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Interesting history
 LJ just posted about their Email Manager tool because some accounts have had hotmail email address recycles that allowed them to steal the account.

And I was reminded of the incident where ashmckena  @ 2003-07-22 14:40:11 had stolen my blog. Ah, the joys of stupidity and criminal acts. My life is so much better since I am removed from the inane drama of that time in my life.

That's all... back to work I go.

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Coraline! O Coraline!
Current Mood:
enthralled enthralled
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Christmas is expensive....
Why, it can cost between $21K and $90K, depending on how many pear trees you want to give out. Yes, PNC Bank has published their annual Christmas Price list, based on the 12 Days of Christmas. Find out how much your true love spent on those gifts.
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 11th Hour

We often speak of the 11th hour as being at the last minute. It can be traced as far back as the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard by Jesus 200 years ago, it can be traced back to any governor choosing to commute a death sentence at the last minute, or it can be traced back to the early part of the 20th Century. The centuries leading up to the 20th were brutal. It was common for wars between countries to break out. England and France had centuries of history fighting one another, it was just the way things were done. Russia and Japan mixed it up in 1904 over expansion. Wars were fought between European nations over territory a world away. But there was always a hope that life would get better.

And then, on June 28, 1914, assassins killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. But, truth be told, his death was simply an excuse. The entire continent had been setting itself up, maneuvering for power and a better position on the chessboard. But his death was the excuse used for toppling the precarious house of cards that was Europe in 1914. And, like a pattern of dominoes, one event led to another that led to another until there was WAR like Man had not seen before. It's safe to say that the slaughter, the tedium, the new and improved methods of death, all could have come straight out of the book of Revelations or Nostradamus' more apocalyptic prophecy. The second decade of the 20th Century saw the introduction of a new breed of weapons, the penultimate of weapons.

A brief look at the history of weapons shows that Man started with little more than his body, which can be an efficient killing machine. But, add a basic lever and you get a club that makes it more so, at least against an individual. Add a sword for slashing or a spear for attacking from a distance. And, as Man matured, science made all of these more efficient. Add a little gunpowder and compress the point of the spear and you get a gun, still a weapon for killing one person at a time. The 19th Century took this a step further, first with the Gatling Gun, which enabled a man to shoot rapidly and kill more; then with the Maxim Machine Gun, which no longer required a crank, just pull the trigger and hold. Lord Tennyson captured the horrors of this new gun well in The Charge of the Light Brigade:

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley'd & thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
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