Shitzu Sunday Reads

Good morning.

It’s a give two shits too…morning… and here are a few items that you may find interesting enough, to give a shit.

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Policing has always been a racist project in this country. The first example of a modern police department in the United States was a slave patrol. Swipe through to learn why, and stay tuned for part 2.

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A lot of the soldiers wrote graffiti on their helmets with inscriptions of their attitudes about where they were and why they were there. The military called it the M- I helmet, the troops called it a “steel pot”. The damn thing felt like it weighed half a ton when you first put it on your newly shaved head in basic training or boot camp. It’s a sure bet that not long after the U.S. military introduced the steel pot (with its fiber glass shell liner) in 1941, some GI or Marine scribbled “Kilroy war here” or some other oddball or iron, saying on his helmet. Until the Vietnam War, though. what you most commonly saw on helmets were rank insignia and unit designations. As is the case with so many other thing, the conflict in Vietnam put its own unique stamp on the things the soldiers wrote on their helmets. All manner of iconoclastic stuff found its way onto our steel pots. By far, the most popular were a girlfriend’s name, a city and state back home, peace signs and short-timer calendars. As the war progressed, slogans and other graffiti were proudly displayed by the wearer. Ironically, the most reproduced helmet graffito to emerge from the Vietnam War is a fictitious one, although it is based on reality: the “Born to Kill” that Private Joker wrote on his steel pot in the movie Full Metal Jacket, which is based on former Marine Gustav Hasford’s 1979 novel The Short-Timers. The iconoclastic Joker’s helmet message is central to the surreal “duality of man” dialogue in the movie, in which a hard-core colonel chews out Private Joker for his peace symbol button. “You write ‘Born to Kill’ on your helmet and you wear a peace button. What’s thus supposed to be, some kind of sick joker?” the colonel harrumphs. To which Joker replies: “I was trying to suggest something about the duality of man, sir, the Jungian thing, sir.” To which, the colonel replies: “Whose side are you on. son?” The troops in Vietnam were the children of the 1960s, and like their cohorts back home, even in a war zone they found a way to express themselves.

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Our Curiosity rover spots a “dust devil” on Mars 💨⁣ ⁣ Mars is often a very dynamic place, due to its atmosphere and how it interacts with the surface. Right now, it's the “windy season” in the region where our Curiosity rover is operating. On Aug. 9, one of the rover's navigation cameras captured the frames in this animation showing a spinning, columnar vortex of wind – also known as a "dust devil" – moving across the landscape.⁣ ⁣ This dust devil appears to be passing through small hills just above Curiosity's present location on Mount Sharp, a peak within Gale Crater. The dust devil is approximately one-third to a half-mile (half-a-kilometer to a kilometer) away, and estimated to be about 16 feet (5 meters) wide. The dust plume disappears past the top of the frame, so an exact height can't be known, but it's estimated to be at least 164 feet (50 meters) tall.⁣ ⁣ Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI⁣ ⁣ #Mars #Dust #NASA #Winds #SolarSystem

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Photo by @robertclarkphoto The oldest living WWII veteran, Lawrence Brooks, is turning 111 today. Brooks served as a support worker in the predominantly Black 91st Engineer Battalion (U.S.), stationed in New Guinea and then the Philippines, and reaching the rank of private first class during the war. Mr. Brooks is an amazing man for reasons other than his age: he endured a high level of racism not only in military service but also when he returned home, and as a 96-year-old during Katrina, he left his flooded home and swam to his church, climbed to the roof and was rescued by a helicopter. @wwiimuseum

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I stole this from someone

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Hey, at least it’s not people protesting police brutality or desperate families trying to cross the border. Now THAT would be like a terrible pandemic or something. #fucktrump #klanchowder #turdreich #illiteratenero #lumberinggarbagebarge #thedailydon

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Some fascinating vintage photos of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, from May 1973. Wil Blanche’s DOCUMERICA assignment took him to New York City and Westchester County where he took pictures of landfills, water pollution and the rapidly changing Lower Manhattan skyline. Among his photographs are images of the newly completed Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. — (Photos by Wil Blanche/ U.S. National Archives)

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Rare footage of an elk stepping on a lego.⁣ ⁣ During the elk mating season (rut), which generally happens from now through mid-October, bulls bugle to announce their availability and fitness to females and to warn and challenge other bulls. While this iconic song is a beautiful backdrop to fall in Yellowstone, remember that bull elk, like a lone plastic brick, can be extremely dangerous and leave a mark. Always keep at least 25 yards from elk. ⁣ ⁣ More elk bugling videos are available at www.nps.gov/yell/⁣ ⁣ Video of a bull elk walking through tall grass and bugling. Note: this video was filmed with a zoom lens. No legos were harmed in the filming.⁣ ⁣ #yellowstone #elk #nationalparkservice #naturesounds #wildlife

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Decatur County, Georgia. Photographs by Paul Kwilecki (1971-1989)

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7 Comments on “Shitzu Sunday Reads”

  1. Enheduanna says:

    Interesting post JJ. It’s nice to see something else besides polls for a change. The news sure does obsess over them….

    Hoping to have my mail-in ballot in a week or two. I’m dropping it at the ballot box. I honestly trust the machines here less than someone tossing my ballot in the trash.

  2. dakinikat says:

  3. NW Luna says:

    On the other side of the country:

    The air quality across [the Northwest] was listed as “hazardous” or “very unhealthy” by state environmental officials, and a dense smoke advisory from the National Weather Service remained in effect for much of the state until at least 6 p.m. local time Sunday. Oregon officials said there were 34 fires still burning across the state Sunday afternoon, dozens remained missing and 902,620 acres had already been destroyed, an area about the size of Rhode Island.

    Similar warnings about smoke were in place from California to Washington state. In San Francisco, residents were advised to remain indoors and block air from seeping into their homes.

    In Seattle, the air quality index topped 200, the level considered “very unhealthy.” “The sun doesn’t seem to rise or set. The sky gets a little bit brighter and a little bit darker and that’s how you know the day is starting or ending,” said Eileen Quigley, founder and executive director of the Clean Energy Transition Institute in Seattle.

  4. NW Luna says: