Yesterday, July 30th, was the anniversary of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, the ship that delivered the first atomic bomb to Tinian Island at the end of WWII. Whenever I think of this I am reminded of Robert Shaw as the fisherman, Quint in Jaws. In a retrospective on the movie it was revealed that his chilling monologue about being aboard the Indianapolis was done in a pair of takes after the actor had first read up on the incident, then, quite typically, got thoroughly drunk and just rattled it out.
Via PowerLine Blog comes a link to an Edison photographic archive depicting the electrification of California from about 1915 to the mid 70’s. I was surprised at how interesting and evocative the pictures were so I decided to share. It is lots of commercial pap with a great deal of slice-of-life intermixed. Fascinating stuff.
A former Prime Minister both beloved and reviled has died.
Things are looking scary in Australia:
I don’t think the governments are the only thing to fear in this area but a growing number of supposedly liberal democracies appear to be embracing things like this. There appears to be no big risk to that in the US right now but…