Old Sailors' Almanac


Week 25, 2019

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Antarctic Treaty Entered into Force on June 23, 1961

Antarctic Treaty Entered into Force on June 23, 1961

Antarctic Treaty Entered into Force: The Antarctic Treaty was signed December 1, 1959 and officially put into place June 23, 1961. The Antarctic treaty is a “nonarmarment” treaty that states that the Antarctica will be used “exclusively for peaceful purposes and shall not become the scene or object of international discord.”.

The Antarctic Treaty is unique, especially considering it was agreed upon amidst the political tensions of the Cold War. The treaty demilitarized the Antarctic and did not acknowledge the claims of the seven countries that claimed sovereignty over Antarctica previous to the formation of the treaty.

After the official ratification of the treaty in 1963 the treaty will remain in place indefinitely. The Antarctic Treaty was signed shortly after World War II making it one of the earliest arms limitation agreement. (www.state.gov/www/global/arms/treaties/arctic1.html)

According to the British Antarctic Survey the three main objectives of The Antarctic Treaty are as follows:

• to demilitarize Antarctica, to establish it as a zone free of nuclear tests and the disposal of radioactive waste, and to ensure that it is used for peaceful purposes only;

• to promote international scientific cooperation in Antarctica;

• to set aside disputes over territorial sovereignty.

Mount Holyoke College.edu / Wikipedia / Encyclopedia Britannica / University of Minnesota.edu / NTI.org / Antarctic Treaty Entered into Force on June 23, 1961 (YouTube) video

Adolf Hitler's triumphant tour of Paris on June 23, 1940

Adolf Hitler's triumphant tour of Paris on June 23, 1940

Adolf Hitler's triumphant tour of Paris: On this day in 1940, Adolf Hitler surveys notable sites in the French capital, now German-occupied territory.

In his first and only visit to Paris, Hitler made Napoleon’s tomb among the sites to see. “That was the greatest and finest moment of my life”, he said upon leaving. Comparisons between the Fuhrer and Napoleon have been made many times: They were both foreigners to the countries they ruled (Napoleon was Italian, Hitler was Austrian); both planned invasions of Russia while preparing invasions of England; both captured the Russian city of Vilna on June 24; both had photographic memories; both were under 5 feet 9 inches tall, among other coincidences.

As a tribute to the French emperor, Hitler ordered that the remains of Napoleon’s son be moved from Vienna to lie beside his father.

But Hitler being Hitler, he came to do more than gawk at the tourist attractions. He ordered the destruction of two World War I monuments: one to General Charles Mangin, a French war hero, and one to Edith Cavell, a British nurse who was executed by a German firing squad for helping Allied soldiers escape German-occupied Brussels. The last thing Hitler wanted were such visible reminders of past German defeat.

Hitler would gush about Paris for months afterward. He was so impressed, he ordered architect and friend Albert Speer to revive plans for a massive construction program of new public buildings in Berlin, an attempt to destroy Paris, not with bombs, but with superior architecture. “Wasn’t Paris beautiful?” Hitler asked Speer. “But Berlin must be far more beautiful. [W]hen we are finished in Berlin, Paris will only be a shadow.”

History Channel / Wikipedia / Encyclopedia Britannica / Rare Historical Photos / Adolf Hitler's triumphant tour of Paris on June 23, 1940 (YouTube) video


The Old Salt’s Corner


Like a herd of cattle, placed on a ship.

Upon my back, I felt their whip!

Ripping into my flesh, excruciating pain.

Forced across the big water on a trip.

Living in darkness with little to eat.

The feel of chains around my feet.

Amidst tortured cries, the ship did shake.

Waves pounded the hull with relentless beat.

Only once a day, would we see the sky.

Huge sails, caused the ship to fly.

Further and further away from my home.

Feeling confused not understanding why!

A white devil, steered the wooden ship.

All his mates evil with scabbed putrid lips.

Yet we, depended on them for our lives.

Without them, into the ocean we'd slip.

