Wednesday, January 20, 2021

How Long Shall The Wicked
Reign Over My People?

Number of the Day: 2,864,974. (Popular votes.)
If I'd voted for Mme. Secretary instead of Peace & Freedom the total would have been a nice round 2,864,975.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

All Subs, All Pacific

MON 21 SEP 1942
Submarine Grouper (SS-214) sinks Japanese army cargo ship Tone Maru in China Sea, east of Shanghai, 31°18'N, 123°27'E.

Submarine Trout (SS-202) sinks Japanese auxiliary netlayer Koei Maru south of Truk, 06°54'N, 151°51'E.

Things Have Never Been Better!

Makin' Murka Great Again:
Crime, corruption, immorality, abortion, sodomy, sexual perversion sweep our land,
disgraced & twice defrocked 'Bama judge Roy Moore advises us.
Hizzoner. Probably an AP photo, from here, per Google.
Via Hullabaloo,

America the Beautiful


America the Beautiful, or so you used to be,
Land of the Pilgrims’ pride, I’m glad they’re not here to see,
Babies piled in dumpsters, abortion on demand,
Oh, sweet land of liberty, your house is on the sand.

Your children wander aimlessly poisoned by cocaine,
Choosing to indulge their lusts, when God has said abstain.
From sea to shining sea this Nation has turned away,
From the teaching of God’s Law, and a need to always pray.

So many worldly pastors telling lies about our Rock,
Saying God is going broke so they can fleece the flock.
We’ve kept God in our temples, how foolish we have grown,
When all the earth is but His footstool, and Heaven is His throne.

We’ve voted in governments that are rotting to the core,
Appointing Godless judges who throw reason out the door.
Too soft to put a killer in a well deserved tomb,
But brave enough to kill that child before he leaves the womb.

You think that God’s not angry, that our land’s a moral slum?
How much longer will it be before His judgment comes?
And how can we face our God, from Whom we cannot hide?
What is left for us to do, but stem this evil tide!

For if we who are His children, will humbly turn and pray,
If we seek His holy face, and mend our evil way,
Then God will hear from Heaven and forgive us of our sins.
He’ll heal our sickly land and those who live within.

But, America the beautiful, if you don’t then you will see,
A sad but Holy God withdraw His hand from Thee.

© Copyright 2007 Roy S. Moore
From Foundation for Moral Law.
Foundation for Moral Law is a non-profit legal foundation committed to protecting our unalienable right to publicly acknowledge God. The Foundation was founded by Judge Roy Moore; his wife Kayla Moore is the current President.
You don't say.

The Summer Of Our Discontent

Going, Going ...

The Doors - "Summertime"

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Yet Another Entry In "Just How Fucking Stupid Is He?"

"I bet a lot of you people didn't know Nambia."
Dementia or idiotic ignorance?
“Nambia’s health system is increasingly self-sufficient,” Trump said at a working luncheon with African leaders. Earlier, he can also be heard mistakenly referring to “Nambia” in his opening remarks.
Possibly being harsh here. It's entirely possible (highly likely, really) that the current resident of the Executive Mansion is functionally illiterate. Cram too many of those squiggly little letter worms in a word & he just naturally loses interest & misses a few. Like any other second-grader.

Let's throw in some blatant colonialism (& general platitudinous idiocy) from Der Drumpf, via the Daily Mail website:

'I have so many friends going to your countries trying to get rich!' Trump tells African leaders their nations have 'tremendous business potential' but too many people are suffering from conflict

  • Trump told African leaders attending a United Nations luncheon on Wednesday that their nations have 'tremendous business potential'
  • 'I have so many friends going to your countries trying to get rich. I congratulate you. They're spending a lot of money,' the former real estate developer said
  • Went on to talk about conflict in the region and the suffering its [sic] causing Africans
  • Ringing the bell once again on the continent's potential, he said: 'You’ve done a terrific job, you’ve had some tremendous obstacles placed in your path'
  • The word 'potential' was on the tip of Trump's tongue all week at the UN
  • First, it was the property that he owns on UN Plaza: 'I actually saw great potential right across the street, to be honest with you,' he said
  • Then it was the UN itself: 'A lot of potential. The United Nations has tremendous potential and we'll see how it works out,' Trump said on Monday
He just can't shut his yap, can he? On & on & on, same shit different day, or different (as in contradictory) shit on the same day.

Thompson Twins - "Lies"

Previously in "Duh-rumpfery!"

N.O.B. Established In Auckland

SUN 20 SEP 1942
Naval Operating Base, Auckland, New Zealand, is established.

