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The Sylmar California Earthquake

I awaken in the gloom of the early morning. Everything is moving. The bookcase is teetering, and I wonder if it is going to fall. I am half asleep, but I know I'm in the middle of an earthquake. No big deal. We get a lot of these in Southern California. It will stop in a second. OK. Maybe 5 seconds. Wait. IT'S NOT STOPPING! The phones are dead, but my father is a telephone lineman. He doesn't need a call to know that they need him at work right-the-heck now. It was a 6.7 magnitude earthquake with the epicenter in Sylmar. I am studying modern building practices, and I've seen a lot of new construction out there, but many of those "modern" buildings have collapsed or are damaged beyond repair. Bridge foundations are crushed. A wing of the Veterans Hospital has collapsed. People are dead. We haven't heard from our father for 3 days. He can't call. Even where the phone lines are intact, so many people are trying to call simultaneously that they cannot get a dial tone. We are millions together, and all alone. [1] [2]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
Lessons learned in the aftermath.

1. Most people die as they run outside. They get hit by glass or a falling brick. Get under a table or stand inside a doorway.

2. Attach bookcases to the wall... loosely. I use a chain with a removable loop.

3. Buildings need to flex. Sill-plate bolts must be loose so that the building can slide around on its foundation.

4. Big picture windows can cause a wall to fold down like a scissor jack. Make sure you leave enough room for cross-bracing in that wall.

5. Avoid making non-emergency local phone calls. Out-of-state calls work better. Arrange for an out-of-state family member or friend to relay family status calls like, "I'm OK, Aunt Sally. Tell Mom when she calls."

6. Building codes are there for a reason. The reason is usually, "We don't EVER want this to happen to us again."

The Media Reveals that the Government was in the Wrong!

Contributed by Southpaw Ben It's February 1971. You're a reporter . The aide for a leader of a task force studying the Vietnam war approaches you with as study called "United States – Vietnam Relations, 1945–1967: A Study Prepared by the Department of Defense". Upon examination, you realize this could be a journalistic gold mine, but would damage the image of the government, and possibly threaten your career. What would you do?

The aide was Daniel Ellsberg, aide to Assistant Secretary of Defense McNaughton. You're Neil Sheehan of the New York Times. The study brought to you will become known as the Pentagon Papers, and will be one of the final nails in the coffin for American public's support of the Vietnam war. The contents of the paper reveal that the Department of Defense knew the war was unwinnable, and also showed just how much previous administrations had actually known about the war, including the fact that JFK knew of the plans to overthrow Ngo Dinh Diem well prior to the November 1963 coup, and that Johnson, despite promising not to expand the Vietnam war, had plans to do just that well before the 1964 election. It also revealed the expansion of the war into Cambodia and Laos, which had never been reported upon by the media. The Nixon administration attempted to have the New York Times cease publication, and the issue eventually went to the Supreme Court, who ruled that publication was legal and could continue. Ellsburgwas charged with Espionage, but the case was dismissed when it was discovered his psychiatrist was burglarized by a secret White House team to discredit him. We will here more about this same team next year. [3][4]

My Take by Southpaw Ben
With the mainstream media as in bed with the government as much as it is today, it's hard to imagine anything like this being published, unless it was against very specific individuals already being demonized by the media, *Cough* Trump *cough*, and definitely wouldn't be published if it would have damaged the reputations of the four previous administrations as the Pentagon Papers did. Too bad, as today there seems to be so many more leaks of important information trying to happen, but has to go through "less credible" outlets, as the "proper channels" refuse to touch these important issues that could damage the governments image. As if it could really look any worse.

