Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk died on July 28th at 93 years of age.

Here he is, second from the left, top row.

You’ll love the part where he talks about afterwards and takes, what I consider to be, a swipe at the seeming pussies we have in the service now where the mere sight of a dead body causes them to go into fits of PTSD and years of counseling.

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Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk, a navigator who on Aug. 6, 1945, guided the Enola Gay over Hiroshima to drop the first nuclear bomb in the history of warfare, died Monday at an assisted living facility in Stone Mountain, Ga. He was 93.

The last surviving member of the Enola Gay’s 12-member crew, Van Kirk died of age-related causes, said his son Tom.

A veteran of 58 World War II combat missions over Europe and Africa, Van Kirk was told that he had been chosen for a top-secret bombing mission that could help end World War II. The payload was never specified.

Boarding the stripped-down B-29 on the island of Tinian in the northern Marianas, Van Kirk and his crewmates flew some 1,700 miles to Japan. They dropped a bomb code-named Little Boy, which took 43 seconds to detonate, generating a burst of heat estimated at 50 million degrees. At 8:16 a.m. local time, Little Boy ushered in the dawn of the atomic age, destroying most of Hiroshima in a blinding flash. A poisonous mushroom cloud rose more than 50,000 feet.

Van Kirk, who looked down at the city for a jarring moment and saw what he later likened to a pot of boiling tar, had just one thought at the time, he said in numerous interviews: “The war’s over.”

“Do I regret what we did that day? No sir, I do not,” he told the Sunday Mirror, a British newspaper, in 2010. “I have never apologized for what we did to Hiroshima and I never will.”

In succeeding generations, the question of nuclear weapons was anything but simple. Hiroshima, with at least 80,000 of its residents killed instantly and more contaminated by nuclear fallout, became a symbol. In 1995, anti-nuclear demonstrators poured blood and ashes over a piece of the Enola Gay on display at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. Veterans groups, on the other hand, complained that the display, with its graphic depictions, was too sympathetic toward Japan and made short shrift of the Americans who would have died had the war continued.

Three days after Hiroshima, another atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. On Aug. 15, 1945, the Japanese surrendered.

Van Kirk was frequently asked whether he and the Enola Gay’s other crew members experienced any physical or emotional damage from the bombing.

“We did not suffer any effects from radiation, and none of us, I will add, had any psychological effects,” he told NPR on the bombing’s 60th anniversary in 2005. “None of us went crazy. None of us went into monasteries and everything else that a lot of people say we did.”

Born Feb. 27, 1921, in Northumberland, Pa., Van Kirk grew up on a farm. In October 1941, he enlisted as an Army aviator but washed out as a pilot. As a navigator, however, he flew many missions out of England and shuttled Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower to North Africa.

After combat duty, he became a navigation instructor at various locations in the U.S. When he was teaching in New Orleans, his old friend, Paul Tibbets, who was then a lieutenant colonel, called to ask him if he’d like to be part of a secret mission.

Tibbets, who remained one of Van Kirk’s lifelong friends, became the Enola Gay’s commander.

The crew trained for months in Wendover, Utah. Among other maneuvers, they practiced the sharp turns they’d have to make to escape the bomb’s shock waves. Scientists said they’d need to be 11 miles from the blast to avoid being shaken apart. As it was they experienced what Van Kirk later described as “a hell of a jolt.”

On Aug. 5, 1945, the crew was staged on Tinian. Van Kirk, Tibbets and bombardier Tom Ferebee played poker that night.

“How else are you going to spend your time … after they tell you you’re going to be dropping the first atomic bomb?” Van Kirk once asked a reporter.

After their mission, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and other honors.

As a civilian, he received a degree in chemical engineering from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania and spent 35 years working for DuPont. He lived in various spots around the U.S., including the Love Canal area near Niagara Falls, according to his biographer Suzanne Simon Dietz. In California, he made his home in the Marin County community of Novato.

Van Kirk didn’t talk much about Hiroshima until anniversaries started becoming major media events, his son said.

“He thought he did his duty,” his son said. “Given the circumstances the country found itself in, with an enemy showing no desire to not continue to engage in war, with invasion imminent, he felt it was exactly the kind of thing this country should have done.” In his later years, Van Kirk delivered that message to schools, veterans groups and history conclaves.

“He was intelligent, had a great sense of humor and was very gracious,” said Dietz, author of the 2012 biography “My True Course.” “He wanted to educate others about the war.”

Van Kirk was widowed twice. His survivors include sons Tom of Pittsburgh and Larry of Charlotte, N.C.; daughters Vicki Triplett of Atlanta and Joanne Gotelli of Sacramento; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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From day one of my ascendency to the throne as Ruler of the World I would pass a decree which states that no one can take advantage of any life saving drugs or tests if they come from a culture that does nothing to benefit mankind.

That would immediately rule out most Muslims and a shitload of Africans.

We’d solve 3/4 of the world’s problems as they’d die off with a generation or two.

Specifically I am referring to a new blood test that can detect any form of cancer.

Developed by the Brits.

And since most medical developments come from America, the Brits, Canadians, Australians, Europeans, etc and NOT from Muslim countries and most of Africa this would be a step in the right direction to taking humanity back from the animals that infest it today.

What say you? Can I count on your vote? :-)

A revolutionary blood test that could detect any type of cancer has been developed by British scientists.

It is hoped the breakthrough will enable doctors to rule out cancer in patients presenting with certain symptoms – saving time and preventing costly and unnecessary invasive procedures and biopsies.

