Catfish controls earthquakes?

One thing that I find very interesting, and have always found interesting, is people’s explanations for natural disasters (earthquakes, etc).

Mongolians believed the world was held up by a giant frog. Each time the animal stumbled under its heavy burden, the ground shook in an earthquake. Similarly, another Hindu myth said the Earth rested on the backs of eight enormous elephants. The Greeks believed that Poseidon, god of the sea, banged the ocean floor with his trident when angry, creating earthquakes and tsunami. An ancient Japanese legend says that earthquakes come from the writhings of a giant catfish. The gods usually control the fish by pinning it beneath a huge rock. However, the fish can get loose in October, when the gods are away. Aristotle thought that earthquakes were the result of very high winds. And now, an Iranian Cleric claims that promiscuous women are to blame for the recent series of earthquakes. Check this out…

BEIRUT — A senior Iranian cleric says women who wear revealing clothing and behave promiscuously are to blame for earthquakes.

Iran is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries, and the cleric’s unusual explanation for why the earth shakes follows a prediction by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that a quake is certain to hit Tehran and that many of its 12 million inhabitants should relocate.

“Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes,” Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was quoted as saying by Iranian media.

Women in the Islamic Republic are required by law to cover from head to toe, but many, especially the young, ignore some of the more strict codes and wear tight coats and scarves pulled back that show much of the hair.

“What can we do to avoid being buried under the rubble?” Sedighi asked during a prayer sermon Friday. “There is no other solution but to take refuge in religion and to adapt our lives to Islam’s moral codes.”

Seismologists have warned for at least two decades that it is likely the sprawling capital will be struck by a catastrophic quake in the near future.

Some experts have even suggested Iran should move its capital to a less seismically active location. Tehran straddles scores of fault lines, including one more than 50 miles (80 kilometers) long, though it has not suffered a major quake since 1830.

In 2003, a powerful earthquake hit the southern city of Bam, killing 31,000 people — about a quarter of that city’s population — and destroying its ancient mud-built citadel.

“A divine authority told me to tell the people to make a general repentance. Why? Because calamities threaten us,” said Sedighi, Tehran’s acting Friday prayer leader.

Referring to the violence that followed last June’s disputed presidential election, he said, “The political earthquake that occurred was a reaction to some of the actions (that took place). And now, if a natural earthquake hits Tehran, no one will be able to confront such a calamity but God’s power, only God’s power. … So let’s not disappoint God.”

The Iranian government and its security forces have been locked in a bloody battle with a large opposition movement that accuses Ahmadinejad of winning last year’s vote by fraud.

Ahmadinejad made his quake prediction two weeks ago but said he could not give an exact date. He acknowledged that he could not order all of Tehran’s 12 million people to evacuate. “But provisions have to be made. … At least 5 million should leave Tehran so it is less crowded,” the president said.

Minister of Welfare and Social Security Sadeq Mahsooli said prayers and pleas for forgiveness were the best “formulas to repel earthquakes.”

“We cannot invent a system that prevents earthquakes, but God has created this system and that is to avoid sins, to pray, to seek forgiveness, pay alms and self-sacrifice,” Mahsooli said.

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Pull it together

Since this is my Web site, I’m going to do something that I really don’t normally do. I’m going to step up onto my soapbox and if you don’t agree with my beliefs, that’s great and it’s what America’s about but hopefully you’ll believe in my message.

So many oppose Obama and what he stands for, and so many are quick to judge, quick to tear him down, quick to say no, your ideas are wrong. Quick to say that all democrats are wrong. I don’t know about you but I was brought up to think for myself and if that means supporting a side of the issue that I normally wouldn’t support, that’s great. Personally, I fully support him and a lot of what he stands for, but that’s not my message.

Regardless of what you believe in and what you stand for, who are you to judge? Who are you to throw ideas into the trash before they even leave someone’s lips? Just because they’re in the “other party?” Who gives a shit, seriously. If everyone would listen to each other instead of trying to yell louder or make more money than the other, maybe we wouldn’t be in the terrible situations that we find ourselves in. You don’t have to be liberal or conservative to be a respectful human being.

It doesn’t matter how hard he tries or how much he gets accomplished in these first four years, it will not be enough. Plain and simple, it won’t. But still most people won’t look at what he’s done, they’ll say that he didn’t “fix” the problems at hand and that’s that. The thing about it is, is that the problems are way to massive to get “fixed” in four years. Plus, did you ever consider the steps that he took to prevent the nation from heading in the direction that it was going?

Can we please just step back and study how we got here in the first place? I’m not pointing fingers by any means, but study how it happened because maybe in that lies the answers. Maybe we’re all responsible for the state of our country. If everyone takes responsibility for their own actions America will get better. Instead of getting that new car that you might not be able to afford, stick with your old car that still works with no problem. Go for a walk and exercise, it will do wonders for your health, leaving you with less health complications in old age. Stop trying to deceive and hurt each other…how would it make you feel for someone to do that to you? Support the troops whether or not you believe that we should be over there. Believe it or not I’m sure most of them would rather be in your place.

I’ll get off my box in a minute but seriously people, stop fighting and arguing with and just start listening to each other. We’re all in this place together, why not make it as enjoyable for everyone as possible?

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle.” -Plato

Beetle Wrestling

Check this out!…from Discovery Channel

April 9, 2010 — These beetles may look small, but they’re not the type to back down from a fight.

High up in the trees above the rainforests in Chile, two Darwin’s beetles (Chiasognathus granti), seen here “locking horns,” each use their six legs, two impressive mandibles and brute strength to wrestle the other off the tree limb. Using a suplex here and a body slam there, one male Darwin beetle will inevitably out-muscle and outmatch the other.

Male Darwin’s beetles just can’t say no to a challenger. If one male approaches another during his search for a female, the two are bound to mix things up.

WATCH: A Darwin’s beetle fights rival males, tossing them to the forest below with his immense jaws.

The loser of the fight will fall to the forest floor — but survive — and walk away in defeat. His hard exoskeleton will protect him from even the longest falls even though his pride might be damaged.

The winner will continue on his quest for the ultimate prize, a scenic view from the treetops and the chance to mate with a female Darwin’s beetle. However, there are other challenges and other tree limbs to be conquered.

When the male finally comes to the end of his quest, the female may not be exactly interested in her champion. That means the male may have to wrestle one final match. As he did with all of her potential suitors, the male will toss her onto the forest floor after they’ve mated, where she will lay the newly fertilized eggs for a whole new generation of little wrestlers.

Oh Alice…

We just saw this movie and it is awesome!

A little trivia:

The Mad Hatter asks Alice several times, “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” This is directly from the Lewis Carroll books. Carroll admits that there never was an answer to the question, he made it up without an answer. Some people have claimed the answer is because Edgar Allan Poe worked on both.

The Los Angeles Times reports that film director Tim Burton based the White Queen on TV cook and cookbook author Nigella Lawson. The character in the movie is played by Anne Hathaway. “There’s this very beautiful cooking show host in England named Nigella Lawson and I quietly had her as my image for this character,” Burton said. “She’s really beautiful and she does all this cooking, but then there’s this glint in her eye and when you see it you go, ‘Oh, whoa, she’s like really … nuts.’ I mean in a good way. Well, maybe. I don’t know.”

Helena Bonham Carter stated on a February 17, 2010 “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (2005) show that two weeks before its premiere, Tim Burton was still working on the movie.

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