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(The New York Times)   Norwegian who parachuted into Nazi occupied territory on skis to blow up Hitler's nuclear weapons program using a 30-second fuse has just died at age 101 wishing he had accomplished something with his life   (nytimes.com) divider line 116
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2012-12-10 12:59:09 PM

Gaseous Anomaly: And if there's no Hell, it could be argued that life imprisonment is a harsher punishment.


Unless you pass a "slow death penalty" act, that requires you to keep the convicted person alive for X number of years while you slowly execute them.
 
2012-12-10 01:20:16 PM
The one with Bruce Willis and the skis, and after that he says, "okay."

//Seriously; I read the other link, and I wonder if the briefing also included, "And you'll land at night, in February, in the mountains, go cross country 18 miles, climb down a ravine, up the other side, go onto the site, go through a door that will be left open and blow up the plant with these two-minute fuses, then it's just a 250 mile cross-country sprint across the frozen tundra to Sweden."
//"Okay, but if the guy doesn't leave the door open, I may decide to use a 30-second fuse to reduce the risk that the Nazis might stop it."
 
2012-12-10 01:27:09 PM

sexorcisst: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 400x252]
RIP


He was a Norwegian, not every hero in WWII was Murican, you know?
 
2012-12-10 01:44:46 PM

dj1s: sexorcisst: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 400x252]
RIP

He was a Norwegian, not every hero in WWII was Murican, you know?


I would of taken that as even Cap himself acknowledges his badassary and bows his head in honor of another fallen WWII hero
 
2012-12-10 01:46:32 PM

BigBooper: dericwater: To be sure, most movies about WWII made in the 60s were just to melodramatic and not even close to being truthful. Remember Battle of the Bulge with Henry Fonda? They used the US Patton tank, a Vietnam era tank, to represent the Nazi "super tank". Guns of Navaronne, while entertaining, was not very close to real. The Longest Day was pretty close to real, as was the 1970s, Battle Of Britain, The Man That Never Was and Sink The Bismarck. But most of the others had too much unnecessary love interest scenes and glommed multiple soldiers' war histories onto one or two characters.

The ones I love are the war time propaganda movies. Hero's like Ronald Regan shoot their way through dozens, if not hundreds of completely dehumanized enemy soldiers. While the depictions of the German soldiers are simplistic, the Japanese are depicted as subhuman monsters.


Just happened to have recently watched Victory Through Airpower, the propaganda film financed and produced by Walt Disney. Fascinating to watch, almost too bad it's not really available anywhere.
 
2012-12-10 01:47:08 PM

signaljammer: Too bad about the ferry.


Its interesting (but obviously pointless 70 years later) to speculate about the wrongs or rights of the ferry sinking. At the time one must imagine that they were carrying out the mission as best they could see fit. If the Nazis had even the smallest chance of getting the bomb how many innocent deaths would that be worth to prevent?

/I have no idea....
 
2012-12-10 02:16:15 PM
"Norwegian who parachuted into Nazi occupied territory on skis to blow up Hitler's nuclear weapons program using a 30-second fuse"

Wow. That's ... a powerful fuse.
 
2012-12-10 03:45:43 PM

Speaker2Animals: Baumli: FTA: They lighted a 30-second fuse and ran.
....they lit a 30-second fuse?????
/grammar Nazi

Better turn in your jackboots, Fritz. Lighted is correct. Lit is wrong.


memedepot.com
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lit: past and past participle of light1, light3.
light: ... verb (past lit /lit/; past participle lit or lighted) ... make (something) start burning; ignite: Allen gathered sticks and lit a fire
 
2012-12-10 04:47:02 PM

ruinevil: Is this the mostly nonexistent one that Heisenberg was in charge of.


The atom bomb was not a high priority for the Nazis...but would have become one if they ever got wind of the American effort. We were lucky they chose to go the heavy water route rather than the graphite route (based on data from impure graphite samples, the rumor goes), but their approach would also have worked.

Bottom line: If you're developing an atom bomb, and it looks like it's going to work, and you find out the other guy is also working on an atom bomb, and you have the opportunity to take out their project, DO IT.
 
2012-12-10 04:55:42 PM

RobSeace: Speaker2Animals: Baumli: FTA: They lighted a 30-second fuse and ran.
....they lit a 30-second fuse?????
/grammar Nazi

Better turn in your jackboots, Fritz. Lighted is correct. Lit is wrong.

[memedepot.com image 152x143]
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lit: past and past participle of light1, light3.
light: ... verb (past lit /lit/; past participle lit or lighted) ... make (something) start burning; ignite: Allen gathered sticks and lit a fire


AP and UPI stylebooks both say lighted. Assume NYT would be the same.
 
2012-12-10 06:21:45 PM
Wow... I just read about this guy this afternoon. Bomb by Steve Sheinkin
 
2012-12-10 08:10:41 PM

Speaker2Animals: AP and UPI stylebooks both say lighted. Assume NYT would be the same.


Journalists are just one step above illiterate.
 
2012-12-10 09:41:09 PM

dittybopper: Speaker2Animals: AP and UPI stylebooks both say lighted. Assume NYT would be the same.

Journalists are just one step above illiterate.


Got turned down, eh?
 
2012-12-11 06:21:21 AM

Speaker2Animals: dittybopper: Speaker2Animals: AP and UPI stylebooks both say lighted. Assume NYT would be the same.

Journalists are just one step above illiterate.

Got turned down, eh?


Yes, in the same way I wasn't elected for public office. I decided to go with something a little less sleazy than journalism or politics, so I became a used car salesman.
 
2012-12-11 07:30:35 AM
Thanks subby, I might have never even known about this.
RIP nordic badass
 
2012-12-11 10:21:25 PM

sudo give me more cowbell: btw. Much better description of the mission here.
Balls. of. Steel.


Nice find. Enjoyed the read.

Reminds me... where are my glasses again?
 
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