Is it any wonder that the politicians and robber barons feel absolutely no compunction about raping, pillaging and looting the American economy? We’re so stuffed full of cheap eats and enthralled by so many cheap goodies that we’re practically comatose.
Auntie Sez -
“You knuckleheads better pay attention to history.” ” You poor schmucks are headed down the same path as the Romans” ”Bread and Circuses… Domino’s and Reality TV… Really no difference.” ”It’s all there if you can suck down enough Red Bull to roam your red rimmed peepers across this article.“
Five and a half million dead versus Three Thousand dead… Make any sense to you?
“And the knuckleheads in Congress want to raise the retirement age too.” – Auntie
Maybe it’s a good thing we decided to bomb Libya so that the country’s attention could be diverted. Apparently Charlie Sheen’s meltdown wasn’t a big enough draw.
At least three of the six nuclear reactors in Fukushima, Japan are in some stage of meltdown and the U.S. is seriously considering evacuating the Yokosuka Navy base that happens to be further south from those reactors than Tokyo is. But fortunately for Tokyo’s 13 million residents… The prevailing winds blow eastwards… Towards north and south America. Of course that’s small consolation when one considers that Tokyo’s groundwater and food supplies could be at risk.
If any one of those units goes into full meltdown… The plume will be enormous! Exponentially so if the others go. This situation has the potential to dwarf Chernobyl in human and economic impact. Japan’s population of 135 million is crammed into a space slightly smaller than the state of California and faces at least two reactors melting down mere yards from the sea… While Chernobyl was a single reactor meltdown that never reached groundwater and it’s plume affected an area several times larger. Chernobyl also is not 135 miles from a city of 13 million. Granted that Kiev is less than 100 miles away and has a population of 2 million… But they at least had room to run. Where does one shift more than 13 million people to on an island that’s already packed with people? Continue reading
I’ve been watching Ken Burn’s “War” series on Netflix for a couple of nights and a thought struck me like a thunderbolt.
We (the allies) won the Second World War largely due to this one unmistakable fact…
We out manufactured our opponents.
America used its enormous capacity to manufacture pleasure goods and necessities and all the things that made being an American so desirable.
TV’s and radios and razors and rubber ducks… Cars and cables and cans and tires. We had no trouble filling the shelves of Sears and Woolworth’s and Macy’s and every Five and Dime store on every corner of every town in this country and we still had enough capacity to export our surplus all over the world. Our manufacturing capacity was so strong that we barely had use for any of our own scrap material. We sold tons of it cheaply to the Japanese thinking how clever we were to be getting rid of the stuff. The Japanese wrote the checks for the stuff and eventually returned it to us by dropping it on our heads at Pearl Harbor.
This little incident served to stir up the carefree and hedonistic giant that was America enough to immediately begin turning it’s fantastical capacity to make or build any and everything that could be used to make life easier and / or more pleasurable… over to the capacity to damage, destroy, kill and generally make miserable the source of it’s irritation.