Friday, July 31, 2009

Earth Scars

10 Most Incredible Earth Scars


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With explosions and massive machines scraping into the earth’s crust like a bad case of scabies, it’s small wonder open cast mining has made what many see as an unpleasant impact on the planet’s surface. The face of the earth is beleaguered with giant scars, scoured out in our ongoing bid to the plunder the planet of its natural resources. Here are 10 of the holes most needing a bit of environmental ointment – where rehabilitation of the land could take some time.


10. Kalgoorlie Super Pit

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Image: ABC News; Conservation Council criticises decision to approve Kalgoorlie superpit

Kalgoorlie Super Pit is what it says on the tin. Irishman Paddy Hannan first saw the glimmer of gold here back in 1893, and this gigantic pockmark in Western Australia is now its continent’s largest open cut gold mine at 3.5 km long, 1.5 km wide and 360 m deep. It’s huge. And it’s growing. At least, that is, until 2017 when it is expected to cease being productive.

Threatening to devour the town: The Super Pit, Kalgoorlie

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While the Super Pit has the pull of a benign black hole for tourists into good hole-some fun, air pollution, water usage, noise and vibration issues and mining waste are all bones of contention for local residents. Still, as well as coughing up almost 30 tonnes of gold each year, the pit provides work and silver for around 550 employees. Kalgoorlie Super Pit Wiki
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9. The Big Hole, South Africa

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Another open pit whose name leaves little to the imagination, the Big Hole in Kimberly, South Africa, is said to be the largest hole excavated by hand – despite recent claims that the nearby Jagersfontein Mine holds the some might say dubious title. While it was closed in 1914, during its 43-year lifetime, the 50,000 workers who broke their backs using picks and shovels shifted 22.5 million tonnes of earth, yielding almost 3 tonnes of diamonds for their jolly bosses, the de Beer brothers.

Water-filled earth wound: The Big Hole, Kimberley

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The Big Hole is 463 metres wide and was dug to a depth of 240 m – though infilling and water-accumulation have left just 175 m of the hole visible. It’s now a show mine complete with a restored old town. Quaint. Big Hole in Kimberly Wiki
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8. Diavik Diamond Mine

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Diavik Diamond Mine is located in Canada’s charmingly named North Slave Region – hopefully no reflection on the way the 700 workers here are treated. This is an open cast mine like no other. Gouged into a 20 square km island, 220 km from the Arctic Circle, there are particularly jaw-dropping views of this cold spot when the surrounding waters freeze over.

Snow hole: The Diavik Mine encircled by ice

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Connected by a treacherous ice road, this remote mine takes some getting to and so even has its own airport big enough to accommodate Boeing 747s. With a lifespan of 16 to 22 years, the owners will be happy as long as this yawning hole continues to throw up 8 million carats (1600 kg) of diamonds a year. Diavik Diamond Mine Wiki
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7. Ekati Diamond Mine, Canada

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Another giant crater in the grizzled face of Canada, the Ekati Diamond Mine is North America’s first commercial diamond mine – having opened in 1998 – and those still dazzled by diamond rush fever no doubt hope it won’t be the last. It’s actually only a stone’s throw from the Diavic Mine just 20 km closer to the Arctic Circle – ensuring things here stay colder than a penguin’s pecker.

Iced up: The Ekati Mine in freezing winter temperatures

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Like its brethren blemish in Diavic, the Ekati Mine is accessed by hair-raising ice roads and got its 15 minutes of fame on The History Channel’s Ice Road Truckers programme. Darned crazy canucks? Driven mad perhaps by the 40 million plus carats (8,000 kg) of diamonds the steady scouring has so far produced. Ekati Diamond Mine Wiki
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6. Grasberg Mine, Indonesia

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Opened in 1973, Indonesia’s Grasberg Mine is the world’s biggest gold mine and third largest copper mine. This industrial eyesore in the mountains of Papua employs a staggering 19,500 workers but is majority owned by smiling US subsidiaries. Built with permission it was not really the Indonesian government’s to give, the mine was attacked by the rebel Free Papua Movement in 1977.

Putting things in scale: Astronaut photo of the Grasberg Mine

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These days, steep aerial tramways ferry equipment and people in and out. In 2006, the mine coughed up 610,800 tonnes of copper and 58 tonnes of gold, but it doesn’t take much digging to find environmental controversy surrounding the site, with water contamination and landslides heading the list of concerns. Contentious. Grasberg Mine Wiki
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5. Chuquicamata, Chile

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Chuquicamata in Chile is a colossus of a mine that has churned up a record total of 29 million tonnes of copper. Despite almost 100 years of intensive exploitation, it remains among the largest known copper resources, and its open pit is one of the biggest at a whopping great 4.3 km long, 3 km wide and over 850 m deep.

