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Featured Blogger GP โ€“ Guam #AceHistoryDesk report

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In a lot of Pacific War histories, Guam is swept aside and banished as insignificant.ย  How soon they forget, many might say. In Tokyo, soundtrucks festooned with World War II colors still extol those lost in a gallant defeat. In America, elders like Louis H. Wilson Jr. and George Tweed would never forget. Masashi Ito [โ€ฆ]

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KINDNESS

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The prayer of a humble and loving soul disarms the anger of My Father and draws down an ocean of blessingsโ€



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Are You Picky About The Type Of People That Follow Your Blog?

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Renard helps us to figure out if we should be deeply concerned about the types of people that follow our blog.

Are You Picky About The Type Of People That Follow Your Blog?

This is Bolg written today may answer some of your issues you may encounter at times, but there are some other thoughts to

And yes you have other opinions too and thatโ€™s ok to

Blogging platforms are on public domain

All of the humans are able to read your blog, follow you and remark and thatโ€™s ok too

Today Bloggers have Settings you may activate yourself. Arenโ€™t you lucky little people

Some bloggers feel like they are being invaded if you read and like and thatโ€™s ok too

What you need to consider why you need to write

Do you know you are able to password each little blog you wish. Look at your settings and hit private. No one can see that unless you issue your gang with an email password. Also remember you may be divorced eventually

Do you understand you may turn your blog into a private blog too in your settings and only invite specific people to engage with you. Then you donโ€™t have followers taking up your time

Think of it as your own little social media platform ( be very selective when you create your private corner. only follow this method if you know folk personally )

Your โ€ tagsโ€ are important tool to find folk with common interest if you only have time to interact with

Authors on creating blogs need to purchase Business Package includes unlimited Support from WordPress and unlimited Space. These folk are the lifeblood of the Blogging Industry keeping costs down for home users or hobbyists on the platform. I was asked today should you allow Business Users to like your posts or comment! ? please donโ€™t judge others itโ€™s unkind.

Business Enterprise is affiliates or product vendors. These are Corporations. Yes, of course, they follow everyone they employ people.! Selling in cyberspace is vast.

We love to follow them too.

If your a new kid on the block visit me at https://mydaz.blog when you are lost and share our stuff happily.

Read as many blogs as youโ€™re able WordPress is the Giant Library in the World

Seasoned bloggers are here to help you

We were all new kids once

All you need to do in cyberspace is the be kind, gracious, unpretentious.

Kindness is sharing

Bloggers come and go for all reasons.

Many died this year

Thank very one for sharing

Instead of words maybe would be nice to share a heart or two

At the end of the day we are all trying to fit in together

Keep writing and share a smile

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Together, we can make this world a home for everyone

We are all brothers and sisters on this magic planet

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Thought of the day

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Get up every day and remind yourself that the Creator of the universe chose you, and you are valuable to Him.

Donโ€™t let your mistakes, failures, or other people talk you out of who you are!

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Australian Fair

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Historic change to Advance Australia Fair, Australiaโ€™s national anthem, in the โ€˜spirit of unityโ€™ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-31/advance-australia-fair-national-anthem-historic-change/13024810

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War Crimes Inquiry โ€“ Interesting read ~ Australia

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This is nothing but a witch hunt, instigated by people pushing an agenda & who have never faced an angry man. Maybe the buck should go all the way to the generals & not the digger. Not too many prisoners were taken in New Guinea, & I heard & read of a few prisoners who skydived from helicopters from a few thousand feet up, in Vietnam. No one addressed the uncountable atrocities carried out by the North Vietnamese. Afghanistan was & is a dirty war where your so called allies murdered you in your camp or organised IEDโ€™s to be placed. Trust towards them was not on the card, just like Nam. Those that werenโ€™t there shouldnโ€™t judge. If thereโ€™s a problem fix it in house, & not publicly ridicule & bring heroes to their knees.ย Govtโ€™s & Generals are totally to blame, but theyโ€™ll do a Pontius Pilate as always.ย 

War crimes inquiry: Joel Fitzgibbon lays responsibility with the national cabinet.
Joel Fitzgibbon believes the responsibility for any war crimes committed by Australian special forces in Afghanistan goes right to the topย โ€“ย national cabinet.