North Russia
U.S. freighter Silver Sword, in convoy QP 14, is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-225 at 75°41'N, 03°12'E; rescue ships Rathlin and Zamalek pick up all hands: 32 merchant seamen (one of whom dies later of his injuries), the 11-man Armed Guard, and 18 passengers (crewmen from freighters Peter Kerr and Honomu, sunk on 5 July 1942 in the ill-fated PQ 17 convoy).

Maybe The Fucking Pigs Should
Stop Being So Autistic*

Steve Silberman / New York Times:
The Police Need to Understand Autism

*As in,
Theory of mind refers to the notion that many autistic individuals do not understand that other people have their own plans, thoughts, and points of view. Furthermore, it appears that they have difficulty understanding other people's beliefs, attitudes, and emotions.

Many of the tasks used to test this theory have been given to non-autistic children as well as children with mental retardation, and the theory of mind phenomenon appears to be unique to those with autism. In addition, theory of mind appears to be independent of intelligence even though people with Asperger's syndrome exhibit this problem to a lesser degree.

Interestingly, people with autism have difficulty comprehending when others don't know something. It is quite common, especially for those with savant abilities, to become upset when asking a question of a person to which the person does not know the answer.

By not understanding that other people think differently than themselves, many autistic individuals may have problems relating socially and communicating to other people. That is, they may not be able to anticipate what others will say or do in various situations. In addition, they may have difficulty understanding that their peers or classmates even have thoughts and emotions, and may thus appear to be self-centered, eccentric, or uncaring.

Although this is an egocentric view of the world, there is nothing in the theory of mind to imply that autistic individuals feel superior to others.

The vital question which must be asked is: How does one teach individuals with autism [Or Law Enforcement Ossifers w/ Oinky Pig Syndrome? — M.B.] to understand and acknowledge the thoughts and feelings of others? One of the methods used to teach autistic children and adults this concept is an intervention developed by Carol Gray called 'social stories.' These short stories describe different scenarios which allow autistic individuals to understand themselves and others better. These stories may motivate them to start asking questions about other people and at least recognize that different individuals think in unique ways.
get your heads out of your asses & try some empathy, coppers. Or just recognize that your victims are all human beings too. And in most cases, better human beings than most of the police.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"Brain" Death

Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, that is, who got out Sunday.Rolling Stone has his five best bits w/ Gorilla Monsoon. (Really probably the five best they could find on YouTube.)

Submarine Warfare

SAT 19 SEP 1942
Submarine Amberjack (SS-219) sinks Japanese transport Shirogane Maru at northern entrance of Bougainville Strait, 06°33'S, 156°05'E.

U.S. freighter Wichita is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-516 about 300 miles northeast of Barbados, 15°00'N, 54°00'W. There are no survivors from either the 40-man merchant complement or 10-man Armed Guard unit.

Swedish steamship Etna rescues 22 survivors from lifeboat from U.S. tanker Patrick J. Hurley, sunk by German submarine U-512 on 12 September 1942 (see 2 October 1942).

Oh Shut Up, Snowflake!

Is this what they mean by "economic anxiety"?
Jerrod Laber / The Federalist:
Your Refusal To Date Conservatives Is One Reason We Have Donald Trump  —  The popular dating website OkCupid announced Wednesday that it would make the online dating scene a little easier for progressives who can't risk interacting with someone with whom they disagree (imagine the horror!).
Robyn P. at Wonkette:
It is really hard to not see this whole thing as a very public beg for liberal women to fuck Jerrod Laber.
And our lamely obvious & outsourced commentary:

The Masked Marauders - "I Can't Get No Nookie"

Eight-Ball Squared Tues.

Keith Moon - "When I'm Sixty-Four"

"Will you still need me, will you still feed me ..."
At least I have the money the gov't. stole from me when I was a wage-slave & a housing subsidy to keep me from stinking & relieving myself in your public places; one simply can't trust individual humanoids to help.

This Date In History

History repeating:

On this day in 1985, a powerful earthquake strikes Mexico City and leaves 10,000 people dead, 30,000 injured and thousands more homeless.

At 7:18 in the morning, the residents of Mexico City were jolted awake by an 8.1-magnitude earthquake, one of the strongest to ever hit the area. The effects of the quake were particularly devastating because of the type of ground upon which the city sits. Mexico City is on a plateau surrounded by mountains and volcanoes. The plateau region was covered by lakes in ancient times. As the aquifer under the city has slowly drained, it has been discovered that the city sits atop a combination of dirt and sand that is much less stable than bedrock and can be quite volatile during an earthquake.

