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November 30, 2021

March 20, 1939: Germany makes an ultimatum to Lithuania about the Klaipėda Region


The 1939 German ultimatum to Lithuania was an oral ultimatum which Joachim von Ribbentrop, Foreign Minister of Nazi Germany, presented to Juozas Urbšys, Foreign Minister of Lithuania on 20 March 1939. The Germans demanded that Lithuania give up the Klaipėda Region (also known as the Memel Territory) which had been detached from Germany after World War I, or the Wehrmacht would invade Lithuania. The Lithuanians had been expecting the demand after years of rising tension between Lithuania and Germany, increasing pro-Nazi propaganda in the region, and continued German expansion. It was issued just five days after the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. The 1924 Klaipėda Convention had guaranteed the protection of the status quo in the region, but the four signatories to that convention did not offer any material assistance. The United Kingdom and France followed a policy of appeasement, while Italy and Japan openly supported Germany, and Lithuania accepted the ultimatum on 22 March 1939. It proved to be the last territorial acquisition for Germany before World War II, producing a major downturn in Lithuania's economy and escalating pre-war tensions for Europe as a whole.

I have read about World War Two for YEARS and have never heard of this ultimatum. Old dogs, new tricks Enjoy !
November 20, 2021

European Court of Human Rights: Compulsory vaccinations..... are "necessary in a democratic society"


Compulsory vaccinations for children are "necessary in a democratic society", the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said in a ruling on Thursday.

It came in a case involving several families from the Czech Republic whose children had been refused admission to school because they had not been fully vaccinated against a panel of nine diseases including poliomyelitis, hepatitis B, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, whooping cough and pneumococcal infections.

Nicolas Hervieu, a legal expert specialising in ECHR matters, said the ruling "reinforces the possibility of compulsory vaccination" for COVID-19.

Sixteen of the 17 judges rejected the families' argument that the compulsory vaccination law went against their right to respect for private life.

https://bit.ly/3nzuhaY (the ECHR decision behind an unbreakable link)
November 18, 2021

White House press conference scheduled for today, November 18th


Not live yet, as far as I can tell....

It was supposed to start near 1:45 PM EST.
November 18, 2021

Very profane (but funny) Australian comic, cook, and YouTube star: Nat's What I Reckon

WARNING: If you are offended by profanity and coarse language, just click out of this post, please.

Latest show:

A Good Day to Pie Hard



Interview with Australian TV (some profanity here also):

Despite all the profanity, he seems like a decent fellow, especially with his advocacy for openness about psychological struggles and for men (and women) to embrace kindness.
November 15, 2021

Wyoming GOP votes to stop recognizing Cheney as a Republican


CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Republican Party will no longer recognize Liz Cheney as a member of the GOP in its second formal rebuke for her criticism of former President Donald Trump.

The 31-29 vote Saturday in Buffalo, Wyoming, by the state party central committee followed votes by local GOP officials in about one-third of Wyoming’s 23 counties to no longer recognize Cheney as a Republican.

In February, the Wyoming GOP central committee voted overwhelmingly to censure Cheney, Wyoming’s lone U.S. representative, for voting to impeach Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Cheney has described her vote to impeach Trump as an act of conscience in defense of the Constitution. Trump “incited the mob” and “lit the flame” of that day’s events, Cheney said after the attack.
November 13, 2021

Geography nerd delight: Fairway Rock SE of Little Diomede Island Alaska

Google Maps: https://bit.ly/3c78IYL (to make sure the link does not break)

Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairway_Rock

What you can find when you zoom in Google Maps

November 13, 2021

Extreme temperature contrast across North America right now. Alaska shivering with brutal early....

Extreme temperature contrast across North America right now.

Alaska shivering with brutal early winter cold Meanwhile California sets daily heat records

November 13, 2021

'But he's Jewish': Opponent questions Mandel's faith in Ohio Senate primary debate


A Republican Senate candidate in Ohio is doubling down on a controversial campaign ad, insisting voters need to be aware of an important fact: that the frontrunner in the primary is Jewish.

Mark Pukita, an IT entrepreneur in the crowded GOP race, during a Thursday night candidate forum defended a campaign ad that questioned the faith of opponent Josh Mandel.

A moderator at the debate, held by the Ohio Press Network at North Columbus Baptist Church, asked for Pukita to respond to claims that he is “antisemitic and intentionally divisive and inflammatory.”

"In terms of antisemitism, all I did in an ad was pointed out that Josh is going around saying he's got the Bible in one hand and the constitution in the other. But he's Jewish,” Pukita said. “Everybody should know that though, right?"
November 5, 2021

What if the UK Gunpowder Plot of 1605 had succeeded ?

What if the Gunpowder Plot had succeeded? In 2005 a team built a full-size replica of the Parliament building which they destroyed with 1,000kg of gunpowder (the plotters had likely stored around 2,500kg). They concluded no one within 100m of the blast could have survived



The Gunpowder Plot of 1605, in earlier centuries often called the Gunpowder Treason Plot or the Jesuit Treason, was a failed assassination attempt against King James I by a group of provincial English Catholics led by Robert Catesby who sought to restore the Catholic monarchy from the Church of England after decades of intolerance against Catholics.

The plan was to blow up the House of Lords during the State Opening of Parliament on 5 November 1605,[a] as the prelude to a popular revolt in the Midlands during which James's nine-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, was to be installed as the Catholic head of state. Catesby may have embarked on the scheme after hopes of securing greater religious tolerance under King James had faded, leaving many English Catholics disappointed. His fellow plotters were John and Christopher Wright, Robert and Thomas Wintour, Thomas Percy, Guy Fawkes, Robert Keyes, Thomas Bates, John Grant, Ambrose Rookwood, Sir Everard Digby and Francis Tresham. Fawkes, who had 10 years of military experience fighting in the Spanish Netherlands in the failed suppression of the Dutch Revolt, was given charge of the explosives.

Jacobean 9/11 Would have prompted merciless anti-Catholic pogroms; consolidated absolutist royalism in Britain; aborted stillborn the possibility of 1642, 1688, 1776 ... think of that when you see someone wearing one of those stupid Guy Fawkes masks as a badge of "resistance"


No idea if Frum is correct, especially about 1776.
November 5, 2021

Anti-Vaxxer Nurse Who Claimed Vaccine Kills People Dies Of COVID-19


An Oklahoma nurse who claimed that COVID-19 vaccine kills people died of the virus on Oct. 19.

Steve Shurden, 58, had battled COVID-19 for three weeks before dying of complications in October. Despite his death, his wife Teresa said she wasn’t regretful that her husband chose to remain unvaccinated. -bolding mine-

Shurden was first admitted to a hospital with COVID-19 on Sept. 28. His condition appeared to improve in early October before it rapidly deteriorated. He was briefly taken off the ventilator but later died of COVID-19 complications after he experienced respiratory distress, according to The Daily Mail.

Before he tested positive for COVID-19, Shurden had purchased a new touring RV, with the aim of traveling around and protesting “healthcare genocide,” the report said.

I wonder if FauxNews will cover this or if Tucker Carlson will feature this. Yea, don't think so.

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