WWII Era Japanese “Super-Sub” Found Off Coast of Hawaii">WWII Era Japanese “Super-Sub” Found Off Coast of Hawaii
As part of the post-World War II agreement, all enemy captured arsenal was to be share between the allied nations who won the war (U.S., U.K., Soviet Union, France, etc.). It was “lost in storm” just prior to the Soviet team’s arrival to examine the submarine.
Just one of those ‘unlucky things,’ right?
A Japanese submarine that was lost at sea after it was intentionally scuttled by the U.S. Navy during World War II has been located by a team of explorers off the coast of Hawaii.
A spokesman for the University of Hawaii at Mānoa said in a press release the discovery of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s mega-submarine, the I-400, solves the decades-old mystery of where the submarine lay on the ocean floor.
The I-400 was one of the “Sen-Toku” class submarines, which were the largest submarines ever built until nuclear-powered subs were invented. It is 400 feet long and could travel one and a half times around the world without refueling.
“The I-400 has been on our ‘to-find’ list for some time,” said veteran undersea explorer Terry Kerby, who led the expedition that found the submarine. “It was the first of its kind of only three built, so it is a unique and very historic submarine.”
Kerby said finding the submarine where they did was “totally unexpected” because they had expected it to be further out to sea.
Nuclear-powered submarines, now common in the U.S., Russian, and other fleets, became the norm after 1954. The U.S. Navy’s first prototype was called The Nautilus.
The biggest clue was watching that the Washington Post initially assigned Aaron Blake — a political reporter, not a religions reporter — and the best he could get was “Pope Francis hates “trickle-down economics” as a headline until they sent it off to team coverage.
In a 227-page document? Seriously?
It may be a bit of a shock to know that so did Pope Benedict XVI. So did Pope John Paul II. In fact, so did many popes, since the Church’s teaching is not one on wealth accumulation, or even to the shock of liberals — wealth redistribution. No, the Church is not opposed to an individual being “rich,” it does however question what one does with it.
Are you using it to help the poor? Are you donating it for philanthropic causes? Are you hoarding it like a miser? That is the true measure of a rich man to the Catholic church. What are you using your wealth for?
The Left, confident in the welfare state and the competence of government (Hi, have you seen the ObamaCare roll out yet?), wants us to believe that the only option is higher taxes to fund more social programs. They entice liberal Catholics with empty platitudes about “social justice” (a tenant of the Church, but not what the Left has transmogrified it into) under the belief that only the government can best care for the underprivileged in society. This is not the truth.
Meanwhile, in the remaining 227 pages, things like this got overlooked.
The Church’s pastors, taking into account the contributions of the different sciences, have the right to offer opinions on all that affects people’s lives, since the task of evangelization implies and demands the integral promotion of each human being. It is no longer possible to claim that religion should be restricted to the private sphere and that it exists only to prepare souls for heaven. We know that God wants his children to be happy in this world too, even though they are called to fulfilment in eternity, for he has created all things “for our enjoyment” (1 Tim 6:17), the enjoyment of everyone. It follows that Christian conversion demands reviewing especially those areas and aspects of life “related to the social order and the pursuit of the common good”.
183. Consequently, no one can demand that religion should be relegated to the inner sanctum of personal life, without influence on societal and national life, without concern for the soundness of civil institutions, without a right to offer an opinion on events affecting society. Who would claim to lock up in a church and silence the message of Saint Francis of Assisi or Blessed Teresa of Calcutta? They themselves would have found this unacceptable. An authentic faith – which is never comfortable or completely personal – always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better that we found it. We love this magnificent planet on which God has put us, and we love the human family which dwells here, with all its tragedies and struggles, its hopes and aspirations, its strengths and weaknesses. The earth is our common home and all of us are brothers and sisters. If indeed “the just ordering of society and of the state is a central responsibility of politics”, the Church “cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice”. All Christians, their pastors included, are called to show concern for the building of a better world. This is essential, for the Church’s social thought is primarily positive: it offers proposals, it works for change and in this sense it constantly points to the hope born of the loving heart of Jesus Christ.
1) Sounds like someone is not a fan of President Obama’s “Religion is what I do for one-hour on Sunday” mentality when it comes to interrupting the 1st Amendment.
2) Hobby Lobby has some friends in high places.
If sports has any effect on the politics of a nation as liberal sports columnists like to say, than this is pretty huge news. With professional leagues banned for decades, any solid baseball player in Cuba has to play for the Cuban national team. So, for decades, the common practice for any big-name Cuban ball player who wanted come to America and play Major Leauge Baseball was to find a way to defect.
Once upon a time, the entire Cuban National Team defected when it was playing a series of exhibition games in Miami. At one time, the defections got so bad, top Cuban talent would have round-the-clock security just to ensure they wouldn’t be able to defect and leave the Cuban National team.
Mind you, this doesn’t just apply to baseball, but soccer, volleyball (pretty big in Cuba) and any other team sports. Baseball gets all the press because it’s the only sport where most of these players will go on to get big-money contracts. The most recent high-profile Cuban deflection is L.A. Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig.
Cuba announced Friday that its athletes will be allowed to sign contracts to compete in foreign leagues, a shift from decades of policy that held professional sports to be anathema to socialist ideals.
The measure promises to increase the amount of money baseball players and others are able to earn, and seems geared toward stemming a continuing wave of defections by athletes who are lured abroad by the possibility of lucrative contracts, sapping talent from national squads.
It was not immediately clear if the ruling would let Cuban baseball players jump to the U.S. major leagues without restrictions imposed by local or U.S. government policies.
Cuban athletes will have to pay taxes on any earnings from foreign clubs, and the 51-year-old U.S. embargo outlaws nearly all American transactions with the Cuban government.
Unfortunately, the American embargo on Cuba bars those who do defect from sending money to any remaining family members in Cuba. Still, this change of rules in Cuba under Raul Castro is light-years ahead of anything Fidel ever did let talented Cuban athletes do when he ran the island.