Tuesday, April 25, 2017


SAT 25 APR 1942
Submarine Spearfish (SS-190) torpedoes Japanese army transport Toba Maru off northwestern Luzon, 17°01'N, 120°15'E.

Norwegian motor vessel Gallia rescues one merchant sailor and five of the 10-man Armed Guard from U.S. freighter Otho, sunk by German submarine U-754 on 3 April. All told, 23 of the 36-man merchant complement, four of the 10-man Armed Guard and four of seven passengers perish.

Swedish motor vessel Astri rescues 15 survivors from U.S. freighter Lammont Du Pont, torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-125 on 23 April (see 16 May). These men are subsequently transferred to light cruiser Omaha (CL-4).

High-Tech Chumps Chumped
In War On Privacy

Don't buy wireless headphones if you value your privacy.

Bose Headphones Spy On Users, Lawsuit Claims: Here's What You Should Know

As a matter of fact, don't buy anything, suckers; it only encourages them to fuck you over even more.

"'I Spent The Night In Jail,
At The Wilcox Hotel"

Study guide to the item just below.

Stab Harder Next Time, Loser!

Last month in economic justice:
A man was in custody Monday after stabbing his landlord with a fork and barricading himself into his Hollywood apartment, authorities said.

The incident began about 2:25 p.m. Sunday in the 1300 block of Wilcox Avenue, said Lt. B. of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Station.

The suspect ran inside his apartment when officers arrived and initially refused to come out, McGuyre said. Police surrounded the apartment and the suspect surrendered at 6:15 p.m., he said.

The man was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, McGuyre said. His name was not immediately released.

The landlord suffered minor puncture wounds, McGuyre said.

—City News Service
Irony: The L.A.P.D.'s Hollywood Division ("The Wilcox Hotel") is located on the same block of Wilcox Ave. where the tenant attempted to stop his exploitation.

Room For One More?

What "empowerment" means: SLAVE LABOR!!
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Workers endured long hours, low pay at Chinese factory used by Ivanka Trump's clothing-maker  —  Workers at a factory in China used by the company that makes clothing for Ivanka Trump's fashion line and other brands worked nearly 60 hours a week to earn wages of little more than $62 a week, according to a factory audit released Monday.

The Schaden Freudes Itself, Bigly!

Can you spot the "fake news" items here?
Annie Karni / Politico:
Ivanka Trump gets booed, hissed at during Berlin event  —  BERLIN — Ivanka Trump arrived in Berlin on Tuesday morning armed with facts and figures to recite at what was expected to be a highbrow international summit to discuss women's entrepreneurship, alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
German crowd hisses, boos at Ivanka when she defends her dad  —  (CNN)Ivanka Trump defended her father at a women's panel in Berlin Tuesday after attendees hissed and booed when she attempted to champion her father's commitment to women's issues.  —  The event opened with the first daughter explaining her role in the White House.
 Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Ivanka Trump booed at women's panel in Germany  —  Ivanka Trump faced a tough audience Tuesday after calling her father a “tremendous champion of supporting families” during a women's panel in Germany.  —  The first daughter spoke about about her father's attitude toward women …
Sad, if not absolutely pathetic.

Round-Up Part II


And if I haven't typed it yet, a big thank you to the estimable tengrain of Mock Paper Scissors for figuring I probably couldn't do too much harm w/ it, & suggesting me to Crooks & Liars.

Monday, April 24, 2017

That's It?

FRI 24 APR 1942
Submarine Trout (SS-202) torpedoes Japanese merchant transport Tachibana Maru, Susami Kii, 33°31'N, 135°29'E.


Sticker from today's Armenian Genocide Demonstration.

This Could Solve Many
Of Our Problems

"This" being a gigantic gawddamn explosion in the "People's House" when the sick fucks ruining everything are inside.
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
Entire U.S. Senate to go to White House for North Korea briefing  —  Top Trump administration officials will hold a rare briefing on Wednesday at the White House for the entire U.S. Senate on the situation in North Korea, senior Senate aides said on Monday.  —  All 100 senators have been asked …
P.S.: Senate staffers suspect it's a Trumpy attempt at a First 100 Days photo-op. Kee-rist, what an ASSHOLE!

