I seem to remember that in January I complained about the lack of snow. Well, so far during the month of February (the last thirteen days) we have had four major snow storms and a blizzard predicted for this weekend.
Our local Maine WCSH weatherman has posted predictions of twelve to sixteen inches accumulation along with high wind over a thirty-six hour period beginning Saturday morning. He hedged these predictions stating they are taken from the National Weather Service’s computer projections, and that the European Weather computer projections show a possibility of twenty-four to thirty inches accumulation.
The thing that astounded me is not the depth of snow and blizzard predictions (this is Maine,) but that the weatherman said the European computer predictions are usually more accurate than the National Weather Service’s, because Europe has the most updated software and the latest high-tech computers, whereas our government funded programs are out of date and in serious need of upgrade.
So, why does Europe has better weather prediction facilities than the U.S.? Why does Europe and Asia have more modern railway facilities and infrastructure than the U.S.? Why of the thirty-three developed nations is the U.S. the only country that does not offer universal health care? And, why does the United States spends more on its military than the next ten highest militarized nations combined?
I think I just answered my own questions. It is a matter of priorities.
A link to military expenditures posted by the International Institute for StrategicStudies (2013.)
Note, military expenditure does not include Homeland Security, CIA, NIS, private security firms employed by the government, military foreign aid and covert operations etc. etc. etc.