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  • Jeb In 94: I Would Do ‘Probably Nothing’ For African-Americans

    01/10/2015 8:40:48 PM PST · by Bratch · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 10, 2016 | SCOTT GREER
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush appears poised for a presidential run and is currently leading the polls among potential Republican candidates for 2016, but the comments he made in 1994 during his first run for Florida’s highest office may come back to haunt him.The Associated Press reports that Bush described himself then as a “head-banging conservative” and used fiery rhetoric — such as claiming he would do “probably nothing” for African-Americans if he became governor — in his ultimately unsuccessful bid. Bush made that statement in response to a question on what he would for African-Americans if elected to office.“It’s time...
  • The Man of Men: Living through work, sweat and mud

    03/29/2014 10:19:12 PM PDT · by SZonian · 4 replies
    KVVU Fox 5 ^ | Feb 28, 2014 | Rick Portier
    WATSON, LA (WAFB) - On a rainy Monday afternoon, the buzz of air-powered tools rattled through the garage at CSC Lifts, Liners, and Accessories. The experienced hands of Darrell Carmena applied just the right pressure to make the tools sing. It was a song he has played since he left the US Air Force in 1974. During the Vietnam era, Carmena re-skinned damaged aircraft with shiny new aluminum. These days, he turns small trucks into monsters. Carmena said the Ford F-350 on his rack that day is for a very special person. When he is finished, it will be a...
  • Chief Justice John Roberts Does It Again!

    07/02/2012 4:27:58 PM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 10 replies
    http://pjmedia.com ^ | July 2, 2012 | J. Christian Adams
    I was just on the Glen Beck show on GBTV and had occasion to note that Chief Justice John Roberts’ opinion in the Obamacare case was familiar to me. It turns out that Roberts adopted a similar activist rewriting of the parties’ arguments in Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District v. Holder. Most people just call it the “MUD” case, but it provides some clarity about what happened last week in the Obamacare ruling. In MUD, a small utility district in Texas was challenging Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act as unconstitutional. (Shelby County Alabama and Texas are currently doing...
  • What was the first 60's TV show to mention the Vietnam War?

    07/01/2012 4:30:23 PM PDT · by Krankor · 102 replies
    You'll never get this. What 1960's TV show was the first to mention the Vietnam War? Nope, not Dick Van Dyke. Nope, not Laugh-In. Nope, not the Smothers Brothers. You'll never get it.
  • Pettiness and Mud

    02/28/2012 7:42:46 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather
    The only good news for the Republicans coming out of the seemingly endless presidential candidate "debates" is that some Republican leaders are now belatedly thinking about how they can avoid a repetition of this debacle in future elections. What could they possibly have been thinking about, in the first place, when they agreed to a format based on short sound bites for dealing with major complex issues, and with media journalists -- 90 percent of them Democrats -- picking the topics? The conduct of the candidates made things worse. In a world with a record-breaking national debt and Iran moving...
  • Thanks to Plants, We Will Never Find a Planet Like Earth

    02/08/2012 6:01:06 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Scientific American ^ | 2/1/12 | Mark Fischetti
    Earth's flora is responsible for the glaciers and rivers that have created this planet's distinctive landscapeAstronomers are finding lots of exoplanets that are orbiting stars like the sun, significantly raising the odds that we will find a similar world. But if we do, the chance that the surface of that planet will look like ours is very small, thanks to an unlikely culprit: plants. We all know how Earth's landscape came about, right? Oceans and land masses formed, mountains rose, and precipitation washed over its surface; rivers weathered bare rock to create soil and plants took root. Well, new research...
  • The Well from Hell

    06/22/2010 6:42:42 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 18 replies
    petroleumworld.com ^ | 06/20/10 | Christian A. DeHaemer
    There is something primordial about BP's quest for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. It's an Icarus-like story of super-ambition; of reaching too far, delving too deep. I don't know if you've stopped to contemplate what BP was trying to do... The well itself started 5,000 feet below the surface. That's the depth of the Grand Canyon from the rim. And then the company attempted to drill more than 30,000 feet below that — Mt. Everest would give 972 feet to spare. Furthermore, the company sought oil in a dangerous area of the seabed. It was unstable and many think...
  • Rig Survivors: BP Ordered Shortcut On Day Of Blast

