Okay, did facebook eat everyone? What happened? *waves* *taps microphone* Anyone here?
Jokes aside, how is EVERYone? We're heading into a new season here ----- the dreaded hot, humid fibro-hating summer ----- and a charming winter Down Under (which is really weird, b/c nobody calls the Northern Hemisphere Up Above).
Of course, "winter" might be a strong word. I checked Sydney Australia's weather. It's my kind. below 70 and above frostbite. Ahhh!
today's fun facts
Douglas McArthur, famed general of the Asian/Pacific theater in WW2, damn near caused us WW3 ---- the mushroom cloud kind. How? Well, he was in charge when Chinese-and-Soviet-backed North Koreans went over the 38th parallel ----- which, FYI, is still the border between North Korea and South Korea, so you can see how that ended. And McArthur didn't want a defensive war to just get the "commies" out of South Korea. He wanted full-on, take-'em-on, knock-down war. While China's nuclear status at the time is not entirely known (the first known nuke test was in the 1960s).... they would've received happy hellp from the USSR.
Who had nukes, starting 1949. The Cold War, if Dougie McArthur had his way, would have ended very cold. Nuclear fallout cold. You'd only see it on the Geiger counters, assuming they didn't melt.
Thus, within a year of the start of the never-called-a-war (until later), Truman fired Gen McArsehat, and the defensive stance was decided. Nevertheless, the war lasted three years. And... still ended with the border at the 38th parallel.
Remembering that today in honor of my uncle who was a POW of the NK/Chinese forces in that "not-a-war". Could've fooled him. And the 38% of his fellow Korean War POWs who didn't survive captivity.
Why do I bring that up? The biggest sticking point in peace talks (besides who sat where, who was served first, and similar BS)... wasn't even the border. THey all agreed teh 38th parallel (that's a latitude line, if you didn't know, whoops)... was fine. What stuck them? Repatriating POWs. The North Koreans said they wanted POWs "forcibly repatriated" (that is, sent back even fi they begged to stay in South Korea). The US/UN forces said "nope, no forced repatriation". This was proposed in 1951. The war ended in 1953.
South Korea gained a mere 1500 square miles, and the DMZ was established, and still exists today, nearly 70 years later.
Happy Re-Patriation Day, Uncle! ... finally home.
We never mentioned Asia, rice, Chinese food, elevators (he had claustrophobia) or the TV show "MASH" in front of him. his war was not forgotten, even if the Korean War came to be nicknamed "The Forgotten War". Nobody threw tomatoes at the vets returning, but nobody threw confetti, either.
Ironically, the guy survived WW2 fine ---- as a Polish dude with a last name everyone assumed must be Jewish, leading to double the meanness. *sigh*
May your Monday be less futile than mine will be. I have to go tend the Horde, as I now call the critters in my life. I swaer, the birds yelled at me for not putting out seed fast enough yesterday! ;-)
Hello! I have a broken toe! Welcome to doing yard work where you have rock, slope, and no help. Good news, it's minor. Bad news, it still hurts like the dickens. (And why did Dickens get to be a symbol of pain, anyway? Jk)***Random odd facts for yoru day:Almost all leather goods come from cows slaughtered to be eaten, or slaughtered b/c they aged otu of being able to produce milk. Ergo, if you...
this on my lap so have a good day while I try to breathe in air and not fur!