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Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge

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The Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge is the longest hanging bridge for pedestrian use in the world. It is located in Randa, Switzerland and replaced the defunct Europabrücke, which had been damaged by a rock slide.

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Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef and ‘Parts Unknown’ host, dies at 61

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Anthony Bourdain, the frenetic celebrity chef and television host who took viewers on a culinary journey through more than 80 countries and spoke candidly about his past descent into drug addiction, has died, CNN said Friday. He was 61.

The network reported suicide was the cause of death.

“His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller,” the network said in a statement. “His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”

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Image: Anthony Bourdain on Pier 57, where he is planning to open Bourdain Market, in New York.

Anthony Bourdain on Pier 57 in New York in 2015.Alex Welsh / The New York Times / Redux Pictures

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Akershus Fortress

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Akershus Fortress or Akershus Castle is a medieval castle that was built to protect and provide a royal residence for Oslo, the capital of Norway. The castle has also been used as a military base, a prison and government offices.

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Philip Roth, seminal author of comical and simmering discontents, dies at 85

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Philip Roth, whose sexually scandalous comic novel “Portnoy’s Complaint” brought him literary celebrity after its publication in 1969 and who was eventually hailed as one of America’s greatest living authors for the blunt force and controlled fury of his dozens of later works, died May 22 at hospital in Manhattan. He was 85.

His literary agent, Andrew Wylie, confirmed the death to the Associated Press and said the cause was congestive heart failure. No other details were immediately available.

Mr. Roth’s 1959 debut story collection, “Goodbye, Columbus,” earned him the first of two National Book Awards. He would go on to publish 27 novels, two memoirs and several more story collections by the time he publicly retired from writing in 2012. His lifelong themes included sex and desire, health and mortality, and Jewishness and its obligations — arguably his most definitive subject, given the controversy surrounding his earliest works.

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Novelist Philip Roth at his home in Warren, Conn., in 2005. (Douglas Healey/AP)

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Tom Wolfe, best-selling novelist and journalist, dies at 88

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Tom Wolfe, the author whose groundbreaking and radiant journalism helped create a new genre of nonfiction in books like “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” and “The Right Stuff,” has died. He was 88.

Wolfe’s death was confirmed by his agent, Lynn Nesbit.

Wolfe, always impeccably attired and often spotted strolling around New York City in his signature white three-piece suit, was one of the leading practitioners of so-called New Journalism, a style that fused novelistic flair with traditional reporting.

He chronicled the social upheavals of America, immersing readers in everything from the California hippie counterculture to the space race. He peppered his writing with gleeful punctuation and memorable phrases — coining era-defining expressions like “radical chic” and “the Me Generation.”

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WWII. What We Did!! It seems Impossible!

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This should be shown in every class room in every school.  

A bit of our history.

This is a fantastic story.  Everyone should read this.

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 Seems Impossible
Carefully study this artwork. Then, read what we did. 
Not only is the picture awesome, but so are the statistics!

During the 3-1/2 years of World War II that started with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in December of 1941 and ended with the surrender of Germany and Japan in 1945, “We the People of the U.S.A.” produced the following:
            22 aircraft carriers
              8 battleships
            48 cruisers
          349 destroyers
          420 destroyer escorts
          203 submarines
            34 million tons of merchant ships
   100,000 fighter aircraft
     98,000 bombers
     24,000 transport aircraft
     58,000 training aircraft
     93,000 tanks
   257,000 artillery pieces
   105,000 mortars
3,000,000 machine guns and
2,500,000 military trucks
We put 16.1 million men in uniform in the various armed services, invaded Africa, invaded Sicily and Italy, won the battle for the Atlantic, planned and executed D-Day, marched across the Pacific and Europe, developed the atomic bomb and, ultimately, conquered Japan and Germany.
It’s amazing what America did in those days
Many of you already know the story, here is the update.
THE FINAL TOAST
The text below references the movie “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo.”
There is a second film made in 1944 that details the “show” trials of the 11 airmen
that were captured & tortured by the Japanese titled “The Purple Heart.”
Three were executed as war criminals, a fourth died in captivity.
The FINAL TOAST! They bombed Tokyo 73 years ago.
They once were among the most universally admired and revered men in the United States .. There were 80 of the Raiders in April 1942, when they carried out one of the most courageous and heart-stirring military operations in this nation’s history. The mere mention of their unit’s name, in those years, would bring tears to the eyes of grateful Americans.

