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Link Posted: 7/1/2015 7:31:39 PM EDT

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Steady on old chap.



I like Greece.  Good holiday destination.



The problem with Greece is that the EU have tried to apply Northern European Economics to Southern European Lifestyles.  It hasn't worked.



The Greeks have always been the way they are.  It is what makes Greece such a popular destination for a holiday - the atmosphere is chilled and relaxed and the Greeks work on GMT "Greek Maybe Time".  The rat race of Northern European working life is forgotten when in Greece.



This was always the case.  The Greeks have made no secret of their economy and the state it is in.  The EU was prepared to gamble for it's own gain and has been burned as a result.



The issue comes in the expansionist policies of the EU and their desire to form a Socialist Federation.  They made an offer Greece could not refuse and positively encouraged Greece to sign up despite Greek reservations, but without joining the Greeks would have faced sanctions and lost revenue as the EU tightened its grasp in European Economics.



Basically the EU has done a National version of sub-prime mortgages.  Lending money knowing full well the risk was high, and now butting because the Greeks having been seduced by the sirens of Europe are now saying "Soz....but we ran out of money"



Lets direct the lightening to the Socialist headquarters of the EU.  That would be much more fitting.



That's just my opinion. FWIW
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Been a hot day



Very humid and 98F now going dark.  Sheet lightning every 4-5 seconds.  



Pretty intense.  Don't often get it like this.



Nature's light shows are awesome
same here yesterday but it only lasted a short while. Still nasty humid. never this humid here. Can you please direct the lightning twards greece?

 




Steady on old chap.



I like Greece.  Good holiday destination.



The problem with Greece is that the EU have tried to apply Northern European Economics to Southern European Lifestyles.  It hasn't worked.



The Greeks have always been the way they are.  It is what makes Greece such a popular destination for a holiday - the atmosphere is chilled and relaxed and the Greeks work on GMT "Greek Maybe Time".  The rat race of Northern European working life is forgotten when in Greece.



This was always the case.  The Greeks have made no secret of their economy and the state it is in.  The EU was prepared to gamble for it's own gain and has been burned as a result.



The issue comes in the expansionist policies of the EU and their desire to form a Socialist Federation.  They made an offer Greece could not refuse and positively encouraged Greece to sign up despite Greek reservations, but without joining the Greeks would have faced sanctions and lost revenue as the EU tightened its grasp in European Economics.



Basically the EU has done a National version of sub-prime mortgages.  Lending money knowing full well the risk was high, and now butting because the Greeks having been seduced by the sirens of Europe are now saying "Soz....but we ran out of money"



Lets direct the lightening to the Socialist headquarters of the EU.  That would be much more fitting.



That's just my opinion. FWIW
works for me



 
Link Posted: 7/1/2015 7:33:35 PM EDT
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Prolly true.

The climate here is "polite".   Air conditioning is considered a luxury rather than a necessity.

Above 70F and most Brits want to bunk off work and go and lie under a lawn sprinkler.
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My brief experience in the UK taught me that folks there start to gasp at around 75 F, except in Scotland, where they start at 65 F.



Prolly true.

The climate here is "polite".   Air conditioning is considered a luxury rather than a necessity.

Above 70F and most Brits want to bunk off work and go and lie under a lawn sprinkler.

lol. Is air conditioning in a car considered a luxury too? The reason I ask is years ago I went to the local Ford dealer and was looking at used trucks and I saw a 4x4 that I wanted to test drive. I was out for the test drive when I noticed that there was no air conditioning, I asked the salesman and he said that it had been ordered from the factory with no air conditioning by a recent immigrant from England. He learned the hard way when summer rolled around that in Alabama it is not a luxury.
Link Posted: 7/1/2015 7:34:04 PM EDT
Another I forgot about.

Lightning by William Gray, on Flickr
Link Posted: 7/1/2015 7:38:28 PM EDT
Lightning helps the grass go green.  

Since the air around us is about 80% N and N is essential for all green plant growth, you would think that plants have it made.  Oddly, only a very few plants can fix atmospheric N.  What lightning does is combine it with Hydrogen and Oxygen into a water soluble forms that plants can uptake.

One of the reasons that rain is so much better than irrigation water for plant growth is the impact of lightning on plant nutrition.
Link Posted: 7/1/2015 7:46:34 PM EDT


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It's due to the fracking for oil.
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I could get behind a little fracking...

Drill here!  Drill now!



Nick
Link Posted: 7/1/2015 7:50:37 PM EDT
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Lightning helps the grass go green.  

Since the air around us is about 80% N and N is essential for all green plant growth, you would think that plants have it made.  Oddly, only a very few plants can fix atmospheric N.  What lightning does is combine it with Hydrogen and Oxygen into a water soluble forms that plants can uptake.