The quake on September 19 was centered 250 miles west of the city but, due to the relatively unstable ground underneath the city, serious shaking lasted for nearly 3 minutes. The prolonged ground movement caused several old hotels, including the Regis, Versailles and Romano, to crumble. A building at the National College of Professional Education fell, trapping hundreds of students who were attending early-morning classes. Many factories in the city, built with shoddy materials, also could not stand. Further, the tremors caused gas mains to break, causing fires and explosions throughout the city.

When the damage was finally assessed, 3,000 buildings in Mexico City were demolished and another 100,000 suffered serious damage.

190 Yrs. Ago


Jim Bowie stabs a Louisiana banker with his famous knife

After a duel turns into an all-out brawl on this day in 1827, Jim Bowie disembowels a banker in Alexandria, Louisiana, with an early version of his famous Bowie knife. The actual inventor of the Bowie knife, however, was probably not Jim Bowie, but rather his equally belligerent brother, Rezin Bowie, who reportedly came up with the design after nearly being killed in a vicious knife fight.

The Bowie brothers engaged in more fights than the typical frontiersman of the day, but such violent duels were not uncommon events on the untamed margins of American civilization. In the early nineteenth century, most frontiersmen preferred knives to guns for fighting, and the Bowie knife quickly became one of the favorites. Rezin Bowie had invented such a nasty looking weapon that the mere sight of it probably discouraged many would-be robbers and attackers. Designs varied somewhat, but the typical Bowie knife sported a 9- to 15- inch blade sharpened only on one side for much of its length, though the curved tip was sharpened to a point on both sides. The double-edged tip made the knife an effective stabbing weapon, while the dull-edge combined with a brass hand guard allowed the user to slide a hand down over the blade as needed. The perfect knife for close-quarter fighting, the Bowie knife became the weapon of choice for many westerners before the reliable rapid-fire revolver took its place in the post-Civil War period.
If my birthday became known as "Disembowel A Banker Day", rather than "Talk Like A Pirate Day" I'd die happy.

60 Yrs. Ago

On this day in 1957, the United States detonates a 1.7 kiloton nuclear weapon in an underground tunnel at the Nevada Test Site (NTS), a 1,375 square mile research center located 65 miles north of Las Vegas. The test, known as Rainier, was the first fully contained underground detonation and produced no radioactive fallout. A modified W-25 warhead weighing 218 pounds and measuring 25.7 inches in diameter and 17.4 inches in length was used for the test. Rainier was part of a series of 29 nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons safety tests known as Operation Plumbbob that were conducted at the NTS between May 28, 1957, and October 7, 1957.

In December 1941, the U.S. government committed to building the world’s first nuclear weapon when President Franklin Roosevelt authorized $2 billion in funding for what came to be known as the Manhattan Project. The first nuclear weapon test took place on July 16, 1945, at the Trinity site near Alamogordo, New Mexico. A few weeks later, on August 6, 1945, with the U.S. at war against Japan, President Harry Truman authorized the dropping of an atomic bomb named Little Boy over Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, on August 9, a nuclear bomb called Fat Man was dropped over Nagasaki. Two hundred thousand people, according to some estimates, were killed in the attacks on the two cities and on August 15, 1945, Japan surrendered to the Allied Powers.

1957’s Operation Plumbbob took place at a time when the U.S. was engaged in a Cold War and nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union. In 1963, the U.S. signed the Limited Test Ban Treaty, which banned nuclear weapons testing in the atmosphere, underwater and outer space. A total of 928 tests took place at the Nevada Test Site between 1951 and 1992, when the U.S. conducted its last underground nuclear test. In 1996, the U.S signed the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, which prohibits nuclear detonations in all environments.
Why'd it take 12 yrs. to figure out they could blow one up underground?

Tillerson Adrift

Robert Bland - "Drifting From Town To Town" Modern 868 (1952)

Amusing that the son of a tillerman can't get his ship of state heading anywhere.
WASHINGTON — On his first day as Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson vowed to try to get to know everyone at the State Department. But senior diplomats say they never saw him again.

As President Donald Trump faces a collection of world leaders at his first United Nations General Assembly this week, U.S. officials are working behind the scenes to allay fears among foreign delegations that America's foreign policy decisions have become too dominated by the West Wing, and that the U.S. State Department, where many crucial positions remain unfilled, is adrift.


