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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Atlantis? Prepare to have your mind blown over this one.

Look at the sequence of close-up photos from Google Ocean.......Whoooooa

A "grid of streets" on the seabed at one of the proposed locations of the lost city of Atlantis has been spotted on Google Ocean.










From the Telegraph

The network of criss-cross lines is 620 miles off the coast of north west Africa near the Canary Islands on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean.

The perfect rectangle – which is around the size of Wales – was noticed on the search giant's underwater exploration tool by an aeronautical engineer who claims it looks like an "aerial map" of a city.

The underwater image can be found at the co-ordinates 31 15'15.53N 24 15'30.53W.
Last night Atlantis experts said that the unexplained grid is located at one of the possible sites of the legendary island, which was described by the ancient Greek philosopher Plato.

According to his account, the city sank beneath the ocean after its residents made a failed effort to conquer Athens around 9000 BC.

Dr Charles Orser, curator of historical archaeology at New York State University told The Sun that the find was fascinating and warranted further inspection.

"The site is one of the most prominent places for the proposed location of Atlantis, as described by Plato," the Atlantis expert said. "Even if it turns out to be geographical, it definitely deserves a closer look."

Bernie Bamford, 38, of Chester who spotted the "city", compared it to the plan of Milton Keynes, the Buckinghamshire town built on a grid design. "It must be man made," he said.

Google Ocean, an extension of Google Earth, allows web users to virtually explore the ocean with thousands of images of underwater landscapes.

Launched earlier this month, it lets users swim around underwater volcanoes, watch videos about exotic marine life, read about nearby shipwrecks, contribute photos and watch unseen footage of historic ocean expeditions.

The legend of Atlantis has excited the public imagination for centuries. In recent years "evidence" of the lost kingdom has been found off the coast of Cyprus and in southern Spain.

Plato described it as an island "larger than Libya and Asia put together" in front of the Pillars of Hercules - the Straits of Gibraltar. He said Atlantis was a land of fabulous wealth, advanced civilisation and natural beauty destroyed by earthquakes and floods 9,000 years earlier.

51 comments:

  1. Is there some way to Block al-Bob from this thread?

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  2. cause he gets up in the morning,
    And he goes to work at nine,
    And he comes back home at five-thirty,
    Gets the same train every time.
    cause his world is built round punctuality,
    It never fails.

    And hes oh, so good,
    And hes oh, so fine,
    And hes oh, so healthy,
    In his body and his mind.
    Hes a well respected man about town,
    Doing the best things so conservatively.

    And his mother goes to meetings,
    While his father pulls the maid,
    And she stirs the tea with councilors,
    While discussing foreign trade,
    And she passes looks, as well as bills
    At every suave young man

    cause hes oh, so good,
    And hes oh, so fine,
    And hes oh, so healthy,
    In his body and his mind.
    Hes a well respected man about town,
    Doing the best things so conservatively.

    And he likes his own backyard,
    And he likes his fags the best,
    cause hes better than the rest,
    And his own sweat smells the best,
    And he hopes to grab his fathers loot,
    When pater passes on.

    cause hes oh, so good,
    And hes oh, so fine,
    And hes oh, so healthy,
    In his body and his mind.
    Hes a well respected man about town,
    Doing the best things so conservatively.

    And he plays at stocks and shares,
    And he goes to the regatta,
    And he adores the girl next door,
    cause hes dying to get at her,
    But his mother knows the best about
    The matrimonial stakes.

    cause hes oh, so good,
    And hes oh, so fine,
    And hes oh, so healthy,
    In his body and his mind.
    Hes a well respected man about town,
    Doing the best things so conservatively.

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  3. There is simply no way. Take a swim with Sonia if you can't take it.

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  5. Do you know how the Swedes sink a Norwegian submarine?

    They send a diver down, and knock on the hatch.

    Hardehar, there's an old rivalry, tween us.

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  6. Well of course that was all over the Coast To Coast site--

    'Atlantis' Update
    UK tabloid The Sun reported yesterday on a Google Earth image (pictured) showing a massive rectangular grid resembling the streets of a city on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. The grid lay in an area -- 600 miles off the west coast of Africa near the Canary Islands -- long thought of as a possible location for the fabled city of Atlantis. Hopes were dashed, however, when a spokeswoman for Google explained the grid-like markings were an 'artifact' of its map making process. More details at Mail Online.


    There was a flurry of activity a couple years back about some underwater structures found off of Cuba, and the last I heard the National Geographic was sending a bunch of divers, but it has dropped out of the news. The idea was that some stone structures had been built during the last ice age, when ocean levels were lower.

    This was never thought to have been connected with 'Atlantis' though, as far as I read.

    There are also structures near the shores under the Black Sea, so I have read.