One of the reasons that rain is so much better than irrigation water for plant growth is the impact of lightning on plant nutrition.
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Lightning creates ozone too.
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Lightning helps the grass go green.  

Since the air around us is about 80% N and N is essential for all green plant growth, you would think that plants have it made.  Oddly, only a very few plants can fix atmospheric N.  What lightning does is combine it with Hydrogen and Oxygen into a water soluble forms that plants can uptake.

One of the reasons that rain is so much better than irrigation water for plant growth is the impact of lightning on plant nutrition.
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Really?
Link Posted: 7/1/2015 7:55:24 PM EDT
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Really?
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Lightning helps the grass go green.  

Since the air around us is about 80% N and N is essential for all green plant growth, you would think that plants have it made.  Oddly, only a very few plants can fix atmospheric N.  What lightning does is combine it with Hydrogen and Oxygen into a water soluble forms that plants can uptake.

One of the reasons that rain is so much better than irrigation water for plant growth is the impact of lightning on plant nutrition.



Really?


I overstated the impact of H in the process.  NH4 is frequently found in the soil and is a significant form of nitrogen.  But plants mostly absorb nitrates.

I learned a little something in the process of getting a Master of Agriculture in horticulture some years ago.
Link Posted: 7/1/2015 7:56:53 PM EDT
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I overstated the impact of H in the process.  NH4 is frequently found in the soil and is a significant form of nitrogen.  But plants mostly absorb nitrates.

I learned a little something in the process of getting a Master of Agriculture in horticulture some years ago.
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Lightning helps the grass go green.  

Since the air around us is about 80% N and N is essential for all green plant growth, you would think that plants have it made.  Oddly, only a very few plants can fix atmospheric N.  What lightning does is combine it with Hydrogen and Oxygen into a water soluble forms that plants can uptake.

One of the reasons that rain is so much better than irrigation water for plant growth is the impact of lightning on plant nutrition.



Really?


I overstated the impact of H in the process.  NH4 is frequently found in the soil and is a significant form of nitrogen.  But plants mostly absorb nitrates.

I learned a little something in the process of getting a Master of Agriculture in horticulture some years ago.


That's pretty neat.   You learn something every day.  
Link Posted: 7/1/2015 8:40:31 PM EDT
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lol. Is air conditioning in a car considered a luxury too? The reason I ask is years ago I went to the local Ford dealer and was looking at used trucks and I saw a 4x4 that I wanted to test drive. I was out for the test drive when I noticed that there was no air conditioning, I asked the salesman and he said that it had been ordered from the factory with no air conditioning by a recent immigrant from England. He learned the hard way when summer rolled around that in Alabama it is not a luxury.
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My brief experience in the UK taught me that folks there start to gasp at around 75 F, except in Scotland, where they start at 65 F.



Prolly true.

The climate here is "polite".   Air conditioning is considered a luxury rather than a necessity.

Above 70F and most Brits want to bunk off work and go and lie under a lawn sprinkler.

lol. Is air conditioning in a car considered a luxury too? The reason I ask is years ago I went to the local Ford dealer and was looking at used trucks and I saw a 4x4 that I wanted to test drive. I was out for the test drive when I noticed that there was no air conditioning, I asked the salesman and he said that it had been ordered from the factory with no air conditioning by a recent immigrant from England. He learned the hard way when summer rolled around that in Alabama it is not a luxury.


I'd say that maybe 20 years ago it was considered a luxury but most cars have air conditioning now.

I wouldn't have a car without it now.
Link Posted: 7/1/2015 8:42:06 PM EDT
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My favorite is the 21yo Glenlivet.    
I am pretty disappointed with the 25.  
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Nice.  A man of discerning taste.

I commend you on having the Nadurra.

This is about one third of my own selection of fine Whiskies.

http://i499.photobucket.com/albums/rr356/agentfunky2003/IMG_1535_zpsq4c2g0yh.jpg





Very nice.
I assume you like the 16 year old Nadurra.  



Oh yes....fantastic   In fact I'd probably never buy a younger version again.

If you get the chance I can recommend the Nadurra Oloroso Cask, Non-Chill filtered.

The batch No I got was OLO614 with a 60.7% alcohol by volume.   Needs water (obviously) but once you have the dilution down it is probably one of the best I have ever had for the money.



My favorite is the 21yo Glenlivet.    
I am pretty disappointed with the 25.  


Funny how that works, must admit.  Many whiskies don't seem to gain much beyond 21 years old.
Link Posted: 7/1/2015 8:48:43 PM EDT
It is not lightning.










 
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