Sunday, July 20, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

Random picture - Tour de France

Source: Tour de France 101st edition (The Big Picture) Go there for the full picture, and many more...

Without further comment

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Random charts - Iraqi opinion


Surveys of Iraqi public opinion over the years show that Sunni support for secular government "...has increased from 60% in 2004 to more than 81% in 2013..." while for the Shia it "... went up from 44% in2004 to 63% in 2011, and then dropped to 34% in 2013." However, both groups "...converge in defining selves as Iraqi, rather than Muslim or Arab, above all."

Iraqis apparently that keen on Iranians... or Americans for that matter.

Source: Is Iraq Falling Apart? Findings from Values Surveys (5-pg PDF)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Random picture - trash

Salon reports: "...The United States has a trash problem. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American produces more than 4 pounds of garbage per day. That’s more than double the amount produced in 1960, and it’s 50 percent more than the amount produced by Western Europeans. In January, photographer Gregg Segal decided to put some imagery to those numbers. His ongoing series, “7 Days of Garbage,” shows Californian friends, neighbors, and relative strangers lying in the trash they created in one week..." Go to the site to see the full picture and a number of others...

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Random picture - solar flare

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"A solar flare bursts off the left limb of the sun in this image captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on June 10, 2014, at 7:41 a.m. EDT. This is classified as an X2.2 flare, shown in a blend of two wavelengths of light: 171 and 131 angstroms, colorized in gold and red, respectively..."

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