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  7. Course I make a statement, do a little looking, and immediately prove myself inaccurate--some folks have linked the underwater stuff off Cuba to A Cuban Atlantis and they don't make mention of the ice age idea, either.

    I think it's all a Cuban commie plot to attract funds.

    Consider it the only 'Free City' in Cuba, no matter that it's underwater.

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  8. While some people are for looking a street system at the bottom of the ocean, others are looking for the bottom of a lost system:
    Soros sees no bottom for world financial collapse

    Volcker sees crisis leading to global regulation
    **********************************
    In other news this morning:

    Its muscle car glory faded, Pontiac shrivels up
    ***********************************
    Now that the hated George W. Bush is gone perhaps we'll see more of this kind of news:

    Report calls Quantanamo conditions humane
    *************************************

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  9. The local temp:
    31 degrees.

    Heavy frost and a hard freeze last night in Florida.

    MLD noted utility bill of over $800! OMG!

    Intractable problems interlaced and layered on a global basis. Meanwhile, our wise men are scratching their heads.

    Please fasten your belts and return your tray tables to their upright and locked positions.

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  10. 0 Kilowatts for H20 Heat,
    Diesel Down
    Will check w/wife for latest elec. Bill.
    ...sorry, not 100% Solar, Herr Mat!

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  11. This is the global collapse that Volker is seeing:
    The collapse of manufacturing
    Feb 19th 2009

    The financial crisis has created an industrial crisis. What should governments do about it?

    $0.00, not counting fuel and handling: that is the cheapest quote right now if you want to ship a container from southern China to Europe. Back in the summer of 2007 the shipper would have charged $1,400. Half-empty freighters are just one sign of a worldwide collapse in manufacturing. In Germany December’s machine-tool orders were 40% lower than a year earlier. Half of China’s 9,000 or so toy exporters have gone bust. Taiwan’s shipments of notebook computers fell by a third in the month of January. The number of cars being assembled in America was 60% below January 2008.

    The destructive global power of the financial crisis became clear last year. The immensity of the manufacturing crisis is still sinking in, largely because it is seen in national terms—indeed, often nationalistic ones. In fact manufacturing is also caught up in a global whirlwind.

    Industrial production fell in the latest three months by 3.6% and 4.4% respectively in America and Britain (equivalent to annual declines of 13.8% and 16.4%). Some locals blame that on Wall Street and the City. But the collapse is much worse in countries more dependent on manufacturing exports, which have come to rely on consumers in debtor countries. Germany’s industrial production in the fourth quarter fell by 6.8%; Taiwan’s by 21.7%; Japan’s by 12%—which helps to explain why GDP is falling even faster there than it did in the early 1990s (see article). Industrial production is volatile, but the world has not seen a contraction like this since the first oil shock in the 1970s—and even that was not so widespread. Industry is collapsing in eastern Europe, as it is in Brazil, Malaysia and Turkey. Thousands of factories in southern China are now abandoned. Their workers went home to the countryside for the new year in January. Millions never came back (see article).


    Read more

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  12. I need bulk Crickets for my Jackson Collection.
    ...any leads or suggestions?
    Reptilians Rule!

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  13. Their tongue is 1.5 times the length of its body and has a type of suction cup on the end that allows them to snatch up prey. Individuals are highly territorial and live solitary lives, defending their home turf. Males have three long horns, while females do not. And, of course, as is so well known, chameleons can change the color of their skin if frightened.
    ---
    My horns are three times the length of my privates.

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  14. ...guess what I snatch up...

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  15. The Suction Cup they find irresistable.

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  16. "irresistible"
    They dig my attention to detail, also.

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  17. "Do you know about this major group of herps in Hawaii?

    Explore the following pages, when we get them loaded and we'll tell you why they are amazing!"
    ---
    Do The Herp!

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  18. "Iguanas and Anoles"
    ---
    The Anoles are my closest relatives.

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  19. (I'll block Bob myself with a Kamakasie Reptile Post Swarm)

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  20. Well she got her daddys car
    And she cruised through the hamburger stand now
    Seems she forgot all about the library
    Like she told her old man now
    And with the radio blasting
    Goes cruising just as fast as she can now

    And shell have fun fun fun
    til her daddy takes the t-bird away
    (fun fun fun til her daddy takes the t-bird away)

    Well the girls cant stand her
    cause she walks looks and drives like an ace now
    (you walk like an ace now you walk like an ace)
    She makes the indy 500 look like a roman chariot race now
    (you look like an ace now you look like an ace)
    A lotta guys try to catch her
    But she leads them on a wild goose chase now
    (you drive like an ace now you drive like an ace)

    And shell have fun fun fun
    til her daddy takes the t-bird away
    (fun fun fun til her daddy takes the t-bird away)

