Psychological warfare

July 20, 2015 at 3:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Brutal British bureaucracy: “A disabled father died two weeks after being judged fit for work as he lay in hospital with pneumonia, it has been revealed. Diabetic David O’Mar, of Cardiff, Wales, was stripped of his disability benefits in April after a work capability assessment for the Department for Work and Pensions. The 58-year-old was bed-bound in hospital on the date of a tribunal to decide whether he should carry on receiving the benefits or was well enough to look for a job. Despite family pleas to reschedule, the court ruled the former radio DJ fit for work. He died of pneumonia on April 29. His daughter Alexandra said: ‘It affected him. I think it’s disgusting they stopped somebody’s benefits who genuinely needed them.’ He found out the date of his appeal when his daughter went to pick up things from his flat and found a summons. Shop worker Alexandra, 26, called the court and was told to write requesting a postponement, which she did. She said: ‘I explained the situation and he’d had notes from the doctors about his condition. But then I received a letter saying it wasn’t a good enough reason.”

Secret tunnels of the White Cliffs of Dover: “An incredible labyrinth of forgotten Second World War tunnels built beneath the White Cliffs of Dover will reopen to the public today for the first time in 40 years. The Fan Bay Deep Shelter was carved out of chalk in just 100 days in the 1940s as part of Dover’s connected gun battery armaments aimed at foiling Nazi shipping movements in the Channel. The shelter was carved out of the chalk by Royal Engineers from the 172nd Tunnelling Company and had a hospital, secure store and five large chambers providing bomb-proof accommodation. Bullets, including British .303 cartridges and American 30 calibre ammunition rounds, were also found throughout the tunnels, often tucked into small gaps in metal sheeting. Two rare First World War sound mirrors also form part of the site. Regarded as one of the first early warning devices invented in Britain, sound mirrors gave advanced notice of approaching enemy aircraft but became obsolete with the invention of radar technology in the 1930s.

Incredible moment a pilot soft-landed his Spitfire without any WHEELS: “The aircraft was flying above Sibson Airfield when the worried pilot radioed airfield bosses to say he could not release his landing gear. Skydivers jumping at the airfield in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, were grounded as the brave pilot circled for more than 20 minutes in a bid to burn fuel. Emergency services arrived at the scene just as the replica plane was carefully flown towards the ground in strong winds. But amazingly he managed to land the aircraft without his landing gear – skillfully skimming the aircraft over the grass on its belly. The pilot was completely unharmed after the dramatic touch down on Saturday morning and, apart from a broken propeller, the plane appeared largely undamaged. He put the tail end down first and then the rest down and came to a full stop”

A dog with 9 lives: “A plucky Jack Russell miraculously survived a 120ft cliff plunge while chasing a rabbit after he landed in the sea. Spott was being walked by its owners along the Jurassic Coast near Swanage, Dorset, when he bolted over the side of the cliff while running after the animal. Fearing the worst his horrified owners called for help – but miraculously Spott was discovered alive and well at the bottom of the cliff. It is thought Spott survived the drop because he landed in the sea below, breaking his fall. A recreational climber made his way down the chalk cliff at Anvil Point to comfort Spott before a local lifeboat crew plucked the pooch to safety. Spott was taken to the RNLI station at Swanage before an emotional reunion with his relieved owners on Saturday afternoon. Ian Brown, Swanage Coastguard station officer, said: ‘The cliff is about 120ft at Anvil Point and there was a real concern that the dog, called Spott, had come to harm.” ‘He had been off the lead and seen a rabbit and bolted after it over the side of the cliff.

Surfer fights off shark: “Surfing legend Mick Fanning fought off the great white during the final round of the J-Bay Open in South Africa. The 34-year-old described the moment he realised the shark was behind him as terrifying, saying: ‘I was waiting for the teeth to come at me.’ Footage released by the World Surf League (WSL) shows the shark’s fin emerge from the water before following Fanning as he paddled out of the shallows. The three-time world champion, who was competing against fellow Australian Julian Wilson in the final, can be seen being knocked off his board before he attempts to use it as a shield to stop the shark biting him. Speaking after the incident, Fanning – who was miraculously uninjured and only lost a leg rope in the incident – said: ‘It came up and got stuck in my leg rope. ‘I instantly just jumped away. It kept coming at my board and I was kicking and screaming. ‘I just saw fins. I punched it in the back.’

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