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98 years ago today: RMS Lusitania sunk by U-Boat. 1198 dead.


The sinking of the Cunard ocean liner RMS Lusitania occurred on 7 May 1915 during the First World War, as Germany waged submarine warfare against Britain. The ship was identified and torpedoed by the German U-boat U-20 and sank in 20 minutes. The vessel went down 11 miles (18 km) off the Old Head of Kinsale, Ireland, killing 1,198 and leaving 761 survivors. The sinking turned public opinion in many countries against Germany, contributed to the American entry into World War I and became an iconic symbol in military recruiting campaigns of why the war was being fought.

Lusitania had the misfortune to fall victim to torpedo attack relatively early in the First World War, before tactics for evading submarines were properly implemented or understood. The contemporary investigations both in the UK and the United States into the precise causes of the ship's loss were obstructed by the needs of wartime secrecy and a propaganda campaign to ensure all blame fell upon Germany. Argument over whether the ship was a legitimate military target raged back and forth throughout the war as both sides made misleading claims about the ship. At the time she was sunk, she was carrying a large quantity of rifle ammunition and other supplies necessary for a war economy, as well as civilian passengers. Several attempts have been made over the years since the sinking to dive to the wreck seeking information about precisely how the ship sank, and argument continues to the current day.

Such a terrible death toll, despite having enough lifeboats. She simply went down too quickly to allow for the full evacuation of the ship.

History is a strong fucking thing...

This moment, I'm sitting in the very room in which my father was born in 1923. No shit. My house was purchased by my great-grandfather in 1917. It passed from him to my grandmother, and then to my mother (who passed in 1999) and then to my oldest sister. I am a caretaker for my sister who suffers from diabetes.

Here I am, almost 90 years after my father's birth, in the VERY same room where he entered this curious world, and I'm contemplating today's ills.

One would think that the world of 1923 would be anachronistic to the world of today. But it's not.

Sure... they didn't have the internet. They didn't even have good roads on which to travel.

But, 90 years later, we're still dealing with nativism. With racism. And now the bizzare blood-lust happening in Worcester.

I have one simple plea to my fellow DUers. What the fuck have we become?????

Dear Assholes standing outside of the Worcester funeral home...

...where fellow asshole Tsarnaev is decomposing as we speak:

GO THE FUCK HOME. Do you REALLY want to be lumped in with THIS crowd?


In 1996, I visited Washington DC. I walked up the East Steps of the Capitol and into the Rotunda...

In 2013 - two weeks ago today - I actually believed I could still do the same.

Um... no. There's now a Capitol Visitors Center. Very impressive, but it was as close to getting into the building itself as I could get, without reservations (which I had no idea were now needed). That saddened me, but thought I could lift my spirits by going to Penn Ave and checking out the North Portico of the White House.

Um... no again. Penn Ave was closed off in front of the White House (due to two losers who decided to set off a couple of home made bombs 450 miles away). Hell, couldn't even get anywhere near the Zero Milestone, which is due south of the WH (fenced off w/ armed, uniformed Secret Service). This is as close as I could get:

The US has become so frightened that we can't even bask in the wonderful history in our Capital City. And that has saddened me beyond belief. I used to LOVE visiting DC. Now it's just a place that you can see from afar, but not touch.

I hate what we've become.

6 months ago today; Hurricane Sandy makes landfall in the Northeast


Formed: October 22, 2012

Dissipated: October 31, 2012 (extratropical after October 29)

Highest winds: 1-minute sustained - 115 mph (185 km/h)

Lowest pressure: 940 mbar (hPa); 27.76 inHg

Fatalities: 147 direct, 138 indirect (285 total)

Damage: ≥ $75 billion (2012 USD) (Second-costliest hurricane in US history)

Areas affected: Greater Antilles, Bahamas, most of the eastern United States (especially the coastal Mid-Atlantic States), Bermuda, eastern Canada

The last edition of NBC News Overnight:

KO's inspiration, kids...

April 12, 1945 - 68 years ago today:

Dear President Obama;

Please think of this man as you move forward on any budget resolutions.

Thank you,
Disciples of FDR

Arkansas AG to investigate oil pipeline leak

Source: CNN.com

(CNN) -- Arkansas is opening an investigation into what caused last week's pipeline rupture that allowed thousands of barrels of heavy crude oil to flow into a community in the middle of the state.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Tuesday he asked Exxon Mobil, the owner of the 60-year-old Pegasus pipeline, to preserve all documents and information related to the spill and cleanup efforts.

"This incident has damaged private property and Arkansas's natural resources. Homeowners have been forced from their homes as a result of this spill," McDaniel said in a news release Tuesday. "Requesting that Exxon secure these documents and data is the first step in determining what happened and preserving evidence for any future litigation."

About two dozen homes in Mayflower, Arkansas, were evacuated last week as the crude oil, which originated in Canada and was bound for Gulf Coast refineries, crawled through yards and down streets. The evacuation could last for several more days as crews work to clean the spill.

The oil began spilling Friday from a 2- or 3-inch gash in the Pegasus pipeline, which carries Canadian crude from Illinois to Texas, a state transportation engineer said.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/02/us/arkansas-pipeline-spill/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

50(!) years ago today. The album "Please Please Me" is released...

...and a really GREAT tribute:

Police evacuate students from University of Central Florida campus housing (bombs found)


University of Central Florida students were evacuated early this morning because of a "suspicious death" at a housing site on campus.

UCF spokesman Chad Binette said UCF police officers currently are investigating the incident at The Towers housing site, and few details are available now.

Students are being encouraged to go to the campus student union, Binette said.

Shortly before 1 a.m., social-media users began reporting that students were being evacuated from The Towers. According to various Twitter users and several emails sent to the Sentinel, armed law-enforcement officers were evacuating the student-housing location and areas around it after an unidentified incident.

Binette said the death was reported in Tower One of the housing site.

By 2 a.m., some social-media users were reporting that they had received an official alert from the university that also cited the death.

At 2:30 a.m., evacuated students still were not being allowed back into their housing areas at The Towers. The housing site is located near the UCF Arena, the Bright House Networks Stadium, and restaurants and retail shops in the heart of the campus. It can house as many as 2,000 students. Binette said Tower One can house as many as 500 students.
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