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Re: Salient Assassinations In History [TPA3] week 10

Postby Dukasaur on Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:50 pm

Legends of Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa, sometime outlaw and sometime folk hero, so the saying goes, was "hated by thousands and loved by millions." The mere mention of his name conjures up tales of daring and kindness, treachery and lawlessness. Like Robin Hood, who stole from the rich and gave to the poor, Villa helped northern Mexico’s less fortunate, and they repaid him by keeping his name alive in legends. Some call him half-man half-wolf, others the Centaur of the North.



Emiliano Zapata, In The Name of the Land
Call Villa a popular hero, but not Zapata. He is the traditional martyr to the land, the man who consciously dies as a symbol. The ballads that mourn for Zapata are like hymns. As this one:
Señores, I bear a corrido
That is silver to the ears,
The death of Zapata I'm singing
News that must bring many tears.

There lived in Cuautla, Morelos
A very singular man,
All the people and their neighbors
Followed under his command.

Beloved by all his people
He was considered the leader,
None of them want to forget him
They will remember his teaching.
His teaching was no new doctrine. It was the creed that "the land belongs to him who works it with his
hands," melodramatized, made tragedy, by this man who contained in himself an old spirit, an old attitude, not by words, nor by personal idiosyncracy, but by the intensely native pattern of his life.


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Re: Salient Assassinations In History [TPA3] week 10

Postby patrickaa317 on Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:38 am

Can you get a reserve for me? Due to potential things upcoming in RL, I need to get my game count down over the next few weeks and I realize there is 8 weeks left in this tourney. Thanks!
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Re: Salient Assassinations In History [TPA3] week 10

Postby Dukasaur on Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:34 pm

patrickaa317 wrote:Can you get a reserve for me? Due to potential things upcoming in RL, I need to get my game count down over the next few weeks and I realize there is 8 weeks left in this tourney. Thanks!

Ok, will do. Thank you for being considerate and posting. It is always easy to replace people when you know before you make the next round of games; it's a lot harder if they wait until after their invite is sent. So I'm always very grateful when someone thinks in advance and let's me know.
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Re: Salient Assassinations In History [TPA3] week 10

Postby Dukasaur on Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:04 pm

Soldier4Christ did return to us for week 11. Meanwhile, 2 more are gone. Patrickaa317 has resigned, and calicus reached a negative score by assassinating the wrong target in his week 9 game.

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Re: Salient Assassinations In History [TPA3] week 13

Postby Dukasaur on Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:25 pm

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/1948/jan/31/india.fromthearchive
Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by a young Hindu extremist while walking to his prayer meeting in the lawn of Birla House, New Delhi, yesterday. He was 78. In India, where only one short outbreak of disorder is reported, a state of mourning will be observed for 13 days; flags will fly at half mast, and no public entertainments will be held.

The news of the assassination has had a profound effect throughout the world. Messages of sympathy have been sent by the King and the President of the United States and by many Premiers. The theme of all comment, whether by statesmen or by the common man, is the same - "a saint," "a giant among men," "irreplaceable."









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Re: Salient Assassinations In History [TPA3] week 13

Postby Dukasaur on Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:08 pm

I got busy and I won't have time this week for a scoreboard update. However, week 14 games have been created and invitations sent out.

Not much I could say about the JFK assassination that hasn't been said. Here's a good starting list of stuff you could read:
http://www.amazon.com/Most-Essential-Assassination-books-Updated/lm/1S67VV69YAEIH

I've read a few of those. The one that lays it all on Carlos Marcello convinced me. There are fewer inconsistencies in a Marcello-based theory of the JFK killing than in any other theory.
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Re: Salient Assassinations In History [TPA3] week 13

Postby Dukasaur on Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:19 am

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Re: Salient Assassinations In History [TPA3] week 15

Postby Dukasaur on Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:09 pm

Source:https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/john_lennon_the_last_great_anti_war_activist
John Lennon: The Last Great Anti-War Activist

By John W. Whitehead
October 08, 2012

“All we are saying is give peace a chance.”—John Lennon

Despite the moving tributes that were paid to John Lennon’s lyrical vision of a world without war, racial or religious divisions or hunger at the conclusion of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, there’s really very little real talk of peace anymore.

You don’t hear much talk of peace from presidential candidates Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, both of whom are indebted to the $600 billion military industrial complex for their campaign dollars. It’s the same military industrial complex that President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned against in his 1961 farewell address to the nation.

You don’t hear much about peace from the various talking heads whose mindless chatter keeps us distracted from the ongoing wars that are bleeding us dry (the Afghanistan war just marked its 11th anniversary on Oct. 7, 2012, making it the longest war in U.S. history).

And you certainly don’t hear much about peace from the current crop of musical and cultural icons making headlines today—whether it be teen heart throbs such as Justin Bieber or screen heart throbs such as George Clooney—whose activities seem more geared at cultivating their celebrity status and advancing party politics than promoting peace.

