Eternal Sunshine #118

November 2016

By Douglas Kent 911 Irene Drive, Mesquite, TX  75149

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Welcome to the latest issue of Eternal Sunshine, as we continue to run down to a fold.  Kendo is over, leaving three games to finish.  See you in December!



XENOGOGIC: A Journal of dip&DIP
November, 2016
By Larry Peery

It seems that lately I spend more time thinking about the hobby’s past and the world’s future than ever. It used to be just the opposite. But news of the recent passing of Fred Davis, Jr., one of the hobby’s early archivists, again brought to mind the peerinial question, “What am I going to do with all this stuff?” Apparently I’m not the only one thinking about such things. Looking for an answer, I did an Ask search on the question “How are Archives Organized?” I actually found some good sources for some helpful ideas. Now the challenge is to put them to work. Stay posted.
One who did was the woman (!) in charge of one of the world’s oldest libraries located at the University of Al Qarawiyyin in Fez, Morocco. With little help from outsiders and confronted with a myriad of problems, some of which dated back to the ninth-century opening of the library. She’s taken a falling apart building, put it in shape, and put its thousand year old collection into the modern digital world. You can learn more about her, the library and its work with a Google search, on Wiki, or Facebook. It’s inspiring enough to get me shuffling those pesky boxes that have been sitting for the last ten years in this garage and in others for generations before.

The memories of the Youngstown IV Demo Game that DW ran not-so-long-ago came back to me when I saw a story in a Korean newspaper entitled, “70% of textbooks in international schools still show East Sea as Sea of Japan.” Given the willingness of Korea, Japan and China to argue and fight over a few rocks in their common waters, I guess that’s not a big surprise. Among 49 international institutions in (south) Korea, 16 schools used textbooks listing the name “Sea of Japan,” and 10 schools adopted textbooks that used both names. No word on how many schools have torn the relevant maps out of their textbooks as recently happened in one Hong Kong book store in dealing with a dictionary’s pages on Taiwan! 

Just for the record, according to the (south) Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “East Sea” has been used in Korea for more than 2000 years in various references such as “History of the Three Kingdoms,” (1145), the monument of King Gwanggaeto (4l4) and “Map of Eight Provinces of Korea” (1416-1684). “Sea of Japan” was first used in 1602 by Mateo Ricci, an Italian (Jesuit) priest. Also, Japan’s various historical records, such as “Simplified Map of Japan’s Peeriphery” (1809) and “New World Map” (1844), referred to the area as the “Sea of Joseon (Korea).” 

Still, there is hope. A recent survey of a thousand high school aged female students in Korea, Japan and China revealed that only 132% of them could name the last three leaders of their own countries, but 94% of them could correctly identify the three top K-Pop singers in their country.

I mentioned how the University of Al Qarawiyyin  was digitalizing portions of its collection and making them available to research scholars online. Closer at home and as part of the centennial commemoration of the United States’ entry into the Great War, the Library of Congress has recently placed online the diaries, notebooks (paper, I presume) and address books of John J. Pershing, commander-in-chief of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I, and the diaries of George S. Patton, a tank commander in World War I and a U.S. Army general in World War II. No word on whether Patton’s role in the “Bonus Army Massacre” of 1934. Next run, and running into 2019, the Library of Congress will open a major exhibition, “Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I.” See it!

Speaking of misnamed spaces, fighting over worthless territories, misleading textbooks and flawed heroes, ninety-four year old Henry Kissinger, whose career I have been tracking since his day as a Nixon advisor, took center stage on October 18 on 84 different venues on two continents as part of a simulcast annual China Town Hall meeting sponsored by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. One report headlined it as, “UNH students get master class in diplomacy from Henry Kissinger.” As I watched the proceedings I kept thinking of that old cliché “History is written by the winners,” and my mind began to wonder to the question of who said it first: Napoleon, Churchill, William Benjamin, or Dan Brown? One thing I do know, it wasn’t Henry Kissinger.