The journey long, felt like an eternity!

I longed to be anywhere but on the sea.

My mind occupied with thoughts of my home.

yet, I could not escape this horrible enemy!

Sick and dying were forced to walk the plank.

Then into the cold water they quickly sank.

The sailors laughed, as the last man was tossed!

Their spirits boistered with the rum they drank.

Many days later we finally made land.

A place of stone and wood, I could see no sand.

Crack of the whip, we rose to our feet.

“Off of my ship!” was the devil's final command!

~ Richard Lamoureux (Part I)

“I’m Just Sayin’”

“I’m Just Sayin”

“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.”

“Dare to think for yourself.”

“Let us read, and let us dance;

these two amusements

will never do any harm to the world.”

~ Voltaire

“Thought for the Day”

“Thought for the Day”

“At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.”

“Only the dead

have seen the end of war.”

“You can discover more about a person

in an hour of play

than in a year of conversation.”

~ Plato (428 bc – 347 bc)

“What I Have Learned”

“What I Learned”

“Remember the Alamo!”

“Rome wasn't built in a day.”

“Rule 31: There is no such thing as excessive firepower. There is only open fire and reload.”

~ Anonymous

Second Hand News

Second Hand News (Links to Articles from Week 25 - June 17, 2019 - June 23, 2019)

Top News Stories - Photos (Washington Examiner) U.S. working to deter Iran, without sparking a shooting warBorder Patrol agents fall prey to illnesses plaguing migrant holding centersAfrican migrants pass through San Antonio and swiftly fan out across the country

Biden defended 'rednecks,' denounced 'knee-jerk liberals' as he built his political career2020 candidates throw millions in ad dollars at FacebookWATCH: Trump tosses chief of staff out of Oval Office for coughingA visibly irritated Mike Pompeo calls Chris Wallace's question 'ridiculous'

Editor's Picks: Sources say DOJ inspector general resolved 'hang up' on first Carter Page FISA applicationTrump's 'secret' agreement with Mexico revealedMexican president selling his ‘luxurious presidential plane’ to pay for US immigration deal

Commentary - Washington Secrets - Red Alert: Congress shirks its duty at the southern borderFacebook tried to censor our independence celebration. Now, I'm suing them in PolandThe answer to political corruption is more sunlight for government, not for private citizens Washington Examiner

Top News Stories - Photos (Daily Mail) White House condemns Iran's 'blackmail' after Tehran warns it will break uranium stockpile limits set out in nuclear deal within 10 days following oil tanker attack accusations

Now Democrats plot to call Chris Christie, Paul Manafort and first Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski as witnesses in obstruction probe in 'end-run' round White House Record number of African migrants are caught trying to cross the Mexican border illegally - with Border Patrol rounding up 500 in a week

Trump is 'perfectly happy' to put more tariffs on China and will NOT strike a deal on trade in face-to-face talks with country's president Xi at G-20 next week, says Wilbur RossChinese President Xi Jinping will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during his first state visit to Pyongyang ahead of G20 summitSuspected explosion triggers a small earthquake near China's border with North Korea ahead of President Xi's state visit to Pyongyang

Tense moment Trump asks his own Chief of Staff to LEAVE the Oval Office for coughing during combative interview in which he rages against Mueller, Obama and unfavorable polls100,000 people want tickets for TRUMP campaign launch in Florida on Tuesday as he dubs Democratic rivals the 'Motley Crew' and doubles down on claim that polls showing him far behind are 'fake' Daily Mail UK

Top News Stories - Photos (John Batchelor) The competing strategies of Nancy Pelosi and Attorney General William Barr audio 2 of 2. audio

The Fed created the slowdown by raising rates last December & What is to be done? audio

Japan and Germany to Tehran to seek resolution of the Iran crisis. audio

The Trump Administration plans for a Motel-in-Orbit ISS. audio

#TheScalaReport: Alibaba explores listing on Hong Kong and Apple explores a Plan B supply chain as Big Tech settles in for a long trade war. audio John Batchelor (06/17/2019)

