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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

'King David' versus Mother Nature

Don't mess with the King  (PD)
Most know that the Bible’s King David successfully went up against the Goliath of his time.

Now it seems that his namesake is going up against Mother Nature herself, a foe even more formidable than the giant of old.

The Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports that “more than 250 minor tremors have rattled the Florence region over the past three days.”  These earthquake shocks have alarmed area residents, who have
taken to sleeping in “campers, cars or tents.”

Residents are not only alarmed for themselves, but also for their beloved “David” statue.  This Michelangelo masterpiece was completed in 1504, and depicts King David just before he fought Goliath.  Wikipedia states that David’s “moment between conscious choice and action” was portrayed by a drawn brow, a tense neck and bulging veins on the lowered
right hand.

The citizens of Italy are now showing as much readiness as King David did during that long-ago moment.  Culture Minister Dario Franceschini recently “announced the state is investing 200,000 euros ($245,000) for an anti-seismic plinth” for the statue.

Better than a slingshot, for sure…  

Copyright December 24, 2014 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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