Ghost ships of Iwo Jima

Hard for me to offer a presentable job of editing, assembling this post. Through my tears. I saw this film footage…actually a couple hours of this film footage…when I was seven years old. A warm night in early summer, my father and I were allowed in to a private showing for a couple dozen families who lost relatives in this final stage of the Pacific Theater of WW2. We lost my mother’s cousin at Iwo Jima. A terrible battle. An horrific island invasion where 16,000 Japanese soldiers held off 90,000 US Marines for five weeks until, finally, the few remaining survivors who didn’t commit suicide, surrendered.

My mother wouldn’t come to watch the film. My father and I represented her.

The article refers to the film as colorized which may be so. No mention of that at the time. Which was a few months after the assault in February and March, 1945. What we saw was in color.


Two dozen ships that sank during the Battle of Iwo Jima, one of World War II’s most epic battles and one of the bloodiest in U.S. Marines’ history, have been raised from the bottom of the ocean after tremors at one of Japan’s most dangerous volcanoes, Mount Suribachi.

Satellite photos from Japan’s All Nippon News show the leftover hulks of 24 Japanese transport vessels that were captured by the U.S. Navy in the latter part of the war.

They were moved to the western part of Iwo Jima to form a port, as the island had no such facilities at the time.

The seabed has started to rise due to the seismic activity from Mount Suribachi, in particular on the western part of the island…

The ships were used as a breakwater to protect other ships that were unloading soldiers and materials…

The iconic photo known as Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, showing U.S. Marines raising the American flag during the war, was taken at the mountain’s peak during early days of the battle.

WSJ publishes Trump lies without a disclaimer – when they know better

The Wall Street Journal faced backlash Wednesday for publishing a letter to the editor from former President Donald Trump filled with demonstrably false claims about the 2020 election.

He…provided a bulleted list of “examples” of voter fraud in Pennsylvania to support his claims, relying repeatedly on data from Audit the Vote PA, an organization that has no real experience in assessing elections and has promoted unsubstantiated claims of fraud.

Multiple audits into the state’s 2020 election results affirmed the vote count, and numerous lawsuits challenging the results failed in court. There is no evidence of widespread fraud in Pennsylvania or any other state’s election.

The Wall Street Journal published Trump’s letter without noting these facts. The former president was deplatformed from Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites earlier this year after spreading disinformation about the election for months and inciting a mob of his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol to try and overturn the results.

You can always tell when Trump is lying. His lips are moving.

Butts in seats sell cars

Tesla has long believed in the butts-in-seats theory of selling cars: get someone behind the wheel and they will fall in love. In the early days of the company, journalists were given the Model S or X for long weekends, and drive events were held for potential customers. Word of mouth was key: existing customers became brand ambassadors, giving rides and evangelizing Tesla to family members and friends.

Monday’s deal with Hertz is the biggest butts-in-seats move of them all. The rental car company will buy 100,000 Tesla cars — mostly Model 3s — by the end of 2022. Starting in November and through the end of the year, Tesla rentals will be rolling out to cities across the U.S., including Atlanta, Austin, Nashville, New Orleans and Tulsa.

Until now, it’s been very hard to rent a purely electric car at an airport. When I flew to Baltimore this past summer, the most fuel-efficient car I could reserve was a Toyota Prius. The Hertz deal represents a sea change in giving consumers more options.

You’ll be able to rent a Tesla for $299/week…insured. And, BTW, Hertz says Uber drivers will be eligible to rent them.

Today’s updates on NM movie set shooting

A veteran prop master said he turned down a job on the Alec Baldwin film “Rust” over warning signs on a production where cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed last week by a prop gun fired by Baldwin.

“I turned the job opportunity down on ‘Rust’ because I felt it was completely unsafe,” Neal Zoromski told NBC News’ Miguel Almaguer…

Zoromski indicated that one potential issue that stood out to him was that producers combined the positions of assistant prop master and armorer into one job on the film.

“I impressed upon them that there were great concerns about that, and they didn’t really respond to my concerns about that,” Zoromski said.


Detectives found loose and boxed ammunition, some of it in a fanny pack, at the New Mexico movie set of “Rust” after the fatal shooting of the Western’s cinematographer, according to a police search warrant inventory.


Three black revolvers and nine spent shell casings also were collected, according to the list filed with the Santa Fe Magistrates Court and released Monday.


Typically, ammunition would be kept in a single labeled box, veteran professional armorer Mike Tristano told The New York Times. “The fact that there is loose ammunition and casings raises questions about the organization of the armory department,” he said.


And so it goes…

A Turning Point.  For the First Time, Autonomous Drones Attacked Humans

Kargu-2 drones under production at STM, Ankara, Turkey

The world’s first recorded case of an autonomous drone attacking humans took place in March 2020, according to a United Nations (UN) security report detailing the ongoing Second Libyan Civil War. Libyan forces used the Turkish-made drones to “hunt down” and jam retreating enemy forces, preventing them from using their own drones.

The field report…describes how the Haftar Affiliated Forces (HAF), loyal to Libyan Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, came under attack by drones from the rival Government of National Accord (GNA) forces. After a successful drive against HAF forces, the GNA launched drone attacks to press its advantage. From the report:

Logistics convoys and retreating HAF were subsequently hunted down and remotely engaged by the unmanned combat aerial vehicles or the lethal autonomous weapons systems such as the STM Kargu-2 (above) and other loitering munitions. The lethal autonomous weapons systems were programmed to attack targets without requiring data connectivity between the operator and the munition: in effect, a true “fire, forget and find” capability.

Drone experts have been dreading this moment while advocating for a ban on autonomous attack drones.

Once there is a ban on autonomous attack drones – after much breast beating and pledges of honesty – their use will continue. Of course.

This is, after all, a software question. The capacity for these drones to self-destruct after such a mission is often built-in. Once the command has been entered to hunt down and kill humans relying on the AI of the drone for decision-making, an additional command will be programmed-in instructing the drone to destroy itself afterwards. Starting with wiping the software.

“Stop the politics’ and get Covid vaccine!” – FOX News host

Neil Cavuto

The Fox News host Neil Cavuto has “begged” viewers to toss out political talking points about Covid-19 vaccinations and get the shot.

“My God, stop the politics,” he told the network’s Media Buzz show…“Life is too short to be an ass. Life is way too short to be ignorant of the promise of something that is helping people worldwide. Stop the deaths, stop the suffering, please get vaccinated, please.”…

Fox News requires staff to be vaccinated or to take daily tests. Some hosts have advocated vaccinations and other Covid precautions.

…The primetime star Tucker Carlson, has pushed vaccine misinformation as part of attacks on public health mandates from government agencies and businesses and the Biden administration’s attempts to contain the pandemic.

Cavuto is immunocompromised, with multiple sclerosis and after open heart surgery. He’s said he expects to be attacked for his appeal. Especially given his role at FOX. I would expect so.

All the more reason to credit him him for his stand.