Matthew Walker: Lt Colonel John Blashford-Snell, discoverer of the Double Nosed Andean Tiger Hound and carrier of church organs to Bolivia, is pretty interesting too. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/ hi/6940289.stm http://www.johnblashford snell.org.uk/6.html
Slovenian Guest: I just stumbled upon the VICE video podcast, and on Episode 4 they had Ben Anderson, the guy who made “What Winning Looks Like”, back for a little follow up interview: Have We Won in Afghanistan?
Handle: Remember, Stalin invaded Eastern Poland too, and took captive a half dozen other nations, and was expelled from the League of Nations for its illegal war to try and conquer Finland, but England and France did not declare war on the Soviet Union out of any “provocation” ; or “obligation to defend Poland.” People forget this all the time — it’s kind of the inexplicable (in terms of the conventional narrative) dark-matter behind the story of how WWII started.
Slovenian Guest: Just posted today on vice.com, an article about The London Cage, Britain’s enhanced interrogation center for German POWs between 1940 and 1948.
Slovenian Guest: Hooray then, as over half of Slovenian territory is covered by forest. Which makes us the third most forested country in Europe, after Finland and Sweden.
LMN: His book on sniping in the trenches and others are on the Internet Archive.
But: “..when people cautioned Hitler about the Soviet Union…” Nobody cautioned him. The Wehrmacht thought it would be a walkover.
ASDF: A lot of the Nazi party platform is less insane then one might think, though Hitler and his goons definitely were (they were psychotic meth addicts). Strip out the ethnic cleansing and the constant need for war and what you get isn’t so bad. Of course you can’t detach that stuff from Hitler. In fact the war part was part in parcel with keeping him in power. The second the wars ended people would eventually wonder why there hadn’t been any elections in a long time. If a grateful...
Ben: How delightfully… reactionary. More organ meats. A lot more. Lower alcohol content beer. Far less smoking. Regular physical activity. 2x-3x as many servings of vegetables, and given the quality of soils 150 years ago, probably of far far higher quality. Life expectancy about the same (at 5 years) but with vitality until death, versus slow deterioration. Much slower progression of cancers, which were rare. Back To The Future, indeed.
Bob Sykes: How long after we leave will it take the Taliban to resume power?