Reads almost like something from the 3rd floor of the bunker !!!

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Does this sound familiar ?


"They were all disloyal! I tried to run the ship properly by the book but they fought me at every turn. If the crew wanted to walk around with their shirttails hanging out that's all right let them take the tow line. Defective equipment no more no less, but they encouraged the crew to go around scoffing at me and spreading wild rumors about steaming and circles. And then old yellow stain. I was to blame for Lt. Merrick's incompetence and poor seamanship. Lt. Merrick was the perfect officer but not Captain Queeg! Ah, but the strawberries! That's where I had them. They laughed at me and made jokes, but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt, and with geometric logic, that a duplicate key to the wardroom icebox did exist! And I'd have produced that key if they hadn't pulled the Caine out of action! I-I-I know now they were only trying to protect some fellow officer and!...Naturally, I can only cover these things from memory if I've left anything out, why, just ask me specific questions and I'll be glad to answer"

Herman Wouk : The Caine Mutiny

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Arturusrex 06/22/2011 18:08

And before the Caine Mutiny, the Visgoths … history haunts us all the time
(extract from Histoire des Espagnols, Bartolomé Bennassar, Ed Laffont, tr.Arturusrex)

The furious attacks carried out by the dominant classes, i.e. particularly the upper ranks of the Gothic aristocracy, against the more poorly armed social categories, may be considered, to a
certain extent, as a form of entertainment and escape from the crisis shaking them apart internally. Throughout the 7th century, the clans that shared power between them confronted each other in
incessant and ruthless struggles of which the ultimate goal was to win the title of King. …. Political instability appears as a congenital sickness of the Visigoth monarchy. ….
One of the causes of that instability was institutional: it resided in the principal that the King was elected – an ancient custom among the Germanic noble classes, which had become the Law of the
Kingdom (of Spain) by decision of the Council of Toledo in A.D. 633….. The King had to belong to nobility of the Gothic race, have long hair, (a sign of honorability) whereby it sufficed to shave a
pretender bald to remove him from the line of succession to the Throne or a king, to have him deposed.
Power was conquered by the sword. Woe to the vanquished! When Chindaswinthe was the winner, in 642, he had 200 magnates and 500 “gardingos” of the opposing clan executed. Egica, during his reign,
constantly practised the art of summary execution. So, the dominant caste, far from restricting its coups to its subjects, tore itself apart…. and raised the stakes!
The piles of wealth attached to the royal function never ceased to grow: gold, silver, precious stones, with which the king would festoon his favourites and concubines, or else use to raise the
wonderful votive columns , some of which have survived to our times.
… The fall of the Visigoth monarchy is written into its own incoherencies: …. And the Visigoth period ended as it had begun: in fear and bloodshed.

Mutatis mutandis….. Arturusrex

Winnie 06/22/2011 18:25

It would appear that François Stifani has taken a leaf out of several old books.