Defence top brass and politicians were condemned yesterday for sending special forces troops to Afghanistan up to 16 times, in a cultural failure that went right to the top.

Former Labor defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon said SAS troops had been sent on too many deployments for too long and the responsibility lay with the national cabinet.

Mr Fitzgibbon was defence Minister from the end of 2007 until the middle of 2009 โ€“ during the period Prime Minister Scott Morrison said was at the centre of the damning report to be released next week.

โ€œCulture comes from the top and when poor culture emerges we must all take responsibility, all the way up the chain of command and into the National Security Committee of the cabinet,โ€ Mr Fitzgibbon said.

He was pushing through Defence strategic reform when he was forced to resign over a breach of the ministerial code of conduct.

Suggestions at the time that Defence officials had secretly investigated his relationship with a Chinese businesswoman were dismissed.

Mr Morrison said his government had never received any word of the alleged atrocities listed in the report. โ€œThe matters contained in the report were never raised โ€ฆ with government, with ministers at the political level,โ€ he said.

Mr Fitzgibbon said the SAS had been deployed too often.

โ€œMembers of our Special Forces were sent to Afghanistan too often and rotations were too long,โ€ he told The Daily Telegraph.
โ€œThe strategic objective was vague and the prospects of success were poor. Close air support and Medevac retrievals were unreliable.

โ€œOur boys were operating under their Rules of Engagement and international law.

Their enemy was not constrained by rules or Western values. Itโ€™s no wonder things went wrongโ€.

Former defence force chief Sir Peter Cosgrove said last month: โ€œSome of the people who are swept up in this have had multiple tours in a very, very dangerous place. This has to have an impact.โ€

Australian Defence Association executive director Neil James said the average number of Afghanistan tours of duty were between eight and 12, and they were of between three and four months, shorter than the usual regular army deployments.

โ€œI have heard of one person who did 16,โ€ he said. โ€œThatโ€™s part of the problem. The reason for this is governments because they feared the political blowback of higher casualties.

โ€œThe ADF should have protested, they should have said you need a balance of conventional forces. This is a big lesson for next time around.โ€

Mr James said the high tempo โ€œstressed unit cultural norms, taxed individuals psychologicallyโ€ and may have โ€œdiluted accountability mechanismsโ€.

Another major problem was that, under international law, the conflict was not defined as an international war but as a conflict within one country.

โ€œAnd thatโ€™s why they had the stupid catch-and-release policy where you could capture someone but three days later they had to let them go.โ€

Mr James said that might prompt soldiers to think โ€œwhy should I risk my life to catch someone who keeps getting released and why donโ€™t we put a bullet in themโ€.

He said: โ€œYou should never put someone in that situation.โ€

Australian Defence Force Academy academic at UNSW in Canberra James Connor said it was time to think about โ€œwhat created the conditions for the special forces to do this โ€“ how did they get away with it for so long?โ€

โ€œThis is about command, people not being responsible, the band of brothers idea and how special forces are bonded tightly together which goes with how they look after one another, but it sometimes means covering up or allowing bad things to happen.โ€

Dr Oโ€™Connor said the report would inevitably lead to major changes.

โ€œThere is something very problematic within the culture of the special forces and perhaps more widely in the ADF.โ€

Former soldier Bernard Gaynor said top brass in Defence were focusing too hard on cultural shifts โ€“ such as advertising female-only infantry jobs โ€“ and political correctness rather than the business of soldiering.

โ€œI think this inquiry has been nothing but an arse-covering exercise by military leadership obsessed with political correctness,โ€ he said.

The alleged war crimes were brought to light in a 2016 report by sociologist Samantha Crompvoets, who was hired to examine cultural issues in the ADF and SAS.

โ€œI am very concerned that this investigation will do nothing more than provide an opening for military-hating leftists to impose their radical agendas in the SAS,โ€ Mr Gaynor said.