CORRUPTION CHRONICLES - Mainstream Media Scream: (Watch Dog On-Line Publications) CORRUPTION CHRONICLES: OBAMA STATE DEPARTMENT AT CENTER OF ANTI-TRUMP COUP CABAL‘Investigating the Investigators’ - The REAL Collusion Scandal, Obama State Deptartment Launders Steele Dossier, Leftists Threaten Electoral CollegeJudicial Watch Sues Colorado for Documents on Electoral College Change, Files Suit on Behalf of Reporter Over State’s New National Popular Vote Interstate Compact

ISIS Fighter Affirms What Judicial Watch Exposed Years Ago - Terrorists Enter U.S. Via MexicoMexican Cartels Among Greatest Criminal, National Security, Public Health Threat to U.S. U.S. Sues Bus Co. for Banning Muslim Driver from Wearing Robe Symbolic of Islamic PietyU.S. Government Wastes Billions on “Fragmented, Overlapping or Duplicative” Programs Judicial Watch

How Do Generations Get Their Names?

Mr. Answer Man Please Tell Us: How Do Generations Get Their Names?

Most of the names commonly ascribed to generations are fairly self-evident, being descriptors or cultural shorthands, and their usage has largely been accepted by cultural consensus.

The Baby Boomer generation is named for the post-World War 2 baby boom they were born during. Interestingly, however, they are not the largest generation, having recently become outnumbered by the Millennials.

Generation X is somewhat more abstract, but seems to be named for the Douglas Coupland novel concerning said generation.

The Millennial generation is so named because the people of this generation were born and came of age around the millennium (rather than, as is often mistakenly assumed, because they were born after the millennium).

The generation following the Millennials has yet to be given an official, commonly-used name. Various names have been proposed, such as the iGeneration (referring to the widespread usage of the internet), Generation Z (logically following the Millennials, who would be Generation Y) and simply post-Millennials. Presently, Generation Z seems to be the generally accepted term.

How Do Generations Get Their Names?

American Generations Timeline

Though there is a consensus on the general time period for generations, there is not an agreement on the exact year that each generation begins and ends.

GI Generation Born 1901 - 1924

They were teenagers during the Great Depression and fought in World War II. Sometimes called the greatest generation, or the swing generation because of their jazz music.

Silent Generation Born 1925 - 1942

They were too young to see action in World War II and too old to participate in the fun of the Summer of Love. This label describes their conformist tendencies and belief that following the rules was a sure ticket to success.

Baby Boomers Born 1943 - 1964

The boomers were born during an economic and baby boom following World War II. These hippie kids protested against the Vietnam War and participated in the civil rights movement, all with rock 'n' roll music blaring in the background.

Generation X Born 1965 - 1979

They were originally called the baby busters because fertility rates fell after the boomers. As teenagers, they experienced the AIDs epidemic and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Sometimes called the MTV Generation, the “X” in their name refers to this generation's desire not to be defined.

Millennials Born 1980 - 2000

They experienced the rise of the Internet, September 11 and the wars that followed. Sometimes called Generation Y. Because of their dependence on technology, they are said to be entitled and narcissistic.

Generation Z Born 2001 - mid-2000s

These kids were the first born with the Internet and are suspected to be the most individualistic and technology-dependent generation. Sometimes referred to as the iGeneration.

NPR.orgPew Trusts.orgQuoraWikipedia / How Do Generations Get Their Names? (YouTube) video

NAVSPEAK aka U.S. Navy Slang - U.S. Navy

NAVSPEAK aka U.S. Navy Slang

DLG: Destroyer, Leader, Guided Missile, class of ship.

DLGN: Destroyer, Leader, Guided Missile, Nuclear, class of ship. All of these were later designated as Cruisers.

Doc: Nickname and term of respect given to Hospital Corpsman by their shipmates and Marines.

Dock jumpers: The unfortunates who would have to leap ashore to tie up when no “line handlers” are available.


