Yesterday I watched a video from a San Francisco television station showing the biggest-ever cargo container ship entering the San Francisco bay. Truly it was a monster ship. The tugboat operators in the bay had practiced using virtual reality software for a year and a half for the ship’s arrival. Bay dredgers made sure the channel it would follow was deep enough and wide enough. The tidal flow through the Golden Gate had to be just right; the wind had to be just right. The conditions yesterday made it all possible, and a local television station put its best-coiffed, deepest-voiced reporter on the assignment to present this historic event to the slavering public.
The whole gist of his report was something you wouldn’t want to preserve in a historical archive. At least half of what he said was way off the mark. It made me wonder about how many times I heard a news report and believed it. When I was on the Enterprise, what I read in Time Magazine about our missions was total bunk. That’s when I started not believing the so-called mainstream media. It’s only gotten worse since then.
As a matter of fact, probably at least half of what I’ve written here is bogus.
UPDATE: Reader Megan says that containerships use 20-foot containers routinely. She should know. She deals with that kind of stuff for a living.