โ€œI would not be surprised if we soon hear the usual mantras that the SAS is too patriarchal and too masculine to stamp out micro-aggressions and unconscious bias,โ€ he said.
ย ย 

This is nothing but a witch hunt, instigated by people pushing an agenda & who have never faced an angry man. Maybe the buck should go all the way to the generals & not the digger. Not too many prisoners were taken in New Guinea, & I heard & read of a few prisoners who skydived from helicopters from a few thousand feet up, in Vietnam. No one addressed the uncountable atrocities carried out by the North Vietnamese. Afghanistan was & is a dirty war where your so called allies murdered you in your camp or organised IEDโ€™s to be placed. Trust towards them was not on the card, just like Nam. Those that werenโ€™t there shouldnโ€™t judge. If thereโ€™s a problem fix it in house, & not publicly ridicule & bring heroes to their knees.ย Govtโ€™s & Generals are totally to blame, but theyโ€™ll do a Pontius Pilate as always.ย 

War crimes inquiry: Joel Fitzgibbon lays responsibility with the national cabinet.
Joel Fitzgibbon believes the responsibility for any war crimes committed by Australian special forces in Afghanistan goes right to the topย โ€“ย national cabinet.

Defence top brass and politicians were condemned yesterday for sending special forces troops to Afghanistan up to 16 times, in a cultural failure that went right to the top.

Former Labor defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon said SAS troops had been sent on too many deployments for too long and the responsibility lay with the national cabinet.

Mr Fitzgibbon was defence Minister from the end of 2007 until the middle of 2009 โ€“ during the period Prime Minister Scott Morrison said was at the centre of the damning report to be released next week.

โ€œCulture comes from the top and when poor culture emerges we must all take responsibility, all the way up the chain of command and into the National Security Committee of the cabinet,โ€ Mr Fitzgibbon said.

He was pushing through Defence strategic reform when he was forced to resign over a breach of the ministerial code of conduct.

Suggestions at the time that Defence officials had secretly investigated his relationship with a Chinese businesswoman were dismissed.

Mr Morrison said his government had never received any word of the alleged atrocities listed in the report. โ€œThe matters contained in the report were never raised โ€ฆ with government, with ministers at the political level,โ€ he said.

Mr Fitzgibbon said the SAS had been deployed too often.

โ€œMembers of our Special Forces were sent to Afghanistan too often and rotations were too long,โ€ he told The Daily Telegraph.
โ€œThe strategic objective was vague and the prospects of success were poor. Close air support and Medevac retrievals were unreliable.

โ€œOur boys were operating under their Rules of Engagement and international law.

Their enemy was not constrained by rules or Western values. Itโ€™s no wonder things went wrongโ€.

Former defence force chief Sir Peter Cosgrove said last month: โ€œSome of the people who are swept up in this have had multiple tours in a very, very dangerous place. This has to have an impact.โ€

Australian Defence Association executive director Neil James said the average number of Afghanistan tours of duty were between eight and 12, and they were of between three and four months, shorter than the usual regular army deployments.

โ€œI have heard of one person who did 16,โ€ he said. โ€œThatโ€™s part of the problem. The reason for this is governments because they feared the political blowback of higher casualties.

โ€œThe ADF should have protested, they should have said you need a balance of conventional forces. This is a big lesson for next time around.โ€

Mr James said the high tempo โ€œstressed unit cultural norms, taxed individuals psychologicallyโ€ and may have โ€œdiluted accountability mechanismsโ€.

Another major problem was that, under international law, the conflict was not defined as an international war but as a conflict within one country.

โ€œAnd thatโ€™s why they had the stupid catch-and-release policy where you could capture someone but three days later they had to let them go.โ€

Mr James said that might prompt soldiers to think โ€œwhy should I risk my life to catch someone who keeps getting released and why donโ€™t we put a bullet in themโ€.

He said: โ€œYou should never put someone in that situation.โ€

Australian Defence Force Academy academic at UNSW in Canberra James Connor said it was time to think about โ€œwhat created the conditions for the special forces to do this โ€“ how did they get away with it for so long?โ€

โ€œThis is about command, people not being responsible, the band of brothers idea and how special forces are bonded tightly together which goes with how they look after one another, but it sometimes means covering up or allowing bad things to happen.โ€

Dr Oโ€™Connor said the report would inevitably lead to major changes.

