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Friday morning, 5am [Jun. 23rd, 2017|05:22 am]
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I woke again before the dawn, and went outside to stand on the balcony. Everything is cool and shiny wet from the kust-ended rain. A few lights are on across the way, but no pme stirring, although I can hear sounds of traffic from the highway. The breeze is blowing, the leaves rusting beneatht he scudding clouds, and I have all of this to myself, Things are happening around me, but I'm in this bubble. It feels very magical and I want to remember this moment. Back to bed to try and get some more sleep, I think.

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Minaret [Jun. 22nd, 2017|12:06 pm]
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[Current Location |East Trumpistan]
[mood |bouncyschadenfreude]

The base looks largely intact. So, even with modern explosives, and weeks to prepare and lay their charges, these clowns couldn't properly blow up an 800 year old tower that was ready to fall over anyway. I suspect that there's serious chaos among what's left of them.

Original posted at http://rain-gryphon.dreamwidth.org/15405.html
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ISIS [Jun. 22nd, 2017|02:54 am]
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[Current Location |East Trumpistan]
[mood |cheerfulcheerful]

Still awake, and still slightly bouncy from ISIS blowing up their own main mosque. I can't see that as anything but an admission of defeat. Still a bunch of fighting to be done, and undoubtedly some setbacks for our side as well, but this really does look like major turning point.

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Al Nuri Mosque [Jun. 21st, 2017|08:20 pm]
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[Current Location |East Trumpistan]
[mood |cheerfulcheerful]

So, the savage filth have blown up one of their own treasures for a change. Better that than Roman ruins I suppose, although the mosque was built in 1172, so is pretty much irreplaceable regardless.

Or, actually not - The Iraqi government completely demolished the old mosque in 1942, and built a replica. I've been to a few American historical sites where pretty much the same thing had been done. People saw these things much differently back then. The rather rickety-looking minaret was still original, it seems.

Comparing an aerial picture of the undamaged complex to the blown-up picture looks as though most of the low arcaded building surrounding the eight-sided dome is rubble (a few damaged walls seem to be standing toward the top), but the dome itself remains standing with its supports largely intact. That narrow building to the left of the 'before' picture seems to be the same one that can be seen to the lower left of the 'after' picture. You can also see some (presumably wrecked) cars in the street that fronted the mosque. By that reckoning, the tower doesn't even show in the 'after' picture, but is off to the middle left some distance.

It's difficult to see this as anything but an admission of defeat by ISIS, in much the same way that the Nazis blew up their own 'holy places', to keep them from being captured. This is where their leader proclaimed their 'caliphate', back on July 4th, 2014. Now, like the enterprise itself, it's in ruins.

Edit: If anyone can find a picture of the minaret (or what's left of it), I'd be interested. None of the photos I can find show that.

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Kensington [Jun. 16th, 2017|03:10 am]
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What an absolute horror in Kensington. I know I shouldn't keep looking at the pictures, and reading about what happen ed, but I do.

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How Unexpected! [Jun. 13th, 2017|12:11 am]
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So, I was reading up on the Battle of Midway, preparatory to pestering my congressmen about a posthumous Medal of Honor for Wade McCluskey, and I came across something completely unexpected, and wonderful. Air Commander Genda, who led the attack on Pearl Harbor, and who commanded the planes of Carrier Division One (Kaga and Akagi, both obliterated by McCluskey's squadron), survived the war, and eventually became the overall head of the Japanese Air Force. He became staunchly pro-American, enough so that we ended up awarding an honourary Legion of Merit cross to the guy who led the assault on Pearl Harbor. That absolutely delights me!

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Big Butts [Jun. 9th, 2017|08:53 pm]
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[Current Location |East Trumpistan]
[mood |cheerfulcheerful]
[music |Duh.]

Sir Mixalot likes big butts, and cannot lie. His identical, yet evil, twin, Sir Mixalittle hates big butts, and cannot tell the truth. One of them has arrived at your front door, bearing an important message for you. In order to profit from the information, you must know whether or not it is true. What single question can you ask, that will let you know with certainty to which twin you are speaking?

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In Doom-o-Matic mode [Jun. 4th, 2017|09:56 pm]
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[Current Location |East Trumpistan]
[mood |cheerfulcheerful]

In honour of Wade McCluskey, nemesis of the Imperial Japanese Navy. I honestly thought he had a Medal of Honor, and think he certainly deserves one. His squadron sank the two biggest carriers on earth, with all of their aircraft, and killed many, if not most, of the veteran pilots and aircrews in the process, a lot of whom had years of experience in the war in China. Japan didn't have the means to replace them.

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Interesting conspiracy theories about the RMS Titanic.

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I can understand not being concerned because it's moving away from you. But what kind of person wouldn't even want to watch?

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Words Fail Me... [Jun. 4th, 2017|08:24 pm]
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[mood |amusedamused]

Doctors warn women against putting wasp nests in their vaginas.

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(no subject) [Jun. 1st, 2017|08:59 pm]
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[mood |chipperchipper]

Not at all what I expected from the title, but interesting anyway.

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Gay Vultures raising a child.

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I'm delighted to see us unequivocally rejecting that Paris Climate Treaty. Contrary to the mantra of the news media, we're not "withdrawing" - the Senate never ratified the treaty, so we were never a part of it to begin with. Obama understood full well what would happen if he took that to the Senate. I'm pleased as well that Trump leaves open the possibility that we'd be willing to take part in a fair and even-handed climate treaty, if others are interested in having one.

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