Amazing Images: The Best Science Photos of the Week


Post 8227

Amazing Images: The Best Science Photos of the Week

Advertisements

10 Amazing Underwater Rescues


Post 8225

10 Amazing Underwater Rescues

GARY PULLMAN DECEMBER 16, 2016

http://listverse.com/2016/12/16/10-amazing-underwater-rescues/

Water can kill in many ways. Whether it’s a boating accident, a flash flood, or a freak accident involving a riding mower, water can quickly become a dangerous adversary. Fortunately, as these 10 amazing underwater accidents demonstrate, such incidents are not always fatal.

10Harrison Odjegba Okene

10a-okene-tugboat-survivor

Photo credit: weather.com

Despite having been submerged in the Atlantic Ocean aboard a sunken tugboat for three days, Harrison Odjegba Okene was still very much alive, the only one of the vessel’s 12-member crew to have survived. “[An] air pocket in one of the cabins” and a bottle of Coca-Cola had sustained him.

Okene had been in the bathroom when the tugboat capsized about 5:00 AM on May 26, 2013, off the Nigerian coast. As he made his way toward an exit hatch with three other men, a surge of water washed the other men away. Okene “knew” they’d been killed.

As he sat atop floating mattresses, fish swam through the boat. He could smell the other crew members’ dead bodies and was horrified, knowing that the fish were devouring their corpses. When he spied a diver sent to recover the bodies, Okene tapped the diver and was rescued.

 

9Roger Chapman And Roger Mallinson

9a-submersible-rescue

Photo credit: BBC

On August 29, 1973, Royal Navy submariner Roger Chapman, 28, and engineer Roger Mallinson, 35, were cramped inside Pisces III, a small submersible in which they’d been “laying transatlantic telephone cable.” As they waited to be towed to the surface, the hatch to the submersible’s aft sphere was “pulled off.” The submersible sank like a rock to the bottom of the seabed at a depth of 480 meters (1,575 ft).

They contacted the rest of the crew, who were topside aboard their ship, by telephone. Chapman and Mallinson had only 66 hours of oxygen left. They rationed the oxygen and refrained from eating their last sandwich and drinking their last can of lemonade.

After several ill-fated attempts, rescuers finally attached a towline to the submersible and Chapman and Mallinson were lifted to the surface. They’d been rescued just in time. Only 12 minutes of oxygen remained inside their submersible. They celebrated with the sandwich and lemonade.

8Louisiana Woman And Her Dog

Trapped inside her sinking car in a 2016 flash flood, a Louisiana woman panicked. “Oh, my God! I’m drowning!” she screamed. To no avail, men in a boat tried to smash the car’s windows with a pole. One of the rescuers then ripped the fabric of the convertible’s roof, but the car sank completely.

One of the men leaped into the water and pulled her from the vehicle. Her dog, she told the men, was still in the car. She begged them to save her pet. The man who’d pulled her from the convertible dove under the water, but to the woman’s chagrin, he returned “empty-handed.”

His second attempt was successful. “I have your dog,” he told the woman as he lifted the “tiny white pooch above the water.”

 

7Chuck Staples

7a-scuba-diver-485572352

While performing “underwater construction work,” diver Chuck Staples, 29, got caught on a pipe. He was 90 meters (300 ft) off a Staten Island pier at the time of the accident, which occurred after 2:00 PM on December 28, 1987.

Wearing a diver’s helmet, Staples “was connected by a hose to a compressor on the surface” to communicate with others. The site’s office manager, Jim O’Keefe, and local police agreed that Staples was never in “severe danger.”

He was rescued when “other scuba divers secured his surroundings with sandbags and attached a line with which to lift the obstruction from him.” After doctors at Jacoby Hospital determined that he was uninjured, Staples was released.

6Seth De Luca

6-josh-dixon-de-luca-rescue

Photo credit: cinewsnow.com

On a June 2016 evening, Seth De Luca, 14, jumped from a pontoon boat in White Oak Lake in Germantown Hills, Illinois, but he didn’t surface. Josh Dixon, 19, was shooting baskets nearby and saw a commotion as his neighbors rushed “to the lake behind his house.”