Same Shit, Diferent Label:
Cutting Their Losses

Polluted water seeks its own level.
Lauren Sherman / The Business of Fashion:
Amidst Backlash, Ivanka Trump Clothing Is Secretly Relabelled as Adrienne Vittadini  —  BoF has learned that G-III, the company that licenses Ivanka Trump ready-to-wear, has relabelled inventory without the knowledge of the brand and sold it to discount chain Stein Mart.
Puh-fucking-thetic. Ha ha ha ha ha.

M.B.'s M.B. Round-Up #1

See the first of several, here, now!! (Surely the monetization will start any min.)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

More Atlantic Action:
Lammot Du Pont Goes Down

THU 23 APR 1942
Destroyer Greer (DD-145) rescues 24 survivors of U.S. freighter Robin Hood, sunk on 15 April by German submarine U-575, and transports them to Hamilton, Bermuda.

Destroyer Rowan (DD-405) rescues surviving crew and passengers from U.S. freighter San Jacinto, torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-201 on 21 April.

U.S. tanker Connecticut, bound for Cape Town, South Africa, is torpedoed by German motor torpedo boat LS 4 (Esan), from auxiliary cruiser Michel, in the South Atlantic, 23°00'S, 15°00'W. The second torpedo ignites the 84,200 barrels of gasoline, airplane engine fuel and heating oils that Connecticut is carrying as cargo; the ensuing inferno engulfs two lifeboats as the crew abandons the burning ship. Michel picks up the survivors, who will subsequently be transferred to a supply ship and thence to POW camp at Fukuoka, Japan.

U.S. freighter Lammot Du Pont*, bound for New York, is torpedoed by German submarine U-125 at 27°10'N, 57°10'W; four men perish from among the combined 46-man merchant complement and the 9-man Armed Guard (see 25 April and 16 May).
The Du Pont's namesake.

The "Good" Book, The Bad Books, & The Ugly Cretins Who Read Them

"Jesus loves me, this I know, 'cause the Bible tells me so." Tells you many other things as well, none of them true either.

The Trump Cabinet Has Its Own Weekly Far-Right Bible Study Group

Literacy does not indicate sanity.

The Crackpot Theories of Stephen Bannon’s Favorite Authors

An administration of gullible low-to-no-information morons & chumps, driven mad reading bullshit composed by sun-baked nomad losers who wandered the desert for ages & by more recent delusional paranoids. Fuck this world to hell.


Apparently I wasn't the only one who noticed (or remembered) the previous item; its creator went for an update, although he doesn't mention that it is a reworking of the earlier paleolith.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Same Shit, Different Decade

No one ever learns a damn thing, do they? The same lies, over & over, for over three decades now. Fucking idiots.

Order Of The Day: Atlantic Rescue!

WED 22 APR 1942
Destroyer Bristol (DD-453) rescues all 35 survivors of U.S. freighter West Imboden, sunk by German submarine U-752 on 20 April.

Destroyer Rowan (DD-405) rescues 13 merchant seamen and five Armed Guard sailors from sunken U.S. freighter Steel Maker, torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-136 on 19 April (see 29 April and 18 May).

British steamship Tropic Star rescues two lifeboats full of survivors from sunken U.S. freighter Pipestone County, sunk by German submarine U-576 on 21 April (see 7 and 8 May).

Innovation & Disruption
Class Warfare Pile-On

As previously noted, some of the Americans forced into employment by a vicious exploitative system are about to be forced onto the streets by that same system. The question is, once they're on the streets will they do anything to defend themselves or just shuffle around like the unemployed sheep they are?
Suzanne Kapner / Wall Street Journal:
Brick-and-Mortar Stores Are Shuttering at a Record Pace  —  Years of overbuilding and the rise of online shopping have come to a head; malls as ‘energy suckers’  —  American retailers are closing stores at a record pace this year as they feel the fallout from decades of overbuilding and the rise of online shopping.
Shopgirls of the world unite: You have nothing to lose but your employee discounts!

