Sunday, April 08, 2012
This battered derelict was more dangerous than the rest because, drifting aimlessly, it represented a major hazard in the shipping lanes and because its fuel tanks were at least partly filled.
The American Coast Guard was afraid of the diesel oil polluting coastal waters. So, instead of towing it into a port and pumping its tanks, they shot holes in it, setting it on fire and, finally lobbed an artillery shell at it, sinking it. So, its tanks will now corrode in the salt water and all the oil will seep out directly into the very coastal waters they claimed they wanted to protect. Does this make any sense?
This interesting bit of news came from the BBC:
The Vatican owns about 20% of Italy's properties
I don't expect to see it happen, but I would love it if all church properties in the U.S. were made subject to taxation.
The America the right wing Churches and a large segment of the Republican Party would like to return to -- the American woman as some combination of indentured servant and harem wife:
As for the 1955 reprint: A large segment of the right-wing population never left that America behind!
The good wife - very much as Margaret Atwood described her in The Handmaid's Tale, a dystopian book that really hits the mark re fundamentalist America AND Middle East).
The tanker - thanks for highlighting more craziness.