Monthly Archives: October 2021

90 Years Ago — Al Capone Convicted of Income Tax Evasion (October 17 1931) [UPDATE : Al Capone’s Favorite Gun Sells for $860K at Auction]

“Capitalism gives all of us a great opportunity if we seize it with both hands and hang on to it.” Chicago gangster Al Capone October 17 2020 — On October 17, 1931, Chicago gangster Al Capone was convicted of income … Continue reading

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Four Years Ago — Maltese Investigative Blogger Killed in Car Bomb [UPDATE : Pegasus Project awarded the 2021 Daphne Caruana Galizia Prize for Journalism]

“Another year has passed, and there is still no truth or justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia in sight. Three years after her murder, it has still not been established who ordered it and what the motives behind her brutal assassination … Continue reading

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On this Day — Mata Hari Is Executed (October 15 1917) [Was she really guilty?]

“A harlot? Yes, but a traitor, never!” Mata Hari (during the trial) July 25 2020 — Margaretha Geertruida “Margreet” MacLeod (Born Zelle; 7 August 1876 – 15 October 1917), better known by the stage name Mata Hari, was a Dutch … Continue reading

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Lockerbie — FAA investigating Boeing 787 manufacturing flaws. Coincidence? [UPDATE VII : Boeing pilot indicted for giving false information to FAA over 737 Max]

“The plane maker has told U.S. aviation regulators that it produced certain parts at its South Carolina facilities that failed to meet its own design and manufacturing standards, according to an Aug. 31 internal Federal Aviation Administration memo reviewed by … Continue reading

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Deadly Floods in Belgium & Germany — A Monumental Intelligence Failure? [UPDATE : “He who pays the piper calls the tune.”]

“The fact that people didn’t evacuate or get the warnings suggests that something is going wrong. If you’ve got some information about what risk you’re at and you can understand it, you can take action to protect yourself. These floods … Continue reading

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Havana Syndrome — Two new cases in Vietnam delay Vice President Harris’ visit [UPDATE : More than a dozen Havana Syndrome cases reported in Colombia]

“It’s real. It’s affecting our officers. It’s affecting others around the community, in government, and we’re going to figure it out.” CIA Deputy Director David Cohen Annual Intelligence and National Security Summit (Sept. 14 2021) August 3 2021 — Judy … Continue reading

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On This Day — The Brighton Bombing (October 12 1984)  [UPDATE — Brighton Bomber : “Ireland will soon be reunited.”]

“Mrs. Thatcher will now realise that Britain cannot occupy our country and torture our prisoners and shoot our people in their own streets and get away with it. Today we were unlucky, but remember we only have to be lucky … Continue reading

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Four Years Ago — The True Story of Dr A. Q. Khan’s Nuclear Black Market [UPDATE — Father of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme dies aged 85.]

“There have been only two kinds of CIA secret operations: the ones that are widely known to have failed—usually because of almost unbelievably crude errors—and the ones that are not yet widely known to have failed.” Edward Luttwak May 3 … Continue reading

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On This day — Einstein Letter to Franklin Roosevelt (October 11 1939) [Manhattan Project — “I made one great mistake in my life…”]

“I made one great mistake in my life — when I signed the letter to President Roosevelt recommending that atom bombs be made but there was some justification — the danger that the Germans would make them.” Albert Einstein   … Continue reading

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On This Day — James Bond “From Russia With Love” Premiere in London (October 10 1963) [2021]

“The film is highly immoral in every imaginable way; it is neither uplifting, instructive nor life-enhancing. Neither is it great film-making. But it sure is fun.” Richard Roud — The Guardian  (October 11 1963)   October 10 2020  — From Russia … Continue reading

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