Sunday, December 31, 2017

Party Over On Guadalcanal

THU 31 DEC 1942
Japanese Imperial Headquarters in Tokyo decides to begin the evacuation of Guadalcanal.

USAAF B-24s damage Japanese merchant cargo ship Urajio Maru off Kiska.

Science Gone Too Far

Bark Bark Woof Woof notes The Atlantic's yr.-end science review. (O.K., really The Atlantic's recap of the biggest science/technology/health stories they reported from the yr. about to disappear.)

Even better, the entire item is reproduced at Bark Bark Woof Woof, so one needn't disable one's adblocker & put up w/ The Atlantic's horrid browser-seizing parade of advertisements for upper-class pigs, all of whom deserve to die.  (Heh heh. Little editorial aside there. DIE PIGS!!!)

A few we missed:
Humans have inadvertently created an artificial bubble around Earth, formed when radio communications from the ground interact with high-energy particles in space. This bubble is capable of shielding the planet from potentially dangerous space weather like solar flares.
America’s five most valuable companies are all located on the Pacific Coast between Northern California and Seattle.
The reason that dentistry is a separate discipline from medicine can be traced back to an event in 1840 known as the “historic rebuff”—when two self-trained dentists asked the University of Maryland at Baltimore if they could add dental training to the curriculum at the college of medicine. The physicians said no.
And one we knew:
President Kennedy secretly had Addison’s disease, a hormonal disorder, which he treated with injections of amphetamines and steroids from Max Jacobson, a doctor whose nickname was “Dr. Feelgood.”

C.F.L. Notes

That would be the California Footsball League; today's final games of the regular season (& the whole damn calendar yr.) include Oaktown's Raiders visiting the Carson Chargers at StubHub Center & Santa Clara's '49ers vs. the L.A. Rams at the Memorial Coliseum.

Games start at 1325 Pacific; I should be ready for a nap by 1405.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Ten-Percenters Land On Ceram Island

WED 30 DEC 1942
Submarine Greenling (SS-213) attacks Japanese convoy about 180 miles northeast of Manus, Admiralties, sinking army cargo ship Hiteru Maru and damaging cargo ship Ryufuku Maru, 00°41'N, 148°52'E.

Submarine Searaven (SS-196) lands agents on south coast of Ceram Island, N.E.I.

Submarine Thresher (SS-200) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Hachian Maru (ex-British Kinshan) about 120 miles west of Mata Siri Island, off southeast tip of Borneo, 04°45'N, 113°54'E.

Japanese coastal minesweeper M 2 is sunk by mine, Surabaya Harbor.

USAAF B-17s (5th Air Force) bomb Japanese shipping in Simpson Harbor, Rabaul, sinking merchant cargo ship Tomiura Maru, 04°14'S, 152°11'E.

Jamaican Bandstand

The Sun Come Down, The Eart' Get Hot

Billy Boyo - "One Spliff A Day"

Friday, December 29, 2017

Brig. Gen. James Stewart, U.S.A.F.R., Would Like A Word W/ You

This appeared to our wondering (& wandering) eyes on C-SPAN a few days ago. (For those of you w/ so-called lives who can't spare half an hr., a preview.)And now, our feature presentation.
The Air Force Missile Mission
If you didn't quite get General Jimmy's message, another Air Force wish list, also from 1959, & specific to big birds.
The Ballistic Missile and SAC
Missile Gap, anyone?

And almost 60 yrs. later (now, in other words) ...
Last Year’s Top 5 Worst Nuclear Nightmares (That Aren’t Going Away)

We'd imagine at least "The Air Force Missile Mission" (if not the other as well) was produced at Lookout Mountain.

Make Up Your Minds!

Like A Rug Dep't.

More fake news, we s'pose, because Reporter A only picked ten of whatever the lie* total was, & Reporter B went to 24.
 Linda Qiu / New York Times:
10 Falsehoods From Trump's Interview With The Times  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump, in an impromptu interview on Thursday with The New York Times, rattled off at least 10 false or misleading claims about the Russia investigation, wars abroad, health care, immigration and trade.  Here's an assessment.
 Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
In a 30-minute interview, President Trump made 24 false or misleading claims  —  President Trump gave an impromptu half-hour interview with the New York Times on Dec. 28.  We combed through the transcript and here's a quick roundup of the false, misleading or dubious claims that he made, at a rate of one every 75 seconds.
Or 25.
 Daniel Dale / Toronto Star:
Donald Trump made 25 false claims in his latest New York Times interview  —  Trump made nearly one false claim per minute in the 30-minute interview in Florida on Thursday.  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. President Donald Trump sat down Thursday for a rare interview with a media outlet other than Fox News …

*Or, as the "press" like to say: "false or misleading claims", or the even harsher "false, misleading or dubious claims". Whatever.

