This was a DNF log posted to a geocaching facebook group a few days ago on the cache Sidetracked - New Brighton ...
"Cast your minds back
to the last months of the twentieth century. In 1998, with most of the
Yugoslavian republics having seceded from the union following bloody
conflicts, Yugoslav president Slobodan Milošević now held control over
just two of the former Yugoslav republics: Serbia and Montenegro.
Following years of repression under Milošević’s authoritarian regime,
the largely Muslim population of the autonomous Serbian territory of
Kosovo was growing restless, and an armed separatist movement had
emerged. The Albanian-speaking forces of the Kosovo Liberation Army,
led by Adem Jashari, were gaining ground, systematically attacking
Yugoslav police and military installations. Milošević sent in his
troops to crush the rebellion, and strengthen his domination over the
province, which is viewed by many Orthodox Serbs as their spiritual
The Serb response was brutal. Government paramilitaries and regular
forces pursued a campaign of retribution against KLA sympathisers and
political opponents, leading to allegations of atrocities and war crimes
against the Serbs.
In order to quell the violence and to prevent it from escalating
further, a US-led alliance of NATO countries mounted a bombing campaign
against Serbia, with targeted attacks taking place right in the heart of
its capital Belgrade.
Many of the NATO missiles were guided by GPS satellites, enabling
pinpoint attacks on specific targets and thus minimising collateral
damage. In order to prevent the use of the GPS signals by opposing
forces, the US operated a system of Selective Availability or
Anti-Spoofing, which encrypted the GPS signals thereby reducing their
use by anyone outside of the military.
The NATO campaign ultimately led to the final breakup of Yugoslavia, and the emergence of Kosovo as a de facto independent state. Milošević was indicted on charges of crimes against humanity, although he died before he went to trial.
In 2000, following the war, the US authorities turned off the Selective
Availability functionality on their GPS satellites, opening them up for
use by anyone. The very next day, Dave Ulmer hid the first geocache,
and the sport that we know and love was born.
I can only conclude that my failure to find this cache in New Brighton
must be due to the spirit of Milošević having risen from the grave,
thereby prompting the US authorities to temporarily re-enable the
Selective Availability on their GPS satellite constellation. This meant
that my ability to precisely pinpoint the cache location using my GPS
receiver was severely impeded. The fact that it was dark and I’d had
six or seven pints is purely coincidental.
It’s all Slobodan Milošević’s fault."