    06/08/2010 3:13:46 PM PDT · by khnyny · 130 replies · 316+ views
    CNN ^ | June 8, 2010 | Scott Bronstein and Wayne Drash
    (CNN) -- The morning the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, a BP executive and a Transocean official argued over how to proceed with the drilling, rig survivors told CNN's Anderson Cooper in an exclusive interview. The survivors' account paints perhaps the most detailed picture yet of what happened on the deepwater rig -- and the possible causes of the April 20 explosion. The BP official wanted workers to replace heavy mud, used to keep the well's pressure down, with lighter seawater to help speed a process that was costing an estimated $750,000 a day and was already running five weeks...
  • Poor Haitians Resort to Eating Dirt (A must read)

    01/30/2008 5:22:41 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 129 replies · 269+ views
    AP ^ | 1/29/2008 | JONATHAN M. KATZ
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - It was lunchtime in one of Haiti's worst slums, and Charlene Dumas was eating mud. With food prices rising, Haiti's poorest can't afford even a daily plate of rice, and some take desperate measures to fill their bellies. Charlene, 16 with a 1-month-old son, has come to rely on a traditional Haitian remedy for hunger pangs: cookies made of dried yellow dirt from the country's central plateau. The mud has long been prized by pregnant women and children here as an antacid and source of calcium. But in places like Cite Soleil, the oceanside slum where Charlene...
  • In Hungry Haiti, Dirt Is Food

    01/29/2008 3:25:32 PM PST · by decimon · 45 replies · 300+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 29, 2008 | JONATHAN M. KATZ
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - It was lunchtime in one of Haiti's worst slums, and Charlene Dumas was eating mud. With food prices rising, Haiti's poorest can't afford even a daily plate of rice, and some take desperate measures to fill their bellies. Charlene, 16 with a 1-month-old son, has come to rely on a traditional Haitian remedy for hunger pangs: cookies made of dried yellow dirt from the country's central plateau. The mud has long been prized by pregnant women and children here as an antacid and source of calcium. But in places like Cite Soleil, the oceanside slum where Charlene...
  • Poor Haitians Resort to Eating Dirt

    02/16/2008 11:31:16 AM PST · by IssuesOriented · 54 replies · 323+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 29, 2008 | JONATHAN M. KATZ
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti It was lunchtime in one of Haiti's worst slums, and Charlene Dumas was eating mud. With food prices rising, Haiti's poorest can't afford even a daily plate of rice, and some take desperate measures to fill their bellies. Charlene, 16 with a 1-month-old son, has come to rely on a traditional Haitian remedy for hunger pangs: cookies made of dried yellow dirt from the country's central plateau. The mud has long been prized by pregnant women and children here as an antacid and source of calcium. But in places like Cite Soleil, the oceanside slum where Charlene shares...
  • Flood watches issued for L.A. burn areas as storm moves in

    10/13/2009 1:08:46 PM PDT · by americanophile · 7 replies · 608+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 13, 2009 | Baxter Holmes and Robert J. Lopez
    The National Weather Service has issued flash-flood watches this morning for mountain burn areas from Santa Barbara to San Bernardino as a powerful winter storm moved into Southern California. Rain was beginning to fall this morning, with the strongest portions of the storm expected late today and early Wednesday morning. The National Weather Service issued the flood watches for areas burned by the fires in Santa Barbara as well as the massive Station fire is Los Angeles County and the Sheep fire near Wrightwood. The watch also includes areas burned in last year's large Sayre and Marek fires in the...
  • Here's why I hate Woodstock (FOR ONCE, I ALMOST AGREE WITH THIS CLOWN)

    08/16/2009 7:40:02 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 60 replies · 4,108+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 16, 2009 | NEIL STEINBERG Sun-Times Columnist
    Screw Woodstock. Really, I mean it. If you're my age -- I was 9 when the three-day concert took place -- you noted the 40th anniversary of the key event of our culture's endless 1960s nostalgia by thinking, "Gee, have I really been listening to these goofs celebrate themselves for only 40 years? Because it feels like 400." Doesn't the self-regard and self-significance make you want to vomit? OK, 400,000 people gathered for a rock concert and didn't kill each other -- big flippin' deal. Ten years later, in 1979, 1.2 million people showed up in Grant Park for a...
  • Farm Cancels Pig Wrestling (Pigs lose out)

