BREAKING NEWS ahead of today's edition:
A school shooting with multiple victims. It's happened again. This time in Southern California, at Saugus High School. All the schools and the entire 23,000-student population of the Wm. S. Hart School District in Santa Clarita have been placed on lockdown. As of 8:30 am, a reunification site has been established for parents and their students at Central Park on Bouquet Canyon Rd, a mile from Saugus High. Which is a contradiction from authorities, who have also issued an order for all local residents to shelter in place. Police are searching for a male shooter clad "all in black" garments or in black with blue jeans, wearing a black cap, a male Asian, who is still at large.
Readers of The Guide are familiar with Santa Clarita as the community in the canyons north of Los Angeles that hosts the annual "Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival," a world-renowned Western music event.
Update, 9:50 am:
Suspect apprehended. He's "being treated at a local hospital."
Only Saugus High and Arroyo Seco remain under lockdown until authorities ascertain there are no additional shooters.
As usual, the bonehead broadcast media is talking about "injured" victims. If you are shot, you are wounded. "Injured" is falling out of a tree rescuing a cat. If your body is invaded by bullets, you are wounded, and Big Media mitigation to make the gun lobby happy does not change that.
Four of the wounded are in critical condition, two females, two males. One additional victim is in good condition. Accounts vary whether a total of five or seven were wounded.
L.A. County Sheriff and L.A. County Fire paramedics responded immediately. There are also stories of heroic kids and a quick-acting teacher who kept others safe.
Helluva thing that going to school requires combat firefight skills to start your day.
Update, 9:58 am:
One female victim has died as a result of gunshot wounds. She had been one of the four in critical condition.
Update, 10:22 am:
L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva confirmed the suspect in custody is a 15-year-old male Asian who was currently a student at Saugus High School. He was apprehended at his residence thanks to accounts from eyewitnesses at the school. The suspect is in custody at a local hospital, being treated for a gunshot wound. Other sources indicate his wound was self-inflicted.
A news conference is set for 11 am and will be broadcast on L.A. television stations, news radio, and nationally on CNN. With the news of this becoming available on global media, this concludes our reporting of it.
Beyond that, no words. Cherish those close to you, tell them you love them, and get together with others to demand action to stop this.
Note that the Saugus/Santa Clarita area experienced mass evacuations last month because of raging wildfires that are a year-round consequence of climate change-caused drought.
The news being what it is -- with its barnyard of blabbering bloviators spinning its singularity of fixation (if your sources are from the ubiquitous corporatocracy) -- we're bringing you a wider perspective on the significance of the human condition on November 14th in history. Then we re-list tonight's EVENTS from our November Music edition, to help improve your own human condition.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY, from someone born on this date:
"No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed, and love of power."
-- P.J. O'Rourke, writer (born Nov 14, 1947).
...and from one born yesterday:
"I know what I have given you. I do not know what you have received."
-- Antonio Porchia, poet (born Nov 13, 1886, died in 1968).
The best part of the story is what happened when the landing module, Intrepid, headed into a crater and safely touched down on November 19. Mission Commander Pete Conrad stepped out onto the lunar surface, and he saw, about 200 meters away, Surveyor 3. That was a robotic spacecraft sent two years earlier by NASA to help determine if a manned landing was even possible.
Conrad and fellow astronaut Alan Bean walked to the unmanned spacecraft, and the iconic images from the Apollo 12 mission are of Conrad working on the Surveyor craft -- including taking off its camera, which was returned to Earth for analysis.
That very different "lunar" sample enabled scientists, for the first time, to study the wear and tear on materials, circuits, and components after they had spent two years on the lunar surface, exposed to vacuum, extreme temperatures, ionizing radiation and micrometeorite bombardment. It was a quiet milestone for science.
It was only possible thanks to Apollo 12's precision landing. Now remember, when Apollo 11 landed, Neil Armstrong had to take manual control away from a computer that would have crashed the first lunar landing in a boulder field. So it landed a long way from the intended place. For a "rendezvous" with Surveyor, this landing had to be precise after coming from 248,500 miles away.
Thanks to unsung hero Ewen Whitaker, it was. An unassuming Englishman living in the Arizona desert, without the aid of computers or GPS, he had an indispensible skill -- patience. He, to an unprecedented degree, had developed an exhaustive knowledge of the geography of the Moon. Whitaker pinpointed where the robotic Surveyor spacecraft had landed two years earlier, and he enabled Apollo 12 to hit the bullseye on safe ground within sight -- and easy walking distance -- of the pioneering dead robot.
It required, and achieved, the first-ever precision landing on another world.
That's something that will prove necessary as we approach the time when multiple landings are required to establish each base on the Moon -- and at long last, on Mars. It'll be "back to the future" of 1969.
There's another irony. Astronaunt Alan Bean, who took the photo, had promptly fried Apollo 12's only video camera when he inadvertently pointed it at the Sun. Bean was so haunted by it that he went on to become the world's most renowned space artist for many decades.
You can read a longer account of Apollo 12's landing, including the time Bean met Whitaker, it's in the piece by Timothy Swindle from the University of Arizona, written Nov 12. It's at:
You can see galleries of the space art of astronaut Alan Bean, at:
7 pm - SONS OF MYSTRO play the Museum of Making Music, 5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad CA 92008; 760-438-5996
Thu, Nov 14:
7:30 pm - "OFF OF MY HEAD STORYTELLING" the fun series produced by storyteller Ty Fance, brings Cara Lopez Lee, Rich Tackenberg, Roy Cruz, Pam Noles, Ashton Cynthia Clarke, and John Gonzales to the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001
* Reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, at: 626-798-6236
Thu, Nov 14:
8 pm - PETER ASHER & ALBERT LEE play the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro CA 90731; 310-833-6362
Thu, Nov 14:
8 pm - SERGIO MENDES plays Soka Performing Arts Center, 1 University Dr, Aliso Viejo CA 92656; 949-480-4278
are in our November Music edition, where we add
UPDATES as more comes in. Scroll on down, or go directly to it at:
"Hee Haw" voice: "THAT's all!"