We’ve since learned that the CEO of OceanGate Inc. which owned the Titan, viewed safety not as a costly, time-consuming necessity, but as a trivial pursuit, the enemy of innovation, a complete waste of time.
In this way, Stockton Rush is much like the anti-vaxxers who not only don’t believe the laws of physics, but dismiss them because they interfere with their political and financial agendas.
Two Canadians have led the way in calling out Rush for what he was: an aging tech-bro driven by fame and fortune, with all the moral ballast of Elizabeth Holmes.
The first naysayer is James Cameron, who has travelled to the Titanic many times. He was circumspect in his criticism of Rush, possibly because he was speaking on CNN the day after the tragedy. Not so Cameron’s underwater mentor, Dr. Joe MacInnis, who this week called Rush “a high-functioning sociopath.”
Dan O’Connor, the head of Disaster Security at the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Washington, asked me: “I wonder how many other affluenza accidents lurk with risky scams and initiatives?”
Good question. When we step into an airplane, we don’t ask to see the pilot’s licence, or enquire where our surgeon went to med school as we’re being wheeled into the OR. But these are highly regulated activities. It’s the ones that are wildly adventurous, that lots of money can buy you a seat on, the ones that have insistent charismatic owners…their cabooses will kill us.
2. A superlative world. What’s the deadliest beast in North America? Deer, who are responsible for 440 of the estimated 458 Americans killed in physical confrontations with wildlife in an average year. What are the happiest, least stressful jobs? Agriculture, logging and forestry.
4. When the police quit, crime drops. Half the police force in Golden Valley, Minnesota walked off their jobs (they didn’t like the new Black female police chief). The town became far safer. The same thing happens when doctors go on strike; the death rate falls. Why? People quickly learn to take better care of themselves.
Speaking of racism, it’s not just humans who create racist, sexist, ageist bots; AI does it as well.
6. Lots of thots on bots. The internet is awash on what AI “means.” Here are some of the latest and best.
7. Revenge is best served up old. You can buy an AI bot that will waste hours of your phone scammer’s time pretending to be an old version of you about to give them your credit card number. But never quite.
Speaking of old, the world’s oldest newspaper printed its final paper edition last week.
9. New takes on illness. First, psychiatric hospitals are much more orderly than we thought. Next, when it comes to Alzheimer’s, laughter may be the best medicine. Finally, and best of all, there’s been a huge leap in breast cancer survival rates.
11. What I’m liking. My friend Peter Sever, former arts presenter, computer geek, motorcycle adventurer and professional Czech, who now lives happily north of Vancouver, and sends me those strange and beguiling photos and snippets of odd information that end up in these pages, like this. Thanks, Peter.
WHAT’S MORE THRILLING THAN SPOTTING A RARE WHITE SPIRIT BEAR WHERE THOUSANDS OF GRIZZLIES LIVE?
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Here are the other trips RamsayTravels is hosting in the coming months.
In order of appearance…
October 2-10, 2023 — Bicycling and the Kardamyli Literary Festival in Greece.
February 25 to March 9, 2024 – Sailing off to the Pacific
May 29-June 5, 2024 — Sail down the west coast of Italy, from Nice and Genoa, to Naples and Amalfi.
Just e-mail Bob Ramsay at email@example.com if you have questions.
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