Like most of you, I’m sure. I’m sick and tired (more sick than tired according to my doctor) of this election campaign. I just want it to end. Well, not quite. Trump said during the last (Thank God!” debate that he wouldn’t necessarily accept the results of the election UNLESS he won. To that I would respond, “I won’t accept them if you DO win!”  In all the verbiage and vitriol spawned by the campaign I did come across one item I would commend to any Diplomate. It is “Trump’s bullsh*t: Why his supporters don’t care that he’s lying.” By Jeff Hancock, a professor at Stanford (who apparently hasn’t run into Condi Rice) where he studies deception and technology. You can read it for yourself online in the Money section of CNN, October 17, 2016. Read it once and think about its implications for the election that will be settled (I hope.) in just a few days. Then reread it again and view it through the eyes of a Diplomate playing Diplomacy. How do you conduct your diplomacy? How do you negotiate with others? Do you give it your best effort to win or do you see it as “just another game,” like Donald? 

So much for the academic side of things as Thanksgiving approaches. Hopefully, by the time the holiday rolls around, we can enjoy it and not have to undertake a task like the one that faced Art Buchwald when he tried to explain America’s national holiday to the French by explaining how a country like ours could elect a leader like him?
Moving on to something even more bellicose I offer you some pre-Thanksgiving dinner substitutes for parades and football, although I have to confess that like millions of other kids I will be watching the Macy Parade this year to see if MetLife does what the Red Baron couldn’t do?

“Greece complains to NATO over Turkish submarines in Aegean” was the headline on 8 October, 2016. In its complaint, Greek authorities noted that the activity of the Turkish submarines in the Aegean (waters near Lemnos, Samothrace, Chios, Lesbos, Rhodes, Karpathos, Kastellorizo and the waters north of Crete were mentioned) came as officials in Ankara questioned the Treaty of Lausanne, the pact that defined the borders between Greece and modern Turkey following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.  Taken together, the presence of Turkish submarines in Greek territorial waters and the disputing of territorial borders point to an “escalation” of tensions and to possible “instability” in the region, Greek authorities said in their complaint.

“Where have I heard this before?”, you may be asking yourself, but unless you’re a WWI or US Navy buff you might not even be aware of the fact that the US Navy did have a Black Sea Fleet once-upon-a-time. You can learn more about that in America’s Black Sea Fleet: The U.S. Navy Amidst War and Revolution, 1919 – 1923 by Robert Shenk.  That book was published in 2012. More recently the Navy Times, on June 10, discussed some encounters between the US Navy and Russian naval forces in the Black Sea. Then, shortly afterwards, Strategic Culture ran a story “NATO form Allied Fleet Black Sea Plans Fraught with Great Risks.” Not sure if that’s disinformation or not, but I suspect it is. From June to September rumors spread that in fact NATO was planning on some kind of permanent presence in the Black Sea, perhaps as part of a quid pro quo to keep the Rumanians happy. Then, in September, Fox News (admittedly not the best source for reliable news but they had the story first ((I wonder who leaked it?)) reported “Russian jet flies dangerously close (10 feet?!?) to US Navy spy plane over Black Sea. They didn’t mention Russia has been bringing down US spy planes since I was a baby. Incidents continue and sooner or later one of them with either the Russians or Chinese is going to escalate beyond control.

In Diplomacy such a cruise would take from Spring 1902 until Fall 1907 in game time and several months in real time. Today it would take about 3 weeks moving at 10 knots an hour over a distance of about 4900 miles. Refueling a coal-powered fleet in the early 1900s was not even, even if coaling stops were available along the way. Today, support ships should keep the fleet moving. Just in case the Russian carrier has a problem, as it has on numerous occasions in the past, it will be accompanied by a tug boat.

The Russian fleet left its base in Murmansk/Severomorsk (and from a Black Sea port as well) headed for its offshore base (the only one it has outside Russia) in Tartus, Syria on 15 October. On the 21st of October it entered the English Channel under the watchful eyes of NATO aircraft. The Russian flagship and pride of the Russian Navy is the 43,000 ton  carrier Admiral Kuznetsov (formerly known as Riga, Leonid Brezhnev and Tbilis) which uses a ski ramp launching system (it has no catapults) for its 41 planes. The carrier was commissioned in 1990 and when it returns from this cruise it will enter dry-dock for several years of repairs and a major overhaul. 

