Sunday Roast: Neat stuff on Earth

Unfortunately, this means the secret about all these cool places is now out, and we can expect Wal-Marts to begin popping any time now…

This is our daily open thread — Love the Earth!

57 thoughts on “Sunday Roast: Neat stuff on Earth

  1. That was a riveting tour!
    Caves are fascinating. The Ocean holds so many systems still to be discovered!
    We live in a marvelous world (keep Walmart and the GoOPers away from it).

  2. Spend a minute in awe of Queen Esther, sounding like she’s on painkillers and booze:

  3. We just got about 4-6 inches on Saturday, and now we have to prepare for this. Jane and I will probably ride into work together Monday morning and leave around 1 PM (or whenever it starts.) Our office has a pretty liberal policy in that if you don’t feel safe driving in winter weather (because they hate to officially close the office and pay everyone), you’re allowed to use your vacation time to make up for the hours you miss. People often make fun of us because we don’t stick around, but my feeling is why stick around and find out they were right about how bad it’s going to get, and then be stuck there? The weather forecasters don’t always accurately predict what will happen, but it’s worth paying attention when they tell you what could happen. Is it worth your life to prove them wrong?

    • We got whacked by that crap last week. Last Monday it was sunny and unbelievably warm – low 70s – sleet started late Tuesday PM, later changed to snow which continued till Thursday’s wee small, then the sky cleared and when the sun came up on Thursday the temp was 7 degrees — close to a seventy degree drop in 60 hours, give or take a couple.

      At least the front range is white from head to toe. Means the lake should be brim full when it comes the time to water the golf course.

    • Just drove back from Redmond through all the wineries…. people in short sleeves and sunglasses sitting on the patios, drinking wine…. 65F on the car gauge…

  4. The natural world is SO much more interesting and compelling than is our human world — you know, the world where even protected and preserved areas are under attack by monied interests of all types, the world where plant and animal species are seen to have no intrinsic value other than to satisfy a wide range of dismal and invariably destructive human cravings, the world which humans KNOW was created just just to satisfy their own despoiling urges by a god which exists only in their own self-elevating mythology.

    I’d like to come back here a million years after humans’ own self-engineered extinction has passed just to see the restored beauty, and knowing it will last until the next (self-defined) ‘intelligent” species arrives.

    • “Now, children, come on over here. I’m going to tell you a bedtime story. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin. Once upon a time, there lived a magnificent race of animals that dominated the world through age after age. They ran, they swam, and they fought and they flew, until suddenly, quite recently, they disappeared. Nature just gave up and started again. We weren’t even apes then. We were just these smart little rodents hiding in the rocks. And when we go, nature will start over. With the bees, probably. Nature knows when to give up, David.”

      • Nature knows when to give up

        Looks as though nature has started the process — it’s pretty clear that she’s ‘given up’ on Sarah Palin. Hoping that pHuckabee and Cruz are next in line.😯

  5. Just because Obama once said ‘Elections have consequences’, the Republicans believe that now they’re supposed to get to call the shots in Washington. What if the consequence of Republicans winning more House seats only due to gerrymandering, and winning Senate seats in states Romney won, is that Obama still has the same power he had before the election?

  6. Just had an exchange with my friend in Kyev. The attack on Mariupol she says seems to have changed the mood in people. They were sad but still resolute about the loss of the airport and the loss of some brave men there in Donetsk, but the wanton murder, obviously aided and armed by Russia is scary to many. They are scared again now.

    No one thinks this will end while Putin is the Czar of All the Russias and it may not even if he is deposed. No one has faith in anyone in the West.

    Meanwhile across Ukraine things like this go on….. she said in Kyev too just yesterday.

    I remember after Maidan last February, she told me “now there will be war” – I did not really believe her, but now… anyway she is still trying to leave to take her son to France to her fiancé.

    • A Guardian journalist in Moscow is saying that the Russian TV is desperately ‘spinning’ the Mariupol story, if talking about it at all.

        • Hard to imagine “corporate news” explaining and/or criticizing Putin’s irrational behavior (obviously driven by his own perception of what is clearly his Achilles heel — his own implicit insufficiency/ inferiority) since said “corporate news” sees Putin as a real man among men when compared with our own “overgrown little boy” president.

          Best not to even talk about things like that, things that make dicks shrink.

          • Its mind numbing the willful stupidity of the media and Putin is playing it like a violin. Check this BBC report.

            http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30974283

            There are only two facts in the whole report – that 30 people died and about 100 were injured and that Mariupol is a port city of 500,000 and is the gateway to Russia joining up a land route to Crimea (through Berdyansk where this blogger I was telling you about yesterday is).

            The rest of this is:
            Ukraine says the DPR terrorists did it. The DPR says no we didn’t.
            Poroshenko blames Russia for supplying the weapons and the soldiers and controlling the DPR, Lavrov says no it’s your fault the attack happened.

            That’s it. You read it and you go “oh both sides are fighting, both to blame, fuck it is the Superbowl preview on yet…. my balls feel a little deflated”

            I give you one fact that I know just by reading a little and you read this story a completely different way: the partly brain dead, understaffed and staffed by Russians too:

            http://www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/136061

            “…According to the impact analysis, the Grad rockets originated from a north-easterly direction, in the area of Oktyabr (19 km north-east of Olimpiiska Street), and the Uragan rockets from an easterly direction, in the area of Zaichenko (15 km east of Olimpiiska Street), both controlled by the “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”).”

            There, a more-or-less impartial source assesses the rockets (Russian) coming from Russian-backed terrorists territory. add to that that the leader of the DPR was on video yesterday saying that he was going to attack Mariupol yesterday…..

            And last night Russia blocked a UN statement on the incident.

            Now read the article again. Which narrative is more credible – the one in the report, or that Russia is fighting a murderous proxy war in another European country and will stop at nothing, naked terror included….. the West needs to wake up now… Putin will not stop unless someone puts a bullet in his head.

    • …another Latin word, status quo

      Truly tragic that people want her to be POTUS.
      The OrangeOne could be her V.P. and the entire world would laugh us off the face of the earth…

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  9. 82-year old Debbie Reynolds looks better than her daughter, 58-year old Carrie Fisher.

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