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Sochi is a Deserted Ghost Town & Unfinished, Hauntingly Beautiful

Sochi is a Deserted Ghost Town

With Sochi Olympic games behind,
just a month ago,
a local photographer captured the deserted town
and surroundings
with a hauntingly beautiful look at what was
supposed to be by Putin’s claims a resort town
that would attract 1000s of visitors.

Even the dogs that were rounded up and euthanized,
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It reminds me of the movie, Wizard of Oz.

“Don’t look behind the curtain” said the OZ.

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You might not like what you see, or find out
it was all a sham.
Smoke and Mirrors just like a carnival ride
will distract the reality of what was a ruse.

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At over $50 Billion dollars to produce this event
and town, it is a glaring example of why conservation
and responsible planning is crucial to something
that can be maintained and grow.

In this case it is obvious Putin had other plans, like
Ukrain and Crimea, not the viability of this plan.

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Sochi is a Deserted Ghost Town

So many dreams and hard work of the athletes
from around the world came here
to achieve their goals.

What they and we all want to see
is a Lasting Legacy.

You want your hard work to mean something,
to be residually rewarding.

Don’t we all want to build something beautiful to last?

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Beijing Hotel Brochure, Travel Is Fun, Translation Can Be Hazardous!

Brilliant Beijing Hotel Brochure –

Translated as only the Chinese can!

A friend went to Beijing recently
and was given this brochure by her hotel.
It is precious.

She is keeping it and reading it whenever she feels depressed.
Obviously, it has been translated directly,
word for word from Mandarin to English.

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Getting There:

Our representative will make you wait at the airport.
The bus to the hotel runs along the lake shore.
Soon you will feel pleasure in passing water.
You will know that you are getting near the hotel,
because you will go round the bend.
The manager will await you in the entrance hall.
He always tries to have intercourse with all new guests.

The Hotel:

*This is a family hotel, so children are very welcome.
We of course are always pleased to accept adultery.
Highly skilled nurses are available in the evenings
to put down your children. Guests are invited to conjugate
in the bar and expose themselves to others.
But please note that ladies are not allowed
to have babies in the bar. We organize social games,
so no guest is ever left alone to play with them self.

The Restaurant:

*Our menus have been carefully chosen
to be ordinary and unexciting.
At dinner, our quartet will circulate
from table to table, and fiddle with you.

Your Room:

* Every room has excellent facilities
for your private parts.
In winter, every room is on heat.
Each room has a balcony offering views
of outstanding obscenity! …
You will not be disturbed by traffic noise,
since the road between the hotel and the lake
is used only by pederasts.

Bed:

*Your bed has been made in accordance with local tradition.
If you have any other ideas please ring for the chambermaid.
Please take advantage of her.
She will be very pleased to squash your shirts,
blouses and underwear.
If asked, she will also squeeze your trousers.

Above All:

*When you leave us at the end of your holiday,
you will have no hope. You will struggle to forget it.

Beijing Hotel Brochure

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All the fun, excitement that travel brings, be sure to know your translations,
or expect the unexpected responses!
I recall a 2 week trip to the Easter Block countries in ’85,  before the Iron Curtain came down.
The bus driver and tour guide were keen on my travel friend and me.
Being from Sarajevo, the bus driver spoke no English, nor anything I studied!
It didn’t go far, due to ‘nothing to talk about’!

Another example of different cultures, languages and
what we as westerners may feel comfortable with was…

One evening in Warsaw, Poland, my travel friend and I
were sitting in the lobby of this fine hotel waiting
for the tour guide and our group for dinner.
We asked why men kept circling us in the lobby.

The tour guide explained, only “professional women” sat alone in the hotel lobby.

We laughed at that one, and said, “lets hurry out of here“!

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Some funny Signs- wacky translations!

To tired to translate to English!

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Rembrandt Flash Mob in Amsterdam Mall, 1642-NightWatch

Outrageous marketing by a MUSEUM!