Strangely beautiful sight: Chuquicamata Mine from high in the air

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Copper has been mined for centuries at Chuquicamata, as shown by the 1898 discovery of a mummy dated around 550 AD found trapped in an ancient mine shaft by a cave-in. A great influx of miners was sucked in by ‘Red Gold Fever’ after the War of the Pacific, when at one stage the area was covered with unruly mining camps where alcohol, gambling, prostitution and even murder were rife. Yee-haw. Chuquicamata Wiki
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4. Escondida, Chile


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The Minera Escondida Mining Co. runs twin open pit mines cut into the skin of the copper capital of the world that is Chile. Construction began in 1990, and this sucker recently overtook Chuquicamata as the world’s largest annual copper producer, with its 2007 yield of 1.48 million tonnes worth US$ 10.12 billion – a whole lot of dollar.

Escondida from space: The mine is at the bottom of the picture.

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Environmental impact aside, Escondida has become a key part of the Chilean economy and employs some 2,951 people directly. A strike in 2006 broke out because workers felt they were not sharing in the super high profits being made on the back of record copper prices. After wrangling for pay demands, the union briefly blockaded the road to the mine. Testy stuff. Minera Escondida Wiki
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3. Udachnaya Diamond Mine, Russia

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Like the Sarlacc Pit on Steroids, the Udachnaya Mine in Russia is a gigantic open-pit diamond mine that plunges more than 600 metres into the earth’s crust. Yep, it’s one heck of a hole. Located in Russia’s vast but sparsely populated Sakha Republic, just outside the Arctic circle, it seems that mining for these precious stones demands a good set of thermal undies.

Into the depths: The Udachnanyay Mine from its southern side

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The nearby settlement of Udachny was named after the diamond deposit, which was discovered in 1955 just days after the Mir (below). The Udachnaya pipe is controlled by Alrosa, Russia’s largest diamond company, which boasts that it plans to halt open-pit mining in favour of underground mining in 2010. Glad to hear it. Udachnaya Mine Wiki
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2. Mirny Diamond Mine, Russia

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Siberia’s Mir Diamond Mine comes close to taking the cake as numero holie. The largest open diamond mine in the world, this Russian monster has a surface diameter of 1.2 km and is 525 m deep. The size of the hole is such that wind currents inside cause a downdraft that has resulted in helicopters being sucked in and crashing. Good to know the area above it is now a no-fly zone.

Earth vortex: The Mir looks as if it might suck in houses as well as helicopters

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After its discovery in 1955, workers at the Mir had to endure incredibly harsh temperatures that froze the ground and everything else in the winter, making car tires and steel shatter. The mine ceased operations in 2001, having produced 10 million carats (2 tonnes) of diamond per year at its peak. Our survey says: ka-bling. Mir Diamond Mine Wiki
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1. Bingham Canyon Mine, USA


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So here it is, the carbuncle supremo, Bingham Canyon Mine in Utah, the world’s biggest manmade pit. This mammoth mine measures 4 km wide and drops a stomach-churning 1.2 km into the ground, the result of extraction begun in 1863. The ore-inspiring fruits of its labour include more than 17 million tonnes of copper and 715 tonnes of gold – a mental load of metal.

The biggest yet: Bingham Canyon Mine laid bare

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In the early 1900s, mining camps lined the steep canyon walls, but several of these were swallowed up by the ever-expanding mine. Now it employs 1,400 people and 50,000 tonnes of material are removed from it each day. What’s more, this giant earth scar and National Historic Landmark is growing – and will continue to until at least 2013. Bingham Canyon Mine Wiki
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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Jeopardy Bloopers from Youtube

Double Jeopardy

Jeopardy contestants are one of the greatest mysteries of life. Where do they come from? Why do they know so much useless information? And why do they know so much useless information? Some extraterrestrial theorists believe Alex Trebek was one of the first aliens to arrive on earth over 50 years ago and he's been secretly creating these "contestants" in a laboratory since 1984 which just so happens to be the year that Gremlins and The Karate Kid came out. Coincedence ... what is "I think not."


Max Is Always Wrong - This guy could give Sean Connery and Burt Reynolds a run for their money.


