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Call 911! Screenshot of Basil Fawlty (John Cleese) in a "Fawlty Towers" episode that aired 39 years ago yesterday.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Between demonic attacks on the 10 Commandments monument, Ebola freak-olas, and crazed gunmen running around, one story has slipped a bit under the radar, particularly here in the Heartland. The story? On Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, according to New York’s Downtown Express, “the first office workers to return to work at the World Trade Center since terrorists took the Twin Towers down just over 13 years ago.” There's the ol' lucky 13!

The story, by reporter Josh Rogers, notes that heightened security around the “Freedom Tower” and the World Trade Center complex along Liberty Street will “ironically mean less freedom on Liberty St., as most vehicles will no longer be able to get through.”

That’ll show the terr’ists, eh, Dubya?

The September 11, 2001 (9/11) attacks on America (Pentagon, World Trade Center) were followed by the nefarious anthrax attacks - an event that was never fully explained by the authorities. It was during much of October and November 2001 when people were cautious about opening their mail, for fear that a bioterrorist nasty was was possibly ready to spill out of the envelope. It had a major psychological effect on many Americans, still stunned just weeks after 9/11.

Curiously, when looking back on the events of Oct. 27, 2001, via the “wayback archives” over at the Los Angeles Times, glancing at the headlines you’d think 13 years had not passed by in the blink of an eye. Of course at that time, America was in the grip of fear as investigators Here is a sampling of headlines from Oct. 27, 2001:

“U.N. can’t agree on definition of a terrorist”

“Past bioterrorism arrests have relied mostly on luck”

“Feel sick? Diagnosis hysteria”

“Job seekers swamp U.S. spy shops”

“Bishops speak out on terrorism, ‘inequalities’”

“Official says Putin visit could bring missile agreement”

“New sense of impatience is emerging”

“Flu vaccine production stepped up”

“Rep. Issa says his Arab name kept him off flight”

“Commander’s death curtails options on Afghanistan”

The more things change, as they say …

It was on Oct. 27, 1939 that the 1939 New York World’s Fair closed, this, as war brewed in Europe, James Mauro wrote the 2010 book Twilight at the World of Tomorrow: Genius, Madness, Murder, and the 1939 World’s Fair on the Brink of War. As we have been writing for months now, the U.S. military machine seems hellbent on poking someone - just enough - to trigger a global conflagration, just as we saw in 1939.

October 27, 1939 is also the birthday of John Cleese, best known for his roles in Monty Python and Fawlty Towers

And we all know how the British Python troupe liked to portray the French – Cleese did it in Fawlty Towers, too. With that in mind, it was interesting to note a story in today’s UK Daily Mail, headlined: “French media ridicule Cameron’s ‘Basil Fawlty’ style EU summit rant.” Cleese played the "French taunter" in 1974's Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

As I said, the more things change…

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