He is probably thinking about the blackbird which the USoA had to use to get
the speed record back (some sort of ego trip I expect). Even then it had to
be refuelled multiple times to actually beat Concorde on a normal flight.
I wonder if he even knows the Americans couldn't even break the sound
barrier until they stole the flying tail idea from the UK designers?
Come to think of it a lot of USoA technology was borrowed from others (light
bulbs, telephones, computers, WWW, space flight, etc.).
Look at all the stuff America crows about.
The steam engine, Invented here.
Steel. Invented here.
Electronic Computers. Invented here.
Radar, especially the magnetron, invented here.
The jet engine, invented here and in Germany almost simultaneously.
The all moving tailplane for supersonic flight, invented here.
Motherhood, invented in Africa
Apple Pie, invented here.
God, invented in the Middle East, Reinvented in Rome..
Democracy, Invented in Greece (and much good it did them)
The Mafia, invented in Sicily (and much good it did them)
Americans are pretty carp at inventing anything: Mostly its a ripoff of
someone else's idea made successful through selling in vast quantities
to a gullible nation.
I think they maty be credited with fast food, and obesity, and the coca
cola however. And spurious tailfins on cars. And drag racing. But really
that's about it.
Oh, the Blues, I guess the black slaves invented that, and jazz,
Says it all really.
Really the only significant US contributions of any value to modern life
have been the semiconductor, the integrated circuit, and the high level
programming language, courtesy of COBOL.
Though even there high level languages go back a bit further. To Europe.
What the USA is superb at is business. Taking something from someone
else, and pretending they thought of it first, and selling it in vast
quantities backed by a flood of syrupy marketing that pretends its is
They are without doubt, the greatest LIARS the world has ever known.
On Sun, 22 Aug 2010 02:08:01 +0100, Michael A. Terrell
No, Concorde wasn't fuel efficient though neither are Porsche, Ferrari and
so on motorcars.
Come to think of it, neither are those enormous engined gas guzzling
motors most US citizens used to prefer.
Who was to know in the sixties that oil was going to rise to the price it
Not in Canada either. In 1969 a gallon of gas sold for about $0.45 and
a reasonably paid worker (like a licenced mechanic) earned $4.50 per
Convert that to Metric and gasoline was about $0.10 a liter.
Today gasoline hovers around the buck a liter range, and not too many
workers earn $22.50 an hour - which would make gasoline virtually
twice as expensive in real dollars as it was in 1969.
On Sun, 22 Aug 2010 15:25:29 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
In the US it's close. The inflation since '69 is 5.79X. I remember paying
about $.30/gallon during a price war and about $.36 normally. So that's $1.74
to $2.08 today. Gasoline is $2.41/gallon here, so yes a little more.
OTOH, I'm making well over 25x what I was making in 1970 (I made nothing in
The difference is easily explained by tax.
Because perhaps the boot of the government isn't quite as heavy on this side
of the pond, yet. Perhaps because this is a *big* place and cars are used to
transport more than a couple of people a few km.
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