They brought to life Rembrandt’s Nightwatch,
extraordinary and genius.

There are just flash mobs and
Brilliant flash mobs like this one of
” La Ronde de nuit , 1642 ”
by Rembrant performed at a
Shopping Centre in Amsterdam a few months ago…
simply awesome..
Just a thought, what could you do to bring
attention to your book, website, business or blog?

Chevres en equilibre- Goats Balancing on a Steel Ribbon.

Chevres en equilibre- Goats Balancing on a Steel Ribbon.

It never ceases to amaze me and millions
of others to watch animals or people
doing goofy things.
These goats in France were balancing
on an undulating piece of sheet metal
that you could probably watch on loop.
Like any great viral movement,
it is hard to describe or why we enjoy it.

These three goats enjoying their version of king-of-the-hill.

The video was posted this week and has already
spiked at over 6 million viewers.

“Dimanche, vers l’heure du déjeuner, la petite famille découvert un nouveau jeu : Cette tôle ^^. J’ai filmé mes chèvres (dont le nom restera secret par respect pour leur vie privée 🙂 ) se balançant. Dans la soirée, j’ai voulu l’envoyer à un ami puis tout s’est enchaîné très vite. Je ne pense pas qu’elles se rendent vraiment compte de ce qui leur arrive : elle continuent à ruminer comme si de rien n’était…
Qui s’amuse le plus ? je l’ignore.”

This description, in his native French, roughly translates to:

Sunday, around lunch time, the little family discovered a new game. This sheet. I filmed my goats (whose names will remain secret out of respect for their privacy:) ) balancing. In the evening, I wanted to send it to one friend then everything followed very quickly. I don’t think they [the goats] realize what’s happening. They still ruminate over it as if nothing had happened…
Whose having the most fun? Not sure at all.

Chevres en equilibre- Goats Balancing on a Steel Ribbon.

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Gnarly Dude, Snow Boarder Sage Kotsenburg Loses Russians in Translation, “Stoked”

Gnarly Dude, Snow Boarder Sage Kotsenburg Loses Russians in Translation, “Stoked”

20 Year-old from Utah,
snowboarder,
Sage Kotsenburg,
is our own- JEFF SPICOLI look alike
who had a gnarly ride in Russia Sochi Olympics.
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 Each sport and generation have a language
all their own. ‘SICK’ and ‘Gnarly’ or
‘STOKED’ are just a few for Sage.

Saturday during Kotsenburg’s gold-medal press conference
after his upset win in men’s slopestyle,
Interpreters thought he was drunk when Sage said he was ‘stoked’.
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Al Jazeera America explains the lost-in-translation issue::

“In Russian, a ‘grab’ is a grab, ‘cab’ is like cab, and even though there’s a Russian word for rail, we say, ‘rail.’ But jump is ‘tramplin,’ and a spin is ‘vraschenije,’ and flip is ‘salto.’”

What about “stoked”?
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After a pause and some prodding, Yakimenko admitted, “We used the word for ‘under the influence of alcohol’ which is kind of like, ‘under the fly.’”

Lesokhin mostly noticed that Kotsenburg “said ‘sick’ a lot.” The Russian word for sick, bolnoy, “is bad, like you have a disease or something,” Yakimenko said. But there are plenty of Russian words for crazy, so the duo substituted “bezumny,” “kruto,” or “sumasshedshy.”

This quote from Kotsenburg’s press conference gives a new slant:

“I heard it’s going to be crazy. I’m definitely stoked to be a part of it,” he said. “Obviously I’m stoked to get gold and take whatever comes with it.”

When I lived in LA, the slang terms came from “the valley” and surfers!
‘Awesome’ ‘totally tubular’ ‘gnarly’ ‘stoked’ ‘RAD’ -it was all fun and obviously still here today in Russia!

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Impressive Video Game Collection, Drool Gamers!

