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by: Ziks511 February 14, 2013 11:57 AM PST

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Has anyone else been following the Carnival cruise line

by Ziks511 - 2/14/13 11:57 AM

debacle, and wondering why those poor people haven't been evacuated from the ship??

From day one, I was wondering why they didn't locate some spare carrying capacity and begin the transfer of people to functioning smaller ships. There are more than 3000 people and 1000 crew who have been living in absolute squalor for 5 days in what one doctor called "a floating petri dish" except that a petri dish doesn't constantly fill itself up with more sewage. The passengers I've heard have been quite laudatory about the crew, who they say work 24 hours a day trying to make things work or at least less bad. Hope they're all in line for massive bonuses, except for the Captain and the Engineers.

This whole thing sounds like a "least-cost" solution to a problem which should have been about saving the passengers from significant health risks, the Cruise Line's reputation and future business, and avoiding lawsuits from people whose health has been put at risk. I expect that it will cost far more to rehabilitate Carnival's reputation than a prompt evacuation would have cost. I'd look for a bankruptcy and corporate re-branding pretty soon, if only as protection from the lawsuits which are bound to result.

And the CEO was at a party two days ago. Now I grant that doesn't mean as much as it appears to mean, but it looks like he doesn't really care. The "optics" are bad .

Of course he's already got his money. If the Board fires him he'll get a Platinum-lined Diamond-encrusted parachute. He apparently feels he won't be held to account for this situation, in any meaningful way anyway.

High Corporate execs in the US are so insulated from the effects of their actions and inactions that they are divorced not just from their employees and clients, but from reality.

Toni keeps asking why rich people shouldn't keep all the money they make. This is the reason. So that they don't become a new aristocracy immune from accountability, and able should they feel so inclined to act irresponsibly, sure of their freedom from meaningful oversight and accountability. These guys are becoming, if they aren't already, above the law, and above civil actions because of their ability to buy the best defense money can procure.

This seems to me to be the failure of American business culture writ large. America used to be a nation which accomplished the impossible. Now it can't accomplish the merely necessary, minimal things to stay in business.

Rob

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