Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Left, A map showing fake roads and a camouflage railway that was lit up at night to give the illusion of a moving train.
Details of the incredible creation emerged as the French capital prepares to commemorate the 93rd anniversary of the Armistice.
According to archives unearthed by Le Figaro newspaper, military planners believed German pilots could be fooled into destroying the dummy city rather than the real one.
It was situated on the northern outskirts of Paris and featured sham streets lined with electric lights, replica buildings and even a copy of the Gare du Nord – the station from which high-speed trains now travel to and from London.
"It's an extraordinary story and one which even Parisians knew very little about," said Professor Jean-Claude Delarue, a leading historian based in the French capital.
"The plan was kept secret for obvious reasons, but it shows how seriously military planners were already taking the new threat of aerial bombardment".
The plan aims to solve one of the more vexing problems in the government’s quest to connect all Americans to the Internet: Even when people have the ability to subscribe to high-speed service, 100 million households don’t choose to do so.
The writer and illustrator behind the long-running comic strip The Family Circuspassed away yesterday.
Love it or hate it, The Family Circus was well-known for its depiction of the hardworking, nuclear American family, with mom, dad, and kids Billy, Dolly, Jeffy and PJ, as well as assorted pets over the years. Some of the most famous recurring gags included the classic dotted-line representing a child’s path to humorously demonstrate why it takes kids forever to do anything, children mispronouncing words with hilarious effect, and a lot of kids saying the darndest things.
Running since 1960, and now in syndication, the strip was beloved by many, and was often seen in recent years as a beacon of innocence and purity in a world that had outgrown it. While the strip often invited parody and ridicule from more cynical types as being old-fashioned and outdated, legions of fans nevertheless adored it for its nostalgia and themes of traditional family values and simplicity.
The Republican debate Wednesday is supposed to focus on the economy. It’s likely, though, that Herman Cain's sexual assault allegations will dog him throughout the debate.
The Dow falls more than 400 points at midday as reports emerge that Germany and France may move ahead with a plan to shrink the number of countries using the euro.
In Italy, as in Greece, Spain and Portugal and eventually France, the welfare-entitlement state has hit a wall. Successive governments on the Continent, right and left, have financed generous entitlements with high taxes and towering piles of debt. Their economies have failed to grow fast enough to keep up, and last year the money started to run out. The reckoning has arrived.
If the first step in curing an addiction is to acknowledge it, there is little sign of that in Europe. The solutions on offer are to spend still more money, to have the Germans bail out everybody else, or to ditch the euro so bankrupt countries can again devalue their own currencies. France's latest debt solution includes raising corporate, capitals gains and sales taxes.