Friday, June 23, 2017

A scathing treatment of McConnell

Amanda Marcotte in Salon blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell -- and he deserves it, of course.

The face of Republican evil: it's not Donald Trump

Let's review a few of the good things she had to say about the bad bitch:
"McConnell’s contempt for the processes, much less the defining principles, of democracy couldn’t be more apparent. But he doesn’t really care. No doubt the election of Trump helped confirm the rising sense among Republicans that they can wipe their collective butts with the Constitution, flip the bird at their constituents and not really worry about losing many seats. Republican voters might not like it, but they like liberals, black people and feminists even less, so they will show up and dutifully vote against the Democrats every time. Losing health care access isn’t great, but for conservative voters, admitting that liberals might have a point is a hell from which there is no escape."
"McConnell was so unwilling to accept the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s two substantial presidential election victories that the Republican leader refused to acknowledge Obama’s right to nominate a Supreme Court justice after Antonin Scalia’s death. Not only did that work out perfectly for McConnell — he got Neil Gorsuch onto the high court, instead of rightful nominee Merrick Garland — but it proved once and for all that bedrock conservative voters don’t care about niceties like the rule of law or government by the people."
There isn't anything I don't agree with in those excerpts.

Driving by ... the Gaffney Peachoid

Heard about this -- so I looked it up. Outside of Gaffney, South Carolina, there's a water tower painted like a giant peach (a major local crop).  They apparently call it the Peachoid.   It's right off Interstate 85, which is where the StreetView car was when it captured this view.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Super scenic Zakynthos

Found out the name of this place (after seeing lots of pictures of it) -- the Greek Island of Zakynthos. It has lots of great features -- superb beaches, happening (occasionally somewhat wild) night life, and some great coastal scenery.  The Blue Caves of Zakynthos are likely the most photographed coastal scenic location on the island.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

But when? No way to know

This recent statement on the danger of asteroid strikes on our home planet has been in several articles.  Here's the Daily Mail version:

A surprise asteroid strike that could wipe out humanity is 'just a matter of time', warns leading astrophysicist

First, I'll note that "a matter of time" could mean tomorrow or two centuries from now.

From the article:
'It is important to know that scientists and engineers have made great strides in detecting Near-Earth Asteroids and understanding the threat posed by them', said Dr Fitzsimmons from Queen’s University Belfast Astrophysics Research Centre.

'Over 1,800 potentially hazardous objects have been discovered so far, but there are many more waiting to be found. 'Astronomers find Near-Earth Asteroids every day and most are harmless.'

'But it is still possible the next Tunguska would take us by surprise, and although we are much better at finding larger asteroids, that does us no good if we are not prepared to do something about them', he said.

So, while we are fighting silly religious wars on Earth, we should be devoting global resources into being ready to divert or destroy a civilization-threatening asteroid.

Right?  Another good argument for a one-world government.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A sonnet - Austin's Power

You never know where and when you'll meet someone extraordinary, even if it's only for a few minutes.

Austin's Power

I wish that I could dream of her at will,
to conjure her again within my mind,
for she possesses what I need to fill
my longing thirst  — regality combined
with naked certainty and opulence;
a queen disrobed; a lissome fervency
of curvature requiring no defense,
for brilliant beauty is her currency —
I touched magnificence when I caressed
the assets she provided, slender waist
and ample breasts each with a perfect crest
of loveliness; mobility so placed
that my enthroned enthrallment was complete —
and in my life such bliss will ne'er repeat.

Ever hear of Escondido Falls? I hadn't

Via Instagram, I just found out about the existence of Escondido Falls in California. It's accessible via a 4-mile hike in Malibu, through Escondido Canyon Park. It starts out looking like a desert stream with a rocky waterfalls, but ends up at the top, where the highest (130-foot} falls of the three-tiered feature look like a desert oasis. Quite unique, it is.  (You can even see it in Google Maps.)

Escondido Falls Hike in Malibu: A Beautiful Three Tiered Waterfall  (from California Through My Lens)

Here's the 130-foot top waterfall:

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Juno continues to astonish

Not much more to say here except "Wow", as a true expression of astonishment.

Stunning new Juno image reveals colourful clouds and the gigantic 'string of pearls' storms on Jupiter

An example is below.  Juno, if you don't remember, is the NASA satellite orbiting Jupiter.