Sunday, January 15, 2012

Luxury is not all it's cracked up to be

more photos

Heartfelt sympathies to all the victims of the  luxury Costa Cruises ship that ran aground and tilted over with 4,200 aboard.

Tragic yes. It could also be seen as symbolic.

Of what I'm not sure. Maybe you have some sort of idea.

Cruises are the corporate new age vacations. You don't have to be rich to take one, although it helps. Fresh sea air, luxury accoutrements, all you can eat and the feeling of being rich for a little while. Could you ask for more? The chance of dying on a cruise is probably less than that of getting into a car. Food poisoning is sometimes a problem but you'll most likely survive. Just always remember not to buy dope from the kids running up to you with their wares when you get off the boat at those exotic locations. It may be a set-up/shake down for the local cops to make a buck. Stuff happens.

My nephew just got married and his wife's grandmother gave them a week long cruise. They loved it except for one thing ... the on-board six dollar beers. Make sure you budget for that well in advance. Luxury with a buzz is not cheap.

Queen Elizabeth 1940

Cruises are big business. The economy will decide how many of the companies survive. Although they are still riding the waves high, what would become of a bankrupt cruise ship? Oh yeah, they make good troop carriers. My father returned from Europe after WWII on the cruise ship Queen Elizabeth. Luxury it wasn't.

Interesting facts from the cruise industry:
The industry forecasted 16 million passengers in 2011, a 6.6% increase over 2010.

In 2010 a record of 15 million passengers are forecasted to have cruised, with 11.1 million originating in North America.

Of the total US population that is 25 years or older, with household earnings of $40,000+, 44.6% indicates that they have taken a cruise, with 22.7% having cruised in the past three years.

It is estimated that only 19.9% of the total US population has cruised ever and 9.9% have done so within the last three years.

Cruisers average age is 50 years of age with a household income of $109,000.

Impressive numbers if true. For how long they will hold up is anyone's guess. In a world of ever increasing disparity I won't bet on them for the long run. But what do I know?

Cruises seem to be a reflection of our materialistic society and could be looked at as an example of modern groupthink. Lemmings do like luxury.

Sea Cruise - Nothing to Lose (grin)


  1. Make sure you budget for that well in advance

    Gotta get those cruise line operators lots of money, since they have such a huge overhead, most are registered in Panama or Liberia, thereby avoiding USA corporation taxes.

    In this day of GPS and advanced sonar and whatever else large ships are using to stay safe, how in the hell did they run aground?

    Was it another case like the Exxon Valdez, with some impaired captain at the helm?

  2. Reminds me of the Kraft Durch Freude (Strength Through Joy) program the Germans had. It was state sponsored vacations and cruises. People seem to think the nazis were right wing which is not the case. An online news aggregator page was saying the captain was one of the first off and was arrested by Italian authorities.

  3. "It was like the Titanic..."
    <front page Drudge)

    When the Titanic went down, there were a couple significant people that went down with it.

    These significant people who were against the Federal Reserve System, or I believe it was known as the "Aldrich Plan" previously, went down. Three of them I believe.

    Now there's hundreds of thousands, if not millions who are against the Fed.

    Maybe that's the symbolic connection.

  4. Just gimme a Coors and a National Geographic mag. It's much cheaper!

  5. Nazism is a form of facism which. Fascism is by definition a right wing political movement.

  6. Herr Hitler was sent by the army to infiltrate the NAsoZIlistische Deutsche Arbeiter Partei (NSDAP) translates to National Socialist German Workers Party, founded by Anton Drexler in 1919. He liked their platform and took it over. Mussolini defined fascism as a merger of corporate and state. Hmm....

  7. error...National Sozialistische

  8. fascism: a system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with belligerent nationalism.

    heritage dictionary

    nazis were fascists not left wing socialists.

  9. Sea Cruise.. Great tune.. I would love to sing the lead on that one...
    in a jam..

    Kenny.. If you know about any kinda internet jams that are happening.. Count me in.. I can cover my end.