Alex Laughs In The Face Of Wrong Answers - Just once it'd be nice to see Mr. Trebek play as a contestant.


Count Chocula Makes An Appearance - Dorks need to accept the fact that they should never make attempts at humor and that's all there is to say about that.


Lady Confuses Johhny Cash With Chris Farley - Now if we could somehow find a way to digitally create a Chris Farley/Johnny Cash album.


Contestant Says A Bad Word - What he actually says is French for "I love cheese."


Alex Gets A Little Racist? - If Alex simply grow the mustache back, he wouldn't have these problems.


How To Avoid Playing Final Jeopardy - There's medical proof that people with mustaches don't faint. It must be fake.


Alex Has A Seizure - I would give just about anything to watch Alex get jiggy on the dance floor.


Mustache Guy Faints - There's medical proof that people with mustaches don't faint. It must be fake.


Ken Jennings Gets A Little Frisky - Sometimes Mormons like to verbally party.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

15 Scientific Discoveries that Developed the Modern World

Science gives us a way to investigate and understand the natural world, a methodology that can lead to wonderful discoveries. Often, great discoveries are made piece by piece over a period of time and involve the contributions of several people, from professional researchers to the college graduate students. Yet there are some scientific discoveries that have contributed so significantly to the wonders of our modern world that they rank particularly high on the long list of great scientific discoveries.

Five of the most important modern technological developments are listed below, along with the three most significant scientific discoveries that allowed each of them to happen. Together, these 15 discoveries form the scientific basis for our way of life.

I. The Development of Infectious Disease Prevention & Treatment

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Technologies to generate and transmit electrical power, to use computers to communicate and calculate, and to launch people, experiments and communications satellites into space are certainly a big part of our modern world, but impressive developments in medicine have allowed humanity to triumph over diseases caused by the smallest, most ubiquitous life forms on Earth. This has allowed us to live longer, healthier lives – the better to enjoy all the other fruits of scientific discovery and technological development!

1. Germ Theory of Disease. Suspicion that diseases were caused by unseen ’seeds’ or living organisms goes back to the mid-1500s when physicians began tracking epidemics of infectious diseases. After Anton von Leeuwenhoek established the existence of microorganisms in the 1670s, Ignaz Semmelweis and John Snow contributed much to prevention of transmission through medical hygiene. The experiments of Louis Pasteur in the mid-nineteenth century directly supported the germ theory of disease, and he is considered the father of germ theory and bacteriology.

2. Discovery and Development of Antibiotics. Louis Pasteur later went on to discover that some microbes killed other microbes, and suggested that a microbial defense against infections might be developed. German physicians Rudolf Emmerich and Oscar Low developed pyocyanase in the 1890s from Bacillus pycyoneus, but it was unreliable in application. In 1928 Scottish biologist and pharmacologist Alexander Fleming discovered the green mold Penicillium notratum killed a staph bacillus he was working with and Penicillin soon made its debut. Now we have whole classes of antibiotics, and researchers at medical laboratories and university facilities seek new ones as their target organisms develop resistance.

3. Discovery of Viruses and Development of Vaccines. Viruses are pathogens much smaller than bacteria, discovered in the 1890s when smaller-than bacterial filters failed to stop some infectious agents. Luckily, more than a century before Edward Jenner had successfully immunized people against smallpox by infecting them with the related but less virulent cowpox. Vaccines against various viruses may be ‘live’ or ‘killed’, and have been developed against a host of epidemic-producing viruses. Over the last couple of decades the development of antiviral drugs that halt reproduction of the pathogens have been developed which can make infections less severe as the body’s own immune system develops targeted antibodies and T cells.

II. The Development of Electrical Power


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The development of electrical power generation and transmission is one of the hallmarks of our modern age, contributing a great deal to our way of life. None of it could have happened without the scientific investigation that led us to understanding and control of this natural force. Many discoveries, experiments and inventions were vital to the development of the electrical system we enjoy today. The three listed were seminal, and all occurred during a time of energetic scientific investigation during the early decades of the nineteenth century.

1. The Nature of Electricity. William Gilbert described the nature of electrical charge as related to the property of amber to acquire a static charge. Since amber is ‘electron’ in Greek, Gilbert called the effect ‘electric force’. He invented the first electroscope, a device for measuring the strength of this force. It was noticed very early on that this static “attractive” force was similar to magnetism, but it was hundreds of years before the physical relationship between electricity and magnetism was established as effects of the same fundamental force.

