Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Lifeboat stations...

I pretty much quit paying attention to yacht racing when guys like Ted Turner were replaced by the likes of Connors and suchlike... Without guys like Ted Turner, yacht racing became a boring corporate event.

Ted Turner has always been somewhat ahead of the curve in everything he's done and as such, has had no small number of people call him crazy in the process... As someone who worked in news, I remember very clearly how everyone in the industry was convinced that Ted Turner creating CNN was a project destined to abject failure.

Yeah, right...  Crazy like a fox.

Not only was Turner one of the all time great sailors, he seems to be one of those people who can see outside of the box while others don't even know they are in one...

So when Ted Turner says something I listen closely...

"Sad. It's sad. You know, I'm not a real religious person, but I'm somewhat religious. And I'm just wondering if God's telling us he doesn't want us to drill offshore, because it sure is setting back offshore drilling. And right before that, we had that coal mine disaster in West Virginia where we lost 29 miners. And last week -- or two days ago, the Chinese lost 29 miners, too, in another mine disaster over in China. It seems like there's one over there every week.
 "And maybe, you know, the Lord's tired of having the mountains of West Virginia, the tops knocked off of them so they can get more coal. I think maybe we ought to just leave the coal in the ground and go with solar and wind power and geothermal where it's applicable."

Yeah crazy... Right?