Tuesday, 19 January 2010

British Weather and the Spiral

It is an odd event...since 1922, the BBC has utilized the Met Office of England to forecast weather. It's a contract thing...everybody always respected the Met Office and their weather forecasts for the national weather angle.

So this past week....we learned that the contract is up for bids...and it's a funny thing....the New Zealand weather office is up and possibly going to be picked as the winner of the BBC contract.

What happened?

Well...last summer...the Met Office screwed up royally and predicted the summer weather. They simply did a bad job and the public even laughed over the predictions given out. There is this point of responsibility....where the Met Office has lost respect.

The Met Office has run around and done some stupid thing with global warming along the way as well....so they have this list of problems that the public has attached to them. The funny thing....is that the New Zealand weather guys....just might steal their contract. This would be like some Canadian weather group walking into Bama....and winning all the contracts to predict weather in Alabama for the next five years.

So thats where we stand.

ZOMBIES?

Word out on the street tonight....is that Haiti's voodoo priests...are starting to chatter about this sanctioned ass burials as an improper way to handle the tens of thousands of dead from the earthquake.

They have voiced this complaint to the Haitian national leadership.

The voodoo priests believe now....that this may invite zombies....which means bodies brought back to life by supernatural forces.

I sat there pondering this. You have to realize...probably 75 percent of the Haitian general public...believe in this stuff. All it takes is one or two fake rumors....and the whole society will fly off the handle.

But then you start to realize....the US has placed several thousand Marines in Haiti now....which is a curious event. There is an aircraft carrier off the coast. So you start to wonder if there is some military anti-zombie plan in the works. Plan 9604-6? The plan to counter zombies in this hemisphere?

Could the Marines counter the zombie threat? Could we stop this threat before it comes to our shores?

Out there tonight.....across the heartland of Haiti....folks are actually discussing this and believing it. That's the funny thing about this whole topic. We can joke about and perhaps even dump it into the imaginary bucket....but frankly...it's believed.

So at some point here...if some CNN reporters disappear for a day or two....folks might get this funny idea...and start to wonder.

As if we didn't have enough to wonder about already.

The Day

I spent the day across the river....in DC. My first real trip over into Sin City.

So I started with the Smithsonian...the American History building. It's free...you know. I spent around three hours walking around. It was a curious experience.....I had always dreamed of going to the Smithsonian and this was my first real visit. Every kid in America ought to get a day in the American History building.

The curious thing is that they utilize alot of graphics and there was the Presidental area. I had never quiet grasped the fact that from Andrew Jackson....on up to Grant....these were all one-term presidents. Lincoln may have won the second election but he never served it. So there's this long list of Presidents who just did one term and walked away.

I reached a point of overload and finally left after two hours. I walked up the street and came to the World War II memorial. It's a interesting place.....no place to really sit and observe it. The fountain is turned off during the winter period....which lessens the impact of the moment.

I walked on up the mall and hit the Vietnam War memorial. There were forty-odd people gathered....and one guy pointing out someone he knew to his relatives. It was an emotional moment for the guy....he was animated about the guy and went on to describe several events. On a spring afternoon.....there are probably dozens of folks who come to visit like this.

So I finished up with the Lincoln Memorial. It became this odd experience. There were around a hundred people within the Memorial....so it was a bit crowded. I stood and watched this 35-year old woman reading off the "Seven year and fore score speech" to a seven-year old kid. The kid didn't care. She was gazing at all the people. I looked around at a dozen parents who had dragged their young kids to the Memorial and the kids didn't care. There is this point where dragging a kid off for a DC trip doesn't make any sense.

The thing about a walk around DC.....is that you really have to walk. We aren't talking about a measly two or three miles. A five-hour trip means at least five miles of walking. You eventually get to a point where this walking gets to you. But you've got no choice. DC is basically this wide-open zone where walking is mandatory.

So that was my day. And I've got another 52-odd weekends like that.