Thought for the day

"I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness. The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance." -- Carl Sagan, 1995, apparently having invented a time machine



These vintage photos of the Snow King chairlift taken between the 1950s and 1970s show people riding very unsafely without any safety bars or other protections deployed. While these chairlifts were indeed dangerous, there is also a forced perspective component that makes the lift appear to be much higher than it actually is. Snow King Mountain Winter Resort is located in Downtown Jackson, Wyoming and the original 1936 ski hill was on the southeast edge of town. This was Wyoming's first ski area.