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Thursday, January 31. 2013
Photos of Paris, 1914 - in color, from the Albert Kahn Museum
The originals were in color, but those images were digitally brightened up a bit
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ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN mum on FBI raid of doctor office tied to Menendez
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Dylan does halftime?
Okay, so I have been informed that I have been skewered by one of my favorite swords, that of satire...
"U.S. Economy Unexpectedly Contracts in Fourth Quarter"
Unexpected, unless you are in the business world. I would expect it to contract further this quarter and officially put us back into recession.
Welcome to the Great Depression 2.
Photos of Paris, 1914 - in color
Here's an interesting little factoid that a lot of people don't know - the RGB color model was first described by James Maxwell of Maxwell Electromagnetic Theory fame. Maxwell's Equations demonstrated that electricity, magnetism and light are all manifestations of wave theory meaning that colors have different frequencies and these frequencies can be blended together to create different colors. His studies of optics also led to his describing (accurately as it turned out) the nature of red/gree/blue, but he couldn't demonstrate it adequately because the red glass coatings used at that time would reflect ultraviolet light.
It's also interesting that Maxwell was the first to describe the green problem with photography. There isn't any adequate way to produce greens such that they reflect the true nature of what the eye sees.
ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN mum on FBI raid
And what's even better is that they knew all this at least four weeks prior to his election and kept it quiet at the request of the White House.
At some point, the average citizen conspiracy theorist is going to realize that all the fantasy government conspiracies are actually true and there will be a revolution.
We're the 1914 Parisians in the photo. Raising the kiddos, sweeping the patio, putting on our best dress for the photograph, thinking about the day's tasks and looking forward to dinner. Over at Govt house, meanwhile, the Mickey Mouses have already lost control of the Magic Broom, and hellzapoppin on the other side of the ''No Admittance'' door.
--from their sophomore album ''At Large'' in the fabled year of the Cadillac Fin 1959, the Kingston Trio offers you a story (click 'show more') of young love and brutal war, in Paris the City of Lights, on The Seine.
Handsome woman on the left, no? And she looks taller than her, what, parents, employers? Makes me think that perhaps nutrition had already starting improving at that time.
Unexpectedly: Once more unto the breach, dear word... My, there are a lot of dumb people out there. Or liars, which I think is the correct word.
I don't care if it doesn't burn calories, I'm not quitting!
Britain: Obviously, the solution is to cut the dole payments. And have a waiting list to get on the dole. And Workfare. (Mean old me.)
Menendez Media Blackout: If only he were a Repub...
Menendez is to be Kerry's replacement as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Okay, past the first rush of snidery marks, visualize alt. hist. wherein the current scandal never breaks, but in the near future some seedy Dominican private eye/photographer inexplicably wins both the Nobel and Puliter prizes, for his work 'documenting the lives of the poor'.
Unexpectedly if you believed the hype prior to the election.
re the posted picture
The young woman at left reminds me of Jemma Redgrave when she played Dr. Bramwell back in the 90s.
the man in the pic is a reservist, his class will be called up in 1915, he'll die in 1916 on the first day of Verdun. his body will be recovered, but not until 1930. the kid will die in a train wreck in 1940, on the way to the front. the fate of the women and child will be the fate of women and children everywhere during wartime. TRVTH.
--yo Jack Webb, had you led off with "This is the city" and somehow --magically in a blog thread --had "TRVTH" incised in an ingot by two sweaty hands wielding hammer and stamping chisel, you'd've just captured the front and back of a Dragnet episode --
Few nations live so close to karma as France. Just a few examples, the St. Bart's Day massacre of tens of thousands of soft heretics by the roman church is followed 200 years later by the massacre of hundreds of thousands of roman church loyalists by the hard apostates of the French Revolution.
The time frame attenuates to 150 years, and the religious divide transmuted to politics and re-opened by the Spanish Civil War on the southwest frontier, allows Germany, a year after Franco has taken Madrid, to capitalize France's own cost of distraction (aka the Maginot Line) & conquer in six short weeks from the northeast frontier.
The timeline attenuates to 15 years (post WWII), and France establishes control over physical Algeria, which enables the Algerians to establish psychological control over France.
The French trait, the Élan, forces error, then force-multiplies the error effect --but without it, there'd be no France, no place like it, so jerked and shoved by irony and karma, all the while enjoying immensely being the French.