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Leonardo worked out gravity 200 years before Newton, the wave nature of light 200 years before Huygens, developed “da Vinci’s Rule” and understood the nature of time before Einstein. And he was obsessed with the tongue of the woodpecker. Oh dear! This page contains Member's Only content... and you aren't logged in! Sucks to be you, seriously, becau…
 
This is part two of a massive two-and-a-half-hour chat we had recently Edward J. Watts, a professor of history at the University of California, San Diego, and author and editor of several prize-winning books, including THE FINAL PAGAN GENERATION, a great book about HYPATIA, a book out about the collapse of the Roman Republic, MORTAL REPUBLIC, and h…
 
American soldiers slaughter hundreds of innocent civilians at No Gun Ri, then deny it for 50 years. Lieutenant Eugene Clark does some brass balls recon of Inchon ahead of Dougie Mac’s big landing, aka “Operation Common Knowledge”. There something secret here that only members can see. Probably an audio player or something. HOW TO LISTEN If you are …
 
Leonardo had little formal education. And for many years he was quite proud of the fact. But then – like certain podcasters – he started to get his knowledge from books, helping to invent the scientific method. Oh dear! This page contains Member's Only content... and you aren't logged in! Sucks to be you, seriously, because the content you are miss…
 
Edward J. Watts is a professor of history at the University of California, San Diego, and author and editor of several prize-winning books, including THE FINAL PAGAN GENERATION, a great book about HYPATIA, a book out about the collapse of the Roman Republic, MORTAL REPUBLIC, and his latest book is THE ETERNAL DECLINE AND FALL OF ROME. This is part …
 
While Australian Mustangs are supporting – and sometimes killing – the Americans troops in Korea, an Australian journalist prevents war crimes by the South against prisoners. The North, who see the South as collaborators and traitors, also commit atrocities, as do the Americans. The British government finally and reluctantly send a token force, whi…
 
Leonardo was a wild and crazy guy. He liked to party. And it may have saved his new official gig with the court of Sforza to build the world’s biggest horse. Oh dear! This page contains Member's Only content... and you aren't logged in! Sucks to be you, seriously, because the content you are missing is really funny. And clever. And probably very, v…
 
More and more US troops landed in Korea in July-August 1950, only to get immediately crushed by the North. The segregated African-American unit, the 24th infantry of the 25th division, got special criticism for their inability to stand their ground. Yet the US/UN troops were actually killing a lot of KPA troops. Meanwhile Rhee’s ROK men were forcin…
 
With Seneca out of the way, Tigellinus brings down the other prefect, Rufus. To strengthen his relationship with Nero, he increases his paranoia about the two men Nero had recently exiled for being threats to his power - Plautus and Sulla. Poppaea, not happy with Nero just divorcing Octavia, makes sure she gets rid of her forever. The post Nero #16…
 
I’m joined by Trevor Bell from The Iron Fist & The Velvet Glove podcast to talk about the state of COVID as of August 2021. This is the first part of several upcoming episodes where we look at the state of the global pandemic, as well as explore the various theories about the effectiveness of lockdowns and vaccinations. The post BFTN 95 – COVID 202…
 
The next US unit to face the North Koreans was the 34th infantry – 1981 men, but still no tanks, no anti-tank weapons. Did the US learn from their first disaster in Korea? Meanwhile, on 10 July, Dougie Mac was formally appointed Commander-in-Chief of the United Nations Command – despite the UN wanting someone else for the job. A US General gets cap…
 
“Man, called a little world, contains in himself all the general perfections of the whole world”, wrote Leonardo’s friend, Francesco di Giorgio Martini. The two of them, and their friend Giacomo Andrea, all took turns at drawing “the guy doing naked jumping jacks” aka Vitruvian Man. One of those drawings became the most famous drawing in the world.…
 
Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, author of De Architectura (circa 25 BCE), had a massive influence on Leonardo and his contemporaries, including his role in the most famous drawing of all time – Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man. Oh dear! This page contains Member's Only content... and you aren't logged in! Sucks to be you, seriously, because the content you are mi…
 
The first US troops to engage the North Koreans was “Task Force Smith” at the Battle of Osan. They were sent in there by MacArthur to deliver “an arrogant display of strength.” It was a complete disaster. There something secret here that only members can see. Probably an audio player or something. HOW TO LISTEN If you are seeing this message, it me…
 
Leonardo liked to draw beautiful young men alongside craggy older men. Was it personal porn? Or artistic experimentation? His new friendship with fellow architects and artists Donato Bramante and Francesco di Giorgio lead to his discovery of the writings of the ancient Roman architect Vetruvius, and one of his most famous drawings – Vitruvian Man. …
 
MacArthur recommends “the full utilization” of the US military to Korea and Truman approves. Although the UK was completely and utterly broke, they agreed to get involved, even though privately they didn’t buy the American claim that Kim was taking orders from Moscow. And they were worried that the Americans might want to drop another atomic bomb. …
 
