Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Mid-Week Post

The chasm of the work week but not a bad one.

A memory project puts Korean War veterans' experiences online:

After 60 years, stories of heroism and horror from the Korean War are being retold for posterity. The Forgotten War is being remembered.

A new project is recording the recollections of Canadian Korean War veterans for posting to an online audio-visual archive.

It's the brain child of the Historica-Dominion Institute, which earlier completed a similar memory project for Second World War vets.

The institute's Jeremy Diamond says the Korean conflict of 1950-53 was long overshadowed in the public mind by its far-larger predecessor.

"This is really the Forgotten War," he said in an interview. "This is a war that people don't talk about nearly as much as they do the Second World War.

"It's really skipped over in a lot of classroom lesson plans and curriculum."

Canada sent about 26,000 people to the Korean War, far fewer than the 1.1 million Canadians who served in 1939-45.

I had the great pleasure of meeting both a Canadian and a South Korean war veteran and let me tell you their experiences are incredibly fascinating. Sadly, the Korean War is not over and is still in living memory. Nothing must be forgotten.

Someone whose vocabulary doesn't extend beyond "buttercup" can't tell the difference between the nineteenth and the twenty-first century. Discuss.

Look- a withering counter-argument to the backlash against Islamism:

You never heard of the Crusades???

Resolved: a person who uses the Crusades in the preceding manner is as equipped to refute, excuse or apologise for the many, many, many crimes of Islamism as someone who uses John Lennon's "Imagine" in some futile attempt at wit, which is to say, not mentally equipped in the slightest. Discuss.


Time appears to running out on Canada’s Occupy movement, with cities across the country moving to crack down on the tented sites as the demonstrations approach the one-month mark.

While demonstrators in London, Ont., were the first to be forced out of the site in that city on Wednesday, a B.C. Supreme Court judge adjourned an injunction application to clear out the Vancouver site, but placed restrictions on protesters until the matter is heard next week.

Now get rid of the rest of them.

If this story does not make you misty-eyed, you are a bad person.

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