But the U.S. and foreign diplomats who spoke to NBC News describe broken channels of communication between Washington and many foreign capitals, saying that long-established relationships with the State Department have been undermined as a result of the overhaul.


Senior U.S. officials stationed abroad say they constantly wait for guidance from Washington which, in many cases, never comes. Two State Department officials said that they are frequently forced to turn to the Department of Defense for readouts on Cabinet-level meetings because the State Department has stopped informing diplomats about those discussions.
"Lissen up, an' lissen good; you don' need to know nuthin' but what we tells ya, even if it is nuthin', O.K.?" Is that really how Exxon-Mobil got to the top of the heap?


Monday, September 18, 2017

Fortunately Bad Gunnery

FRI 18 SEP 1942
7th Marine Regiment reinforces marines on Guadalcanal.

German submarine U-455 lays mines off Charleston, South Carolina.

British destroyer HMS Vimy is detached from convoy to investigate raft containing survivors from U.S. freighter West Lashaway (sunk by German submarine U-66 on 30 August 1942). Vimy believing the hoisted sail to be part of the disguise of a U-boat, opens fire on the raft. Her gunnery, however, is fortunately bad, and the survivors (who hurriedly strike the sail) are rescued. This group includes among them the woman missionary and four children (see 24 September 1942).

Laconia Incident: Vichy French sloop Dumont D'Urville takes on board 42 survivors from sunken British transport Laconia that had been rescued by Italian submarine Capellini.

North Russia
German torpedo planes continue attacks upon Archangel-bound convoy PQ 18, sinking U.S. freighter Kentucky approximately 35 miles west of Cape Kanin, USSR; all hands survive the loss of the ship. Two British minesweepers rescue the 38-man merchant complement and the 16-man Armed Guard.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For
A High-Dollar Furrin Hoor Hat

Granted not an actual man, merely Donald T. Rump, sufferer of many not-yet-officially-diagnosed psychological & mental problems. And/or, he's a fucking jerk.Further examples of Trumpian dementia, assholery or both directed at his WIFE, MK III from Red Painter at Crooks And Liars.

Probably shouldn't be so mean to Melania. Yes, she (or one of the help) made her own bed & she's lying in it, but all this must be a truly horrid experience. Imagine watching the father of your child fall apart/turn into an even greater shit before your eyes & fearing you cursed your child to the same horrid fate by choosing to spawn as you did. (For money.)

This (from a C&L commenter) must have creeped her out as well:

Body Language Expert Weighs In on Donald Trump’s
Awkward RNC Stage Hugs With Melania and Ivanka

Srsly, has El Trumpo just managed to pass 70 yrs. on the planet w/o getting a clue about "appropriate" human behavior, or is it [ominous chord here] dementia?

Essentially obligatory that musical personages of record for mental issues should weigh in:

Gregg Turner - "I Lost (My Mind)" at Bender 2013

Enjoy the "Eddie Van Halen" guitar solo!

70 Yrs. In Air For Jr. Birdmen

Trillions (of your tax dollars) of happy returns to the newest & sissiest of our nation's military services, signed into existence by President Harry Truman on this date in 1947.

And what is the now 70-yr. old United States Air Force up to? Why, nothing worth noting.
[WARNING: Auto-play at link, because Newsweek is just that irksome.]


A U.S. Air Force chaplain who ministers to thousands of men and women at an Ohio base is asserting that Christians in the U.S. Armed Forces “serve Satan” and are “grossly in error” if they support service members' right to practice other faiths.

In an article posted on three days ago, Captain Sonny Hernandez, an Air Force Reserve chaplain for the 445th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, criticized Christian service members who rely on the Constitution “and not Christ.”

He wrote: “Counterfeit Christians in the Armed forces will appeal to the Constitution, and not Christ, and they have no local church home—which means they have no accountability for their souls (Heb. 13:17). This is why so many professing Christian service members will say: We ‘support everyone’s right’ to practice their faith regardless if they worship a god different from ours because the Constitution protects this right.”
Say what now, Sonny? Surely you believe 'twas Jesus Gawd/G-d in Heaven Hisse'f who wrote The Constitution. How can there be a conflict?

How else are the junior birdbrains doing? Nearing redundancy. [Also at Newsweek; WARNING applies.]


Here's another sign we're living in the future: For the first time in 70 years, the U.S. may add a new military branch—for space.

