Mount Damavand, the highest point in Iran, and one of the world's most prominent stratovolcanoes ...
... Mount Damavand is the highest peak in Iran and is located about 40 miles northeast of downtown Tehran. Mt. Damavand is 5,610 meters or 18,406 feet, the highest point in Iran and the 12th ranked globally in terms of 'prominence.' It is also physically a very beautiful mountain.
The arid climate of Iran actually changes rather abruptly heading north from there to the southern shores of the Caspian Sea.
Here is a Google terrain image of northern Iran with Mt. Damavand circled and Tehran in the lower left corner and the Caspian Sea at the top of the image. Note how much greener the terrain turns near the Caspian Sea.
My Russian friend Mike G. grew up in Baku, Azerbaijan, which is located on a strange kink in the Caspian Sea about 350 miles directly north-northwest of Tehran.
Here is an image of the very tip top of Mt. Damavand in Iran that I got off an interesting Web site called "Damavand Iran" linked here.
Yes, the current unrest in Tehran (but unrelated to it) also has me interested in some of the geographic and topographic features of Iran.
TURNING to the political -- 'cuz I'm in a bitchy mood as I write this -- below is a YouTube clip worth watching. It features a journalist-commentator with OpenLeft.com gives some shitty Fox News troll "reporter" named Griff Jenkins, who likes to "ambush" people in that Fox Nazi News way -- a taste of his own medicine. Jenkins was waiting to ambush people in at ACORN meeting. It's brilliant.
Interestingly, this was filmed on 16th St., right near Scott Circle, which is located about midway (at M Street, NW) between the White House (which spans the area between E and H Streets, NW) and where I live by 16th and U St., NW. I wish I had known this was going on!
Some additional political commentary ...
Our piece of crap local "newspaper of record," The Washington "Whore" Post, has decided to fire its only liberal blogger from its WashPost.com site, Dan Froomkin.
If any paper deserves to go bankrupt, it is the WaHoPo, which now only exists to be a house organ for the forces of reactionary, Bush-loving intrigue, neocon warmongering, corporate whoredom, enslavement of the working class population (which, in America, is only too happy to be enslaved), and all-around-destruction of all life on this planet.
Its current publisher, Katharine Weymouth, niece of Washington Post Company Chairman (and former WaHoPo publisher) Don Graham, looks like she belongs in a trashy Daytona Beach, Fla., bar singing karaoke, not running the erstwhile "newspaper of record."
As usual, Glenn Greenwald gets it right and right again and right a third time.
Also, read here as Pres. Obama and wussy Senate Democrats cave in on ANY meaningful health care reform again. Expect the mainstream media -- think Cokie Roberts and David Gregory -- to be "impressed by this."
This whole health care "reform" effort is going to end up as some multi-billion-dollar corporate tax giveaway that does NOTHING and is the EXACT OPPOSITE of what is so desperately needed.
And if you want to see why former Sen. Tom "Puff" Daschle is such a pimped out corporate whore, read here and here.
Matt Taibbi's quote about him is so spot on: "In Washington there are whores and there are whores, and then there is Tom Daschle."
"Hey, that's not fair! My wife's a corporate whore, too!"
But at least Pres. Obama will give a good, but ultimately meaningless, speech. It's all so depressing. Oh, well. I personally never thought he was going to be a Christ like Savior.