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Resource: Coded Communications, Phonetic Alphabets, etc. / clearinghouse

No doubt in some program or another you’ve heard military personnel/ spies/ special operations operatives communicate using “phonetic alphabets” meaning saying a word beginning with the intended letter so the letter is not misheard –especially with significant background noise or dodgy communication channels with static and what not.

I got curious and it turns out indeed, there are loads of different variations used regionally, in different militaries / organization or different purposes/ services.

What follows is mostly screen captures and random images harvested off the Internet (wikipedia etc for research/ resource/ education/amusement purposes only.

In other words, I didn’t create any of these images, and I wasn’t diligent enough to keep track of where they came from, but I keep on wondering about these things so I’m stashing them here so I can find one I’m curious. Maybe you are also curious.

So consider this a clearinghouse of mostly outdated, irrelevant or redundant information which you could easily obtain elsewhere.

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Tattoo Culture of Sailor Jerry – Choogle On! #124

Tattoo Culture of Sailor Jerry – Choogle On #124
Tattoo Culture of Sailor Jerry – Choogle On #124

From SXSW 2008 – amidst sirens and Austin, Texas 6th St. street noise – comes an interview with filmmaker Erich Weiss premièring “Hori Smoku, Sailor Jerry” about the originator of contemporary tattoo-ing – and iconoclastic libertarian American – Norman Collins who combined Japanese technique, Polynesian traditions, and American motifs in Hawaii during WW2.

The interview delves into the the “screwed, boozed (blued), and  tattooed” wild culture as a million sailors and soldiers descended upon the idyllic islands (especially Hotel Street), plus Mr. Collins’ complex life, the artistic lineage of Sailor Jerry, rivalries and legacies of various tattoo artists/legends, mentorships of Don Ed Hardy and others, and the remarks about “fad” tattooing and (lack of) regret. 

Might hurt a bit: Sailor Jerry Tattoo Culture – Choogle On with Uncle Weed #124 (.mp3, stereo, 30MB, 14:44) Continue reading Tattoo Culture of Sailor Jerry – Choogle On! #124

Democracy Now – Guam Residents Organize Against US Plans for $15B Military Buildup #video

Video from Democracy Now – Guam Residents Organize Against US Plans for $15B Military Buildup on Pacific Island Guam

The United States is planning an enormous $15 billion military buildup on the Pacific island of Guam. The project would turn the thirty-mile-long island into a major hub for US military operations in the Pacific in what has been described as the largest military buildup in recent history. We speak with Julian Aguon, a civil rights attorney from the Chamoru nation in Guam. [includes rush transcript]

– excerpt

JULIAN AGUON: OK. Well, Guam is one of the longest-colonized islands in the Pacific. We were colonized by Spain for almost 300 years and then by the United States. We got ceded to the United States under the 1898 Treaty of Paris, along with Cuba, Philippines, Puerto Rico, as you know. So, since 1898 until present, with the exception of a three-year—1941 to 1944, we were occupied by the Japanese imperial forces during World War II, which is a completely other story, which was also horrific. But we basically have been under US colonization since 1898 until the present. So we’re actually coming on 500 years of uninterrupted colonization.

And that’s sort of why being even on this program is so precious for us, because we never, ever get a word in edgewise. And basically, the US uses language all the time to disappear us. We’re often called “where America’s day begins,” a possession, even according to US court cases, “possession.” We’re essentially an instrumentality of the federal government. Or they use words like “unsinkable aircraft carrier” now or “tip of the spear.” All of this language is, you know, really—it’s really clever, and it just disappears us. And so, the outside world, including mainland United States, really they’re allowed to sort of forget that there are people there. There are only ghosts. So, that’s been our experience.

And the military buildup has been no different. We actually situate the current US military buildup as the latest in a very long line of covenant breaches on the part of the United States, because in 1946, the US placed Guam on the, you know, the UN list of non-self-governing territories and basically assumed a, quote, “sacred trust obligation” under international law, by virtue of Article 73 of the UN Charter, to guide Guam toward self-determination. And now, with the military buildup, which—it really seeks to pack the last punch. It will be decisive, because it is so large and it’s so enormous. And basically, the way I see it is, the needs of my people are buckling. We’re not going to be able to withstand so much more weight.

Peace to Soldiers and Strangers – Postcard #48

Pod cover - Postcards from Gravelly Beach - Peace to Soldiers and strangers

Back home on the North Vancouver porch, Dave reads from Clay Mcleod’s essay Why I Don’t Wear a Poppy while sending peace and resistance towards the decent lieutenant Magnum in Iraq and the Philippines along with earnest comrades at arms and peaceful strangers in war torn lands. Plus he admonishes the Canadian Legion for blocking the sale of white poppies while banjo-ist Wm. Lenker sings from the woodshed and The Grateful Dead leave this Brokedown Palace… on my hands and my knees, I will roll roll roll…

Sit for a spell with Peace to Soldiers and Strangers – Postcard #48 (.mp3, 16:58, 13MB)

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