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I hope that you all are doing well. I will send the world news section later when I receive it
Today in Naval History
Ensign Stephen Potter is the first American to shoot down an enemy seaplane, a German plane off the German coast during World War I.
Curtis D. Wilbur takes office as the 43rd Secretary of the Navy, where he gains his greatest achievements in enlarging and modernizing the fleet, and establishing a naval air force that would become an overwhelming force during World War II.
Secretary of Navy James V. Forrestal places the newly-established construction battalions, later called Seabees, under the command of officers with the Civil Engineer Corps who are trained in the skills required for the performance of construction work.
TBF and FM-2 aircraft from Composite Squadron (VC 6) onboard USS Block Island (CVE 21) sink German submarine U 1059 west-southwest of Dakar.
Submarine USS Balao (SS 285) attacks a Japanese convoy and sinks one troopship and three fishing vessels and damages another off the Yangtze estuary about 90 miles north-northwest of Shanghi.
As Fast Carrier Task Force 58 planes bomb Kure and Kobe Harbors, Japanese aircraft single out the US Navy carriers for attack. USS Wasp (CV 18), USS Essex (CV 9), and USS Franklin (CV 13) are hit. After struck by a second bomb, Franklin suffers subsequent explosions on the flight and hangar decks. Heroic work by her crew, assisted by nearby ships, bring the fires and flooding under control. For their actions during this occasion, both Lt. Cmdr. Joseph T. OCallaghan and Lt.j.g. Donald A. Gary receive the Medal of Honor.
While serving with Battery D, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines, at Phu Loc 6 in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class David R. Ray is killed in action while providing medical aid to injured Marines during an enemy attack on his unit. Petty Officer Ray is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism in that action.
USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) is commissioned at Long Beach, Calif., where then-Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton was the keynote speaker. The Arleigh Burke guided-missile destroyer.
War in Iraq begins
Thanks to CHINFO
• Multiple outlets reported on the planned deployment of USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort as President Trump and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated that USNS Comfort is expected to deploy to New York harbor.
• A second Sailor assigned to USS Boxer, a Sailor from the "Vipers" Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron and a Marine from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar tested positive for COVID-19.
• Multiple outlets covered Navy PFA cancellation and grooming standard relaxations as well as DODEA and CDC closures on Navy installations in Japan.
Today in History March 19
The French explorer La Salle is murdered by his own men while searching for the mouth of the Mississippi, along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
On the death of William III of Orange, Anne Stuart, sister of Mary, succeeds to the throne of England, Scotland and Ireland.
Boston is incorporated as a city.
Jim Currie opens fire on the actors Maurice Barrymore and Ben Porter near Marshall, Texas. His shots wound Barrymore and kill Porter.
The U.S. Senate ratifies the Cuban treaty, gaining naval bases in Guantanamo and Bahia Honda.
The First Aero Squadron takes off from Columbus, NM to join Gen. John J. Pershing and his Punitive Expedition against Pancho Villa in Mexico.
The Adamson Act, eight hour day for railroad workers, is ruled constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Congress authorizes Daylight Savings Time.
The U.S. Senate rejects the Versailles Treaty for the second time.
U.S. troops are rushed to Tegucigalpa as rebel forces take the Honduran capital.
The state of Nevada legalizes gambling.
The British fire on 20,000 Muslims in India, killing 23.
The Soviet Union signs a pact of assistance with Mongolia against Japan.
The German 352nd Infantry Division deploys along the coast of France.
Adolf Hitler orders a scorched-earth policy for his retreating German armies in the west and east.
Chiang Kai-Shek's government forces take control of Yenan, the former headquarters of the Chinese Communist Party.
The Soviet People's Council signs the constitution of the German Democratic Republic, and declares that the North Atlantic Treaty is merely a war weapon.
In Costa Rica, President John F. Kennedy and six Latin American presidents pledge to fight Communism.
One technician is killed and two others are injured during a routine test on space shuttle Columbia.
Thanks to Dr Rich who says I didn't write any of these.. but wish i had...
