I could go into a review of some TV show…..but not this time. (But it is a cute and entertaining program)
I am a member of a discussion group, the Psi Phi Society, not to be confused with SciFi, we discuss everything from Anthropology to Xenophobia. It is a group made up of about 6 people a couple of professors. a preacher, a business man, a teacher and a computer geek.
When we first started one of the first discussions we had was about WW2 and the bomb. The question for the group was…..was the use of the A-bomb on Japan really necessary?
I came down on the side of “not necessary”…..in my opinion Japan had already lost the war and their leadership knew it. Starvation was rampant, they were eating dogs and cats, morale was at an all time low and fear of an aerial attack was a daily worry. I firmly believe that if we had not used the bomb it would have been less than a year before Japan had surrendered.
We never came to a definitive answer to the question. Good arguments were made on both sides but I still stand by my assertion that they were unnecessary.
Then I read an interesting article that tackles the same question that the Society tackled a couple of years ago.
Last Sunday marked the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, followed three days later by the bombing of Nagasaki.
Residents of former Allied countries all generally agree on what happened next: An awed Japan surrendered and the world was spared the devastating human cost of a land invasion of the Japanese home islands. A particularly chilling fact is that United States has yet to use up the vast supply of Purple Hearts minted in anticipation of a bloody landing.
Arguments against the bombings usually take a moral tack. That whatever the ends, it’s never right to intentionally vaporize women and children. But in recent years an entire new argument has emerged: Bomb or no bomb, the war would have ended anyway.
Source: Did the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki really end the war? | National Post
Now that the case was been made….what say you?
Was the use of the bomb truly necessary to end World War 2? Or was it a message sent to the rest of the world?
SunHerald.com : Handsboro school site will get marker
About time they started recognizing the various parts of Gulfport. There has always been more to the Gulfport area other than the darn port.
The Gulfport Library got a reprieve from the wrecking ball on Thursday.
The permit committee for the state Department of Archives and History agreed Wednesday to consider designating the building a Mississippi Landmark because of its architectural significance, the role the building has played in the community and public sentiment.
If the library, built in 1965 in the New Formalism style of architecture, is made a landmark, it can’t be torn down without permission from the department’s board.
“The building is an example of a style of architecture not widely found in the city of Gulfport, the surrounding community or even in the state of Mississippi,” said Bill Gatlin, architectural historian for Archives and History. “It’s an iconic building for the people who grew up in Gulfport.”
But several Harrison County supervisors said Thursday they will not use public money to repair or insure that building, no matter what its designation. Even if the library is made a landmark, the county isn’t obligated to repair the building.
“The board doesn’t have a burning desire to tear down that building,” Supervisor Kim Savant said. Savant represents District 2, which includes the library. “But what we have said is that we will not put taxpayer dollars into the building.”
Print their names and let the people decide if they keep their jobs…..they are crapping on a piece of history….time for them to go!
S.S. Camille is gone and soon forgotten. Sad. The old tugboat gas stood on the beach as a monument to those who suffer and survived hurricane Camille. But I guess the beachfront property where it stood for 40 years was just too valuable for the reminder to remain. Sad. That seems to be the rule of the day…to destroy all reminders of the Coast and its history and culture…and to be replaced by the crap of concrete and steel. With a little luck the Coast will soon be a clone of Las Vegas…Glass…chrome..and flashing lights.
I can hardly wait.
SunHerald.com : Library demolition won’t be delayed
Yet more indication of where these political parasites are at. The relocation has nothing to do with the fact that the original location is a prime piece of beach property. And that someone wants it already. There are annexes of the library everywhere and it should be returned to its location.
Hope you fools see what a bunch of phonies your elected officials are. You voted for them and gave them the power to do this. are you happy now?
We should all support, We The People, in their efforts to save our library. They will need all the local support we can give them . Or sit back and bitch and watch the library be lost. Your choice.