Open Thread – Saturday, 17 September 2022

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  1. Steve trickler says:

    The evidence of massive ancient trees that have been petrified is global. The Alps are just one example. Yep, think “biblical” floods.

    These trees along with ancient buried ruins suggest, with confidence, that a massive calamity did indeed take place in the distant past.

    Decide for yourself, just don’t rely on this one clip. I’ll post more in the future.

    [ Whispering ] Once you see the trees they can not be unseen.

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    Bogdan’s World:

    This is the first part of a series. There are many mountains in Switzerland that just look like petrified wood. Stay tuned for more!

    The Alps Were Once Wood

  2. Steve trickler says:

    Time for some music….a great visual edit accompanies it.

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    Kiko:

    Two Steps From Hell – Unbreakable feat. Merethe Soltvedt (EXTENDED Remix by Kiko10061980)

  3. Steve trickler says:

    It does have the Shirley Bassey vibe.

    Club Des Belugas. Never Think Twice

  4. mh says:

    Eels off the canvas, hit the lead.

  5. mh says:

    Eels through to the GF

  6. Steve trickler says:

    NIPPON WANDERING TV:

    Night street view in Shinjuku, Tokyo

    3:25

    TOKYO SHINJUKU DREAM

  7. Steve trickler says:

    Omeleto – short film.

    Four soldiers from Australia are holed up in a room in Afghanistan, doing reconnaissance in a village. They are very different personalities with different worldviews, but they have to work together as soldiers, though the close quarters of their position make it harder to get along.

    But their relative harmony is disrupted when a young Afghan boy enters the room. Startled and suspicious, the soldiers take the boy prisoner. He speaks no English, and the soldiers debate whether or not he’s a spy scouting out the position of the soldiers for the Taliban. But in the unpredictability of war, the debate takes on heightened stakes as the world falls apart around them.

    Written and directed by Joseph Chebatte, this short war drama is a powerful lightning bolt of a story, examining the tension between the knotty ethical dilemmas that come up in war and the split-second reactivity that combat often demands. When choices must be made quickly, outcomes often rest on the character and worldview of the men in the crossfires, for better or worse.

    The film takes on specific directorial strategies that immerse viewers in the jagged, high-pressured environment of the war zone where these soldiers spend their time. The cinematography emphasizes the haze of grit and dust that they exist in, a cloudiness that mirrors the vagaries of their moral dilemma as it develops.) The camerawork never quite settles, creating a sense of visceral agitation but also emphasizing the soldiers as a group who need to work together in an environment full of uncertainty and danger.

    The soldiers that emerge as more individual presences assert themselves through their differences: Thomas is more suspicious and paranoid, while Julian is more cautious and trusting. The dialogue and tempo are carefully constructed to delineate these differences, as are the performances by actors Toby Wallace and Julian Maroun who lead a solid ensemble cast. These differences are eventually sharpened as the young Afghan boy enters their orbit. The child poses both a moral dilemma: what do they do with him? Is he just an innocent child or is he a scout sent by the Taliban to sniff out the enemy’s position? The soldiers’ debate becomes a point of conflict between themselves — just as the battle itself finds its way to them.

    The gripping last movement of “Entrenched” brings together razor-sharp craftsmanship that elevates the suspense and tension, all while giving us a glimpse of the trauma of war and leaving viewers feeling just as embattled as the onscreen soldiers. Its final reveal perhaps answers the question that divided the soldiers so bitterly. But it also provokes thought about how our own deeply held convictions and beliefs intersect with our hastiest, most reactive decisions, and how that combination can lead to mistakes — even potentially cataclysmic ones. When the rubble clears, we get an unflinching glimpse of our moral capacity, and the gap between who we think we are and who we truly are closes or widens.

    4 soldiers capture a young Afghan boy. But their position is compromised… | Entrenched

  8. mh says:

    Dow futures down 400 points.

    This takes the Dow well below the 30,000 mark.

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    Stocks slump as UK unveils debt-financed tax cut

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4STVkqd0uuE

  9. mh says:

    A lot to unpack here

    The Sun

    LIZ Truss today unleashed the biggest tax cuts bonanza since the 1970s to make millions of Brits better off within weeks.

    Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng unveiled a bumper “mini-Budget” where he slashed national insurance, income tax and stamp duty.

    The triple-whammy spree was followed by a freeze on alcohol duty so the hefty levies on booze will not rise with soaring inflation.

    And Mr Kwarteng altogether abolished the top 45p rate of income tax and scrapped the planned hike in corporation tax.

    Benefit claimants will also face tougher penalties for failing to look for work as ministers aim to plug record job vacancies.

    Laying out his “new era for Britain”, the Chancellor said his tax cuts bazooka would “turn the vicious cycle of stagnation into a virtuous cycle of growth”.

    But the £45billion tax bonfire – that comes on top of the £60billion energy package – is a huge gamble as Ms Truss goes for broke on her mission to get economic growth.

  10. Steve trickler says:

    Dust:

    An old man and his dog make their routine walk to the isolated clifftops of Cornwall… but this time they find out they’re not so isolated after all.

    “On Sunday” by David Lea

    Sci-Fi Short Film “On Sunday” | DUST | Throwback Thursday

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