The View From Your Window


nina the washington note view.jpg
This amazing photo was sent in by Nina. Click image above for larger version.
— Steve Clemons


11 comments on “The View From Your Window

  1. barcode label software says:

    This view is very beautiful. Natural view is very pretty. Thanks for providing us this. Provide us some more natural views snaps.


  2. jimmy says:

    Steve. I love this photo!
    It’s the perfect melding of the concrete and the mystic.


  3. DonS says:

    Hey POIA, speaking of the ’60s cars, you remember that Chrysler had the engine thing going for them. I never had a true rod but, with new license and lots of stupidity I used my father’s Chryler New Yorker, ’59, 350 hp, ram induction, push button trans that could be held in 1st to over 50mph when I would push 2nd and chirp a bit. I raced and beat a fellow who had a souped up rig, and was truly surprised a the speed of the New Yorker. I used to hold a stick in the middle to emulate a shifter for the gullible. My father never did understand why that tranny only lasted a year. He sold the car and went back to Buicks, never to deviate from GM again. I also drove that thing a whole lot faster than I should have on long straight beach roads that had no traffic in winter. I, and others, am probably lucky to be alive, though I paid the price within a few years through serious accidents in which I wasn’t driving. Karma Perhaps. So much for my Don Garlits fixation.


  4. questions says:

    All purpose post to cover all topics in “brief” and be done.
    As the spammers all say, “Nice picture. Now could you send me money?”
    Brad DeLong has a wonderful piece up on why the econ disaster struck, why he’s pretty sure he’s right, and Milton Friedman is the source of much bad thinking in the universe. Worth traveling over to DeLong (it always is, actually.)
    The Libya war or non-war or use of troops or action or whatever it is or isn’t in terms of Constitutional provisions, the War Powers Act that fails to change the Constitution… has been designed mostly to prod the Spring movements, to remind our Cold War allies that the alliance is less than it used to be, to improve the morale of protesters all around MENA and the Great Lakes states here in the US. It’s not that we want Chavez to assist the Wisconsin and Ohio and Michigan (and Florida?) anti-GOP GOV protests, but we wouldn’t mind if the spirit of citizen action with rational purpose were to continue its Spring as well.
    The US shows support, sends Qaddafi (in all his glorious spellings) out of his compound. As soon as he’s not all-powerful to his supporters, the support should be dropping off, the defections should be increasing. What we’ve learned from Iraq is that a real US presence is a mistake. We need internal structures to do the ground work while we provide just enough support to help morale, make the pile of protesters into a heap, help the people overcome whatever activization curve they need to overcome to get with the program.
    After the bombing runs and the deposing of Qaddafi, we leave it mostly up to internal Libyan politics to pick a successor state. We may or may not like the successor, however. It may or may not be worth the risk.
    But the Cold War simply must be undone, and I get the feeling that Obama has given himself the task. Thus, he is NOT Bush-lite. The actions look the same, but the motivations are completely different, and we know from our deep and long study of all things Kant (yeah, right) that motivation is everything, outcome is nothing, at least for determining moral content of an action.
    In Japan, things continue to be what they are. Kyodo news has a report up that some other Japanese power plant is going to see some changes — holy shit, they’re putting the diesel back up generators up on high ground! OMG, ZOMG, who’d a thunk they could learn something?
    A huge problem with the news reporting in the west continues to be the time zone differences. So something, like the evacuation of the plant workers, gets re-re-re-reported despite it’s being old news. As a kos diarist notes, Japan is 16 hours ahead of Pacific (US) time. That means it’s always tomorrow or much later in the day in Japan. So a noon posting from Japan shows up in the US on the previous midnight range. People seem to have a hard time with this.
    Yes some radioactive stuff in falling on us all in the US. Likely to little or no effect. Remember, climate change, coal fired plants, and all energy use in general is killing us anyway. The fundamental problem is that we like life, warm, comfortable, energy using life, and the comfort and energy have to come from somewhere. Wherever it comes from, there will be death.
    Of course, we should choose our deaths a little more carefully — like putting the back up generators up out of harm’s way. And like trying to make all the connectors and valves and pipes and the like withstand some disaster shit as well.
    The NYT has a piece up on evacuation issues. Fascinating just how hard it is to move a few hundred thousand people. As I pointed out recently, Tokyo has 35 million people. Ain’t no way we’re all moving in a disaster.
    Disaster plans really need to take this into account.
    They’re using some military tanks to move debris in Fukushima. That’s how much crap there is from collapsed buildings. We’re so used to the freedom of movement. We should think in terms of fallen buildings across roads all over the place. We need good back up plans, good ways to distribute supplies during crisis, from all directions.
    And this update from Kyodo:
    “Work to restore power and crucial cooling functions resumed Tuesday morning at the crisis-hit reactors at the quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, following suspension Monday after smoke was detected at its No. 2 and No. 3 reactors, its operator said.
    Firefighters and the Self-Defense Forces also prepared to restart a mission later in the day to spray a massive amount of coolant water onto spent nuclear fuel pools at the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors, according to Tokyo Electric Power Co.
    Although white smoke, possibly steam, was found to be continuously billowing from the buildings of the No. 2 and No. 3 reactors, the utility known as TEPCO found it does not obstruct electricity restoration work as radiation levels did not particularly surge at the site.
    An external power source was connected to the No. 4 reactor in the morning, making it the fifth of the plant’s six reactors to have regained a power supply needed for the restoration of equipment such as a ventilation system to filter radioactive substances from the air and some measuring tools at the control room.
    TEPCO aims to restore power systems to revive some key facilities such as data measuring equipment and functions at a control room by Wednesday for the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors and by Thursday for the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors, said Hidehiko Nishiyama, a spokesman for the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, at a press conference.”
    Things will continue to seesaw as systems come on line and cause other problems in other systems. Nothing is independent enough from anything else for any other result at this point.
    Misinformation will continue to flow. The effects of various levels of minor and major corruption will continue to pop up. Self-dealing of the normal sort, and the criminal sort, will likely appear as the investigation continues. There will have been honest errors in judgment, deliberate errors, cover ups…..
    All events have a complex and overdetermined character to them. Otherwise they wouldn’t really have happened.
    Retrospective looks are pretty interesting.


