ASSASSINATION: Robert Kennedy – pursued the same policies as his brother

HATE WAS PULSATING IN A VERY PECULIAR CIRCLE OF DEATH.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

GREAT DARKNESS: ROBERT F. KENNEDY SPRAWLED OUT ON THE HOTEL FLOOR MINUTES BEFORE HE DIED. THE HOTEL’S BUSBOY RACED TO HIS RESCUE. Below: KENNEDY PURSUED THE SAME POLICIES AS HIS ASSASSINATED BROTHER – WITH TRAGIC RESULTS. Below: SIRHAN SIRHAN, A REMOTE PROTAGONIST, WROTE IN HIS DIARY THAT “KENNEDY MUST DIE.”

Fifty years ago, Robert Kennedy knew exactly what he was doing. He was running to be President of the United States of America.

It is not sufficient for the victim of an assassination, political figure though he/she may be, to have entered office and committed their name to any act. They can be merely a successor to a policymaker, or an adherent, and may not be even that.

Robert F. Kennedy, younger brother of the assassinated John F. Kennedy was shot and later died during the preliminary campaigning for the presidency of the United States. Robert was seeking the Democratic Party nomination for the candidature of that office in Los Angeles, California.

The very application to the democratic peoples of that city in that state brought him the now all too-familiar death blow of the bullet. And the full reasons tend to be lost once again in the psychiatric circle of suspicion.

He was one of the four original sons of Joseph F. Kennedy, the former Ambassador to London, the father of ambition. John, the second son was assassinated, so was his younger brother, Robert, leaving the youngest boy, Edward, to cope with his political future.

KENNEDY MUST DIE …

Robert undoubtedly hoped to follow in his brother’s footsteps, not merely the White House, but in the fashionable liberalism of the Democratic Party. It was still a very live, attractive, vote-appealing program of equal rights, desegregation of races, removable of urban poverty and powers to fight growing crime.

None of this should have brought Robert Kennedy more than the normal potential violence.

But he was a victim of a different kind of power-group: racialism.

His assassin was a remote, but not remotely controlled protagonist. A Palestinian Arab, Sirhan Bishara Sirhan had trailed Kennedy for days. On May 18, he had written in his exercise book diary these words:

“RFK must be … be … be disposed of … d … d … disposed of openly … Robert Fitzgerald Kennedy must die … die … die … die … die … die … die … die … die.”

And die he did.

ONE INCH SEPERATION!

Late one night at the Ambassador Hotel, during the campaign, Sirhan did the deed. Using a .22 Iver Johnson pistol, he killed Bobby from the range of one inch; and in the melee he escaped, only to be quickly identified and arrested.

The trial was a seminar for psychiatrists. Why did he kill? He was, or was not, mentally deranged, all the time, or at the time; or he killed with premeditation for a purpose, being in full possession of his faculties most of, or all of, the time.

His diary showed that he had once worshipped the freedom-loving and liberalising Kennedys; but they had supported Israel, the Jewish state, which made him homeless, and in his eyes, stateless.

His mother blamed it on his Palestinian boyhood, and how he had seen terrorism at work; how his brother had been killed by a car escaping hostile gunfire. Even in America he did not feel at home.

He wanted to make his mark for the freedom of Arab refugees by killing that remote figure who supported people or a cause which had rendered him homeless.

<< Assassinations the murders that changed history; published by Marshall Cavendish, London, 1975.
Coming: Royal Assassination in the Middle Ages.


COMING: A NATION REBORN, THE SECOND EDITION OF AUSTRALIAN CHRONICLE COVERING YEARS 1901 TO 1975, WILL BE PUBLISHED SOON. WE’LL START AT 1901, THE CENTENNIAL YEARS, AND THE REST AT RANDOM. PUBLISHED IN JULY.