    Well you knew all along
    That your dad was gettin wise to you now
    (you shouldnt have lied now you shouldnt have lied)
    And since he took your set of keys
    Youve been thinking that your fun is all through now
    (you shouldnt have lied now you shouldnt have lied)

    But you can come along with me
    cause we gotta a lot of things to do now
    (you shouldnt have lied now you shouldnt have lied)

    And well have fun fun fun now that daddy took the t-bird away
    (fun fun fun now that daddy took the t-bird away)
    And well have fun fun fun now that daddy took the t-bird away
    (fun fun fun now that daddy took the t-bird away)
    (fun fun now that daddy took the t-bird away)
    (fun fun now that daddy took the t-bird away)
    (fun fun now that daddy took the t-bird away)
    (fun fun now that daddy took the t-bird away)
    (fun fun now that daddy took the t-bird away)
    (fun fun now that daddy took the t-bird away)

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  21. Whit,
    Quit bitching and give us an on-location report from Mardi Gras!
    Mardi Gras Calendar Dates Mardi Gras in New Orleans

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  22. In homage to Pontiac:

    Little GTO, you're really lookin' fine
    Three deuces and a four-speed and a 389
    Listen to her tachin' up now, listen to her why-ee-eye-ine
    C'mon and turn it on, wind it up, blow it out GTO

    You oughta see her on a road course or a quarter mile
    This little modified Pon-Pon has got plenty of style
    She beats the gassers and the rail jobs, really drives 'em why-ee-eye-ild
    C'mon and turn it on, wind it up, blow it out GTO

    MIXTURE
    Gonna save all my money (turnin' it on, blowin' it out) and buy a GTO (turnin' it on, blowin' it out)
    Get a helmet and a roll bar (turnin' it on, blowin' it out) and I'll be ready to go (turnin' it on, blowin' it out)
    Take it out to Pomona (turnin' it on, blowin' it out) and let 'em know (turnin' it on, blowin' it out), yeah, yeah
    That I'm the coolest thing around
    Little buddy, gonna shut you down
    When I turn it on, wind it up, blow it out GTO

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  23. Looks like Ted Kennedy is dying of his brain cancer.

    But, lose not hope, before he's dead, much less cold, Vicki Kennedy is being primed to succeed.

    Isn't there anything those people think about other than politics.

    A day without any Kennedys around would be a real fresh air day.

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  24. Talking about all things auto The Studebaker Brothers sure knew how to grow beards.

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  25. Devil with the blue dress, blue dress, blue dress
    Devil with the blue dress on
    Devil with the blue dress, blue dress, blue dress
    Devil with the blue dress on

    / G - - - / F - - - / C F C F / C F C - /

    Fee, fee, fi, fi, fo-fo, fum
    Look at Molly now, here she comes
    Wearin' her wig hat and shades to match
    She's got high-heel shoes and an alligator hat
    Wearin' her pearls and her diamond rings
    She's got bracelets on her fingers, now, and everything

    / C7 - C - / / / / F - - - / C - - - /

    {Refrain}

    Wearin' her perfume, Chanel No. 5
    Got to be the finest girl alive
    She walks real cool, catches everybody's eye
    They got to be nervous, they can't say Hi
    Not too skinny, she's not too fat
    She's a real humdinger and I like 'em like that

    {Refrain}

    Good golly, Miss Molly
    You sure like to ball
    Good golly, Miss Molly
    You sure like to ball
    It's late in the evenin'
    Don't you hear your mama call

    / C - - - / / F - - - / C - - - / G7 - F - / C - G - /

    From the early, early mornin' 'til the early, early nights
    See Miss Molly rockin' at the House of Blue Lights
    Good golly, Miss Molly
    You sure like to ball
    While you're rocking and you're rolling
    Can't you hear your mama call

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  26. Beautiful, Whit.
    The Commies and the Unions killed Detroit's Finest.

    ...well them and the EB Bunny.

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  27. 72 here.
    (inside, Haleakala downslope is probly 65 or less, should check)

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  28. If that temperature rise doesn't slowdown, Whit's a broiled gonner by later this afternoon.

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  29. Sunny, yesterday my life was filled with rain.
    Sunny, you smiled at me and really eased the pain.
    The dark days are gone, and the bright days are here,
    My sunny one shines so sincere.
    Sunny one so true, I love you.

    Sunny, thank you for the sunshine bouquet.
    Sunny, thank you for the love you brought my way.
    You gave to me your all and all.
    Now I feel ten feet tall.
    Sunny one so true, I love you.

    Sunny, thank you for the truth you let me see.
    Sunny, thank you for the facts from a to c.
    My life was torn like a windblown sand,
    And the rock was formed when you held my hand.
    Sunny one so true, I love you.

