Chilean Earthquake – Food For Thought

Shallow 6-5 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Aisen, Chile

A magnitude 8.8 quake and the tsunami it unleashed in 2010 
killed 551 people and destroyed 220,000 homes. 
It was so strong it changed time, shortening the Earth’s 
day slightly by changing the planet’s rotation.

Patterns? Interesting blog article to check out!

The Extinction Protocol

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February 2, 2013EARTHAn earthquake of magnitude 6.7struck off the coast of the Solomon Islands (Santa Cruz) in the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Friday. The quake was later downgraded by the USGS to a 6.3 magnitude event. The depth of the quake was 10 km (6.2 miles) and the epicenter was 68 km southwest of Lata. The quake hit at 9:16 a.m. local time on Saturday. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not immediately issue any alerts on its website. This quake was underscored by an even  stronger 6.9 magnitude earthquake that just struck the Hokkaido region of East Japan on February 2nd. This is the ninth major earthquake to strike the planet in the last five days. The present cluster of earthquakes began with a 6.0 event in Eastern Kazakhstan on January 28th, following a full moon on January 27, 2013…

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Seascapes On A Snowy Day

Last night it began to snow.  It came down so “flurrious” that it covered the ground faster than you could wink.  Later in the evening, you could hear the rain pounding against the windows as the temperature warmed up and turned the flurries to rain.  As the early morning temperature fell, you could see the ice sheen across the snowy landscape.  Frozen, crunchy, wet in places not yet yielding to the colder temperature.

Sunrise, you can see a mist floating through the air as the temps warm up, melting away the blanket of snow and ice leaving behind pools of cold liquid.  Puppy paws and boots imprint the now slushy landscape.

The mist creates a layer of fog and the illusion of clouds floating around one’s head.  It is still outside as I watch the melting ice drip from the branches of a nearby tree.  Piano solos by Michael Jones play in the background, soothe the soul, create a relaxing environment and add a sense of surrealism to an otherwise dreary winter wonderland day.

Seascapesby Michael Jones.  Enjoy!

Angry Muslims? What About Disgust?

I’m not especially fond of Hillary Clinton but I do have to agree with her on this comment she made, according to The Washington Post:

“The U.S. government had absolutely nothing to do with this video,” Clinton said at a meeting in Washington on Thursday with a delegation from Morocco. “We absolutely reject its content and messages. But there is no justification — none at all — for responding to this video with violence.”

“… that people in the region don’t understand our culture and society, that [the video] was, in fact, a private effort, that it has nothing to do with the U.S. government, that we don’t do these kinds of videos, and that, in fact, as a government, we found it disgusting and reprehensible.”

“… it is hard for some people to understand why the United States cannot or does not just prevent” such videos “from ever seeing the light of day.” But she said stopping such expressions was not only “impossible” but also against U.S. values of free expression.”

I have not seen this movie nor do I have an interest to do so.   Just looking out for my Constitutional Rights.  Furthermore, I’m a bit disgusted by the (seeming) fact that there is no respect for my beliefs and right to free expression.  There happens to be an old saying that goes something like this:  “Do unto others as you would have (want) done unto you.”  Another good one is:  “What goes around comes around.”  Love begets love and hate begets hate.  Simple, so what is your (free) choice?

Peace to all….

War At Home

I was going to blog today about the violence in Syria when I was prompted to look up a word that I needed context clarification for.  After getting a handle on the definition of Sectarian violence, I was drawn to a WordPress recommended website upon returning to my own blog to type out my new cogitations.

I took a few minutes to browse through the imagery of  Anton Brookes.  His “Rum and Lust”  series just struck a chord with me.  Powerful images don’t need a lot of words to ‘get the story.’  They offer words of their own and what came to mind is a different war – at home.  The homeless war; the war of the minds; the war of street life; the war of drugs and alcohol and their negative effects on lives; the war of medical care or the lack of;  the war of economic losses and recoveries.  These are the wars of our individual worlds.  A form of social exclusion whether self created, socially created or government created.   So much to think about and Anton’s street photography is a good trigger for sparking thought, imagination, reality and feelings.

Thanks Anton, for grounding me today and giving me the opportunity to re-focus on some important issues … at home.

Penalties for Getting Old-er

Thought your retirement income and pensions were tax free? Read it and weep.

My grandmother was right when she told me years ago that there’s only two things in this world that you can never get out from under. Bills and taxes. So she was going to gift both to me in her will. ;) yah, a family joke. Or is it?

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AARP Michigan: Repeal ‘Unfair’ Pension Tax

November 19, 2011 8:27 AM

LANSING (WWJ/AP) – The Michigan Supreme Court has given the thumbs up to a new tax on pensions.

“Retirees had based their retirement plans on the no-tax status of pensions, and that’s why it’s unfair,” said Hornbeck.

Now, the AARP is pressing the State Legislature to overturn the new tax on public and private pensions.

“Not only are we talking about a pension tax in the State of Michigan, the discussion in Washington has been over possible cuts to social security and Medicare, so they’re sort of facing a triple threat,” said Hornbeck