A former swim team member, Dixon was a strong swimmer. He found De Luca and brought the youth to the surface with a neighbor’s assistance. At the hospital, De Luca, who’d been underwater for 15 minutes before he was rescued, was listed in critical condition.

Fortunately, De Luca made a full recovery and was on hand to see his rescuer receive an award from the Woodford County sheriff during a “standing room only” ceremony in Eureka, Illinois.

5Charles ‘Dale’ Ostrander

5-charles-dale-ostrander

Photo credit: ABC News

Swept out to sea by a riptide while swimming in the Pacific Ocean with his church’s youth group, Charles “Dale” Ostrander, 12, of Spanaway, Washington, was pulled underwater. Nicole Kissel, also 12, responded to Ostrander’s cries for help.

He climbed aboard her surfboard, and she lay atop him as he encouraged her to “keep kicking.” Kissel made it to shore, but Ostrander was pulled underwater again, this time for 20 to 25 minutes. Kissel said, “He’s dead.”

However, rescuers were able to pull him from the water. Although he wasn’t breathing, medics performed CPR on Ostrander as soon as he was brought onto the beach. At the hospital, he had a pulse again and was put in amedically induced coma. When doctors later reduced the level of his sedatives and called his name, Ostrander responded, opening his eyes and blinking.

Over the next few days, he continued to show improvement, answering yes-or-no questions and speaking in complete sentences. Nevertheless, doctors told his parents that he must undergo physical therapy and could suffer “permanent brain damage.”

“He had been . . . without oxygen for too long,” the boy’s mother, Kirsten Ostrander, said. She and her husband, Chad, accept their son’s fate, whatever it may be, as God’s will, she added.

 

4Kayaker

4-jones-falls-kayaker

While kayaking in the Jones Falls River in Baltimore on an October 2016 afternoon, a kayaker was swept over the falls. A witness said, “He got caught in the wash; it pushed him under and he got separated from his boat.”

The others in his group threw ropes to him. But he vanished beneath the water where he “spent several minutes” before police were able to pull him out of the river. Unconscious, he was transported to University of Maryland Shock Trauma, where he was listed in “critical condition.”

3Van Driver

3-submerged-van

Photo credit: fox5sandiego.com

The 20-year-old driver of a van was trapped underwater after his vehicle was “stranded in heavy flooding” in the Midway District of San Diego, California. The downpour had broken a water pipe near Pacific Highway and Witherby Street, which caused the flood at approximately 9:40 PM.

Due to the pressure of the water surrounding his submerged van, the driver was unable to open a door or “roll down his electric windows.” Two police officers broke a window and “pulled the driver to safety.”

2Lake Barrington Man

2a-ambulance-emergency-room-181048955

In summer 2016, a 73-year-old Lake Barrington man “lost his balance” while boating and fell from his craft into Illinois’ Lake Barrington. Fire department personnel “launched a boat” and recovered the man, who’d been underwater for 10 minutes. He had not worn a flotation device and was unable to remain afloat.

Transported to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital near Barrington, he was listed in “critical condition.”

1Ron Hacker And An ‘Unidentified Man’

1a-riding-mower-184139073

While mowing his lawn in 2007, Ron Hacker, 68, of Leavittsburg, Ohio, tumbled down a .61-meter (2 ft) embankment into the Mahoning River. His riding mower trapped him “in waist-deep water.” He was able to get his head above water but was unable to free himself.

A neighbor heard the splash” and summoned Michael Oberlin, who was “installing satellite TV service” nearby. The two men rushed to Hacker’s aid, pulling him from beneath the mower. Hacker “suffered a few bumps on his head, some bruises, and a bloody nose,” but he was otherwise uninjured.

Connecting a chain to the submerged mower, Oberlin pulled it ashore with a truck. The next time he mows the bank, Hacker said, he may “use a push mower.”

Incredibly, a similar accident occurred in 2016 in East Lake, Florida, when an unidentified man “ended up pinned underwater by a riding lawn mower.” According to witnesses, he was mowing grass “parallel to the lake when he tumbled into the water.” Bystanders “spent several minutes” attempting to rescue the man before calling for assistance.

When local firefighters arrived, they could find “no sign of the man or the mower” until they spotted oil floating on the surface of the lake. A firefighter wearing a rapid diver system entered the water and found the man four minutes later.

