Don’t mess with Texas … and don’t perp a Gurkha!

On his retirement journey, Gurhka soldier Bishnu Shrestha suddenly found himself in the midst of a midnight train robbery.

The band of about 40 robbers, some of whom were travelling as passengers, stopped the train in the Chittaranjan jungles in West Bengal around midnight….

“They started snatching jewelry, cell phones, cash, laptops and other belongings from the passengers,” Shrestha recalled. The soldier had somehow remained a silent spectator amidst the melee, but not for long.”

Good call, Bish, I’m with you so far.

He had had enough when the robbers stripped an 18-year-old girl sitting next to him and tried to rape her right in front of her parents. He then took out his khukuri and took on the robbers.

“The girl cried for help, saying ´You are a soldier, please save a sister´,” Shrestha recalled. “I prevented her from being raped, thinking of her as my own sister,” he added. He took one of the robbers under control and then started to attack the others. He said the rest of the robbers fled after he killed three of them with his khukuri and injured eight others.

During the scuffle he received serious blade injury to his left hand while the girl also had a minor cut on her neck. “They had carried out their robbery with swords, blades and pistols. The pistols may have been fake as they didn´t open fire,” he surmised.

Somebody give that man a medal!  Forty medals!

The train resumed its journey after some 20 minutes and a horde of media persons and police were present when it reached Chittaranja station. Police arrested the eight injured dacoits and recovered around 400,000 Indian rupees in cash, 40 gold necklaces, 200 cell phones, 40 laptops and other items that the fleeing robbers dropped in the train.

Obviously, it’s okay to bring a kukri to a gun-fight … if you’re a Gurkha.

I’m guessing that High Noon would be one of Mr. Shrestha’s favorite movies.

Via: http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=27100 and



Thank a soldier.



This is a very oddly compelling video: scary, yet an elegantly powerful way to convey a large body of information:

Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project’s “Trinity” test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan’s nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Korea’s two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear.

Each nation gets a blip and a flashing dot on the map whenever they detonate a nuclear weapon, with a running tally kept on the top and bottom bars of the screen. Hashimoto, who began the project in 2003, says that he created it with the goal of showing “the fear and folly of nuclear weapons.” It starts really slow — if you want to see real action, skip ahead to 1962 or so — but the buildup becomes overwhelming.

I do not know why the artist excluded North Korea’s nuclear detonations.  (On the web page linked below, there’s a map, followed by the text of the article, followed by the video.)

Unquestionably, there is considerable debate over the moral issues inherent in the use — even the existence — of nuclear weapons.  Whatever else may be said on either side of that debate,  the existence of nuclear weapons is the overriding reason that, for 65 years, there has not been a full-scale war between Great Powers, let alone World War III.   The Chinese-Soviet border skirmishes and the Korean War both were successfully contained from escalating  into full-scale war (in the latter case much to Gen. MacArthur’s chagrin): those conflicts did not expand due to the fear of nuclear war.

via A Time-Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945 Minus North Korea’s | Geekosystem.

What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, “This was their finest hour.”

via Their Finest Hour.

Anyone who can watch these videos without at least a moist eye should have his pulse checked.

The link at the bottom of this post leads to a fascinating simulation “game” in which you are invited to pick ways to reduce the federal debt to 60% of GDP.  It’s not all that easy: my first try only got me halfway there.

The debt of the United States is rising to unprecedented – and unsustainable – levels. According to the Peterson-Pew Commission on Budget Reform, under reasonable assumptions, the public debt of the U.S. is projected to grow to 85% of GDP by 2018, 100% by 2022, and 200% in 2038. No country can support debt at these levels without huge costs to its standard of living at a minimum and most likely a severe crisis.

via Budget Simulator | Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

Illustrating the immutable law: Power corrupts.  PowerPoint corrupts absolutely.

General McChrystal’s response was priceless:

When we understand that slide, we’ll have won the war,’ General Stanley McChrystal, the US and NATO force commander, remarked wryly when confronted by the sprawling spaghetti diagram in a briefing.

via Afghanistan PowerPoint slide: Generals left baffled by PowerPoint slide | Mail Online.

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