MEN’S HEALTH: Part of being a male expectation: “don’t talk”

IF YOU DON’T VISIT A DOCTOR THE MOMENT YOU SUSPECT A DEADLY DISEASE THEN YOU’VE TURNED YOUR BACK ON ADVICE, SAY MEDICAL EXPERTS.

FRANK MORRIS

MISS THEIR MARK: THE GENTLEMAN HERE HAS A SEVERE PROBLEM AND (BELOW) AND SO HAS THE OTHER MAN – THEY’VE IGNORED THE WARNINGS AND HAVE SOMETHING SERIOUSLY WRONG WITH THEM. Below: THIS BLOKE HAS BEEN GOING TO THE DOCTOR REGULARLY FOR NEARLY TWENTY YEARS.

Blokes are still refraining from going to a doctor for obvious reasons. But that’s been going on for donkey’s years.

The first Australian survey by AGB McNair into prostate cancer in the 1970s showed that one in three men aged over 50 had a least one symptom of the disease. Hard on the heels of this alarming report, the medical profession issued a stark warning: ignore it at your peril.

But, the saying goes, that penny didn’t drop. Or, didn’t drop loudly enough it seems.

Years later, about 1978, more than 10,000 men would by diagnosed with prostate cancer – and most of them aged over 50. Twenty-five, one in four of this group, will die.

They had ignored the warnings.

These day the situation has improved, but it’S young people who are leading the way.

“Australian women visited a GP on average nearly 7 times a year in 2013—14,” commented the Conversation, partnered by the University of Sydney, “and for men, this figure was under 5 times.

DON’T TALK

“Among those between the ages of 15 and 24 who saw the GP 83 per cent were women and 63 per cent were men.”

A bloke seems to have armour when the questions get personal. In Destigmatising Men’s Health in the Sydney Morning Herald, this came loud and clear. “Part of being a male is the expectation that men don’t talk about their problems”, said Mark Stevens, Odyssey House’s Community Services Manager.

“A lot of men don’t ask because they don’t want to know the answer”, he says. “It’s the same reason many men don’t self-assess.”

Many doctors share the same opinion. The experts says that men’s attendance has much improved. But they say, “Don’t turn your back on something which may save your life.” 

Said a former mayor: “Like many blokes, when I was younger, I didn’t give a lot of thought to my own health. Young men generally have a sense of being indestructible and pay little attention to their own well-being.

GET A CHECK-UP

“Men can and do play important roles in society,” he said. “Our society needs men to be healthy and contribute to their families and communities. That’s why we should encourage men to think about their own livelihood.

“Let’s encourage the males to visit their doctor and get a check-up.”

Here’re a few health issues that will assists you:

CANCER

Lung, colorectal, prostate and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are among the eight cancers that have a high death rate in Australia.

PROSTATE

Most men are unware of the need to anticipate the possibly of prostate cancer … are totally unprepared for the risk they face. There’s a surprising lack of knowledge about the prostate: where it is located, what its function is, what health problems it may develop and what symptoms may be involved. Early detection -- that’s the key to beating any of the three forms of prostate disease, meaning enlarged prostate, prostate cancer or prostatitis.

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

This disease of the heart and blood vessels causes one death every 12 minutes. And stroke is the major cause of long-term disability in adults. But, disturbingly, up to 80 per cent of the adult population has least one of the critical risk factors for the disease. Do you smoke? Do you do any physical activity? Are you overweight? Do you have high blood pressure? What’s your family history? Do you have high cholesterol?

There are other issues like asthma, diabetes or arthritis.

<< Frank Morris’s A Certain Age column, in the Weekend Australian, December 7-9, 2002; Best Years Newsletter, Number 2, Volume 2.


