Friday, June 22, 2018

TheList 4751

The List 4751
To All,
I hope that your week has been going well.



This day in Naval History

June 21
1898—During the Spanish-American War, the cruiser USS Charleston captures the island of Guam without resistance from Spain, because the Spanish Navy had no sufficient ammunition for defense.
1919—The German navy scuttles its own fleet at Scapa Flow. After the Nov. 11 Armistice, the surrendered German ships are divided by Allies. German officers then organize a mass destruction of the fleet that occurs June 21.
1942—PBY aircraft from (VP 24) recovers a two-man torpedo bomber crew from USS Enterprise (CV 6) 360 miles north of Midway after their plane went down June 4. The aviators are the last survivors of the Battle of Midway to be recovered.
1944—USS Newcomb (DD 586) and USS Chandler (DMS 9) sink Japanese submarine (I 185), 90 miles east-northeast of Saipan. Also on this date, USS Bluefish (SS 222) sinks Japanese army cargo ship Kanan Maru off southern approaches to Makassar Strait while USS Narwhal (SS 167) sinks Japanese powered sailboat No.2 Shinshu Maru, 12 miles southwest of Culasi.
1945 - Okinawa declared secure after most costly naval campaign in history.
U.S. had 30 ships sunk and 223 damaged, mostly from kamikaze attacks, with
5000 dead and 5000 wounded, while the Japanese lost 100,000 dead  
Today in History June 21

The Peace of Breda ends the Second Anglo-Dutch War as the Dutch cede New Amsterdam to the English.

Christopher Wren begins work on rebuilding St. Paul's Cathedral in London after the Great Fire.

The French royal family is arrested in Varennes.

C. H. McCormick patents the first practical reaper.

Union and Confederate forces skirmish at the Chickahominy Creek.

In the second day of fighting, Confederate troops fail to dislodge a Union force at the Battle of LaFourche Crossing.

Britain celebrates the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria.

General Douglas MacArthur offers amnesty to Filipinos rebelling against American rule.

Mulai Hafid again proclaims himself the true sultan of Morocco.

Porforio Diaz, the ex-president of Mexico, exiles himself to Paris.

Germany uses poison gas for the first time in warfare in the Argonne Forest.

Germans scuttle their own fleet at Scapa Flow, Scotland.

Baseball legend Lou Gehrig is forced to quit baseball because of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis--a disease which wastes muscles.

German General Erwin Rommel captures the port city of Tobruk in North Africa.

Japanese forces on Okinawa surrender to American troops.

Dr. Peter Goldmark demonstrates his "long-playing" record.

A federal judge allows Little Rock, Arkansas to delay school integration.

France announces it will withdraw from the NATO fleet in the North Atlantic.

Three civil rights workers disappear in Meridian, Mississippi.

John Hinckley Jr. is found not guilty by reason of insanity for attempting to assassinate President Ronald Reagan.

