In PATHS OF HATE, a short animated film, German and Allied fighting aces duel across the sky until all they have left to fight with is hate. Well done.
Yamato was one of two super battleships built by the Japanese in the years leading up to Japan’s war against the United States. She displaced nearly 73,000 tons in the water and fired nine 40-cm guns, the biggest guns ever put on a warship. She played little part in the war until the Battle of Leyte Gulf. The Japanese admiral, on the verge of a stunning victory against the outmaneuvered Admiral Halsey, turned back. If he hadn’t, his fleet could have destroyed the American invasion fleet supporting the troops invading the Philippines.
By early 1945, Japan was running out of fuel to operate its fleets. Yamato was ordered on a one-way mission to Okinawa, where she was supposed to beach herself and fight to the end. She and the other ships in her task force were detected and sunk by American planes.
Here’s the death of Yamato as portrayed in a Japanese film, Otoko-Tachi no Yamato.
Income inequality is the defining issue of the 2016 election. It fueled Bernie Sanders’ near upset win over Hillary Clinton, and it is fueling Trump’s candidacy. People are working harder and making less. They’re angry.
The American middle class flourished after World War 2 up until the mid-1970s, when a curious thing happened. Whereas between the New Deal and the mid-1970s, workers got a big share of economic growth, after that point, their share steadily shrank until it became negligible. Today, if the economy grows, the average American sees almost none of it. Who gets it? You guessed it–the top 1-5%. The people who are most influential in government policy.
These people don’t like to share. A recent study confirmed their attitude. Doesn’t matter if you’re Republican or Democrat, if you’re rich, you likely just don’t care that other people work hard but are barely making it.
Economists don’t know why this happened, but Stan Sorscher of the Economic Opportunity Institute has an idea. Check it out here. His answer is economic policies that favor Capital over Labor, enacted by governments influenced disproportionately heavily by America’s investor class.
The Economic Policy Institute chimes in on the issue here. They call for economic policies that not only encourage economic growth but reconnect that growth with gains in worker pay.
ReadersFavorite.com recently reviewed CRASH DIVE, writing, “CRASH DIVE is a classic WWII story of naval warfare in the Pacific, filled with action and realism. Craig DiLouie gives readers an unvarnished taste of life in an aging sewer pipe, with its stale body smells, mildew, sloshing bilge water, pervasive diesel fumes, and fear of being trapped in a steel coffin with falling depth charges ready to rip them apart. What keeps the men together and sane is the captain and his officers, bent on inflicting maximum damage on the enemy, while trying to survive the mental horrors of combat. Craig DiLouie’s technical mastery of submarine procedures adds a level of realism missing in many books of this genre.”
Click here to read the entire review.
Some time back, I posted about the “man who saved the world.” During the Cuban Missile Crisis, at the end of a weather report, missile crews in Okinawa received orders to launch against the USSR and other targets. Captain Basset, commanding one crew, thought it strange the DEFCON readiness rating was not 1, indicating war. Another crew thought it strange and sought verification. A third crew said they intended to launch, which prompted the captain to order the nearby second crew to send airmen with weapons to shoot the lieutenant if he proceeded. The captain then sought verification from his commanding officer, a major who ordered the crews to stand down. The major was later demoted and removed from his duties.
Read the full story here.
ESQUIRE now has a similar story of another man who saved the world, this time on the Russian side. In 1983, when tensions between the US and USSR were at a new all-time high, Stanislav Petrov, a lieutenant-colonel manning the early warning system, detected a limited US missile launch. It looked suspicious to him, and the system was glitchy. However, it was his duty to report the “launch” to the Kremlin, who almost certainly would have ordered a counter strike. He stood down.
Men like these are the unsung heroes of the Cold War. As in we should be naming our kids Basset and Stanislav and holding annual holidays in their honor. Without them, we might all be dead. As in the entire planet.
Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy uses time machine to try again. And again.