In the mid-1930s, an Australian journalist visited Germany to report on the rise of fascism and interview Adolf Hitler. The atrocities she saw there, which included the public beating of Jews, forever changed the course of her young life. Nancy Wake, who died Sunday at age 98, would spend World War II fighting Nazism tooth and nail, saving thousands of Allied lives, winding up at the top of the Gestapo’s most-wanted list and ultimately receiving more decorations than any other servicewoman.
Wake made her way from Spain to Britain, where she convinced special agents to train her as a spy and guerilla operative. In April 1944 she parachuted into France to coordinate attacks on German troops and installations prior to the D-Day invasion, leading a band of 7,000 resistance fighters. In order to earn the esteem of the men under her command, she reportedly challenged them to drinking contests and would inevitably drink them under the table. But her fierceness alone may have won her enough respect: During the violent months preceding the liberation of Paris, Wake killed a German guard with a single karate chop to the neck, executed a women who had been spying for the Germans, shot her way out of roadblocks and biked 70 hours through perilous Nazi checkpoints to deliver radio codes for the Allies. (via)
I’m going to keep talking about this until you all buy her god damn biography. Because I don’t think you guys understand.
She was NUMBER ONE on the Gestapo’s most wanted list during the war. There was a 5 MILLION FRANC prize on her head.
They called her the White Mouse because of her skill for escaping certain death.
She was parachuting into a camp once and got tangled in a tree. A French soldier saw her flailing around and said, “I hope that all the trees in France bear such beautiful fruit this year.” She answered only, “Don’t give me that French shit.”
She would smuggle messages, food, and supplies in a supply truck and when she passed German posts she’d wink at the soldiers and say, “Do you want to search me?” They never did.
She found out at one point that her men had been hiding a female German spy, protecting her. The rule was to kill them, but the men didn’t have the heart. But Nancy Wake did. And she never regretted it.
When she killed a man with her bare hands, it was an SS sentry who’d spotted her and she killed him to prevent him from raising the alarm during the raid. She would later say of it, “They’d taught us this judo-chop stuff with the flat of the hand at SOE, and I practiced away at it. But this was the only time I used it - whack - and it killed him all right. I was really surprised.”
She died in 2011, 3 weeks before her 99th birthday.
If you don’t think Nancy Wake deserves a movie and a TV show and all the damn recognition in the world, you’re wrong.
Yaaassssssss can we get a movie? This is like inglorious bastards BUT REAL AND WITH A WOMAN
I’d watch the shit out of this if it was a movie.
I really don’t care what kind of blogs you have, This deserves a reblog
man the last image really got me..
The second to last really killed me.
A simple thing we see frequently on the Internet being put into the perspective of real life.
The last one put me to tears all I can think is my grandpa and how much I miss him
Shakespearean insults, with cats.
7 more here.
I did not realize how very perfect cats were at delivering Shakespeare’s insults until now.
Hmm, usually ours just says “fuck you” as he walks past. Maybe I need to start throwing the Collected Works at him and see if he gets the hint.
Jezebel praises some dumb feminist that lives in Minneapolis, MN for filming so-called encounters with street harassers.
In this one she harasses these guys because she overheard one guy say to his friend “Minnesota chicks are hot” as he walked by. Is this what passes for street harassment nowadays? [video]
In one video she berates two men because they were looking at her for too long. I guess a 3 second stare is considered street harassment. [video]
In another she approaches a man who says that he’s on dope and addicted to heroin. He said that he smelled her and that he’s a wolf. Y’know, crazy shit a junkie would say. [video]
In this one she takes offense to a man who merely says “you’re pretty” as she’s walking by. How the hell is that harassment? What, because she doesn’t want certain people to talk to her? Welcome to the United States where people are allowed to talk to other people without written consent, you stupid twat. Poor Umar, I don’t think she’s gonna call you bro but she’s more than willing to put your phone number on blast. [video]
If you watch her other videos you can tell exactly what she’s doing. She walks around the downtown metropolitan area waiting to capture what is usually black men who appear to be homeless with some kind of disorder saying rude things to her — or just talking to her without her written, enthusiastic consent. In fact, out of the 14 videos she has uploaded, 9 of them feature black men. Go figure that she would target these people because if you’ve ever met a homeless person they are often times very ill mannered usually due to living on the street for an extended period of time, having a history of mental illness, a traumatic brain injury, and/or alcohol and drug additions.
According to a 2012 statewide Minnesota study on the homeless, 54% are black in the metro area where she films these encounters. Of the long-term homeless, 60% of adults have a serious mental illness, 26% have a substance abuse disorder diagnosis, 61% of homeless men have been incarcerated, and 34% of homeless adults report a cognitive impairment (confusion, memory issues, or indecisiveness to the point that it interferes with daily activities). An article from 2013 states that the homeless problem is getting worse in Minnesota despite a better economy.
It appears that she is most likely exploiting homeless men with possible mental illnesses and/or substance abuse problems in the metro area to make it seem as if street harassment is a huge issue. It isn’t. The real issue is the homeless problem in downtown Minneapolis and the dismissal of people with mental illnesses and substance abuse problems.
But don’t pay any attention to that, cat calling is a national emergency because how dare anyone say anything to them that they don’t like! OPPRESHUN!!!
I have to wonder though how long it took her to get 14 filmed encounters since she uploaded her first video a week ago. Many of them don’t even qualify for harassment, just rudeness or her exaggerating the situation by making something out of nothing. That’s femtards for ya!
BBC Sherlock in the original Victorian era