Why do I park in spaces reserved for cripples?
Because the Internet transformed me ... ... into a sitter.
Lake Urmia (aka Oroumeih) in Iran is as good as gone:
Lots of places of interest on this map: Sochi where the LGBT have been recently fighting it out with Vladimir Putin, the Chechens, the Americans ... ; Baku, headquarters of mega salaries earned by the international band of gypsies who build oil fields; the Aral Sea (mentioned here recently); Armenia; Mosul (What happened in Mosul again? Was that before or after W. declared the war won?) ...
From 1985 ... so, say, 30 years. The one I grabbed (the last one at the right) seems to show an increase, a rebound, but it's hard to tell with Google.
Toying with notions of identity.
There is indeed a solar-thermal generating plant Ivanpah in the Mojave Desert - in fact there are a number of comparable plants in the region, more than I had imagined. But what is the red bit there? No idea - and not knowing makes the whole thing incomprehensible. Maybe it's just me. A-and yes, Haiyan was big, BIG! biggest fricken EVER; but was it as big as most of India? Or most of China? Or has the image been subtly altered? Distorted? Photoshopped? Enlarged for effect?
"You can be in my dream if I can be in yours."
Now there's a proper Valentine's Day sentiment eh?
Dream well gentle readers.