GHOST SHIPS: Final. Amazing wrecks in the Baltic Sea a maritime graveyard

Curator DR STEPHEN GAPPS          Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

DRAWCARD: VASA, IN ITS PURPOSE-BUILT MUSEUM, IS A HUGE DRAWCARD FOR VISITORS TO STOCKHOM, SWEDEN. PHOTO: DR STEPHEN GAPPS. Below: A RARE VIEW, INSIDE VASA. DUE TO ITS ONGOING CONSERVATION AND PRESERVATION, THE PUBLIC ARE NOT ABLE TO GO ONTO THE SHIP. PHOTO BY DR STEPHEN GAPPS. Below: A 3D RECONSTRUCTION SHOWING THE GHOST SHIP SITTING UPRIGHT ON THE SEA BED.

You may never understand the main cause of why a ship sinks. A ship sinks and the reason remains unknown?

Still, The Ghost Ship is an exceptional maritime archaeological find, and in terms of its preservation, it has few equals in the world.

The Baltic has been a busy sea-route for a long time. Prehistoric vessels traded around this sea, which has been a central highway between the historical cultures of modern-day Denmark, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Russia and Sweden.

Baltic trade also has a special importance for the Dutch during their period of great maritime expansion. Upwards of 2000 trading ships would sail into the Baltic each year during the mid-17th century.

Salt and manufactured goods were brought to the north, while raw materials such as iron, limestone and timber were carried from the coasts of the Baltic to Amsterdam and other towns in the Netherlands.

In 2003, a well-preserved shipwreck was found north of Dalaro in the Stockholm archipelago. In 2007 and 2008, the site was surveyed jointly by archaeologists from the Swedish National Maritime Museum and the University of Southampton.

It was named the Edeso Wreck, and appears to have been a small man-of-war, built and probably sunk in the late 17th century. It was possibly built in England, or, at least in the English fashion of that time. The original name of the ship and the precise history of its demise are unknown.

Another fascinating wreck is the Kronan – the largest ship in the Royal fleet of the Swedish King Charles X1 in the 1670s. It was one of the largest ships in the world during Sweden’s period as a significant European power.

THE MAGAZINES EXPLODED

Kronan exploded and sank in the battle off Oland, an island off Sweden’s south-eastern coast, in 1676. This was fought in bad weather and apparently Kronan turned too hard with too much sail and began to founder. When the magazine exploded, most of the bow structure was lost.

King Charles’ prestigious flagship quickly sank. Around 800 men died and more than 100 heavy guns were lost. The wreck was discovered in 1980. Since then, more than 30,000 items have been retrieved from the site; including some books as well as Sweden’s largest-ever hoard of gold coins.

Other significant wreck near Stockholm include the 17th century Dutch fluit Lion and wreck of the Mars, the huge flagship of the Swedish navy that was sunk in battle in 1564. She was rumoured to be cursed as its guns were supposed to have made from melted-down church bells.

Perhaps the most intriguing Baltic wreck was the focus of a long hunt by divers -- the so-called ’treasure ship’ Resande Mannen. This evocatively named vessel (Travelling Man in English) went down in the winter, in the Kastbaden near Nynashamm, in 1600.

While 37 people died, 25 survived the deadly cold waters, many clinging to the top masts. Resande Mannen was a small armed ship carrying the Swedish Privy Council’s Count Carl Christoffer von Schlippenbach to Poland for peace negotiations.

MUSEUM UNDER THE SEA

It had been rumoured he was carrying a large amount of money for political bribes, as well as his own personal fortune.

There are more than 20,000 known wrecks in the Baltic Sea, and archaeologists believe there may be as many as 100 thousand. The collection of wrecks – well preserved in their own natural conservation lab, the Baltic – has been called ‘a museum under the sea’.

The wonderful state of preservation of wooden ships in the Baltic Sea makes it arguably the world’s best ship graveyard.

In the waters off Dalaro there are plans to create a ‘diving park’ to allow guided recreational divers to visit the many wrecks clustered in the area. A new museum dedicated to the treasures of the Baltic is slated to open in Stockholm in the near future.

The Baltic has been a busy sea-route for a ver long time, says Dr Gapps.