Leonardo da Vinci wasn’t just talented and brilliant. He was also handsome, gentle, a vegetarian, and the nicest guy ever. Okay – so he took in a ten year old boy, Salai, and made him his lover. Who are you to judge? Oh dear! This page contains Member's Only content... and you aren't logged in! Sucks to be you, seriously, because the content you ar…
 
Gen Douglas MacArthur, the “American Caesar”, was a rabid Christian who believed it was his personal mission in life to crush communism and help the United States dominate world affairs. A complete narcissist, he enjoyed the company of prostitutes and sycophants, and ran Japan like a shogun. By 1950, he was 70 years old. There something secret here…
 
Leonardo had originally come to the Sforza Court to present and play a special lute of his own design which used… a bow. He practically invented the violin. Of course he did. He invented other crazy musical instruments as well. And invited the strangest looking people he could find back to his house for a meal… and so he could draw them. Oh dear! T…
 
Back to the Korean War. We start with a quick re-cap of previous episodes to remind us what happened. After the North attacked the South on June 25, 1950, the US pulled together a coalition (of sorts) of countries to defend the South, lead by 70-year-old General Douglas MacArthur. Truman told the British prime minister, Clement Attlee, “The only wa…
 
Long-time listener Hugo Mathieu joins me to explain how and why I’m wrong about democracy. He says we don’t have one. I say we have one – albeit in a corrupt and limited form. Who’s right? You be the judge. Who do you agree with? HugoCameronNeitherBoth VOTE! The post BFTN 94 – Wrong On Democracy appeared first on The BS Filter.…
 
Stephen Dando-Collins is an Australian historical author, who, like me, once sold his soul to the gods of marketing and advertising but has been redeeming himself ever since. His new book is about the great Jewish - Roman war of 66CE, entitled "Conquering Jerusalem". The post Nero #11 – Stephen Dando-Collins appeared first on Life Of The Caesars.…
 
Leonardo’s first real success in life wasn’t as a painter, architect or engineer. It was as a theatre producer. Oh dear! This page contains Member's Only content... and you aren't logged in! Sucks to be you, seriously, because the content you are missing is really funny. And clever. And probably very, very sexy. So sign up now and your life will be…
 
For his first few years in Milan, Leonardo da Vinci had trouble getting any commissions for anything – painting, military, architecture. So he studied them in his notebooks. One of his ideas was to design the perfect city. Oh dear! This page contains Member's Only content... and you aren't logged in! Sucks to be you, seriously, because the content …
 
We’re joined by Richard Lim from the “This American President” podcast to talk about Truman and his Cold War decisions. It gets a little… tense. There something secret here that only members can see. Probably an audio player or something. HOW TO LISTEN If you are seeing this message, it means you aren’t a subscriber (or aren’t logged in).If you hav…
 
Nero likes hanging out under bridges where he could “take his pleasures more freely” and this leads to trouble for Sulla’s great-great-great grandson. But Nero also wants to abolish taxes because he’s a dirty commie. Then the Germans start some shit and find out why he was called “ONE CHANCE NERO”. The post Nero #9 – When In Rome appeared first on …
 
John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles personified the “Soviets As Evil” mindset. They were the classic examples of the American Cold War paradigm. Upper class political blue bloods, fundamentalist Christians, who were big business lawyers, hated Communism, and who set out to remake the map of the world. There something secret here that only members c…
 
Nero likes hanging out under bridges where he could “take his pleasures more freely” and this leads to trouble for Sulla’s great-great-great grandson. But Nero also wants to abolish taxes because he’s a dirty commie. Then the Germans start some shit and find out why he was called “ONE CHANCE NERO”. The post Nero #8 – “Abominations And Wickedness” a…
 
Curtis Wong has had an incredible career. He has produced critically acclaimed educational CD-ROMs at Corbis and the Voyager Co., as well as the definitive editions of feature films for the Criterion Collection. He ran the Content Group at Intel, and was granted many patents at Microsoft Research. Today he joins us to tell some stories from his car…
 
Curtis Wong has had an incredible career. He has produced critically acclaimed educational CD-ROMs at Corbis and the Voyager Co., as well as the definitive editions of feature films for the Criterion Collection. He ran the Content Group at Intel, and was granted many patents at Microsoft Research. Today he joins us to tell some stories from his car…
 
Beetle Smith’s last act as CIA director is to come up with the idea of a CIA “Murder Board”. After Eisenhower is elected POTUS, the new CIA director is Allen Dulles, brother of the new Sec of State, John Foster Dulles. There something secret here that only members can see. Probably an audio player or something. HOW TO LISTEN If you are seeing this …
 
Leonardo’s plans for his giant crossbow appear in the Codex Atlanticus, the largest of the codexes. The crossbow is enormous. Unfortunately, like the rest of his military inventions, it was never built…. until 2002. Oh dear! This page contains Member's Only content... and you aren't logged in! Sucks to be you, seriously, because the content you are…
 
In 1951, the CIA spent $100 million buying arms and ammunition to support 200,000 Chinese anti-communist guerrillas who were going to fight against Mao. The only problem was - the guerrillas didn’t exist. Then, to counter the rising problem of double agents in their ranks, the CIA set up secret torture prisons in Germany, Japan, and Panama. It was …
 
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