(1) A soft-serve ice cream machine (named because the chocolate flavor resembles the excrement of man's best friend). Also called an “auto dog”.

(2) A pivoting latch, usually one of several, for locking down a water-tight hatch.

Dog and Pony show:

(1) A special show put on for inspecting senior officers.

(2) Apocryphally, a show in which women have sex with dogs and ponies: Sailors may claim to have witnessed such shows in Tijuana or the Philippines.

Dog watches: The 1600-2000 evening watch is customarily split into two two-hour “dog” watches, so that the watch sections rotate rather than being stuck with the same schedule every day. Also permit everyone to get evening chow at a reasonable hour (although First Dog watchstanders usually find the better chow is all gone).

Dog zebra: Closing fittings or doors for light discipline at night.

Dolphins (Submarine Service): Submarine Qualification Device, called dolphins because of the dolphin fish used in the design.

Dome: A SONAR transmitter/receiver. It may be fixed, as in those mounted on the bow of a ship below the waterline, or mobile like those “dipped” by anti-submarine helocopters.

Donkey dick:

(1) A helicopter and/or fixed-wing refueling nozzle. “Grab the donkey and fuel the bird.” “Go grease the donkey dick”.

(2) (Submarine Service) The head valve indicator (a rod which shows if the snorkel's intake valve is open), the hose fitting used for the towed array sonar, or anything else that is roughly round and longer than it is wide.

(3) These items have very limited use - one specific evolution - and therefore could also refer to a sailor with only one skill or is qualified on only one watch station. “That donkey dick is about as useful as tits on a boar hog”.

(4) A concrete vibrator used to remove air bubbles.

(5) A hot dog or sausage.

(6) A spout connected to a 5 Gallon fuel can.


Just for MARINES - The Few. The Proud.

Just for you MARINE

Doc or Devil Doc: Navy hospital corpsman attached to the Marines; Devil Doc is a term of respect normally reserved for Corpsmen who are Fleet Marine Force qualified or who have served in combat with Marines.

Dog and Pony Show: Any display, demonstration, or appearance by Marines at the request of seniors for the pleasure of someone else, such as a ceremony or parade; also, pejorative for the requirement for over-perfection of such a venue.

Doggie: Enlisted member of the United States Army, from the World War I era slang “dog-face” for an infantryman.

Donkey Dick: Specifically, a jerrycan fuel spout. Alternatively, slang for virtually any piece of equipment having a generally cylindrical or phallic shape with unknown, or obscure official name. For example, a static hook suspended from an overhead helicopter for the purpose of picking up external loads.


Naval Aviation Squadron Nicknames

Naval Aviation Squadron Nicknames

Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission (VRM) (VRM-30) - nicknamed the “Titans”

United States Navy - Naval Air Station North Island - San Diego, California / Coronado, California - Established December 14, 2018.

Where Did That Saying Come From

Where Did That Saying Come From?

Where Did That Saying Come From? “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone - People who live in glass houses should not throw stones”

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone - People who live in glass houses should not throw stones:

 Meaning: Be the first to attack a sinner. The implication in Jesus' teaching was that the members of the congregation were only in a position to condemn a sinner if they were without sin themselves.

In other words, 'judge not lest you be judged'.

History: This phrase derives from the Bible- John 8:7. The earliest biblical example of it in print in English comes in Miles Coverdale's Bible, 1535:

“Now whyle they contynued axynge him, he lift him self vp, and sayde vnto them: He that is amonge you without synne, let him cast the first stone at her.”

Phrases.org UK

Science & Technology

Science & Technology

Science & Technology

LOFAR radio telescope reveals secrets of solar stormsNew machine learning technique rapidly analyzes nanomedicines for cancer immunotherapyPrenatal forest fire exposure stunts children's growthIn the blink of an eye: Team uses quantum of light to create new quantum simulatorSolar tadpole-like jets seen with NASA'S IRIS add new clue to age-old mysteryEngineers can detect ultra rare proteins in blood using a cellphone cameraVisualising mental valuation processesExtinguishing fear memories relies on an unusual change to DNA

Phys.org / MedicalXpress / TechXplore

Bizarre News (we couldn’t make up stuff this good – real news story)

Bizarre News (we couldn’t make up stuff this good – real news story)

What the Heck Happened to This Yo-Yo Champ's Index Finger?