  10. Is it possible to put jams in real time over the net?.. Could some guy in Boston have a rhythm track.. Could somebody that plays bass in Memphis put down a bass line to it?
    Could the Keyboards come from LA?

    I suspect that a lot of us blog dogs are frustrated musicians...

    Why Don't We Jam?.. errr somehow, somewhere, sometime..

    In person first.. and online second.

    I like to play live...hick-up.

  11. Hey Richard, I don't know about live over the net but people do pass around tracks for others to add to.

    The only way I have to record anymore is direct to CD through mics and a mixer so that wouldn't help much.

  12. Lack of civility? If you were consistent that comment would hold a lot more weight. Or do you agree with veritas comments about King and blacks in general? Thats civil stuff right?

    Its your blog though, if you want ADL tools and racists to bring it down thats your call.

  13. "I have nothing against disagreement and debate but lack of civility is not acceptable. Think what you want." Kenny

    You didn't say this when I was told by some anon. to stick my comments up my ass or when veritas called me McNob...

    I thought you were a decent guy. I guess I was wrong.

    I will never gravitate to your worthless site again. Fuck You!


  14. Veritas gets a pass. Apparently Kenny agrees with his uglier opinions on race that he cant help spewing from time to time.

    I actually wouldn't have guessed it because Ive found most of Kennys commentaries to be level headed and well thought out. Who knew.

    Maybe hes just too "PC" to tell us how he really feels like little boy veritas does. Right "musique"?

    Calling out veritas the professional ADL troll though? Thats just uncivilized and enough to get your comments sent down the memory hole. Duly noted.

  15. My apologies for being such a poor moderator. Most blogs require prior approval for comments and by not doing so leaves it open for 'examples' of people who want to divert attention away from real issues.

    Racist and name calling commenters expose themselves for what they are and many are hasbara. Perhaps you can say it's my failure to address them but I tend to ignore them as worthless as in don't feed the trolls. Maybe you should too but that's your call.

    But ... anon, I have this "PC" thing about using the 'n' word as you do. It suggests that you are a troll for distraction.

  16. I used the "n" word to make a point about actual racist comments that your boy veritas made. Again. Yet he continually gets a pass from you while my comments get scrubbed. Interesting.

  17. Franz, in a comment on Kenny's article Who's Your Enemy, asked: "The secret is: how did jews come up with this splendid control device so very long ago?" The following site explains a lot about the "how":

    Jesus Never Existed


    Christianity was the ultimate product of religious syncretism in the ancient world. Its emergence owed nothing to a holy carpenter. There were many Jesuses but the fable was a cultural construct. Nazareth did not exist in the 1st century AD – the area was a burial ground of rock-cut tombs. Following a star would lead you in circles. The genealogies of Jesus are pious fiction. The 12 disciples are as fictitious as their master, invented to legitimise the claims of the early churches. The original Mary was not a virgin. That idea was borrowed from pagan goddesses.

    Scholars have known all this for more than 200 years but priestcraft is a highly profitable business and finances an industry of deceit to keep the show on the road.

    Read more:

    As for "why" it was invented, the jews knew that they could not defeat the Roman empire (code named Babylon the Great) militarily, so they came up with Christianity to subvert it from within. Celsus, a second century Greek philosopher and critic of Christianity, realized that, although he himself didn't realize that Jesus was not a real person, but a literary device.


    A True Discourse
    (Early Second Century)

    The historian Edward Gibbon, in The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, wrote that Christianity was in large part responsible for the fall of the empire—just as the jews had intended.

  18. Hey McCob, you've made such declarations in the past, as to leaving and not coming back. If you are a man of integrity, as I am confident you really are, you will stick to your promise this time!

  19. Those who are still mystified by jewish mythology should read this:

    Examination Of The Prophecies, by Thomas Paine

  20. The most worthless and useless captain ever, he belongs in the captain's hall of shame.