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Controversial post: What every American should know about last week's Carnival cruise disaster

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From Jim Quinn of The Burning Platform:
 
The big story this past week, besides the annual State of the Delusion speech by Barack "It won't add a cent to the deficit" Obama, was the fate of the passengers on the Carnival Triumph as their skyscraper-sized ship was left adrift at sea for days without power.
 
This 900-foot-long, 100,000-ton goliath is one of the largest passenger cruise liners in the world, carrying 3,400 passengers and 1,100 crew members in luxurious splendor through warm Gulf of Mexico seas to sun-drenched exotic isles...
 
Cruising captures the essence of America as we traverse our voyage to hell.
 
The ordeal at sea of the Carnival Triumph and the leadership displayed by the Carnival management and executive officers is a microcosm of our declining empire.
 
The $420 million Carnival Triumph was put into service in 1999 and has run continuously for the last fourteen years, with only periodic dry dock maintenance. These massive ships are replenished within hours of docking and depart within twelve hours of dumping their 3,400 passengers back onshore...
 
The engine room fire that disabled the Triumph was not an isolated instance. This was the fourth engine room fire on a Carnival owned ship resulting in a loss of power, the others being the Tropicale in 1999, the Carnival Splendor in 2010, and the Costa Allegra in 2012.
 
The Carnival Triumph should not have been at sea. It had been plagued with mechanical problems for weeks prior to the engine fire. Voluntarily taking the ship out of service would have hurt the 1st quarter earnings per share of this public company, therefore the leadership of Carnival told the engineers to patch it up and get it back out on the seas.
 
Two weeks prior to the engine room fire the Carnival Triumph experienced propulsion issues that caused it to be five hours late returning to its Galveston home port on January 28, 2013 and delaying the ship's departure for its next cruise until 8:00 pm that night. The ship departed, but the problems had not been fixed...
 
After reading a number of articles describing what happened before, during and after the engine fire aboard the Carnival Triumph, the parallels between this Ship of Horrors and our Ship of State become self-evident...
 
 
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