The D.B. Cooper Skyjacking

Contributed by Alex Shrugged

"I have a bomb here and I would like you to sit by me."
-- "D. B. Cooper" as he hijacks a 727. [5]

Is "D. B. Cooper" his real name? Hardly. That is not even the name he gives to the airlines. (It is a media fabrication, but no one knows who started it.) He calls himself Dan Cooper and he threatens to blow up the plane unless Northwest Airlines comes up with $200,000 in $20 bills and 4 parachutes. The plane lands for refueling and takes off again with the money, the parachutes and Dan Cooper. A thunderstorm rages outside as Cooper jumps out of the 727 at 10,000 feet over a forest wilderness. It will be a miracle if he survives the jump without being hit by lightening, or pass out from the altitude or hit a tree. As federal marshals comb the area they find a few dollar bills, but no D. B. Cooper. He must have been eaten by a bear... or he has just pulled off the perfect crime. He will never be caught. [6]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
But we have a fairly good idea who he was. Kenny Christiansen, now deceased, was a former Northwest Airlines employee making $512 A MONTH. He was also part of several strikes at Northwest Airlines that seriously cut into any savings he had. But after the hijacking he suddenly had a lot of money to throw around. He was also a former paratrooper, but these facts escaped the notice of the FBI. On his deathbed he whispered to his brother, Lyle, that he had a confession to make. In fact, Kenny had $186,000 in his savings account and over $20,000 in his checking. Did Kenny really do it? Probably, but we'll never know for sure. Kenny is dead, and the FBI maintains that D. B. Cooper died after jumping out of a plane at 10,000 feet.

Notable Births

  • ISIS Leader (or ISIL or whatever). Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (pronounced AH-boo BAH-car awl Bog-DAWD-dee) [7] [8]
  • Marc Andreessen: Co-creator of Mosaic, one of the first web browsers. [7] [9]
  • -- In Politics... Marco Rubio and Bobby Jindal. [7] [10]
  • -- Women in Movies... Denise Richards and Winona Ryder. [7] [15] [16]
  • -- In Comedy... Christina Applegate and Amy Poehler. [7] [17] [18]
  • -- In Music... Kid Rock, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur (died 1996, age 25, killed in a drive-by shooting, resurrected as a hologram 2012) [7] [19] [20] [21] [22]

This Year in Film

  • Fiddler on the Roof: A Jewish dairyman sings his way through the trials of life. (A Jewish "Must See".--alexshrugged) [26]
  • Dirty Harry: Clint Eastwood. "You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?" [26]
  • A Clockwork Orange: A rapist and murderer is brainwashed to make him "good". (Socialism at its worst.--alexshrugged) [26]
  • Billy Jack: A Green-Beret veteran defends hippies against corrupt police. (This is not as outlandish as it seems. The KKK was killing communists at this time. Hippies and Jews were perceived as communists.--alexshrugged) [26]

This Year in TV

  • Columbo: Peter Falk plays a bumbling homicide detective. [27]
  • The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour: Cher builds a music career. Sonny Bono builds a political career. [27]
  • All in the Family: Archie Bunker offers controversial commentary on issues of the day. (To be funny, all comedy must reflect the truth in fact or perception.--alexshrugged) [27]
  • Cigarette commercials are now forbidden: This is part of the growing anti-smoking movement. [27] [28]

This Year in Music

  • Maggie May: Rod Stewart. [29]
  • Imagine (No Religion/No Possessions): John Lennon comments, "The Socialism I speak about... [is] nice... British Socialism." [29] [30]
  • Brown Sugar: The Rolling Stones. NOTE: The band is escaping "nice... British Socialism" because it is taxing them to death. [29] [31]

In Other News

  • Forced school bussing begins: School districts must take affirmative action to racially integrate. IT'S THE LAW! (White-flight ensues.--alexshrugged) [32] [33] [34]
  • The Weather Underground blows up a men's room in the US Capitol building: (We are talking about Bernardine Dohrn and her husband, Bill Ayers, the rumored ghost writer for Barack Obama's autobiography.--alexshrugged) [32] [35]
  • Project Gutenberg digitizes the Declaration of Independence: Thus begins the digital archive of public domain books. (The Internet does not exist, yet, so access is limited to the students on campus.--alexshrugged) [32]

This Year in Wikipedia

Year 1971, Wikipedia.

