Monday, November 30, 2015

Cockpit of the B-29 Superfortress

They really are that big.

Morning light

Greenland, or Norway?

Classic Swedish Stuga

Your good news of the day: the bad guys go to war against the other bad guys.

This is almost too good to believe.  Heck, these goons can't even get along with each other!
"Al Qaeda terrorists reportedly declared war on the Islamic State Monday following a “dispute” between the groups over a prisoner exchange with the Lebanese army.
The two competing terror organizations are at odds with one another, with clashes erupting along the Syrian and Lebanese borders."
Hey, guys, use all those sweet weapons the American taxpayer provided to you and put the hurt on your rivals.  After all, they disagree with you on a minor theological detail, so KILL THEM!  Allahu Akbar!
“Heavy fighting” between the Islamic State and the al Qaeda-aligned al-Nusra Front erupted in Syria last week, “leaving casualties on both sides.”
Multiple clashes between the two terror groups over the past several months are said to have left many dead on each side of the battle and widened “rifts” between the sides."
But that's not all! Leaving no stone of conflict unturned, it's total war between these hard core bad boys.
"The terror groups also have exchanged words on their respective social media pages, confirming deaths on both sides."
For example, Al Nusra Facebooked this about their enemies down the road at Daesh:

But it didn't work.  Ahmed thinks they're being complementary. 

Keep it up, Muslims.  The fewer of you, the better for everyone else.

Obama ignores the "time's up" buzzer, so the French keep dinging him.

Respect.   Obama hasn't got it.  This is so overt and rude I suspect it might not be legit.  On the other hand, why not ding the pompous ass over and over again if he's too dense to keep his speech within the limit and then refuse to wrap it up after the first warning.

Via iotwreport

While Obama crows about his pals the Chinese and their help fighting pollution and global warming, the Reds choke on truly horrible air.

Huddling with Xi on the sidelines of the Paris climate conference, Obama said nowhere had coordination with Beijing been more critical or fruitful than on climate change. He credited U.S. and Chinese leadership with leading 180 nations to make their own pledges to curb emissions in the run-up to the Paris talks.

Ya gotta like it when Obama "huddles" with some world leader, instead of bowing and scraping, or finding a way to get them some of those sweet nuclear weapons.

Behold the air in China's capital, Obama's climate pal, demonstrating just how efficient the communists can be in helping clean up the global environment.

In fact, Peking ( I refuse to stop using the English word for their capital city) is on the second highest smog alert.  One wonders what the highest alert is - instant death?

The capitals of the world’s two most populous nations, China and India, were blanketed in hazardous, choking smog on Monday as climate change talks began in Paris, where leaders of both countries are among the participants.
China’s capital Beijing maintained an “orange” pollution alert, the second-highest level, on Monday, closing highways, halting or suspending construction and prompting a warning to residents to stay indoors.
Is it any wonder the Chinese flee to the Anglosphere with all the money they can smuggle out?

Thanksgiving dinner for the ranch, by Frederic Remington

I like it.

Morning in the mountains.

Looks hot

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30 degrees fahrenheit, but the sun is out and warming things up.

How military guys amuse themselves

Hold my beer and watch this...

I just don't get what the plan was here.

Mondays, they're like that

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Little Bobby Darwin competes for the award, and fails.

Hawaii from space

Mauna Kea (“White Mountain”) is the only volcano on the island of Hawaii that has evidence of glaciation. This photograph of Mauna Kea was taken by an astronaut as the International Space Station (ISS) passed over at approximately 5 p.m. local time. The late-afternoon lighting and oblique viewing angle accentuates the shadows, highlighting the white domes of the observatories along the crater rims. The angle also accentuates the numerous cinder cones and lava flows. Astronauts are often deprived of a three-dimensional sense of mountains because the ISS flies so far above Earth’s surface. But the low Sun angle here gives a strong sense of the domed shape of this immense volcano.
Several observatories appear as small white dots on the rim of Mauna Kea. As the highest volcano on the island of Hawaii (summit elevation 4,205 meters or 13,800 feet above sea level), it is an ideal location for the astronomical observatories set up by several countries and academic consortiums.
Although Mauna Kea last erupted in 2460 BCE, the potential for renewed activity is high. Neighboring Mauna Loavolcano has erupted approximately every six years for the past 3,000 years.
Astronaut photograph ISS045-E-89403 was acquired on November 1, 2015.  Via NASA picture of the day

Long Mandan aka Ma-wa-tan-na-han-ska aka Ma-va-ta-na-han-ska - Two Kettle Sioux 1867

Thalassa (Louis Silva, 1931), a dune shack on the Cape Cod National Seashore.


First world problems

Friday, November 27, 2015

Wow. Good pilots in there.

A B-52H testbed which landed safely more than 6 hours after having its vertical stabilizer torn off by turbulence, 1964 

Viking blade

The iron blade has rusted, but the handle of silver and gold is well preserved. It has some pictoral inscriptions not yet interpreted, it seems like a mix of Norse and Christian symbols, with circles, a cross and some Latin letters. It’s been dated to ca. 1030. Along with an axe and some coins, much points towards the sword’s owner being a wealthy warrior under king Canute.


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Beechcraft Staggerwing

Old stones at Bolehill quarry, Derbyshire, by Andrew Kearton


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