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Posted in FLICKR, history, photographers, PHOTOGRAPHY, religion, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2013 by cliffmichaels








Too Darn Hot!

Posted in erotic, FLICKR, lingerie, photographers, PHOTOGRAPHY, pinup, politics, sexual, Sexy, women with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2013 by cliffmichaels


According to the Kinsey Report
Ev’ry average man you know
Much prefers to play his favorite sport
When the temperature is low,
But when the thermometer goes ‘way up
And the weather is sizzling hot,
Mister Adam
For his madam.
Is not,
‘Cause it’s too, too 
Too darn hot,
It’s too darn hot,
It’s too darn hot.

Too Darn Hot, by Cole Porter, from Kiss Me Kate


I caught Al Gore on the Daily Show last week. I’ve had a soft spot for Gore ever since I shook his hand during his last senate campaign back in the day. He would have been President in 2001 if he had only run an honest campaign – if he hadn’t treated Clinton, and his successful policies like radioactive shit and had paid no attention to the “experts” trying to rebrand him every other week. On the other hand, I think his loss allowed him to become an actual human being.

Anyway, he was talking on the show about global warming. I agreed with everything he said. Its staggeringly stupid we, as a nation, treat climate change as just below the lack of Washington parking as a problem. One political party pretends climate change is a hoax, the other barely mentions it.


The less developed countries, particularly India and China, ignore the issue, too, in their frantic effort to modernize. Think Beijing smog and add  another million plus cars then add another million plus in India (oh, yes, add about another couple of thousand coal fired power plants). When the West’s industries came of age in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries no country did – or even thought to do – anything about climate change. When America barely preaches on the subject of climate how can we expect China, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the dozen other nations clawing themselves up the economic ladder with dirty carbon based fuels.

Not that it really matters.

It’s too damn late to do anything about the climate. Think about this: suppose we could wave a magic wand and reduce carbon emissions to 1985 levels and kept them there for a decade or so. 1985 levels would not reverse global warming, it would only slow it down a bit. Indeed, if we could eliminate all carbon emissions global warming would continue for decades.


Perhaps in another decade or so there will be such a catastrophic climate event world leaders will finally realize the seriousness of the problem. But what will they do? More to the point, will they be willing to drastically reduce emissions? By that time will serious cuts do any good? I suspect every industrial nation will demand the others go first (or falsely claim they are cooperating).

I’m a pessimist. If we discovered a huge asteroid hurtling toward earth with the potential to destroy all life on our planet, I have no doubt world leaders would quickly coalesce around a massive effort to solve the problem, no matter the cost.

On the other hand, its not beyond the possible that the GOP would decry the vast astronomical conspiracy to further th UN’s goal of  world domination…

But with climate change, the evidence will accrue so slowly that it will be long past way too late by the time the world gets even semi-serious…


All photos by Mario Mercea, and subject to this creative commons license

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…And Cranes that Don’t

Posted in FLICKR, photographers, PHOTOGRAPHY with tags , , , , , , on June 17, 2012 by cliffmichaels



Cranes – Cranes & Rigging – Fairbairn CranesCraneporn – Grove Cranes – Heavy Crane Gottwald Cranes

Prefer Cranes on the Wing? This post’s for you!
Photo credits: click on each image for link to photographer; all photos subject to this creative commons license. 

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By the Sea…

Posted in FLICKR, photographers, PHOTOGRAPHY with tags , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2012 by cliffmichaels


Del Mar… From sixth through eighth grade I lived in that idyllic small, beach town not far north from San Diego. Hot sand, blue water, palm trees, girls in bikinis…

Sunset, Del Mar, California  


Del Mar & Solana Beach Del Mar Race Track — Del Mar Fair
Photo by Matthew Meyer, subject to this  creative commons license

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Sunday Services

Posted in art, FLICKR, history, photographers, PHOTOGRAPHY with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 26, 2012 by cliffmichaels


photo by Seier+Seier, subject to this creative commons license

Seier’s  set Modern Architecture


Churches, Chapels, Domes, Mosques, Temples, Shrines and Monaster

Gothic Churches

Contemporary Stained Glass Windows


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Travel’s Travels

Posted in photographers, PHOTOGRAPHY with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2012 by cliffmichaels


One of my favorite photographers on Flickr is Laura Travels. Not only are her photographs wonderfully gorgeous, they were take all over the world: From Thailand to Ecuador, from Alabama to Italy. Her favorites are exquisite…

While it may not be politically correct, Laura is not only an accomplished photographer, judging from photos of her, she’s also one beautiful woman.


Alabama – Ecuador ItalyThailand


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Red Birds!!

Posted in FLICKR, history, photographers, PHOTOGRAPHY with tags , , , , , , , on October 29, 2011 by cliffmichaels

St. Louis Cardinals

Photo by SenzEnina, subject to this creative commons license

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