Sunday, May 13, 2007


Richard Landes posts up this actual picture of a sandstorm advancing across the Israeli Negev desert. (Hat tip: Judith Weiss) Compare Richard Landes' pictures with those from Who's Your Baghdaddy, from back in the days when milblogging was milblogging. Of course both pictures conjure up the CGI images of the malevolent sandstorm in the Mummy Returns. But if you ask me the real thing is more impressive than the special effects shot.


Blogger Habu said...

Jefferson Versus the Muslim Pirates
Christopher Hitchens

It seems likely that Jefferson decided from that moment on that he would make war upon the Barbary kingdoms as soon as he commanded American forces. His two least favorite institutions—enthroned monarchy and state-sponsored religion—were embodied in one target, and it may even be that his famous ambivalences about slavery were resolved somewhat when he saw it practiced by the Muslims.

Jefferson & the Barbary Pirates

5/13/2007 04:56:00 PM  
Blogger Mike H. said...

Old Ma nature comes up with wonders, it's all in the physics.

But, let's not tell Algore. He's having so much fun, it would be horrible to disappoint him in the middle of creating his first religion.

5/13/2007 07:11:00 PM  
Blogger RWE said...

One of the more astonishing weather phenomena I encountered when I lived in Oklahoma was the Dust Storm. Thick brown haze all over the place; not very hazardous but irritating as all get out.

Even more astonishing was when you added rain to a Dust Storm and got a Mud Storm. Come out in the morning and find that all of the cars in the parking lot have apparently been attacked by a gang of miscreants wielding buckets of mud; oddly enough, this showed up only on the vehicles and was not apparent anywhere else. Of course, by this point everything not run through the Quickie Wash had taken on the color of mud, anyway.

5/14/2007 05:33:00 AM  
Blogger Marcus Aurelius said...

Sandstorms in the UAE sounded just like a snowstorm back in Wisconsin. In many ways there was a strong resemblance. The sand drifting & blowing over the roads. Of course, the sand did not make for slippery driving and as long as you did not run into a large size drift it caused less problems than snow does for driving.

In addition, it was 70 degrees instead of 10 or 20. Also, days of rain usually followed the sandstorms and then the driving was more worrisome as the locals take a bit of time to adjust to the more slippery roads.

5/14/2007 07:35:00 AM  

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