What the Heck Happened to This Yo-Yo Champ's Index Finger?

A striking X-ray image shows the dark threads of arteries and veins carrying blood from wrist to fingertip — except in the index finger, which glows with a ghostly white hue.

The image is an angiogram - a type of medical imaging technique that reveals veins and arteries after they have been flooded with a special dye. If blood is flowing properly, it carries the dye through the branching networks of blood vessels, which show up as dark lines in the image.

The angiogram - which was taken back in 2005 but recently resurfaced on social media - revealed a lack of blood flow in the right index finger of David Schulte, aka Dazzling Dave, a profession yo-yo performer.

So, what led to that unusual image? At the beginning of 2005, Schulte sustained the injury while in North Dakota. He was performing demonstrations and giving lessons at schools, which called for near-constant yo-yo-ing for 8 to 12 hours at a stretch, he told.

He noticed that when his hands got cold, his index finger on his right hand started feeling cold sooner and took longer to warm up than his other fingers did. About a week after he returned to his home in Minnesota, the same finger started turning unusual colors - red, blue and dark purple - prompting Schulte to seek medical attention.

His doctor recommended an angiogram, “and then I got that really cool, interesting picture and it showed no blood getting past the second knuckle of the index finger”, Schulte said. The diagnosis was not a blood clot, as his doctor first suspected. It was a vasospasm, a sudden constriction of the blood vessels, likely in response to Schulte's yo-yo repeatedly rebounding and hitting that finger for the past seven to 10 years, he wrote in a blog post that he published at the time.

“The hand specialist said, 'Show me how you do yo-yo tricks,' and I showed him one of my most-used tricks, which is a really hard, straight throw down”, Schulte said. “And he said, 'Oh yeah, that could cause it.'”

The doctor prescribed blood thinners, which Schulte took for a month; his finger went back to its normal color, Schulte said.

What the Heck Happened to This Yo-Yo Champ's Index Finger?

Warm heart, cold hands

This type of condition - when blood stops flowing to extremities due to constricted blood vessels - is called Raynaud's syndrome, or simply Raynaud's, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

It's normal for blood vessels to constrict in the cold. But for people who have Raynaud's, the blood vessels clamp down too hard, constrict for too long and take longer than normal to relax. The result is that the affected extremities stay colder for longer and may change color, Dr. Elizabeth Ratchford, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Vascular Medicine and an associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Maryland, told Live Science. Ratchford was not involved with Schulte's case.

In extreme cases, severely restricted blood flow can lead to nerve damage or even tissue loss, Ratchford told.

There are two types of Raynaud's: primary and secondary. Primary Raynaud's has no known cause, and secondary Raynaud's appears due to other circumstances, such as disease or an injury. For example, secondary Raynaud's may be the result of a medical condition, such as lupus, or could manifest as a side effect of certain medications, including beta blockers, Ratchford said. Smoking cigarettes can also raise the risk of developing Raynaud's.

Other risks include exposure to repetitive actions over time — such as using vibrating power tools like jackhammers or, in Schulte's case, yo-yo-ing - can also lead to Raynaud's, though what happened to Schulte is highly unusual, Ratchford told Live Science.

Luckily for Schulte, he suffered no lasting damage from his Raynaud's, and his yo-yo technique is pretty much the same as it was before - except when he performs outdoors in the extreme cold. During his winter shows, if outside, Schulte tends not to throw the yo-yo quite as hard as he would on a warm day, he said.

“It's such a fluke injury”, Schulte said. “I literally don't know of any other yo-yo player who got it besides me.”

