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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Progress on the 365 Project

I have posted sporadically on Beer Can Blog about my 365 Project (informal name), by which I plan to try at least 365 new beers (or seasonal variations of previously-tried beers).

As of today, October 20, it is the 293rd day of the year and I have tried 293 beers.

The latest was a sample of Victory Moonglow Weizenbock. Other recent good ones include Sierra Nevada Porter and Sweetwater Wet Dream IPA.

There are several other 22 oz. "bombers" in my pantry that await the weekend.

[Cross-posted at Beer Can Blog.]

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Friday, October 09, 2009

Happy Anniversary!

40 years ago, the Gates of Hell opened to greet Ernesto "Che" Guevara, when the Bolivian Army administered a bit of karmic justice, while the coward begged for his life.

Damn all those that honor him by wearing his t-shirts, carrying emblazoned handbags, etc..

Stupidity that deep is harmful to this nation.

Any good liberal should hate tyranny. What does that say about those that celebrate his image?

Humberto Fontova has written extensively about this evil murderer, interviewing dozens, if not hundreds of survivors and family members of his victims.

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Friday, October 02, 2009

What a Geologist Sees - Part 29

[I found this on an email to my college account, that I had overlooked from about a year ago.]

Shatter Ring on PKK Lava Tube (March 20-22, 2006) from this USGS site:



This video, shot by Tim Orr of the USGS, is of interest as I studied these Shatter Rings in the Aden Basalts of southern New Mexico. Not aware of the existence of other examples (20 years ago), we called them "Explosion-collapse" craters and I described 5 of them in my Master's Thesis.

Using the description from the USGS website, here is a description of the Shatter Rings:

"Shatter rings are circular to elliptical volcanic features, typically tens of meters (yards) in diameter, which form over active lava tubes. They are typified by an upraised rim of blocky rubble and a central depression."..."They form when lava pressure in the tube repeatedly exceeds the strength of the overlying rock. Repeated flexing of the lava-tube roof piles up rubble around the edges of the mobile area."

In the case of the shatter rings I studied, lava was extruded up through the shattered rocks and filled-in the bottom of the crater, creating a lava lake, which later collapsed after the lava below withdrew.

When I scan some more of my old slides and prints from my field area, I will write more about these features.

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Now That Chicago Has Been Turned Down for the Olympics...

will the bribe money be refunded?

Reportedly, Chicago ACORN is devastated.

What about all of the real estate transactions by certain well-connected folks that will not take place? Oh, the humanity!

My bad.
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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Sometimes, Even Liberal Talkingheads...

take notice of the hateful rhetoric of the Left. In this case, it was NBC Talkinghead Brian Williams that took notice of the out-and-out lies of Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL).

On the floor of the House of Representatives, Grayson said (from the transcript provided by Newsbusters):

"Do you want the Democratic plan or do you want the Republican plan? Remember, the Republican plan: Don't get sick – and if you do get sick, die quickly."

If he was trying to be satirically funny, he failed miserably. A famous radio talk show host reminds us, for satire to be funny, it has to have an element of truth in it.

He then went on to stick his head further up his ass, by comparing the American healthcare situation with the Holocaust (which BTW, was brought about by Germany's National Socialist Party in their campaign against dissenting voices and those that don't fit in).

I guess if he doesn't respect the memory of those 8 million or so killed by Nazi Germany, he probably doesn't respect the tens of millions of others (estimated at 120 - 126 million) killed primarily by Socialist governments in the 20th century, e.g., the Soviet Union, Communist China, Cambodia, et al,.

There are problems with our system that can be addressed by applying free-market principles and limited government assistance. Trivializing the Holocaust is not a good substitute for free and open debate.

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