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Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Pushing The Envelope, Part X:

The human being has always pushed the envelope into and beyond the realms of danger. This is the tenth of various weekend postings displaying how restless Man is with the mundane and how he purposely crosses the threshold into danger willingly -- and sometimes unwillingly.

In this episode Jetman -- Yves Rossy -- flies through Arizona's Grand Canyon in May of 2011, in a beautifully-produced video. Please expand and play with headphones.



"Jetman" is powered only by four tiny jet turbines built for models. He can fly for a period of ten minutes. He carries two additional items: a small throttle for the engines and an altimeter. That's it.

When flying through the Grand Canyon, as you might imagine, it's a good idea to have a plan in place should you run out of fuel. Because, you see, the Grand Canyon is generally over a mile deep. And, at the bottom, it's either very wet or very hard. Or both.

Luckily, as you can see, he has a parachute and a grand support staff.

BZ

In case you've forgotten, please see my previous PTE posts:

-PTE Part IX
-PTE Part VIII
-PTE Part VII
-PTE Part VI





6 Comments:

Blogger Real Men Don't Drink Milk said...

We as Americans, can be proud we elected a Black man as our President, our national symbol to the world. However, we Americans have to realize the damage this man has done and reject him, not because of his skin tone, but for his lack of judgment, his failed actions and his list of growing failures to lead our nation.

White or Black, or Yellow, or Green, I do strongly believe we elect our President for the right reasons.
In Obama’s case, we just didn't know enough about him, things like we now know, we didn't then! Did we do it for the right reasons? No we did not! It just didn't turn out to be in America's best interest.
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Sun Jul 15, 09:15:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Old NFO said...

Good one, and yeah, he clanks when he walks! :-)

Sun Jul 15, 10:10:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Okay; I suppose Jetman would be extremely pleased to read of this! And welcome, RMDDM, thanks for visiting and thanks for taking the time to comment.

NFO, he seems like one pretty thin guy otherwise. . .

But yes, I can hear the clanking from here.

BZ

Sun Jul 15, 10:41:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Leticia said...

Yeah, I wouldn't do that for a billion dollars, heck NO!!

Brave man.

Sun Jul 15, 04:38:00 PM PDT  
Blogger dmarks said...

He can only fly for 10 minutes? Wow. some Iron Man. It's a loooong way before the result of calling out "Avengers Assemble" will have any sort of meaningful result.

Mon Jul 16, 06:27:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Leticia & DMarks: NFO nailed it; the guy resoundingly clanks when he walks.

BZ

Mon Jul 16, 10:10:00 AM PDT  

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