could used as helpful resources vanishing in the areas where Mr Buckley had built up a trusted friends connection network. They concluded Mr Buckley had been drugged and tortured into giving up the names of his network.
chronology: Ayers Rock, minus the Beer Cans.
Aussie's in the past loved nothing more than holding a six pack of beer in their teeth and then settling out for the summit of Ayer's Rock. The huge sandstone Hill in the Northern Territories famed for its colour changing at sunset's and sunrise. It was so Australian to break out the Barbie and enjoy steak's and beer and socializing with people from all over the world.
But PC has reached Ayer's Rock, and now Aussie's have conform to a bunch of regulation's. Not that this keeps people away, more folks than ever are drawn to the mystical site, even if the atmosphere is not happy go lucky Australian anymore. Aussie's are still having as much fun as ever riding motorcycles and electric vehicles around the outside of the tourist exclusion zone.
The most sensational story from Ayer's Rock is still the Dingo Baby Case. Not a few fights broke out in the Northern Territories Bar's whenever that case was on TV.
No doubt flock's of tourists will be heading out there to catch up on their globe trotting when the Lockdown end's.
chronology: Happy St Patrick's Day to all Irish wireclubers.
This is also the centenary year of 'Dear Old Ireland's' independence. In many ways this year must be regarded as Ireland's best year of it's Independent Era. Ireland is prosperous, progressive, and is looking to the future with confidence a expectations of better days ahead. Human Rights in all of Ireland are at the same standards as the best countries in the world. And many grievances which Irish people had from the troubles Era are being openly discussed at Inquiries in Belfast.
So lot's for Irish folks to celebrate. But alas, New York City, the world center for St Patrick's Day is still under lockdown.
chronology: This date 1973, Lt Col Robert Sterm is photographed being welcomed home by his overjoyed family as he returned from Vietnam.
The photograph has become symbolic of the end of American direct assistance to Vietnam and the end of the sacrifice of American Armed Force's in Vietnam.
The photograph won the Pulitzer Prize.