Отава Ё - Про Ивана Groove (русское готическое R'N'B) - Otava Yo
[Otava Yo - About Ivan Groove (Russian Gothic R'N'B) - Otava Yo]
Russian hillbillies? Pleasant tune, happy summer video.
|Pearls Before Swine - Thinkyman|
|Exchange Building, Seattle|
". . . a great big old [bank] building . . . During the 1930s, this building had probably been considered tall and futuristic. Now it was medium-sized and retro-quaint. . . . It was on a steep downtown slope. On the downhill side you walked into the first floor, but on the uphill side the pedestrian entrance was on the fourth story."That sounds specific enough that he might be referencing a real building. An inquiry on reddit receives several responses. Downtown Seattle has numerous steep hills, so there are several buildings that might fit the description, but the Exchange Building seems to be the best.
|The 2nd Avenue entrance to the Exchange Building - Hunter Kerhart|
|Exchange Building Elevator Lobby|
|Deloitte Digital Creative Studio - Keith Nielsen|
By Billy J. Williams, United States Attorney for the District of Oregon.The only thing I object to is his use of the word 'commonsense'. Sense seems to be in short supply these days, and I certainly wouldn't call it common, but perhaps it's just that the troglodytes are making so much noise that detecting any sense in the general uproar requires super-human fortitude.
Portlanders have a rich history of demonstrating peacefully for many different causes. Over the past year, there have been nearly 200 free speech events in the city and the vast majority were peaceful.
But once again, Portland has made national headlines because otherwise peaceful First Amendment protests on June 29 turned violent.
Civic discourse should be civil; people should feel free to express their views without fearing injury. Political violence cannot be tolerated. It is unacceptable for individuals and groups to use violence and exploit peaceful protests to promote their ideology. It must stop.
Political extremists using the First Amendment as a cloak have infiltrated these peaceful protests.
Following each episode of politically-motivated violence, the police get blamed: for not doing enough; for doing too much; for pandering to the right; or for being agents of the left. Large demonstrations are either under-policed or over-policed depending on your perspective.
Blaming law enforcement is not the answer.
We cannot simply decry violence while failing to adequately equip and support law enforcement. Police officers are expected to quickly mobilize and protect thousands of peaceful demonstrators from individual acts of violence. Yet, as I write this, the Portland Police Bureau faces a shortage of 128 officers or more than 10% of its budgeted personnel.
And to further complicate matters, because of unique liability issues, the city recently lost mutual support commitments from multiple law enforcement agencies in surrounding jurisdictions. Without these mutual support agreements, Portland cannot call in additional officers from other metro law enforcement agencies in a time of need.
This is an untenable position for the Portland Police Bureau and may discourage law-abiding Oregonians from exercising their First Amendment rights for fear the police cannot guarantee their safety.
Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw has raised several proposals that would better equip officers to protect the safety of demonstrators and prevent violence and property damage.
These commonsense measures include banning masks at demonstrations and filming protests to document criminal acts and aid prosecution. An earlier proposal backed by Mayor Ted Wheeler to divide opposing groups into separate free speech zones was rejected by the city council. The council should re-evaluate their decision and consider Chief Outlaw’s new proposals.
These are reasonable and proven tactics employed by many other cities to preserve freedom of speech, not hamper it. Civic and community leaders need to recognize that violent interference with peaceful protest activity will not go away without taking real action.
As a community, we need to call out violent perpetrators on the left and the right and stand up for civility. We are a nation and community made stronger by our many diverse beliefs and our ability to engage in a civil, peaceful manner.
This begins with reclaiming something these protestors are trying to take from us: a respect for each other’s views and an ability to disagree without resorting to violence.
Step up, Portland. It’s time to reclaim civility, support law enforcement and restore order in the streets of the Rose City.
|Washington Square Mall|
|Dilbert Biometric Scanner|
Here's how the Russians "influenced" U.S. politics.
They had a couple of teams, one feeding information to the Democrats and one feeding information to the Republicans. Ditto for salting information on social media.