It may be that John Lennon, born 72 years ago on October 9, 1940, was the last great iconic anti-war activist of our age. Thrust into the spotlight as a member of the Beatles—and what an incredible spotlight it was, with the world at their feet—it didn’t take long for Lennon to recognize that he could use his celebrity status to not only communicate his own ideas about the world but change the way people thought about issues of the day. As Time magazine contributor Martin Lewis noted in his remembrance of Lennon on the 20th anniversary of his death: “John Lennon was not God. But he earned the love and admiration of his generation by creating a huge body of work that inspired and led. The appreciation for him deepened because he then instinctively decided to use his celebrity as a bully pulpit for causes greater than his own enrichment or self-aggrandizement.”

Lennon’s interests were as varied as the musical styles he sampled throughout his 20-year music career. They ranged from distrust of authority (seen in “Working Class Hero”), politics (“Gimme Some Truth”) and literature (“I Am the Walrus”) to spirituality (“Across the Universe”) and Primal Scream Therapy (“Mother”), and he immortalized all of them in song. Yet paramount among the causes to which Lennon was committed was his almost single-minded devotion to the anti-war movement, which moved to the forefront in the wake of his 1969 marriage to avant-garde artist Yoko Ono.

Starting with their infamous “Bed-Ins for Peace,” Lennon and Ono turned the tables on the paparazzi that dogged their every move in order to stage their own unique anti-war “happening.” It was an inspired tactic on the duo’s part, and one that has never been successfully repeated by any other celebrity of note since then. Using their honeymoon at the Amsterdam Hilton in March 1969 as a launch pad for their anti-war efforts, the Lennons invited the worldwide media to join them in their hotel suite, where they sat in bed for two weeks straight, from nine in the morning to nine at night, engaging in discussions about world peace. A second Bed-In followed three months later in Montreal, where Lennon wrote and recorded what was to become the unofficial refrain of the peace movement—“Give Peace a Chance.”

As Lennon explained:

What we’re really doing is sending out a message to the world, mainly to the youth, especially the youth or anybody, really, that’s interested in protesting for peace or protesting against any forms of violence… There’s many ways of protest, and this is one of them. And anybody could grow their hair for peace or give up a week of their holiday for peace or sit in a bag for peace. Protest against peace, anyway, but peacefully, because we think that peace is only got by peaceful methods, and to fight the establishment with their own weapons is no good, because they always win, and they have been winning for thousands of years. They know how to play the game violence, and it’s easier for them when they can recognize you and shoot you.

By October 1969, “Give Peace a Chance” had become a universal chant at anti-Vietnam War demonstrations. On November 15, during a peace rally in Washington, DC, the legendary folk singer Pete Seeger led nearly half a million demonstrators in singing “Give Peace a Chance” at the Washington Monument. Asked what he thought about that day, Lennon later remarked, “I saw pictures of that Washington demonstration on British TV, with all those people singing it, forever and not stopping. It was one of the biggest moments of my life.”

Following the Bed-Ins, Lennon and Ono became even more activist-minded, lending their support to the plight of the working class by way of a shipbuilders’ work-in, railing against the Vietnam War, voicing their discontent over the brutal murders of 14 unarmed civil rights protesters in Northern Ireland (memorialized in “Luck of the Irish” and “Sunday Bloody Sunday”), bemoaning the death toll from the uprising at Attica Prison, and holding forth with leading American peace activists of the day such as Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman—all the while, using music as the medium for their message. Released in October 1971, Lennon’s Imagine album would become his musical calling card for world peace.

In December 1971, Lennon appeared at a benefit concert in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for peace activist John Sinclair, who had been arrested in 1969 for selling two joints to an undercover policewoman and was sentenced to ten years in prison (hence the lyric “They gave him ten for two” in Lennon’s song “John Sinclair”). The day before the concert, the Michigan Supreme Court denied Sinclair’s appeal. By this point, Sinclair had been in prison for two and a half years. The rally, which was broadcast live, drew 15,000 attendees, who gathered to hear Lennon perform. The next day, the Michigan Supreme Court reversed its decision, and Sinclair was set free.

Writing for Time, Martin Lewis concludes, “Of all Lennon’s legacies, one of the most enduring, and perhaps the most impressive, is who his enemies were. The true measure of his greatness was that in the 1970s he terrified the most powerful man in the world.” While it’s open for debate whether Lennon had more enduring legacies than inspiring terror in government operatives, there is no doubt that for a little while, at least, he became enemy number one in the eyes of the U.S. government. This resulted in a four-year campaign of surveillance and harassment by the U.S. government—spearheaded by J. Edgar Hoover, an attempt by President Richard Nixon to have him “neutralized” and deported, and an FBI file more than 400-pages deep.