โ€œThere is something very problematic within the culture of the special forces and perhaps more widely in the ADF.โ€

Former soldier Bernard Gaynor said top brass in Defence was focusing too hard on cultural shifts โ€“ such as advertising female-only infantry jobs โ€“ and political correctness rather than the business of soldiering.

โ€œI think this inquiry has been nothing but an arse-covering exercise by military leadership obsessed with political correctness,โ€ he said.

The alleged war crimes were brought to light in a 2016 report by sociologist Samantha Crompvoets, who was hired to examine cultural issues in the ADF and SAS.

โ€œI am very concerned that this investigation will do nothing more than provide an opening for military-hating leftists to impose their radical agendas in the SAS,โ€ Mr Gaynor said.

โ€œI would not be surprised if we soon hear the usual mantras that the SAS is too patriarchal and too masculine to stamp out micro-aggressions and unconscious bias,โ€ he said.
ย ย ย 

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OTD โ€“ Battle of Cocos

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On the 9th of November 1914, Australian light cruiser HMAS Sydney sunk the German light cruiser SMS Emden off the coast of Cocos Island in what would later become known as the Battle of Cocos.

During the night of the 8-9 November, Emden reached Direction Island and disembarked a small force to disable the communications station there. Sydney, responding to reports of the cruiser from the station before it was shut down, steamed to the island with all speed, arriving at 0915 on the 9th and was spotted by Emden.

Both ships prepared for combat, with Emden firing at 0940. She was able to land a few rounds on Sydney, surprising the crew as the range was greater than expected. Despite this, Emden was unable to inflict disabling damage on Sydney before Sydney came in range and was able to open fire with her more powerful guns.

At 1120, the captain of the Emden ordered the heavily damaged ship to be beached on North Keeling Island to avoid further damage. Despite this, the shipโ€™s battle ensign remained flying and she did not respond to instructions from Sydney to lower her ensign and surrender. As a result, Sydney fired two further salvoes into the beached cruiser before being ordered to ascertain the status of the communications station on Direction Island. She would return the following day to provide medical assistance to the Germans.

During the battle, 4 Australians were killed and 6 wounded aboard Sydney. 134 Germans were killed and 69 wounded aboard Emden. The German survivors were taken aboard the Australian cruiser, with most transferred to auxiliary cruiser Empress of Russia on 12 November. Sydney rejoined the troop convoy in Colombo, then spent the rest of the war assigned to the North America and West Indies Station, then the British Grand Fleet.

The defeat of the last German ship in the region allowed RAN warships to be deployed to other theatres, and troopships were able to sail unescorted between Australia and the Middle East until renewed raider activity in 1917.

Image: The wreck of the Emden some years after the battle.

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NEW BOOK VIETNAM โ€˜THE LONG SHADOWโ€™ AGENT ORANGE-

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To Vietnam veterans and their families:

The new Agent Orange/PTSD Official History is out.

THISย is the story of our troubled homecoming told accurately, compassionately, and eloquently by historian Peter Yule.

Some of the story is told through the eyes of over 100 veterans Peter Yule and his team interviewed. Some of the story is a rollicking yarn about veteransโ€™ conflict with the bureaucracy and governmentย Andย some of the story is the technical review of studies, written so we all can understand, on the health of veterans and their families.

Peter Yule delves deeply into the tragedy of the traumatic effects of the war on so many of those who fought it and on their families. He delves deeply too into the controversy over whether veterans were harmed by their exposure to a variety of herbicides and insecticides.ย On this exposure issue, there are two parts.ย 

One is the purely scientific question of howย  toxic were these chemical agents including the most recognised, Agent Orange.

The second part is that which was pursued by the Vietnam veteran movement and, indeed, was the reason for their activism. It stemmed from the veteransโ€™ belief that the Department of Veterans Affairs was unfairly rejecting compensation claims based on chemical exposure. The unfairness resulted, the veteransโ€™ argued, from the Department not giving veterans the โ€˜benefit of the doubtโ€™ prescribed under Repatriation law.

It tells the whole story and is recommended for those who would like to know and understand the whole picture.

ย Cheers, Graham Walker

AUTHORย โ€“

Peter Yule is a Research Fellow of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. He has published over 20 books on Australian military, medical, and economic history, including histories of the Collins Class submarine project, Australian National Airways, and the Royal Childrenโ€™s Hospital, Melbourne.

