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posted by [personal profile] mylescorcoran at 03:12pm on 11/11/2010 under , ,
"Dulce et Decorum Est"

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of disappointed shells that dropped behind.

GAS! Gas! Quick, boys! — An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And floundering like a man in fire or lime...
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues, —
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.

Wilfred Owen (1893-1918)
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posted by [personal profile] mylescorcoran at 03:02pm on 04/07/2010 under , , , , ,
I watched Isao Hashimoto's video piece "1945-1998" in silence. It's that sort of piece.
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As last year, I remember Stansilav Petrov and his bravery on this day back in 1983. He risked his career and did not follow Soviet Air Force doctrine that would have led to a nuclear war.

Particularly in light of Dead Hand, which was in the news I read this week.

Thank you, Colonel Petrov.
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It's September 26th again and I'm remembering Stanislav Petrov, the Soviet Air Force lieutenant colonel who decided a missile attack registered by Soviet satellites on this day in 1983 was a false alarm and at risk to his career chose not to start a nuclear war.

Thank you Colonel Petrov.
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posted by [personal profile] mylescorcoran at 10:23am on 06/06/2007 under , , ,
The Reg has a piece on Israel's robotic machine gun posts, which just reminded me of too many stories from Rogue Trooper and/or the ABC Warriors. My dysfunctional sci-fi childhood imaginings becoming reality? Not so much fun as you'd think.

And I still don't have a personal rocket pack. (For Accentmonkey, "Why don't his legs catch fire?")

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