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Your hed gif today is from a 1933 Jam Handy film on Chevy manufacture. I think you’ll want to check out the whole thing, linked and elaborated here: https://open.substack.com/pub/martiniambassador/p/building-a-6-cylinder-engine-1933?r=angu9&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web

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Oct 12, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

My first car was a Chevy 6, although it was a much later model. I loved it because it worked exactly like I learned in 6th grade., and there was so much room in the engine compartment I could practically stand in there. The car was old enough to vote by the time I bought it, and after a month after owning it I discovered that it would make oil disappear. It didn't seem to burn it as there was never a smudge on the bumper above the tailpipe, and there were never spots where I parked that would indicate some sort of leak.

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Oct 12, 2023·edited Oct 12, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

The Jam Handy Organization (reminding you to keep your preserves in an easy to reach place)

-- MST3K

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Oct 12, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

Jam Handy seems an unfortunate name when dealing with heavy equipment.

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Oct 12, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

Back when I was a younger person, my evil twin/no-tel registration name was Sam Handy...

No relation

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Is that short for Sam Handwich?

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There's a Sam Handwich over on JoeMyGod.

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Now I need a new alias! Dammit!

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Did you, like Jack, have deep thoughts?

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Only deep thoughts!

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Oct 12, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

I love watching these kind of videos.

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Oct 12, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

Very nice. That is the famous Stovebolt Six they manufactured from 1929 all the way up until 1962. Toyota's first engine was based on this design. My brother is big into these type of automobile films, especially the '50s/'60s where they test the different brands against each other. Modern cars are better in every way but I long for the bygone era.

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Oct 12, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

For a long time it was Chevy's only engine. Chevy preferred "blue flame six" to "stove bolt six" for obvious reasons. It was billed as "a six for the price of a four." Competition forced them to bring out a small block V8 in 1955. When discontinued here GM sent the tooling to Brazil and produced them there into the seventies.

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Oct 12, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

Are you pining for the Fords?

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You can nail me to the perch anytime.

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Any color, as long as it's 'walk into the light' white.

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Ha, ha, yes! I won't blather on about my appreciation for the engineering and styling of the those days, but yes, I get moon eyed about cars I wouldn't have given a second glance at 40 years ago.

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Oct 12, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

I have a special fondness for old industrial films. This is great. Thanks, Martini!

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Oct 12, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

Have you seen “Bathtubs Over Broadway”? It’s about industrial musicals. Steve Young (the writer for Letterman, not the football player) has an obsession with them and made a movie. Jello Biafra is in it, he is also a collector of industrial musical albums.

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I recently saw an episode of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" that obviously had taken inspiration from "Bathtubs Over Broadway," both of which I enjoyed. In the series, it's a private waste management company that Midge Maisel stars in.

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Some of those songs are actually darn good!

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Oh my goodness, yes! It's so cool.

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Oct 12, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

I've seen a couple of those WWII era Jam Handy shorts on MST3K. The man had some serious skills and was ahead of his time insofar as his perspective regarding people both working together and learning together.

Thank you so much for providing more information about this insightful individual and the impact he had on American manufacturing and sales.

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Fun fact: Henry Jamison "Jam" Handy was an Olympic medalist swimmer before he went into filmmaking

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Jam Handy? Sounds like a slightly stick, post-snack wank.

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I was trying to make into a porn nom de plume but couldn’t make the joke work.

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Oct 12, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

Jam Handy to the rescue ...

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Jam Handy sounds like the name of a Dutch electronic musician.

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Pronounced Yahmm Hahnday.

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Jam Handy…reminding you to keep your preserves in an easy to reach place

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"Jam Handy?"

Right there on the checklist...

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"Now let's go to the South and listen to the songs of the darkies as they gather the cotton crop."

Wasn't expecting that. I guess cotton was a part of cars in the 1930s.

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You know what else was a part of cars?

SPRINGS!

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A sentient pile of floorboard and seat crack detritus, the paterfamilias of Skynet?