The bottom line is simple: 1) There is nothing the aircraft on that carrier can do that cannot be done more easily by ground-based aircraft already in Syria; and 2) The fleet (e.g.) the carrier is being accompanied by a tug boat in case it breaks down, much as the French for years had a tug boat escorting their carrier, the Charles De Gaulle (Interesting the Charles De Gaulle is now in the Eastern Mediterranean supporting NATO operations in Syria and Iraq.). Russia wants to be respected or feared, or better yet both, and is willing to gamble it can get a fleet to Syria and without embarrassment.  We’ll see.

So far I’ve painted a pretty bleak picture of what’s going on in the world. However, it’s even worse. Consider Turkey since this, after all, Thanksgiving. I don’t know of anyone, especially in that area, who is celebrating. Do you? 
Lauren Said-Moorhouse, of CNN, reported on 13 August, 2016 in a story, “This is how many people Turkey has arrested since the failed coup” that: 1) over 35,000 people have been detained and 17,000 arrested since the 15 July coup attempt; 2) the state crackdown has also seen at least 81,000 fired or suspended; 3) 240 people and 40 coup plotters have died. She goes on to lay out in detail not only the numbers but the kinds of people involved, but Erdogan still isn’t satisfied and he won’t be until he gets his number one target, a Turkish cleric living in exile in Pennsylvania.
Earlier I mentioned Turkey’s playing with the Treaty of Lausanne as well as the Greek Navy. This is no surprise as a Reuters report on 19 October, 2016 made clear, “Evoking Ottoman past, Erdogan vows to tackle Turkey’s enemies abroad.” His love-hate-love relationship with Russian leader Putin is a typical example of his style of diplomacy. It won’t get better. Like Assad, Erdogan is trapped in a quagmire called the Caliphate. The irony is that a new Caliphate, headquartered in Constantinople, is exactly what he hopes to create.

For those, like Trump, who think The Media is biased and out to get them I suggest looking at the Arab news network Al Jazeera. A typical day’s (20 October 2016) coverage carried headlines like “Turkey: Army kills up to 200 YPG fighters in Aleppo,” “Erdogan: We have a historical responsibility in Iraq,” (sounds like somebody else I remember talking about the Sudetenland) AND “Why does the battle for Mosul matter to Turkey?”  For one thing, it doesn’t seem to matter that Iraq says Turkish troops involvement will breach their sovereignty.  However, not to worry. You’ll be safe in Ankara, if not Aleppo, as “Ankara bans public gatherings due to ‘terror alert.’ “

Alright, enough negativism. Let’s get to the heart of Thanksgiving. That means one thing, FOOD!

I love cookbooks and although I’ve given scores of them away in the past few years, I still have 40 or so of my favorites that I can’t bear to part with. One I don’t have but wish I did is American Cooking by Amelia Simmons. This is the first known cookbook written by an American, published in Hartford, CT in 1796. Its full tile is: American Cookery, or the art of dressing viands, fish, poultry, and vegetables, and the best modes of making pastes, puffs, pies, tarts, puddings, custards, and preserves, and all kinds of cakes, from the imperial plum to plain cake: Adapted to this country, and all grades of life. Among the recipes are Pumpkin Pie, Cranberry Sauce with Turkey and Indian Pudding, Cheap Seed Cake, a Sick Bed Custard, and Soft Cakes. It’s available on for from less than $6 to $35, depending on age and condition. I suspect one of the only four copies of the first edition known to exist would go for a bit more. FYI, newer editions include modern cooking instructions, so don’t use that as excuse in a few weeks.
Do you understand what’s happening in the Near East? If you answered “Yes” to that question then obviously you don’t because nobody, but nobody, understands what’s going on there. Anyone who says that they do, doesn’t. If you answered “No”, well, welcome to the real world.

