70 lightening strikes

Actually I think this kinda stuff happens constantly and we just don’t see it…

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21 Responses to 70 lightening strikes

  1. Mammoth says:

    Motorcycles with sidecars are ‘green.’ Saw them quite often in Russia, not so much here in the US.

  2. Kitty says:

    You could put a lot of stuff in a sidecar.

  3. Mammoth says:

    That was a time-exposure; still awesome. It is a graphic representation of the lightning storm on Venus, which Ray Bradbury wrote about in one of his short stories. (‘The Long Rain,’ in his book “The Illustrated Man.’)

    Only, these lightning bolts appear to be striking at sea, rather than frying space explorers. Is there a way to direct lightning to strike those Banksters?

  4. Kitty says:

    Poor Iraq

    A 6,500-year-old Sumerian gold jar, the head of a Sumerian battle axe and a stone from an Assyrian palace were among 45 relics returned to Iraq by Germany on Monday.

    The items were among thousands stolen from Iraq’s museums and archeological sites in the mayhem that followed the U.S.-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein in 2003.

    The tiny gold jar, dating to 4,500 BC, the bronze axe head, clay tablets bearing cuneiform script, a metal amulet and other artifacts were seized by German police at public auctions and turned over to Iraqi officials in a ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    Alexander Schonfelder, deputy head of the German diplomatic mission in Iraq, said German law dictated that any artifacts taken from Iraq after 1990 should be returned.

    “This means that the German government has the right to confiscate them and that is what we have done, and given them back to Iraq,” Schonfelder said.

    Some 15,000 artifacts were thought to have been looted from the Iraqi National Museum and thousands more from archeological sites since the start of the 2003 war.

    Up to than 10,000 of the National Museum pieces are still missing, said Amira Eidan, general director of the museum.

  5. Kitty says:

    America’s future?

  6. Kitty says:

    Not Venus Mammoth!

    Photographer’s Description: Fire in the sky! This is an image sequence containing 70 lightning shots, taken at Ikaria island during a severe thunderstorm.

    Taken with: Canon EOS 550D, 16/6/2011 1:17 – 2:40, Shutter Speed 20 sec x 70 shots, Aperture Value 7.1, ISO 400, Lens Canon EF50mm f/1.8 II, Focal Length 50.0 mm

  7. Mammoth says:

    Spray the protesters like they are bugs, and if that doesn’t work then tase them. This sort of thing brings shame to the police, who are sworn to ‘protect and serve,’ not abuse.

  8. Kitty says:

    And this

    Workers at the Regency Ceramics factory in India raided the home of their boss, and beat him senseless with lead pipes after a wage dispute turned ugly.

    The workers were enraged enough to kill Regency’s president K. C. Chandrashekhar after their union leader, M. Murali Mohan, was killed by baton-wielding riot police on Thursday. The labor violence occurred in Yanam, a small city in Andra Pradesh state on India’s east coast. Police were called to the factory by management to quell a labor dispute. The workers had been calling for higher pay and reinstatement of previously laid off workers since October. Murali was fired a few hours after the police left the factory.

  9. Mammoth says:

    If you truly believe people in America are more civil, try driving five mph below the speed limit and see what happens…

  10. Kitty says:

    Mammoth’s Victory Garden!

  11. Mammoth says:

    ‘Mad Vlad’ Putin finally says something which makes sense!

    “We must improve Russia’s business climate and the country’s attractiveness for long-term investments. Both remain unsatisfactory. In the past few years, we launched a series of reforms aimed at improving the business climate. However, no significant change has occurred.

    Speaking plainly, we still have system-wide corruption. The cost of doing business varies depending on your “proximity” to specific individuals within the government machinery. In these conditions entrepreneurs quite rationally tend to find backers and strike deals with them rather then observe the law. Then, having made their deals, such businesses try to suppress competition.

    Clearing the way for businesses prepared to win a competitive battle on a level playing field is our fundamental system-wide goal.”
    – – – – – – – – –
    We were pulled over by the police one time in Kaliningrad. Our driver reached into the glovebox and grabbed a 100-rouble note (worth around $4 at the time) before getting out of the car and into the police car. Two minutes later we were back on the road again. Business as usual, in Russia!

  12. Bukko Canukko says:

    Is there a way to direct lightning to strike those Banksters?

    Further proof that there is no God is the severe shortage of evil people getting killed by lightning bolts.

  13. Bukko Canukko says:

    Re: “Poor Iraq” — as I plough through books on the Roman Empire, I read footnotes and references that show how our understanding of history is based. So many footnotes refer to fragments of poems on pieces of vellum (thin sheepskin which was used to write on when there were no paper mills like Mammoth’s) and inscriptions on broken pottery, the images of emperors on old coins… All these spotty bits of stuff, mere flyspecks, and that’s what we have to go on for something as large and long-lived as the Roman Empire was.