Go Ahead, Drool Over This Beautifully Impressive Video Game Collection

By Taylor Casti-Aaron Norton has quite the video game collection.

It’s not the biggest collection in the world, and the rarest game he has tops out at around $600, a far cry from the thousands of dollars some rare games are reported to be worth. So what makes his collection so special?

It’s all about the aesthetics, dude. Norton’s 5,200-game collection is meticulously alphabetized and displayed so everyone can enjoy it in all its spectacular glory.

Check out pictures of the collection (below).

Back wall, my Sega and Gameboy games.

“I’ve always collected something,” Norton told The Huffington Post via email. “From an early age it was pennies, rocks, keys, baseball hats and so on. Displaying and acquiring ‘collectable’ items has always been part of my personality.”

NES/SNES/N64 games.

“About four years ago I discovered online classic gaming forums,” he continued. “I was amazed at the amount of people who were still passionate about these dusty old systems and games. This really sparked my interest. From there I began searching out games online at thrift stores and garage sales. I connected with others with similar interests and soaked up gaming history whereever I could find it.”

N64 Controller/System display

“I suppose I’d have to consider myself a Nintendo fanboy. I grew up in the 1980s. Nintendo and Mario was everywhere, there was no escaping it,” Norton recalled. “From Sunday morning cartoons, cereal, underwear, bed sheets and lunch boxes. Nintendo makes fantastic games and has enduring franchises. It is without a doubt my favorite company.”

Most of my games for Playstation/Xbox end up here.

“I’ve acquired a ton of games, but I don’t feel like I’ve spent a ton. Most people don’t realize that many of these classic games can be found for $1 – $4 each,” he dished. “It’s all about finding the right deal at the right time. Hunting out your local area. Finding extras games for cheap and trading online. To me collecting has become a fun game in and of itself.”

Impressive Video Game Collection, Drool Gamers!

Game Gear, 32x, Game Boy and Game Boy Color

“I do find some time to play now and again. I’m always in the middle of a game or two. One thing I’ve been enjoying is classic gaming competitions on online forums,” he also said. “[A] moderator will pick a classic NES game, set the rules (example: highest score on one life) and everyone has one week to compete and submit their score. It’s a fun way to relive … old games in a social way.”

These letter tabs make it easy to find games.

Norton’s favorite game? “Super Mario World” on Super Nintendo. “It’s such a masterpiece of gaming,” he gushed. “The catchy music, precise control, amazing level designs and secrets. It really is everything you could want in a platformer. It’s a game that anyone young or old can pick up, play and immediately enjoy.”

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“I’d say I have most of the rare games for most systems,” he went on to say. “To be honest it may be easier to mention the hard-to-find games I don’t have. For the NES I own a complete licensed set, except for the very hard-to-find Stadium Events. My Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64 and Gamecube sets are complete as well, except for the two mail-order Super Nintendo competition carts. I also own a complete set for Virtual Boy, Sega Game Gear and Sega 32x. I’m working on finishing up my Sega Master System, Game Boy and Game Boy Color sets.”

My kids checking out Super Mario World for the 1st time.

Norton told HuffPost that he’s even getting his kids in on the action. “Super Mario World” was the first game he showed his 3-year-old daughter. “She doesn’t have the directional pad down yet,” he said. “So I move the character around the screen and she presses the ‘A’ button to jump.

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Paris Apartment Time Forgot

The Paris Time Capsule Apartment

Fascinating hidden tidbits, stories from around the world.
One of my fav bloggers-MessyNessyChic, has me as a big fan.
I love the hidden stories behind people, things, locations.
Enjoy another bit I borrowed for your enjoyment.
Karen

May 9, 2012 ‘Nostalgia”Paris’.

A Parisian apartment left untouched for over 70 years was discovered in the quartier of Pigalle a few summers ago and I’ve been meaning to share the pictures with you. Time to unlock the vault …

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The owner of this apartment, Mrs. De Florian left Paris just before the rumblings of World War II broke out in Europe. She closed up her shutters and left for the South of France, never to return to the city again. Seven decades later she passed away at the age of 91. It was only when her heirs enlisted professionals to make an inventory of the Parisian apartment she left behind, that this time capsule was finally unlocked.

