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Zyklon B Zombies – Never Too Leyte

A performance piece for Dionysian Heights. Part Two: Death

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it – George Santayana

This is a revision of the earlier video with something that I consider more appropriate both to us at the time, the feel of the piece, and how I feel right now.  The music is the same and I’ve edited lots of WW2 video archive material to fit, where possible, to the sounds.
Recorded circa 1980-81
The music was created by Crawling Chaos as accompaniment to a performance piece by Zyclon B Zombies called Dionysian Heights, a morbid and gory on-stage blood fest with real offal and copious quantities of ketchup.
See http://crawlingchaos.co.uk/1145/zyklon-b-zombies-death/

All music copyright Crawling Chaos
All video and images are in the public domain, free of copyright or under creative commons’ licences.  They’re all available here on the wayback machine.  These are what I used:

NewsMaga00_2_edit.mp4
Into_the_wind_at_leyte_gulfRedoRedo_mpeg2video.mpg
gov.dod.dimoc.26524.mpeg
gov.archives.arc.65631_512kb.mp4
gov.archives.arc.35904_512kb.mp4
gov.archives.arc.3483_512kb.mp4
gov.archives.arc.2765_512kb.mp4
1944-12-20_Allies_Fight_Fierce_Nazi_Counter-Blow.mpeg

n.b. My dad missed The Battle of Leyte Gulf (some of the footage here) though he was at D-Day and then was part of the British Task Force  57 at Okinawa on his ship, HMS Slinger.  See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Pacific_Fleet
This piece is dedicated to my dad and folks like him

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Proof: When is a Ship a Boat?

Strangely post on April 9th, 2009
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This BBC report contains video proof that HMS Endurance, called a ship here, is actually a boat!

Damaged Endurance set for repairs

The point is in the Royal Navy’s definition.  Sailors get extremely upset (yes really, if you are not a sailor) when you call their ship a boat.  I’ve done it in conversation in playful annoyance to see the wincing reactions from my nautical chums.

The Royal Navy definition it that a boat is something that can be carried by a ship.  Check the video.  It’s a boat.

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Rubber Dingies beat Flying Metal in War on Pirates

This is not a rant comparing the US military against others for effectiveness.  It’s purely my observation of events and appearances surrounding the current (10 years!) piracy problem on the high seas.

US5thFleetHomePage.jpg

This is the homepage of the US 5th Fleet above. All clean and big and modern and powerful and heroic (Take My Breath Away, Tom).   Well, that’s the impression I see it as trying to project. It’s purpose (apart from the usual political puff ) is to ensure Arab oil reaches America and Western Europe.

This weeks events with the hijacking of 300,000 tonnes of the stuff wrapped up inside a tanker prove that either hi-tech doesn’t work or isn’t being used properly.

RN Dingies capture piratesContrast this with another attempted hijack by the pirates last week.  The attempt on a Danish ship was rebuffed and some pirates killed, the rest surrendering under “intense and surprisingly accurate fire”.  This fire was delivered by some Royal Navy Marines, sat in rubber dingies!

Neustrashimy - report on TASSThey had been sent to interrogate the small pirate dhow from one of two small military vessels, HMS Cumberland  and the Russian Neustrashimy.  The BBC story and one from TASS both corroborate (click photos to view stories).

The “success”, if that’s what people’s death is, is that getting stuck in at ground level is the way forward.  Floating around in zillion dollar machinery does nothing.  The capture of the Sirius Star demonstrates the triumph of mismanaged resources over common sense pragmatism.

Sirius StarAs a reminder, this is a picture of the supertanker, just captured by men in wooden dhows!

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