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Wojtek the Soldier Bear – WWII


Published on Feb 21, 2013

Find Wojtek the bear merchandise at http://www.zazzle.com/trumpess

This short video is dedicated to the memory of a very extraordinary animal. A little Syrian Brown Bear abandoned by his mother and rescued by a group of men who had also lost everything. Together, the men and the bear would travel across the Middle East, and fight at Monte Cassino. The men of the Polish II Corps would name the little bear cub Wojtek (roughly meaning little warrior or happy warrior).

Eventually the bear was formally enlisted into the British Army as a Private. This ensured that when the Poles were deployed to Italy from North Africa the bear would go too. Serving with a transport company Wojtek travelled Allied supply lines, usually sitting upfront in the driver’s cab. Mimicking his comrades, Wojtek would occasionally help load and unload trucks, and move supplies.

The bear’s great strength meant that he could easily carry ammunition crates and artillery shells, which he did under fire during the last battle for Monte Cassino in the summer of 1944. Wojtek’s supply company adopted the image of a bear carrying an artillery shell as the unit insignia.

After the war, the Poles returned to the UK for demobilisation. Sadly, none of the men or the army was in a position to home an adult bear. Finally, Wojtek was re-homed in Edinburgh zoo, where he lived out the rest of his days. He died in 1963, aged 22.

Beloved by his comrades, Wojtek was playful, mischievous, inquisitive, intelligent, loyal and brave. Like most bears, he loved to eat. He also loved to drink beer, eat cigarettes, and wrestle anyone who wished to challenge him. Today, Wojtek remains a symbol of Polish courage and fortitude during one of the worst periods in human history.


Many thanks to the BBC’s One Show for some of the archive footage of Wojtek
The music track is an edited clip of The Joy of Wolves by Vangelis

Clinton tries to troll Comey, gets butt kicked by WikiLeaks

Clinton tries to troll Comey, gets butt kicked by WikiLeaks


Hillary Clinton’s latest attempt at what appears to be a joke about her infamous emails fell flat on its face after WikiLeaks responded with an awkward reminder of just how significant those emails were.

Clinton, who still hasn’t accepted the many factors which contributed to her losing the presidential election to Donald Trump, thought it would be a good idea to take to Twitter. However, she succeeded only in reminding everyone that (a) she can’t let things go, (b) she can’t really do humor and (c) she put national security in danger by using a private email server during her time as secretary of state.


Clinton shared a tweet by a Politico journalist reporting about former FBI Director James Comey (who comes a close second to Russia in Clinton’s list of people she blames for her loss) and his use of a Gmail account to conduct FBI business.

“But my emails,” she wrote, echoing the “but her emails” phrase heard across the US in the run up to the 2016 presidential election, which has now become a liberal meme to downplay the scandal.

Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state was a lingering obstacle to her presidential bid. It is unclear if her tweet was meant to be amusing, or an attempt to cancel out her own mistake by pointing to Comey’s lapse in security. Either way, it didn’t quite work out.

WikiLeaks took the opportunity to remind everyone exactly what “her emails” entailed. “They’re here – at least the half you didn’t manage to destroy,” the whistleblowing organization tweeted, along with a link to their archives of said emails.

WikiLeaks’ zinger also reminded everyone of the fact that Clinton scrubbed some 30,000 of her emails when she knew investigators were on to her. The then-secretary of state used BleachBit software to delete and prevent the recovery of what she said were “personal” emails.

READ MORE: Clinton ‘bleached’ her private server to permanently wipe emails, says House Oversight member

WikiLeaks’ tweet likely stung in more ways than one, given the organization not only published those emails, but also the Democratic National Committee emails which revealed the party’s bias towards Clinton over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders during the primaries.

It also leaked the emails of Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, which revealed, among other things, Clinton’s notorious paid Wall Street speeches, details of the inner workings of the Clinton Foundation’s funding and ‘gifts’ and exposed Clinton’s position on issues such as the Keystone pipeline and minimum wage.



Former Bank of Canada Head: Pipeline Protesters May Be Killed. So Be It.


As Canada’s controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project faces ongoing opposition, the former governor of the Bank of Canada said that protesters may die but that the government should push the project through anyway.

Speaking at an event Wednesday, David Dodge said, “We’re going to have some very unpleasant circumstances,” the Edmonton Journal reported. “There are some people that are going to die in protesting construction of this pipeline. We have to understand that.”

“Nevertheless, we have to be willing to enforce the law once it’s there,” Dodge said. “It’s going to take some fortitude to stand up.”

In an interview with the Journal, he elaborated by saying, “We have seen it other places, that equivalent of religious zeal leading to flouting of the law in a way that could lead to death.”

Dodge’s comments prompted outrage from climate activists.

Author and 350-org co-founder Bill McKibben warned, “North American governments have shown the ‘fortitude’ necessary to kill indigenous people often enough that this is no idle threat,” while Canandian author Naomi Klein called the threat a “disgrace.” She added, “If the worst happens, we now know they went into this with their eyes wide open.”

Greenpeace climate and energy campaigner Mike Hudema, meanwhile, wondered if Canadian Prime Minister Justine Trudeau would weigh in on Dodge’s remarks.

Trudeau was the target of sharp criticism from environmental advocacy groups after announcing last month that the government would purchase the pipeline and expansion system, which will roughly triple the system’s capacity. That $4.5 billion buyout, commented the B.C.-based Dogwood Initiative, makes every taxpayer “partial owner of a leaky 65-year-old pipeline—and the proponent of a still uncosted oil tanker expansion project.”

Dodge, for his part, has been described as “not inclined to hold his tongue.”

His comments about the pipeline protesters come days after he accused climate activists of making it harder to enact policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and said Canada should “sell our hydrocarbons, which we produce, to foreigners at the highest possible market price….including the sale of bitumen from the oilsands, while demand for oil is robust and still growing.”