This Has Nothing To Do With Alan Greenspan | - Part 2

Monster El Niño

Bloomberg covers the most recent news about climate change in general and what’s shaping up in the Pacific in particular in this story about what will almost assuredly be a record breaking year of temperatures, a development that should be clear in the graphic below.

The graphic is interactive at the link provided above should you desire to become even more thoroughly depressed about how rapidly the climate is changing. As for the developing El Nino, about the only good news is that California’s drought might soon end.

Little Man Takes a Ride

From ViewMixed comes the image below depicting a tiny man riding on the back of a woman who saw fit to have herself photographed after he jumped on (either that or it’s a good example of “forced perspective“, a concept that one can learn more than you’ll ever want to know about by watching the Lord of the Rings DVD bonus material).

Another pretty good one can be found here and, of course, this being 2015 with a now pretty mature internet, you could probably spend the rest of the day amusing yourself with forced perspective images via a simple Google search.

Another One Bites the Dust

It’s not clear which is more idiotic – that some motorcyclists tempt fate by riding between lanes on crowded freeways (a practice called “lane-splitting”) or the fact that some of them film their escapades and make the videos available online as shown below.

This brought back memories of a former life where driving on crowded freeways was a fairly common occurrence and came to my attention after spotting an LA Times story detailing the effort now underway in the California legislature to make this practice legal.

So long as they limit motorcycle riders to 15 mph above the flow of traffic, they should be fine … yeah, right. (Or, perhaps this is just a veiled attempt to kill off lane-splitters.)

The Impressive ISIS PR Machine

Perusing just the first few pages of the latest issue of Dabiq, the official propaganda magazine of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, you’ll quickly realize what an uphill battle it will continue to be for those in the West to keep home-grown terrorism in check.

This is available at Scribd and you’ll quickly see how they appeal to young Americans in particular, praising those responsible for the failed terrorism attack in Texas. It kind of makes your skin crawl but, viewing the photo above, the appeal is understandable.

Via this item at Vox the other day that talked about a pretty interesting Game of Thrones map (by someone who is either about to make some big bucks capitalizing on the popularity of the show or who just has a lot of free time on their hands) comes this look at how the center of U.S. population has changed over the last couple hundred years or so.

Some historical perspectives…

- If the map included pre-1790 data, there would be yellow dots closer to Boston, where the population was about 7,000 in 1700 vs. less than 5,000 for New York and Philadelphia.
- Philadelphia peaked when the U.S. capital was there in the last decade of the 18th century.
- Grant’s Civil War campaigns along the Mississippi River were called the “War in the West”.

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