Thought for the day

"We're so self-important. So arrogant. Everybody's going to save something now. Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save the snails. And the supreme arrogance? Save the planet! Are these people kidding? Save the planet? We don't even know how to take care of ourselves; we haven't learned how to care for one another. We're gonna save the fuckin' planet? . . . And, by the way, there's nothing wrong with the planet in the first place. The planet is fine. The people are fucked! Compared with the people, the planet is doin' great. It's been here over four billion years . . . The planet isn't goin' anywhere, folks. We are! We're goin' away. Pack your shit, we're goin' away. And we won't leave much of a trace. Thank God for that. Nothing left. Maybe a little Styrofoam. The planet will be here, and we'll be gone. Another failed mutation; another closed-end biological mistake." -- George Carlin

When World War II ended in 1945, the industrial warfare machine did not stop overnight. Estimates of the value of potential surpluses range from a low of $25 billion to a high of $150 billion.

 

The surplus included almost every conceivable commodity and commodity—of little utility in a peaceful world; Others are in great demand by the civilian population of the United States and other countries.

 

During the war effort, the United States alone built approximately 294,000 aircraft. Of that number, 21,583 (7.34%) were lost in the United States in test flights, boating, training accidents, etc., and 43,581 were lost en route to war and in overseas operations.

 

After the war, the number of additional surplus airships was estimated to be as high as 150,000. Storing a sufficient number of airplanes was considered, but it was felt that the cost of storing them was too high, with many needing to be sold or cancelled.

 

Some US military aircraft overseas were not worth the time or money to bring back to the states and were buried, bulldozed, or sunk at sea as a result. However, most were returned home for storage, sale or scrapping.

 

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