The block of iceberg that has been threatening to split from its much larger piece for years has finally done so. In the Antarctic.
Six thousand square kilometers. I tried to transfer the number into miles. I could not, even after googling the problem. The best description as to size is that it is half the size of Wales.
The block took 10 years to finally split off.
The immediate concern is that the iceberg will float into the North Atlantic and become a hazard to shipping. Long term, contributing to rising ocean levels as it melts.
Worked on my podcast yesterday afternoon. Fine tuned it for presentation last night on Tuesday Talk with Key West Lou. Two particularly interesting topics concerned the Trump family and Somali-Sudan immigration into Europe.
Lying seems to run in the Trump family. Sad. The fruit does not fall far from the tree. The children grew up in their father’s shadow. They learned from him. Many things learned not nice.
We have seen the disaster which arose from Syrians fleeing their country. Hordes of immigrants. Europe overwhelmed.
It’s coming again. This time from Africa. Somali and Sudan. Projected it will be in the millions over the next five years. Many more persons than escaped Syria. War, famine, etc. the reasons.
Snuck out for a quick dinner at Hogfish before the show. Enjoyed pieces of battered fried fish.
Hogfish quiet. Off season obvious. Bar only half full.
Drinking water from the sea. A dream of man for years. Came to fruition in a small way this date in 1966 in the Keys. On Stock Island. Construction began. A desalinization plant. Perhaps the largest in the world at the time.
The plant was dedicated in 1967. A big deal. Vice-President Hubert Humphrey attended.
The plant converted seawater to fresh water. 2.62 million gallons per day. The plant was considered a marvel of technology. Now under supervision of the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority, the plant is being expanded to produce 4 million gallons a day.
I do not like war profiteers nor do I like private armies. The United States has been engaged with both for years.
The privatizing of a portion of our wars began in big style under Bush 2. He did not want the citizens of the U.S. seeing large numbers of death bags nor did he want the people of the U.S. to know the true number of war dead and wounded.
Privateers are a world unto themselves. They hire, pay and train those willing to serve. To fight and die, to provide peripheral services.
Obama used privatized servicemen also.
Trump may. Probably will.
It was announced July 10 that Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner had met with the CEO’s of Blackwater and DynCorp International. The largest private army owners in the world. To discuss hiring the companies to aid U.S. in war planning.
“War planning” bothered me. What are our generals for?
These companies make money by contracting out personnel to fight. No wars, no profit. No need for the private contractors.
Trump’s concern is the Afghanistan War now in its 16th year. Trump has been indicating an increase in troops is required.
Since Trump wants to privatize everything, it is not surprising he had Bannon and Kushner sit down with these guys.
Not healthy. Not a money saver. Does not provide for direct U.S. supervision. It is like operating in a black hole. No one knows what is going on, except for the war profiteers themselves.
Enjoy your day!