I’ve never understood why other countries don’t have pretty fire trucks, as they do in the United States. I took this snap in western Louisiana
Louisiana is not exactly the high tech capital of the US. In fact, most people would say its downright “backwards.” Anyway, you can imagine my surprise when I found this very high-tech check-out counter at a gas station in very rural Louisiana. It works not by RFID or barcode scanning, but rather by image recognition:
Continuing the previous post, here’s a snap that does a better job of driving the point home:
Living in Switzerland is at times strange. There is no palpable evidence of Global Warming here, consequently the public here has no sense or urgency.
Fair enough. I can’t fault the well-meaning people here who do work on so-called “sustainability” measures.
But while I respect the people and their goodwill, I am a non-expert in this area so I can’t help but find the word “sustainable” to be somewhat silly in view of (1) the tremendous environmental debt that must be repaid (in other words, are we not responsible for the prior damage done?), and (2) the tremendous global warming momentum (in other words, if CO2 levels were frozen now, the planet would continue to heat). Don’t get me wrong: I’m happy if we replace a plastic bag with a paper one — but that hardly makes a difference to our situation.
Here are some interesting snaps from a place where the effects of Global Warming are palpable, and where many family, friends, and colleagues have now suffered real losses due to this effect.
I recently took a snap of the effect of Global Warming, in which the hot Texas air was filled with dust from the Sahara. Google decided it was worth stylizing for me!
Huge numbers of Germans migrated to Texas in the mid 1800s – so much so, that even today you’ll find German villages in Texas, and a number of Americans who have been born here but speak German — not English — as their first language!
You can still see this German heritage everywhere around San Antonio, such as shown in this snap here:
As far as I can tell, countries like Switzerland treat their police just like everyone else. Not so in the US, where companies do their best to encourage police to shop at their stores and eat at their restaurants.
This snap from San Antonio, Texas, shows a parking place reserved for police officers at the local grocery store – just to make it a bit easier for them to come in and do some shopping.