    10/04/2008 7:01:02 PM PDT · by incredulous joe · 10 replies · 822+ views
    Carroll County Times ^ | October 4, 2008 | Carrie Ann Knauer
    Owners of an Upperco farm that had introduced Maryland to pig mud wrestling at their farm stand have decided to cancel the event after just one week of competition. Stan Dabkowski said that while last Saturday’s event had a great turnout, he has received numerous threatening phone calls and complaints from animal rights activists who disagree with the practice. Dabkowski said he does not believe the 90-second round between four people and a pig in a muddy pen was dangerous or cruel to the animal, but he decided the negative reaction was not worth the effort. As a result, the...
  • South Korea mud festival considers banning U.S. troops

    07/16/2008 11:03:19 AM PDT · by PurpleMan · 7 replies · 160+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | July 17, 2008 | Ashley Rowland and Hwang Hae-rym
    "The manager of a popular South Korean beach festival said Tuesday that drunken and rowdy U.S. troops are such a problem that organizers have considered banning servicemembers from the event...." "Lee said it’s easy to identify U.S. troops because of their short haircuts"
  • 'Color of Wet Mud!' Oreos Invade England

    05/18/2008 6:01:21 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 141 replies · 227+ views
    ABC News/CSM ^ | May 17, 2008 | BRENDAN O'NEILL
    LONDON -- "It's very dark. It's almost black." May Woodward, an office worker in central London, is holding an Oreo cookie in her hands. It's the first time she has ever seen one "in the flesh as opposed to on an American TV show," and she's not sure she likes what she sees. "It's the color of wet mud!" she complains. "And the bit ... looks like toothpaste rather than cream." She twists and turns the cookie in her fingers, staring at it from every angle with a screwed-up look on her face that seems to say, "Gross!" not "Mmm,...
  • Special Weather Statement Los Angeles / SW California (Flash Flood Watch 6 TO 12 inch Mtn....)

    01/03/2008 5:10:02 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 61 replies · 338+ views
    Accuweather ^ | THU JAN 3 2008 1:32 PM PST | NWS
  • Geology Picture of the Day, October 29-November 4, 2006: Something Different This Way Comes

    10/31/2006 10:06:29 AM PST · by cogitator · 12 replies · 340+ views
    Various | Various
    For today's Halloween GPoW, I challenged myself. I have frequently posted pictures of volcanoes, waterfalls, caves, arches and bridges, canyons, and mountains; I've occasionally veered off that path with landslides, remote-sensing views, and a couple of crystals and minerals. So my challenge was to come up with something DIFFERENT; unusual, photo-worthy, and significant geologically. And also something a bit relevant to Halloween. See if you think I succeeded. All of these are in the United States.
  • Java's Mud Volcano - Eruptions Displace Thousands in Indonesia

    10/14/2006 7:25:40 PM PDT · by Atlantic Bridge · 16 replies · 1,022+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | October 9, 2006 | Marco Evers
    First came the 2004 tsunami. Then Indonesia was afflicted by the Merapi volcano and a major earthquake in Yogyakarta. Now, a heavily populated region of East Java has been consumed by an unstoppable "mud volcano" that may have been caused by a gas- and oil-drilling project.
  • Airmen Keep Fleet Rolling Through Dust, Mud

    05/16/2006 4:13:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 264+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Master Sgt. Will Ackerman
    U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jorge Chavez, 447th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron Vehicle Maintenance Flight mechanic, removes a roller on a loader. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Will Ackerman Airmen Keep Fleet Rolling Through Dust, Mud A team of U.S. Air Force mechanics overcome heat, mud and the challenge to obtain replacement parts, to keep more than 300 vehicles running. By U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Will Ackerman 447th Air Expeditionary Group SATHER AIR BASE, Iraq, May 16, 2006 — Working on vehicles in the desert presents challenges. Mechanics sometimes have to scrape off layers of dirt...
  • Leyte, Philippines - 200 killed, 1,500 missing in landslide

    02/16/2006 10:07:10 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 17 replies · 2,703+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | February 17, 2006
    Landslide in the Philippines: 200 deaths dreaded, 1.500 disappeared TACLOBAN (the Philippines) - Approximately 200 people would have died and 1.500 ranges disappeared after a landslide which has occurred Friday in the center from the Philippines where a village was entirely swept, indicated the person in charge for the Red Cross Richard Gordon. The landslide occurred on the central island of Leyte, according to the same source.
  • Dirt-Digging Delay (Alito Delay Could Come Back to Haunt GOP)