Thanks to Harry …
I THOUGHT GETTING OLDER WOULD TAKE LONGER. [don't let the old man in Harry!!]
A WISE MAN ONCE SAID NOTHING.
RESPECT YOUR ELDERS; THEY GRADUATED SCHOOL WITHOUT THE INTERNET.
WHY DO I HAVE TO PRESS "1" FOR ENGLISH? DID AMERICA MOVE?
WE HAVE ENOUGH GUN CONTROL; WHAT WE NEED IS IDIOT CONTROL.
BEHIND EVERY ANGRY WOMAN STANDS A MAN WHO HAS ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA WHAT HE DID WRONG.
INSTEAD OF "SINGLE" AS A MARITAL STATUS I PREFER "INDEPENDENTLY OWNED AND OPERATED".
PATIENCE: WHAT YOU HAVE WHEN THERE ARE TOO MANY WITNESSES.
LET'S STOP SENDING MONEY TO OTHER COUNTRIES AND LET THEM HATE US FOR FREE.
VEGETARIAN: ANCIENT TRIBAL NAME FOR THE VILLAGE IDIOT WHO CAN'T HUNT, FISH OR LIGHT FIRES!
I LOOK AT PEOPLE AND SOMETIMES THINK...."REALLY? THAT'S THE SPERM THAT WON?"
IN MY DEFENSE I WAS LEFT UNSUPERVISED.
IF GUNS KILL PEOPLE, THEN PENCILS MISSPELL WORDS, CARS MAKE PEOPLE DRIVE DRUNK, AND SPOONS MAKE PEOPLE FAT.
MY DECISION-MAKING SKILLS CLOSELY RESEMBLE THOSE OF A SQUIRREL WHEN CROSSING THE ROAD.
SOME THINGS ARE JUST BETTER LEFT UNSAID. AND I USUALLY REALIZE IT RIGHT AFTER I SAY THEM.
CAMPING: WHERE YOU SPEND A SMALL FORTUNE TO LIVE LIKE A HOMELESS PERSON.
IF MY BODY IS EVER FOUND ON A JOGGING TRAIL JUST KNOW THAT I WAS MURDERED SOMEWHERE ELSE AND DUMPED THERE.
Thanks to Dr. Rich
Thanks to Boysie ….
Homographs are words of like spelling but with more than one meaning. A homograph that is also pronounced differently is a heteronym. You think English is easy?? I think a retired English teacher was bored...THIS IS GREAT!
1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
2) The farm was used to produce.
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4) We must polish the Polish furniture re..
5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert..
7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10) I did not object to the object.
11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13) They were too close to the door to close it.
14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.
15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear..
19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France . Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?
How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.
English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.
PS. - Why doesn't 'Buick' rhyme with 'quick'?
From the List archives
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Chuck Berry, Rock & Roll Innovator, Dead at 90
"The beautiful thing about Chuck Berry's playing was it had such an effortless swing," Keith Richards wrote in his memoir, Life. "None of this sweating and grinding away or grimacing, just pure, effortless swing like a lion." During a 1956 concert, Berry was so self-conscious about only having brought one suit that he invented a new stage move "to hide the wrinkles," as he told RS in 1969. That move, the duck walk, also became part of the rock & roll lexicon.
"Chuck Berry was rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock & roll writer who ever lived," Bruce Springsteen wrote on Twitter, while Brian Wilson wrote, "I am so sad to hear about Chuck Berry passing - a big inspiration! He will be missed by everyone who loves Rock & Roll. Love & Mercy." Kiss' Paul Stanley called Berry " a cornerstone of all that is, was and will be Rock and Roll," with Lenny Kravitz noting that "none of us would have been here without you."