How does Peeriblah explain and cope with problems like Aleppo (to give just one example, one that may come to mean what Dachau did to another generation)? Well, it may seem strange in this Age of Trumpisms but even during the worst days of the Cold War people still had hope and a few even had “high hopes”, as this song explains. (1959 film with Frank Sinatra and Eddie Hodges)

“High Hopes” is a popular song, first sung by Frank Sinatra, with music written by Jimmy Van Heusen and lyrics by Sammy Cahn (both long-time Sinatra collaborators). It was introduced by Sinatra and child actor Eddie Hodges in the 1959 movie “A Hole in the Head”, nominated for a Grammy and won an Oscar for Best Original Song. Sinatra recorded a version with different lyrics that was used as the theme song for John Kennedy’s 1960 Presidential Campaign.

Here’s the original Frank Sinatra lyrics to “High Hopes” (from Wiki and other sources)
Next time your found, with your chin on the ground
There a lot to be learned, so look around

Just what makes that little old ant
Think he'll move that rubber tree plant
Anyone knows an ant, can't
Move a rubber tree plant

But he's got high hopes, he's got high hopes
He's got high apple pie, in the sky hopes

So any time you’re gettin' low
'Stead of lettin' go
Just remember that ant
Oops there goes another rubber tree plant

When troubles call, and your back's to the wall
There a lot to be learned, that wall could fall

Once there was a silly old ram
Thought he'd punch a hole in a dam
No one could make that ram, scram
He kept buttin' that dam

'Cause he had high hopes, he had high hopes
He had high apple pie, in the sky hopes

So any time you’re feelin' bad
'stead of feelin' sad
Just remember that ram
Oops there goes a billion kilowatt dam

All problems just a toy balloon
They'll be bursted soon
They're just bound to go pop
Oops there goes another problem kerplop

There, feel better?

Instead of football or hitting the malls after your Thanksgiving Dinner, try this:

I know I’ve put a lot on your plate to chew on this Thanksgiving, so to speak, but take a moment to grab one branch of the turkey wishbone and share it with someone you’re thankful for.  Happy Thanksgiving.

Where in the World is Kendo Nagasaki?


Round 1


Kevin Wilson:

Agent Colson in Novosibirsk


Andy Lischett:

Little Richard in Ürümqi in the Gobi Desert


Rick Desper:

Mickey Rooney in Passamaquoddy, Maine


Richard Weiss:

Oliver Cromwell in Brasilia, Brazil


Andy York:

Heather Taylor in Mesquite, TX


Hank Alme:

Hank Alme in Ellicott City, MD


Tom Howell:

Jose Echegaray y Eizaguirre in Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan


Brendan Whyte:

Hereward the Wake on Wake Island


John David Galt:

Randy Johnson (the baseball player) in Quito, Ecuador


Jack Mchugh:

Ulysses S. Grant in Beijing, China


Jim Burgess:

Toshiro Mifune in Kyoto, Japan


Mark Firth:

Nastassja Kinski in Paris, Texas


Clue to Person with Closest Guess:

We are both dead, but we knew each other in life.



Round 2



Tom Howell:

Henry Mancini in Paris, France


Andy York:

Queen Victoria in Manila, Philippines


Rick Desper:

Ava Gardner in Dublin, Ireland


Brendan Whyte:

King Charles I swimming in sewerage in the 100m breast stroke, and the getting mugged in the marathon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Hank Alme:

Charles Darwin in Copenhagen, Denmark


Richard Weiss:

Sammy Davis, Jr. in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada


Andy Lischett:

Robert E. Lee in Hanoi, Vietnam


Dane Maslen:

Abraham Lincoln in Chengdu, China


Mark Firth:

Shirley Temple in St John's, Newfoundland


Kevin Wilson:

Cardinal Richeleau in Montevideo Uruguay


Jim Burgess:

Robert E. Lee in Lhasa, Tibet


John David Galt:

Frankie Valli in Beijing, China


Clue to Person with Closest Guess:

Similar professions, and exactly the right location.



