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Mark Zuckerberg has made it clear that he does not understand the 1st Amendment. Or what “political speech” actually is.

Now, within the context of his creation, Facebook, he is free to promote or suppress speech as he sees fit. The problem is that he doesn’t want to do it. I mean, he does want to do it, but he doesn’t want to be blamed for it. Instead, he wants the government to do it for him.

The problem is, of course, that like many in the entertainment and governmental industries, he doesn’t seem to grasp that the Government cannot do that… well… in fairness, there aren’t very many people who grasp that.

It all makes my annual question to 129 men who died this day in 1963 more poignant.


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Catastrophic Failures


 




USS Thresher SSN-593

Yesterday I was asked why I had joined the Navy, and specifically why I volunteered for the Submarine Force. It’s not all that complicated of an answer. I love the sea. I love my country. I love Naval vessels. And a year or so before I joined the Navy, I had read THE book that defines US Submarines service in WWII. Far from scaring me, the promise of joining the best of the best enthralled me and motivated me.

Then came the moment in SUBSCOL when they really ask you if you want to do this. Are you sure?  Because it is very, very, very dangerous.

The tell you the story of the USS Thresher…


What are we to make of the FBI raid on the offices of Trumps lawyer? Is it the “smoking gun” that will lead to impeachment of the President?  Or is it possible that it’s not even connected to the President?


Facebook CEO Mark Zukerburg testifies today in front of Congress. For all the hoopla and brouhaha, is anything likely to change? and will any of those changes be designed to enhance liberty or to restrict it? Moreover, when did Facebook become the ultimate arbiter of election strategy and American day-to-day life?


Cold Water



USS Thresher SSN-593

USS Thresher SSN-593

The anniversary of the loss of the USS Thresher in 1963 reminds us that going to sea in ships is inherently dangerous. Whether there is an enemy or some unknown and unexpected danger in the deep, the dangers cannot be ignored, nor always avoided. No matter how advanced the technology or how sure we are of our procedures, there is always that unknown danger that is waiting to surprise us.

Edward Snowden leaks have directly effected submarine operations and like John Walker, his actions have placed men and ships in danger.

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