Whistle Whilst You Work

I soon got used to this singing, for the sailors never touched a rope without it . . . Some sea captains, before shipping a man, always ask him whether he can sing out at a rope.

–Herman Melville, Redburn

It’s the 19th century. You’re a young man seeking adventure and a test of your manhood. You decide to sign up on a ship to see exotic foreign lands. You take the trip to the coast. You find a big coastal town and you walk through the docks admiring the ships. Finally, you spot one that you like. You walk on deck and a tall man dressed in black coat confronts you. It’s the captain. Read more

Judge Gives Agent Orange Denial A Roundhouse Kick

This is great news–45+ years after the fact–but it’s good.


“The Greatest Allied POW Escape of World War 2”

This is the real story of “The Great Escape.” Enjoy!


Taliban Charges Bowe Bergdahl With Desertion


QUETTA, PAKISTAN – Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl may be innocent of desertion as far as the U.S. Army is concerned, but in recent days the ex-prisoner of war now faces the same charges from the most unlikely direction: his former captors. Read more

Oliver North starts feeding documents into the shredding machine: 1986

Today in History

National Security Council staff member Oliver North and his secretary, Fawn Hall, begin shredding documents that would have exposed their participation in a range of illegal activities regarding the sale of arms to Iran and the diversion of the proceeds to a rebel Nicaraguan group. On November 25, North was fired but Hall continued to sneak documents to him by stuffing them in her skirt and boots. The Iran-Contra scandal, as it came to be known, became an embarrassment and a sticky legal problem for the Reagan administration. Read more

Image of the Day: 21 November 2014

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Stephen Decatur
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Stephen Decatur


  • A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.”―Frank Zappa.