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I saw this fall-to-your-knees Column of the Immaculate Conception in the Piazza Mignanelli in Rome.

It was discovered during excavations at a convent of Benedictine nuns, transported and erected here by hundreds of pompieri, firefighters from the region.

The marble base supports the bronze statue of the Madonna.

On the base are statues of Moses, David, Isaiah, and Ezekiel. The four bas-reliefs recall the Annunciation, St. Joseph’s dream, the Coronation of the Virgin and the Pronunciation of the Dogma.

Every year on December 8, Italians take to the streets of Rome to celebrate the Immaculate Conception. All over this concussively beautiful city, there are parades, music, and God-size feasts. But it’s here, in Piazza Mignanelli, the home of Colonna dell’Immacolata, that everyone (including that party animal, il Papa) comes to see one lucky firefighter climb the tyrannosaurian crane.


Toni 10/19/12

Rogue Climate Experiment and Crooked Sticks: Unintended Consequences and a 9-Liner with 420 Characters.

One crooked stick changed the course of our brook.

Like that guy who dumped 800 tons of iron dust in the ocean off a Haida village,

spawning huge plankton growth.

Illegal geoengineering, a “cap and trade” scheme:

Plankton absorbs carbon, settles to the ocean bottom when it dies,

taking the carbon with it.

Maybe “Haida salmon will come back too.”

Meanwhile our bank erodes and undermines the bridge:

One crooked stick.

PATTY 10/19/12

This is a picture of the massive and illegal geoengineering project detected off Canada’s west coast.A massive and illegal geoengineering project has been detected off Canada's west coast