Every time I see Ted Turner I can't help but notice that that man is criminally insane. Such a visionary though.
Love the dog sled bit...dog sledding is sooooo much fun and its been ages since I've had the chance to be on one.
The truck shop bit was epic! My cousin used to be a trucker and my youngest cousin on my mothers side is totally into pimping out his pickup truck with rubbish like that.
On his way to Aspen he would have gone past were I grew up in Colorado so that is a fun thought on the whole.
I agree with you about Ted Turner. I went to see him speak at a dinner for a charity back in the late eighties, early nineties (can't remember exactly, he was still married to Fonda at the time, she was there). He'd always seemed like what he claimed to be, before that. A man who had risen up to wealth, but who had retained a sense of who he had been prior to that... but somewhere in time, he got sucked into that Davos Man mindset, and into the extremist greeniac cult, and lost any sense of humor and warmth that he seemed to have previously. At any rate, at the dinner you could see that he'd started to become slightly paranoid, and self absorbed. From what Fonda had to say after they parted, he'd lost so much of his humanity and his love of people, that he wasn't the same person any more.
I got to see ep 4 this evening, and I was in two minds about poor Stephen being stuck with a nit like Ted for a segment.
I'll give a quick overview of my opinion, not in any particular order.
Do any of you know when Fry started filming the section that aired Sunday, was it before the end of December '07? I'm curious because Fry spoke with Russell Means when he visited the Lakota Sioux people, and around that time, Means had violated the trust of his people, going behind their back and misrepresenting their interests.
I'm curious about some of Stephen's comments when he was at the US Canadian border, when he stood at the post, with one foot in Canada, the other on the US side, he referenced Canada as the "clean side". I'm curious to know what that is based on.. as Canada doesn't have a better environmental record, and in fact, tries to export its garbage and waste, to dump into the US. Spending vast sums to lobby our congress to to try to force us to accept it.
Local news in Michigan last year was filled with reports about another such attempt, trying to stymie state government's efforts to refuse to accept their garbage.
Someone here referenced Mexico as the third world, it's not. It's the 14th wealthiest country in the world, with many billionaires/millionaires, a large and thriving middle class, a housing boom, and zero national debt. It's wealth was based on jobs taken from working poor/lower middle class American citizens, and sent to Mexico. Mexico co-wrote NAFTA, and promised in exchange to raise wages, increase opportunities for it's poorest, and enact needed reforms.. but each president since that time, has avoided doing so, because it prefered to encourage it's people to enter the US illegally, to work and send back remittances.
Yes, there is poverty in Mexico, but there is also an ever worsening problem of poverty in the US. On this series thus far, you've all seen people homeless, on this episode you saw people having to queue up at a soup kitchen just to eat. That town in Kansas is a ghost town, because when jobs go away, it destroys peoples lives. The US can't afford to subsidize the poorest countries any more, and we certainly can't afford to subsidize wealthy countries like Mexico and India that refuse to use their great wealth to improve the lives of their own people. I have to wonder what is going on in the minds of moonbat government officials in other countries, who whinge on about the importance of the MDG's, when since their inception, those funds have been used almost exclusively to fund the genocide, the rape and slaughter of innocent civilians in Africa, to buy weaponry and luxury items for African government leaders, and as bribes to the same leaders to allow pharmaceutical companies to be allowed to use poor Africans as guinea pigs for vaccine tests. Th e likes of Bono, Bill Gates and those like them have gotten more benefit out of the MDG's than the poor in Africa.
I read the comments of Gordon Brown this evening, stating that the next US President can not be "protectionist", he has to care about the "economy".. I've got news for idiot Brown, the US economy needs addressing, and there's nothing wrong with protecting the interests of your people, when the jobs have been bled away from them, and they are suffering as a result. We're not a never ending expense account, the free ride is over. We have dire poverty in each of the fifty states, and our citizens still have to pay first world prices to survive. The few social services we have, are being over burdened, and we are losing hundreds of thosands of jobs per month.
I'll be glad when Bush is gone from office, but I would appreciate it if those of you in the UK, would given Brown the bum's rush, and forcefully demand that he agree to hold elections, before he sells your country out from under you.. the man has gone from looking morose to where he's gleefully rubbing his hands together since the financial crisis started. He's already eradicated your Magna Carta, your constitutional protections, how many more horrible things does he have to do before you realize he is your own George Bush?