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.

Sunday, April 23, 2017


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.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Yes Please, More Deadly Disease!!

Alas, once the sources are considered, it's hysterical Limey papers, no doubt exaggerating the hell out of whatever Gates said.
Sarah Knapton / Telegraph: 
Bill Gates: Terrorists could wipe out 30 million people by weaponising a disease like smallpox
I've few regrets; not getting into bioscience & taking as many millions of you w/ me as I could is one of them.

"I am sorry to have to sink you
and do this to you, but this is war."

SUN 19 APR 1942
Japanese guardboat No.21 Nanshin Maru, damaged by Enterprise (CV-6) planes on 18 April, is scuttled by gunfire of light cruiser Kiso, 37°12'N, 151°15'E; guardboat No.1 Iwate Maru sinks as the result of damage inflicted by Enterprise planes on 18 April. Submarine I-74 rescues No.1 Iwate Maru's crew and ultimately transfers them to Kiso on 22 April.

German submarine U-130 shells oil installations at Curacao, N.W.I.

U.S. freighter Steel Maker is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-136 west of Bermuda, 33°05'N, 70°36'W, all hands save one (36 crewmen, the 9-man Armed Guard, and one passenger) survive. "I am sorry to have to sink you and do this to you," one German officer says apologetically after the enemy has questioned the survivors about the ship, its cargo, and destination, "but this is war." He promises to send Steel Maker's position to enable the Americans to be rescued (see 22, 29 April and 18 May).

Destroyer Broome (DD-210) rescues 27 survivors from U.S. freighter Alcoa Guide, sunk by German submarine U-123 on 16 April (see 18 May).

Big Talk Tillerson Poses &
Postures For War

What a sabre-rattlin' turkey!
Nahal Toosi / Politico: 
Tillerson takes aim at Iran in rare press appearance

The Actual, Real Working Class: About To Get (More) Fucked

It ain't mostly white dudes, it's about 10% of the wage-slave force, & it's about to be as devastated as the people who used to have decently-paying industrial/extraction/manufacturing work. Hell, even the greeter gigs at MALL★WART® that were filled by people who lost manufacturing jobs are about to go away. Worth reading.
J.D. Pooley/Getty Images
Once-bustling shopping malls and department stores are now empty as millions of Americans do their shopping online through businesses that have warehouses but don’t operate storefronts. “This transformation is hollowing out suburban shopping malls, bankrupting longtime brands* and leading to staggering job losses,” the Times reports. “More workers in general merchandise stores have been laid off since October, about 89,000 Americans. That is more than all the people employed in the coal industry.”


As the Times notes, “The job losses in retail could have unexpected social and political consequences, as huge numbers of low-wage retail employees become economically unhinged, just as manufacturing workers did in recent decades.”

Despite this ongoing challenge and threat to millions of ordinary Americans, Washington is silent. What makes this even more striking is it comes at a time when politicians—and a multitude of voices in national media—are preoccupied with the prospects of blue-collar whites and the future of the Rust Belt. That contrast exists for several reasons, not the least of which is a simple one: Who does retail work in this country versus who does manufacturing work.
Alright. The gated enclaves will have their made-by-offshored-slaves stuff delivered by Amazon drones flying over a dystopian hellscape of empty, probably burned-out storefronts & malls inhabited by "displaced persons".
*For example: Sears Holdings should be in your death pool. Nothing but bad news there.

Plus Ça Change ...

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Halsey-Doolittle Raid

SAT 18 APR 1942
Submarine Searaven (SS-196) completes rescue of Australians from Japanese-occupied Timor, begun the previous evening.