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Is that you, Coiley?

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NO SPRINGS HA HA HA HA

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Really, the whole thing is quite interesting. And a little cringy at parts too, such is the era.

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Exactly.

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Oct 12, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

Jam Handy to the rescue ...

Also, Jam Handy, providing endless MST3k fodder for 90 years.

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The man (and company) was amazing. I read somewhere that in the 30’s and 40’s he was putting out more films than Hollywood.

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I've been calling them the dirtbag leftists. They need to close the horseshoe and join the RWNJs to start their own political party.

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Oct 12, 2023Liked by Rebecca Schoenkopf

I was absolutely assailed by my co-lefty friends for posting this article yesterday on Threads. I was accused of not being able to discern between Russian trolls and the left they are mimicking. As if I wrote the article or as if Russians are behind in-person rallies. The truth that this could even be happening by fellow progressives is abhorrent to them. I take it as a good sign in the end, even though they came for my sorry ass over it.

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I don’t think Americans should accuse anyone else of parting on stolen land. Just saying.

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When are you coming to Palm Springs?

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I was thinking “Touched by an Angel,” and I had to Google if Della Reese was still alive. Unfortunately she’s with whichever angels you choose to believe in now.

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Two can play at that game... Fani Willis should just make a Document request for all Jordan's communications regarding her court - just to ensure there is no collusion. Jordan works for the People, not himself.

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My only comment on the latest ME imbroglio: Someone explained yesterday that the idea behind Hamas' inhumane actions was that it was a recruitment drive. If so, I think I prefer the local NPR station model for recruitment drives. Get some fucking totes and a phone bank, Hamas. And JPR, if you're listening, please stick with your current model. I will not be swayed by a rocket attack to increase my donation.

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More family photos in the comments would be a wonderful thing, especially now.

https://substack.com/profile/671070-paulomatic/note/c-41730510?utm_source=notes-share-action&r=edsu

This is my Dad's brother Norbert, probably in Hawaii, possibly in a photo booth. He is on his way to a tiny atoll in the Pacific only a few hundred miles from Japan where his radar picket station will survive a TORPEDO ATTACK by a submarine.

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The Maine Coon, Ivy, is sharing my office today, so I should probably take pics, huh? Damn, this room is a mess. Anyway, she is up another 0.4 pounds, which is good, but doesn't like to eat the same flavor cat food more than one day in a row, which is bad. She got a new water bowl today -- a fountain -- and spent the first half hour in here playing with water. As a breed, they are supposed to like water, so maybe we will run her a bath this weekend, let her splash about a bit. At the moment, she is pretending to be a cushion.

https://substack.com/profile/156971334-satanic-pancake/note/c-41730126?utm_source=notes-share-action&r=2lgfuu

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I love Maine Coons. We talked about getting some the last time we were in the market, but purebreds seem to be the only options locally and too expensive/too many health issues in addition to my just wanting to rescue some.

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We only have her because she was at the humane society. She did NOT do well there, losing weight and generally getting worse. And she wasn't in great condition when she was turned in to them. Fortunately, in a setting where she gets to interact with people constantly, she eats more, is happier, and is finally gaining some weight and showing improvements in her health.

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Uggh, so sad and worried, and our situation isn't even among the worst or scariest - my sister-out-of-law flew to Tel Aviv the morning of the attacks on Israel for a Bahá'í religious pilgramage/tour. The next day, she got a message out that the group was "sheltering in place" at the hotel, and two days after, that they were trying to find a way out. Since then, nothing from her. Their brother got word (we think through the Bahai community, not her directly) that the hotel had been bombed, and we don't know anything else.

Our worry seems so small in a world of pain and misery, but all the same, our small slice of this tragedy is awful to live through - we know nothing, and that is frightening. Even as an atheist, I pray (it's more meditative than an appeal for help), and have been doing so fervently even before we knew she'd made it to Tel Aviv.