I do like "dubious", as in "Like, totally dubious, dude."

Nature Explodes Minesweeper During Gale; Fukken Maru Sunk

TUE 29 DEC 1942
High speed minesweeper Wasmuth (DMS-15) is sunk by explosion of two of her own depth charges during a gale, 35 miles off Scotch Cape, the southwest point of Unimak Island, Aleutians.

Mine laid by submarine Tambor (SS-198) on 2 November 1942, sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Fukken Maru off northwest coast of Hainan Island, 20°04'N, 109°18'E.

The View From Inside:
He's Going Down

Down down down down down ... Love the kick drum on this number. Thwack thwack thwack thwack thack!
"Inside My Brain"
Dr. Charles P. Pierce (not an actual medical-type croaker) checks inside Trump's brain.
In my view, the interview is a clinical study of a man in severe cognitive decline, if not the early stages of outright dementia.

Over the past 30 years, I’ve seen my father and all of his siblings slide into the shadows and fog of Alzheimer’s Disease. (The president's father developed Alzheimer's in his 80s.) In 1984, Ronald Reagan debated Walter Mondale in Louisville and plainly had no idea where he was. (Would that someone on the panel had asked him. He’d have been stumped.) Not long afterwards, [sic] I was interviewing a prominent Alzheimer’s researcher for a book I was doing, and he said, “I saw the look on his face that I see every day in my clinic.” In the transcript of this interview, I hear in the president*’s words my late aunt’s story about how we all walked home from church in the snow one Christmas morning, an event I don’t recall, but that she remembered so vividly that she told the story every time I saw her for the last three years of her life.

In this interview, the president* is only intermittently coherent. He talks in semi-sentences and is always groping for something that sounds familiar, even if it makes no sense whatsoever and even if it blatantly contradicts something he said two minutes earlier. To my ears, anyway, this is more than the president*’s well-known allergy to the truth. This is a classic coping mechanism employed when language skills are coming apart. (My father used to give a thumbs up when someone asked him a question. That was one of the strategies he used to make sense of a world that was becoming quite foreign to him.) My guess? That’s part of the reason why it’s always “the failing New York Times,” and his 2016 opponent is “Crooked Hillary."


So, no, I don’t particularly care whether Michael Schmidt was tough enough, or asked enough follow-up questions. I care about this.
I’m always moving. I’m moving in both directions. We have to get rid of chainlike immigration, we have to get rid of the chain. The chain is the last guy that killed. … [Talking with guests.] … The last guy that killed the eight people. … [Inaudible.] … So badly wounded people. … Twenty-two people came in through chain migration. Chain migration and the lottery system. They have a lottery in these countries. They take the worst people in the country, they put ‘em into the lottery, then they have a handful of bad, worse ones, and they put them out. ‘Oh, these are the people the United States. …” … We’re gonna get rid of the lottery, and by the way, the Democrats agree with me on that. On chain migration, they pretty much agree with me.
[Yellow, orange, whatever. We don't see color.]
We’ve got bigger problems.
No shit.

More from the act most in tune &/or obsessed w/ whatever's going on in their gray matter:
"Right Side Of My Mind"
And a bonus downer:
The Wolf - "Going Down Slow"
Let's hope the downfall is not so slow it draws everything else in, black hole-style.

Tired Of Platitudes? You Bet I Am!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Today In Technology

Fuck Apple back to the hell it came from, & fuck you chumps for buying their shit.
A Message to Our Customers about iPhone Batteries and Performance  —  We've been hearing feedback from our customers about the way we handle performance for iPhones with older batteries and how we have communicated that process.  We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down.  We apologize.
Seriously, where do these shitheels get off fucking w/ your property?

If you're looking for me, I'll be pissing on that jerk Steve Jobs' grave. Unless I'm throwing a rock through the window of the local Apple Store, & heaving in a Molotov cocktail after the window breaks. Burn, baby, burn!!

Subs Still A-Sinkin' Ships

MON 28 DEC 1942
Submarine Kingfish (SS-234) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Choyo Maru off northwest coast of Formosa, 24°46'N, 120°40'E.

Submarine Triton (SS-201) sinks Japanese merchant passenger/cargo ship Omi Maru, 06°24'N, 160°18'E.

