Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Nekkid Diving


These people have huge balls.

I've done two cave dives, both in Chandelier Cave in Palau. (click throught the pictures to see the inside.

Chandelier cave is pussy as far as cave dives go. Large underwater opening. 3 chambers. But, trust me, it is still scary as fuck. Turn off your light and it is the blackest of black.

So, I can't imagine doing something like this.. especially to retrieve a dead body. *shudder*

Drowning in the Desert: Cave Divers Face Death

Bushman's Hole, on the edge of the Kalahari Desert in South Africa, is one of the strangest places on Earth. It's a prehistoric crater on an otherwise endless track of desert, and for an elite but extreme fraternity of explorers, what happened there is the stuff of myth and legend.

The terrible beauty of the place can't be seen from the air, or even the ground. But if you trace the walls down, you reach a tiny pool covered in algae. Keep going, through a narrow shaft running for another 150 feet, and finally it all opens into a vast freshwater cavern tall enough to hold the Eiffel Tower, and deep enough -- nearly 1,000 feet -- to mesmerize the most experienced, technical cave divers in the world.

Don Shirley is one of only a handful of divers who has "gone deep" at Bushman's Hole.


Remember this from last Wednesday's post?

What kind of world do we live in?

What's next, an NBA star moonlighting as a Florida State Trooper?.... wait...

Miss America Helps Catch Sex Predators:

"Miss America can add crime fighter to her resume. Lauren Nelson recently went undercover with police in New York for a sting targeting sexual predators.

Well guess what....

Sex Stings Imperiled by Miss America:

"An undercover sex sting that used Miss America as bait may be in trouble after the beauty queen told prosecutors that she does not plan to testify against the men she helped arrest.

Lauren Nelson, 20, of Lawton, Okla., worked with police in Suffolk County to target would-be Internet sexual predators, taped for an episode of the TV show 'America's Most Wanted.'"

Law enforcers should be law enforcers... journalist should be journalist... it all doesn't have to be like fucking American Idol.


Speaking of 'journalist being journalist'...

Good! In a vibrant democracy journalist and politicians should not be bosom buddies. You can't hold somebody accountable if you just spent a weekend duck hunting with them.

Hopefully this will start a trend so we don't end up with another goddamn MC Rove.

Frank Rich: 'NY Times' Will No Longer Participate in WHCA Dinner:

"NEW YORK Tucked inside Frank Rich's Sunday column in the New York Times is indication that the newspaper will no longer play ball with the annual White House Correspondents Association dinners in Washington, which he calls 'a crystallization of the press's failures in the post-9/11 era.' He writes that the event 'illustrates how easily a propaganda-driven White House can enlist the Washington news media in its shows....

'After last weekend's correspondents' dinner, The Times decided to end its participation in such events,' wrote Rich. 'But even were the dinner to vanish altogether, it remains but a yearly televised snapshot of the overall syndrome. The current White House, weakened as it is, can still establish story lines as fake as 'Mission Accomplished' and get a free pass.'"

Yay college kids!

About 200 Grads Caught Skinny Dipping:

"As many as 200 students decided to celebrate
graduation at Concordia College by skinny dipping in a murky campus pond early Monday, authorities said.

A security officer tried to shoo the students out of the pond but they wouldn't cooperate, Concordia security chief Sherri Arnold said."

Arnold said 10 people were identified because they left their clothes and wallets behind.

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