Hail! Hail! Rock & Roll: Chuck Berry Slays New York Crowd Dead
June 19, 2006
Don't go by me. Because by me, Chuck Berry is the alpha and omega of rock & roll. Rock's first great singer-songwriter, inspiration for the Beatles and the Stones — hell, taught Keith Richards every trick he knows that doesn't involve a needle and a spoon. Elvis — he's Prometheus: stole fire from the gods, was damned to eternal suffering. Little Richard — I dunno, Job? His riches taken for no reason except god wants to prove he's God. And Bo Diddley? Sisyphus! Rolls the rock up the hill all the time, never gets his due. But Chuck Berry — all that wrapped up in one guy with the biggest hands you've ever seen. Big as two houses. And you know what they say: Big hands . . . inventor of rock & roll!
Interesting article from Carl. I had no idea that the Chinese had taken over the fashion industry in Italy. Should have known since there may still be one of My Hong Cong suits still in the closet from my favorite taylor whose name escapes me.
March 19, 2020
How did Italy become the new ground zero of Coronavirus?
By Peter Barry Chowka
Much is being made of the fact that Italy – an advanced European nation – has become the hot zone of coronavirus impact. The implication is that if a First World country with the equivalent of "Medicare for All" could succumb to the pandemic, it should be really serious for the USA. Right?
Wrong! Despite all of the coverage and hype about Italy and COVID-19, some important information about the epidemiology or cause of the virus's impact on Italy is being overlooked or ignored by the mainstream media. As the Times of India reported on March 19:
If there is one country that has suffered the most due to COVID-19 beyond China, it has to be the European country of Italy. But what is the connection between Italy and the novel coronavirus considering the deadly virus is reported to have originated from China? The answer is fashionably simple. The northern part of Italy has been a traditionally prosperous region due to the flourishing fashion and garment industry. Most of the big global brands like Gucci and Prada have their base in this region.
With China offering one of the cheapest manufacturing options in the world, it came as little surprise that most of these fashion brands were working with China. A large number of these Italian fashion and garment houses had outsourced their manufacturing to Chinese labour, specifically in Wuhan. Italy also has direct flights from Wuhan and reports suggest over 100,000 Chinese citizens were working in Italian factories. Chinese made a slow and steady move into Italy and many Italian fashion firms are now owned by them as well. As per a news report, there are more than 300,000 Chinese and over 90% of them work in the Italian garment industry. As per reports, there are thousands of small companies that are active in exports. This region is also very interconnected as well. [emphasis added,]
Additionally, northern Italy, it turns out, is the equivalent of a petri dish for the spread to the general population of a virus like COVID-19 – because of the region's unusual demographic makeup. From the Times of India again:
Nearly 60% of the population [of Northern Italy] is aged 40 and over, of which about 23% is over 65 years of age. This puts nearly one-fourth of the population at grave risk.
Putting the importance of Italy into further perspective, without examining the true cause of the pandemic there, Hollie McKay, in an article on March 18 at Fox News, titled"Worse than war: How coronavirus in Italy proliferated to a breaking point," wrote:
Outside of China, [Italy] the illustrious nation of 60.5 million has become the focal point of the outbreak, with the second-highest number of infections. As of Wednesday afternoon, almost 14,500 people were documented to have contracted the disease and almost 3,000 people have already died. The past 24 hours have brought about the country's highest single-day spike in deaths, claiming the lives of over 475 people. More than 2,000 people are hospitalized and in intensive care. . .
A new report published on the Open Science Framework by researchers at the University of Oxford over the weekend affirmed that Italy bestows one of the oldest populations globally – 23.3 percent of citizens are over the age of 65 – and many households are multigenerational, either still living under the same roof or close by with frequent large family interactions.
"It is becoming clear that the pandemic's progression and impact may be strongly related to the demographic composition of the population," the research paper states. "Specifically, the population age structure." . . .
Nonetheless, Italy was one of the first nations to quickly impose a travel ban on all flights from China after detecting its first case of the novel virus on January 29, 2020. The following day, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte declared a state of emergency for a minimum period of six months.
Meanwhile, President Trump – after his Jan. 31 executive order restricting travelers from mainland China entering the U.S. – two days after the Italian prime minister issued the same order for his country – was branded a "racist" and "xenophobe" by leftist critics and leading Democrats. Clearly, POTUS 45 was obviously ahead of the curve on this issue.