2. The Nature of Electromagnetism. Building upon work by Hans Christian Orstead establishing that electrical currents can create magnetic fields, Andre-Marie Ampere opened the field of electrodynamics in 1820 with his demonstration that electrical currents can be positive or negative, like magnetic polarities. He later developed a precise mathematical theory that linked the forces and predicted many new phenomena.

3. Induction of Current. Michael Faraday experimented with electromagnetism and the induction of currents using an ring-coil apparatus. He could induce a current by moving a magnet through a loop of wire, or by moving the wire loop over a stationary magnet. James Clerk Maxwell modeled this as “Faraday’s Law,” which became one of the four Maxwell equations that led to modern field theory.

III. The Development of Nuclear Technologies

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It would be hard to find many citizens of modern industrialized societies who are not aware of or in many ways impacted by nuclear technology. Nuclear medicine is important in our medical system, nuclear engines propel some of our off-planet explorations, nuclear boilers provide significant electrical power, nuclear waste streams are still without a final resting place, and nuclear weapons are a perennial national security issue.

1. Discovery of Sub-Atomic Particles and Isotopic Decay. Henri Becquerel was the first to document X-ray emissions from uranium, the Curies documented two other types of emissions – alpha and beta – in addition to the gamma (X-rays). Ernest Rutherford (among others) investigated elemental decay and determined that alpha particles are relatively massive helium nuclei. He also worked with single protons. It was Rutherford who first theorized about the existence of the neutron – a massive but neutral nuclear particle – confirmed in 1932 by James Chadwick. High energy physicists have since identified numerous additional sub-atomic particles of decay.

2. Discovery of Radioactive Elements Produced by Neutron Bombardment. In 1934 Enrico Fermi and collaborators discovered that bombarding uranium with neutrons could produce at least four new radioactive elements, two with atomic numbers greater than 92. It was quickly discovered that many stable elements could be made radioactive by nuclear bombardment. For instance, stable cobalt-59 becomes radioactive cobalt-60, which then decays, releasing considerable energy. It was excitedly surmised by many investigating scientists that neutron bombardment might be used to produce energy on a larger scale.

3. Discovery of Nuclear Fission. Again it was Ernest Rutherford who first split the atom (in 1917) by bombarding nitrogen with alpha particles. In 1932 his students John Cockcroft and Ernest Walton who first split atoms artificially by bombarding lithium with accelerated protons. But it took Enrico FermiEnrico Fermi to split uranium with neutrons, producing a much more energetic reaction. Fermi and a team of colleagues are credited with establishing the first artificially induced chain reaction with moderated neutrons in 1939 before going into the wartime Manhattan Project.

IV. The Development of Computation and Computers


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One of the most significant tools of the modern age is the electronic computer, through which you are accessing this article. Now everything can be done through a computer: banking, shopping, and even higher education. Since electricity is covered above, below are listed the scientific/mathematical discoveries most seminal in leading to the development of the technology.

1. Binary & Boolean Logic. The Indian mathematician Pingala discovered that a sequence of zeroes and ones (binary numeral system) can be used to represent any number or value. Isaac Newton’s nemesis Gottfried Leibniz further developed a binary logic in 1703, which could also be used to designate states (on or off) as well as values (true or false). In 1854, George Boole developed a formal logic system using the symbols of algebra to represent forms and syllogisms, the “Boolean Architecture” used to mathematically model computational processes.

2. The Turing Machine. Alan Turing is considered to be the “father of modern computer science.” After spending World War II at Bletchley Park’s codebreaking center, he developed an algorithmic program called “bombe” to break the German Enigma ciphers, and contributed much to computerized encryption. He developed a thought-concept known as a “Turing Machine”, a symbol manipulation device that could model the logic of any computer algorithm. By studying the properties of the modeling, insights into complexity theory and what became computer science could be formalized for analysis.

3. Information Theory. In the late 1930s Claude Shannon established a rigorous theoretical framework that could be applied to electronic circuits, allowing them to be used as relays to solve logic problems in parallel. His 1937 master’s thesis, A Symbolic Analysis of Relay and Switching Circuits forms the foundation of practical digital circuitry in use in computers today. Shannon’s 1948 paper entitled A Mathematical Theory of Communication applied probability to information coding, useful for data compression in the transmission of information, thus file transfer protocols on the internet.

