Saturday, April 29, 2023
oh damn. That ruined Mike's day. I knew Mike, great guy, was the manager of the NAS Miramar Auto Shop, until retirement. Then he fixed up this 6 cyl Mustang and had a lot of fun at autocross events. I've had a ride in it, it was amazing
100 years ago the Autocamping fad was in full effect as people had a simple, cheap, effective freedom machine to get them far from their home town
in a month or two, the radio episode of the WSGW show of Art Lewis might rebroadcast the Friday the 28th of April interview where the owner Tom McDonald, and the restorer, Don Booth, talk about this trucks history in podcast form, but the radio station seems to have an 8 week delay https://www.wsgw.com/shows/art-lewis-show
skip to the halfway point, turn down your speakers, enjoy the mechanical operation
upcoming new tv series based on a video game about marauding vehicles in a post apocalyptic world, Twisted Metal
Friday, April 28, 2023
to help the kid actors on Peter and Wendy believe in his character's meanness, Jude Law stayed in character the entire production (well done, not easy) but after the film wrapped, he got out of costume, and arrived on set driving an ice cream truck to make it up to them (and ditch the character in their eyes)
“They met Jude at the end,” Law said. “And I did what every adult should do to bribe children. I hired an ice cream van and I drove it on-site and gave out ice cream. Nothing like chocolate ice cream to persuade a child you’re alright.”
B 25 in need of assembly acquired by a museum in hopes of making it at least taxiable to draw in museum attendees
Santa Monica's police activities league, was a pedo playground, and the city learned that one of their employees was guilty, and covered it up. For decades.
The pedo was a city employee dressed like a police officer and would recruit kids from the police department program.
“He had a badge. He had handcuffs,” recalls a victim “I remember even seeing a pistol on the seat of his car.”
“Eric Uller would pick up kids after basketball games or baseball games and he would take them to go get food,” said Claypool. “The last child in the car, he would pull into an alley and molest that child. That was one of his MOs. He did this for over a decade. The city should never have allowed Uller to be picking up kids. He told many of the victims that if you want to participate in a sport, that you have to get a physical. A lot of these kids didn’t know what a physical was.”
Victims said Uller would drive then them to a medical office operated by his family.
“He would make them undress and he sodomized many of these kids in his dad’s medical office,” said Claypool.
Claypool claims city officials were made aware of the abuse as early as the 1990s, but nothing was done until 2018 when Uller was arrested and charged with numerous molestation counts.
“We want to know why the city never investigated when one of my clients looked at a police officer in the face and said, ‘Why are you letting Eric Uller do bad things to kids?’”
And that's the it is, as Walter Cronkite said at the end of the nightly news.
a state prison so full of asshole prison guards assaulting the inmates with systemic, omnipresent violence, and retaliation that a federal court of appeals upheld the court order for them to wear body cams. Why? Knocking over inmates in wheelchairs, punching deaf inmates for not hearing... just two examples
While investigating the alleged bribery, federal agents learned that same inmate, Shawn Brown, at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility also coordinated a fraud scheme targeting fraudulent COVID-19 unemployment benefits, totaling about $1.4 million and received more than $695,000 in cash payouts, according to prosecutors.
But all that was a side note to the assaults by prison guards on inmates in wheelchairs
CDCR sent a “strike team” to conduct more than one hundred interviews withincarcerated people on one yard at RJD. Investigators heard over and over again that officers were targeting people with disabilities with violence, hiring incarcerated people to assault other incarcerated people, retaliating against anyone who dared speak up, and engaging in “gang-like” activity.
Despite evidence of criminal assaults, not a single officer has been criminally charged
And this is the same system that weekly has to acknowledge the innocent people that were fraudulently convicted, and kept in prison for decades.
interesting documentary about the recycling program at River Rouge Ford plant... I've never heard of before, to lower the cost of steel needed to build new cars, and reduce the used car market competition (WW1 Navy ships were recycled by Ford to make cars, whoa!)
The operation was risky -- medium bombers had never been flown from a carrier, and sailing so far into enemy territory endangered the U.S. Navy task force.
The Chief of the Army Air Corps, Lt. Gen. Hap Arnold, selected Lt. Col. James Doolittle to lead Special Aviation Project No. 1, the bombing of Japan.
Yes, I'm a goofball who finds the craziest submarine related stuff to add to a car blog. And it works, because this crazy shit is real
Thursday, April 27, 2023
I stumbled across an old style motorcycle blog, one that only posts single images, no discussion, no articles, and has a crazy wide variety
one of the world’s largest tractor collections is the Museum for Tractor and Agricultural Machinery History in Israel
a Norwegian shipping company has banned electric, hybrid, and hydrogen cars from its ferries. Since the “Felicity Ace” sank off the Azores, last February, it's been clear that moving electric cars and trucks by cargo ships is obviously a bad idea
plans are in motion in New Zealand to scratch build a Texaco Doodlebug, Steve and Sue Keys who just finished the restoration of the Diamond T Texaco fuel tanker, learned a lot about the Doodlebug, and well, it's time for a new project!
They've found another Diamond T 614 chassis and a Hercules Diamond T six-cylinder engine of unknown size along with front and rear axles, 10-bolt Budd wheels, a transfer case, and other smaller components including side vents and instruments.