The U.S. Senate votes against the nomination of Dr. Henry W. Foster for Surgeon General.
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
Today's national news includes President Trump signing an executive order ending the practice of separating children from their illegal immigrant parents along the southwest border, and the publicly released 911 calls as part of a preliminary hearing in the case against a California couple accused of holding their 13 children captive.  NAVSEA Commander Vice Adm. Thomas Moore said that the Navy could reach its goal of a 355 ship fleet by 2032 instead of 2052 if it invests in maintaining and upgrading current vessels so that they can remain in operation longer, reports Breaking Defense. Citing the fact that the Navy currently utilizes 23 different steering control systems, Moore also argued that simplicity and user-friendliness should be taken into consideration for future system designs to help avoid mishaps, reports USNI News. Additionally, the North Korean government is expected to transfer the remains of more than 250 service members in the next day or two, reports the Wall Street Journal.
New Hampshire becomes the ninth and last necessary state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, thereby making the document the law of the land. By 1786, defects in the post-Revolutionary War Articles of Confederation were apparent, such as the lack of central authority over foreign and... read more »
New Hampshire becomes the ninth and last necessary state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, thereby making the document the law of the land.
By 1786, defects in the post-Revolutionary War Articles of Confederation were apparent, such as the lack of central authority over foreign and domestic commerce. Congress endorsed a plan to draft a new constitution, and on May 25, 1787, the Constitutional Convention convened at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. On September 17, 1787, after three months of debate moderated by convention president George Washington, the new U.S. constitution, which created a strong federal government with an intricate system of checks and balances, was signed by 38 of the 41 delegates present at the conclusion of the convention. As dictated by Article VII, the document would not become binding until it was ratified by nine of the 13 states.
Beginning on December 7, five states–Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, and Connecticut–ratified it in quick succession. However, other states, especially Massachusetts, opposed the document, as it failed to reserve undelegated powers to the states and lacked constitutional protection of basic political rights, such as freedom of speech, religion, and the press. In February 1788, a compromise was reached under which Massachusetts and other states would agree to ratify the document with the assurance that amendments would be immediately proposed. The Constitution was thus narrowly ratified in Massachusetts, followed by Maryland and South Carolina. On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the document, and it was subsequently agreed that government under the U.S. Constitution would begin on March 4, 1789. In June, Virginia ratified the Constitution, followed by New York in July.
On September 25, 1789, the first Congress of the United States adopted 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution–the Bill of Rights–and sent them to the states for ratification. Ten of these amendments were ratified in 1791. In November 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Rhode Island, which opposed federal control of currency and was critical of compromise on the issue of slavery, resisted ratifying the Constitution until the U.S. government threatened to sever commercial relations with the state. On May 29, 1790, Rhode Island voted by two votes to ratify the document, and the last of the original 13 colonies joined the United States. Today the U.S. Constitution is the oldest written constitution in operation in the world.
LCOL William R. Corson was one of my instructors at USNA from whom I learned a great deal and enjoyed immensely  - Dutch
With Thanks to THE Bear at 


