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"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Titanic Sank. Get Over It.

Today is the 100th anniversary of the goddamn ship's sinking. Gilded Age, steerage passengers mostly drowned, women & children first, Edwardian-age hubris, unsinkable ship, inadequate rudder, insufficient lifeboats, yadda, yadda, yadda.

Tomorrow, can we all give it a rest until the 150th anniversary?

2 comments:

Marc said...

Or, as the joke goes:

Q: What do you get when you cross the Atlantic with the Titanic?

A: About half way.

Eck! said...

From an entirely different prospective.. That was the event that put amateur radio on the map as more than a novelty radio hobby. Many of the shore stations handling the messages going both ways were not commercial stations as they were few and over worked. Many of the then newly established amateur stations were also doing exactly the same work of exchanging traffic. The bulk of the traffic was what is called health and welfare.

Titanic was a disaster, no question. But the events of the time were significant in that radio became important and maritime rules around radio
were formalized around safety.

Eck!