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Where do you go when the bombs are falling everywhere?

THE SCOUSERS is now released in E-Book, Hardcover, and Paperback.

This story of survival during WW2 is true and includes numerous photos from the naval war.

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Posted: January 28, 2018 in -
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Anyone who’s studied WW2 knows the story of Dunkirk. Nolan takes the epic FUBAR situation and personalizes it to a handful of characters, while maintaining that massive scale and raw gut action.

This was a welcome relief from the quasi-fascist propaganda in the film trailers that preceded it. Hollywood continues its plummet into the abyss.

But Dunkirk has that distinctly British character in every frame. Nolan took his big action lessons and returned home to make the second world war come viscerally alive. Little dialogue interrupts the pure dogfight scenes over the English Channel. It is visual and audible without a need to explain.

One of the main characters is a perfect amalgam, a kid unrestrained by protocol or oversight, and he’ll do anything to get off that beach. He’s the perfect war movie hero, as getting out of the German’s ever-closing trap is the entire cricket match.

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Lucas 2012 Infos

On this edition of Film, Literature and the New World Order James Perloff, author of The Shadows of Power and Truth Is A Lonely Warrior, joins us to discuss the 1970 Hollywood/Japanese production, Tora, Tora Tora! We discuss Perloff’s recent article on the Pearl Harbor deception, “Pearl Harbor: Roosevelt’s 9/11″ and the pieces of the Pearl Harbor puzzle that the movie leaves out. We get into the details of where the movie came from and how it paints Pearl Harbor as a tragic accident rather than a devious deception.

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by Steven Jonas | Originally at Buzzflash

Many readers of this column will know of the movie The Monuments Men. It received a huge build-up through previews and advertising, and also through personal appearances. (I saw John Goodman do an interview for “Morning Joe.”) It is about a group of fine art and architectural experts who are assigned to closely follow allied forces through France and Northern Europe as they slowly push the Nazi Army back to Germany and then closing in with the Red Army coming from the East, force the German unconditional surrender on May 7, 1945.

Their assignment (and there was no “Mr. Phelps” to accept or reject it) was multifold: to try to prevent where possible damage to priceless and irreplaceable art and architecture by allied forces, prevent the theft of fine art by the Nazis and in the case of art already stolen, recover it.

As Manohla Dargis points out in her review in The New York Times, “The story’s real life heroes were a group of curators, restorers, archivists and the like who served in the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives Section, an Allied effort to protect Europe’s cultural heritage.”

The exploits (and there were many) of the real Monuments Men (and women) are recounted in several books, among them one by Robert Edsel with Bret Witter entitled “The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History.” The actual number of monuments men and women was 345. For the purposes of his movie George Clooney whittled the number down to six.


The movie has received only lukewarm reviews (at the ones I saw were lukewarm). It has been generally summed up as “Ocean’s Eleven” meets “The Dirty Dozen.” An art historian whom I know well, whose specialty is World War II art, who also knows a great deal about the work of the real monuments men, dismissed the movie as a very light treatment of a piece of serious history. But I happen to think that when one gets beyond the matter of the compression of the MM unit and the way the story was presented (“pedestrian” and “predictable” were two adjectives widely used) it is a very important movie, for several reasons.

First of all, as we get further and further away from the Second World War, for understandable reasons fewer and fewer movies are being made about it. To me this one is important first because it shows a side of the Nazis and their regime which once covered the whole of Europe aside from Sweden, Spain, and Portugal, not often seen. In addition to all of their other crimes, they were common thieves. In fact, once they had fully established State anti-Semitism in Germany in the mid-1930s, a significant source of their financing came from stolen Jewish property. And they did not stop stealing Jewish property when they went into the occupied countries.

The movie makes it clear that much of the art they stole had been in private Jewish collections, and while they kept the art for the most part they shipped their former owners off to the furnaces. In certain instances, they stole public art too. And so while World War II made war on civilians commonplace, the Nazis added war on culture to it. (There had of course been prior instances of war on civilians, of course. Sherman’s March through Georgia, Sheridan’s campaign in the Shenandoah Valley, and the centuries-long was on the Native Americans, culminating in the (ironically) Sherman/Sheridan-led Indian Wars of the 1870s, are examples. But both sides engaged against widespread war on civilians in World War II. I think that it is important to illustrate how the Nazis went after art. Hitler, who when he was young had had aspirations to be an artist, planned a huge museum to display the stolen work, in his home city of Linz, Austria.


