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Monday, July 7, 2014

Mr. Cope’s Cave: More Spiritual Putrescence (From the People Who Brought Us 'Duck Dynasty' and Professional Wrestling)

Posted By on Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 9:37 AM

You seem pensive today, Mr. Cope. Sad, even. Is something troubling you?

Sorta, yeah.

Care to tell me about it?

Oh, it’s just a thing I learned about today. A dumb new thing some hillbillies have taken up, I guess because they don’t feel like they’ve done enough damage to the human soul already. And it’s gotten me to wondering if there’s is a limit to how low and rotten and squalid people can get.

Ah, you must be referring to the crowds of people screaming at the buses of illegal children in California.

No, actually not. I mean, yeah… that’s low and rotten and squalid, for sure. But it’s just the sort of behavior I’ve come to expect from about a third of this country anymore. You know, really, racism, cruelty, xenophobia, selfishness, hatred, the continual threat of violence… those aren’t anything new. In fact, they have their own political party, in case you haven’t been paying attention.

No, this new thing I just heard about… well, I won’t say it’s worse than that. But it is so outrageous and stupid and thoughtless and malevolent and… Gad, I’m running out of words to express how… how absolutely shitty it is! However you describe it, though, it seriously has me wondering if the human race deserves to exist. If this universe wouldn’t be better off if eboli or chicken flu or something just wiped us off the face of the Earth once and for all.

Wow. It must be something pretty horrible. So are you going to tell me about it?

Have you ever heard of “rolling coal?” It’s where some subhuman puke jiggers with his diesel pickup so that it can produce a huge, thick cloud of black, sooty, filthy exhaust with the flick of a switch. Then they’ll go out and spew it on bicyclists and joggers and other cars sitting at a red light or stuck in traffic just for the fun of it. Some of these… these…

Vermin?

Yeah. Vermin. Some of these vermin actually film themselves doing it, and laughing about it as they drive away, leaving a poor pedestrian or biker choking on the fumes. Look it up. It’ll make you sick.

“Rolling coal?”

Yeah. Rolling coal.

How do you explain it?

I don’t think I can. It’s too… too…

Unthinkable?

Yeah. Unthinkable.
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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Mustang Complex Fire As Seen From Space

Posted By on Sat, Dec 22, 2012 at 8:00 AM

You may know the National Aeronautics and Space Administration—NASA for short—best for some trip it made back in 1969.

But the nerds at the nation's only space-exploration agency also serve up images of our own planet via it's Earth Observatory project. Earlier this year, NASA captured Idaho's wildfire season from space, showing plumes of smoke billowing out over the Gem State.

But another picture went overlooked. Using a satellite's infrared eyeballs, NASA acquired a nighttime photograph that showed not only smoke plumes from the Mustang Complex Fire, but the blazing-hot centers of the blaze. Boise Weekly went in-depth on the 2012 fire season in the Dec. 12 feature.

Take a look at the photos, courtesy of President Eisenhower's pet project.

Idahos Mustang Complex Fire as seen from space.
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  • Idaho's Mustang Complex Fire as seen from space.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Video of the Day: Pilot Makes Emergency Belly Landing in Poland

Posted By on Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger became an instant hero when he successfully made an emergency landing of a passenger jet in New York's Hudson River.

But that was easy. He was landing on water, ferchrissakes.

Today in Poland, a pilot had to make an emergency belly landing on the tarmac after the jet's landing gear wouldn't open. And amazingly, there were no casualties.

Check the video below.

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