“He was in full cardiac arrest when he was pulled from the water,” and he had no pulse. He was transported to Medical Center of Trinity, his condition unknown to the media at the time of the incident’s report.

Gary Pullman lives south of Area 51, which, according to his family and friends, explains “a lot.” His 2016 urban fantasy novel, A Whole World Full of Hurt, was published by The Wild Rose Press. An instructor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, he writes several blogs, including Chillers and Thrillers: A Blog on the Theory and Practice of Writing Horror Fiction and Nightmare Novels and Other Tales of Terror.

10 Amazing Things We’ve Learned About The Solar System In 2016


Post 8224

10 Amazing Things We’ve Learned About The Solar System In 2016

MONTE L. RICHARD II DECEMBER 18, 2016

http://listverse.com/2016/12/18/10-amazing-things-weve-learned-about-the-solar-system-in-2016/

There are nearly 30 man-made spaceships out in the solar system right now gathering information about our planet’s neighborhood. Every year, evidence is gathered to bolster some theories while others fall by the wayside. Here are just some of the highlights of what we’ve discovered about the solar system in 2016.

10Jupiter And Saturn Throw Comets At Us

10a-comet-asteroid-impact-earth-167245459

In 1994, the world watched as Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 slammed into Jupiter, “leaving Earth-size marks that persisted up to a year.” Back then, astronomers were high-fiving each other over the notion that Jupiter protected us from comets and asteroids.

With its massive gravity field, Jupiter was believed to suck the majority of these threats in before they could reach Earth. Current research says the opposite is probably true, and the whole “Jupiter Shield” idea is wrong.

At NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, simulations showed that Jupiter and Saturn were more likely to toss space debris into the inner solar system and into orbits that would bring them into Earth’s path. The larger planets are probably lobbing comets and asteroids at us.

The good news? Comets hitting early Earth may be responsible for “delivering the volatile materials from the outer solar system needed for life to form.”

 

9Pluto Has Liquid Water

9a-plutos-heart

Photo credit: NASA/APL/SwRI

On the outskirts of the known solar system, NASA’s New Horizon spacecraft has been revealing oddities about the distant dwarf planet Pluto. Foremost is that Pluto has a liquid ocean.

The presence of fracture lines and an analysis of a large crater named Sputnik Planum have led researchers to construct a model that shows Pluto has aliquid ocean 100 kilometers (62 mi) thick with a salinity of around 30 percent beneath an icy shell some 300 kilometers (185 mi) thick. That’s about as salty as the Dead Sea.

If the Plutonian ocean was in the process of freezing, then the planet would be contracting. But it seems to be expanding instead. Scientists suspect that enough radioactivity is left in the core to give some warmth. The thick layers of exotic surface ices act as an insulator and the likely presence of ammonia acts as antifreeze.

8The Cores Of Neptune And Uranus Are Wrapped In Plastic

8-europa-interior

Photo credit: NASA

How do we know what lies beneath the clouds of distant gas giants with atmospheric pressures roughly nine million times that of Earth? Math! Scientists use the Universal Structure Predictor: Evolutionary Xtallography (USPEX) algorithm to take a hypothetical look at what’s going on inside these less well-studied planets.

Knowing that Neptune and Uranus are composed of mostly oxygen, carbon, and hydrogen, researchers plugged in the numbers to see what kind of weird chemistry would take place. The results are exotic polymers, organic plastics, crystallized carbonic acid, and orthocarbonic acid (aka “Hitler’s acid” because its atomic structure looks like a swastika) wrapping around a rocky inner core.

In the search for extraterrestrial life on Titan and Europa, scientists hope that water might be reacting with rock to create organic processes. But if the inner core is wrapped in exotic crystals and plastic, then we might have to rethink things.

 

7Mercury Has A Super Grand Canyon

7-mercury-great-valley

Where Venus and Mars still had volcanic activity as recently as a few million years ago, it seems like little Mercury shut down 3–4 billion years ago. The planet cooled, began to shrink, and started to buckle.

This created a massive fissure that scientists call the “great valley.” According to a statement by University of Maryland scientists:

The valley is about 400 kilometers (250 mi) wide and 965 kilometers (600 mi) long, with steep sides that dip as much as 3 kilometers (2 mi) below the surrounding terrain. To put this in perspective: If Mercury’s “great valley” existed on Earth, it would be almost twice as deep as the Grand Canyon and reach from Washington, DC, to New York City and as far west as Detroit.

