|You can post a message for me here.
It is currently 10:49 (UTC) on Sunday, 21 July 2019 in Wikiland, although where I live it is 21:19 (UTC + 10.5).
There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane, he had to fly them. If he flew them, he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to, he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.
"That's some catch, that Catch-22," he observed.
"It's the best there is," Doc Daneeka agreed.
I'm always interested in a serious discussion (based on the Wikipedia Architectural Quintet, of course) on any article I have edited. I have a particularly good library on Yugoslavia in the Second World War, and also on Australia in the First World War, and I will not disappoint with emotional or POV nonsense. I will bring the sources or I will shut up and get back in my box. If you want to chat, meet me in the Bar. For a collection of trinkets I've collected, enter the Pool Room. Some of the sources I own are listed in the Library. Stuff I use a fair bit is in the Toolshed, and stuff I've done is gathering dust in Contributions. For things I'd like to do, but haven't yet got around to, see Work in Progress.
I've lived, worked in and visited a lot of places, have been to every continent except Antarctica, and lived in Germany for eighteen months, in Croatia and Bosnia for six months, and in Cyprus for six months. My favourite countries outside of Australia are Morocco and Brazil.
A bit about the former Yugoslavia
I am not from, have any connection to, nor have any proclivity to support, any faction/racial/cultural/political/religious group from the former Yugoslavia or its successor states, and like all true Wikipedians, am only interested in reliable, published sources and a neutral point of view. I spent some time there myself in 1990s (mostly in Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina), and was appalled by most of what I saw and experienced, and have spent the last twenty or so years trying to understand what happened there in the 90's in the context of the past (concentrating mostly on WWII). I struggle to understand it, but one thing I do know is that all wars of the 20th Century had laws and that many of the wars that occurred in the Balkans in that time were sadly short of combatants that respected them. There were many victims there in that last 115 years, but in my view, not many good guys.
Over time, I have realised that the root cause of Yugoslavia’s demise wasn’t centuries-old ethnic hatreds, but the fact that no government in the area that became Yugoslavia ever achieved legitimacy, because they all served one group and were intolerant of others, and as a result, created serious sectarian grievances. When the opportunity arose and power shifted, at the local or national level, there were always those that were willing to exploit it for their own profit, to take revenge or eliminate the potential opposition—usually targeting the powerless and defenceless.
Australian military history
I am also keen on Australian military history, particularly WW1, and especially the Machine Gun companies and battalions. I've managed to put together half-a-dozen Featured biographies of South Australian soldiers, and one on a battle, but I wish I could drag myself away from Balkans articles for long enough to make a real contribution.
For more on why I edit where I do, see my 2015 interview in the Wikipedia Signpost.
For those not acquainted with military medals and how ex-soldiers can get a bit tense about the wrong ones being worn etc, the above ribbon bars are a bit of a nod to the barnstar idea. When I began on WP, I really cared about what others thought about my contributions, and also greatly appreciated the recognition that I was doing ok. I know I don't do enough to use barnstars to recognise newer contributors, who might also appreciate them early on. These days, I still get a brief warm glow when I receive one, but I don't care too much about them, and I maintain the ribbon bar as a bit of a nod to the past and a reminder to use them to reward others. My real ribbon bar from my Australian Army and Australian Federal Police service is less like that of a North Korean general...
|Summary of Military history WikiProject open tasks|
watch · edit · full list
- News and announcements
- Current discussions
- No major discussions are open at the moment
- Featured article candidates
- Project Excalibur • HMS Ramillies (07) • Second Fitna • Thomas White (Australian politician) • Battle of Crécy • 18th Infantry Division (United Kingdom) • Operation Obviate • Braunschweig-class battleship • French battleship France • Siege of Calais (1346–1347) • Muhammad II of Granada • Douglas Albert Munro
- Featured article review
- Albert Kesselring
- Featured list candidates
- List of screw corvettes of Germany
- Featured picture candidates
- Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk • Russian battleship Dvenadsat Apostolov • Russian battleship Chesma • Elliot See
- A-Class review
- 149th Armor Regiment • List of battleships of Japan • Kaiser Friedrich III-class battleship • 1st Armoured Brigade (Australia) • Yuri Gagarin • French battleship Iéna • HMS Roebuck (1774) • Bill Kibby • Second Silesian War • 23rd (Northumbrian) Division • List of battleships of France • French battleship Gaulois • Battle of Calais (1349)
- Peer reviews
- Supermarine Spitfire • Marc Bloch • Gaius Terentius Varro • Iazyges
- Good article nominees
- William Bonville, 1st Baron Bonville • Brooklyn Army Terminal • Baldwin I of Jerusalem • Yasin al-Hashimi • Industry City • Aulus Manlius Torquatus Atticus • Erich Hartmann • Kalākaua's 1874–75 state visit to the United States • The Life and Deeds of the Immortal Leader Karađorđe • Heinz Schnabel and Harry Wappler escape attempt • 252nd Rifle Division (Soviet Union) • Leopold Karpeles • Franz Kurowski • Geoffrey P. Megargee • M3 half-track • Downfall (2004 film) • Gökböri • Pacific Pathways • Anglophone Crisis • Battle of Fontenoy • The Battery (Manhattan) • 47th Infantry Regiment (United States) • Norway Debate • Svetolik Dragačevac • HMS Seadog • HMS Sceptre (P215) • Governors Island • Marcus Aurelius • Warrenton Junction Raid • Gaius Marius • USS Liscome Bay • Battle of Fredericksburg • Indian Rebellion of 1857 • USS Bismarck Sea • World War II casualties of the Soviet Union • USS Lunga Point • Aaron (son of Ivan Vladislav) • World War I reparations • Ziyad ibn Abih • Robert E. Lee on Traveller • Cyril Asquith, Baron Asquith of Bishopstone • Leontios • Gavrilo Princip • Véhicule Blindé Léger • Siege of Mecca (692) • 59th (Staffordshire) Infantry Division • USS Ommaney Bay • Battle of al-Harra • Battle of Kampala • Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections • Ba Congress • Heinz Guderian • United States Zouave Cadets • French battleship Richelieu • Royal Sardinian Navy • Battle of Kapetron • Muhammad III of Granada • Yakov Dzhugashvili
Articles that need... work on referencing and citation (73,553) • only work on referencing and citation (17,718) • work on coverage and accuracy (59,628) • only work on coverage and accuracy (6,008) • work on structure (17,701) • only work on structure (105) • work on grammar (6,093) • only work on grammar (41) • work on supporting materials (16,479) • only work on supporting materials (667) • assessment (438) • assessment as lists (0) • project tags fixed (98) • assessment checklists added (23,558) • assessment checklists completed (1,222) • attention to task force coverage (600)