Thursday, July 30, 2020

Some High Summer Low Thoughts in a Deranged and Miserable American Time Interspersed with Images of Frigid, Rugged, Powerful Beauty at the Far Southern End of the World

A ginormous iceberg in the frigid South Atlantic Ocean waters surrounding South Georgia Island

Sorry for the watermark in the image. Nothing I can do about that. This picture and the ones below are meant to be a counterpoint to the heat and humidity of the current end-of-July / start-of-August High Summer period.

Kayakers circumnavigating South Georgia Island

How do people live like this? 99.999% of the rest of humanity -- myself included, I suppose -- just muck around in miserable shit in lives of worthless desperation, "obesity-sheltering-in-place" while getting even more miserable, and then die.


Drygalski Fjord, South Georgia Island

Yes, you live on a planet with this sort of natural features and scenery.


Another hot, humid, excessively sunny High Summer day in this AMOKE time of WOKE madness, civil unrest by mentally deranged Antifa Millennials and trans-whatever Gen Z'ers, and white hot Covid-19 media panic porn hysterics, the latter of which shows no sign of ending.

Half Moon Island, South Shetland Islands, off the Antarctic Peninsula


Honestly, it's starting to appears as if EVERY death is being coded as "Covid-19" no matter what and for whatever reasons of attention, financial benefit, or just general panic porn. On that last point, it's no stretch to say that a sizable fraction of the country itself -- led by the goddamn wrinkled and crinkled up Baby Boomers -- is in a diseased mental state that is convinced of some dire threat posed to its existence.

Telephoto view of Half Moon Island, October 2006


Even deeper, I think the United States of America is a psychically broken country that has a self-loathing death wish of some sort, especially the part that hijacked the culture and has created a sort of Reign of WOKE Terror this year.

About the role of the degenerate commercial media industrial complex, I give you this tweet by Alex Berenson that includes part of a letter he received from another "Blue Check" media colleague. (Click on the images and then scroll through with the sidebar arrows.)

Back to the weather, it's 91F at the noon hour with a 67F dewpoint at KDCA with virtually no clouds and only a touch of summery haze. Yes, obviously, it can be significantly worse but it is my sensory view that this particular combination of temperature and dewpoint with total sunshine feels the worse.

Of note, the observation indicates it is "cloudy," which makes no fucking sense at all because it is completely clear, as the view from my apartment a short while ago shows (see image directly above).

But that's a common bug of the ASOS network and because the NWS sucks. But they suck like everything else in this country.

KDCA observation table, 5.a.m. to noon EDT July 30, 2020

KDCA's hourly observations always post 8 minutes before the top of the hour. Likewise for KIAD for KBWI, it is 6 minutes before the top of the hour.


There is a good chance (60 pop) of showers and thunderstorms this evening, and the pattern looks to be more favorable for such diurnal chances the next three to five days. Also, a tropical storm -- Isaias -- has formed very close to Hispaniola, which is probably the most UNFAVORABLE spot for a tropical cyclone to be given the truly mountainous terrain on that giant island.

GOES 16 ("GOES East") Caribbean Sector - GeoColor image, 1600UTC (12:00 p.m. AST / 12:00 p.m. EDT),


While the NHC track takes the system -- as no more than a Tropical Storm -- just off the U.S. East Coast, it does that usual thing where some mid-latitude trough or other weather feature makes it turn on a dime once it gets to the NC OBX and rocket across the Atlantic Ocean. That being the case, I am not going to spend much time concerned about it.

As it is, I don't want any dire weather along the Florida Atlantic coastline since my trip to see my dad is upcoming in about two weeks.

NHC current information and 5-day forecast track with uncertainty cone for Tropical Storm Isaias, Advisory 9, issued 11 a.m. AST 30 July 2020


OK, that's all for now. My plan is to write another entry later tonight -- but a non-Covid-dick-teen panic porn and social unrest related one.

Shady spot, The Ellipse, Washington, D.C., 1:33 p.m.,
July 29, 2020


Oh, yes, as I follow up to what I wrote in this entry, I am using another computer (my smaller but well-functioning work one, which I now tote daily back and forth). It will take a long time to get my picture files to anywhere near what they were on my previous computer.

Picture of the little one's resting spot, July 3, 2020


Another view of South Georgia Island's powerfully rugged, frigid beauty

(Unsure if the seagull was really in the picture or it is a composite image of some sort. No matter.)



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