· Oct 5, 2012 at 4:55 pm
The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere.
With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass will be looking back at the lead-up to the war, when seemingly minor moments of friction accumulated until the situation was ready to explode.
The ship in question is the HMAS Torrens, a 351-foot (107m) long River class destroyer escort weighing 2,700 tons. Commissioned for service by the Royal Australian Navy in 1971, the escort was used for a number of purposes, including bringing troops back to Australia from the Vietnam War. Then, on June 14, 1999, it performed one final duty: helping to test the combat system of Collins-class submarine HMAS Farncomb.
Last month, Small Wars Journal managing editor Robert Haddick asked whether new technology has rendered aircraft carriers obsolete. Well, not everyone thinks so, especially in science-fiction, where “flat tops” still rule in TV shows like Battlestar Galactica. So FP’s Michael Peck spoke with Chris Weuve, a naval analyst, former U.S. Naval War College research professor, and an ardent science-fiction fan about how naval warfare is portrayed in the literature and television of outer-space.
· Oct 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm
No matter which house you choose to support, there’s a custom pair of Converse high tops to prove your loyalty. These feature the name of the house embroidered on the side of each shoe along with the house sigil painted onto the fabric. These are made to order and take about 3-4 weeks to ship so order now!
Why yes, I would like a pair of these yellow House Baratheon Converse Chucks for the upcoming wintery holiday. Not my favorite house but I like the color and stag.
PS. If you’re not watching Game of Thrones, you’re really, really missing out. Really.
· Oct 5, 2012 at 8:30 am
This is Terry the sheep. Terry was born with his head on upside down. Obviously, he’s the black sheep of his flock. I’m not sure if the elves working in God’s workshop were drinking on the job that day or what, but that is NOT how you assemble a sheep. If Santa brought that to my house on Christmas I’d probably make a real effort to be better next year.
Yes, there’s video.
· Oct 4, 2012 at 3:00 pm
I just stumbled and almost fell down the stairs… Luckily I recovered mid-fall and turned it into a heroic “The Batman” type of landing.
Nobody was there to see it, which is good and bad.
· Oct 4, 2012 at 9:25 am
A bear joins its hunters for a friendly group photo, somewhere in the Utah wilderness.
More hoaxes than you can throw a midget at.
· Oct 3, 2012 at 10:12 pm
So wholesome, they toast cocoa instead of brandy.
I love Grease and sing a long with radio as much as the next guy — I’m not trying to be mean. But seriously, they look like plastic android facsimiles.
· Oct 3, 2012 at 8:35 pm
Chicago cops busted up one of the largest pot growing operations in the city’s history, a two football field-sized plot housing some plants “as big as Christmas trees,” authorities said.
I hope they got the right bong, too.