And absolute gravity sucks absolutely.
Speaking of suckitude…this blog’s second birthday is tomorrow! Wow, 2010…way back when it still seemed possible to reverse America’s decline. Sigh…
And no matter how hard you try to ignore gravity… IT’S STILL ALWAYS THERE!
Damn you gravity!
I was going to say that! And then I thought Worme would think it was lame because I was confusing mass with weight . . . or something.
It is stupendously amazing that they captured that event visually. (I can understand the little star spinning into the black hole, but I can’t understand what’s happening with the ejected material–why that pattern?)
Anyway, happy birthday, Worme!
This has been an important home away from home for me in the days after the big disaster. Worme’s analyses of Fukushima encapsulated one of the best traits of Americans: how much they care about people suffering halfway around the world.
I think it was digitally enhanced for viewing, but apparently was accurate.
The Australians are possibly even better at helping others out, per capita. I think their response to the…Indonesian?…tsunami was the gold standard of charity.
Well, that was pretty much next door.
But when you look at it, the Americans are usually the first ones on the ground. Israel is usually close second. Yeah yeah, them eeeeeeeeeeevil Jooos!
We experienced this in Austria years ago. There was this massive avalanche in Galtür that not only cut off the village, but basically buried it. Almost three dozen deaths and the road into the village effectively gone. Helicopters were the only way to reach Galtür while the ground units, in places, had to dig manually due to fears of further avalanches.
The US Army had most helicopters on site, after the Austrian Army. Swiss, German, French and Italian birds also helped. Altogether 70 birds, with 10 from the US Army. Within 935 inflight hours they performed 3,364 landings, transported 18,406 people and 271,710 kg freight, and that under utterly adverse conditions. The valleys there aren’t very broad, and in order to prevent further avalanches, caused by the vibrations of the rotors, they had to fly below the tree limit.
Another interesting this is that Galtür could be called Austria’s Fukushima. People were angry afterwards, wondering how people could have built their homes into the endangered areas. But our danger zone system is based on historic records. Never before had an avalanche penetrated that deeply. Galtür had never before experienced such a massive hit, thus nobody had expected it. That’s how it is. Pretty much the same in Fukushima. Nobody had ever expected a tsunami hit exactly like that. Same, btw, with the Titanic. She was actually unsinkable, except for cost cutting when she was built and the way she was hit. Nobody had expected it that way. Same with the lifeboats. The number followed contemporary law. Nobody ever expected it to be that bad.
The reasonable people learn from it and improve. The idiots scream “think of the children!”
Had never heard of that avalanche. It sounds almost like movie-bait. (Not to trivialize it.)
Weimar? Because we Reich you!
It took me a while to get that, but it’s a good one.
The Closing of the American Mind was a good book, too.
Had to read the phrase twice myself, despite “because we like you” being so famous. Was never a Mouseketeer type.
Mouseketeer or not, you’re in a better position to answer this question than the rest of us:
If we’re living in a German Disneyland, does that make GSB a Disney Princess?
I’ll try to remember to ask her. “If you were a Disney Princess, which one would you be?”
And gravity has no sense of humor, either…
Nope. It’s a weighty subject…
Great, now I’m gonna have that REM song stuck in my head all day.
Happy Blogiversary, Wormy! Hope things are evening out for you, by which I mean you are managing to get sleep despite the ringing whining hell inside your head, by which I mean the tinnitus of course, not your thoughts . . . .
It’s okay that you’ve given up on this nation, just keep blogging b/c we like having you around.
Ha ha! You wouldn’t be wrong about the incessant clamoring of my thoughts, it’s been a lifelong detriment to sleep. When both noises are active I have to medicate.
And though I’ve given up, it’s not that the preservation of free America is impossible. It just would be historically unprecedented. Of course, so was America’s creation. And there’s nothing I’d rather get wrong, than this U.S. collapse. So I fully support the Tea Partys’ fights.
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