V. The Development of Space Flight

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The discovery of gunpowder by Chinese alchemists in the 9th century seeking the fabled Elixir of Life was a seminal development in human history. Thanks to the simple discovery of gunpowder, we now have the military tapping it for warfare applications, citizens using it as pretty fireworks, and aeronautical professionals and students harnessing its projectile capability. It was the projectile applications that eventually led to rocketry, and our modern extraterrestrial applications in space-based communications, experimentation and exploration.

1. A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes. In 1919 Robert H. Goddard published his groundbreaking mathematical theories of rocket-powered flight, his experiments with solid fuel rockets, and the possibilities he saw for exploring the Earth’s atmosphere and beyond. This work, along with Konstantin Tsiolkovsky’s 1903 The Exploration of Cosmic Space by Means of Reaction Devices inspired and influenced later rocketry pioneers like Wernher von Braun, Sergey Korolev and Hermann Oberth.

2. Ballistic Missiles. Inspired by Oberth’s scientific writings and H.G. Wells’ science fiction, Wernher von Braun developed ballistic missiles for the German army after his education in aeronautical engineering. In 1941 his team designed what became the V-2 rocket, the first man-made object to achieve sub-orbital spaceflight and the progenitor of all modern rockets. After defecting to the U.S. at the end of the war, von Braun went to work for the American military and went on to develop the Redstone (a descendent of the V-2), used to launch the first Mercury manned capsules. He transferred to NASA in 1960 and developed the giant Saturn rocket, the launch vehicle that allowed Americans to explore the Moon in the 1960s and ’70s.

3. Staged Combustion. Following World War II rocket science took off in what became a “Space Race” between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, both nations making ample use of German scientists. Staged combustion is a complex application of the gas-generation cycle, and was first proposed by Aleksei Mihailovich in 1949. The Soviets put it to use in rocket engines designed to carry payloads beyond Earth atmosphere (and later, into orbit and beyond). German scientist Ludwig Boelkow tested the first Western stage-combustion engine in 1963.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Rules For Surviving Web Addiction

 Rules For Surviving Web Addiction


* I will have a cup of coffee in the morning and read my newspaper like I used to, before the Web.

* I will eat breakfast with a knife and fork and not with one hand typing.

* I will get dressed before noon.

* I will make an attempt to clean the house, wash clothes, and plan dinner before even thinking of the Web.

* I will sit down and write a letter to those unfortunate few friends and family that are Web-deprived.

* I will call someone on the phone who I cannot contact via the Web.

* I will read a book I think I still remember how.

* I will listen to those around me and stop telling them to turn the TV down so I can hear the music on the Web.

* I will not be tempted during TV commercials to check for e-mail.

* I will try leave the house at least once a week, whether it is necessary or not.

* I will remember that my bank is not forgiving if I forget to balance my checkbook because I was too busy on the Web.

* I will remember I must go to bed sometime * the Web will always be there tomorrow!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Kitties!!!

This is enough to make you giggle. (If you love kitties)
Or gag. (If you don't just love cute kitties!)

I love kitties though! If you don't, wtf are you even here!? :(



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LOTR Kitties!

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More cuteness!

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Monday, July 20, 2009

The perfect man!!!

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AND THE WOMEN WHO ARE

STILL WAITING FOR HIM…


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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Inspirations

Incorrect, oh how I know.

I saw this picture today and decided to make a blog featuring all of these pics I have saved in an album on myspace.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Weird Advice on How to Win Any Argument

Spotted this thread over at DigitalPoint forums and thought most of it was quite amusing.

How to win any argument! :)))

I argue very well. Ask any of my remaining friends. I can win an argument on any topic, against any opponent. People know this, and steer clear of me at parties. Often, as a sign of their great respect, they don’t even invite me. You too can win arguments. Simply follow these rules:

Make things up!
Suppose, in the Peruvian economy argument, you are trying to prove Peruvians are underpaid, a position you base solely on the fact that YOU are underpaid, and you’re damned if you’re going to let a bunch of Peruvians be better off. DON’T say: “I think Peruvians are underpaid.” Say: “The average Peruvian’s salary in 1981 dollars adjusted for the revised tax base is $1,452.81 per annum, which is $836.07 before the mean gross poverty level.”

NOTE: Always make up exact figures.

If an opponent asks you where you got your information, make THAT up, too. Say: “This information comes from Dr. Hovel T. Moon’s study for the Buford Commission published May 9, 1982. Didn’t you read it?” Say this in the same tone of voice you would use to say “You left your soiled underwear in my bath house.”

