This Has Nothing To Do With Alan Greenspan | timiacono.com - Part 5

After seeing stories on network news about how long airport security lines have become at major airports, just one thought comes to mind – thank God I don’t have to fly anywhere anymore. The graphic below from this Quartz story explains the situation:

CNN/Money reports that travelers in Chicago are being told to arrive three hours prior to their departure time – as if Chicago doesn’t already have enough  problems…

Stay Away from the Wildlife!

The story of a father-son couple in a rented SUV in Yellowstone National Park attempting to rescue a bison calf from the cold has made the national news in recent days.

It ends badly, as it would have regardless of the tourists’ actions.

The latest from East Idaho News can be found here.

FWIW – from what I’ve read, the calf had been rejected by its mother and was approaching people (not that this should have made a difference in how the tourists acted).

Innovation Then and Now

Neil Irwin’s romp through the history of American innovation from the mid-1800s onward provides a pretty interesting perspective on how we got here, leaving most historically informed readers underwhelmed at the latest developments when they’re compared to such undertakings as the building of the Brooklyn Bridge back in 1880s.

It’s all relative, as they say…

A hundred years from now they’ll look at current cancer therapy like we look at blood-letting today (not an original comparison, but one worth repeating) – innovation and achievement must be measured in the context of the period that they occurred.

It would have been interesting to go back another 50 years or so to look at life in early 1800s America – consider that, prior to the invention of the telegraph and railroads, nothing traveled faster than a horse. For example, Andrew Jackson’s war-hero status earned in the Battle of New Orleans actually came two weeks after the War of 1812 had officially ended.

U.S. Immigration Then and Now

This is a pretty fascinating little depiction of how immigration into the U.S. has changed since 1820. Of particular interest for those with a good appreciation for U.S. history are the early- and mid-19th century influx from both Ireland and Germany along with the early-20th century surge from Italy and Russia.

Also, as would be expected, immigration slowed dramatically during the Great Depression and World War II, only to resume in a big way in the 1960s onward. Note the little summary text in the lower left, just in case things are happening too fast.

Escaping Fort McMurray

Can’t imagine what it would be like to be one of the ~90,000 people being evacuated from Fort McMurray in Northern Alberta Canada, just a day’s drive north of Banff/Jasper where we’ve visited often in the summer, but, here’s the view from someone’s dashcam.

It sounds like global warming is to blame (well, at least according to the BBC).

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