The team that had the honor of opening what must have been a very stiff old lock for the first time in 70 years, likened the experience to ‘stumbling into the castle of sleeping beauty’. The smell of dust, the cobwebs, the silence, was overwhelming; a once in a lifetime experience.

There is a further twist to the story. In the apartment a painting of familiar style was discovered of a beautiful woman in pink. One of the inventory team members suspected this might be a very important piece of treasure. Along with the painting, they also found stacks of old love letters tied with colored ribbon.

With some expert historical opinion, the ribbon-bound love letters were quickly recognized as the calling card of none other than Giovanni Boldini, one of Paris’ most important painters of the Belle Époque. The painting was his. The beautiful woman pictured in the painting was Mrs. de Florian’s grand-mother, Marthe de Florian, a beautiful French actress and socialite of the Belle Époque. She was Boldini’s muse. And, despite him being a married man, she was also his lover. The art world went a bit nutty for the whole story and the painting was later sold for $3 million at auction.

What I find so intriguing about this story is not so much the discovered painting and the revelation of a love affair between a great Italian painter and the beautiful actress in an enchanting era, but more the story of Mrs. de Florian and why she stayed away from Paris for so long.

What kept her away even after the war? Was she running away from someone or something other than the Nazis? For all those decades, her rent on the elegant apartment in a flourishing city had been faithfully paid, but it was left to freeze in time. It all sounds like the perfect mystery…

via The Telegraph, photos by GETTY

Coco Chanel Was Definitely a Nazi

COCO CHANEL WAS DEFINITELY A NAZI

 April 3, 2012 – a Fascinating read.

That’s quite a statement isn’t it?

You may have heard rumblings about this back in August 2011 when author Hal Vaughan released his book Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret War. 

But I don’t think we’ve really heard enough about it. I don’t really think we got a firm grip on the fact that today’s most coveted handbags, perfumes and tweed jackets are the creations of  a confirmed Nazi spy who cavorted with SS officers at the Hotel Ritz throughout the war and became the richest woman in the world thanks to the Nazi seizure of all Jewish-owned property and business enterprises.

At the time of the release of Hal Vaughan’s book, CHANEL® dismissed the claims about its founder saying this,

“More than 57 books have been written about Gabrielle [Coco] Chanel. To decide for yourself, we would encourage you to consult some of the more serious ones.”

So apparently Mr. Vaughan is not a serious book-writer, a ‘trash novelist’ shall we say. Let’s just be sure and check what Wikipedia has to say about the author:

“American author based in Paris, France. He has held several posts as a US Foreign Service officer before becoming a journalist on assignments in Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. He has also served in the United States Military in both World War II and Korea, and was involved in a number of covert intelligence activities as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer at Karachi and Geneva during the Cold War. His French-born wife, now deceased, worked with the U.S. intelligence community in Geneva. Vaughan has intimate knowledge of clandestine, international operations.”

Hmm. Seems pretty serious to me. So I think I might to stick with the guy who has ‘intimate knowledge of clandestine, international operations’, over Chanel’s PR team on this one.

Author Hal Vaughan

Chanel’s PR team also said this in retaliation to some of the book’s claims:

“We know that she and [Winston] Churchill [British PrimeMinister during WWII] were close friends for a long time. She apparently approached him about acting as an intermediary between the Allies and the Germans for a peace settlement known as Operation Modelhut. No one knows for sure exactly what happened or what her role was to be. There are several different versions and it will no doubt always remain a mystery.”

Well let’s look into this “Operation Modelhut” and the events leading up to it and see if we can’t get a clearer image of Coco’s activity during the war that Chanel’s PR team today finds so blurry and mysterious.

A quick Google later ….