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True Story AUSTRALIA

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Thirty-four years ago, today, I remember the weather was sunny, and I was in the family room when I opened the Sunday Sun to see the headline, โ€œGoodbye, My Son.โ€ The son to whom the article referred was Kevin Barlow. Barlow may have been many things, but he was not an evil man. Brian Geoffrey (known as Geoffrey) Shergold Chambers, was his co-accused and the more experienced drug runner of the two.
I remember on the news that night, the newsreader said, โ€œAs the countdown begins for Barlow and Chambers,โ€ and I thought, despite the news showing a sign, โ€œDeath is the mandatory sentence for drug traffickers,โ€ that the King, or even the Prime Minister, might, at the eleventh hour, show some clemency and order a stay of execution. It was not to be.
I remember, the next morning at school, we had a relief teacher, whom I knew well, who asked us to write down three things in the news, and we proceeded to discuss Barlow and Chambers. He said, โ€œThey knew what the penalty was, if they were caught.โ€ And, looking back, I say, Chambers knew, but did Barlow? After all, Chambers had been caught in Singapore and he was able to convince a customs officer that the two vials he had in his jacket pocket were for personal use and after a bribe was exchanged, he was released. Chambers may have told Barlow that was all he had to do to if he was caught.
I donโ€™t think, for the level they were, that they deserved to hang, and I agree with Bob Hawke that it was barbaric (unless, of course, they had a long drop and died instantaneously, but itโ€™s still a terrible way to die).

EDITORS NOTE: BOB HAWKE THEN PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA CRIED

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A Rose by Any Other Name

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A scraping of chairs as blunt pencils came to rest

Smiles of satisfaction from chair borne robots who had met the test

Mid the comfortable, constant hum of cool air, their mission was completeย 

Page upon page of political correctness as ordered by Gods eliteย 

Soon it would be official and nicknames for soldiers strictly tabooย ย 

Canberra believed monikers were offensive and hurtful too

Yet when it comes to soldiering, humour is always part of the gameย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย 

No formality in the ranks, and normal to be blessed with a nicknameย 

Such identity brimmed with wit, often used no matter whereย ย 

More so before entering fog of war, for it helped all to dareย ย ย ย 

Their new proud titles often included place of birth and personal flawsย 

It was part of the camaraderie that existed, be it peace or war

Greeny, Pitty, and Smithyย  were among surnames branded with a Y

Pom, Irish, Kiwi and Zulu, all born elsewhere, were never offended by the cryย 

Not forgetting the beloved Mad Spaniard and Chook Fowler, always in the frayย 

Gypsy, Black Jack, Bruno and Sunburnt eager and ready to lead the wayย ย 

Drongo, Sleepy, Bludger, Walkabout, Keg eyes and other calls used so freeย 

All so proud of the titles dubbed by their happy familyย ย 

That was all before โ€œPolical Correctnessโ€ came to bully bands of brothersย ย 

Such madness had never existed to dampen spirit for each otherย ย ย 

Around their campfires they sang the Regimentโ€™s favourite song

Which if sung in public would be very wrongย 

Came the time their column marched into the gathering shadows of nightย 

Until at long last, the old generation faded from sightย ย 

Today, a new column carries the scarred, aging sacred torch with pride

Odds are that most have nicknames, as they march in step, side by sideย 

Names like William Hunter, Charles Masonโ€“Jones or Ronald Kelly quickly fallย ย 

And become Billy Bunter, Charlie Two Names and Ned Kelly to constant callsย 

Their bonds proven in strife with yells such as โ€œTubby, Iโ€™ll cover you mateโ€ย ย 

PC will surely fail, for the ANZAC Spirit and bawdy songs will never, ever abateย ย ย 

So gather your blunt pencils and mindless scribbles scattered on the floorย 

As you leave, switch off the lights and close the office doorsย 

Then go join the real army and learn about soldiering lifeย 

Where there are always smiles and laughter, be it peace or terrible strifeย 

Camaraderie so powerful and where nicknames are answered with grinsย 

The Brass may try to stop it, but the troops wry humour will always winย 

***PC-The cursed Political Correctness