Wednesday 23rd of July 2014

remember when — march 1959

unclebob

Back to the future... Uncle Bob (before he became the only Australian Knight of the Order of the Thistle) talks to the COMMUNISTS... Somewhere in Africa there is a "massacre plot" confirmed as usual and the Aussie Cricket team in India and Pakistan is "disappointing"... Nothing new.

These gems presented to you from Sir Gus de Leon y Die Kartoffel's own collection of old Granny clippings (recovered from under old linoleum and rotting roof eaves) going as far back as the birth of christ-knows-who.  

Other serious items on the page include the sinus operation of Joan Sutherland (before she was a Dame). She was forbidden to talk for a week... Golly... and the price of shoes was about to go up because of a shortage of leather-hides worldwide. 

There is also a reply article to the complaints about the state of the bearskins in the Brigade of the Guards... Restriction on shooting brown bears in Canada had led to the young Guards wearing 50 year old hats...

of population and temperatures...

population

7 march 1959... Population may have been approximated to 10 millions but possibly not counting some of the lesser white folks. Meanwhile, the temperatures were given with great accuracy... Note that one would have been sweating a lot due to the humidity during the day...

the CIA breached book copyright to stir USSR's citizens...

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Clandestine edition

Prompted by the attacks on Pasternak in Moscow and the international publicity surrounding the campaign to demonize him, the CIA’s Soviet Russia Division began to firm up plans for a miniature paperback edition. In a memo to the acting deputy director for plans, the chief of the division, Maury, said he believed there was “tremendous demand on the part of students and intellectuals to obtain copies of this book.”

Officials at the agency reviewed all the difficulties with the Mouton edition published in the Netherlands and argued against any outside involvement in a new printing. “In view of the security, legal and technical problems involved, it is recommended that a black miniature edition of Dr. Zhivago be published at headquarters using the first Feltrinelli text and attributing it to a fictitious publisher.”The agency already had its own press in Washington to print miniature books, and over the course of the Cold War it had printed a small library of literature — each book designed to fit “inside a man’s suit or trouser pocket.”

By July 1959, at least 9,000 copies of a miniature edition of “Doctor Zhivago” had been printed “in a one and two volume series,” the latter presumably to make it not so thick and easier to split up and hide. The CIA attempted to create the illusion that this edition of the novel was published in Paris by a fictitious entity, the Société d’Edition et d’Impression Mondiale. A Russian emigre group also claimed it was behind the publication.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/during-cold-war-cia-used-doctor-zhivago-as-a-tool-to-undermine-soviet-union/2014/04/05/2ef3d9c6-b9ee-11e3-9a05-c739f29ccb08_story.html?hpid=z3

 

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