Round 3


Brendan Whyte:

King Charles II of England in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Kevin Wilson:

Robin Williams in Dublin, Ireland


Andy York:

Teddy Roosevelt in Hanoi, Vietnam


John David Galt:

Jonathan Swift (historical Irish politician) in Rio de Janiero, Brazil


Rick Desper:

Judy Garland in Quebec City, Canada


Hank Alme:

King Charles I of England in Manila, Philippines


Dane Maslen:

George Armstrong Custer in Hanoi, Vietnam


Jack McHugh:

Adolf Hitler in Santiago, Chile


Jim Burgess:

Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson in Hanoi, Vietnam


Andy Lischett:

Jefferson Davis in Chengdu, China


Mark Firth:

Gene Kelly in Beijing, China


Clue to Person with Closest Guess:

Wrong chromosome.  You died more than 30 years before I did.  I have a notable connection to one of your personal demons.


Round 4



Andy York:

Jean Harlow in St John's, Newfoundland


Rick Desper:

Buddy Hackett in St. John's, Newfoundland


Brendan Whyte:

Mary II in Rio de Janeiro


John David Galt:

Cary Grant in Quebec City, Canada


Dane Maslen:

Maurice Jarre in Quebec City, Canada


Jack McHugh:

George C. Scott in Quebec City, Canada


Andy Lischett:

Queen Anne in Rio de Janeiro


Kevin Wilson:

Mary Cromwell in Rio de Janeiro


Mark Firth:

Steve McQueen in Hanoi


Jim Burgess:

Calamity Jane in Bangkok


Clue to Person with Closest Guess:

More than one of you knows where I am.  I did not write any of your more famous lines, but I wrote plenty of lines for others.


Round 5



Andy York:

Richard Pryor in St John's, Newfoundland


Brendan Whyte:

Edgar Allan Woolf in St John’s Newfoundland


John David Galt:

Steven Spielberg in Quebec City, Canada


Rick Desper:

Robert Altman in St. John's, Newfoundland


Dane Maslen:

Billy Wilder in St. John's, Newfoundland


Jim Burgess:

Woody Allen in St. John's, Newfoundland


Jack McHugh:

HL Menken in St. John's Newfoundland


Mark Firth:

Ernest Lehman in St John's, Newfoundland


Kevin Wilson:

Steve Allen in St John’s Newfoundland


Andy Lischett:

Dashiell Hammett in St. John's, Newfoundland

Dane Maslen wins by finding Billy Wilder in St. John’s, Newfoundland!


Deadline for Any EOG Comments is November 29th at 7am My Time


Game Openings

No openings at present.

Eternal Sunshine Game Section


Diplomacy, “Milk and Trash”, 2015A, W 08/S 09


Austria (Jack McHugh – jwmchughjr “of” Build A Budapest.. A Ankara – Smyrna,

 A Bohemia - Munich (*Fails*), A Budapest – Rumania, A Constantinople – Ankara,

 A Silesia Supports A Bohemia - Munich (*Cut*), F Smyrna - Eastern Mediterranean, A Trieste Supports A Tyrolia,

 A Tyrolia Supports A Bohemia – Munich, A Ukraine - Sevastopol (*Bounce*).

England (Mark Firth – mogcate “of” A Armenia - Sevastopol (*Bounce*), F Gulf of Lyon – Tuscany,

 F Holland – Belgium (*Bounce*), F Mid-Atlantic Ocean - Western Mediterranean,

 F North Africa Supports F Mid-Atlantic Ocean - Western Mediterranean, F North Sea - Belgium (*Bounce*),

 A Norway - St Petersburg (*Bounce*), F Tunis - Ionian Sea (*Bounce*), F Western Mediterranean - Gulf of Lyon.

Germany (Jim Burgess – jfburgess “of” F Baltic Sea Supports A Prussia,

 A Berlin - Silesia (*Fails*), A Burgundy Supports A Munich, A Kiel Supports A Munich,

 A Marseilles Supports A Piedmont, A Munich Supports A Berlin - Silesia (*Cut*),

 A Piedmont Supports F Gulf of Lyon - Tuscany (*Cut*), A Prussia Supports A Berlin - Silesia (*Cut*),

 F St Petersburg(sc) - Gulf of Bothnia.