One doesn’t have to stray further than our old friend Wikipedia, which claims:

Archival documents verify that Chanel herself was a Nazi spy, committing herself to the German cause as early as 1941, when she became a paid agent of General Walter Schellenberg, chief of SS intelligence.

But why would Coco Chanel have sympathized with the Nazis?

There are reports about Coco’s ‘violent loathing of Jews‘. When the war began, Chanel was already in a romantic relationship with German aristocrat, Gunther von Dincklage, who “reported directly to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, right hand of Hitler¹.

Chanel’s PR team tried to squirm their way out of this one too, stating,

“The timing of this romance with a German was unfortunate even if Baron Von Dincklage’s mother was English and their relationship started before the war.”

Combine this with the knowledge that Chanel’s early life was spent holed up in strict  convents demanding the ‘rigorous indoctrination of the Catholic faith’, and you start to get an idea of where she might have taken a wrong turn.

As soon as war broke out in Europe, Coco closed her shops causing three thousand women to lose their jobs at a time when they needed them the most. She stated that this was ‘not a time for fashion’. It is speculated this was a spiteful move against her workforce who had forced Chanel to close several years earlier during a general labor rights strike in France.

With her business operation now closed, Chanel had time to fully dedicate herself to a political cause. It just so happened to be the enemy’s cause.

While most of Paris was being booted out of their own homes during the German occupation, Chanel was living in luxury at the hotel Ritz throughout most of the war– thanks to her relationship with with her German Aristocrat and Nazi propaganda officer.

Of course her neighbors also taking residence at the hotel were none other than Nazi general officers, agents, and spies, including Hermann Goering and Joseph Goebbels.

Coco Chanel standing on her balcony of her suite at the Ritz Hotel

Amongst her circle of friends, Coco allegedly made no secret of her conviction that Jews were a ‘Bolshevik threat to Europe’.

In documents unearthed by author Hal Vaughan, it was revealed that Chanel used her ‘Aryan rights’ to take full advantage of the Nazi seizure of all Jewish-owned property and businesses.

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Indeed, her most profitable product, a little perfume called Chanel No. 5, had been fully financed by a Jewish family, the Wertheimers.

On May 5, 1941, Coco Chanel wrote to the government department in charge of the handling of Jewish financial assets.

These are her words in the letter:

 “Parfums Chanel is still the property of Jews … and has been legally ‘abandoned’ by the owners. I have an indisputable right of priority. The profits that I have received from my creations since the foundation of this business…are disproportionate.”

Ultimately, Chanel was awarded the wartime profits from the sale of her perfume, including share of two percent of sales which amounted to the equivalent of $25 million a year in modern currency.  This made her the richest woman in the world at that time– thanks to the Nazis.

In an odd turn of events, she also managed to get Pierre Wertheimer to agree to pay all of her living expenses for the rest of her life. She later proclaimed that Pierre Wertheimer was “the bandit who screwed me”.

So far, Coco doesn’t sound like the type of woman you’d want to buy a handbag from. But it doesn’t end there. Let’s take a look at her activities as an actual Nazi spy.

At some point, Chanel ceased to be the glamorous Hotel Ritz entertainer of Nazi officers and profiter of Jewish suffering, and became a Nazi officer herself.

As the paid agent of General Walter Schellenberg, chief of SS intelligence, Chanel’s secret identity was Abwehr Agent 7124, code name “Westminster”, as discovered in the archive research for Vaughan’s book, Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret War.

The richest man in Europe at the time, Duke of Westminster and Coco Chanel

Her code name “Westminister” was a tribute to her former lover of 10 years, the Duke of Westminster– the wealthy British royal who was openly anti-semitic and infamously named one of his dogs “Jew”. It was in this circle that Chanel had previously spent time with figures such as the soon-to-be Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

In 1943, two years before the war ended, Coco travelled with her Nazi lover and German aristocrat to Berlin for “Operation Modellhut,” which if you’ll recall from the Chanel’s PR statement, was intended to be a “peace settlement” between the Allies and the Germans.