June 21, 2018Bear Taylor
RIPPLE SALVO… #838… "THE SILENCE OF THE PRESIDENT'S CRITICS ON THE BOMBING OF SAIGON," she answered, and this was her letter to the Editor of The New York Times dated 16 June 1968.
"To the Editor: The United States stopped bombing Hanoi over two months ago. Now the North Vietnamese bomb Saigon. They use rockets instead of planes. There is not even a pretense of a military target; innocent people are being killed every day. During this time we have not heard or read one word of protest or moral outrage from Senator Eugene McCarthy, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Kenneth  Galbriath and others of their position who attack the 'morality' of the United States and criticize the Administration for its alleged refusal to budge on the Vietnam issue.
"One might ask, 'What do we do now, Senator McCarthy? Do you sit still and permit these vicious attacks on the poor people of Saigon to continue without so much as a whimper? Do we de-escalate some more to make the Vietcong attacks easier?' Or do we show the strength and courage needed to fulfill our commitment to those innocent victims of Vietcong and North Vietnamese atrocities, particularly as neither the United States nor the South Vietnamese Government has taken direct action against the civilian population of North Vietnam?"… Stephanie McKay, Needham, Mass., 16 June 1968…  THE NYT EDITOR'S WITH A COMEBACK…and a Salvo below, but first…
GOOD MORNING… Day EIGHT HUNDRED THIRTY-EIGHT of remembering events and the great warriors of the longest air battle in American History…
HEAD LINES from The New York Times on Friday, 21 June 1968…
THE WAR: "SERIES OF FIERCE BATTLES FOUGHT AT THE APPROACHES TO SAIGON–U.S. DEATH TOLL PASSES 25,000″… "Allied soldiers trying to block North Vietnamese and Vietcong troops from the jungle approaches to Saigon fought new vicious battles yesterday. In two clashes 12 miles north and northeast of the South Vietnamese capital the allies killed 67 enemy soldiers. An American unit 17 miles farther from the city killed 39. The enemy initiated the attack in each case. South Vietnamese troops fighting three to seven miles from the main business district killed four Vietcong and took nine prisoners. Eleven others defected. One prisoner was identified as one of five artillery officers in charge of shelling Saigon."…"The enemy fired ten rockets into Tansonnhut airfield and some residential sections of Saigon last night and early this morning…. WEEKLY TOLL OF AMERICAN KIA IS LOWER… in a regular report of battlefield casualties, an allied spokesman said that 324 Americans were killed in the week ending midnight Saturday. It was the lowest number reported killed in a week in nearly three months. The figure however brought American combat deaths in Vietnam to 25,068. In the week, 2,325 Americans were wounded, 1,247 of them seriously enough to be hospitalized. the enemy was said to have lost 1,613 dead in the scored week."…
Thanks to Dutch R.
Obama Filmed At Bilderberg: 'US Must Surrender To New World Order'
Former president Barack Obama has been caught on video at the shadowy Bilderberg Conference saying that "ordinary Americans" must "surrender to the New World Order" because they are "too small-minded to govern their own affairs."
During his top-secret speech at the Bilderberg Conference held in Turin, Italy this week, Obama described the New World Order as an "international order we have worked for generations to build," before concluding that "progress can only come when individuals surrender their rights to an all-powerful sovereign [the New World Order.]"
This is Obama as most have never seen him before, speaking candidly before his elite globalist peers, completely unaware that his words may one day be disseminated to a wider audience of "ordinary Americans."
The secretive annual Bilderberg Conference, attended by the world's liberal elite, is always protected by anti-terror police, military and a no-fly zone. All media is strictly banned and reporting on what goes on inside the tightly controlled venue has proven impossible during the 64-year history of the world's most elite secret society.
However this year, one brave Bilderberg attendee, who wishes to remain anonymous for the sake of their safety, managed to covertly record segments of Barack Obama's highly disturbing behind-closed-doors speech, and the resulting footage has the potential to open everybody's eyes to what is really happening behind the scenes.
If you mention things like the New World Order or suggest Barack Obama is actively driving us towards a one-world government, you generally get treated to a roll of the eyes, a deep sigh, and an offhand comment about being a tin-foil hat wearing conspiracy theorist.
But times are changing, and more and more mainstream folk are starting to wake up and smell the coffee being brewed by Obama and the global elites. Rolling Stone magazine, discussing the New World Order, has even issued an apology to "conspiracy theorists," admitting that "you were right all along."
"Conspiracy theorists of the world, believers in the hidden hands of the Rothschilds and the Masons and the Illuminati, we skeptics owe you an apology. You were right. The players may be a little different, but your basic premise is correct: The world is a rigged game."
And it's no wonder more and more people are waking up, considering the outrageous abuses of power that occurred under Obama's rule, and the staggering amount of "conspiracy theories," once held up to ridicule, that were proven to be as true as the day is long.
NSA surveillance, the marriage of banking and government, mainstream media as the propaganda arm of the liberal political elite, cannabis as medicine, rigged commodity markets, the petrodollar, 9/11, election fraud… The list of "wild conspiracy theories" proven true goes on and on. Mentioning any of these issues would have earnt you a roll of the eyes, a deep sigh, and an offhand tin foil hat comment in the past. But now they are mainstream facts.