Japanese troops land at Panay, Visayan Islands.
Halsey-Doolittle Raid: TF 16 (Vice Admiral William F. Halsey Jr.), formed around carriers Enterprise (CV-6) and Hornet (CV-8), approaches to within 650 miles of Japan. Discovery by Japanese guardboat No.23 Nitto Maru compels Vice Admiral Halsey to order Hornet to launch 16 USAAF B-25s (Lieutenant Colonel James H. Doolittle) earlier than planned. B-25s bomb targets in Tokyo, Yokosuka, Yokohama, Kobe, and Nagoya; one B-25 bombs and damages carrier Ryuho (being converted from submarine depot ship Taigei) at Yokosuka. Of the 16 B-25s launched, 15 are lost in occupied China, where brutal reprisals by Japanese against Chinese populace (Chekiang province) ensue; one B-25 lands intact at Vladivostok where it and its crew are interned by the Soviets. SBDs (VB 3, VB 6) and F4Fs (VF 6) from Enterprise, meanwhile, attack Japanese guardboats ("picket" boats) encountered near TF 16, damaging armed merchant cruiser Awata Maru and guardboats Chokyu Maru, No.1 Iwate Maru, No.2 Asami Maru, Kaijin Maru, No.3 Chinyo Maru, Eikichi Maru, Kowa Maru, and No.26 Nanshin Maru. Guardboats No.23 Nitto Maru, and Nagato Maru, also damaged by SBDs and F4Fs from Enterprise, are sunk by gunfire of light cruiser Nashville (CL-43) (see 19 April). While the material damage inflicted by the bombers is small, the psychological effect of an air raid on the Japanese capital itself is great. Most importantly, the Halsey-Doolittle Raid ends all debate within the Japanese high command whether or nor a thrust against the important U.S. advanced naval base at Midway should be attempted.

Carrier Lexington (CV-2), in TF 11 (Rear Admiral Aubrey W. Fitch), ferries USMC F2As (VMF 211) to Palmyra Island.

USAAF B-26s sink Japanese aircraft transport Komaki Maru in Rabaul harbor, 04°12'S, 152°10'E.

Unarmed U.S. tanker Axtell J. Byles, in a coastal convoy, is torpedoed by German submarine U-136 off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, 35°32'N, 75°19'W, but reaches Hampton Roads the next day; there are no injuries to any of the 39-man crew.

Change of government in Vichy France: Pierre Laval becomes Chief of Government, Minister of Interior, Foreign Affairs and Information.
Xaxnar at Daily Kos has more on the raid, including a link to an Air Force Magazine article. But do not ignore the U.S. Navy's part.

Just A Musical Excuse

Shut the fuck up you wretched attention-seeking bastard, no one wants to hear made-up crap about what you think Democrats might do or want.
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Cruz: Dems want a government shutdown  —  (R-Texas) is warning that Democrats could prompt a shutdown with less than two weeks until the government funding deadline.  —  Cruz said that while he “very much” hoped lawmakers could clench a deal, Democrats are under pressure to oppose any agreement.

There Is No Hope For You Suckers

30 yrs.ago we were on about "Working class sheep! Stupid wage-slaves! Your bosses will work you 'til you're in your graves!"Now the parasite class has actually managed to chump you dumb motherfuckers into self-enslavement & monetizing all of your meaningless dead-end existences for their profit.
They'll never go broke underestimating you chump-asses, will they? You & the bank own a house? Why aren't you renting the spare room so I can skim a fee? Get in that car & drive people around in your spare time so I can sit in my corner office & collect rent from you, sucker!

Reagan II: Dementia Boogaloo?

Or is it just plain ignernce? As in, "You know, this Kim gentleman, he's been in charge in Korea since, like, forever."

T.P. notes Trump apparently has no idea.
“They’ve been talking with this gentleman for a long time,” Trump said, apparently referencing former American presidents’ negotiations with North Korea. “You read Clinton’s book, he said, ‘Oh, we made such a great peace deal,’ and it was a joke.”

“You look at different things over the years with President Obama,” Trump added. “Everybody has been outplayed, they’ve all been outplayed by this gentleman, and we’ll see what happens.”

But the “gentleman” Trump referred to, Kim Jong-un, has only been in power since the 2011 death of his father, Kim Jong-il, so he certainly never negotiated with President Clinton. In fact, the October 1994 Clinton “peace deal” that Trump referred to in this interview was largely negotiated before the death of Kim Il-sung, Kim Jung-un’s grandfather, in July of that year.

The Naked Breakfast

Firmly attached to the sidewalk, southeast corner of Third St. & Fairfax Ave, 90036.