Sunday, July 4, 2010
The Burj Tower, Dubai is the tallest human made structure on Earth. It's 2717 ft. tall with a zillion floors. It's just the sort of stuff that 20th century science fiction was telling us we'd have in Cleveland,...and everywhere else in the States.
George Jetson would have felt right at home in these digs.
Thing is it's in Dubai not here. While watching the video of the opening extravaganza it came to me that this marked the end, the absolute end of the American Century.
It really ended the day after we went to the moon. It's been a slow painful slide into ex-empirehood since then. We've managed to live in denial for decades. What with our ability to bully small defenseless countries we thought we were still in business.
However now the Chi-Coms, and Islam own our balls. One bought up our massive economy busting debts, and the other owns all the oil. Between then they can kill us over the phone.
So marvels are indeed coming to pass in this new century. Just not here. Frank Loyd Wright planned a mile high building in the 1950's. However the tech didn't yet exist to put it up. When it finally came America was nolonger in the vision business.
(Above is a rendering of Wright's Mile High Tower as it would look in Chicago. The Dubai Tower is in the middle there as reference. Click on images for better views.)
Anyhow them gleeful maniacs in Dubai put up a half mile tall building in just a few years. They broke ground in the fall of 2004. Which was 'after' we broke ground at Ground Zero. They finished in January 2010. This while the former World Trade site was still a semi-flooded hole in the ground.
True as I reported we're finally getting things done down there. A whole seven stories have been raised since last fall. You do the math. This country is finished as a leader in creating miracles. The vision has been passed on to other nations.
Dubai may have serious dough, and great vision for their future. However if I ever went there to see their swell stuff first hand I'd be asking for a stoning or beheading.
Things they still very much do to Queers, uppity women, and their assorted masses of "guest" workers, and slaves yearning to breathe free.
'Good thing about the States though. You can still legally buy, and eat pork chops, and wash it down with an ice cold brew. It's the 'little' things that really matter.
Gawd Bless America!
A Happy Fourth to you All!