How South Dakotans Respond to a Natural Disaster

After Vivian suffered the worst hail storm in human history, South Dakotans responded as they always do:

“There was already a crew of neighbors. One of the nice things about small communities is that everybody waded in and tried to fix stuff already. So there was a bunch of guys boarding up the windows and patching up the roof and what have you,” Jones said.

In fact, there were so many people in town helping out that Jones isn’t sure where the wood that’s covering his busted windows came from. But that’s why he’s chosen to live where he does. And this storm won’t be enough to chase this family originally from England away from the northern plains.

“We just enjoy the nice community and being in a remote community. It’s got some down sides, but we really do prefer it. But a snow storm sure does sound good about now,” Jones said.

Upgraded to Classilla 9.2

I support a fleet of three classic iMacs, so I was delighted to update to Clasilla 9.2:

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Thanks Classilla!

Negative Review of ‘World War II’ on The History Channel

Hat-tip to CPS, a review of a show that seems someone less believable than Battlestar Gallactica

So it’s pretty standard “shining amazing good guys who can do no wrong” versus “evil legions of darkness bent on torture and genocide” stuff, totally ignoring the nuances and realities of politics. The actual strategy of the war is barely any better. Just to give one example, in the Battle of the Bulge, a vastly larger force of Germans surround a small Allied battalion and demand they surrender or be killed. The Allied general sends back a single-word reply: “Nuts!”. The Germans attack, and, miraculously, the tiny Allied force holds them off long enough for reinforcements to arrive and turn the tide of battle. Whoever wrote this episode obviously had never been within a thousand miles of an actual military.

Probably the worst part was the ending. The British/German story arc gets boring, so they tie it up quickly, have the villain kill himself (on Walpurgisnacht of all days, not exactly subtle) and then totally switch gears to a battle between the Americans and the Japanese in the Pacific. Pretty much the same dichotomy – the Japanese kill, torture, perform medical experiments on prisoners, and frickin’ play football with the heads of murdered children, and the Americans are led by a kindly old man in a wheelchair.

Read the whole thing.