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The Only Thing That We Know

1968 was a bad year for submarines. The French, the Israelis, the Russians, and the United States all lost boats that year. For the US, the loss of Scorpion has proven to be particularly vexing. Even in Submarine School in 1982 it was discussed and debated.

At the end of the day, there are several theories as to what happened. Was it a Russian torpedo in retaliation for the loss of K-129? was it a hot running Mk 37 that couldn’t be shut down and detonated in the torpedo room? Was it a battery that exploded? Why did at least one crew member try to escape?

When everything is said and done, when we think about the loss of 99 men on this day in 1968, there is really only one thing that we know.

And that is that we don’t know…


The Need to Know

Happy September! Labor Day, such as it is, has never really held much meaning for me beyond the weekend before school starts and the beginning of another Football Season. Every job I’ve ever worked – even the union one – we worked Holidays, Saturdays, Sundays, Birthdays and Nights (Get it? SSBN…)

Anyway, I wasn’t going to do a show for today, but I was reading on Friday afternoon about some stuff that left me a bit… well… you’ll see. Read the rest of this entry


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.

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