The Most Brutally Honest Three Minutes In Televion History… Courtesy of Aaron Sorkin

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Nov 072014
 

Now, before any of you “super-patriots” out there start damning, insulting, screaming, threatening and yelling watch the damn video and then think about what he says. One statement that stands out is “The first step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one.” If you look at our nation today and you do not see a problem, then I suggest you are not examining the situation in an honest manner… and that makes you part of the problem.

Thank you, Aaron Sorkin, for saying what no so-called leader in this country has had the courage to say.

World War II in Europe: Every Day

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Oct 072013
 

As a student of history, I found this animated short video interesting. And, of course, as with all “students” of history I could debate the finer points of the producer’s interpretations. However, I thought it was a visually interesting and well-done video that shows each thrust and parry of World War II as they occurred. I have posted it here since anyone who is reading my alternative history novella series “The Specialists” likely has a more than passing interest in history in general and World War II in particular.

This video shows the changing front lines of the European Theater of World War II every day from the German invasion of Poland to the surrender of Germany.
DETAILED KEY:
Maroon: Axis Power members, their dependencies/colonies, and annexed lands.
Burgundy: Areas militarily occupied by the Axis Powers.
Red: Axis puppet states.
Pink: Axis gains during that day.
Blue: Allied powers and areas occupied by the allies.
Light blue: Allied gains for that day.
Purple colors (left to right): Finland, occupied by Finland, and Finnish gains that day.
Dark Green: The USSR before it joined the allies and annexed lands.
Green: Areas militarily occupied by the USSR before it joined the allies.
Light Green: Soviet gains for that day.

Music and speech credits are at the end of the video.

The Specialists: At Any Cost – Video Preview

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Oct 012013
 

What if… The Normandy invasion had failed… Hitler had been assassinated… Russia had betrayed the Allies in 1944… Dewey had defeated Roosevelt… Germany had not lost the war… The war had ended in stalemate… What would our world be like?

Welcome to the world of The Specialists.

“The Specialists” is a continuing novella series set in a world of politics, spies and lies where history took a different path. Each installment of this continuing series is its own self-contained story.

A new President, a wounded ally and little time. It is going to be a busy day. In “The Specialists: At Any Cost,” the elite C.I.A. Specialist unit is tasked with smuggling a wounded operative out of France before he is captured and unravels an underground network in France and Germany fighting against the Third Reich of the 21st century.

“The Specialists: At Any Cost,” the first in the series, was released September 18, 2013.

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