On August 10, 1628, Vasa, the most ambitious ship of war ever designed to that time slid down the ways as a large crowd of citizens watched. It was a triple deck, 220 foot long, 64 gun giant. In addition to its military assets it was adorned with beautiful carvings in recognition of King Gustav Adolph, the Swedish Monarch who had commissioned its construction. As the ship slowly drifted away from the shoreline a breeze came up. The ship rolled over and sank.
In 1961, Swedish Archaeologists, began the slow process of raising the ship and moving it into a specially built museum designed specifically to preserve the ship. The oxygen poor water of the Baltic has left the hulk almost completely intact. A major goal has been to determine why its only voyage was so short. A leading line of investigation is centered on the fact that the ship’s master builder was a Dutch born Swede who actually employed 2 separate work groups to build the ship – each group responsible for building one side of the ship. One group was Dutch and the other was Swedish. The groups worked on the ship at the same time, but were apparently uncoordinated due to cultural barriers. Rulers used by each group found on the wreck suggest the Swedish workers used a scale with a 12 inch foot, while the Dutch workers’ rulers employed an 11 inch foot. The current theory is that this created an unstable hull.
Anybody recall a space probe to Mars (I think) that failed because the internationally built craft used 2 different systems of measurement in its construction? Ain’t life grand.
National Park officials have quietly removed signs in Glacier National Park warning visitors that all of the park’s glaciers would be gone by 2020 due to global climate warming change. Deniers are requested to stop sniggering.
Today the lamestream media is full of stories about the indignation by Democrats and a few Republicans over the fact Trump was about to meet with members of the Taliban. Their reasoning is this – the Taliban allowed Al-Qaeda to run bases in Afghanistan to train people. Some of those people did some things. Specifically, they hijacked airliners and used them to kill 2500 Americans. September 11, 2001 is a day most of us, including myself, will not forget. Now, only 18 years later Trump (a New Yorker, BTW) was going to meet with them about concluding an agreement that would allow America to disengage from that country.
I recall another conflict. In 1950 North Korean armed forces invaded South Korea. Early in the conflict the US and its UN allies pushed the North Koreans back into their country and as a result, China sent forces into Korea to rescue those of the North. In the Korean war more than 50,000 Americans died. Most died at the hands of Chinese forces. However, when Nixon visited China to meet Mao 21 years after that Chinese aggression, there were no complaints – not even by Democrats and the lamestream media acted as if the visit was “magical.”
Then, of course, there was Viet Nam. It is now known that Russian personnel were operating radar and anti-aircraft batteries that were killing American airmen. Yet, when Reagan met Gorby less than 20 years later there was no outrage. And we must not forget the PLO. They killed thousands of westerners – some were Americans. Yet there was no call for Clinton’s head when he brought Arafat to Camp David.
Finally, I seem to recollect that one Barry Obama said that he was willing to meet with the leader of Iran “without preconditions.” Of course, we don’t know if he would have invited that leader to Camp David or not. However, we do know that Iran played a major support role in the deaths of most of the Americans who died in Iraq after the fall of Sadam. The media was most supportive. And Barry did give them a couple of billion dollars.
But how dare Trump invite the Taliban to talk. Orange man BAD !
Presidential candidate Marianne Williamson (D) revealed that she did not think the left was “so mean” and “lied like this” until she ran for president as an outsider candidate.
“I know this sounds naive. I didn’t think the left was so mean. I didn’t think the left lied like this,” Williamson told the New Yorker’s David Remnick in an interview. “I thought the right did that. I thought we were better.”
Williamson accused the left of lying about her use of crystals and “crystal gazing,” telling Remnick that there has “never been a crystal on stage” at any of her events and “there is no crystal” in her home.
She accused those on the left of also falsely accusing her of having told AIDS patients not to take their medicines or implying that “lovelessness” causes diseases and “love” is “enough to cure their diseases.”
“I’m Jewish, I go to the doctor,” Williamson said, ripping those on the left for labeling her as an anti-science candidate who does not believe in modern medicine.
Williamson has in recent weeks criticized the “political-media industrial complex” and warned Democrats that nominating a conventional or establishment candidate to go up against President Donald Trump in 2020 could be disastrous.
Environmentalists are emphasizing their concern about the amount of plastic being dumped into the ocean and it’s effects on the earth’s ecology.
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Oceanic scientists are warning that the 107 year old wreck of the 52,310 ton passenger liner, RMS Titanic, may disappear in as little as 20 years as a result of the depredations of iron eating bacteria on the bottom of the ocean. FILM AT 11:00.