Saturday, March 05, 2011

The Spy Wars are Over

Last night 105.3 FM KINB changed formats from alternative to jazz to become 105.3 The Martini. I was actually in the car with my kids listening to 105.3 around 5:30 or so before heading in to Andy Alligators, and they kept playing R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I feel Fine)” over and over and over. At first we thought that they messed up but when we came out and heard Frank Sinatra’s “Love and Marriage” I knew that the format had changed.

I’ll admit that I’m going to miss having an alternative station to listen to in the car. Granted this one seems to have deserved getting shut down after all of the shenanigans that they pulled. Now I’ve got more reason than ever to get the CD player in my car fixed.

1 comment:

r said...

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These massive deliveries of iron ore and military facilities from Sweden to Nazi Germany lengthened World War II. Casualties of the war have been estimated at 20 million killed in Europe. How many of them died due to Sweden's material support to Nazi Germany, is not known.

The Swedish drinking toast (skal) has a rather macabre background; it originally meant 'skull'. The word has come down from a custom practiced by the warlike and terrorist Vikings who used the dried-out skulls of their enemies as drinking mugs, with the evident advantage that the mug held a large quantity of mead and could be easily replaced.

The Viking raids are remembered: Spanish-speaking mothers warn their children that if they do not behave, the Norwegian (el noruego) will carry them off.

In Lohja and Espoo near Helsinki they fenced off the school building with barbed wire, in order to ban children the access to a school.

Sweden was silently pursuing principles of racial purity. During 41 years some 60,000 people were sterilized as misfits.