<< A Ghost Ship and a travelling man by curator Dr Stephen Gapps in Signals Quarterly, September/October/November 2016. Published by Australian National Maritime Museum.


FLASHBACK: The Wild Frontier! Buffalo Bill’s famous Show was the greatest in the world!

BUFFALO BILL PARADED COWBOYS, INDIANS, ROUGH-RIDERS AND SHARP-SHOOTERS TO SHOW SOME CRACKING MARKMANSHIP!

EILEEN HELLICAR AND FRANK MORRIS

ACCORDING TO BUFFALO BILL: HE LEFT BEHIND A FESTERING WILD WEST FOR THE IMAGINARY WILD WEST PLAYED IN A GIANT THEATRE FILLED WITH SHARP-SHOOTING COWBOYS AND INDIANS. BUFFALO BILL WAS SUCCESSFUL UNTIL THE SHOW WENT BELLY UP.

Western writer Zane Grey actually stood face-to-face with gunslingers, gamblers and lawmen, passed on to him by men in the know. Grey hunted mountain lions with the Indians and outlaws with the Texas Rangers. He knew the good guys and the bad guys of the west.

He knew both sides and lived to tell about it.

Grey sought out men, real men, and what they could tell him about Wyatt Earp, Jesse James, Captain McNelly of the Texas Rangers, and General George Custer, left nothing to the imagination.

He would play poker with the worst Arizona Card sharks in the business. He would talk and walk with the dance-hall girls until their pretty lips would say, “I’ve told you everything”; and cowboys, who had looked into the cold, icy eyes of William Bonney – Billy the Kid – and prayed to God that their time had come; but William/Billy laughed and walked away.

He got the fair-dinkum facts about the most gruelling episodes in the history of the West, firsthand.

SHOWMAN, HUNTER

In among this lot of sharp-shooters was probably the greatest of them all, Buffalo Bill himself.

The nickname of ‘Buffalo Bill” was given to the American William Frederick Cody. Cody provided buffalo meat for the railway labourers of the Kansas Pacific Railway in 1876 to 78, and in the eighteen months he killed 4280 buffalos.
Cody, an army scout, showman and buffalo hunter, was born in Scott County, Iowa, in 1846. He had only about one year of schooling and when he was 11 he took his first job as a wagon messenger with a freight company.

After that he served on a wagon train and later took part in his first trapping expedition. When he was still only fourteen, he became a pony express rider and completed one of the longest rides in history, covering more than 320 miles at an average speed of 15 miles an hour.

During the American Civil War he scouted for the 9th Kansas Cavalry against the Indians; and later on, while serving in the 5th Cavalry, he killed Yellowhand, the Cheyenne Chief, single handed. He then began hunting buffalo to feed the railway builders.

WILD WEST SHOW WENT BROKE

For a while he went on the stage and starred in a revue called The Scouts of the Prairie, written by a friend, Ned Buntline.

In 1883, he gave up the stage to organise his own production, the Wild West Show, which become rapidly known as ‘Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show’. The show, which contained Indians, cowboys, rough-riders and sharp-shooters, was immensely successful; it toured extensively in American and Europe.

Eventually, the extravagant show got into financial difficulties and Cody combined it with ‘Pawnee Bill’s Great Far East Show’. In 1913 Cody lost his shares in the show and took to performing in other people’s productions, and writing Wild West novels.

He retained his zest for life and his riding skill until the end of his days. He died at Denver, Colorado, in 1917.

<< Buffalo Bill by Eileen Helicar, one of two dozen stories in The Real McCoy. Published by The Readers Digest. 

Next: Davy Crockett – Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the wild frontier. Coming: Known as the ‘King of the Road’ his name was Dick Turpin, highwayman. He rode his horse, Black Bess nearly 200 miles to avoid capture. There is no doubt he would have given the Wild Frontier of the West a firm going over.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 22 June 18

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