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  1. First Officer Paul Hudson, flight engineer Rick...

    First Officer Paul Hudson, flight engineer Rick DeMorgan jnr and Captain Ian McBeth have been identified as the three Americans who died yesterday in a plane crash south of Canberra.

    Hudson was a...
  2. Three Americans die fighting Australian Fires

    It has been a difficult 12 months in Australia. On the back of a terrible drought we have had fires that have burned over 17 million hectares and taken around 30 lives. There have been plenty of sad...
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    Posts like this beg the eternal internet 'chicken...

    Posts like this beg the eternal internet 'chicken & egg' question - has the internet made people dumber & more brainwashed by ideology or were there always this many people who were like that, but we...
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    Imperial Japan, Shah of Iran, Islamic State of...

    Imperial Japan, Shah of Iran, Islamic State of Iran, Sauds, Myanmar SLORC/Military dictatorship, The Rajapaksas, Rios Montt, the Argentine Junta, Yayah Khan, numerous Latin American...
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    I know he's no longer here, but this is the...

    I know he's no longer here, but this is the single funniest thing I've read on WAB for years.
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    I note that the concerns about 'due process'...

    I note that the concerns about 'due process' don't seem to extend to GOP Senators effectively declaring they will clear Trump before the Senate trial even begins. A fella could get to thinkin' the...
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    You have to love a post that is completely...

    You have to love a post that is completely dedicated to the notion that Conservatives are victims, yet accuses 'Global leftists' of indulging in 'the narrative of victimhood'. The lack of self...
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    Having just delivered the most crushing electoral...

    Having just delivered the most crushing electoral victory in three decades I doubt there is anyone who can box Boris. Inside the Tory party he is now the most powerful PM since Thatcher and once he...
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    Some information for those unfamiliar with...

    Some information for those unfamiliar with Australia TV & politics.

    Sky News is the Australian equivalent of Fox - a Murdoch owned propaganda channel for the right. The evening schedule is pretty...
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    Thanks Buck, I knew someone here would know the...

    Thanks Buck, I knew someone here would know the detail. The remarkable piece of information there is that by the start of Operations Cobra - only 7 weeks after D-Day - something like 60% of US tanks...
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    The air campaign certainly wasn't as effective as...

    The air campaign certainly wasn't as effective as advertised, but, as you say, it sucked up resources Germany couldn't afford to expend and was particularly useful when properly focused. I would add...
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    Gunny, The ability of the US military to...

    Gunny,

    The ability of the US military to incorporate the experience of 'boots on the ground' types in WW2 was impressive. I seem to recall the things they stuck on tanks to plough through the...
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    Deval Patrick to throw his hat into the Dem ring....

    Deval Patrick to throw his hat into the Dem ring. he strikes me as a better option than any of the frontrunners, but that doesn't mean he will win. In theory he should be able to take bites out of...
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    Looked at a certain way an argument could be...

    Looked at a certain way an argument could be mounted that the USN circa 1944-45 was the most powerful military force that had ever existed. It could basically move more military power than most...
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    The comments I have read from GOP legislators in...

    The comments I have read from GOP legislators in Kentucky suggest that Bevin might be pushing shit uphill to get them to intervene for him. There doesn't seem to be much expectation that Bevin can...
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    Gordon Sondland has amended his testimony to...

    Gordon Sondland has amended his testimony to include an account that makes it crystal clear Ukraine was told it was required to investigate the imaginary DNC server and the Bidens in order to get...
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    Thanks for that Buck. A great account of a...

    Thanks for that Buck. A great account of a remarkable battle. The bravery of some of those men is really moving. Pilots attacking ships with limited or no weapons, destroyers & a DE taking on...
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    Pelosi has been smart about this. Impeachment is...

    Pelosi has been smart about this. Impeachment is a divisive issue & has the potential to cause problems for Dems in 'purple' seats. By taking testimony & letting a few tidbits from credible sources...
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    When Trump leaves office do people think he will...

    When Trump leaves office do people think he will give Lindsay Graham back the jar with his genitals in it? I was never a huge Lindsay fan, but his grovelling over the past few years has been truly...
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    What makes you think she isn't doing it from...

    What makes you think she isn't doing it from beyond the grave. :-)
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