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I've been moping around the house all weekend, lamenting the fact that I don't have the enough buying power left on my debit card to snatch up two tickets to an upcoming Phillies game.  My friend Joe will be disappointed and I'm too embarrassed to tell him why somebody else (no doubt, a lesser fan) nabbed the primo tickets, instead of us.

I suppose it could have been worse.
What if I had successfully purchased round-trip tickets to Paris (while I still had money) and the flight was yesterday, or today, or tomorrow - or maybe even next week - or next month?

Read on - but at your own mental risk!!

I have a suspicion that this Volcano thing is bad.

And I don't mean bad like in, "duh, it's a friggin' volcano in the middle of a trans-oceanic flight path that's wreaking havoc with people's vacations, commerce, State funerals, etc."
And yeah - like it's obvious that the airline industry is going to go under in a cloud of volcanic dust, too.

I suppose it's also not the happiest of events for our Icelandic friends, either, what with molten lava raining down on their heads.  Hell, they just started to get some financial relief for their molten banking system thanks to the recent generosity of their European debt-holders. Nothing like saying thanks by spewing hot choking ash out of your lawn and right into your neighbor's lungs. If you think the money thing was bad, choke on some airborne HazMat for awhile.

What's really really really bad is what I read in the Morning Telegraph this week, a newspaper that I would have been spared from reading in that kinder-gentler time before the Internet stole my life. The headline (I swear) read:

Icelandic volcano with unpronounceable name was caused by Man Made Global Warming

Below the headline was this story, via Scientific American via Reuters  via some guy named Jim:

OSLO (Reuters) – A thaw of Iceland’s ice caps in coming decades caused by climate change may trigger more volcanic eruptions by removing a vast weight and freeing magma from deep below ground, scientists said on Friday.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think that "Eyjafjallajokull" would become a household name.
I'm still trying to adjust to "Sarah Palin," that other current source of global warming.

What if this is it - you know -  the big one?
What if the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull means the end of times?

And none of us, except for a few Icelanders, perhaps, will live long enough to pronounce the damn thing -
or even try!

I suppose there's some good news in the air.
At least I didn't waste my money on the Mets game.
You're welcome Joe.

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Originally posted to wbramh on Sun Apr 18, 2010 at 11:48 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  There Goes Wally... (1+ / 0-)
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    wbramh

    making a mountain out of a volcano, again!  W -  Loved it! and love you as we play "Battling Daily Kos Diaries," way preferable to doing the Sunday Times Crossword which I will always suck at.  XOXO .Bee

    •  Well, more correctly (0+ / 0-)

      making a exploding cigar out of an ice cube since the volcano is sitting beneath a glacier.And don't put down your talents doing the Sunday Times crosswords. With my help, of course, you'll be able to fill in the word Eyjafjallajokull any week now.

  •  I know he can get the job, (3+ / 0-)
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    penguins4peace, murrayewv, wbramh

    but can he do the job?

    Proud to be a socialist fuckstick.

    by jazzmaniac on Sun Apr 18, 2010 at 12:08:06 PM PDT

  •  Somebody else's diary? Um, no. (4+ / 0-)

    It's one of the most famous lines from the movie from which your diary takes its name.

    Proud to be a socialist fuckstick.

    by jazzmaniac on Sun Apr 18, 2010 at 12:30:05 PM PDT

  •  Oddly Compelled to Agree!! (4+ / 0-)

    I have a very eerie feeling when I see those plumes of volcanic smoke.  I thought, well everyone seems calm, so I guess it must be okay.  Then scenes of an "end of the world movie" begin to play in my head.

    ELE- no one knew for a long time and didn't get to find out until they had a plan to keep some of humanity alive.

    Also there is another volcano poised to erupt there also.

    I could be wrong, but wasn't Pompeii something like this?
    It is estimated that 10,000+ died due to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. This figure will never be completely known though.

    What caused their deaths was simple:

    1. The eruption sent an incredible amount of ash into the atmosphere, which was hot as hell (i'm only exaggerating a little bit too). The eruption lasted 19 hours and it was raining ash, choking people. If that didn't kill you the hot ash would land on your skull and burn through it. Bodies have been found with the tops of their skulls burnt due to the ash.

    I'm sure you've been in a cloud of dust at one point...imagine 19 hours of that, raining on you, and building up to your knees or higher with it. If that's not bad enough, raise the temperature of the dust (ash in this case) to 750 degrees farenheit.

    Maybe this is cooler ash?  I don't know but it's kind of creepy.  

