It looks like an evening reads post…Open Thread

Good Late Night!

I am running behind today, but happy because I actually have gotten a lot done. Anyway, I will post some items for you tonight…

That saying, a picture is worth a thousand words…could not be more appropriate here, check this out:

Walmart Blames Rogue Supplier for Apparel Found at Site of Deadly Factory Fire (Updated)

NGOs slammed Walmart following a Saturday fire that killed at least 112 workers at a Bangladesh factory which has supplied apparel to the retail giant. While Walmart said Sunday night that it had not confirmed that it has any relationship to the factory, photos taken following the fire (first published by The Nation early Monday afternoon) show piles of clothes made for one of its exclusive brands. In a new statement released Monday evening, Walmart said that at the time of the fire, the factory “was no longer authorized to produce merchandise for Walmart” and said that a supplier had “subcontracted work to this factory without authorization and in direct violation of our policies.”


Photo Credit: International Labor Rights Forum

Give that piece a read in its entirety, as there have been many updates to this story. I have to ask Dan if those pants look familiar to him, I’d be curious if they are clothing from previous seasons or the items for spring 2013.

In Texas, a group of World War II veterans got together to talk about their experiences. Texas World War II submariners meet to share stories

The four men in yellow vests stand out in the Golden Corral restaurant, where about 30 U.S. military veterans are gathered on a recent Saturday to eat and talk about submarines.

Their hair is a little grayer. They move slower. And the younger men there don’t hesitate to remind anyone talking to the United States Submarine Veterans Inc. Cowtown Base to speak up so these fellows can hear.

They are World War II veterans, a small but treasured generation of submariners now in their 80s and 90s. Nationally, their numbers have dwindled as the men have grown old and died. Reunions have gotten scarce. Organizations have dissolved.

But Dallas-Fort Worth remains home to a handful of World War II submariners whose sea stories hold an irreplaceable spot in U.S military history.

Again, that is just a taste, go spend a few minutes with that article.

I’m going to stick with this history “stuff” for the rest of the post. This next link goes directly to an archive of letters and documents from William Tecumseh Sherman. I thought that with Boston Boomer’s review of Lincoln, it would be neat for you to take a look at some other figures in the Civil War. But why bring this particular letter up? Because I think it has a few sentences that you will appreciate. Sherman Writes a Friend Touring the Levant

The ex-Commanding General of the United States Army was sixty, the widow of his chief of staff but thirty-five, and whether he bedded her six weeks after her husband’s death in 1880 is neither proven nor disproven here. What is clear is that ten years after Joseph Audenreid died, Sherman was intimately involved in Mary Audenreid’s life, and in that of her wayward daughter, Florence; and fond enough, still, of Colonel Audenreid, to have mentioned him not once but twice, in this joshing missive about travel and the Levant.

Here is the part I wanted to bring to your attention.

No 75 – West 71 Str
New York.
Jan 20, 1890

Dear Mrs. Audenreid,

I am just in receipt of your letter of Jan 3rd dated Naples in which you say that it is agreed by the parties concerned that you go to Cairo, the Holy Land, Smyrna, Constantinople, Athens &c &c. No wonder like Hamlet you see the ghosts of Audenreid and Sherman beckoning you on to the End. You are at this moment on our footsteps of 1872 only we were men and you are women. And I will not be the least astonished if the mysterious cable announces that  those [you] Philadelphia girls have been abducted into the harem of some rich merchant of Smyrna, squatting on the divan, eating sweet meats and delighted when the little bell tinkles and tells his favorite that he wants her. Florence would realize the dream of Byron in his Bride of Abydos: but what would Audenreid think? No! the world has changed. Woman is no longer the slave of the man, but his equal.

He goes on to talk about the importance of a woman, and her relationship with her family…but I really thought that was a an interesting comment, and a surprisingly modern observation.

Okay, now on to another history centered link. 10 Incredible Places Carved From Rock | Listverse This is fun, check out the full list…

When we talk about rocked carved sites most people will think of Petra in Jordan. It is certainly worthy of its fame because it is so beautiful. But what many don’t know is that it is but one of many similar rock carvings – some of which should perhaps hold the honor of being more beautiful. In this list we look at ten rock carved sites that you very probably are unaware of.

They are all fascinating, but since I have the Indian artwork up top, I will stick with one of India’s incredible places carved from rock.

The Ajanta Caves are in Maharashtra, India and they comprise of around 30 carved Buddha statues. What makes these caves extra special though is the large number of very beautiful paintings – excellent examples of Indian art at its finest. They date from the 2nd century BC.

One more quick thing tonight, I am so excited about an unexpected surprise which has allowed me to get something I have wanted for a very long time. An old manual typewriter…and I am fortunate to have found one, in good working condition and a good price. Here it is, Typed On Paper: Olympia SM3 

Olympia SM3

Olympia SM3

Olympia SM3 is the same typewriter used by Woody Allen and Patricia Highsmith…along with several other authors. I am looking forward to having this part of history connected to my written stories.

You can find more information on these Olympia typewriters at that link.

This is an open thread…


8 Comments on “It looks like an evening reads post…Open Thread”

  1. Y’all have a great evening!

  2. Wow, looks like BB’s post about Tom Ricks is getting a lot of attention…the wingnuts are out in force. LOL

    • HT says:

      Congrats on the typewriter. Am I one of the wingnuts, cause I left three or four comments and want to ensure that they were not misconstrued.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Great post, JJ. I hope you enjoy your typewriter. I learned to type on a manual, and I don’t think I could manage to use one now. My fingers aren’t strong enough.

  4. Fannie says:

    So very happy that you got Oly…………….I know you will put it to good use. Got me thinking about Sherman……….good lord, I have so many ancestors named after him, he was a freaking arsonist. I see he took Frederick Dent Grant (Major General) “Fred” with him on that trip. His father was still living, U.S. Grant died 1885, NY, and Fred died of the same cause as his dad, throat cancer. Fred’s daughter, Julia actually married a Prince, so she was a Princess when she died. I did not know about Audenreid’s, so that piece of info was interesting.

    Real sad about that fire and all that suffered, I don’t know how Walmart is gonna make it right, but they better. I don’t shop Walmart………….never again.

  5. RalphB says:

    As an aside, Charles Pierce’s Gobshites piece today is a thing of beauty. The dismantling he does on Dancin Dave and Carly Fiorina is not to be missed. 🙂