And now our freedom-hating, promised-a-seat-at-the-grown-up-table former president, is giving speeches openly declaring that we need to give up some of our personal liberties in order to pave the way for the New World Order "conspiracy theory" to come to life.
And it's far from the first time Obama has been caught promoting the ideology of the New World Order totalitarian regime.
Addressing the United Nations in NYC in 2016, Obama said:
"…But I am convinced that in the long run, giving up some freedom of action — not giving up our ability to protect ourselves or pursue our core interests, but binding ourselves to international rules over the long term — enhances our security. And I think that's not just true for us…"
Giving up some of our freedoms? Binding Americans to international rules? Sorry, Obama. That doesn't work for me at all.
No wonder he saves these New World Order speeches for his appearances at globalist events like UN General Assemblies and secretive Bilderberg meetings attended by the international elite.
But, if you've been paying attention, this is going to seem like deja vu, because the year before, on September 28th 2015, Obama said nearly the same thing:
"…The increasing skepticism of our international order can also be found in the most advanced democracies. We see greater polarization, more frequent gridlock; movements on the far right, and sometimes the left, that insist on stopping the trade that binds our fates to other nations, calling for the building of walls to keep out immigrants."
Obama wouldn't dare utter these treasonous words before a homegrown American audience. He is a traitor and a menace to the United States, our freedoms, and our way of life.
Also from Dutch
 Subject: End of Day Report
Friday, June 15, 2018
"Democracy Dies In Darkness"
I hope that headline grabbed your attention because we are facing some very dark days.  After Donald Trump won the 2016 election, the left-wing Washington Post adopted that slogan as its motto. 
Of course, the reporters at the Post thought they were the ones who were going to bring sunlight and transparency to the "darkness" they see in the Trump Administration.  But after yesterday's report by Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, Donald Trump's mission to drain the swamp is more urgent than ever. 
Item Number:1 Date: 06/21/2018 CAMEROON - 84 PERSONNEL KILL IN ONGOING SEPARATIST VIOLENCE, SAYS GOVERNMENT (JUN 21/REU)  REUTERS -- The Cameroonian government says that fighting between security forces and Anglophone separatists has killed more than 80 soldiers and police officers since September 2017, reports Reuters.   As of June 11, there have been 123 attacks that have claimed 84 lives, including 32 soldiers, 42 gendarmes and seven police officers, Prime Minister Philemon Yang said on Wednesday.   Separatists seeking independence for a new state called Ambazonia have launched hit and run attacks on members of the security services and kidnapped local politicians.   The movement began peacefully in 2016, demanding more rights for English speakers in the country's northwest and southwest.   The government has been criticized for its heavy-handed response, which pushed the movement towards violence.   Separatists have not published their own casualty figures, but leaders in the movement say they have suffered some losses
Item Number:2 Date: 06/21/2018 CHINA - CHINESE HACKERS TARGETING SATELLITE OPERATIONS, TELECOM FIRMS (JUN 21/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- U.S. software firm Symantec has found that Chinese hackers are waging a cyber espionage campaign against targets in the U.S. and Southeast Asia, reports the South China Morning Post.   Chinese hacking group Thrip is targeting satellite operators, telecommunication companies and defense contractors, said a Symantec spokesman on Tuesday.   The firm has been monitoring the group since 2013, but first detected the powerful malware in Asia in January. The malware originated from computers in China and is designed to move around undetected in networks to extract data and steal passwords.   Symantec officials believe the hackers are interested in the operational side of satellite firms and are looking to infect computers running software that monitors and controls satellites, said a Symantec release.   The hackers infected computers that controlled satellites, enabling them to change the positions of the craft or disrupt data traffic, said Symantec, as reported by Reuters. The hackers have been removed from infected systems, the company said.   The news comes amid rising tensions between China and the U.S. over cybersecurity issues.   Congress voted on Monday to reverse a trade deal prepared by the Trump administration in support of the Chinese telecom firm ZTE. Officials have expressed concern that China could use ZTE's technology to conduct espionage operations in the U.S.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 06/21/2018 CHINA - NEW IMAGES SHOW NEXT CARRIER TO HAVE CATAPULT LAUNCH SYSTEMS (JUN 21/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- Imagery of China's next aircraft carrier suggest it will be equipped with a catapult launch system, reports the South China Morning Post.   On Wednesday, the China Shipbuilding Industry Corp. (CSIC) uploaded a picture of the still-in-development Type 002 carrier to social media sites, reported the state-run Global Times.   The picture, though quickly taken down, showed a flat flight deck with three catapult launchers. China's current aircraft carriers have ski jumps to assist with aircraft launches.   The image was apparently a picture of a large poster on the wall of the CSIC boardroom.   J-15 carrier fighters may have been modified for catapult takeoff, said one Beijing-based military analyst.   The Type 002 carrier, which will be China's third, is expected to have an electromagnetic catapult system, the analyst said.   The carrier will be the second to be built domestically. The Liaoning is a former Soviet ship and the Type 001A was built by the Dalian Shipyard.   