    Any geologists that blog here, please tell me how misguided this is and it really is no big deal.

    Thanks!  :)

    •  Now you're scaring the bejeezus out of me (2+ / 0-)
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      penguins4peace, myrealname

      I was prepared to die peacefully by quietly suffocating in my sleep.
      Now, you come along and tell me the top of my head is going to burn off, first!!
      It's not bad enough that I'm going bald?

      Krakatoa was no picnic, either.

    •  Also... (2+ / 0-)
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      Gooserock, myrealname

      Why is it that when people agree with me, they always precede the compliment with a qualifier, like "Oddly, I agree with you", or "Something is terribly wrong with my thought process because I honestly believe I'm on the very verge of agreeing with you" or "As much of a dumbass as you actually are, Wally, you may just be right this one time," etc etc?

      Just a personal musing - forgive me.

      But back to your comments - thanks.
      And yes, things are about to get real hot at there.
      In the meantime, wear a hat - preferably one made out of gypsum board.

      :)

      W

    •  Not a Geologist, But Pompeii Created a (4+ / 0-)
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      shanikka, murrayewv, myrealname, wbramh

      pyroclastic flow, which is a sort of avalanche-like cloud of superhot pumice, gasses and ash that surged down the mountain in I think 2 or more different directions. There was just a cable program on it yesterday.

      This is stuff that goes down instead of up, and I'm pretty sure that it only happens with specific types of volcanoes. Vesuvius has evidently done it before because the program mentioned the new discovery of a village closer to the mountain that had been wiped out around 1,700 years earlier very roughly, by the same hot flow.

      The flow is gaseous/liquid enough to surge into caves and buildings, and incinerates people within a second or so. Skulls explode due to boiling brains, all the body's flesh evaporates, and there's enough solid material settling around them to leave a person-shaped hollow space entombed under yards of hardening ash. Once archaeologists figured this out, as they discovered a new cavity they'd pour in plaster to cast them, and they got fairly detailed molded statues of people and animals in their arrangement seconds after death.

      This would be a process entirely separate from the effects of ash & pumice raining down. As I recall, the airborne showering went on for some time before the big explosion that created the flow and buried the villages. For those in the direction of the rain of ash, it gave them time to get away.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun Apr 18, 2010 at 01:30:16 PM PDT

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      •  Wonderful story, Gooserock (1+ / 0-)
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        myrealname

        I'm going to tell that story at bedtime to my grandchildren. It should scare the living shit out of them. If the evaporating flesh doesn't shut their little eyes, they're sure to love the exploding skulls and boiling brains part.

        As for the bi-directional forces, I believe Krakatoa dropped a few thousand feet below sea level before re-emergiing above sea level as a brand new volcano in the 1930s.

        Fascinating stuff.

      •  OUUCH! (2+ / 0-)
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        myrealname, wbramh

        Well so I uhm feel better now!! as for reading this as a bed time story, I laughed out loud!!!!

        Yea it just seems odd to see and like is the whole sky going to darken next week?

        So if it all goes up and such, I'm less worried!
        Thanks!

  •  Let's find the deep pockets and sue his ash (1+ / 0-)
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    wbramh

    How about just attributing the volcanic ash to the results of generating a tectonic planet like ours 4 billion years after a big bang?  Just a suggestion.http://

    •  Good idea, Mike (1+ / 0-)
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      myrealname

      I'm going to call my lawyer as soon as possible.
      The man is the best in the biz!
      Although it may have to wait until next week since Allenwood Correctional only allows him one outside call a day.

      But I ask you - who in their right mind would build a planet around tectonic plates?
      That's faulty workmanship, right there.

  •  Get ready for decades of Icelandic fireworks (3+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, myrealname, wbramh

    Not to be an alarmist or anything but ...

    Link:Decades of icelandic fireworks

    So this could be fun.  Of course that is just some pointy-headed scientist and we all know that they are liberal liars.

  •  Icelanders will stop volcano against debt relief (1+ / 0-)
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    wbramh

    I think you've fallen for propaganda - it's not global warming that's causing the eruption, but it's a nefarious plot by Icelanders to blackmail Europe into bailing out Iceland.  The British press have been muzzled into keeping secret that one of their Vulcan bombers (geddit?) has been lost and that SPECTRE has issued an ultimatum.

    Of course, we all know that SPECTRE is responsible for global warming - or maybe it's the penguins (what with their morals, who'd be surprised).

    γνωθι σεαυτόν

    by halef on Sun Apr 18, 2010 at 02:25:17 PM PDT

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