Annals of Medical Malpractice

Are there no prisons? Shouldn't Dr. Duh here be required to hand his spleen over to his victim?
A Santa Ana urologist who mistakenly removed a patient’s spleen instead of a kidney can no longer perform surgeries on his own, according to California Medical Board documents.

An administrative law judge last week decided that Dr. Huey Chou Lin cannot practice medicine or perform surgery without supervision. He is also barred from performing nephrectomies, the surgical removal of one or both kidneys.

The restrictions are temporary, pending a full hearing on Lin’s fitness to practice medicine.


According to the legal documents, in 2015 Lin erroneously removed a patient’s spleen instead of the left kidney at Fountain Valley Regional. Afterward, the hospital revoked his nephrectomy privileges and required him to work with a co-surgeon, the legal documents say.

The documents do not describe the condition of the patient or how the error was discovered.

In making the decision to restrict his practice, Judge Julie Cabos-Owen wrote that Lin is “unable to independently practice medicine safely at this time.” She noted that the restrictions were necessary to protect patients at the other hospitals where he practices with full privileges.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Musical Appreciation

A Death In Vichy

TUE 21 APR 1942
U.S. freighter Pipestone County, en route from Trinidad, B.W.I., to Boston, Massachusetts, is torpedoed by German submarine U-576 at 37°35'N, 66°20'W and abandoned by all hands (36-man merchant complement and the 9-man Armed Guard). U-576 provisions one of the sunken freighter's four lifeboats after questioning some of the survivors (see 22 April, and 7 and 8 May).

Unarmed U.S. freighter San Jacinto, en route to San Juan, Puerto Rico, is torpedoed and shelled
by German submarine U-201 at 31°10'N, 70°45'W, and abandoned before she sinks. Lost with the ship are five merchant sailors and nine passengers; 74 crewmen and 95 passengers survive (see 23 April).

Louise Leahy, wife of Admiral William D. Leahy, USN (Retired), Ambassador to France, dies of an embolism in Vichy. Her death, on the eve of their departure from Vichy, is a "crushing emotional shock" to the admiral, "beyond the understanding of anyone who has not had an identical experience."

"Symphony of Lies"

One lies, the others swear to it.
As many of us noted last year, you cannot infer a trend from a single year. And this chart covers little more than a quarter of a single year. But New York City is and has been for years the safest big city in America. Over this relatively brief period, the murder rate is actually down significantly. Crime over all is down too.

If New York City’s policy is ‘soft on crime’, the whole country needs a lot more ‘soft on crime’ law enforcement. And fast.

There’s not much more to say. If this were one deception it might be dismissed. But of course it is not. It is a single illustrative example of deception as policy, one peep in a symphony of lies that President* Trump, Attorney General* Sessions and all their fellow travelers and appointees use regularly to sell their anti-immigrant crackdown and attempt to return to the ‘tough on crime’ policies of the past.
Iggy and the Stooges - No Sense of Crime

*Web of Evil strikethroughs. Marshall doesn't have the guts. Yet, anyway.

Sick Boy Sick Boy Goin' Round
Sick Boy Sick Boy Fadin' Out

May Bulman / The Independent:
Donald Trump has ‘dangerous mental illness’, say psychiatry experts at Yale conference  —  Mental health experts say President is ‘paranoid and delusional’  —  Donald Trump has a “dangerous mental illness” and is not fit to lead the US, a group of psychiatrists has warned during a conference at Yale University.
"We're goin' down in a history. Goin' down ..."

Dentistry Is Theft!

Alaska Dispatch News:
Anchorage dentist charged with Medicaid fraud, ‘unlawful dental acts’
Title also available here.