    11/05/2005 12:11:30 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 132 replies · 2,588+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 5, 2005 | The Editors
    Supreme Court: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., announced that the confirmation process for Judge Samuel Alito will be the longest in more than 14 years. Advantage: mudslingers. Former Pennsylvania Rep. Pat Toomey came within a hairsbreadth of beating incumbent Specter for the Republican nomination last year, and there was a big reason: fears that, as the new Judiciary chairman, the socially liberal senator would sabotage President Bush's promise to appoint justices in the mold of Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. Now the worries about Specter are coming true. In spite of the White House request to wrap up...
  • Khajeh Mountain, Biggest Unbaked Mud Architecture Of Parthian Era

    11/04/2005 3:08:13 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies · 656+ views
    Payvand ^ | 11-3-2005
    11/3/05 Khajeh mountain, biggest unbaked mud architecture of Parthian era Zahedan, Sistan-Baluchestan prov, Nov 2, IRNA-Khajeh Mountain Complex, the biggest model of unbaked mud architecture remaining in Sistan area, is one of the most remarkable relics of the Parthian, Sassanid and Islamic eras. It is the only natural height left behind in Sistan area, where a palace, fire temple, pilgrimage center called Khajeh Mehdi and graveyard reminiscent of the past are still in good condition. The trapezoid-shaped basalt lava, situated 609 meters from the sea level, with a diameter ranging from two to 2.5 kilometers stands 17 kms to the...
  • Magic mudhole is game's big secret

    09/15/2005 3:26:50 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 4 replies · 227+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9-15-05 | Philip Barbara
    Reuters - Thu Sep 15, 1:08 PM ET Jim Bintliff, co-owner of Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud, pours mud into a vat near the mudhole in Delran, New Jersey in this undated photograph. The unique 'magic mud,' mined in the mudflats of a Delaware River tributary, is rubbed on every new baseball used by Major League teams to remove the sheen, soften the seams and give pitchers a better grip. At $45 for a quart container, Bintliff will ship about 500 containers this year, he said. (Handout/Reuters) Delran, NJ (Reuters)Somewhere along the mudflats of a Delaware River tributary in...

    06/19/2005 8:10:39 AM PDT · by SandRat · 114 replies · 3,359+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | June 19, 2005 | unattributed
    LONDON - Maybe your rugged SUV never goes anywhere wilder than the mall, but you can look like a wilderness adventurer with Spray-On Mud. For owners who don't want it to look like they're driving an unnecessary gas-guzzler, a little splash signals that the vehicle spends time tackling the back country. The product is the brainchild of Colin Dowse, a businessman from Shropshire, England, a village close to the Welsh border. "Spray-On Mud is an urban camouflage designed to give the impression that you are a serious off-roader," he said. Dowse, a Web designer, came up with the idea about...
  • LIVE! FROM THE FReeper Canteen ~ It's Camp Run-A-Muk! ~ Nyuk!Nyuk!Nyuk! ~ Friday, March 18, 2005

    03/17/2005 8:01:04 PM PST · by tomkow6 · 1,390 replies · 22,198+ views
    My "VOICES", "kitty-katz", the Canteen Crew, and FRiends of the Canteen
        For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces.     Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States Armed Forces Today!       ....In the beginning, there was a void........And the Big MAN Up Stairs said..."Hey!  I wanna do sumptin!I wanna make sum firmament!"....so dirt was made...........And the Big MAN Up Stairs said..."Hey!  I wanna do sumptin else!I wanna make sumthin wet!"....so water was made..........somewhere, along the line, before  the Big MAN Up Stairs made dirt, He made Ma......(she's older than dirt, don't ya know)Well, anyway,...
  • Message from Venezuela: Carter Center Stay Home!