On a small planet that’s just over 4,800 kilometers (3,000 mi) in circumference, the great valley is more like a massive scar across its face.

6Venus Was Once Habitable

6-venus-electrical-field

Photo credit: ESA

Venus is the only planet that spins backward. At 460 degrees Celsius (860 °F), its surface is hot enough to melt lead, and it has clouds of sulfuric acid. But at one point, Venus may have been capable of supporting life.

Over four billion years ago, Venus had oceans. In fact, it’s believed that the planet had water for over two billion years. Today, Venus is extremely dry with hardly any water vapor at all. The Sun’s solar wind stripped it all away.

Venus’ atmosphere gives off a large electrical field roughly five times as strong as Earth’s. This field is also strong enough to overcome Venus’ gravity and push oxygen and hydrogen into the upper atmosphere where the solar winds sucked them away.

Scientists don’t know why the Venus electrical field is so strong, but it might have something to do with Venus being closer to the Sun.

5The Earth Is Powered By The Moon

5a-earth-core-moon

Photo credit: Science Daily

The Earth is surrounded by a magnetic field that protects us from charged particles and harmful radiation. Otherwise, we’d be exposed to cosmic rays up to 1,000 times what we get now. Our computers and electronics would also probably fry.

So it’s great that we have a giant ball of molten iron spinning at the center of the Earth. Until recently, scientists weren’t sure why it kept spinning. Eventually, it should cool off and slow down.

But in the past 4.3 billion years, it’s only cooled off about 300 degrees Celsius (570 °F). So we’ve lost a little more than the heat of a big barbecue grill, which is not a lot.

Scientists now believe that the Moon’s orbit keeps Earth’s molten core spinning by injecting around 1,000 billion watts of power into the Earth’s core. The Moon might be much more important than we ever thought.

 

4Saturn’s Rings Are New

4-saturn-and-titan

Photo credit: space.com

Since the 1600s, there has been a debate over just how long Saturn’s rings are and where they come from. In theory, Saturn once had more moons and some of them crashed into each other. The resulting debris turned into the current rings and 62 moons.

By observing how Saturn squeezes geysers out of its moon Enceladus, scientists have been able to gauge the relative strength of the gas giant’s pull. As all the moons are being thrown into larger orbits, this enables scientists to approximate when this moon crash derby occurred.

The numbers suggest that Saturn’s rings probably don’t date back to the planet’s formation four billion years ago. In fact, except for the more distant moons Titan and Iapetus, Saturn’s major moons appear to have formed during the Cretaceous Period, the time of the dinosaurs.

3There Are 15,000 Really Big Asteroids In The Neighborhood

3-neo

Photo credit: sci-news.com

In 2005, NASA was tasked with finding 90 percent of the big near-Earth objects (NEOs) by 2020. So far, they’ve found 90 percent of the NEOs 915 meters (3,000 ft) and larger but only 25 percent of the ones 140 meters (450 ft) or larger.

In 2016, while averaging 30 new discoveries a week, NASA found their 15,000th NEO. For reference, they were only finding about 30 new objects a year in 1998.

NASA is cataloging all the comets and asteroids around to make sure that we know if something is going to hit us. Even so, without prior warning, a meteor that was 20 meters (65 ft) wide exploded over the city of Chelyabinsk in Russia in February 2013.

2We Crashed A Ship Into A Comet On Purpose

2-67pc-g-comet

Photo credit: ESA

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft orbited the 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko comet for two years. The craft took readings and even placed a lander on the surface.

This 12-year mission made a number of important discoveries. For instance, Rosetta detected the amino acid glycine, a basic building block of life. While it has been theorized that amino acids may have formed in space at the beginning of the solar system, this was the first time that any were found.

Rosetta discovered “60 molecules, 34 of which had never been found before on a comet.” The spacecraft’s instruments also showed a “significant difference in composition between Comet 67P/C-G’s water and that of Earth.” This pokes some holes in the idea that Earth received much of its water from comets.

