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Monday, April 20, 2015

Greta Garbo in 1932

Rule #5: Pretty Woman


Greta Garbo. An untouchable talent,
and beauty, 1932 on HistoryInPics


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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Earthrise

One of the Grandest Sightings in the History of Mankind


First ever "Earthrise" photograph, t...
First ever "Earthrise" photograph, taken from
lunar orbit during Apollo 8 (Photo: Wikipedia)
Related source » Earthrise: The 45th Anniversary: 'via Blog this'
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“In December of 1968, the crew of Apollo 8 became the first people to leave our home planet and travel to another body in space. But as crew members Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders all later recalled, the most important thing they discovered was Earth.”
— NASA, Dec 20, 2013 (youtube.com)


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Friday, April 17, 2015

Waterloo

Rule #6: Everybody loves a spectacular view!


Campaign by Alain Van Deuren on 500px
Photograph Campaign by Alain Van Deuren on 500px


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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Laura Sorrentii

Rule #5: Pretty Woman


Shooting Femme Laura Sorrentii by Sébastien Arsi on 500px
Photograph Shooting Femme Laura Sorrentii by Sébastien Arsi on 500px


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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Magden, Switzerland

Rule #6: Everybody loves a spectacular view!


Green Hills by Loris Oehen on 500px
Photograph Green Hills by Loris Oehen on 500px


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Natalie Wood, 1961

Rule #5: Pretty Woman


Natalie Wood in New York, 1961
Photograph by William Claxton


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Friday, April 10, 2015

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Triple Falls

Rule #6: Everybody loves a spectacular view!


Triple Falls by Alyssa Paraggio on 500px
Photograph Triple Falls by Alyssa Paraggio on 500px


Post 2,602 Triple Falls

Dre Davis

Rule #5: Pretty Woman


Dre Davis by Hannah Jenny on 500px
Photograph Dre Davis by Hannah Jenny on 500px


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Monday, April 6, 2015

Hitler Finds Out the Russians Have Diverted His Water

"Stalin, you bastard — you read my book!"





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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Blowing in the Wind

Rule #5: Pretty Woman


Blown Away by Jay Luptak on 500px
Photograph Blown Away by Jay Luptak on 500px


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The Pope and I

The contraction, n't, negates the word to which it is appended.


Pope Benedictus XVIEnglish: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the...
Pope Francis (Image via Wikipedia) | Barack Obama (Image via Wikipedia)
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“VATICAN CITY – In an Easter peace wish, Pope Francis on Sunday praised the framework nuclear agreement with Iran as an opportunity to make the world safer, […] Francis made his first public comments about the recent framework for an accord, reached in Lausanne, Switzerland, and aimed at ensuring Iran doesn't develop a nuclear weapon.” [emphasis added]
— Published April 04, 2015 (Associated Press)


Although I am not a Roman Catholic, I have no problem with the concept that the Pope is infallible on matters concerning the Catholic Church. And personally, I believe the Pope is a peace-loving individual, as am I. But beyond the realm of the Church, I believe the Pope is subject to human fallibility, to the same extent that any other well-meaning intelligent person is.

I believe the problem, which many people have with grandiose pronouncements made by powerful and influential individuals, is that one must have a grain of salt within reach whenever one is within earshot (or within comprehension) of said pronouncements. Make no mistake, when a politician like Barack Obama says the word "doesn't", he almost always means "does" (and vice versa). For example, recall Obama's oft-repeated pledge, "If you've got health insurance, you like your doctor, you like your plan -- you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan. Nobody is talking about taking that away from you". This, of course, is known in common parlance as "pure unadulterated bullshit".

The so-called "BFD" with Iran is the most irresponsible agreement any American President has ever foisted on the United States and its allies. It is a most perverse enabling of Iran's goal to acquire a stockpile of nuclear weapons. And this BFD, which is claimed to be "aimed at ensuring Iran doesn't develop a nuclear weapon”, is in fact a plan that is aimed at ensuring Iran does develop a nuclear weapon.

Happy Easter to one and all.

Go Duke!

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Galaxy in the Sky with Cosmic Owl

Rule #3: Cosmological Art


The Owl and the Galaxy, Christoph Kaltseis, et al., APOD


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Tatjana

Rule #5: Pretty Woman


Tatjana by diana sunny on 500px
Photograph Tatjana by diana sunny on 500px


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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

March Madness, April Folly, and Winter of Discontent

Nuclear Is Winter of Our Discontent

Image via Theo
In early March our Fiddler-in-Chief, Barack "Nero" Obama, assiduously prepared his March Madness bracket. Having completed this most pressing task on his agenda, he turned to his favorite pastime — destabilizing the Middle East. You see, boys and girls, Obama is only a pretend scholar, and history was never his forte. Having been briefed (ever so briefly) on the so-called "mutual assured destruction" [MAD] strategy, which succeeded in averting a nuclear annihilation between the United States and the Soviet Union, he embarked on a similar strategy for the relatively stable Middle East.

The middle east is now relatively stable, because a doomsday nuclear exchange requires at least two antagonistic nuclear powers. But this crucial bit of information escaped the usual steel-trap mind of our esteemed steamed president. He, therefore, pursued with a vengeance his phantom nuclear stand off between Israel and Iran, where, in fact none was required.

Once our narcissistic president embarks on a quest there is no turning him around. No amount of rational argument can sway him, for you see, boys and girls, Obama is more nearly infallible than the Pope — he is, after all, The Obama who was only wrong once in his life (the one time when he thought he had made a mistake). The Obama is on the verge of closing, to quote our fool-for-all-seasons VP, "a big f*cking deal" that will enable Iran to amass a nuclear stockpile. If, like most low-information and/or wilfully ignorant people you think this will be a good thing, think again. The other bit of crucial information that has escaped all the celebrants of this immense folly is this: MAD can only work if all participants in such a deadly game are sane, namely, no one is willing to risk total mutual annihilation. I submit that Iran is willing to risk it, however, because their holy obsessive goal in life is the death of all the world's Jews, especially those who live in Israel.

If you are inclined to think "so what", you might want to consider all the repercussions of such a calamity, not just those that are assured with certainty — the destruction of Israel and Iran. When (God forbid) a nuclear attack is launched by Iran, if Israel concludes that Iran's attack will annihilate the State of Israel (a decision that will have to be made within minutes of the launch), Israel will immediately launch their retaliatory attack. But don't relax just yet. The retaliation will be total. Every available weapon within the IDF's reach will be expended. If an excess of available weapons remains after all of Israel's enemies in the Middle East have been targeted, the remaining weapons will be targeted against Israel's historical enemies (you know who you are). Then, after all of that mayhem, you (wherever you may be) might have to contend with the nuclear winter that follows.

How's that relaxation working out for you?

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Flag in the Sky with Coronal Ejection

Rule #3: Cosmological Art


A Flag Shaped Aurora over Sweden, Mia Stålnacke, APOD


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