    Sunny

    Sunny, thank you for the smile upon your face.
    Sunny, thank you for the gleam that shows its grace.
    Youre my spark of natures fire,
    Youre my sweet complete desire.
    Sunny one so true, I love you.

    Sunny, yesterday my life was filled with rain.
    Sunny, you smiled at me and really eased the pain.
    The dark days are gone, and the bright days are here,
    My sunny one shines so sincere.
    Sunny one so true, I love you.

    I love you.
    I love you.
    I love you.
    I love you.
    I love you.
    I love you.

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  30. I expect one more cold snap, then we break into Spring. Finally.

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  31. Talk about a hockey puck!

    This temperate rise will spell the end of the world as we know it. Already, the bio-diversity is being decimated by the minute. OMG!

    We're like a lobsters in a pot, bob; brought quickly to a roiling boil.

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  32. Bobby Hebb is my Shakespeare, al-Bob!)

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  33. ...the song can't compare, but the dancing is entertaining!
    James Brown

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  34. The local temp: 49 degrees.

    We're being broiled here and that putz in Hawaii could not care less!

    Mean people suck.

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  35. Mean People, Skinks, and Skanks Rule!
    ...Sonia
    (Doug's Skank)

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  36. ...I wanted to hate that Fascist Dog.
    But I couldn't...

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  37. "Sunny, thank you for the facts from a to c."

    Z would have rhymed, and conveyed the overt message more accurately,
    why did Hebb stop @ C?

    Professor Doug wants to know.
    300 words or less.

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  38. UPDATE:

    The addition of sea-floor topography to Google Earth earlier this month revealed what some claim could be the lost city of Atlantis.
    But Google (NSDQ: GOOG) says the undersea grid lines spotted by aeronautical engineer Bernie Bamford while browsing Google Earth's ocean maps are data artifacts rather than sunken streets.

    "[W]hat users are seeing is an artifact of the data collection process," a Google spokesperson said in an e-mailed statement.

    "Bathymetric (or sea-floor terrain) data is often collected from boats using sonar to take measurements of the sea floor. The lines reflect the path of the boat as it gathers the data. The fact that there are blank spots between each of these lines is a sign of how little we really know about the world's oceans."

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  39. He's also, of course, his typical obnoxious self.

    - sinless

    Full of himself and touchy as hell. (Wonder if there's anybody left at DH who remembers him.) Those two things, of course, go together like peas and carrots. (Nobody with those afflictions here!)

    I loved it when he turned on his commenters a couple of years ago and lectured them on their obsessive fault-finding, and much worse, when it came to anything even remotely associated with the US abroad. It never occurred to him that he'd been encouraging it all along - that that was, for many regulars, one of the draws of his everyday commentary.




    Doug, I saw that wagon when we went to pick up ours at the factory. Mighty fine looking, she is. I've never seen one on the road anywhere, though one still comes across the coupes here and there. Coincidentally, the colonel who moved out of the house we moved into in Belgium had a silver-blue one. Out in the countryside there, nary a gendarme around, it was a fantastic place to have one.

    My two cents on Afghanistan...

    If I had two cents for every two cents I've tossed into strategy debates and controversies over the past twelve years or so years, I'd go get myself a bottle of Ron Zacapa - which has miraculously shown up at my local grocery - and toast my own desperate ineffectiveness.

    We shall see what we shall see. Won't we?

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  40. the local temperature: 55 degrees

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  41. See, whit, we now call it "climate change."

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  42. Another rise in temp. and look how Whit is changing complexion already.

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  43. "We shall see what we shall see. Won't we?"

    "YES!
    ...and wish we could make it to be what we want it to be."

    ("Forever's Children"
    a local bar band I once led,
    in my head.)

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  44. correction:
    "Children Forever"

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    A Great Gift

    Over 10 Million Sold

    Faster Than A Fly Swatter

    No Ugly Mess

    It Works

    Sure does, I can testify to that, used to nail those flies. Haven't seen them on the market for awhile.

    Did you know--

    One fly can carry over 33 million disease causing micro organisms on the inner and outer surfaces of its body?

    There are over 87,000 different fly species?

    A fly's vision is sharp only 24 to 26 inches?
    (this is the secret of the success of the Flyshooter The Original Bug Gun--it blasts those puppies like jihadis in Pakistan, they don't know what hit them)

    One season can breed as many as 25 generations?

    And,

    In China campaigns were organized (under Mao) to reduce and possibly eliminate the fly population? (flies won, commies lost)

    "Let's All Combat These Dangerous Germ Carrying Insect Invaders"

    Comes complete with Bug Removal Tweezers--To help you from touching germs on dead insects.

    Cost: less than $5 dollars American, but a bargain at any price, really.

    Go to Flyshooter.com

    Don't settle for anything less than The Original Bug Gun

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