Grande Guerra: o tanque, essa arma sem sentido!

Artigo muito enriquecedor publicado no “the War Illustrated”, de 9 de dezembro de 1916. Na opinião do autor, o tanque “não vinha para ficar”…

‘Cruising in a Tank’

by Max Pemberton

It is evident that the “tank” has not come to stay. It is here to go on. When it first burst upon the astonished Germans like a dragon upon children from a wood of fables our critics were a little doubtful about its future. “It is experimental,” they said. “Famous things have been done, but we do not know how far it will go.” Well, it has gone a long way already, and we may say in all moderation that it has but begun.

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There have been new things in this war—as perhaps in all wars—but the “tank” was both a new and à humorous thing. When Hannibal introduced the Roman to the elephant there may have been laughter in Carthage, but no historian has recorded it. Gunpowder about the time of Crécy does not appear to have inspired the Harry Tates of the time. The first man in armour may have amused his relatives at home, .and no doubt the small boy of the period had observations to make upon his appearance. For all that, the man in armour is ever historically a gentle knight sans peur et sans reproche. Even throwing back to the East and the coming of the Juggernaut, it has needed a twentieth- century artist to hitch laughter to that singular coach. Yet I suppose the Juggernaut is the true forbear of the “tank.”

Some people will tell you that it all arose from the employment, both by us and the Germans, of the armoured car at the beginning of the war. We put machine-guns upon fine Rolls-Royce chassis, sent them into France and Flanders, and often left them in a few weeks hut rusted wrecks upon a roadside. They were not new, for, oddly enough, in the very earliest days of the motor movement inventors came forward with contraptions of the kind; and so closely did they resemble the machines which fought in Flanders that one must look twice at the picture to discover their lack of modernity. Continuar lendo

Pra frente, Brasil!!!

É isso aí… Apesar de tudo, estamos avançando… Quem sabe um dia não alcancemos os índices de 13% de crescimento dos anos setenta (período militar, diga-se de passagem)! Pra frente, Brasil! (Fim do surto ufanista)

03/03/2011 09h00 –

Economia brasileira cresce 7,5% em 2010, mostra IBGE

No último trimestre do ano, expansão foi de 0,7% sobre trimestre anterior.
Na comparação com um ano antes, alta foi de 5%.

Do G1, em São Paulo e no Rio

A economia brasileira fechou 2010 com crescimento de 7,5%, conforme revelou o Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE) nesta quinta-feira (3). Em valores correntes, a soma de todas as riquezas produzidas pela economia no ano passado alcançou R$ 3,675 trilhões. O PIB per capita ficou em R$ 19.016.

Na comparação do IBGE com outros 16 países, o ritmo de expansão do Brasil só perde para China (10,3%) e Índia (8,6%). Supera, no entanto, a taxa de crescimento de países como Coréia do Sul (6,1%), Japão (3,9%), EUA (2,8%), e a da região da zona do euro (1,7%).

Em comunicado, o instituto diz que o resultado foi “beneficiado pela baixa base de comparação do ano anterior”, já que, em 2009, ano abatido pelos efeitos da crise financeira mundial, o Produto Interno Bruto (PIB) brasileiro teve recuo de 0,6%, de acordo com dado revisado pelo IBGE. Continuar lendo