Japanese army cargo ship No.8 Tokiwa Maru is sunk by mine, 06°50'S, 112°47'E.

Japanese minelayer Nichiyu Maru is damaged, cause unknown, off Kiska, Aleutians.


I may well be "crazy", but at least I know where to live.
As bitter cold racks Northeast, California enjoys nation's warmest weather
 Andrew Freedman / Mashable:
It's so cold in the U.S. and Canada that windows are breaking, and there's no end in sight  —  The Arctic blast is so severe in Canada that only those above the age of 24 have ever experienced something of this magnitude during the period between Christmas and New Years.

Old & In The Way

I couldn't agree more w/ Old Man Dean, as excerpted at Political Wire. (Excepting his bullshit call for "fiscal sanity", unless it means reducing Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex spending to near zero.)
Howard Dean told MSNBC that older members of the Democratic Party need “to get the hell out of the way and have somebody who is 50 running the country.”

Said Dean: “I think my generation needs to get the hell out of politics. Start coaching and start moving up this next generation who are more … fiscally sane. Neither Republicans or Democrats can claim they are fiscally responsible anymore.”

He added: “This young generation is going to pay for that if we don’t get the hell out of the way and have somebody who is 50 running the country.”
But otherwise, absolutely. No more candidates in their 60s & 70s!

It's this simple: Bill Clinton & Barack Obama were both under 50 when elected. Fat Al Gore & Crooked Lyin' Hillary Clinton, besides being screwed by the Supreme Court/Electoral College & an anti-democratic system, were both over 50 when they ran.
The Who - "Young Man Blues" - 7/7/1970 [Two Sevens Clash!!]

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Sink Some, Save Some

SUN 27 DEC 1942
USAAF B-17s sink Japanese merchant cargo ships Italy Maru and Tsurugisan Maru off Rabaul, 04°21'S, 142°17'E.

British freighter Testbank rescues 50 survivors from Philippine motorship Dona Aurora, torpedoed and sunk by Italian submarine Enrico Tazzoli on 25 December 1942 (see 3 January 1943).

Local Clown Art Action

A sad recliner on Hoover Street in Silver Lake | Katrina Alexy
By Lonesome Town, from the L.A. Weekly, via The Eastsider.

Escalation To Murder Followed

Monday we noted the 17-yr. old Virginian who killed his girlfriend's parents. There was warning:
  Justin Jouvenal / Washington Post:
A swastika was mowed into a field.  Was it part of a chain of events that led to murder?  —  Neighbors said the display of hate in a Lorton, Va., community was as large as it was shocking: a swastika roughly 40 feet across mowed into the grass of a community field.
This sort of thing doesn't happen in a vacuum. Watch for (expect) murderous fascism everywhere as the loud-mouthed (& armed) minority (35%, max.) feels the walls coming closer & closer.

"Extremism in the defense of liberty" works for both sides, fascist lunatics.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Torpedoing The Neutrals

SAT 26 DEC 1942
Henderson Field, Guadalcanal-based SBDs, F4Fs, and P-38s attack Japanese transports at Wickham Anchorage, New Georgia, sinking merchant cargo ships Takashima Maru and Iwami Maru.

USAAF B-24 bombs Japanese shipping in St. George Channel, Solomons, damaging destroyer Ariake as she escorts damaged transport Nankai Maruand destroyer Uzuki (see 25 December).

USAAF B-17s damage Japanese destroyer Tachikaze, Rabaul.

Mine laid by submarine Trigger (SS-237) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Teifuku Maru four miles northeast of Inubosaki, Japan, 35°45'N, 140°55'E.

Japanese merchant cargo ship Izumi Maru is sunk by aircraft (possibly USAAF heavy bomber) South Seas area.

Submarine Barb (SS-220) mistakenly torpedoes neutral Spanish tanker Campomanes off Cape Finisterre.

'Twas The Day After X-Mess ...

100 Yrs. Ago

Creeping socialism:
U.S. government takes over control of nation's railroads »

50 Yrs. Ago

Creeping Communism/Domino Theory:
Laos says communists launched an offensive »

What You Got For Christmas:
More Military-Industrial Waste,
Fraud & Abuse

[Defense Tech]

Lunatic Fringe Illustrated

Via Green Eagle, a new (to us at least) star in the paranoiac firmament. David Dees, one helluva photo illustrator & ready accepter of the conventional unconventional wisdom.
Remember when the Light Bulb Police were coming for us all?
All white people, by the way, other than a couple of Kim Jong-un images, some Noble Savage-styled indigenous people (seems to be anti-Dakota pipeline) & this:
I have no idea either. But he doesn't neglect the classics.