Peter Barry Chowka is a veteran journalist who writes about politics, media, popular culture, and health care for American Thinker and other publications. Peter's website is http://peter.media. His new YouTube channel is here. Follow Peter on Twitter at @pchowka.
Thanks to Dr. Rich
Bill asks a great question … and Google was quick w. the ANSWER
Use a meat thermometer to make sure the food is heated to 160°F … and all the bad germs will be zapped …
Will X min of microwaving kill CV19 when reheating home delivery food. If yes, how long is X?
Thanks to Robert
Subject: Fw: Watch "Anti virus song from melody of " Sound of Silence
Looks like the Bear got rattled around in his hibernation cave
the Wasatch Bear growled - and awakened the other THE Bear
Awakened and rattled out of bed at 7AM today by a 10-second roller emanating from an epicenter 10 miles west of SLC airport, which is now out-of-commission... the Bear's den is 30 miles NE and we took a California-size shaking but caused very little damage here... had a second rattler of 4.4 among the more than 20 aftershockers in the 3.5 category...
This was only the 2nd quake with feeling since Pat and I dropped anchor and tripled-up all lines here on Mount Ogden 28 years ago... quakes go with the territory —the Wasatch Range of the Rockies— and, for me, the preferred inevitable periodic spanking from Mother Nature to the tornadoes, hurricanes and flooding that threaten all you flatlanders...
Are we having fun yet?... Bear🇺🇸⚓️🐻
5.7-magnitude earthquake in Utah knocks out power to thousands and diverts flights
A 5.7 magnitude earthquake shook Utah's Salt Lake City area Wednesday morning, cutting power to tens of thousands and suspending work at the state's public health lab amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials said.
Read in CNN: https://apple.news/AUh0taHD8RviCjSUNUpq8MA
Thanks to Dutch
Coronavirus pandemic causes world's longest flight
By Janine Puhak | Fox News
Now that's a long flight.
The coronavirus pandemic inadvertently caused a new record to be set for the world's longest commercial flight — by distance — after an Air Tahiti Nui plane was forced to fly from French Polynesia to France in an epic, nonstop, 16-hour trip across 9,765-miles.
On March 14, Air Tahiti Nui flight TN064 journeyed from Tahiti to Paris in what would become the longest-ever scheduled passenger flight by distance, The Independent reports. It departed Papeete at 3 a.m., local time, on Saturday and touched down at Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris at 6:30 a.m. local time on Sunday, according to the New York Post.
Though the flight typically stops in Los Angeles to pick up passengers and refuel, the new travel ban, which prohibited foreign nationals who have been in Europe to enter the U.S., had forbidden that possibility. Instead, Air Tahiti Nui officials decided to capitalize on the "favorable winds and light passenger loads" by flying straight to the City of Lights, per The Points Guy.
From start to finish, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner reportedly spent about 15 hours and 45 minutes in the skies.
Though the Saturday flight was necessitated by the current travel ban, it smashed Singapore Airlines' distance record for a 9,534-mile passenger flight between Singapore and Newark, N.J., the New York Post reports.
Even still, the Air Tahiti Nui flight clocked in under Singapore Airlines' record for longest passenger flight by time, as the Singapore-Newark route still holds the record at 18 hours and 45 minutes
Australian carrier Qantas previously tested a nonstop flight between London, England and Sydney, Australia, in a trek that clocked a whopping 19 hours and 19 minutes, traversing 11,060 miles. However, the trip did not factor into any aviation records because there were no fare-paying passengers on board.
I never knew this and had many stories in past Lists about the Clippers including the one that went all the way around the world at the beginning of WWII.
Prior to WWII, the Japanese Military became very interested in the new Pratt & Whitney radial engines that powered the PanAm Clipper.
On a flight from San Francisco to China, a Clipper landed on Truk Lagoon to be refueled by Japanese authorities. Later, the Clipper was assumed lost over the Pacific.
Years later, it was revealed that the crew and passengers were arrested and executed, the engines were retrieved and sent to Japan and the Clipper was sunk in deep water off Truk Lagoon