Right up until his death on December 8, 1980, at the hands of an assassin, Lennon remained true to the anti-war activism that had shaped much of his life. The same, unfortunately, cannot be said for the nation he came to call home. According to the latest report by the Institute for Economics and Peace, the U.S. spends $2.16 trillion annually on violence containment—that is, anything related to inflicting, preventing or dealing with the consequences of violence. This includes everything from costs associated with national defense and law enforcement to prisons, counterterrorism and border control. That’s a lot of money—roughly one out of every seven dollars spent per year or $7,000 per American taxpayer annually—to not only administer violence, war and killing but deal with the after-effects of them, as well.

Put another way, the amount we spend—15% of the U.S. economy—to administer and contain violence annually equals the United Kingdom’s entire economic output. That same money, if most of it were channeled into more productive avenues such as education and health care would reduce unemployment by 13%.

One can only imagine what John Lennon would say about a world where more money is spent on feeding the war machine than on feeding the poor.

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Re: Salient Assassinations In History [TPA3] week 15

Postby celliottii on Sat Mar 23, 2013 4:17 pm

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I never knew about your vignettes, but am glad you sent out that PM about it. It's nice to see a tourney have a theme and then see the host go the extra mile to enhance it.

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Re: Salient Assassinations In History [TPA3] week 15

Postby MGSteve on Sun Mar 24, 2013 1:14 am

celliottii wrote:Dukasaur,

I never knew about your vignettes, but am glad you sent out that PM about it. It's nice to see a tourney have a theme and then see the host go the extra mile to enhance it.

Thank you!

Hear, hear! One of the reasons I'm a major fan of Duk. I was grumbling about the size of that pm until I got involved reading it. It's a shame I waited until I was a looooong way past my school years to develop an interest in history. It's great that there are such things as PBS and Duk to help feed that interest.

Thank you! =D> =D> =D>
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Re: Salient Assassinations In History [TPA3] week 15

Postby Dukasaur on Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:07 pm

Week 17: Anwar Sadat, 1981.



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Re: Salient Assassinations In History last interim scoreboar

Postby Dukasaur on Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:46 pm

It is week 18. The final game goes out today, and in preparation for it I have done the last interim scoreboard. The next scoreboard will the the last, and I will do it only after all games have finished.

First the bad news: two more players, Gromph and osujacket, have managed to work their way into a negative score and are eliminated.

Mviola and benga continue to dominate, with 60 and 53 points respectively. Aspalm has clawed his way into 3rd place with 42. Iron Maid, who not so long ago was leading the tournament, has fallen into a tie with br4nd0n2002 for 4th place, while badmunkay and Kingm share 5th.

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Re: Salient Assassinations In History [TPA3] Final Game Toda

Postby Dukasaur on Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:43 pm



Alexander Litvinenko was murdered by the (allegedly disbanded) KGB in 2006. Today, it's still news, as the Russian continue to frustrate all attempts by the British authorities to bring his killers to justice.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/12/suspect-alexander-litvinenko-inquest-andrei-lugovoi



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Re: Salient Assassinations In History [TPA3]

Postby mviola on Mon Apr 08, 2013 5:33 pm

mviola wrote:Probably going to regret this, but in please.

This was my sign up post. I regret nothing.
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Postby Dukasaur on Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:10 pm

mviola wrote:
mviola wrote:Probably going to regret this, but in please.

This was my sign up post. I regret nothing.

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Re: Salient Assassinations In History [TPA3] Final Game Toda

Postby ZionT on Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:38 pm

Haha. Well played Duka.
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Re: Salient Assassinations In History [TPA3] Final Game Toda

Postby T21b on Sat Apr 20, 2013 8:22 am

yes please.
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Re: Salient Assassinations In History [TPA3] Final Game Toda

Postby Dukasaur on Sun May 05, 2013 7:33 pm

Game 12476049 still active.
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Re: Salient Assassinations In History [TPA3] Benga Wins!

Postby Dukasaur on Wed May 22, 2013 12:44 pm

We have come to the end of our journey.

The Top 32 Contestants
benga 60
mviola 58
Iron Maid 44
aspalm 41
badmunkay 41
Kingm 41
GreenBaize 39
rmjw10 39
swimmerdude99 39
br4nd0n2002 38
Mizzou3181 38
Leverpuller 37
arno30 32
Odeuminus 32
uyumaykimaw 32
wombat4 32
celliottii 31
Tripitaka 31
willedtowin1 31
chejodavila 30
puppydog85 30
regan the great 30
Silly Knig-it 30
Aussie02 29
Breal 29
ProsthoDoc 29
SirLindsley 29
cwinslow22 28
slickstick 28
epicgb 27
Deng Xiao Ping 26
MGSteve 25
Soldier4Christ 25
uckuki 25



Congratulations Benga, winner of the Salient Assassinations in History tournament!


=D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D>

A special honourable mention to mviola, who came oh! so tantalizingly close to winning!

=D> =D> =D> =D> =D>

Thank you all to everyone who participated!

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Re: Salient Assassinations In History [TPA3] (Benga Wins)

Postby Dukasaur on Fri May 24, 2013 1:29 pm

bump.
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