Monday, December 25, 2017

No Peace For Xmas

FRI 25 DEC 1942
Submarine Seadragon (SS-194) damages Japanese transport Nankai Maru off Cape St. George, New Britain, 05°05'S, 152°28'E; escorting destroyer Uzuki, after depth-charging Seadragon (and claiming destruction of her quarry) is then damaged in collision with the damaged Nankai Maru. Despite enemy optimism, Seadragon emerges unscathed from her adventure.

Submarine Tautog (SS-199) sinks Japanese army cargoship No.2 Banshu Maru about 15 miles north of Dili, Timor, 08°40'S, 124°30'E.

Submarine Thresher (SS-200) sinks Japanese army transport No.1 Tokiwa Maru, 06°38'S, 112°44'E.
USAAF B-17s damage Japanese transport Kagu Maru and merchant cargo ship Kozan Maru at Rabaul.

Philippine motorship Dona Aurora is torpedoed and sunk by Italian submarine Enrico Tazzoli about 200 miles off the coast of Brazil, 02°02'S, 35°17'W; Enrico Tazzoli takes two passengers and one Armed Guard sailor prisoner and leaves the rest afloat in a boat and three rafts (see 27 December 1942, 3 January 1943 and [...] 1943).

History, Not Mystery

Cultural Appropriation Dep't.

General Interest


Christ is born?

Although most Christians celebrate December 25 as the birthday of Jesus Christ, few in the first two Christian centuries claimed any knowledge of the exact day or year in which he was born. The oldest existing record of a Christmas celebration is found in a Roman almanac that tells of a Christ’s Nativity festival led by the church of Rome in 336 A.D. The precise reason why Christmas came to be celebrated on December 25 remains obscure, but most researchers believe that Christmas originated as a Christian substitute for pagan celebrations of the winter solstice.

To early Christians (and to many Christians today), the most important holiday on the Christian calendar was Easter, which commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, as Christianity began to take hold in the Roman world, in the early fourth century, church leaders had to contend with a popular Roman pagan holiday commemorating the “birthday of the unconquered sun” (natalis solis invicti)–the Roman name for the winter solstice.

Every winter, Romans honored the pagan god Saturn, the god of agriculture, with a festival that began on December 17 and usually ended on or around December 25 with a winter-solstice celebration in honor of the beginning of the new solar cycle. This festival was a time of merrymaking, and families and friends would exchange gifts. At the same time, Mithraism–worship of the ancient Persian god of light–was popular in the Roman army, and the cult held some of its most important rituals on the winter solstice.

After the Roman Emperor Constantine I converted to Christianity in 312 and sanctioned Christianity, church leaders made efforts to appropriate the winter-solstice holidays and thereby achieve a more seamless conversion to Christianity for the emperor’s subjects. In rationalizing the celebration of Jesus’ birthday in late December, church leaders may have argued that since the world was allegedly created on the spring equinox (late March), so too would Jesus have been conceived by God on that date. The Virgin Mary, pregnant with the son of God, would hence have given birth to Jesus nine months later on the winter solstice.

From Rome, the Christ’s Nativity celebration spread to other Christian churches to the west and east, and soon most Christians were celebrating Christ’s birth on December 25. To the Roman celebration was later added other winter-solstice rituals observed by various pagan groups, such as the lighting of the Yule log and decorations with evergreens by Germanic tribes. The word Christmas entered the English language originally as Christes maesse, meaning “Christ’s mass” or “festival of Christ” in Old English. A popular medieval feast was that of St. Nicholas of Myra, a saint said to visit children with gifts and admonitions just before Christmas. This story evolved into the modern practice of leaving gifts for children said to be brought by “Santa Claus,” a derivative of the Dutch name for St. Nicholas–Sinterklaas.
[HISTORY, but don't bother. All here.]

For pre-Enlightenment/pre-Revolutionary history, it's Historynet.
  376 In Milan, Ambrose, the Bishop of Milan, forces the emperor Theodosius to perform public penance for his massacre.
  800 The pope crowns Charlemagne emperor in Rome.
1066 William I is crowned king of England.
1621 The governor of New Plymouth prevents newcomers from playing cards.
1651 The General Court of Boston levies a five shilling fine on anyone caught “observing any such day as Christmas.”
Wise move, General Court.