Live Science (02/17/2019) video

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“Wobble” - V.I.C. 2008

“Wobble” - V.I.C.
Album: Beast
Released 2008 video

This song finds Atlanta rapper V.I.C. telling the ladies what he'd like them to do on the dance-floor. He is aided by the production of Michael “Mr. Collipark” Crooms, who contributes a Congo drum/horn section brew.

The song features Atlanta's V-103 radio personality Frank Ski on the intro and bridge, but he isn't credited as a featured artist.

This debuted at #94 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on January 7, 2012, three and a half years after the song's release in July 2008. The surge in interest for the tune was because of a dance that was created for it.

Song Facts / V.I.C.

Image: “Beast (album)” by V.I.C.



● Ocean water is approximately what percent salt?

Answer to Trivia

● True or false: Those beautiful peacocks, distinguished by their crested head, brilliant plumage, and long spotted back feathers, are always males.

Answer to Trivia

● Before it began to lean, the tower of Pisa was built to be what?

Answer to Trivia

● Weighing 3 carats, the Strawn-Wagner Diamond, the only perfect diamond ever discovered, was located in 1990 in what U.S. state?

Answer to Trivia


A Test for People Who Know Everything

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “GUN TALK” ($200)

“Before anesthesia, surgeons asked patients to do this, clamp down on a projectile.”

Answer for People Who Do Not Know Everything, or Want to Verify Their Answer Phrases.org UK

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “GUN TALK” ($600)

“A piece of artillery aboard a ship that comes untied & rolls around on deck gave us this term for a dangerous person.”

Answer for People Who Do Not Know Everything, or Want to Verify Their Answer Phrases.org UK

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “GUN TALK” ($1,000)

“Today meaning a short-lived success, it refers to a misfire in a flintlock's powder.”

Answer for People Who Do Not Know Everything, or Want to Verify Their Answer Phrases.org UK

Answer to Last Week's Test

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “'A' IN THE LAW” ($200)

“In Latin, it means 'elsewhere' - do you have one for your whereabouts the night of the 16th?.”

● Answer: An Alibi. HG.org

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “'A' IN THE LAW” ($400)

“This divine phrase refers to a natural event that couldn't have been prevented or foreseen using reasonable care.”

● Answer: An Act of God. HG.org

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “'A' IN THE LAW” ($1,000)

“This type of statement is usually signed by a notary & says where it was signed.”

● Answer: An Affidavit. The Law Dictionary.org

Joke of the Day

Joke of the Day

“Pulled Over For Speeding”

Joke of the Day

“Pulled Over For Speeding”

A man was pulled over for speeding down the highway; the officer came to the drivers window and said, “Sir, may I see your drivers licenseand registration?”

The man said, “Well officer I don't have a license, it was taken away for a DUI.”

The officer, in surprise, said, “What, do you have a registration for the vehicle?”

So the man replied, “No sir, the car is not mine I stole it, but I am pretty sure I say a registration card in the glove box when I put the gun in it.”

The officer stepped back, “There is a gun in the glove box?!?”

The man sighed and said, “Yes sir, I used to kill the woman who owns the car before I stuffed her in the trunk.”

The officer steps toward the back of the car and says, “Sir do not move, I am calling for backup.”

The officer calls for backup and about ten minutes another highway patrolman arrives.

He walks up to the window slowly and asks the man for his drivers licenseand registration.

The man said, “Yes officer here it right here.” It all checked out so the officer said, “Is there a gun in the glove box sir?”

The man laughs and says, “No officer why would there be a gun in the glove box.”

He opened the glove box and showed him that there was no gun.

The second officer asked him to open the trunk because he had reason to believe that there was a body in it.

The man agrees and opens the trunk, no dead body.

The second officer says, “Sir I do not understand, the officer that pulled you over said that you did not have a license, the car was stolen, there was a gun in the glove box, and a dead body in the trunk.”

The man looks the officer in the eyes and says, “Yeah and I'll bet he said I was speeding too.”