The House Armed Services Committee voted last week to approve a proposal in the National Defense Authorization Act that would create the Space Corps, a military arm under the Air Force aimed at overseeing operations in space. The branch would mostly monitor assets like satellites and track cyber threats, Vox reported Wednesday.
We get out w/ a thing I didn't know concerning (top) secret Hollywood & the Air Force, once an open tab slowing performance while I waited for the motivation to type something; the A.F.'s anniv. finally motivated me, & then commenter sigaba at LG&M linked to Lookout Mountain's Wacki-Wiki-Woo page, where I found a brace of videos.
[Link to the KNBC item if WISIWYG. Effing Comcast morons.]

Newsweek Air Force Jeebus first seen at Comrade Misfit's.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Vichy To The Rescue

THU 17 SEP 1942
Laconia Incident: In the wake of the attack by USAAF B-24 upon German submarines U-156, U-506 and U-507 and Italian submarine Capellini, engaged in rescuing survivors of the torpedoed British transport Laconia, Admiral Karl Doenitz issues orders forbidding U-boats from rescuing survivors of sunken ships (the "Laconia Order"). Vichy French light cruiser Gloire, sloop Dumont D'Urville and minesweeper Annamite rescue 1,041 people from lifeboats and the German submarines that have picked them up, too.

U.S. freighter Mae is torpedoed, shelled and sunk by German submarine U-515 approximately 41 miles north of Georgetown, British Guiana, 08°03'N, 58°13'W; one crewman is killed. Norwegian merchantman Sorwangen rescues the 31 surviving merchant crewmen and the nine-man Armed Guard, and transfers them to Canadian merchantman Gypsum King, which takes them to Georgetown.

Didja See This Three-Point Landing?

CCTV shows pilot, 79, flying plane into tree in Connecticut – video

Surveillance video captures the moment a small plane hits a tree and crashes to the ground in a car park in Plainville, Connecticut, on Monday. The pilot escaped the crash with minor injuries.
Old people: Danger or menace?

Yes, it happened in Plainville, CT. Not to be confused w/ Nowheresville, any of thousands of one-horse towns or North Dakota.

Pointless PublicSelf Service Announcement

Get the creative juices flowing! (And heavy on the bile, please.) Not that any of the talentless hacks who read this drivel have anything going on, but if, through randomness, one or two of them did, they could let me know; for the next wk. I'll be able to bring their workout-put to the attention of a (possibly) larger audience, as I've again been called upon to aggregate Mike's Blog Round-Up at the estimable Crooks And Liars website, tomorrow through next Sunday.

Har-rummph, another fucking demand/imposition on my time in the days just before my natal anniv., he thought.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

It's A Thin Line

"Do you love it? Do you hate it? There it is, the way you made it, wow."
— F. Zappa, "Brown Shoes Don't Make It"
No credit noticed anywhere. Not entirely inaccurate.

Art Gallery Presents Month-Long Love/Hate Letter To Los Angeles


[Not over yet. laist & L.A. Taco.]

Dunno If I'd Go That Far,
But I'd Piss In His Diet Coke®

Warner Todd Huston / Breitbart:
CNN Celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain Says He Would Poison Trump's Food  —  TV foodie Anthony Bourdain told paparazzi outside an airport that if he was asked to cater a dinner for President Donald Trump, he would poison the food.  —  The former Food Network personality and current host …

Bad Day For Japanese Forces

WED 16 SEP 1942
Japanese overland assault on Port Moresby, New Guinea, "grinds to a halt" at Ioribaiwa.

Japanese forces evacuate Attu, Aleutians.

TF 23 (Vice Admiral Jonas H. Ingram) is designated South Atlantic Force, Atlantic Fleet.

Patrol Wing 12 (Captain William G. Tomlinson) is established at Key West, Florida, for operations in Gulf Sea Frontier.

U.S. freighter Commercial Trader is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-558 east of Trinidad, 10°30'N, 60°16'W; seven of the 29-man crew perish in the attack, as do three of the 9-man Armed Guard. The survivors, in one lifeboat, reach Tobago later the same day.

Laconia Incident: USAAF B-24 from Ascension Island bombs German submarine U-156 (see 12 September 1942), which, along with U-506 and U-507 and Italian submarine Capellini, is engaged in rescuing survivors of the torpedoed British transport Laconia (see 17 September 1942).

