Philippa

Political Correctness?

What is meant by the modern term referred to as “POLITICAL CORRECTNESS”…The definition is found in at the Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri.

The following are copies of four telegrams between President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur on the day before the actual signing of the WWII Surrender Agreement in September 1945.

The contents of those four telegrams below are exactly as received at the end of the war – not a word has been added or deleted!

(1) Tokyo, Japan   0800-September 1,1945

To: President Harry S Truman

From: General D A MacArthur

Tomorrow we meet with those yellow-bellied bastards and sign the Surrender Documents, any last minute instructions?

(2) Washington, D C   1300-September 1, 1945

To: D A MacArthur

From: H S Truman Congratulations, job well done, but you must tone down your obvious dislike of the Japanese when discussing the terms of the surrender with the press, because some of your remarks are fundamentally not politically correct! 

(3) Tokyo, Japan  1630-September 1, 1945

To: H S Truman

From: D A MacArthur and C H Nimitz

Wilco Sir, but both Chester and I are somewhat confused, exactly what does the term politically correct mean?

Washington, D C  2120-September 1, 1945

To: D A MacArthur/C H Nimitz

From: H S Truman

Political Correctness is a doctrine, recently fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and promoted by a sick mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of shit by the clean end!

Philippa

Jonty – My Beautiful Boy Has Gone

For those of you who have a dog or have had one, you will understand the grief it brings when they die.

Jonty was a lovely chap and a real hansom specimen of his breed. His pedigree was actually German, going back through many generations of world and national champions. We rescued him in 2010 when he was only 18 months old, so he was only 8 years 9 months, which is still young for this breed.

Unfortunately he got run over quite badly outside our house only two months after we got him. I thought we had lost him then, but despite grazing he seemed fine when the vet checked him over. The car was worse off, with a smashed in wing and headlight. That cost me £500 in repairs!

This accident had the effect of slowly killing the gracilis muscle in his rear right leg. It became fibrotic (known as fibrotic myopathy – see: http://www.vetsurgerycentral.com/ortho_semitendinosus_myopathy.html), which gave him a limp. This was incurable as the muscle wastes away. In the spring this year he suddenly started to go down hill and we went to the Royal Vet College to have him thoroughly looked at, in case there was anything we could do. £3000 later and we were no further on. They did discover that he likely also had myelopathy – see: https://www.ufaw.org.uk/dogs/german-shepherd-degenerative-myelopathy, which is the nerves in the spine degenerating, so this would effect the whole of his back end. We didn’t really believe them at that time, but lately it was becoming evident.

I have been supporting his back end all summer with a harness and lately literally holding him up whenever we went out for a walk, which was twice a day. We tried the wheels to no avail, just didn’t suit his situation at all. No doubt it’s done my upper body conditioning no end of good (he was 47kg), but it couldn’t go on indefinitely and this last couple of weeks decided me to stop now. I had already expected not to go into the winter doing this.

It has been really hard as we loved him so much. We spent all evening weeping and it’s left a huge void in our hearts and house. Much too quiet now! We keep welling up just thinking about him. What total wimps we are!

ER

Blue eye for Bluetooth

Dear Reader,

Posts about computers are not very popular on diablog. One could even say, they are unpopular. Yet, for your own safety, please, bare with me.

One of the reasons for the lack of popularity might be, that a lot of people are unaware, how often they are using a “computer”.

Prime example, do you use a smartphone? Great, that’s a computer. Do you own a smart TV? That’s a computer. And so is your car, and probably you fridge, and your internet router, and your electricity and/or gas meter, and, and ….

Why do I bother you with that? Because today it was revealed that Bluetooth has major security holes.

Blue what?

Bluetooth is a wireless technique invented in 1994, 23 years ago. It is in use heavily. Bluetooth is in almost all smartphones and laptops. For years now it has been bundled with WiFi on the hardware level. So Bluetooth is pretty much everywhere.

And today a research company published security holes in Bluetooth. Unfortunately, Bluetooth did not go with what is called “Opt-in”, where you have to activate it. Bluetooth is active by default. You have to ppt-out, so to speak.

If you own a laptop or a smartphone, please turn off Bluetooth.

 

If you do not know how, please ask someone who does.

You and we all will have enough problems with all the “internet of things” devices, where one cannot turn off Bluetooth easily. We do not want a gazillion hacked smartphones and laptops on top of that, do we?

Please, do it now.

Thanks in advance,

Engine Room

ER

This weekend

Dear Reader,

Everybody here at diablog is wondering, where the heck is Glynsky?

Maybe I have an answer.

This weekend is Goodwood. Somehow I forgot, whether Glynsky attends Silverstone, or Goodwood, or both?

In any case, this year you, I, and everybody else can follow Goodwood via live stream. It all is on Youtube and one can watch it here:

Goodwood Revival Live Stream 2017

If you happen to see Glynsky in the crowd or on the track, let me know.

Stay tuned,

Engine Room

 

ER

Watch The Walk

Dear Reader,

The last few years have been pretty hard on movie goers like me.

I understand the need for children movies, but how many Disney princesses can one watch?

I also understand the reason for action movies, but no story line and eight sequels?

Obviously the new players in the fight for our eyeballs – Amazon, Netflix, .. is HBO still around? – have taken bigger risks and attracted better stories, creating better movie experiences at home, outside your normal cinema. But then, if your competition is a gazillion Marvel and kiddy films, it does not take much, does it?

One movie stood out in 2015, and sadly I did not manage to watch it then. A few days ago I was able to do so, and I can truly recommend it. If you have a chance, please go and see:

The Walk

If you cannot see it on the big screen, it is worth renting a beamer for this. The cinematography is that excellent.

The movie tells Philippe Petit’s story, a French guy who wanted to walk on a wire – more like a cable – between the twin towers of the World Trade Center. The pictures are brilliant, the story is very well told, it has you gripping your arm rests. Or getting sweaty palms, when he steps onto the cable.

The movie also brings back fond memories of standing up there, overlooking Manhattan, your spirits and dreams uplifted.

Stay tuned,

Engine Room