The Iceland volcano with the easy to remember name, Eyjafjallajökull, is still spewing ash into the atmosphere. It has paralyzed European air travel; many airlines are losing 10's of millions of dollars daily. There are now some strong indicators that the cloud will find its way into US and Canadian air space.

The danger is that the highly abrasive ash wrecks havoc on jet engines, to the point of causing failure of the engines and a quick stop against the ground for the airplane – less than optimum flight conditions.

Personally, shutting down air traffic doesn't bother me to much as I don't fly (except in very special circumstances). What does bother me is, will the US airline corporations, who always seem to be on the edge of financial catastrophe, use the ash cloud to clean more largess from the public coffers – I can't imagine they would miss such an golden opportunity.

The US taxpayer has become the insurance company for American business, insurance against bad investments, bad management, bad financial instruments, crooked dealings and the normal vicissitudes of doing business. The “to big to fail” ploy is bullshit – this is, allegedly, a capitalism system and the price of failure is bankruptcy.

I'm sick of corporate malfeasance and the expectation that we owe it to them to pull their asses out of the fire. They are incompetent or criminal so fuck them, let them stew in their own noxious juices. If they fail there will always be someone to fill the vacuum, again, the nature of capitalism.

...I guess I'm ranting now.



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Comment by Jason Spicer on April 20, 2010 at 7:02pm
Well, of course the US would have a supervolcano. We're a superpower. So when God gets all high and smitey, he has to use the big guns.
Comment by Jason Spicer on April 20, 2010 at 12:16am
Yes, Daniel was being sarcastic. Had he been serious, he would have blamed the Icelandic eruption on teh gays in the US, because God only cares about the US.
Comment by Johnsky on April 19, 2010 at 11:22pm
Daniel the ApostateDo you think it's a coincidence? Huh? Well?

Yes, because clearly the mantle and tectonic plates have a keen interest in national politics.

I really hope I'm right that you're being sarcastic.
Comment by George on April 19, 2010 at 10:13pm
@Steve

Awhile ago I was listening to an NPR program discussing how unprepared we are in general for a real emergency - I'll see if I can locate it...
Comment by Jim DePaulo on April 19, 2010 at 7:15pm
I wonder if Sigurðardóttir can pronounce Eyjafjallajökull?
Comment by Jim DePaulo on April 19, 2010 at 7:10pm
My son in law stood in line for 5 fucking hours so he could shell out 190 bucks for an iPhone when they were first released- that gave a me slack jawed moment of amazement
As for food ? Knowing Americans (at least that obnoxious 10% of them) food lines would quickly become the playground of the control freaks, thugs and those with the stupid delusion that they somehow have privilege.
Which would likely turn into a riot or a teabagger rally.
Comment by Little Name Atheist on April 19, 2010 at 7:01pm
Feh. Iceland was going to hell in a lava floe long before they elected a lesbian prime minister.
Comment by Daniel W (Sentient Biped) on April 19, 2010 at 6:55pm
What you are all missing is that Iceland voted in a Lesbian prime ministerJóhanna Sigurðardóttir. So what happens? A volcano blows up in Iceland. Do you think it's a coincidence? Huh? Well?
Comment by Little Name Atheist on April 19, 2010 at 6:39pm
Rant pun away, Brother Carver, rant pun away.

I stopped paying attention to all the nitpicky things that US airlines have started charging for, as I haven't been traveling as much in recent years. When my cohabi-tater makes a verbal note of something, you know it is a Big Deal. Evidently they now charge for checked luggage, inflight food, and one has just started charging for carry on bags. If they can't make it, then they should fail without being bailed out, just like small businesses.

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