See Also


  1. 1971 San Fernando earthquake - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 28 March 2017. “Transportation around the Los Angeles area was severely afflicted with roadway failures and the partial collapse of several major freeway interchanges. The near total failure of the Lower Van Norman Dam resulted in the evacuation of tens of thousands of downstream residents, though an earlier decision to maintain the water at a lower level may have contributed to saving the dam from being overtopped.”
  2. Alex Shrugged notes: My remarks come from my personal experience of the event and my study of earthquake preparedness. Building codes are there for a reason.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentagon_Papers
  4. http://www.history.com/topics/vietnam-war/pentagon-papers
  5. D. B. Cooper - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  6. Brad Meltzer. History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time. Workman Publishing Company, Inc.. ISBN 9780761178651. “On November 24, 1971, a passenger using the name Dan Cooper hijacked Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 305, headed from Portland to Seattle (see Exhibit 7A, the hijacker's ticket voucher). After threatening to blow up the plane with a bomb, Cooper demanded four parachutes and $200,000.” 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 1971 Births - Wikipedia.
  8. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi - Wikipedia.
  9. Marc Andreessen - Wikipedia.
  10. Bobby Jindal - Wikipedia.
  11. Luke Wilson - Wikipedia.
  12. Mark Wahlberg - Wikipedia.
  13. Chris Tucker - Wikipedia.
  14. Sean Astin - Wikipedia.
  15. Denise Richards - Wikipedia.
  16. Winona Ryder - Wikipedia.
  17. Amy Poehler - Wikipedia.
  18. Christina Applegate - Wikipedia.
  19. Tupac Shakur - Wikipedia.
  20. TJ (April 16, 2012). Video: Tupac (As A Hologram) Joins Snoop Dogg And Dr. Dre On Stage At 2012 Coachella - Neon Limelight - Exclusive Music News, Artist Interviews, Reviews, Photos!. Retrieved on 24 March 2017. “Warren G, 50 Cent, Eminem. They’re all artists you’d expect to join Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre during their set at 2012 Coachella Music Festival last night. But Tupac Shakur? Uh, no way. Well, the late, great rapper did indeed join Snoop and Dre on stage… as a hologram.”
  21. Kid Rock - Wikipedia.
  22. Snoop Dogg - Wikipedia.
  23. Kurt Warner - Wikipedia.
  24. Troy Vincent - Wikipedia.
  25. Lance Armstrong - Wikipedia.
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 1971 in film - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 27 January 2017.
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 1971 in television - Wikipedia (2017).
  28. #315 Philip-Morris settlement. Department of Justice (GOVERNMENT SITE) (June 6, 1995). Retrieved on 26 March 2017.
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 1971 in music - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 30 January 2017.
  30. Imagine (John Lennon song) - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 27 March 2017. “Lennon stated: Imagine', which says: 'Imagine that there was no more religion, no more country, no more politics,' is virtually the Communist manifesto, even though I'm not particularly a Communist and I do not belong to any movement.'[5] He told NME: 'There is no real Communist state in the world; you must realize that. The Socialism I speak about ... [is] not the way some daft Russian might do it, or the Chinese might do it. That might suit them. Us, we should have a nice ... British Socialism.'”
  31. Stingy Stones avoid tax on £240m fortune - Daily Mail Online (2 August 2006). Retrieved on 25 March 2017. “The Rolling Stones have paid just 1.6 per cent tax on their earnings of £242million over the past 20 years, it has emerged.”
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 1971 - Wikipedia.
  33. Bussing - definition of bussing (2017). Retrieved on 28 March 2017. “a variant spelling of busing”
  34. Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Bd. of Educ. :: 402 U.S. 1 (1971) :: Justia U.S. Supreme Court Center. supreme.justia.com (1971). Retrieved on 28 March 2017. “The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system, which includes the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, had more than 84,000 students in 107 schools in the 1968-1969 school year. Approximately 29% (24,000) of the pupils were Negro, about 14,000 of whom attended 21 schools that were at least 99% Negro. This resulted from a desegregation plan approved by the District Court in 1965, at the commencement of this litigation. In 1968, petitioner Swann moved for further relief based on Green v. County School Board, 391 U. S. 430, which required school boards to 'come forward with a plan that promises realistically to work . . . now . . . until it is clear that state-imposed segregation has been completely removed.'”
  35. Independent Lens . THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND . The Weathermen Today - PBS (2017). Retrieved on 28 March 2017. “Bill Ayers A central figure in the Weathermen, Ayers lived underground for ten years, an experience he wrote about in his memoir, Fugitive Days. Now married to Dohrn, Ayers is currently a school reform activist and a professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago.”

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