2015 Rose Bowl Tornado

Happy 2015 everybody.  This just in on my Thursday morning while catching up on the internet world.  I see a mini tornado-like whirlwind broke out in one of the outside lots the Rose Bowl on Dec. 31st.   NBC news reports that 4 people were injured.

Being from Wisconsin, the first thing in the video that caught my eye was the Cow.  He was so calm…..even when the sandwich board around him began flying up and hitting him in the head.  Watch him throughout the video.  If that were me, I would have torn off my costume and ran like heck for cover… but then I’m a scaredy cat not a mascot cow! 

Flash Mob Disrupts St. Louis Symphony

I came across this story online today, but not from as many websites as I thought I would.   Sometimes news that outrages the country tends to fizzle out before a resolution.  I’m not sure in the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri fits that comment, but when I Google the story I don’t get a whole lot of results.  Information was received from the St. Louis Today stltoday.com website and the YouTube video posted below.  

A flash mob disrupted the St. Louis Symphony performance on Saturday, October 4, 2014.  Prior to the start of the performance after the intermission, two people stood up in the audience and began singing “Which Side Are You On”.   While approximately 50 more joined in from all points in the concert hall for a 5 minute “Requiem for Michael Brown”, YouTube shows videos of concert-goers being both mortified at what was going on as well as those who were clapping in support.

One thing that I noticed was how empty the Symphony was in St. Louis.  There were so many vacant seats, and there was more after the flash mobbers left.  

One quote from the YouTube story said, “Many of us are artists ourselves, so we were very cognizant to not interrupt the performance after it had already began,” Vega said. “But we still wanted it to be a disruption that left people with a seed of thought.”

The brief moments that the video camera pans to the orchestra makes it hard to tell what their reaction is.  The Conductor stands patiently with his hands in front of him.  The controversy from the comments I’ve read about it comes at the 1:14 min point in the video when a woman in the audience looks like she has just witnessed a beheading.  

I’m not sure how I feel about the flash mob.  Milwaukee is also dealing with as Milwaukee is also dealing with a police involved shooting death of a black man named Dontre Hamilton.  It makes you stop and think that something like this could just as well happened here too.  (Imagine what impact it would have made if it did happen in Milwaukee on Oct 4th when John Williams was at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra).  

It does make you think if their performance was significant enough to help their cause.  That’s the question that I have trouble answering because if I were in that situation, I probably would have been a little irked at their disruption.  However, I’m all for pounding the pavement and trying to make a difference.  

Watch the video below and decide for yourself.

 

 

Wicked Weather

This news story has probably been circulating around the internet the past few days.  It just caught up to me today.

In Novosibirsk, Siberia’s largest city, hail the size of golf balls pelted beach goers who were enjoying a near 100 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degree Celsius) weather prior to the ice assault when a sudden change in the temperature dropped to about 20 C.  Seeking shelter under a tiny umbrella or towels couldn’t be much help

 

I’m a follower of Bill Nye the Science Guy so I am a believer that climate change is a serious issue that is far too often overlooked.  Freak weather occurrences like this can’t be swept under the rug.  

Then I saw another story (about Siberia again) where they found a strange hole in the ground.  It’s located far in the north in what they call the edge of the world on the Yamal Peninsula.  Experts have speculated that it could have been caused by a sink hole from an underground gas explosion or “a heap of Earth-covered ice that is found in the Arctic and subarctic, and if it was large enough, and melted, it potentially could have created a giant hole.  

How could something that size melt, without there being problems with the climate in the area?  I think people need to first agree that there is a problem and then work on how to fix it.  Pretending it isn’t a problem isn’t going to make it disappear.  

It’s not just Siberia, North America has it’s share of weather with an increase in greenhouse gasses,  radiation in the air, hurricane Sandy flooding Manhattan, polar vortex, ice floating in the great lakes into the month of June.   

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