After the groundbreaking mission reached its conclusion on September 30, 2016, the ESA slammed its spacecraft into the side of the comet.

1Mysteries Of The Sun Solved

1-sun-magnetic-field

Photo credit: NASA/SDO/AIA/LMSAL

All planets and stars have magnetic poles, and they shift around all the time. On Earth, the poles flip every 200,000 to 300,000 years. Right now, we’re overdue.

On the Sun, things move at a faster pace. Every 11 years or so, the polarity of the Sun’s magnetic field swaps around. This coincides with a period of increased sunspots and solar activity.

Oddly enough, Venus, Earth, and Jupiter are aligned at the same time. Scientists believe that the planets may be affecting the Sun. “According to the study, when the planets are aligned, their gravity combines to cause a tidal-like effect on the Sun’s plasma, pulling it and disrupting the Sun’s magnetic field.”

Monte is a writer and game maker. You can check out his latest game on Steam here.

Top 10 Reasons President Trump Will Be A Great Success


Post 8223

Top 10 Reasons President Trump Will Be A Great Success

JAMIE FRATER JANUARY 20, 2017

http://listverse.com/2017/01/20/top-10-reasons-president-trump-will-be-a-great-success/

Today is the big day! President Donald Trump has been inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States of America. It has been a long and troubling road to the White House for President Trump, and the citizens of America (in fact, the whole world) have seen one of the most divisive and highly charged election campaigns in history.

But now it is time to put that behind us and look to the future at what successes we are likely to see under President Donald J. Trump.

Featured image credit: truthuncensored.net

10Clean Up The Media

10-trump-and-the-media

Photo credit: slate.com

The 2016 election process exposed many problems in the US media. Thanks to the First Amendment, the United States has a long history of free press, and it is perfectly legal and fair for media organizations to pick sides and root for a particular candidate. But what happens when the entire media claims, on the one hand, to be unbiased and unpolitical, while on the other hand, they collude with and actively work (and in some cases, receive favors and money) to help one candidate win the election?

CNN was caught leaking debate questions to Hillary Clinton, while outlets likeThe New York Times published fallacious articles about Mr. Trump sexually abusing women which, not surprisingly, vanished the day that he was elected.

And WikiLeaks further exposed a very long list of media representatives who were directly working with the Clinton campaign or the Democratic Party to publish news they had either written or vetted. We won’t even mention the ridiculous lengths that some pop culture websites, such as Huffington Postand Buzzfeed, went to in order to influence the election.

Once Mr. Trump was elected president, those same news outlets began a campaign accusing anyone who opposes them of being “fake news,” a ruse which came back to bite them recently. President Trump, by taking to Twitter and vocally calling out the mainstream media in their errors and bias, will ultimately bring about a change for the better in terms of honest and fair reporting.

In fact, representatives of the failing media issued a press release just this week stating: “We credit you with highlighting serious and widespread distrust in the media across the political spectrum. Your campaign tapped into that, and it was a bracing wake-up call for us. We have to regain that trust.” This can only be a plus for everyone.

 

9Create New (Old) Jobs

9a-miners-477633515

Tariffs are not usually a part of the Republican platform. But when job creation becomes such a high-profile issue, it can’t be ignored. President Trump had the advantage of being an outsider, so he was able to step up and campaign for protectionist policies. This caused much ire among many of the Republican old guard like Senator John McCain who then took his vengeance by leaking false documents to the media.

In reality, tariffs already exist against non–Free Trade partners. As much as some wish to deny it, they are used against the US by many trading partners who are not charged tariffs on goods entering the US.

Mr. Trump’s plan involves what he calls “fair trade” as opposed to “free trade.” The idea is that tariffs will be imposed against nations that are either imposing tariffs against the US or using internal rules and regulations to undercut US competition from their own markets.

The country most likely to be effected financially is China, while the country most likely to benefit is the US. The imposition of these tariffs will compel companies that wish to trade in the US to open up shop there. This has the potential to create massive numbers of jobs.

Most of those jobs will be new jobs, but most will be jobs in old industries that fled the US as a result of Bill Clinton’s NAFTA bill. Ultimately, companies will chase the profits and it will soon be cheaper to produce cars, iPhones, and other products in the US directly rather than produce them offshore and import them with high tariffs.