They did not care who won the election. But whatever side won, they then provided data on their activities to the other side. Trump won, the Democrats got the information they needed to start an investigation that lead to the Mueller Report. But if Clinton had won, the Republicans would have gotten a similar data dump that would have led them to investigate the Russian influence that had led to Clinton's victory.
The actual purpose was not to ensure anyone's victory. It was to sow further infighting between the parties, tie up the U.S. government and the President, and limit that President's effectiveness and legitimacy. It's a long con based on their understanding of how we run election campaigns and the desperation of political operatives to gain any advantage. - Borepatch
|8316 SW Mapleridge Dr. Portland, OR 97225|
|United States Government Weapons Test Sites, Nevada. |
Area 51 is the orange rectangle. Las Vegas is in the lower right corner.
Map is from OpenStreetMap. Google doesn't show these areas, probably because there aren't any fast food joints nearby.
|2019 Raikoke volcano - NASA / ISS|
|Wolf getting a tattoo|
|1974 MGB GT|
|Howe Racing hydraulic throw-out bearing|
|Fray Bentos (upper left), Beunos Aires (lower left), & Montevideo (lower right)|
|Fray Bentos 'Classic' Steak and Kidney|
|Fray Bentos Abandoned Meat Packing Plant|
|UPM's Fray Bentos Pulp Mill (foreground) and the |
Libertador General San Martín Bridge to Argentina (background)
|Scan of excavator showing contraband|
|X-ray scan of an automobile|
|Backscatter technology produces an image that resembles a chalk etching|
|Migrants are seen in a tractor trailer after being detected by police X-ray equipment in Concepcion del Oro, Zacatecas state, Mexico July 7, 2019 in this still image from video footage. Secretary of Public Security/Handout via Reuters|
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro will offload more than 39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana worth a combined estimated $569 million, which was seized in international waters in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. - United States Coast Guard Media AdvisoryIt was in international waters, but who's going to complain about the US Coast Guard playing at being pirates?
|Obelisco de Buenos Aires|
1936 - The obelisk was built by a German company, which completed its work in a record time of 31 days, with 157 workers.The Obelisk is about one-half the height of the Washington Monument.
1939 - the City Council sanctioned the demolition of the Obelisco, however, the ordinance was vetoed by the municipal executive power.
1973 - decorated as a Christmas tree.
1975 - during the Peronist government of Isabel Martínez de Perón, a ring-shaped rotating sign was hung around the obelisk, with the motto El silencio es salud (Silence is health). Although it was allegedly geared against motorists creating excessive noise, it was widely interpreted as a statement calling Argentines to refrain from expressing their political views.
1976 September - La Noche de los Lápices (The Night of the Pencils), was a series of kidnappings and forced disappearances, followed by the torture, rape, and murder of a number of young students, during the last Argentine dictatorship, also known as the National Reorganization Process.
2005 - the obelisk was covered by a giant pink condom to commemorate the World AIDS Day.
2006 - To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the La Noche de los Lápices, the monument was converted into a giant pencil.
|Grenadier Burg, 24th Regiment of the Guard, 1815|
We set out for Tours following the appointed halting- places, and on arriving there we were received by General Beauchou, who presented to us an old soldier who had served eighty-four years as a private in our half-brigade. The Consul had given him, on retiring, the privilege of eating at the general's table; he was one hundred and two years old, and his son was in command of a battalion. A chair was brought for him; he wore the uniform of an officer, but without epaulets. There was still in the corps a sergeant of his time, who had served thirty-three years.Photo of this veteran of Napoleon's army was taken around 1857, which would make him old, not 102, but old. Like me. Original black & white images can be found here.
Had a couple of road runners ouside my window yesterday negotiating a catch of a lizard.
Went on a hike with Randy last evening, there are old mines here, one is filled with crystalline water. The dogs Brill (old cow dog) & Pup run amok in the cactus and rocks seemingly oblivious to rattlers which this is prime habitat for. Both have been bitten.