This isn’t technically too far from the truth, however should it have succeeded, this would have been a very different kind of “peace settlement”– perhaps the kind that would have resulted in most of Europe speaking in German today.

Chanel met with Heinrich Himmler, one of the persons most directly responsible for the Holocaust, in 1943

Coco’s  “Operation Modellhut” trip to Berlin in 1943 was for the purpose to meet and strategize with SS Reichsführer, Heinrich Himmler, head of the Gestapi, one of the most powerful men in Nazi Germany and ‘one of the persons most directly responsible for the Holocaust’ [wikipedia].

Together with Coco’s SS master, Schellenberg, they came up with a plan to pressure Britain to end hostilities with Germany by using an intermediary to deliver a letter from Chanel to Winston Churchill, via the British embassy in Madrid. It’s unclear why the Nazis thought a letter from Chanel could end their war with the British, but something tells me there was a much deeper and sinister plan in the works.

It’s also worth mentioning that records reveal an SS officer was ordered to “deliver a large sum of money to Chanel in Madrid.”  What exactly this money was intended for remains a mystery because the mission ultimately failed.

Lombardi denounced Chanel and others involved as Nazi spies in 1943

Chanel had duped an old friend, Vera Lombardi into being their intermediary. The British aristocrat had been convinced by Coco to come to Spain and explore the possibilities of establishing the Chanel couture in Madrid. Chanel had no such intentions.

But as British intelligence files reveal, the mission failed as soon Miss Lombardi figured out her real purpose in Spain. Upon arrival at the British embassy in Madrid, Lombardi denounced Chanel and others involved as Nazi spies.

If we have all this documentation, why was Chanel never prosecuted?

Funnily enough, none of the documentation was unveiled until author Hal Vaughan went sniffing around the British and American archives.

But of course, that’s no coincidence…

Chanel was in fact called in for interrogation, once by the Free French Purge Committee in 1944 and again to confront accusations brought against her during the war crime trial of Baron Louis de Vaufreland, a French aristocrat who had defected to the Nazi intelligence.

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But both times, she was released and escaped from prosecution thanks to a lack of “documented evidence of her collaboration activity” and thanks to her friends in high places, allegedly including British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. According to Chanel’s grand-niece, Gabrielle, when Chanel returned home from the interrogations in 1944 she said, “Churchill had me freed”.

But isn’t it funny how all this documented evidence is available to us now, when less is at stake for the parties involved.

What parties involved you ask?

Is Coco Chanel’s Nazi cover up a conspiracy to protect the past reputation of the Royal family?

When the true extent of the horror of the holocaust began to unravel at the end of the war, Chanel’s numerous close relations with anti-semitic and Nazi-sympathizing British  officials, aristocrats and members of the royal family became a big threat. Remember the Duke of Westminster and his dog named “Jew”? Yeah.

The Duke and Duchess of Westminster greeted by Hitler

Allegedly Winston Churchill had the British ambassador in Paris ensure the ‘protection’ of Chanel.

There were a lot of people that wanted to keep things under the carpet and if Coco Chanel testified at trial, some devastating truths were likely to be exposed.

And so Chanel was never prosecuted as a traitor or a Nazi spy and went on to own the most successful fashion house in the world, now coincidentally run by a German as head designer.

While French women in post-war France accused of sleeping with German soldiers were dragged into town squares, stripped and shaved, their breasts marked with swastikas while mobs of men stood and laughed– Chanel continued to thrive with her fashion house, fully financed by the Wertheimers, the same Jewish family she had tried to ruin during the war.

And while the Parisians were hesitant to buy her creations in the years following the war, her couture come-back was unsurprisingly applauded and well-received by the British, followed by the Americans.

