Marc A. Schindler wrote: > We could call it the Ketchikan Duty Free Zone, like they have in the U.A.E.
JWR - what do you think of this? is it a good idea? If so, I could try to get it on the North Carolina Republican Party platform. :-) [SNIP] >Where there's a genuine cloud on the horizon is the Northwest Passage, which has >been too ice-choked to be considered as a serious alternative to the Panama Canal. >However, with global warming breaking up the ice pack, the NWP is ice-free for >longer and longer periods each year. Soon it will be completely navigable. And >we're not sure we want a "Valdez" sailing through our waters (again, the US >considers it an international passageway). Oil tankers from Aberdeen and Bergen >could get to San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver and Los Angeles faster through the >NWP than they can through the Panama Canal. One compromise that has been proposed >is that every ship register with Ottawa, and be escorted through the Passage by a >Canadian coast guard vessel (this was concept-tested a few years ago with the MS >Manhattan, being led by an RCMP patrol and icebreaker ship.) What cloud? This is sew kewl! The Chinese just wasted quite a lot of time and money grabbing up the Panama Canal! Fooled them, didn't we? And this will provide many, many jobs for the Canadians, what with all the escort services they will have to provide. (I hope this escort service doesn't degenerate into the filth that other escort services have fallen to :-) Jon ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ==^================================================================ This email was sent to: email@example.com EASY UNSUBSCRIBE click here: http://topica.com/u/?aaP9AU.bWix1n.YXJjaGl2 Or send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] T O P I C A -- Register now to manage your mail! http://www.topica.com/partner/tag02/register ==^================================================================