Monday, March 26, 2012

Raoul Wallenberg

Raoul Wallenberg of Sweden became a diplomat in 1944. In that capacity, he assisted up to one hundred thousand Jews avoid deportation from Nazi-occupied Hungary during the latter stages of World War II. Through earlier trips to Nazi Germany and occupied France, Raoul Wallenberg came to understand German bureaucracy and thinking. This he used to his advantage. No doubt he also used initiative and showed bravery in saving many lives. He issued non-legal protective passports to Jews and sheltered many in buildings called Swedish territories.

It seems that Mr Wallenberg also worked with the OSS, the wartime espionage service of the US. In that capacity, he may have been working with the Hungarian Independence Movement. His political involvement with the OSS may have led to his problems with the Soviet Union. Therefore, his humanitarianism was not enough to spare him from the events that overtook him in the beginning of 1945.

Due to the connection with the OSS, when the Soviets moved into Hungary someone tipped them off about that. This led to his arrest and thereafter, speculation reigns. The Soviets claimed he had died in 1947, but independent reports suggest he may have lived on for decades as a prisoner.

The Soviet authorities may have been too cynical to accept his good deeds, seeing him primarily as a US spy. The Swedish authorities after the war did nothing to expedite his release. Both those factors worked against Raoul Wallenberg. It seems so unjust that someone who helped so many paid such a price. Our Creator saw all that happened and will act to address any injustices that this world manages to engineer. Something to look forward to indeed.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Places I Have Or Have Not Visited

I have been in many places, but I've never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone.

I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.

I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family and work.

I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'm not too much on physical activity anymore.

I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit there too often.

I've been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.

Sometimes I'm in Capable, and I go there more often as I'm getting older.

One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart! At my age I need all the stimuli I can get!

I may have been in Continent, and I don't remember what country I was in. It's an age thing.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Computer Tech Support

Tech support: What kind of computer do you have?
Customer: A white one.
Tech support: Click on the 'my computer' icon on to the left of the screen.
Customer: Your left or my left?


Tech support: What's on your monitor now, ma'am?
Customer: A teddy bear my boyfriend bought for me at the 7-11.

Customer: My keyboard is not working.
Tech support: Are you sure it's plugged into the computer?
Customer: No. I can't get behind the computer.
Tech support: Pick up your keyboard and walk 10 paces back...Did the keyboard come with you?
Customer: Yes
Tech support: That means the keyboard is not plugged in.

Tech support: 'Okay Bob, let's press the control and escape keys at the same time. That brings up a task list in the middle of the screen. Now type the letter 'P' to bring up the Program Manager.'
Customer: I don't have a P.
Tech support: On your keyboard, Bob.
Customer: What do you mean?
Tech support: 'P'... on your keyboard, Bob.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

NZ Defence Force

New Zealand is known for its sheep. Now, due to budget cuts the NZ Defence force will now be be utilising this cost cutting option.

Whyatt Cartoons : Part 1

For others in the series, simply click on the entry below:

Part 2, Part 3 (risque), Part 4, and Part 5.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Real Call Centre Enquiry

Caller: 'Can you give me the telephone number for Jack?'

Operator: 'I'm sorry, sir, I don't understand who you are talking about.'

Caller: 'On page 1, section 5, of the user guide it clearly states that I need to unplug the fax machine from the AC wall socket and telephone Jack before cleaning. Now, can you give me the number for Jack?'