Today In Strangling Press Freedom

Sinclair Broadcast Group is fascist businessman scum:

Sinclair Broadcast Group Deepens Its Trump Administration Ties With Boris Epshteyn Hire


The Ig, 70 today.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

20 April In History

MON 20 APR 1942
Operation CALENDAR: Carrier Wasp (CV-7), as part of the effort to reinforce fighter defenses of the embattled British island of Malta, launches 47 RAF Spitfires. Within four days, however, heavy German bombing raids on the besieged isle's airfields reduce the number of flyable Spitfires to six, necessitating a second ferry mission (see 9 May).

Unarmed U.S. freighter West Imboden, her presence advertised by an accidental fire in her stack, is torpedoed by German submarine U-752 about 200 miles off Nantucket lightship, 41°14'N, 65°54'W,
and abandoned as she is being shelled by the U-boat. U-752 nears one of the lifeboats and asks about casualties. "That's good," one German officer responds when told that the American merchant sailors have come through unharmed.

Plus Ça Change ... &c.

Much ado about something ...
Katrina Onstad / New York Times: 
'The Handmaid's Tale': A Newly Resonant Dystopia Comes to TV
I.C.Y.M.I./Shorter, from 1990:
After all, what could be more chillingly dystopic than Faye "The Skull" Dunaway & Robert Duvall acting in a Harold Pinter screenplay?

Enemas, Jason Chaffetz?
Whoa If True!

Dr. Freud, Paging Dr. Freud

Asked if he is resigning because of a yet-to-be revealed scandal, Chaffetz said, “Absolutely, positively not.

“Not in any way shape or form,” he said. “I’ve been given more enemas by more people over the last eight years than you can possibly imagine. From the Secret Service to the Democratic Party. I am who I am. If they had something really* scandalous, it would’ve come out a long, long time ago.”
I guess we know what the scandal will be about. Another "Diaper Dave" Vitter in the wings? What is it w/
Republicans & their Scheiß, Doc? Other stuff a head-candler would be wise to examine:
“I started poking around to see what I might be worth and what sort of possibilities are there,” Chaffetz said in a phone interview with POLITICO Thursday afternoon. “And I got a series of ‘Let us know when you’re serious.’ Well now I can say, ‘Can you tell I am serious?’… I’ll take a little bit of time to sort out. I’d be thrilled to have a television relationship.
Telebision relationship? Can J.C. even handle relationships w/ actual humanoids? Inquiring minds would like to know
*Note qualifier.
†Feelings of inadequacy. Does he measure up?

Nagonna Bother Re-Typing This

nemdam says:
Am I the only one that thinks this makes the three look submissive? It makes Hillary look like she is in charge and superior to these bozos.
[vacuumslayer at LG&M]

Relevant & Topical Tweet

Film Noir Item Count Extender

"I walk the streets like a human cancer."Hey, it's a living.

Morbidity & Other Crime Report

Some I'd forgotten, some new to me. Enjoy!

The Locations of L.A.’s 100 Most Memorable Crimes by Neighborhood

The neighborhoods, streets, and addresses that forever hold
some of the city’s darkest moments

A classic.


The Onion Field Murder
Two thugs kidnapped the police officers who pulled them over in Hollywood and drove to an onion field in Bakersfield, where they killed one officer while the other escaped. The LAPD formally changed its procedures as a result of what to do (and not to do) when approaching a vehicle. [Sic. Are there no more editors? — M.B.]
Year: 1963
Location: Field off Route 99
Read about it: 
In the Los Angeles TimesKCET, and KPCC
The Onion Field by Joseph Wambaugh
The James Woods/Ted Danson movie The Onion Field, and the documentary about the film Ring of Truth
Not specified is the Hollywood location where Officers Ian Campbell and Karl Hettinger were bushwacked, in front of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood on Gower. Used to live just north of it, & walked by hundreds of times,
often thinking of the grim events.