Early results have shown the simple test can diagnose cancer and pre-cancerous conditions from the blood of patients with melanoma, colon cancer and lung cancer with a high degree of accuracy.

The test has been able to diagnose cancer and pre-cancerous conditions from the blood of patients with the disease in their skin, colon or lungs

Alternatively, it could be a useful aid for investigating patients who are suspected of having a cancer that is currently hard to diagnose, say the University of Bradford researchers.

The Lymphocyte Genome Sensitivity (LGS) assesses white blood cells and measures the damage caused to their DNA when subjected to different intensities of ultraviolet light (UVA), which is known to damage DNA.

The Bradford scientists say there is a ‘clear distinction between the damage to the white blood cells from patients with cancer, with pre-cancerous conditions and from healthy patients’.

Research leader Professor Diana Anderson, from the University’s School of Life Sciences, said: ‘White blood cells are part of the body’s natural defence system.

‘We know that they are under stress when they are fighting cancer or other diseases, so I wondered whether anything measureable could be seen if we put them under further stress with UVA light.

‘We found that people with cancer have DNA which is more easily damaged by ultraviolet light than other people.’

The conclusions were drawn after looking at the blood samples of 208 people – 94 were healthy members of university staff and students.

The other 114 were collected from patients referred to specialist clinics within Bradford Royal Infirmary prior to diagnosis and treatment.

UVA damage was observed in the form of pieces of DNA being pulled in an electric field towards the positive end of the field, causing a comet-like tail.

The longer the tail, the more DNA damage. And these measurements correlated to those patients who were ultimately diagnosed with cancer (58), those with pre-cancerous conditions (56) and those who were healthy (94).

‘These are early results completed on three different types of cancer and we accept that more research needs to be done; but these results so far are remarkable,’ said Professor Anderson.

She added that while the numbers tested were small, the ‘results are powerful’.

The research is published online in FASEB Journal, the U.S. Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

The test’s accuracy is now being investigated in a clinical trial at Bradford Royal Infirmary with patients suspected to have colorectal cancer.

A patent has been filed for the technology and a spin-out company, Oncascan, has been established to commercialise the research.

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What a bunch of shit.

Last quarter the GDP was down 2.1% (having been “adjusted” from -2.9%) and, all-of-a-sudden, this quarter it’s UP 4%?

Sorry, jobs have not improved. People are still getting laid off. Home sales are abysmal.

So how the fuck can GDP climb this much?

It can’t.

This stinks of nothing more than running cover for Obongo’s failure as a president in matters of the economy. They know that another bad number would mean we’d have negative GDP on a running basis and that means RECESSION!!

I’ll wager a bet right now and predict that next quarter we’ll see this quarter’s 4% decreased to under 3%. If it manages to stay that high.

The numbers are being jiggled and Americans are being deceived.

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Almost three years old but just as relevant today.


A more recent one on why he supports Israel:

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It’s such a shame we have no one in the media with integrity anymore or they’d be demanding the Hildebeast explain, that when she commented it seemed logical Paleo-Simains would place bombs, bullets, arms and terrorists in schools, Mosques, hospitals, medical centers, etc. how she could justify that given the enormity of the facility recently located. Gaza may be narrow but there is NO EXCUSE for putting military facilities in civilian compounds.

If the Israelis did it the world would have demanded it stop.

But since all those fuckers love to suck terrorist ass I guess we’ll never see that question asked.

he idea that one of Hamas’ main command bunkers is located beneath Shifa Hospital in Gaza City is one of the worst-kept secrets of the Gaza war.

So why aren’t reporters in Gaza ferreting it out? The precise location of a large underground bunker equipped with sophisticated communications equipment and housing some part of the leadership of a major terrorist organization beneath a major hospital would seem to qualify as a world-class scoop—the kind that might merit a Pulitzer, or at least a Polk.

So why isn’t the fact that Hamas uses Shifa Hospital as a command post making headlines? In part, it’s because the location is so un-secret that Hamas regularly meets with reporters there. On July 15, for example, William Booth of the Washington Post wrote that the hospital “has become a de facto headquarters for Hamas leaders, who can be seen in the hallways and offices.”

Back in 2006, PBS even aired a documentary showing how gunmen roam the halls of the hospital, intimidate the staff, and deny them access to protected locations within the building—where the camera crew was obviously prohibited from filming.

Yet the confirmation that Hamas is using Gaza City’s biggest hospital as its de facto headquarters was made in the last sentence of the eighth paragraph of Booth’s story—which would appear to be the kind of rookie mistake that is known in journalistic parlance as “burying the lede.”

But Booth is no rookie—he’s an experienced foreign reporter, which means that he buried the lede on purpose. Why? Well, one reason might be that the “security sources” quoted whenever the location of the Hamas command bunker is mentioned—which, as evidenced by this 2009 article by the excellent and highly experienced foreign correspondent Steven Erlanger of the New York Times, happens every time there’s a war in Gaza—are obviously Israelis, not members of Hamas.

It might be hard to believe the Israelis, the simple logic might run, since they obviously have an investment in arguing that Hamas is using hospitals and schools as human shields.

The Israelis are so sure about the location of the Hamas bunker, however, not because they are trying to score propaganda points, or because it has been repeatedly mentioned in passing by Western reporters—but because they built it.

Back in 1983, when Israel still ruled Gaza, they built a secure underground operating room and tunnel network beneath Shifa hospital—which is one among several reasons why Israeli security sources are so sure that there is a main Hamas command bunker in or around the large cement basement beneath the area of Building 2 of the Hospital, which reporters are obviously prohibited from entering.

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