The Flying Pentagon

The “Flying Pentagon” recently appeared in Melbourne, Florida, and was photographed by a retired former “computer customer” friend of mine at Kennedy Space Center.

Although not a new concept, the modified Boeing 747, a little shorter than a football field in length and five stories tall, provides a greater capability to serve the military needs of this country in case of attack or calamity at the Pentagon. With its equipment and specially trained crew, it can take command of Pentagon functions. There are four of these craft on standby at strategic locations or in the air, providing on-going security for our nation.

 

The Volt – Part 2

Last March, I initially wrote about, the Chevrolet Volt,  the “All-Electric” battery operated car. In that article my main emphasis was regarding the cost of re-charging the batteries; that someone had to pay for the electricity used to make it go.

Recently that same vehicle has gone under the microscope of the news media, regarding the sales, or lack of, since its release. According to Chevrolet, sales are far under the projected 10,000 units, and for that reason production has been put on hold and hundreds of people laid off until such time that sales catch up and they have disposed of the current surplus inventory.

Miles Per Gallon

Long ago & far away, in the land and time of my youth, there was plenty of gasoline (petroleum) and the cost was low (around 29¢ per gallon). Few people concerned themselves about availability or cost; we kids could scrape up enough for a half-dollar’s worth, plenty to last a week or so.

The cost of living was also very low, but so were wages. That was the trend until the supposed “fuel shortage” of ’72-’73. There was a contrived shortage of fuel, and people were forced to wait in line IF you could find a gas station with gas. And, oh yes, the price of fuel quickly doubled. However, because of the shortage and the rationing (limit of 10 gallons per car), people were glad just to find some fuel.

“Person of Interest”

Have you seen the CBS program “Person of Interest“? If not, it is centered around a “government” computer system developed for surveillance of terrorists but was abandoned by the intelligence branch. Years later, the man who designed “the machine” took possession and uses the system in clandestine crime prevention/solving.

(One of the two stars in the TV series is Jim Caviezel as John Reese, who has also been featured in such movies as Jesus in “The Passion of the Christ“, Edmond Dantès inThe Count of Monte Cristo” and many others.)