X-Mas In The Time Of Trump

Do they know it's Christmas?
 Jacey Fortin / New York Times:
Parents Killed After Warning Daughter About Boyfriend's Racist Views, Family Says  —  A husband and wife were shot dead in their Virginia home three days before Christmas by a 17-year-old boy they had warned their daughter not to date because of his racist views, according to officials and news accounts.
The rich are different from you or me.
A feel-good story of one of the GOP tax cut's top beneficiaries, Dalton DeVos, nephew of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, son of Amway President Doug DeVos and grandson of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos. Sailing is a tradition in the DeVos family and Dalton has just returned from a two-year trip circumnavigating the globe on the 38-foot schooner Elizabeth along with a small crew. From Michigan Live: “He was still a student at Grand Valley State University when he approached his parents about the idea in 2013. The following year he bought the boat and hired a captain. Nine months after graduating with business and marketing degree in December 2014, he began the journey.”
Just imagine what a fucking cretin young Dalton is. All the family money in the world & he attended Grand Valley State University?

And how is this in any way criminal? First Fucking Amendment, assholes!

 Avi Selk / Washington Post:
‘A gift-wrapped package of poo’: Why a man left a box of manure for Steven Mnuchin  —  It was one of those gag cards you can buy in a drugstore.  “Merry Catsmess!” read the caption.  And in a personal touch, as if for emphasis, Robby Strong had enclosed a box of horse manure.
 89.3 KPCC:
This man sent horse manure to the Treasury secretary to protest Trump's tax plan  —  Photo posted on Twitter by Robert Strong of Eagle Rock.  Strong said he was the person who put horse manure in a gift-wrapped box left near the Bel Air home of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on the night of Dec. 23.
 Los Angeles Times:
Secret Service takes over investigation of package of manure sent to Steve Mnuchin's Bel-Air home  —  U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin attends a news conference on tax reform in November on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.  (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Eat shit & die, rent-seeking motherfucker!

UPDATE (1710PST): Some additional stories. If it's poop, it leads!!
 Nicole Hensley / New York Daily News:
Gift-wrapped horse poop sends bomb squad to Steven Mnuchin's Bel Air mansion  —  Los Angeles police got a whiff of horse manure intended for Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin at his Bel-Air home Saturday night.  —  A neighbor discovered the Christmas-themed package on the driveway …
 The Daily Beast:
Bomb Squad Responds After Gift-Wrapped Horse Manure Sent to Steve Mnuchin's Home  —  A gift-wrapped package of horse manure was found near Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin's Bel Air home on Saturday night, prompting a visit from the Los Angeles Police Department's bomb squad, ABC 7 reports.
"Manure". "Poop". IT'S SHIT, DAMNIT!!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Xmas Eve Afloat, 75 Yrs. Ago

THU 24 DEC 1942
Henderson Field, Guadalcanal-based SBDs, P-40s, and F4Fs attack 13 Japanese troop-laden barges bound for Munda, New Georgia, sinking nine of the enemy craft.

Japanese netlayer Koa Maru is sunk by aircraft (possibly a USAAF B-24 heavy bomber), Marcus Bay, New Britain.

Submarine Silversides (SS-236) is bombed and damaged by Japanese aircraft off Rabaul, but continues on her patrol.

Submarine Triton (SS-201) sinks Japanese water tanker No.1 Amakusa Maru south of Wake Island, 19°16'N, 166°36'E.

USAAF B-17s sink Japanese transport No.2 Tama Maru at Gasmata, New Britain, 06°18'S, 150°16'E.

Transports Florence Nightingale (AP-70) and Thurston (AP-77) are damaged in collision off North Africa, 34°41'N, 07°25'W.


Ghosts Of Xmas, Past & Future

"Ghosts" (second variation) — Albert Ayler
"Ghost Dance" — Prince Buster
Sioux Ghost Dance

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Sorry, No War Today

Nothin', y'hear! Not a gawd damn thing! We therefore present you w/ a backgrounder.

Another Dog Bites Man Surprise

Josh Randle, Lynn Weidner, Savvy Shields and Sam Haskell appear during the 2017 Miss America Competition.
The three above not named Savvy Shields have resigned in disgrace from their executive positions w/ the pageant.
 Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
Miss America CEO and Board Chair Resign Under Pressure Amid Scandal
Let me get this right. You're telling me that the people who run beauty pageants are shallow, sexist pigs? How could that be?

Time to be done w/ these nationally-televised cattle auctions that douchebags like the above & Donald Trump own & operate? Hindrocket of PowerTools is a fan.


What more need we type?