Italy (John Biehljerbil “of” F Apulia - Ionian Sea (*Bounce*), F Ionian Sea - Tyrrhenian Sea,

 F Naples Supports F Ionian Sea - Tyrrhenian Sea, F Rome Supports F Ionian Sea - Tyrrhenian Sea,

 A Venice - Piedmont (*Fails*).

Russia (Kevin Wilson – ckevinw “of” A Moscow - St Petersburg (*Bounce*),

 A Warsaw - Prussia (*Fails*).


Deadline for F 09 is November 29th at 7am my time





Turkey to Austria: I know where you can get some free pizza.  Too bad you didn't want any when I was still in.


BOOB to DOUG: I regret that I am not the press maven that I once was, but I won't leave you press-less, though I may be use-less.


GM – Boob: Fortunately someone else took care of that.  Or did they?


JIM-BOB to KEVIN: So, what happens now?


JIM-BOB to TRASH: We're all in the trash, let's see who moved where and who lied to whom?


JIM-BOB to DIPLOMACY PLAYERS EVERYWHERE: And The Game goes on.  Even though we lie near stalemate lines, the game still remains really interesting.  There are so many ways it could go, let's see which one it is.

Black Press Gunboat, “Noah’s Titanic”, 2015Arb32, F 09

Austria: Retreat A Warsaw - Prussia.. A Bohemia Supports A Silesia – Munich,

 A Galicia Supports A Moscow – Warsaw, A Moscow – Warsaw, A Prussia - Berlin (*Dislodged*, retreat

 to Silesia or OTB), A Silesia – Munich, A Trieste Supports A Tyrolia, A Tyrolia Supports A Silesia – Munich,

 A Ukraine Supports A Moscow - Warsaw.

England: F Liverpool Hold (*Dislodged*, retreat to North Atlantic Ocean or Irish Sea or OTB).

France: A Burgundy Supports A Marseilles (*Cut*), A Gascony Supports F Spain(sc),

 F Irish Sea - Mid-Atlantic Ocean, A Marseilles Supports F Spain(sc) (*Cut*),

 F Spain(sc) Supports F Irish Sea - Mid-Atlantic Ocean.

Germany: F Baltic Sea Supports A Berlin, A Belgium - Burgundy (*Fails*), A Berlin Supports A Munich (*Cut*),

 F Clyde Supports F Wales – Liverpool, F English Channel Supports F Spain(sc) - Mid-Atlantic Ocean (*Void*),

 A Livonia Supports A Warsaw – Prussia, A Munich Supports A Berlin (*Dislodged*, retreat to Kiel or OTB),

 F Norway - St Petersburg(nc), A Ruhr Supports A Munich, F Wales – Liverpool, A Warsaw - Prussia.

Italy: F Aegean Sea Hold, A Armenia – Smyrna, A Bulgaria – Greece, F Gulf of Lyon - Marseilles (*Fails*),

 F Ionian Sea – Apulia, F North Africa Supports F Spain(sc) - Mid-Atlantic Ocean (*Void*),

 A Piedmont Supports A Venice, A Venice Supports A Trieste - Tyrolia (*Void*),

 F Western Mediterranean Supports F Irish Sea - Mid-Atlantic Ocean.


All Draw Proposals Fail

Now Proposed – A/F/G/I.  Please vote. NVR=No.

Deadline for W 09/S 10 will be November 29th at 7am My Time


Supply Center Chart:


Austria:                        Budapest, Moscow, Munich, Rumania, Serbia, Sevastopol, Trieste, Vienna, Warsaw=9, Build 1 or 2

England:          None=0, OUT!