    02/22/2005 8:26:07 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 1 replies · 469+ views
    The Devil's Excrement (Venezuela) ^ | Feb. 22, 2005 | Miguel Octavio
    ...Venezuelans would prefer at this time if the Carter Center stayed away from our country. The role the Center played in the recall referendum, before and after it, left a very bitter taste in all of those like me, who are certain that the outcome was fraudulent. ... Carter ... did not demand that the CNE do the “hot audits” on August 16th. ... There are lies in the reports from the Carter Center, such as that the boxes containing the ballots never left their sight. Thus, Venezuelans in the opposition think the Carter Center failed them completely by being...
  • Venezuela Alarm: Carter Center back in Caracas - the shame of it

    02/22/2005 8:03:12 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 485+ views
    Venezuela News and Views ^ | Feb. 22, 2005 | Daniel Duquenal
    Bwahahahah!!! Gasp! Bwahahahahahahah! (tears of laughter, blogger convulsing on the floor subject to one of the biggest laugh attacks recorded in blogdom). (Breathe, breathe deeply, garner composure, start writing again) Today we learn that Jennifer Mc Coy of the Carter Center will brave Venezuela to offer help in consolidating peace and democracy! The nerve! What is in store for us? Are they going to approve the new judicial system whose near uniform composition will ensure "peace" through a "uniform justice" (pun intended)? Will they offer to monitor the 2006 elections to validate yet another "fair" Chavez victory? ... I have...
  • Vote Recount for Washington Governor Tips to Democrat

    12/23/2004 7:14:37 AM PST · by MurryMom · 150 replies · 3,462+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 23, 2004 | Sarah Kershaw
    SEATTLE, Dec. 22 - After a bitter and protracted recount fight in the Washington governor's race, elections officials announced Wednesday that the Democratic candidate, Christine O. Gregoire, was leading her Republican opponent by 10 votes - a minuscule margin but a stunning reversal of the Nov. 2 election results. The preliminary results elated Democratic Party officials and came only hours after the party scored another victory, when the State Supreme Court agreed with the Democrats' contention that more than 700 newly discovered and erroneously disqualified ballots in heavily Democratic King County should now be considered. Since those ballots came from...
  • Message from Iraq

    11/02/2004 9:58:17 AM PST · by concretebob · 8 replies · 227+ views
    concretebob | 2 November 2004 | Member of NMCB23
    I just got this, this morning. Thought some of you might be interested.
  • A Very Kerry Hunting Trip: No Mud, Just FUD(D?)

    10/21/2004 12:33:35 PM PDT · by dandelion · 40 replies · 2,088+ views
    The Kerry Fairy ^ | 10/20/04 | Becki Snow
    When John Kerry went out to kill innocent geese today, he managed to stay incredibly clean. He's not just "clean" - he's KERRY KLEAN! Now, I'm all for cleanliness. But have you noticed that John Kerry, in the middle of a muddy field, has absolutely NO MUD ANYWHERE on his body? Not even the tops of his shoes? Not even on his hands. His soft, soft hands... Now, let's compare Kerry's outfit to the outfit of his manservant beside him... notice that weird clay-colored substance on Jeeves' knees? Just above his shoes? On his shoes? On his coat? That's MUD....
  • GOP group gets boot for backing Bush

    10/18/2004 10:20:36 PM PDT · by Paloma_55 · 57 replies · 1,603+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | October 18, 2004 | George Bennett
    Inclusiveness has its limits. The Palm Beach County chapter of the gay Log Cabin Republicans learned that lesson this month when it was excommunicated by the national gay Republican organization. he local club's heresy? Endorsing the reelection of President Bush. The board of the national Log Cabin Republicans, displeased with Bush's support for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, voted 22-2 last month to withhold its endorsement in the presidential race. But the head of the Palm Beach County chapter, Maurice Bonamigo, is a vocal Bush supporter who said he and his 17 club members would continue to back the...
  • Kerry Hints GOP May Suppress Black Votes (Just hit all the old media outlets)

    09/12/2004 6:26:34 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 42 replies · 1,206+ views
    Munster Times, IN - Northwest Indiana ^ | September 12, 2004 | NEDRA PICKLER
    WASHINGTON - John Kerry suggested Saturday night that Republicans may try to keep black voters from casting their ballots to help President Bush win in November. "We are not going to stand by and allow another million African American votes to go uncounted in this election," the Democratic presidential nominee told the Congressional Black Caucus. "We are not going to stand by and allow acts of voter suppression, and we're hearing those things again in this election." Kerry has a team of lawyers to examine possible voting problems to try to prevent a repeat of the 2000 election disputes. He...
  • Phish fans turned away from concert