I don't even know why I'm posting this here - just need to share, I guess. Peace to all of us, everywhere. I know this madness will not end in my lifetime, but I hope we can at least chip away at it. Right now, it doesn't seem as possible as it did even a week ago.

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I believe you can enter their information here so the State Department knows to look for them:https://cacms.state.gov/s/crisis-intake

I am so sorry to hear of your pain.

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I believe that the tour group people have done that, but I will double check. Thank you.

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As there have been no group emails or calls, I am trusting that the Jewish part of my family was home here in the U.S. rather than on an Israel visit, for which I am thankful. I hope you hear from the sister-ex-law soon.

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Oh! on second read, she's not an ex-in-law, she's my current "out-of-law" sister because my partner and I are not married. It's an old inside joke, which I often forget other people are not in on.

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Oops, sorry. My other interpretation was going to be that she robs banks and jaywalks.

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No news is sometimes good news, sometimes not.

Best of wishes for your family too <3

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Okay, I just saw the biggest Moran i have seen a long time at our local ferry landing. The guy let his (maybe) 5 lb dog run around loose there. Now, there are cars and trucks driving to get in line ALL the time. It's a busy place. And attempts to get this idiot dog out of harm's way were met with "this is FUN" by the drop-kick mutt and indulgent laughter by its owner.

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Oct 12, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

Being included in TABS made my year, thank you so much!

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Your aunt and uncle seemed to be delightful people.

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Thanks, I'd say they really were delightful!

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The atrocities committed by Hamas helped no one, not even Hamas. Already considered a terrorist organization they have proven they are only out for violent revenge. The Israeli government will now clamp down even more on Palestinians, even the West Bank citizens who are not tied to Hamas, the Hamas militants will be hunted down, and many Israelis sympathetic to the oppression of Palestinian residents will be reassessing their support. Random extreme violence gets nowhere except escalating violence, especially when you are a minority in a country.

So now we will see more residents of Gaza facing shelling by Israel but not being able to leave, trapped by an increasingly armed border with Israel and Egypt not allowing them in there either. Israelis will see an even less cooperative government approach to Palestinian rights and an increased police and military presence in public areas. Something that will end up reinforcing whatever edicts their government comes up with. With the end result of having fewer moderates on both sides as violence and oppression ticks up, a natural reaction during extreme public disorder. You are with us or against us, with no in between. But with the end result of making the lives of Palestinians throughout Israel and the occupied territories even harsher and any chance of a future peace agreement impossible and any hint of another massacre met with a brutal response by Israel intent on making sure this never happens again.

Unfortunately the Palestinians have nowhere else to go as many of them are still living in refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria decades after being forced out of Israel in conditions sometimes worse than living in the West Bank.

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What we lost: W insisted on inclusion of Hamas in the election.

Israeli left & right, the PA, other Palestinian parties and Sen Clinton objected to including a party whose platform literally included canceling future elections.

We can not do much.

We can vote blue tho' and that is more than the rest of the world can do.

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The question, burning in everyone's brain, will Colonel Santos' legal imbroglio affect his ability to lead unconventional warfare efforts in the Middle East?

Everyone's brain, burning!

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Dammit! Did I read your comment before I posted? Is that why the word imbroglio was stuck in my head? Damn it! Oh well.

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After several generations of breast implant, well, implantation, Sophie’s family and many who lived near the old Manhatten Project site had evolved pockets in bone and muscle and looser skin, for a chest that was scalpel ready for implantation.

Now, Sophie had different ideas about plastic surgery than most of her cohort, who badgered their parents into getting their upgrades on their 13th birthdays.

She on the other hand, longed for a return to that golden age before the boob men had their way. That is what she never wavered from through high school, an outstanding undergrad career in immunology, and a PhD in genetic engineering.

When she saw the results of her tests on that modified Marburg virus on frogs , and it’s ability to reverse mutations, she realized she had come to know her purpose in life.

Any suggestions before I see what Claude AI does with it?

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