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

Desperate times demand desperate measures, and no time in history was as desperate as the most powerful nations in the world determined to destroy each other. It was the time of World War II, and the Allies were running out of the necessary resources needed to manufacture military and naval equipment. One of them was steel. In the North Atlantic, the British fleet was pounding against German U-boats. Allied supply ships were being intercepted by German U-boats on their way to sea and sunk at an alarming rate. Aircraft could protect ships, but they could not be deployed in the middle of the ocean without aircraft carriers, and those things were massive and required enormous amounts of steel to manufacture, which were in short supply. . What was needed was a way to land and refuel without overtaxing the aircraft's already strained resources.