    08/14/2004 2:14:09 PM PDT · by JimVT · 24 replies · 980+ views
    WCAX-TV ^ | 08/14/04 | WCAX
    WCAX-TV Burlington is reporting that the VT State Police have closed the site of tonight's Phish concert after 30,000 fans arrived on scene because the weeks of rain here have turned the Coventry, VT field into one big mud pit. Another 30,000+ fans are still on the highway approaching the site and learned about the closing from a local fm station which broadcast the news by one of the Phish musicians. He apologized for the problem and said the group "was trying to find a way to make it up to the fans." Most of the folks still on the...
  • Mud-bogging host slapped with huge fine

    06/15/2004 11:16:04 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 51 replies · 857+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 6-15-04 | Eve Modzelewski
    Mud-bogging host slapped with huge fine By Eve Modzelewski, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Tuesday, June 15, 2004 STUART -- A western Martin County farmer was fined more than $2.8 million Monday for code violations related to the widely attended, weekend-long mudding festivals he has hosted on his 900-acre ranch. The county's code enforcement board unanimously agreed to certify the fines against Edward Underhill after he ignored its orders to stop hosting the "mud-bogging" events, which have drawn thousands of people who pay to drive their four-wheel-drive trucks and all-terrain vehicles on a flooded portion of Underhill's property. Board members...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, December 7-13, 2003 (with a remarkable interplanetary bonus)

    12/08/2003 1:51:50 PM PST · by cogitator · 175+ views
    Link post: go to the URL below in the Free Republic chat section for any discussion of these images. Thanks! Geology Picture of the Week, December 7-13, 2003 (with an interplanetary bonus)
  • Geology Picture of the Week, December 7-13, 2003 (with an interplanetary bonus)

    12/08/2003 1:47:17 PM PST · by cogitator · 9 replies · 251+ views
    An easy choice this time: the Rio de la Plata estuary is one of the most noticeable features on the east coast of South America: (click to see the larger version): And I may be scooping the Astronomy Picture of the Day with this one; Saturn views Cassini eight months from arrival (click to go to Web site with larger volume images):
  • Central Texas MUD Abuse of Power - Eminentt Domain

    11/09/2003 7:12:35 PM PST · by TXBubba · 30 replies · 255+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 11-9-03 | Sarah Coppola
    Neighborhood protests proposed water treatment plant Brushy Creek facility would take 24 acres of longtime resident's property By Sarah Coppola AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Sunday, November 9, 2003 ROUND ROCK -- Dan McFall's 95-year-old grandfather, Garland Walsh, has lived on the same parcel of land since 1938. Walsh loves its open spaces, occupied by big oak trees, cattle and a clan of wild turkeys. So his grandfather was stunned, McFall said, when utility district officials told him a year ago that they planned to build a water treatment facility on the land. "He's been living out his remaining years there," McFall said....
  • Muddy disaster lurking in hills?

    11/04/2003 8:37:03 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 6 replies · 155+ views
    Daily News ^ | 11/4/03 | Kerry Cavanaugh
    From devastating wildfires straight to the threat of ruinous mudslides, Southern California emergency officials shifted gears Monday as the weather turned from scorching heat to chilly rainstorms. From Simi Valley to Stevenson Ranch, experts were clearing the bulldozer lines used to stop the spread of fire, surveying the scarred landscape, studying the soil to determine the intensity of the burn -- and calculating the extent of erosion. The danger of mudslides is particularly high on charred hillsides, and flood control channels need to be cleared to prevent backup in the valleys. "Typically, this is done when fires burn in the...
  • In Defense of Military Chaplains

    10/04/2003 7:16:04 AM PDT · by xzins · 44 replies · 274+ views
    UM List ^ | 3 Oct 03 | G. Taggart
    The recent alleged betrayal of his country by Chaplain Yee, an islamic chaplain, prompted this UM List response in defense of chaplains. It reminds me of a real character. I had a great Battalion Chaplain when I was S-1. We were friends and he would show up, unbidden, unrequested and pray for me. Told me God told him to. Oddly enough, would be at the time I really needed same. He would appear at 0200 in some maneuver area while we were on ARTEP, wearing a ghillie suit and full camo to preach to parts of a rifle company. Was...
  • Ancient Boat Found Buried In Mud

