One of these days Alice…One of these days …

September 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

The Honeymooners

No…not a diary about Jacky Gleason or the Honeymooners. It’s about Scotland and the secession vote. Or as some have suggested, non-vote. That despite all the heavily attended rallies and publicity and polling, Scotland voted 55 to 45 to stay with Jolly old England. As Gomer Pyle would say, Surprise Surprise.

As I see it, a classic codependent relationship. A geopolitical codependent relationship. Like Ralph Kramden threatening to send Alice to the moon or the spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend insisting they are going to leave as we have seen in so many TV shows, but never does. Or the kid saying he/she is going to run away from home – to the secret clubhouse up the street, only to return when it gets dark and they get hungry. Scotland had no real intention of actually going it alone, I do not believe. But the vote was close enough to scare…

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The Country and the City

September 3, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

Cleveland

I moved from Florida back to North Eastern Ohio around 4 years ago. Now living in an up stairs apartment of a duplex in Garfield Heights, an older suburb of Cleveland. Just a bit east of do south of the city center. At then end of a street with a bigger than usual side yard and lots of natural green beyond that.

Cleveland and it’s suburbs are served by the RTA transit system, a fair public transportation system with buses and light and heavy rail. Health care available here is better than most with The Metrohealth system, Cleveland Clinic and its affiliated hospitals and University Hospital. All highly rated. If one has to get ill or have an accident, this is place to do it.

A the Cleveland Metro Parks AKA The Emerald Necklace is also very nice and quite extensive. Running from Lake Erie on the…

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Going to the Fair

August 31, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

Went out to the Geauga County Fair the other day. My brother a cousin came up from Florida and NC to go and were staying at the Red Maple Inn in Burton Ohio. I have stayed there as well and it is very nice.My knees being in some what more horrible condition since I took a small spill and landed on them, I was not able to see as much as previous years. I do not remember when I first went to the fair there. I was very young and must have gone with my aunt and cousins initially. Originally geared more toward the rural population of the area with large pavilions for 4H and FFA [Future Farmers of America], it now is more of a family C&W [Country and Western] themed with the 4H exhibits off to the side. And a much larger Midway.

Fair Midway

And a large…

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Bárðarbunga – Nature of the beast

August 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on VolcanoCafé:

Dyngjujökull. Photograph by Eggert Norddahl. Used by explicit permission. If you wish to use the image contact Volcanocafé via our email.

Dyngjujökull. Photograph by Eggert Norddahl. Used by explicit permission. If you wish to use the image contact Volcanocafé via our email.

First let me write one thing, and that is that we are not in Kansas anymore. And with that I mean that we are in totally uncharted country. Icelandic Met Office has the best volcanologists on the planet, and they pretty much never make a mistake. They are quite simply the best and their reputation at this site is set in solidified lava.

So, when people like that in an hour first states that a small eruption has started and an hour later recant on the statement it does not hamper our confidence in their abilities, it is instead a sign of how “out there” what we are seeing right now really is.

What is happening now is really like if you walked down a familiar street and turn…

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Culture of Resentment…Culture of Apartheid

August 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

We Want White Tennants

Up through the mid 1960s segregation was the norm. Especially in the southern states. Separate schools for black and white, separate housing for black and white, separate hospitals for black and white, separate restrooms for black and white, separate drinking fountains for black and white…separate everything for black and white. Nearly all of it of inferior quality.

Buy things were not much different across the Mason Dixon line where blacks and other minorities were kept out of decent jobs, hotels, health care and housing. Even parks and the downtown areas and public transportation.

This was a White Christian country and if you were not of that persuasion, you need not apply. Up here in Cleveland you rarely saw any minorities downtown unless the worked there. You never saw them in the big stores shopping or even at the drugstore soda fountain. You rarely saw them on…

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Horse-pitals and Ferguson Missouri

August 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

Marymount Hospital

Went to the ER of the local hospital on Sunday afternoon because I wanted a problem looked at before my appointment with my health car provider on Tuesday afternoon. I’d been having some fairly intense pain on my right side under my right arm pit and it seemed to be taking a awfully long time to heel. After all I have Medicare and a supplement and what the heck, may as well check it out just in case

I had been in hospital a number of times. Mostly so so experiences A few kind of horrible. So it goes. Was in hospital when I was 18 for a pretty bad motor scooter accident for 6 weeks in South Florida. That was the horrible one since I was in sever pain 4 or so of those weeks and very sick from it. Though I cannot entirely blame the hospital…

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Bárðarbunga loves Grimsvötn = True

August 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

trkingmomoe:

This is extremely interesting. It is worth reading.

Originally posted on VolcanoCafé:

Photograph by Eggert Norðdahl. All rights reserved and used under permission.

Photograph by Eggert Norðdahl. All rights reserved and used under permission.

I once again reiterate that it is Icelandic Met Office and Almannavarnadeild ríkislögreglustjóra that has the authority to issue warnings for Iceland in regards of eruptions and jökulhlaups.

For airborne ash advisories it is in the following order London VAAC and IMO that issues advisories. That being said here follows a brief update upon what is happening in Bárðarbunga and Grimsvötns fissure swarms.

Volcanic love in the ground

Who would have thought that the two largest volcanoes of their type on earth could make love to each other? Well, let me expound a bit on how they do it physically. For anyone who is a bit sensitive, this is where you should stop reading. It will get very graphical.

Since the seismic swarm started there has been quite a lot of confusion about what is going on, and where…

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