Chanel was also kind enough to continue supporting her Nazi SS friends even after the war too. In 1946, her SS master Schellenberg was sentenced at Nuremberg for war crimes but was later released when he was diagnosed with liver disease. Chanel paid for his medical care and living expenses with his family in Italy until he died.

Chanel’s friend and biographer Marcel Haedrich once said,

“If one took seriously the few disclosures that Mademoiselle Chanel allowed herself to make about those black years of the occupation, one’s teeth would be set on edge.”

Still lusting after that Chanel handbag?

Hal Vaughan’s book Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel, Nazi Agent is available on Amazon now.

A Hunk Of Planet Dissolves Before Our Eyes

A Hunk Of Planet Dissolves Before Our Eyes

It begins with a growl.
Then there’s a crack — a slurpy, sucky, crunchy noise.
A guy is on the phone, and his pal interrupts him and says,
“It’s starting, Adam, I think. Adam? It’s starting …”

The two are up on a bluff, overlooking a giant ice field.
They are standing next to time-lapse cameras.
What happens next is astonishing:
An enormous frozen, icy hunk of our planet suddenly opens,
splits into bits and then sinks right before our eyes into the sea.
It happens so, so quickly.
And the scale of it?
That’s the part that shocked me.
When they superimpose part of Manhattan Island
onto the ice at the end of the clip,
you think, “Uh oh.”
This is a peek into something monstrous.

The video comes from photographer James Balog’s film, CHASING ICE.
The two guys on the bluff at the beginning
are part of Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey team,
which maintains scores of time-lapse cameras
overlooking glaciers in Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, Canada,
the Rockies and the Himalayas.
During daylight hours, they watch and record.
Then they share what they see with scientists and National Geographic,
and turn the footage into movies and TV shows.

Losing All The Ice In The World? Let Me Calculate …

What they’re seeing, of course, is ice disappearing from mountain tops,
from ice fields, from the poles.

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Seeing it go this quickly in so many places,
raises the obvious question:
How long will it be before there isn’t any ice left?
We’ve had such moments before in earth history;
it’s certainly possible. We have lived in a gentle age where,
every winter, one can take a trip to someplace white
to see a snowy mountaintop,
a distant glacier creeping down a slope,
or an iceberg in the distance.
Come summer, the whiteness retreats.
It’s a lovely balance.
But how long will that last?

When Henry Pollack
(a professor emeritus of geophysics at the University of Michigan)
was asked,
he answered, “Losing all the ice in the world?
I think sometime between a thousand and 10,000 years
encompasses most probabilities.”

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A thousand years is not a lot of time.
As says in , Apocalyptic Planet,
10 centuries ago Europeans were busy building cathedrals.
Chinese merchants were sending flotillas to trade with Africans.
“I was thinking we had more time,” Craig says.

Konrad Steffen thinks Craig is right.
A University of Colorado climatologist,
Steffen figures (or figured, a couple of years ago)
that Greenland might be iceless in 10,000 years,
but Antarctica (being much bigger)
will take a lot longer to turn bare.

But that’s an endpoint.
It’s the middle passage
that has so many scientists worried.
Steffen tells Childs,
“Greenland and Antarctica are very remote,
and were considered to be big ice boxes
that responded not very fast to climate change.
We never developed a mechanism to observe them
until we had satellites and lasers.
Now we see some surfaces lowering up to 50 meters per year.”
He repeated that number, to make sure Craig heard.
“Fifty — five-zero — meters per year.”
That’s a vertical drop of about 150 feet.
In two years, that’s 300 feet.
Then 450.
Year after year — enormous piles of ice melting into the sea.

A lot of water. Coming our way.
By Robert Krulwich.via NPR.
January 31, 2014 8:03 AM

A Hunk Of Planet Dissolves Before Our Eyes

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Man of Steel from Baby’s Perspective, Grab Passion – Blog It!

Man of Steel from Baby’s Perspective

Superman gets us all, even a young 16 mo old baby.

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To Infinity and Beyond…oops that is another super hero- Buzz Lightyear.

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