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WW2

Today marks the 80th year since the bloodiest war in the history of man.  Early in the day, Hitler’s Nazi Germany invaded Poland setting off the spark of events that spiraled into World War II.  It’s bee sugar coated, it’s been glorified, it’s been everything under the sun, but at the end of the day, it was a war.  A terrible war with atrocities all over the place.  Terrible things happened, and terrible scars are still healing all over the world.

Thankfully we’ve lived in relative peace for the last 80 years, let us hope that it remains that way for further generations to come.

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Cauldron

Did you watch the Opening Ceremony of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games yesterday?  I watched most of it.  Unfortunately I was not up early enough to enjoy it live.  It was quite entertaining though.  I did very much enjoy the lighting of the cauldron.  In honor of the Games, watch the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron from all the games from 1948, through 2016.  As many different nations have hosted the games, there are that many different types of ways the cauldron was lit.  My favorites are below:

  • Moscow 1980
  • Sarajevo 1984
  • Los Angeles 1984
  • Sydney – 2000
  • London 2012

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Russia != Olympics

Earlier this week the International Olympic Committee decided to ban Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.  This is sad news for a variety of reasons. None of them will come off as good, or nice, but it’s terrible to make the entire group of athletes pay for the sins of a few.  Really, does the Curling team need to worry about doping?  What about all the NHL players?  Surly the NHL does their own drug testing to prevent them from cheating.  (Not that it matters because the NHL isn’t allowing the players to participate in this year’s Olympics anyway).  But still, you get my drift.

Anyway, there’s still a chance some of them will choose to compete under a neutral flag.  Such a shame though.

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Disappearing Lake

Shrinking Aral Sea, 2000-2016

Shrinking Aral Sea, 2000-2016In the 1960s, the Soviet Union undertook a major water diversion project on the arid plains of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. The region’s two major rivers, fed by snowmelt and precipitation in faraway mountains, were used to transform the desert into farms for cotton and other crops. Before the project, the Syr Darya and the Amu Darya rivers flowed down from the mountains, cut northwest through the Kyzylkum Desert, and finally pooled together in the lowest part of the basin. The lake they made, the Aral Sea, was once the fourth largest in the world.Although irrigation made the desert bloom, it devastated the Aral Sea. This series of images from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite documents the changes. At the start of the series in 2000, the lake was already a fraction of its 1960 extent (yellow line). The Northern Aral Sea (sometimes called the Small Aral Sea) had separated from the Southern (Large) Aral Sea. The Southern Aral Sea had split into eastern and western lobes that remained tenuously connected at both ends.By 2001, the southern connection had been severed, and the shallower eastern part retreated rapidly over the next several years. Especially large retreats in the eastern lobe of the Southern Sea appear to have occurred between 2005 and 2009, when drought limited and then cut off the flow of the Amu Darya. Water levels then fluctuated annually between 2009 and 2016 in alternately dry and wet years. In 2014, the Southern Sea’s eastern lobe completely disappeared.As the Aral Sea has dried up, fisheries and the communities that depended on them collapsed. The increasingly salty water became polluted with fertilizer and pesticides. The blowing dust from the exposed lakebed, contaminated with agricultural chemicals, became a public health hazard. The salty dust blew off the lakebed and settled onto fields, degrading the soil. Croplands had to be flushed with larger and larger volumes of river water. The loss of the moderating influence of such a large body of water made winters colder and summers hotter and drier.In a last-ditch effort to save some of the lake, Kazakhstan built a dam between the northern and southern parts of the Aral Sea. Completed in 2005, the dam was basically a death sentence for the southern Aral Sea, which was judged to be beyond saving. All of the water flowing into the desert basin from the Syr Darya now stays in the Northern Aral Sea. Between 2005 and 2006, the water levels in that part of the lake rebounded significantly and very small increases are visible throughout the rest of the time period. The differences in water color are due to changes in sediment.http://go.nasa.gov/1pEcEOp

Posted by NASA Earth on Thursday, September 1, 2016

Unfortunately this isn’t just a magic act.  The above video shows the disappearance of the the once great Aral Sea in Kazakhstan.  This is a completely man-made “phenomenon” when the Soviets diverted water that fed into the lake for irrigation of crops.  Over time naturally, humans got greedy and wanted more water until eventually one of the largest lakes in the world was split up into four individual lakes 10% of it’s former glory.

