“I cannot imagine any condition which could cause this ship to flounder. I cannot conceive of any vital disaster happening to the vessel. Modern shipbuilding has gone beyond that.”
Dr. Robert Ballard, the explorer who discovered the Titanic wreckage in 1985 says he found it by accident. He was hired by the military to find two lost submarines (one with nuclear weapons on board) which were on either side of it. Imagine that!
I have trouble imagining a country so careless or clueless as to lose bombs capable of blowing up the planet. But according to Rachel Maddow’s new book, Drift, we have now admitted to losing eleven!
Come to think of it, I can’t imagine MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow publishing a book that Roger Ailes (head of Fox News) endorsed—but he did. Check out Drift to learn how we are going broke outsourcing our wars. In 2011 we had 45,000 U.S. soldiers still in Iraq and 65,000 big-bucks private contract workers on our payroll there. I can’t even begin to imagine the pile of cash we've spent in the last ten years on guns and bombs, tanks and planes. Nor the lives we've wasted. For instance, can you imagine spending $108 million on a giant unwanted wastewater treatment plant that still doesn’t work? But we did, in Fallujah.
Over a decade later, I still have trouble imagining how two planes could bring down the World Trade Towers.
And I have trouble imagining why it is that whistleblowers are punished for telling the truth.
Nor can I imagine a time when women are denied contraceptives.
When I was living my corporate publishing life, we had to downsize--fire people. It was one of the hardest things I've done. I tried to imagine how the folks we had to let go felt. Would they find other, even more fulfilling, jobs? I consoled myself with horror stories of how other companies had "done the deed." Surely we were more humane than the company in England who, when they decided to fire people, staged a firedrill, locked the doors and threw everything that belonged to their "former" employees out the window. Or imagine the employees (and this happened not far from our company) who left the building one Friday evening only to find pink slips under the windshield wipers of their cars. Surely we can collectively imagine more compassionate work places!
I can't image being raped. Nor can I imagine being raped and then going through a three hour inquiry only to have your rape kit thrown into a police station storage closet because it costs between $1,200 and $1,500 to process them. Apparently we don't have budgets for catching rapists! Imagine! But that’s what Abigail Pesta reported in “To Catch a Predator" April, 9, 2012 Newsweek. And it happens thousands and thousands of times all over America.