[I have not read the article; my membership has lapsed. So I may be repeating something that's in it. AT]

There is a common misinterpretation of the dramatic photos of gutted builings in Stalingrad, i.e., that the destruction occurred during the street-by-street combat. Actually, the German air force firebombed the city in advance of the ground forces. This triggered the first firestorm of WWII (of which there were subsequently many). Indeed, the attempt to occupy the city had to wait for the firestorm to burn iself out.

The evidence that is was a firestorm rests primarily on accounts of high winds sucking people into the inferno. To my knowledge there has been no definitive studies of this instance. If any reader knows of one, please share the information. Thank you.

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An alien visit is most probably not in the cards, but we might very well be able to start listening in on a cosmic conversation going on between alien civilizations that have long ago establish two-way communication. They probably have not visited each other, but they could exchange ideas and scientific discoveries. The long lapses between question and reply would be frustrating, often arriving after the question has already been answered by the questioner, but occasionally arriving as a new insight.

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