White Wolf Mine Report
I have tried in vain to record mountain lions howling at night when they are in heat. Same with the bobcats – even though their cries are softer. The wolves howl and so do coyotes.
The lions have run off the bobcats that used to hang out and accept milk a cracked egg and a little honey as a snack. I only know this because I cut for sign in the area. The bobcats surrendered the territory. This has caused me to eliminate snacks. I really don’t want the lions any closer than they already are.
On the game camera 2/16, two days ago.
I rarely see antelope in the south forty, but yeah, sometimes. Seeing a bison would be very rare. I’ve heard that they occasionally stray this far from the Raymond Ranch Herd, but haven’t seen them this far south. As with the antelope, they prefer more open country. I’m also waiting to capture the photo of a jaguar. Arizona is the only US state with jaguars and while neighbors have had game camera photos of them, I have not.
Big Horn sheep do pass, through closer to the house than where the photo above was taken. They live in the Clear Creek Gorge area (about a-mile-and-a-half south) for the most part.
There are distinct herds of deer that I see regularly. I have names for the herds. One particularly playful herd, the Highway Deer, hangs out near State Route 87 and play chicken with passing cars. I see them doing it so often, the same deer, that I think that they do it for sport. They’re mule deer (as opposed to the whitetail deer we have here too) and are very nimble when it comes to dodging and weaving.
Legio III Gallica Passes Through
(The Daily Beast) In 1987 some clusters of mysterious graffiti found on the walls of Pompeii’s theater tunnel were published in an academic journal. They did not make much of a splash. After all, next to the brightly colored and pornographic frescos of the tragic city’s brothels and the remains of people and animals frozen in time and volcanic ash, inscriptions seem almost boring. But they might actually be Pompeii’s best-kept secret and one of its greatest mysteries… more here.
Mongol Military Tactics
“When they come to an engagement with the enemy, they will gain the victory in this fashion. They never let themselves get into a regular medley, but keep perpetually riding around and shooting into the enemy. And as they do not count it any shame to run away in battle, they will sometimes pretend to do so, and in running away they turn in the saddle and shoot hard and strong at the foe, and in this way make great havoc. Their horses are trained so perfectly that they will double hither and thither, just like a dog, in a way that is quite astonishing.
Thus they fight to a good purpose in running away as if they stood and faced the enemy because of the vast volleys of arrows that they shoot in this way, turning round upon their pursuers, who are fancying that they have won the battle. But when the Mongols see that they have killed and wounded a good many horses and men, they wheel round bodily and return to the charge in perfect order and with loud cries, and in a very short time, the enemy is routed.
In truth, they are stout and valiant soldiers and inured to war. And you perceive that it is just when the enemy sees them run, and imagines that he has gained the battle, that he has, in reality, lost it, for the Mongols wheel round in a moment when they judge the right time has come. And after this fashion, they have won many a fight”
-Marco Polo on Mongol Military Tactics
Laid down: 10 February 1941 – USS Growler (SS-215), a Gato-class submarine, was the third ship of the United States Navy named for the growler, a large-mouth black bass.
Her keel was laid down by the Electric Boat Company of Groton, Connecticut. She was launched on 2 November 1941 and sponsored by Mrs. Lucile E. Ghormley, wife of Vice Admiral Robert L. Ghormley, Special Naval Observer to the United Kingdom. The boat was commissioned on 20 March 1942 with Lieutenant Commander Howard W. Gilmore in command.
On 5 August 1942 Growler began her second and most successful war patrol, entering her area near Taiwan on 21 August. Two days later she conducted a submerged night attack on a freighter, surfacing to give chase when both torpedoes ran under the target and failed to explode; the freighter’s quick exit into shallow waters prevented Growler’s gun attack. Patrolling amidst a large fishing fleet on 25 August, Growler sighted and fired at a large passenger freighter but all three torpedoes missed; after a three-hour depth-charge attack, in which some 53 “ash cans” were dropped, Growler surfaced and almost immediately spotted a convoy. After two hours of maneuvering, she failed to catch up with the main body of the convoy but did fire at and sink an ex-gunboat, Senyo Maru. No more ships appeared in this immediate area for three days, so Growler shifted to the east side of the island. First to fall victim was Eifuku Maru, a 5,866-ton cargo ship, which Growler sank within 40 minutes of first sighting her 31 August. On 4 September Growler sank Kashino, a 10,360 ton supply ship; three days later she sent two torpedoes into the 2,204-ton cargo ship Taika Maru, which broke in half and sank in two minutes. On 15 September Growler cleared her patrol area and arrived back at Pearl on 30 September.
Growler’s 11th and final war patrol began out of Fremantle on 20 October 1944 in a wolf pack with Hake (SS-256) and Hardhead (SS-365). On 8 November the wolf pack, again headed by Growler, closed a convoy for the attack, with Growler on the opposite side of the enemy from Hake and Hardhead. The order to commence attacking was the last communication ever received from Growler. After the attack was underway, Hake and Hardhead heard what sounded like a torpedo explosion and then a series of depth charges on Growler’s side of the convoy, and then nothing. All efforts to contact Growler for the next three days proved futile. The submarine, a veteran of seven successful war patrols, was listed as lost in action against the enemy, cause unknown. Possibly she was sunk by one of her own torpedoes, but it is probable that she was sunk by the convoy’s escorts, destroyer Shigure and coastal defense ships Chiburi and CD-19.
Growler received eight battle stars for her service in World War II.
A fictionalized and resequenced version of the ramming attack by Growler on her fourth patrol features prominently in the John Wayne movie, Operation Pacific.
HMS Crocodile was returning home from duty in India and, having sighted the Scilly Isles early in the evening of 8th May 1784, set a course to take her up the English Channel. Before long the weather became hazy and, by nightfall, there was a thick fog.
Just before 3 o’clock the next morning, Crocodile ran hard aground on the rocky foreshore at Prawle Point, near Salcombe, South Devon, with such force that her commander, Captain John Williamson, who was not on deck at the time, thought that he had collided with another vessel.
When it became apparent that the ship had stranded, every effort was made to pull her off the rocks but to no avail. As a last resort, even her masts were cut away, but she would not budge; with seven feet of water in the hold and his ship in imminent danger of toppling over as the tide ebbed, Williamson reluctantly gave the order to abandon her. All of the crew were saved and most of her stores were successfully salvaged; however, Captain Williamson was criticized at his subsequent court-martial for not ordering soundings to be taken when inshore in heavy fog and he was officially reprimanded.
Those with 2-digits traverse the entire country
If they end in “0” they run East-West (10, 20, 30, ..)
If they end in “5” they run North-South (5, 15, 25, ..)
Those with 3-digits are bypasses and contain the last 2 digits of the interstates they bypass.