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Take a Break: Towering ice palaces at China's Harbin Ice Festival

Towering ice palaces at China's Harbin Ice Festival

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in China held its opening ceremony on Sunday 5 January, amid fireworks and celebrations.


See more here: https://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-51007094

The annual festival, in China's north-east Heilongjiang province, is one of the biggest ice and snow festivals in the world.

Samples.....




Love the way they're using colored lighting now.

KY.........
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Mon Jan 6, 2020, 10:53 AM (4 replies)

We do live in a bubble, mostly privileged by the almighty dollar.

Some things that could knock America out of those Lazyboys...

* Any conflict that disrupts the massive import supply chains, both for finished goods (shiny new objects at Walmart) and for raw materials (steel, copper, etc.).

* Any conflict serious enough to justify reestablishment of the military draft.

* Disruption of oil supplies or an OPEC revolt causing high gas prices for a long period of time.

* Terrorist actions that induce mass fear of poisoning of water or food supplies, or fear of traveling.

* Cyber attacks that could cause sustained disruptions of banking services, markets or large areas of the power grid.

* A significant portion of the world turning against the dollar being the standard unit of currency or primary reserve currency.

* A sustained high-cost conflict that throws the world prematurely into the next big recession or even a great depression. Many economists are saying we're on the verge of a serious recession at this time.

Hard to be optimistic at this point in history with hard right-wingers occupying so many governments......
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Mon Jan 6, 2020, 07:35 AM (1 replies)

Trump's people are not satisfied with one or two whacks at the hornet's nest.

Apparently, they want to whack it until the whole damn nest erupts and starts a full-blown war.

They're doing everything they can to unify the citizens of Iran and Iraq along with many of the Shia Islamists on Earth (possibly as many as 200 million people) against the Western world.

KY........
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Mon Jan 6, 2020, 06:42 AM (0 replies)

We need to remind Republicans that President Obama's State Dept......

was up to their ears in international negotiations to finalize a very complex nuclear agreement with Iran. I recall the many trials Sec. Kerry went through that seemed endless at the time.

It wouldn't be very smart to assassinate one of Iran's top leaders during that time.

Oh wait....I'm forgetting the Rethugs don't understand diplomacy or multilateral deals.

They also don't comprehend "smart"..........
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Sun Jan 5, 2020, 09:38 PM (0 replies)

Good primer article (2013) on Qassem Suleimani, Iranian commander.....

we assassinated today.

The Shadow Commander
Qassem Suleimani is the Iranian operative who has been reshaping the Middle East. Now he’s directing Assad’s war in Syria.

By Dexter Filkins
September 23, 2013

Link to article: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/09/30/the-shadow-commander

(snips)
Suleimani took command of the Quds Force fifteen years ago, and in that time he has sought to reshape the Middle East in Iran’s favor, working as a power broker and as a military force: assassinating rivals, arming allies, and, for most of a decade, directing a network of militant groups that killed hundreds of Americans in Iraq. The U.S. Department of the Treasury has sanctioned Suleimani for his role in supporting the Assad regime, and for abetting terrorism. And yet he has remained mostly invisible to the outside world, even as he runs agents and directs operations. “Suleimani is the single most powerful operative in the Middle East today,” John Maguire, a former C.I.A. officer in Iraq, told me, “and no one’s ever heard of him.”

When Suleimani appears in public—often to speak at veterans’ events or to meet with Khamenei—he carries himself inconspicuously and rarely raises his voice, exhibiting a trait that Arabs call khilib, or understated charisma. “He is so short, but he has this presence,” a former senior Iraqi official told me. “There will be ten people in a room, and when Suleimani walks in he doesn’t come and sit with you. He sits over there on the other side of room, by himself, in a very quiet way. Doesn’t speak, doesn’t comment, just sits and listens. And so of course everyone is thinking only about him.”

Credit: ran across this on Natasha Bertrand's twitter page, see: https://twitter.com/NatashaBertrand She's an excellent resource for national security event news.

IMO, in the long term, this event will not end well for the United States, just as the Iraq war did not end well and we're still paying for it.

Unfortunately, Trump and his administration do not care about our long-term survival.....

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Fri Jan 3, 2020, 12:46 AM (2 replies)

OK, who's been dumping Miracle-Gro on the tumbleweed in WA?

either that or there's a huge leak out of the Hanford Site......

Ambushed: 15ft tumbleweeds trap drivers and force road closure
Mobile plants forced authorities to close a highway in both directions for hours in Washington state on New Year’s Eve
Associated Press in West Richland, Washington state

Thu 2 Jan 2020 02.13 GMT / First published on Wed 1 Jan 2020 18.39 GMT

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jan/01/tumbleweeds-trap-drivers-force-road-closure-washington

(snips)
Unlucky drivers in Washington state saw in the new year trapped under a glut of 15ft tumbleweeds, after the desiccated but mobile plants forced authorities to close a highway in both directions.

The Washington state patrol announced via Twitter at around 6.30pm local time on New Year’s Eve that drivers on State Route 240 near West Richland should use alternative routes. Trooper Sarah Clasen told KAPP-KVEW vehicles were trapped in a pile of tumbleweeds that were up to 15ft (4.57m) tall.


The state department of transportation used snow plows to clear the scene, a process trooper Chris Thorson said took about 10 hours. The road opened again at around 4.30am, well into 2020. Thorson said five cars and one 18-wheel semi truck were trapped. No injuries were reported.

“People were still stuck at midnight and rung in the new year trapped under the weeds,” Thorson said, adding that troopers found one abandoned car trapped in the tumbleweeds at daylight. No one was inside.

A truck trapped by a pile of tumbleweeds


KY............ ..........
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