Thursday, May 18, 2017

52. 5/18/17



"The Justice Department appointed Robert S. Mueller III, a former F.B.I. director, as special counsel on Wednesday to oversee the investigation into ties between President Trump's campaign and Russian officials, dramatically raising the legal and political stakes in an affair that has threatened to engulf Mr. Trump's 118-day-old presidency."

And who knows what else he'll find?



"The Trump presidency may now be disintegrating, tumbling toward entropy."

"Mueller is a Trump nightmare ..."

Pacific Geoducks:

TIME MACHINE
May 18, 1947
70 years ago

A fat Sunday paper of 267 pages:

Page 42 "GET-TOUGH" POLICY IN GERMANY BEGINS

"Two prime factors have led up to the present crisis in the Western zones, and both could have been avoided by the Military Government. [One]: the illusion that the creation of democratic forms constituted democratization and, second, the sentimental attitude that has resulted in the entire occupation task's being administered like a disaster relief project."

Similar problems began cropping up in the Japanese Occupation at this time, as well.

Page 109 NEW U.S.-SOVIET TALKS RISE HOPE OF KOREANS

"Economically strangled by partition into two occupation zones and belabored by opposing political doctrines, Korea finds itself a prisoner of the peace ... south of the thirty-eighth parallel some 50,000 Americans, tactical troops, Military Government workers and United States civilians are trying, with the aid of American supplies and liberal doses of democracy, to restore the broken machine which is a legacy of the years of Japanese exploitation.

North of this border the Soviet Union, through Commissars, coercion and propaganda, is attempting to indoctrinate a people ... 'Join the Communist party or starve,' is the statement one hears monotonously repeated ..."

"Korea is a land of disillusionment today. Koreans complain that they never suspected the price of liberation would be the division of their nation and its people."

Great article -- beautiful (hand-drawn) map.

Page 254 GETTYSBURG PILGRIMS

"The fee for a short guided tour covering the main points of interest is $2. A twenty-mile tour lasting two hours costs $3."

Today, it's $75-$100.

Page 242 FROM THE MAIL POUCH: SYMPHONY CUTS AND PUCCINI

"'When a conductor -- or any other kind of musical performer -- deliberately alters the structure of a musical work by large cuts, the existence of which is not indicated to the audience, he goes beyond the freedom granted him for personal interpretation and commits, in effect, musical libel. It is the difference between freedom and license, between democracy and anarchy.'"

Hear, hear.

Page 108 CONGRESS WEIGHS FATE OF "VOICE OF AMERICA"

"General Marshall: 'As long as propaganda is engaged in, we are faced with the necessity of taking action ourselves ... it is very hard for us here at home to comprehend the degree with which we are not comprehended and the degree with which we are misrepresented.'"

Hard to believe anyone opposed this at that time.

Page 1 DEATH-DEALING ATOMIC CLOUD UNDER STUDY BY SCIENTISTS

"Such [radioactive] clouds, each of them perhaps a mile square, could be laid in a series. They would not kill suddenly ... but would sweep with a lingering death and corrosion over a great area."

I can only picture Peter Sellers saying all this.

Page 1 BRITISH TAKE 1,000 FROM ZIONIST SHIP

"The immigrants looked fairly healthy and reasonably well dressed. As they were taken into a decontamination tent for DDT spraying one man looked at the glittering lights of the hilly city of Haifa and said in Yiddish: 'Our Haifa is beautiful.'"

They survive the Holocaust, and arrive in the Promised Land -- only to get sprayed with poisonous chemicals.

Page 110 ALL FOUR ZONES IN GERMANY FACING ACUTE FOOD CRISIS

Depressing. Hand-drawn map of Europe showing the number of calories per person in each country. (Denmark = 2900; Germany = 1200).

Page 19 JAPANESE FORCED TO CHANGE IN WEST

"The Japanese-Americans are not a complaining people, and about 80 per cent of the young say that they are satisfied with their jobs ... however, 76 per cent of the young and 71 per cent of the old people say that 'there is as much social discrimination now as before the war,' and 4 per cent declare that there is more."

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