France:            Brest, Marseilles, Paris, Portugal, Spain=5, Even

Germany:         Belgium, Berlin, Denmark, Edinburgh, Holland, Kiel, Liverpool, London, Norway, St Petersburg,

                        Sweden=11, Even or Build 1

Italy:     Ankara, Bulgaria, Constantinople, Greece, Naples, Rome, Smyrna, Tunis, Venice=9, Even




Dateline London: In a coordinated assault, marines from the Second German Fleet attacked forces of the English Monarch in Liverpool from the south while marines from the First German Fleet in Clyde attacked simultaneously from the north.  Caught between these two powerful forces, the remaining English defenders in Liverpool were wiped out to the last man.  The English Monarch tried desperately to escape in a small racing skiff while he left behind the last of the forces trying to defend him. 


Unfortunately for the English Monarch, German and French naval units stationed outside the harbor intercepted him in his craft and called on him to surrender.  Before he could surrender, the crew of the small skiff tied the monarch to the ships anchor and threw the monarch overboard to a watery grave in order to save their own lives.  The Kaiser, aboard the German flagship just outside the harbor saw the incident first hand.  He commented, “It was a fitting end for a Monarch who abused his subjects to the end.  He deserved his fate, just as his cousin the Russian Czar deserved his many years ago.  Royalty who abuse their subjects just to satisfy their own greed deserve to come to a bad end.”


The Kaiser ordered that no attempt was to be made to recover the body of the English.  He stated that it was better that the body of the English Monarch be food for the creatures of the sea than to be recovered, as finally the English Monarch would at least prove useful for something for once in his life.


Following the demise of the English Monarch, the grateful citizens of Liverpool presented the Kaiser with the keys to the city, and loudly proclaimed their joy and relief at the conquest of England by the German forces.  The Kaiser proclaimed a day a feasting for the city, and had large quantities of food and drink provided for the population, who loudly proclaimed their loyalty to their new king.


Dateline Berlin: It was announced today that German units would be taking an active role in the defense of French territory and the seas adjoining France.  Reports of a major infiltration of Italian spies into the territories controlled by France has prompted the French government to request the additional aid of the German Empire to resist this “5th Column” designed to weaken French resolve.


The joining of German and French forces will effectively seal our frontiers from unlawful incursion by the forces of the Pope, stated the Kaiser.  My goodwill to the French government and people has been documented on numerous occasions in the past, despite attempts by the Pope’s spies to sow seeds of discord between our two great countries.  I have always valued and continue to value, France as a solid partner in our campaign to rid Europe of the primary force of evil in Europe, Pope Pompous I.


I have avenged France for the English stab at their territory by destroying the reign of the corrupt English Monarch.  I now stand ready to assist France again in repelling the forces of the Pope.


Dateline Rome: Despite proclamations to the contrary by Pope Pompous I, the movement of Italian forces clearly indicates that he intends to destroy France by a coordinated effort both from without and from within.  It is reported that private conversations of the Pope have revealed that he intends to “purge the non-believers” in France in the same manner as he did in Turkey, only with more vengeance than before. 


Said the Pope, “The people of France have strayed from the path of the True Faith by their own volition.  Unlike the heathen Turks who knew no better and richly deserved their fate, the French deliberately chose to ignore my edicts and resist my attempts to provide them with control using Italian forces under my command.  Now, they must pay the ultimate price for their lack of Faith.”


Dateline Warsaw: German units have temporarily occupied Warsaw with the intent of providing badly needed relief supplies to the population of this beleaguered city.  Austrian units, focused on the final destruction of the Sultan’s forces in the Ukraine failed to provide badly needed medical and food supplies to the population which the German units have distributed in abundance.  Their work done, the German units will be withdrawing from the territory immediately.


German diplomats have been meeting with their Austrian counterparts in an attempt to bring about an understanding and perpetual peace between the two countries.  German diplomats have taken great pains to point out to the Austrian Emperor that the Kaiser is deeply concerned about the placement of Italian units on the frontier of Austrian territory.  Past history has shown that the Pope will not honor his agreements, and has in the past taken Austrian territory without compensation or even so much as a “by-your-leave” in way of excuse for his actions. 