But then the movie brings other examples of the war on culture in the modern era to mind, which is why I think that it is important. In World War II, while the Nazis stole art for their hoped-for post-war private collections as Goering, who knew what he was looking at, wanted to do, a famous Allied raid destroyed the priceless medieval city of Dresden, which had no military value. The destruction of the even more priceless Japanese city of Kyoto by Curtis Lemay’s bombers was prevented only by the direct intercession of the Secretary of War, Henry L. Stimson. There had long been a story that the Japanese scholar Edwin O. Reischauer which I believed until I went to Google once again had achieved this, but Reischauer gave the credit to Stimson.

More recently, there has been the famous destruction of a 1500 year-old Buddha by the Talban in Afghanistan. Then think of what happened to the museums in Baghdad, which contained priceless relics of the ancient Middle Eastern cultures. As US forces entered Baghdad in the early days of the War on Iraq, museum officials pleaded with US commanders to send soldiers to set up guard posts. While the story as to what really happened has been somewhat murky, when Donald Rumsfeld was asked at the time why whatever had happened happened, he replied “s__t happens.”

It was fortunate in the Second World War that with Nazi cooperation Rome was declared an Open City, that the rumours (shown but not corrected in The Monuments Men) that the Nazis had destroyed Florence were false, and that through a combination of the hesitancy of the German Commandant in Paris and the revolt engineered by Resistance, Paris did not burn. Even the Nazis, at least some of them, had a certain respect for art, even if they wanted to steal it for various private and to-be public collections. But one wonders (at least I do) when the Second Civil War comes, would the religio-fascist forces, if given the opportunity to do so, go out of their way, say, to destroy the great art collections in New York City, which certain of their number regard as “sinful.” The Christian Air Force, anyone?

And so, The Monuments Men if nothing else makes one think. At least it made me think.


Steven Jonas, MD, MPH is a Professor Emeritus of Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook University (NY) and author/co-author/editor/co-editor of over 30 books. In addition to being a columnist for BuzzFlash@Truthout he is the Editorial Director of and a Contributing Author to The Political Junkies for Progressive Democracy ( Dr. Jonas’ latest book is The 15% Solution: How the Republican Religious Right Took Control of the U.S., 1981-2022: A futuristic Novel, Brewster, NY, Trepper & Katz Impact Books, Punto Press Publishing, 2013,, and available on Amazon.


More on the upcoming book, Collaboration.  This time in The London Independent:

Historian Ben Urwand says he has cache of documents…



I will definitely be seeing this.  More here.


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CT  CTH Hyde Park On Hudson


Everyone loves Bill Murray.  For a monumentally historic political moment,Hyde Park on the Hudson is notably apolitical.  It’s more of a tepid melodrama, soap opera in the house of Roosevelt.  That’s not to say it isn’t watchable and fun at times, but even a minor moment that included some overt racism was cut, and ended up in the deleted scenes on the DVD.  It’s more about playing the game than of what the game entails.

I’d give it a C for its escapist potential.  Written by one of Roosevelt’s mistresses, or based on her letters anyway, the romance is the main story, and not the buildup to the second world war.



Showtime is airing Oliver Stone’s Untold History, a work much like Howard Zinn’s People’s History of the United States.  Stone sets out to set the record straight, and Showtime has given him a platform to do so.

The first episode concerns WW2 and the atomic bomb.  It is available on the web:

Oliver Stones Untold History of the United States S01E01 – World War II

I can’t let Oliver Stone gloss over the Pearl Harbor incident without saying something.  The US intelligence knew exactly that the target was Pearl Harbor, and a decision was made to allow the attacks to happen, so as to sacrifice the base in order to get the USA into the war.  This is undeniable, and has been the highly controversial reality of the matter for quite some time.

BBC: Sacrifice at Pearl Harbor

Do Freedom of Information Act Files Prove FDR Had Foreknowledge of Pearl Harbor?, by Robert Stinnett

Day Of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor, by Robert Stinnett

The Pearl Harbor Deception, by Robert Stinnett