8End Political Correctness

Political correctness is an act of terrorism against communication. In the words of the great George Carlin: “Political correctness is America’s newest form of intolerance, and it is especially pernicious because it comes disguised as tolerance.” I strongly recommend you watch the video clip above before continuing to read.

In a nutshell, political correctness is the rebranding of things deemed “bad” with terms that claim to remove the negative connotations. Ultimately, however, it causes people to fear their own thoughts and words in case they say something that is now considered “wrong.”

Even worse, the newest “rules” of political correctness end up being used against people who lived before those rules existed or who made public statements using those words when society deemed them innocuous. This has given much ammunition to those of a certain political persuasion who can shut down any intelligent or logical debate by merely screaming “racism,” “homophobia,” or “Islamophobia”—the latter two words, of course, being nonsensical as “phobia” means fear, not hatred.

This was never more obvious than during the election when the mainstream media and those opposing Mr. Trump sought out any recordings or evidence of the political right or Trump supporters using such words as “nigger,” “cripple,” “retard,” etc. On many occasions, people on both sides of the political spectrum waited with bated breath for the leaking of audio showing their political opponent uttering “the N-word!”

The other knock-on effect of this bizarre linguistic destruction is the banning of such classic books as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird and the retitling of famous classic novels such as Ten Little Niggers by Agatha Christie. How quickly we forget the adage that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. If we ban books that discuss things we don’t like, how many generations will it take to forget they ever happened?

 

7Modernize Presidential Communication

7-trump-on-twitter

Photo credit: twitter.com

Not so long ago (1933–1944 to be exact), Franklin D. Roosevelt was lauded for his “fireside chats” in which he took to the radio to communicate directly to the American people. In much the same way, we now see President Trump using Twitter to the same end. This has caused a great deal of angst among members of the dying mass media who are clinging to any last vestige of influence they once had. And it is perhaps in part for this reason that they have so bitterly attacked Mr. Trump at every turn.

What sane person could possibly dislike the idea of the president of the United States talking directly (in more ways than one!) to the people? It wasn’t so long ago that claims of being “the most transparent administration” were met with praise and adulation in the same media now decrying President Trump. In an indirect way, Barrack Obama’s administration was also ultimately transparent, thanks to WikiLeaks, Chelsea Manning, and Edward Snowden.

A further arrow in President Trump’s communications bow is his recent declaration that he will be allowing members of the so-called alternative media (blogs, websites, amateur journalists) to join the legacy media in White House press briefings.

6Improve The Entertainment Industry

6a-unhappy-audience-member-at-empty-cinema-498855762

After a decade of politically correct, social-justice-promoting movies spewing from the bowels of a Hollywood in deep crisis, profits are dropping as eyeballs seek entertainment off the big screen.

Not a week goes by without entertainment workers releasing another YouTube hit piece on Mr. Trump and his supporters. Gone are the days of actors and actresses entertaining the people; now they seem to think their job is to educate and influence. These extremely wealthy individuals work in an industry once considered among the lowest of the low. We are now, effectively, being told whom to vote for and what to think by people who, until recently, were considered equal to prostitutes.

But we can’t lay all the blame at the feet of those on the bottom rung of the entertainment industry. The big money behind the movies as well as the directors, the producers, and the scriptwriters all have a part to play.

When these moguls wake up and realize that their audience is abandoning them, they will have to bite their lips and start thinking about their future.

The good news is that now a giant wrench has been thrown into the works of society, causing a great shock. Like the famed phoenix, some fresh and exciting ideas will likely be born. We will no longer have to endure the likes of a re-release of Ghostbusters, whose only claim to fame (aside from having the most disliked trailer in YouTube history) is a blatant misandristic bent.

5Space Exploration

5b-exploring-mars-108271546

John F. Kennedy sent man to the Moon, and all the thanks he got was to beshot by Ted Cruz’s father! President Trump has stated that he will reopen the National Space Council, a group tasked with sitting between all the various space-related agencies (including commercial organizations) to help determine policy. It was disbanded under Mr. Clinton, and while Mr. Obama promised to restore it, it has remained defunct ever since.