  Item Number:5 Date: 06/21/2018 FRANCE - NEXT-GEN FIGHTER, TANK PROJECTS WITH GERMANY TAKE ANOTHER STEP (JUN 21/FMIN)  FRENCH MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The defense ministers of France and Germany have signed letters of intent to jointly develop a next-generation combat jet and tank, reports the French Armed Forces Ministry.   French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly and German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen agreed that France will take the lead on the future combat air system (SCAF), while Germany will head the main ground combat system (MGCS) project.   The ministers originally discussed the projects, which aim to strengthen broader European defense, during the Franco-German Council of Ministers in July 2017.   The SCAF will feature artificial intelligence and network-based combat capabilities, including different types of unmanned aerial vehicles. A study phase is scheduled to begin by the end of the year. An operational concept is anticipated by 2025, with the aircraft projected to enter service by 2040.   The MGCS project will be integrated with the French Scorpion program and Germany's HEER system. The tank will be designed to operate on all terrain. The project is scheduled to begin in mid-2019 with a joint demonstration phase, followed by a detailed operational requirement in 2024. A first deployment is eyed for 2035.   In addition, the two nations also agreed to launch the CSO3 military satellite on the Ariane 6 launch vehicle and signed agreements for a joint future artillery system (CIFS).  
  Item Number:6 Date: 06/21/2018 IRAN - KHARK LOGISTICS SHIP BACK ON PATROL AFTER 4-YEAR REFIT (JUN 21/FARS)  FARS NEWS AGENCY -- The Iranian navy has sent logistic warship Khark on an international mission after a four-year overhaul, reports the semi-official Fars news agency.   The helicopter-carrying vessel has been deployed on an anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Bab al-Mandan strait. The Sabalan destroyer of the 54th naval fleet of warships will also participate in the mission.   Iran has been conducting similar patrols in the Gulf of Aden since 2008 following the Somali hijacking of an Iranian-chartered cargo ship off the coast of Yemen.   The U.N. Security Council has permitted countries to send its warships to the Gulf and waters near Somalia to combat Somali sea pirates.   The Iranian navy plans to establish security in its territorial waters and deploy warships to international waters between Europe and the U.S., Rear Adm. Habibollah Sayyari, the former navy chief, said last year.   
  Item Number:7 Date: 06/21/2018 JAPAN - MISSILE EVACUATION DRILLS SUSPENDED AS N. KOREAN TENSIONS EASE (JUN 21/KNA)  KYODO NEWS AGENCY -- The Japanese government has decided to suspend evacuation drills in preparation for a possible North Korean missile attack as tensions subside, reports the Kyodo the news agency.   On Thursday, an anonymous local official in northern Japan told Reuters that the central government decided to halt the planned drill after "taking into account the international situation."   Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga compared the current calm with the heightened state of alert through 2017. "The situation is different from last year when missile launches were frequent and it is not a situation where missiles will soon come flying," he said.   The decision followed South Korea's move to suspend an annual military exercise with the United State in August, said an unnamed government source.   Towns and cities throughout Japan, including the capital, Tokyo, have held drills this year to prepare citizens for a potential North Korean attack.   Before the suspension was announced, evacuation drills had been planned in nine more prefectures.   In 2017, North Korea launched two missiles over Japan, noted Al Jazeera (Qatar).  
  Item Number:8 Date: 06/21/2018 LIBYA - SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS 4 NEAR DERNA AS FIGHTING CONTINUES (JUN 21/REU)  REUTERS -- At least four members of Libya's eastern security forces have been killed in a suicide bombing in Derna, reports Reuters.   On Wednesday, a driver waving a white flag approached a group of soldiers before detonating his explosives, said a spokesman for Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA).   Derna is the last city in eastern Libya outside the LNA's control.   The eastern forces launched a ground offensive to retake the city from local and Islamist militants earlier this month.   Fighting continues in the city near the neighborhood of Al-Maghar, said the news agency.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 06/21/2018 USA - B-1 BOMBERS SET TO RESUME FLIGHT OPERATIONS AFTER SAFETY STAND-DOWN (JUN 21/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- The U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command has lifted the grounding of B-1B bombers after an investigation into an ejection seat malfunction, reports the Stars and Stripes.   A safety stand-down was instituted on June 7 after a B-1 made an emergency landing at Midland International Air and Space Port, Texas, reported the Air Force Times.   The bomber was on a training flight when onboard sensors indicated a fire. The crew tried to eject, but the pilot's ejection seal malfunctioned.   The senior instructor called off the ejection, deciding to attempt a landing instead. The bomber landed without further incident.   Following the incident, investigators discovered an issue with ejection seat components, which lead to the fleet-wide grounding.   The investigation remains ongoing. B-1 flights are set to resume this week

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