  5. Moe says:

    Thanks Paul – I haven’t been here in a while so didn’t know.


  6. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “I herby declare that lenticular clouds is the topic of this thread. Ed Iskendarian and his flagman is certainly off topic”
    Good!!! I see no point in going off topic if it fails to piss someone off.


  7. Paul Norheim says:

    I herby declare that lenticular clouds is the topic of this
    thread. Ed Iskendarian and his flagman is certainly off topic.
    PS . You’re right, Moe, and Steve has mentioned this several
    times while presenting pics from TWN readers.


  8. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Yes Paul, its the Nina you refer to. These lenticular clouds form here often this time of year. I think its due to the air coming off the Mojave Desert and running headlong into the air coming off the San Joaquin Valley. The day Nina took this picture the clouds were absolutely amazing.
    On another note…..
    Have a look at the western side of the “Ring Of Fire”…..
    We have active volcanic eruptions in Indonesia and Hawaii, and unusually high seismic activity along the entire western side of the ring.
    Yet here, we have 23 reactors, of the same design as the Fukushima reactors, humming along as if we need not concern ourselves with the danger.
    On a lighter note, for David, or any other “car people” out there, I had an intersting experience last Friday night. (Gee, Paul, do I need to confine myself to lenticular clouds on this thread??? Please let me know if I am sinning. Just kidding.)
    Anyway, I went to a dinner honoring the Bakersfield “Smokers” car club. It is no exaggeration to state that these guys are the founding fathers of drag racing. They started Famoso Drag strip, pioneered the use of nitro methane fuel, and were the real inertia behind the advent of the American “hot rod” phenomena.
    For those of you that know what I am talking about,( if any of you do, or even care), I sat just a coupla chairs down from Ed Iskendarian, of “Isky Cams” fame. He’s in his early nineties now. Also in attendance was the original flagman from Famoso, who flagged the starts waaaaay before the use of the Christmas Tree.
    Standing in line for chow, I was talking to a buddy, and mentioned Bonneville, commenting that I had never made the trek to the salt flats to watch the cars run during Bonneville Speed Week. Noticing that an old duffer in a “Smokers” jacket, easily in his eighties, was paying attention to our conversation, I asked him if he had ever been to Bonneville. He grinned, took out a business card, handed it to me, and said “I hold the world’s record in my class at Bonneville”. The guy used to run a diesel streamliner, and apparently was damned successful at it.
    It was a pretty cool evening, had a few rods parked out front, and a 60’s fueler that they fired up just to rattle the neighborhood’s windows.
    To all of you that never got to stick your foot in the brute power of the automotive beasts that Detroit used to unleash on society, I pity you. The sixties might be known for its hippies, but if you’re an old hippie like me, its not the dope or the sex you pine for. Its the feeling you got when you shoved your foot to the floor and heard the sucking sound of three two barrels stuffing the fuel down the throat of your ’64 goat.
    These kids with their rice rockets will never know what they missed out on. No wonder our youth seems so lost. A ’67 427 Vette would cure what ails them.


  9. Paul Norheim says:

    Is that from the artist Nina, living outside Bakersfield? Looks
    like something seen near our little red cabin in the
    mountains in Northern Norway, just south of the polar
    circle. Here we would say that the atmosphere is “trolsk” –
    from “troll” – meaning magical.


  10. rc says:

    I should have added (above) — when the vast majority of the population are a ‘foreign plot’ you’d have to ask yourself who defines foreign.
    Notice a “powerful general close to President Ali Abdullah Saleh says he is joining anti-government protests”
    “We announce we support and protect the youths who are protesting at University Square in Sanaa,” the armoured infantry division commander said.


  11. rc says:

    Nice, about as surreal as the democratic view from this guy’s window …
    Bahrain king speaks of ‘foiled foreign plot’
    King Hamad thanks troops from GCC countries for help in ending unrest after weeks of protests.
    State news agency BNA quoted Khalifa as telling the troops on Sunday night: “An external plot has been fomented for 20 to 30 years until the ground was ripe for subversive designs … I here announce the failure of the fomented plot.”
    Is he talking about Washington or Tehran — or both?


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