Showing posts with label Tragedy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tragedy. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Is North Korea Missing Any Submarines?

We will probably never learn the truth, but here goes:

A passenger describes women screaming in the darkness. A father learns his child is trapped. A son, fearing death, tells his mother he loves her.

Investigators haven't said what caused a South Korean ferry boat carrying hundreds of passengers to capsize on Wednesday. But as rescuers searched frigid waters for nearly 300 missing people, text messages surfaced describing the harrowing moments after the ferry started to roll.

CNN affiliate YTN reported on several messages, purportedly from passengers aboard the sinking vessel to their loved ones. CNN could not independently confirm the authenticity of the messages or when they were sent. It's also unclear what happened to the people who sent them.

The messages, widely reported in South Korean media, paint a chaotic picture of the situation aboard the ferry as hundreds of passengers waited for help and some reached out to loved ones.

It could be a number of things that "hit" the ship, but my guess is that there is a North Korean mini-sub or perhaps an infiltration ship--something that sits just below the water line--at the bottom of the sea nearby. The aggressiveness of the North Korean navy and their infiltration craft is legendary. If they have, indeed, killed three hundred South Koreans in a single stroke, the repercussions are going to be felt on both sides. If that's what happened, and South Korea does nothing, it will anger the elements of that government who know the truth.

The North Koreans simply do not care. Three hundred people drop dead from starvation or meet their doom on a regular basis. Life means nothing to them.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Blame the Train in Vain


When a train full of crude oil blows up as it is being transported through a residential area, of course you're going to want to blame the trains. That's because you just don't want to blame the fact that short-sighted robber barons are destroying North Dakota's environment by sucking oil out of the prairie and shipping it without doing anything to improve the antiquated transportation infrastructure. It simply wouldn't do to blame the oligarchs. Next they'll blame the luckless people running for their lives.

The problem is, as soon as it became economically viable to extract oil from North Dakota, they opened the floodgates without expanding the railroads, building houses for the workers, and finding safe methods of transporting the oil to the refineries. They just went for it. To hell with what might happen--profit before safety, always, and especially in a Red state.

But, go ahead. Blame the trains. Don't blame incompetence, greed, or a fundamental lack of common sense when it comes to protecting people from the shipment of dangerous materials.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Flooding in Colorado

The vengeance and fury of flying Baby Jeebus has visited itself upon Colorado and these floods are devastating and terrible. When you talk about 19,000 homes being damaged or washed away, you are talking about a pervasive natural disaster that would make any libertarian over completely into a big government Democrat in about five minutes.

When things like this happen, we are now so conditioned to look at Red State vs Blue State politics. It was true of Oklahoma--small government living meant fewer tornado shelters and tragedy. Both of Oklahoma's crazy Senators have voted to cut off funds for other states, especially New Jersey, and the hypocrisy has been breathtaking.

In Colorado, there is just sadness and ruin. They are saying that there are 1,200 people missing. This story should get way more coverage.