Open Thread WE 3 AUG 22 ~


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Life beneath the surface
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Here we are. Thanks for stopping by. This OT starts pretty much content free. Enjoyed this
sculpture's work. Brought a few associations. He used special aggregate to not harm the
ocean. He is also a diver / photographer. If you don't see what is potentially descriptive
underwater, why not create a social statement and let the sea creatures decorate them.
Perhaps with the polar ice sheets melting, we will be resembling this scene sooner than
we are led to believe.

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The Banker (or politicians)
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Wife is reading a story with a character named Hecate. Prolly not the same one from Paradise.
This one is a female cop. Not a male lawyer. Sure do miss his writing. Good luck wherever you are.

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There are plenty of hot topics to discuss: Ukraine, Taiwan, Kosovo, Monkey Pox, domestic failures,
spirit of the strugglers, & etc. So if you find something below the surface to share, swim it on!

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Credits ~
Jason deCaires Taylor, “Rubicon” (2016), stainless steel, pH-neutral cement, basalt and aggregates, installation view, Museo Atlántico, Las Coloradas, Lanzarote, Atlantic Ocean
Also "The Banker" by the same sculptor

https://www.underwatersculpture.com/

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QMS's picture

1968 -- 100,000 attend two-day Newport Pop Festival in Costa Mesa, California; performers included Alice Cooper, Canned Heat, The Chambers Brothers, Country Joe and the Fish, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sonny & Cher, Steppenwolf, Tiny Tim, The Animals, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and The Byrds

Cheers!

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Yes, the world is on high alert as the US pokes both the bear and the dragon...not to mention stirring up shit in Kosovo, NATO's puppet colony. This is the worse warmongering of my life time. If you can out do Chenney and Dumbsfield that's really pushing war.

I've been out harvesting tomatoes and figs (and a few peppers). Bumper crop this year, so I'll not complain. Processing keeps us busy.

This weekend is the world's longest yard sale which includes Lookout Mt. I'll avoid getting out during all the pandemonium...but do plan to visit a couple of friends setting up Fri. and Sat. What a consumer society we are, buying others stuff to make it our stuff..but it was a good buy! It is yet again another addiction which many suffer.

I used to sing this one and have been thinking I need to brush off the rust and bring it back into memory.
Seems appropriate somehow...

Thanks for the OT and underwater sculptures. I fear there will be many folks underwater in the near term.

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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Can't say the same for us. A few green peppers and eggplants, green beans and a couple of
tomatoes so far .. having to water a lot.

Thanks for the tune.
Good day!

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about it. Thanks for the sculpture and the OT. Gonna take a little run over to the coast today to quiet the mind and groove on the smells, sights, and sounds. We have the dulcet tones of a backhoe/skiploader outside the window right now - they're doing some work on one of the major roads here and one contractor keeps his toy parked out front of our place overnight because it is out of the way. Presumably his shift starts in about 15 or 20 minutes because he just rolled in, dumped off his flatbed, fired up his backhoe and hit the road.

Kinda funny, digging that sculpture - the eastern, approaches to the bridge we'll take today ca't be much over 25 feet above sea level, it that.

be well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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elevation of the eastern end on the San Mateo Bridge, our usual route out to the coast, and discovered that the damn thing is the longest in California and 25th longest in the world. Never had a clue in all these years. Much of that, of course, is long-assed approaches on both ends. Roughly 7 miles long. Huh. Maybe I'll pay attention today Wink

be well and have a good one

edit - added a comma after "coast"

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

sanction.

The Dutch embassy in Moscow issued a statement, prohibiting the Russian artisans, participants of the Cheese Festival to be held soon in Moscow, to use “Gouda”, “Masdaam” and other cheese names traditionally associated with the Netherlands, for their produce to be shown on a city-wide fair organized by the Moscow town hall.

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@humphrey
Putin's girlfriend is now being sanctioned. Oh noes! Both of them are gonna start getting cranky now.

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After six years, still getting robo-calls from Marriot Hotels.
They're like herpes.

@humphrey is right.

Insanity is also correct.

