This week’s wisdom is a retrospective wisdom. It would have been way better in 1996, but unfortunately this bloke was the only one with the internet back then…
How the hell did the French get away with testing nuclear weapons in the Pacific Ocean on beautiful atolls? Even the Americans who are mad, tested all their bombs in the desert in Nevada and New Mexico, and they stopped publicly testing them after the end of the Cold War. But in 1996, 7 years after the Berlin Wall came down, and nuclear war was at its lowest probability since 1945, why the hell were the French bothering to test their weapons. They no doubt were trying to demonstrate to the world their capabilities, but fair go France… you come off your first win in a war in 200 years (they were allied with the USA during the Cold War) and they think ‘why not really start intimidating others!’ It is equivalent to a teenage boy belting his 14 year old brother then thinking he could fight Mike Tyson. And what were they going to do with these weapons! Surrender them to the enemy after six weeks! Ok that was a cheap shot, because truth be known, France were still stuffed after WWI when the were invaded by the Germans in WWII, so they were never going to win, but yes they could have had a crack!
France for 1000 years was brawling with England, then all of a sudden in the early 1900s the poms and frogs were best mates walking into war together to take on the Germans. France got decimated in WWI, then almost wiped out in WWII, then through the Marshall plan and the Truman Doctrine, the french received a share of West Germany, were built back up by the Americans and set back on their way. Then in 1966 they developed a nuclear bomb which they needed at the time as they were in close proximity to the Russians. However in 1996, when all other nukes on earth were under lock and key, the French still were testing their bombs at this place…
Atoll de Mururoa, that ended up looking like this…
Mururoa Atoll is less than 1000 miles from this place of some note…
What a pack of pricks! How would we feel in Melbourne if they were nuclear testing in Brisbane and all the currents and prevailing trade winds were taking the nuclear winter straight towards us? And so close to Tahiti! In fact the tests would have ‘radiated’ a lot of fish that all countries on the pacific rely on. Still to this day, some fish caught in the Pacific show adverse affects (effects… I never get this one right) from these tests.
But more than that… why were they testing a bomb that they will never use (unless they accidentally drop it on themselves which is not out of the question) at such a tropical paradise? Colonialism was dead by 1996, yet because the French felt they still had a foot hold in French Polynesia still in 1996, they decided they had the right to make this place unlivable for the next few hundred years.
Come on France… in retrospect, this may have been the dumbest decision the government ever made. And this is a government that once bowed down to a bloke who may not have been five feet tall!
A crack at the entire card at Finals day Flemington…
1.2. Royal Rumble. Adelaide horse that has been winning well in lesser grade.
2.9. Our Harmony. Won last Saturday in much the same company. Good value at $10.
3.12. Niminypiminy. Unlucky last start and at big odds is worth a $1 each way.
4.11. Shikarpour. Best horse in the race, and if he settles he will take a power of beating.
5.2. Raposo. Running for the third week in a row, however he will savage the line and looks hard to beat.
6.1. Kansas Sunflower. Winner this track and trip in the past. Looked better last start and on natural improvement, will be right in the finish here. A special.
7.15. Ventic. No weight, a good barrier and well into a good preparation.
8.3. Hard Romp. Another special. Can’t see this boy missing a place.
9.6. Ava’s Delight. Stepping up in trip, but with no weight and a good recent win, she looks a great each way chance.
Race 1. Quinella 1 + 3. Can’t see these two finishing any closer than 50 yards ahead of the rest of the field.
7.1. Georgey Aeroplane. Loves the wet and it is raining in Sydney (has been for two months).
Race 5. Trifecta 1,2,3. Three good chances and the only three chances in the race.
4.1. Pendlebury. An underrated horse named after an overrated footballer. Was unlucky last start and should bounce back here in lesser grade.
Good luck and stay tuned.