The Kaiser has invited the Emperor to join him in a crusade to rid Europe of this evil “Man of God” before it is too late.  The Kaiser is hoping to receive a positive response to his earnest entreaties in the near future.


Austria - Italy: Your demonstration of trust thankfully noted. I have duly withdrawn my armies, using Greece only so a western convoy would be easier in the unlikely event it's needed.

I would not consider SC snatching. Germany needs only one more from us to be able to devise a win. What would stealing a couple from you achieve other than enabling that? He has turned to ranting and impersonation in his desperation, proving we are nearly there.

Thanks again for setting our lines safely.


Austria - France: That should see you into MAO one way or another. If for some reason it remains unoccupied - or Germany has sneaked in - I will double support your Irish Sea fleet there next time. Let me reassert my comment to Austria: picking at your SCs only helps the German cause.


Pope Pluvius - France: You have turned from the church and follied with the benighted. Yet still we extend our hands of friendship. Though your northern territories are now beyond our aid, we can bolster your resistance when the hordes descend. Stand firm in Marseilles, Spain and Portugal and you shall yet have salvation.


Papal Envoy - Sultan, in Switzerland: Glad to see you have found a place to rest. With Warsaw and Livonia soon to be safe under Austrian control, we should all be joining you on the ottoman very soon.


Jean - Pierre, at a cafe table in Paris: Joyeux Noel, mon ami. And here is a little present for you.


Pierre - Jean: Earplugs! You are a true friend.


By Almost Popular Demand


The goal is to pick something that fits the category and will be the "second most popular" answer. You score points based on the number of entries that match yours. For example, if the category is "Cats" and the responses were 7 for Persian, 3 for Calico and 1 for Siamese, everyone who said Persian would get 7 points, Calico 3 and the lone Siamese would score 1 point. However, the most popular answer in each category scores zero points!  The cumulative total over 10 rounds will determine the overall winner. Anyone may enter at any point, starting with an equivalent point total of the lowest cumulative score from the previous round. If a person misses a round, they'll receive the minimum score from the round added to their cumulative total. In each round you may specify one of your answers as your Joker answer.  Your score for this answer will be doubled.  In other words, if you apply your Joker to category 3 on a given turn, and 4 other people give the same answer as you, you get 10 points instead of 5.  Players who fail to submit a Joker for any specific turn will have their Joker automatically applied to the first category. And, if you want to submit some commentary with your answers, feel free to.  The game will consist of 10 rounds, with the 10th round being worth double points.  A prize will be awarded to the winner.  Research is permitted, but cooperation or collusion between players is not!


Round 6 Categories


1.    A candy associated with Halloween.

2.    A character in the U.S. version of Clue.

3.    Something you find near a fireplace.

4.    A book by Stephen King.

5.    A current or former member of Fleetwood Mac.


Comments By Category


Halloween – Rick DesperCandy  Corn.  Though it really isn't candy so much as a building material.”


Clue – Rick Desper “Professor Mustard.  The only one I can remember.  Oh, wait, it's Colonel Mustard, isn't it?  I'll go with him instead of Professor Plum.”


Fireplace – Rick Desper “Poker.  Recycling my answer from #1, "type of chips" from last time.  Watch me get another whammy.”


Stephen King – Brad Wilson “Uh, don't read them. What was the one with the dog? Oh yeah, Cujo.”  Rick Desper “So many, so many...”


Fleetwood Mac – Dane Maslen “Hoping that most others will avoid the obvious answer.” 


Andy Lischett maintains the lead with a high score of 15 (out of a possible 19).  John David Galt and Jim Burgess each drag in with a lowly 3.


Round 7 Categories


1.    A character on Seinfeld.

2.    Something you see in a courtroom.

3.    A defunct department store chain.

4.    An insect.

5.    A famous boxer (past or present).


Deadline for Round 7 of By Almost Popular Demand is November 29th, 2016 at 7am my time.


General Deadline for the Next Issue of Eternal Sunshine:  November 29th, 2016 at 7:00am my time.  Hope to See You Then!