Wednesday, February 6, 2013 For Sale: 1970s-Era Igloo Hotel, 200 Miles From Nowhere, Alaska

In a well-traversed but often overlooked corner of the Alaska Highway system sits an irregular structure. As the years cross over its craggy skull, bringing the unrelenting malice of winter weather, the gawking of confused onlookers and the cruelty of vandals and thieves, the melancholy white dome known to many as "Igloo City" persists -- unabated, but with little faith.

Abandoned and neglected, this dilapidated four-story shell sits 180 miles north of Anchorage along the George Parks Highway on the quiet drive to the Interior Alaska city of Fairbanks. The Igloo's nearest neighbor, Cantwell (population 222), has witnessed the Arctic bungalow and its accompanying gas station thrive, dive and slowly age under the elements and the shuttering lenses of passing motorists, during its 40-plus years in existence.

In its infancy, the Igloo was someone's "dream," but due to some missteps in original construction, economic hardship and the rapid increase in fuel prices this Alaskan oddity never realized its original potential.

Brad Fisher, of Fisher's Fuel Inc. in Big Lake, is the current owner of the Igloo, the gas station and the 38 acres they sit on. Unlink most of the Internet's musing on the structure and its "string of owners" Fisher reports that his family is really only the second set of hands the Igloo has passed through.

The End of an Igloo

The Fishers acquired the property from the Smiths, the original owners. To be fair, the Smith patriarch, Leon, had sold the structure three times before, but in all instances he had been forced to reclaim it because the new owners were not making their payments.

According to Fisher, toward the end of Smith's life, as his health was fading and his concern for the security of his wife growing, he came to Fisher and simply told him that he needed to "get rid" of the Igloo.

"He said 'give me an offer,' but we didn't really want to buy it, so I gave him a low price and, after about 20 minutes out in his car, he agreed," Fisher recalled. "I didn't have a use for a property and I remember thinking 'Oh no, that's not really what I wanted to happen!'" Fisher laughed, "But we bought it and put a few generators up there and put in a sewer system. Our plan was just to keep the traffic going for now and make the updates as we went along."

Following the purchase, Fisher employed families to run the gas station and the cabins behind the property and act as Igloo caretakers while he made plans to renovate the building and turn it into a working hotel.

"Basically," Fisher said, "The windows in that place are too small. They weren't put in according to the blue prints, I don't know why ...

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Political Parties and Post Partisan Politics - Good Times

Political Parties and Post Partisan Politics
Good Times
... shaking your head that it is only the other side that acts that way needs to bring your head back into the delightfully warm sunlight (while dodging the chemtrails) and realize that your side—whatever it may be—engages in this counterproductive ... more
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Michael Lutin: 2013: The Year of the Black Snake

Anarchy: a state of lawlessness or political disorder due to the absence of governmental authority. A state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority OR utopian society of individuals who enjoy complete freedom... absence of government absolute freedom of the individual, regarded as a political ideal.

The year of the black water snake means there is going to be fire in the water. Geologically, watch and see what happens.

Both in global politics and your personal life, you are likely to see the growing force of anarchy. Everything could be hunkey-dunkey, just as long as you are hip enough to make an effort to understand what true anarchy suggests. Then you will see why the black water snake is an apt image.

By and large, snakes mind their own business and don't usually go looking for trouble. They're pretty in their own zone, unless and until their personal space is invaded or they or their own are threatened.

While snakes protect the environment and help keep the balance of nature, they still give so many people the total creeps with their slithery, slimy, yukky, scaly and totally alien-like bodies and their weird eyes and wicked tongue. Once a long time ago, though, I saw Steve Irwin lie down in front of what he said was the most dangerous serpent in the entire world. It came out of its lair and approached him, virtually nose to nose. When he whispered something like "Hello Beautiful, my you're a pretty one, aren't you?" it crawled back into its hole. And I thought, probably to call up its girlfriend and say, "You will never in a million years guess who almost kissed me!

And so it is in 2013.

Live and let live.

Until a perceived danger of attack. And then watch out.

People everywhere are striving to survive on their own path. Yes, they can be predatory at times, but apart from just going out to "kill what they can eat", they prefer to conduct a live-and-let-live existence.

They (you, me, everyone), are searching for a utopian existence, especially with Uranus squaring Pluto now. It's a life free and apart from any external or intervention. When perceived as a threat to their way of life, even cloaked as protection, people will strike out, liberal and conservative alike. This is obviously playing out in the world as protests and insurrections in every corner of the Earth.

In your personal life, your private personal space is treasured above all things. Any invasion or unwanted or uninvited intervention of any kind can be met with a violent reaction.

The message is this! The year of the black water snake begins with the entrance of Mars into Pisces on Neptune and Chiron.

There is fire in the water.

Unimaginable beauty lies there, juxtaposed to potentially lethal poison. Geologically, the will play out literally.

In your life... what is pure in the water is tainted with contaminants. The trick is to change the water from poison to a healthy potable substance. If you know Frank Herbert's great work, Dune, then
Source: Weird News Blog

Take Home This Human-Faced Dog

It's just one of those things that are like, "Whoa, dude."

Gawker pointed out that Tonik, a poodle-Shih Tzu mix available for adoption from an Indiana animal welfare agency, actually has an "eerily humanoid" face.

Petfinder notes that the dog came to the Homeward Bound Animal Welfare Group from a kill shelter in Kentucky. The personable photos were taken by Renny Mills, a professional pet photographer.

In an email to The Huffington Post, Jen Schwartz, the owner of Homeward Bound, said the shelter had recently taken in dogs that required dental work and had illnesses that required expensive treatments.

It's totally horrible that any animals -- whether they have human faces or not -- have to die because nobody wants them. Here's hoping that Tonik finds an awesome home.

For more information about adopting a pet, visit the ASPCA website.


Source: Weird News Feed

UFOs Over Cape Coral, Fla. Are Still Looking For An Explanation - Huffington Post

UFOs Over Cape Coral, Fla. Are Still Looking For An Explanation
Huffington Post
Theories on what the unusual lights might be range from water reflections in the sky to aliens to another more probable explanation, and one very often mistaken for UFOs: sky lanterns. "We reached out to the MUFON organization, the Mutual UFO Network, ...

Source: UFO Feed