Fifty years ago, USS Scorpion’s 99 Men went down and never came back up. For fifty years, we have speculated, argued, debated, discussed, pontificated and theorized about what happened that day. There are camps who believe that a Mk 37 torpedo lit off and experienced a hot run in the Torpedo Room. Others believe the Trash Disposal Unit (TDU) was rigged incorrectly, causing flooding. Others believe that the Soviet Union attacked the Scorpion in retaliation for their loss of K-129. Still, others theorize that John Walker gave the Russians her location.
Fifty years later nobody knows for certain what actually happened. But we do know that the Navy and the Government haven’t been forthcoming about what it knows.
And every time I learned some new thing about her loss, I get even sadder.
There has been a subtle shift in the language of gun control advocates. Have you caught the change yet? Oddly enough, it began before the Santa Fe shooting but shows in the response to that particular event. It addresses the idea that once upon a time, both Michelle Obama and Joe Biden advocated FOR shotguns, while still hoping to take YOUR guns – and shotguns – away.
The incessant march towards the technological battlefield is inevitable. Project Maven was announced last year by the Pentagon to use advanced algorithms to analyze intelligence gathered by drones and other assets. The Government signed a contract with Google – yes, that Google – to work on the coding. But now, 4,000 Google employees have quit, after their attempt to pressure Google to cancel the contract failed.
Given that his Dad is a historian, I’m not sure where Ben picked it up. But, he’ll say it to me at least once time a day. “Dad,” he will pontificate,” Remember that the future is always better than the past.”
I know why he thinks that. I lived through almost half of the 20th century. Today – with all it’s problems and stress and issues – is better than the 1970’s. And I say that as a person who still nostalgically loves the 1970’s. I was there, I lived it. But for all it’s color and fun, today is better.
Technology keeps getting better – except for the parts that are going to kill us – and life gets busier. But if entropy is really the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, can we continue to expect our society to improve? It all leaves me asking a lot – A LOT – of questions:
What will Trump do in Syria?
Is it possible that California Legislators are even more irresponsible than even I though that they were?
Can Facebook really be to blame for selling your data?