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NYCVG

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how long those sculptures will last underwater. I picture an alien visitor far in the future, long after we are extinct, stumbling upon them. Especially the banker.
I also share your thoughts on Hecate. Unique writing style.
Even though I lived nearby to Costa Mesa, I regret to this day missing out on that festival.
I had a major crush on Cher in that day. Had just graduated La Puente High School (yay).
I'm becoming optimistic the future is looking brighter and a new world order is about to begin, brought about by Putin, Xi, and other sane world leaders.
A return to a U.N. based "international rules based order" that ends the millennium long rule of the European born oligarchy and the brutal western hegemony.
We only need to curb the "scorched earth" whackjobs living among us. If they are in a hurry to get to heaven, let them go on ahead of the rest of us.
We'll be along in our own time, thank you very much.
Thanks for the OT.

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After six years, still getting robo-calls from Marriot Hotels.
They're like herpes.

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@earthling1

a better future with sensible and sane leadership,
although the US is sorely lacking in that department.

Thanks for checking-in!

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That picture reminds me of a dream I had once but I can’t remember it…but it touches something in my psyche.

Thanks!

I’m heading up the canyon to Heber city and then back up it tomorrow to go camping again. Looks like we’ll have some more thunderstorms over the weekend. It’s monsoon season, but not like I used to remember it. Not as much moisture but we will take what we can get.

I’d rather be in the backseat of EL's car going to the coast.

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It is not until the tide goes out that you discover who has been swimming naked.

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@snoopydawg the whale (Prior iteration pictured with tow). It heeds to be taken out for a decent run plus there is a narrow windy uphill series of s-curves where people tend to drift across the lines and/or try stupid shit. The whale has better visibility, is more visible, more intimidating, and a lot more sturdy in a wreck than ye Toyota.

pequod-whale

be well and enjoy your camping trip

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@enhydra lutris

and going over the bridge numerous times on my way to or back from going west from Modesto. I sooooo miss seeing the ocean and letting the wind and waves blowing the stress out of my body. Once I made a certain point at Bodega bay I felt my BP dropping. It’s at the curve just after the little store there. I was on my way to camp on the beach at Wright's beach. You been there?

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It is not until the tide goes out that you discover who has been swimming naked.

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@snoopydawg

from Bodega Bay to Jenner has an enormous load of beaches one can camp at.

be well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

about Kansas and preserving their constitution on abortion rights. Massive turnout, esp for August, with a resounding 59-41 victory for the anti-authoritarian side. As this was KS and not VT, there is still hope for sanity to prevail. Although I suspect the Rs running the state legislature will now try to undo this vote by other means.

Troubling news from AZ, as the Rs have nominated a real piece of RW-libertarian whack-job, MAGAist and Trump-endorsed, election and climate denier in one Blake Masters, protegé of RW Libertarian Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal. Masters in a recent interview stated that "Black people, frankly" are the cause of gun violence in America. He has already been mocking opponent Sen Mark Kelly's past as a Nasa astronaut. https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2022/07/blake-masters-peter-thiel-d...

This will be a back-alley gunfight, with Masters bringing an AR-15, his preferred weapon, with the usual far-right issues on tap. The soft-spoken moderate Kelly will need to fight back accordingly, and not pull a Mike Dukakis. I am pulling for despite his too-centrist positions and for the spouse sympathy (husband of Gabby Giffords), and to keep a dangerous nut job authoritarian out of the senate.

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and his works.

They last a very long time indeed. He did his first installation in Grenada off Point Moliniere back in 2006, just after Hurricane Ivan had destroyed essentially everything when it hit in 2004.

I've dived the site a number of times. Some pieces have succumbed to corrosion and wave action and have toppled over, but the vast majority are holding up very well. His intention was always to help start a new coral reef expansion, so all the pieces will slowly be reclaimed by the sea. Until then, though, they provide a haunting mirror of our inhumanity to oursleves and our planet.

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Twice bitten, permanently shy.

as snoopydawg says.
I had a visit with a pal I have known since I was 4 or 5 years old. He was one of my older brother's close friends, and our parents were friends.
Now, he is farm, ranch, Viet Nam Vet, a bit of oil patch, then back to the farm and ranch. Neither he nor his wife have more than high school education. He remembers coming to our home to spend the night, and Mom would force him to get a bath. She scrubbed him down. He wasn't taught to bathe in his home. We even kept a toothbrush for him. He wasn't taught to brush. His son, like some bolt of lightning from the sky, got a college degree in art. He has been the curator of huge art museums around Houston, and is now in Savannah, Georgia. And that cowboy dad sat there and marveled at what he himself had learned about art, and how it had enriched his life.
My friend regrets our kids are taught all things tech, not pushed toward what they love, what they excel at doing. That is one proud cowboy right there. He had to apologize that his boots were not shined.

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