One neighbor who has no dogs suffers with Coati running on his roof at night, and mice chewing his trucks wiring. He miss- identified them as ring tailed cats which are native here too. A new neighbor who doesn't like dogs, has trail-cams of mountain lions padding around his house. Randy's dog Pup, big german shepherd, has been ambushed and mixed with up with coyote packs a couple times.
Weather perfect in morning till 10, then heat is relentless till 7PM. Randy, a desert rat, goes out shirtless hatless in midday UV walking the dogs on the near vertical hills, I'm attempting to acclimate to the Chihuahua desert life. Houses relatively cheap here, may have something to do with no water and relentless solar assault. Pools scarce, neighbor has one but is always on guard against monsoon winds and debris.
|Storks nesting on a rooftop in Puente La Reina|
We started for Bayonne; the distance was great; we suffered from the heat, but at last we reached the bridge of Irun, Our comrades found a stork's nest and took the two young ones. The authorities came to the colonel to reclaim them; the alcalde requested him to restore them, because these birds were necessary in that climate for the destruction of serpents and lizards; he said that the galleys was the penalty for those who killed storks in that country. Consequently they are seen there everywhere; the plains are covered with them, and they walk about in the streets of the towns. Old wheels are put up for them on the top of high posts, and they make their nests in the gable-ends of the buildings.Reminds me of a story I read when I was a kid. I can almost see the pictures in my mind's eye. I thought it was set in Holland though, not in Spain. Rooting around I find that Hans Christian Anderson wrote a story about storks. I wonder if that could have been it. Problem is the story doesn't mention wagon wheels and I remember that bit very distinctly.
|Map of flight path with altitudes|
|The Falcon 20 F-GPAA with SETHI. The two containers that it carries under the wings are part of the system - BEA via Austin Lines (Polar Research Equipment) and Thue Bording (Aarhus HGG)|
|Ground Penetrating Radar Set on Sled|
|Dinosaurs on the Moon!|
Born in Budapest, Hungary, Catherine is the scion of a once wealthy German family. Her father, the Baron Paul Schell von Bauschlott, was a well-respected diplomat until the Nazis confiscated their estates during WWII. Her family was living in poverty until 1948 when they sought asylum in Vienna and Salzburg as the communist regime began to take hold in Hungary. In 1950, her family emigrated to the States and the Baron renounced his title in order for his family to gain citizenship. In 1957, her father joined Radio Free Europe, taking the family to Munich where she developed an interest for acting and trained at the prestigious Falconberg School. - paraphrased from IMDB
|Catherine Schell as Maya, the shapeshifting alien in Space: 1999|
|James Bond's family Coat of Arms|
|Gold solidus of Theodosius II (r. 408-450), minted in Constantinople, 430–439, Athens, Numismatic Museum|
|Big Guns. Sophia Loren with the giant cannon from The Pride and the Passion.|
The siege until May 29, where a 12-inch cannon named "cannone di Andreossi" (Andreossi's cannon in Italian) is positioned in the church behind the fort, where it can't be seen by the enemy.A "12-inch cannon" is friggin' huge. I can't imagine them being able to bring such a large cannon up the trail and over the pass to get here. I do remember an old movie where a bunch of people were trying to move a huge cannon over a hill so they could attack the enemy. I think that was in Spain. Root around for a bit and I uncover The Pride and the Passion from 1957. The movie is based on the book The Gun by C. S. Forester, which I read a long time ago. So I've got two pieces of fiction reinforcing this idea. The only problem is there seems to be no evidence that Napoleon ever had a 12 inch cannon. 12 pound cannons he had in abundance, that is, guns that shot a 12 pound cannonball.
|The Mighty Jaivana Cannon|
|Pyramids of Meroë, Sudan|
The town is considerable; there is a handsome cathedral with an immense dial; an arrow-hand makes the circuit of it once in a hundred years.
|Cremona Cathedral Clock Face|
|Detail of inner portion of clock face|