    09/06/2003 1:06:40 PM PDT · by blam · 32 replies · 1,205+ views
    BBC ^ | 9-6-2003
    Ancient boat found buried in mud The site is inaccessible when the tide is in A wooden boat thought to date back more than 1,500 years is to be raised from its resting place on the Hampshire coast. Archaeologists are to attempt to raise the canoe from the intertidal mud of Langstone Harbour, near Portsmouth. The boat, hollowed out of an oak tree trunk, is only the second of its kind to be found in the Solent since the 1880s. It is thought to date back to 500 AD. It was discovered in March 2002 by John Cross and Arthur...
  • Geology PictureS of the Two Weeks, July 27-August 8, 2003 (ET and T)

    08/04/2003 9:01:02 AM PDT · by cogitator · 167+ views
    Various | Various
    Link post: Geology PictureS of the Two Weeks, July 27-August 8, 2003 (ET and T)
  • Geology PictureS of the Two Weeks, July 27-August 9, 2003 (ET and T)

    08/04/2003 8:56:44 AM PDT · by cogitator · 21 replies · 344+ views
    Catching up with 2-for-1: In honor of the upcoming Mars opposition (closest approach between Earth and Mars in 60,000 years), here's the most recent Mars Global Surveyor shot at SpaceRef: "The Marte Vallis system, located east of Cerberus and west of Amazonis Planitia, is known for its array of broken, platy flow features. This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a close-up view of some of these plates; they appear to be like puzzle pieces that have been broken apart and moved away from each other. The Mars science community has been discussing these features for...
  • Alderman Joe Moore Becoming Persona Non Grata in Chicago's 49th Ward - Ethics Not Enforced

    02/11/2003 5:57:52 PM PST · by Ward49_MudZapper · 2 replies · 1,279+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | Oct 28, 1997 | James Webb
    CHICAGO SCANDALS REACH DALEY'S DOOR Associated Press Tuesday, October 28, 1997; 6:56 a.m. EST BY JAMES WEBB Associated Press Writer EXCERPT: Daley scolded minority aldermen and low-level city and county workers who fell to federal probes involving illegal dumping and no-show workers who are friends or relatives of public officials. In July, he pushed grumbling aldermen to adopt ethics rules governing their conduct. But political observers say the behavior pales by comparison to the behind-the-scenes relationships getting attention now. "What's different now is the light has finally shown on where the real money is being made," said Alderman Joe Moore,...
  • Smart Mobs (No, This Ain't No 'Supranos' Thread :) Book Review

    12/12/2002 10:12:49 AM PST · by anymouse · 313+ views
    Slash Dot ^ | Thursday December 12, 2002 | Curtis Frye
    Curtis Frye writes " I've read and enjoyed two of Howard Rheingold's previous books, so I was looking forward to Smart Mobs. The first of the other two books, The Virtual Community, chronicled the early days of The Well (an online service in San Francisco), while Virtual Reality looked at VR technologies. As Howard told me in an interview a few weeks ago (see the link at the end of this review), he was one of the first people writing trade books about how MUDs, ARPAnet, and other online technologies affected society. He also confided in me that part of...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 4-10-02

    04/10/2002 1:41:02 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 7 replies · 276+ views
    NASA ^ | 4-10-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 April 10 Unusual Rocks in Death Valley Credit & Copyright: Joe Orman Explanation: How did those big rocks end up on that strange terrain? One of the more unusual places here on Earth occurs inside Death Valley, California, USA. There a dried lakebed named Racetrack Playa exists that is almost perfectly flat, with the odd exception of some very large stones, one of which is pictured above....
  • Glorious mud makes electricity

    04/05/2002 6:59:53 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 1 replies · 226+ views
    EE Times ^ | 4/5/02 | Darren Rea
    Mud — there's nothing quite like it for cooling the blood. But there might soon also be nothing quite like it as a power source. Microbiologists at the University of Massachusetts have created a mud battery, after discovering that some micro-organisms can transform organic matter commonly found at the bottom of the ocean into electrical energy. Derek Lovley, the project's team leader, describes these energy-harvesting micro-organisms as geobacters. His team used water and sediment from Boston Harbour, a collection of mason jars, ordinary electrical wiring and sterile graphite electrodes to explore the science behind the mechanics of a simple, sediment...