Missed It By That Much

Close call: Left the banking industry just in time (a mere 22 yrs. ago) to avoid the big shake out of 2022 or whenever.
Chanyaporn Chanjaroen / Bloomberg:
Pandit Says 30% of Bank Jobs May Disappear in Next Five Years
And (if it is indeed his real name) "Graham Rapier" gets Name of the Wk.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Wasp Torpedoed & Scuttled

TUE 15 SEP 1942
TF 18 (Rear Admiral Leigh Noyes), covering reinforcement convoy from Espiritu Santo to Guadalcanal, is attacked by Japanese submarine I-19, which torpedoes carrier Wasp (CV-7) at 12°25'S, 164°08'E. Irreparably damaged, consumed by gasoline fires, Wasp is scuttled by destroyer Lansdowne (DD-486). I-19, in the same spread of torpedoes, also damages battleship North Carolina (BB-55) and destroyer O'Brien (DD-415) (see 19 October 1942).
Japanese battleships bombard Guadalcanal.

Japanese destroyer Fumizuki is damaged by grounding in Formosa Strait.

Light cruiser Philadelphia (CL-42) and transport Edward Rutledge (AP-52) are damaged in collision in Hampton Roads.

Schizophrenic Shirt

Why does Steve Bannon wear all his shirts at once?

The former White House chief strategist appeared on 60 Minutes on Sunday in his favourite look – two shirts on top of each other, plus a blazer for added warmth

Here’s Why Steve Bannon Wears So Many Shirts

Why Steve Bannon wears so many shirts at once

Wrong wrong wrong! Do you people know nothing? (The more you know.)

Layer upon layer: thermoregulation in schizophrenia.

Then this crap:
David Moye / HuffPost:
No, ‘60 Minutes’ Didn't Purposely Make Steve Bannon Look Like A ‘Bleary-Eyed Drunk’  —  News experts rejected the color-coordinated conspiracy theory.  —  After a Los Angeles-based photographer accused “60 Minutes” of purposely altering the color to make former White House chief strategist Steven Bannon …

Stand Up Or Die!

Farmington Hills teacher accused of assaulting 6th-grader who sat during Pledge of Allegiance  —  Student at East Middle School in Farmington Hills doesn't stand for Pledge  —  FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. - Many NFL players have expressed their beliefs by kneeling for the national anthem before games …
Same sad shit, different century. Let me know if anything ever changes.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

30 Days At Sea In A Lifeboat

MON 14 SEP 1942
USAAF B-17s damage Japanese heavy cruiser Myoko as she is en route from Truk, Carolines, to carry out support operations off Guadalcanal.

USAAF planes (13 B-24s and 1 B-17 take part in the raid) sink Japanese ammunition ship Nojima Maru off Kiska, Aleutians; USAAF P-39s damage submarines RO 63 and RO 64 also in the area.

North Russia
German torpedo planes continue attacks upon Archangel-bound convoy PQ 18, sinking U.S. freighter Mary Luckenbach about 600 miles west of North Cape, Norway, 76°00'N, 16°00'E; she is lost with all hands (41 merchant seamen and a 24-man Armed Guard). The violent explosion of Mary Luckenbach's ammunition cargo rains debris on nearby freighter Nathanael Greene, 76°00'N, 16°00'E, injuring 11 men (five of whom are transferred to British destroyer HMS Onslaught for medical attention), but the merchantman makes port under her own power. Concussion from the explosion also disables U.S. freighter Wacosta, which is later torpedoed and sunk about 400 miles northeast of Jan Mayen Island, 76°05'N, 10°00'E; she suffers no casualties. British light cruiser HMS Scylla and minesweeper HMS Harrier rescue all hands: 38 merchant sailors and the 11-man Armed Guard survive Wacosta's loss.

Norwegian steamship Talisman rescues 18 survivors (one of the original 19 has succumbed to exposure during the 32-day ordeal) of U.S. freighter California, sunk by Italian submarine Reginaldo Giuliani on 13 August 1942.

Another* Dam Disaster?

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has determined that the earthen Whittier Narrows Dam is unsafe and could trigger catastrophic flooding in working-class cities along the San Gabriel River flood plain downstream between Pico Rivera and Long Beach.
[L.A. Times]
*"St. Francis Dam collapse left a trail of death and destruction" (1928)

An Earnest Slice Of Life,
Hollywood Style

From the in-box of LAObserved:
8. Press release of the day
Hi Kevin,

I'm writing because I was wondering if you'd be interested in speaking with Jenny Jaffe, the creator and star of the new IFC Comedy Crib series NEUROTICA.

'Neurotica' is an earnest slice of life with Jaffe depicting Ivy, a dominatrix with OCD, struggling to keep her business afloat as the new mega-dungeon threatens her livelihood.

Also, she thinks mouths are icky.

I think you'd really enjoy it!

Talk soon,
Setting the D.V.R. now. Mouths are icky.