Now only four survive
 After Japan ‘s sneak attack on Pearl Harbor,
with the United States reeling and wounded,
something dramatic was needed to turn the war effort around.
 Even though there were no friendly airfields close enough to Japan
for the United States to launch a retaliation, a daring plan was devised.
Sixteen B-25s were modified so that they could take off from the deck of an aircraft carrier.
This had never before been tried — sending such big, heavy bombers from a carrier.
The 16 five-man crews, under the command of Lt. Col. James Doolittle,
who himself flew the lead plane off the USS Hornet,
knew that they would not be able to return to the carrier.
They would have to hit Japan and then hope to make it to China for a safe landing.
But on the day of the raid, the Japanese military caught wind of the plan.
The Raiders were told that they would have to take off from much farther out
in the Pacific Ocean than they had counted on.
They were told that because of this they would not have enough fuel to make it to safety.
And those men went anyway.
They bombed Tokyo and then flew as far as they could.
Four planes crash-landed; 11 more crews bailed out, and three of the Raiders died.
Eight more were captured; three were executed.
Another died of starvation in a Japanese prison camp. One crew made it to Russia .

 

The Doolittle Raiders sent a message from the United States to its enemies,
and to the rest of the world: We will fight. And, no matter what it takes, we will win.
Of the 80 Raiders, 62 survived the war. They were celebrated as national heroes, models of bravery.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced a motion picture based on the raid; “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo ,”
starring Spencer Tracy and Van Johnson, was a patriotic and emotional box-office hit,
and the phrase became part of the national lexicon.
In the movie-theater previews for the film, MGM proclaimed that it was presenting the story……..
“with supreme pride.”
Beginning in 1946, the surviving Raiders have held a reunion each April,
to commemorate the mission. The reunion is in a different city each year.
In 1959, the city of Tucson , Arizona , as a gesture of respect and gratitude,
presented the Doolittle Raiders with a set of 80 silver goblets.
Each goblet was engraved with the name of a Raider.
Every year, a wooden display case bearing all 80 goblets is transported to the reunion city.
Each time a Raider passes away, his goblet is turned upside down in the case at the next reunion,
as his old friends bear solemn witness.
Also in the wooden case is a bottle of 1896 Hennessy Very Special cognac.
The year is not happenstance: 1896 was when Jimmy Doolittle was born.
There has always been a plan: When there are only two surviving Raiders,
they would open the bottle, at last drink from it,
and toast their comrades who preceded them in death.
As 2013 began, there were five living Raiders; then, in February,
Tom Griffin passed away at age 96.
What a man he was. After bailing out of his plane
Over a mountainous Chinese forest after the Tokyo raid, he became ill with malaria,
and almost died. When he recovered, he was sent to Europe to fly more combat missions.
He was shot down, captured, and spent 22 months in a German prisoner of war camp.
The selflessness of these men, the sheer guts … There was a passage in
the Cincinnati Enquirer obituary for Mr. Griffin that, on the surface,
had nothing to do with the war, but that was emblematic of the depth
of his sense of duty and devotion:
“When his wife became ill and needed to go into a nursing home, he visited her every day.
He walked from his house to the nursing home, fed his wife,
and at the end of the day brought home her clothes. At night, he washed and ironed her clothes.
Then he walked them up to her room the next morning.
He did that for three years until her death in 2005.”
So now, out of the original 80, only four Raiders remain:
Dick Cole (Doolittle’s co-pilot on the Tokyo raid),
Robert Hite, Edward Saylor and David Thatcher. All are in their 90s.
They have decided that there are too few of them for the public reunions to continue.
The events in Fort Walton Beach marked the end. It has come full circle;
Florida ‘s nearby Eglin Field was where the Raiders trained in secrecy for the Tokyo mission.
The town planned to do all it can to honor the men: a six-day celebration of their valor,
including luncheons, a dinner and a parade.
Do the men ever wonder if those of us for whom they helped save the country
have tended to it in a way that is worthy of their sacrifice?
They don’t talk about that, at least not around other people.
But if you find yourself near Fort Walton Beach this week,
and if you should encounter any of the Raiders,
you might want to offer them a word of thanks.
I can tell you from first hand observation that they appreciate hearing that they are remembered.
The men have decided that after this final public reunion they will wait until a later date —
sometime this year — to get together once more, informally and in absolute privacy.
That is when they will open the bottle of brandy. The years are flowing by too swiftly now;
they are not going to wait until there are only two of them.
They will fill the four remaining upturned goblets. And raise them in a toast to those who are gone. 
 
Their 70th Anniversary Photo 

SOME WERE TOO YOUNG TO KNOW ABOUT THESE BRAVE HEROES.
MAY GOD BLESS THEM ALL!

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Where did they find so many good dancers?

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