It’s a sad overview of the effects of man, and with satellite technology, it’s even easier to see the effects.  Typical me would say that this is the result of the terrible Soviets, and communism, and I would be partially right, but at it’s core, it’s a trait of humanity in general, not limited to a single source of politics.

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2017’s Best Superhero Movie

https://youtu.be/IeGIa5HO37Y

It’s not often that you see superhero movies based out of other nations.  Maybe it’s just the US-centric view that most of us live.  But next year, there’s this beauty above.  It’s name is Guardians, about a group of people presumably taken at a young age and had DNA modifications performed on them to make them guardians of Mother Russia.  Honestly, I doubt this will get much airplay in America, and even if it did, I probably wouldn’t go see it, unless they dubbed it.  Then it would be awesome.

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More Uses for Soda

People in Russia have got to be really bored.  They are also not worried about whatever danger can happen to while they come up with their strange every day experiments.  Here is a video that shows another use you can do with a bottle of soda, and some liquefied petroleum gas:

Apparently, according to the “scientists” on reddit, this effect can happen with any liquid and any sufficiently cold gas that gets trapped between the liquid’s surface and the air.  Rapidly mixing them causes the gas to boil and expand out the mouth of the bottle, propelling the thing up in the air.  Apparently, sometimes it’s so strong it causes the bottle to burst.  It doesn’t look too safe, but hey, nothing fun in life is.

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Soviet Bear Will Fix You

Soviet Bear

As a general rule of thumb, I hate Communists.  Any and all, they are the sworn enemy of all that is Good and Free and American.  However, a particular unique student, or students have started their own campaign for Student Council elections.  It’s hard to tell how serious the whole campaign is, but it’s pretty damn funny, that’s for sure.

They have taken to making parodies of all the officially entered student’s posters.  The Soviet Bear posters are better.  About 100x better, that’s for sure.  I especially like the irony one of the Class poster:

This is the first poster I’d gather:

Class

Here’s the counter by Soviet Bear:

Bear Class

Indeed.  I wonder how many heads that went over at that High School?

Anyway, this is all fun and games, but let me just tell you this.  I would not be voting for Soviet Bear in that election.  He’s Communist, and Commies are the enemy, always.

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Europeans Hate Each Other

Watch as 1000 years of European borders change (timelapse map) from Nick Mironenko on Vimeo.

Europe prides itself with its multi-thousand year history.  They laugh at Americans when we say our neighborhood is old at 100 years, they have special rocks that can reliably be traced back a few thousand years.  However, they hate each other.

As the above video can show in 3  minutes what no high school history class could ever get across.  The many border changes and invasions of countries by other countries of Europe over the last 1,000 years.  You just can’t get those drastic border changes without hating your neighbors, and wanting to invade them.

It’s much easier to get a sense of how big the various Empires are by watching them expand across borders, and then contract.  You just can’t get that by reading a book.

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Alternate History Thursday – Food

conflict

One of the rare actual Thursday additions of Alternate History.  Oh well.

Anyway, the above is the storefront of an actual restaurant in current day America.  That’s right, this restaurant, which goes by the name of “Conflict Kitchen,” only serves the food of enemies of America.  Every couple of months they change the menu to a new enemy.  It’s interesting at the least.  If you want to visit it, you’ll have to travel to Pittsburgh PA.

What does this restaurant look like in the Alternate History version of America?  Well it doesn’t.  Because Freedom of Expression is not a concept that the Communist Americans except.  So this restaurant actually exists somewhere over in Europe, except they only have Communist American food, and it’s just corn.

And, to keep with the Olympic themed month, here’s the Closing Ceremonies of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow USSR.  I only watched alittle of it, the long boring stretches of nothing really got to me.  And it looks like someone flagged it as containing copyrighted material, and it’s not available in (this version of) the U.S. anymore.  Oh well, I’m still gonna include it here, because not all you readers are in the great country of America.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQI8_02Zi4o

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In Soviet Russia Cats are still Cool

I don’t like circus’ they’re just weird.  That being said, I’d deffiently go to one of these, look how much fun that seems.  Plus, Russians.  And not commie

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Russians either, the good kind, normal, crazy Russians.

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