    And that’s because over 2,000 years, there’s going to be a lot of fires, mould (as they spell it here), revolutions where anarchy breaks out and people steal whatever they can and then forget where the hell they put it after a few years, new religions coming along which want to destroy all traces of the old things because they are impure… (Not just the Muslims doing that, either. The early Christians were big on smashing pagan Greek temples, communists burned remnants of the old regimes, etc.)

    The “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” two-volume set I’m reading was printed in 1938. Found it in my dad’s basement office when I cleaned it out after he died. It’s starting to fray on the hard cover. Also down there were a couple of books from the early 1800s, one of which was written by a distant relative. The pages of those almost crumble if you turn them. And that’s just 1/10th the age of the timespan it was back to the Roman Empire. Nothing like the antiquity of Babylonian artifacts. Babylon and Alexandria, Egypt used to have immense libraries, but they were burned by invading armies. It’s a wonder we know anything.

    Humanity basically gives itself a case of Alzheimers Disease. Actually, it’s the opposite of Alzheimer’s, because people in the early/middle stages of that can still recall their old days. It’s anything recent that they can’t recall. There’s another mental problem called Wernecke’s Disease that strikes severe alcoholics who get thrown in the drunk tank and go through the DTs. Their brains get starved of Vitamin B when they’re in the raving mad stage, which kills off a part called the “substantia nigra.” This is what allows you to input short-term memory into long-term storage. I’ve had a few patients with that over the years.

    It’s like they are continually trapped in the “NOW.” They recall stuff from their youth, and they can still carry on a conversation, dress themselves, appear normal. But they can’t remember your name more than 30 seconds later, never know where they are, what day it is… It’s a sad situation, like they’re lost in time, in a world that’s less than a minute old. THAT’S what our species does to itself when it steals and destroys our legacy of the past.

  14. Kitty says:

    Lord Bukko I never remember people’s names… I wonder if it;s my “substantia nigra” or lack of interest???

  15. Bukko Canukko says:

    Mammoth — re: that picture of the ship/bridge collison you posted — it made me curious about the back story behind it. A guy who writes about politics for Esquire magazine (of all places) puts it into context. This guy Pierce has the same wicked writing style as Matt Taibbi. I tripped on him recently, and now click on Esquire several times a day to see if he has anything new. The man is PROLIFIC! Anyway, I’m glad you put up the pic, because I haven’t seen it elsewhere, but now that I have the image in my mind courtesy of you and Kitty, I could understand that blog post better.

    P.S. I checked my Inbox. Didn’t see anything. I will give you a call this evening. I still want to brave the border. Got a 4-figure cheque as a gift, denominated in U.S. $, that I need to stick in our TBTF, among other things.

  16. Bukko Canukko says:

    Kitty — working at a restaurant, you must meet dozens of people a day whose names it would be good to recall. I have some of the same trouble, especially with ancillary medical staff like emergency room nurses, patient transporters and security guards. I deal with them often, but not often enough to remember their monickers. I use some memory tricks like making an effort to repeat their names three times in conversation when they introduce themselves to me, or associating their name with a physical characteristic like a big nose or the style of clothing they were. (Melinda the psych triage nurse in ER dresses goofy like Cyndi Lauper, so she’s “Me-Lauper” in my head.)

    My real problem is “face blindness,” (properly called “prosopagnosia.”) People’s faces look kinda generic to me. It’s frustrating when I encounter someone who I’m supposed to know, and I’ve dealt with before, but they just seem to be another part of the crowd.

    Good thing I don’t have that trouble with Mammoth! Flaming red hair, massive build and all…

  17. Mammoth says:

    Check your email again, I just re-sent it to your 3 different email addresses. Hopefully the .govt goons won’t intercept all three!
    Meeting Tuesday after work would be fine. A ferry leaves Edmonds at 4:45 p.m. I can go straight from work and get to the ferry terminal at around 5:15 p.m., so if you take the 4:45 ferry we will probably* meet as you are coming down the ramp off the boat. Now, all I need to do is remember to put that roll of 20 shiny discs into my bag tomorrow morning, or better yet, tonight, so that I will have them with me And just for kicks I will also bring along that extra 10 discs in case you are interested in them. EMail or call when you read your emails, I should be home by 5:30 p.m. today.

    Cheeers, Mammoth

  18. Kitty says:

    I would love to ride a ferry boat!!!!!

    Very good advice Bukko!!!

    I love thinking about how history has been white washed, lost and distorted…

    Bible story

    By the middle of the fourth century, when the Codex Sinaiticus was written, there was wide but not complete agreement on which books should be considered authoritative for Christian communities, according to the Web site where the Codex is posted.

    The Bible comes from the Monastery of St. Catherine in the Sinai desert, where a scholar named Constantine Tischendorf recognized its significance in 1844 — and promptly took part of it, Garces explained.
    As it survives today, Codex Sinaiticus comprises just over 400 large leaves of parchment — prepared animal skin — each of which measures 15 inches by 13.6 inches (380 mm by 345 mm).

  19. Mammoth says:

    Here we glow again…

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