The President intends to reopen the council with Vice President Mike Pence at its head. All manner of talk has arisen over whether this could mean that NASA, in conjunction with the likes of SpaceX, will set their sights on a Mars landing or further deep space ventures. The next four or eight years could prove to be incredibly exciting for those of us with a love and fascination for the great unknown of outer space.

And let us not forget that President Trump will have access to the Roswell documents and Area 51. Who knows what may come of that!

By the way, I was just kidding about Ted Cruz’s dad . . . maybe . . .

 

4The Environment

4-flint-water

Photo credit: aol.com

Mr. Trump repeatedly stated during his campaign: “It used to be cars were made in Flint, and you couldn’t drink the water in Mexico. Now cars are made in Mexico, and you can’t drink the water in Flint.”

Much anxiety has been caused by the Trump administration’s reticence to embrace climate change extremism, but all is not lost for those who do adhere to environmentalism. While it is true that President Trump doesn’t wish to continue funding international environmental organizations, he does want to divert those funds back to the US to fix problems like Flint’s water.

There is something to be said for cleaning up your own backyard first, and that is the approach we should expect to see over the next few years. When countries like China can indiscriminately emit pollution with no regard for the rest of the world, why should it fall upon the shoulders of countries like the United Kingdom and the United States to compensate?

Furthermore, through the use of tariffs against foreign industry, manufacturing will return to the US, which has far stricter environmental guidelines than countries in the Orient. This will, in itself, bring about a significant reduction in global pollution.

Chicken Little can live to fight another day!

3Education

3-common-core

Photo credit: heartland.org

With a promise to end Common Core and bring about parental choice in schools, President Trump is threatening to end the system which has led to the US ranking 35th out of 64 nations for mathematics and producing college students who need crayons and puppy dogs to cope with the grief of discovering that there are no participation trophies for backing the loser in an election.

Common Core is a set of standards that aims to teach children the things they need to know to meet a common requirement for further education and employment. The system was first developed in 2009 under Mr. Obama and was finally implemented in 2010. Since then, three states have voluntarily dropped the standards and President Trump is vowing to abolish them entirely.

Whether or not the replacement for Common Core will correct the dismal record of the US education system over the last six years remains to be seen. What is certain, however, is that in the end the blame for a child’s success will be laid at the feet of his parents because it will be their choice on how and where to educate their child.

2Tax Reform

2c-us-tax-retunr-144229773

Tax reform seems to come up in every election, but not since Mr. Reagan has such a grand range of tax cuts been proposed. Under the new scheme, which will reduce the total tax brackets from seven to three (12 percent, 25 percent, and 33 percent) and increase the standard deductions, the majority of Americans will save money. A small number of the lowest-income earners will see their tax rate rise by 2 percentage points from 10 percent to 12 percent.

The corporate tax rate will also drop to 15 percent, making it one of the most competitive in the world. The knock-on effect of this will be to promote the return of US companies operating abroad for tax gains.

This means more business bringing more jobs and more money in each worker’s pocket, which means more money being spent. In turn, this could help reverse the decline in the overall economy.

Changes to the tax system can take a while to notice, so this won’t be an immediate and obvious fix. But it could have great benefits in the longer term.

1Infrastructure

I must be honest and say that I am not at all a fan of President Trump’s very flamboyant home decor. But having recently stayed at a Trump Hotel while in New York on business, I am glad to say that it doesn’t extend past his marbled domicile.

A frequent issue that arose during the election was the deplorable state of US airports and infrastructure in general. I can certainly vouch for that! Over the next few years, both the Republicans and the Democrats have agreed that they will support any bills that pump funds into sorting this out once and for all. Here’s hoping that in a short amount of time, travel across the US will once again be a pleasant and appealing thing.

Let us end with the words of President Donald J. Trump, in what could well be his most historic speech:

“We will rebuild our roads, bridges, tunnels, highways, airports, schools and hospitals.

American cars will travel the roads, American planes will soar the skies, and American ships will patrol the seas.

American steel will send new skyscrapers into the clouds.

American hands will rebuild this nation—and American energy, harvested from American sources, will power this nation. American workers will be hired to do the job.

We will put new American metal into the spine of this country.

Jobs will return, incomes will rise, and new factories will come rushing back to our shores.

We will make America wealthy again.

We will make America strong again.

And we will make America great again.”

Good luck, Mr. President.