Use meaningless but weighty-sounding words and phrases.
Memorize this list:
  • Let me put it this way
  • In terms of
  • Vis-a-vis
  • Per se
  • As it were
  • Qua
  • So to speak
You should also memorize some Latin abbreviations such as “Q.E.D.,” “e.g.,” and “i.e.” These are all short for “I speak Latin, and you do not.”
Here’s how to use these words and phrases. Suppose you want to say:
“Peruvians would like to order appetizers more often, but they don’t have enough money.”
You never win arguments talking like that. But you WILL win if you say: “Let me put it this way. In terms of appetizers vis-a-vis Peruvians qua Peruvians, they would like to order them more often, so to speak, but they do not have enough money per se, as it were. Q.E.D.”
Only a fool would challenge that statement!

Use snappy and irrelevant comebacks.
You need an arsenal of all-purpose irrelevant phrases to fire back at your opponents when they make valid points. The best are:
  • You’re begging the question.
  • You’re being defensive.
  • Don’t compare apples and oranges.
  • What are your parameters?
This last one is especially valuable. Nobody, other than mathematicians, has the vaguest idea what “parameters” means.
Here’s how to use your comebacks:
You say - As Abraham Lincoln said in 1873…
Your opponents says - Lincoln died in 1865.
You say - You’re begging the question.
OR
You say - Liberians, like most Asians…
Your opponents says - Liberia is in Africa.
You say - You’re being defensive.

Compare your opponent to Adolf Hitler. 

This is your heavy artillery, for when your opponent is obviously right and you are spectacularly wrong. Bring Hitler up subtly. Say: “That sounds suspiciously like something Adolf Hitler might say” or “You certainly do remind me of Adolf Hitler.”
You now know how to out-argue anybody. Do not try to pull any of this on people who generally carry weapons!
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Is it true that any arguement is ever "won"? Or do the other parties simply give up due to ignorance or the realazation of your ignorance?

Monday, July 13, 2009

Bartenders Psychology

(Email Forward)



Bartenders Psychology:

Before you order a drink in public, you should read this!
Seven New York  City bartenders were  asked if they could predict personalities based on what the customer drinks. Though interviewed separately, they concurred on almost all counts.
 
The  results for women:

Drink: Beer
Personality: Causal,  low-maintenance; down to earth.
How a man should a approach  her: Challenge her to a game of  pool.

Drink: Blender Drinks
Personality: Flaky, whiny,  annoying; a pain in the ass.
How a man should a approach  her: Avoid her, unless you want to be her cabana boy.

Drink:  Mixed Drinks
Personality: Older, more  refined, high maintenance, has very picky taste; knows EXACTLY what she wants.
How a man should a approach her: You won't have  to approach her. If she's interested, she'll send YOU a drink.

Drink:  Wine (does not include White  Zinfandel)
Personality: Conservative and  classy; sophisticated yet giggles.
How a man should a approach  her: Tell her you love to travel and spend quiet evenings with friends.

Drink:  White Zinfandel
Personality: Easy; thinks she is  classy and sophisticated, actually, she has NO clue.
How a man should a  approach her: Make her feel smarter than she is...this should be an easy target.

Drink:  Shots
Personality: Likes to hang with  frat-boy pals and looking to get totally drunk ... and naked.
How a man  should a approach her: Easiest hit in the joint. You have been blessed. Nothing to do but wait, however, be careful not to make her mad!

Drink:  Tequila
No explanations  required - everyone just KNOWS what happens there.

THEN,  there is the MALE addendum ----
The  deal with guys is, as always, very simple and clear cut.

Domestic Beer: He's poor and wants  to get laid.

Imported Beer: He likes good beer  and wants to get laid

Wine: He is hoping that  the wine will give him a sophisticated image to help him get laid.

Whiskey: He doesn't give a damn about anything but getting laid.

Tequila: He's thinking he has a chance with the toothless waitress.

White  Zinfandel: He's gay..

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Awesome Cakes To Celebrate Your Divorce

Not only is it free Slurpee day at 7-11 stores nationwide its also...

Awesome Cakes To Celebrate Your Divorce day!

Getting divorced like my friend Shannon? Why not buy a cake for it? There’s a growing trend in divorce parties and it was made popular by Shanna Moakler who hosted her infamous divorce party in divorce capital Las Vegas. In case you’re serious about throwing a divorce party then read this.

But you’re looking for some creative ideas for your cake, then enjoy these awesome cakes to celebrate your divorce.






And last but not least:
A special non ediable cake made out of acutal divorce papers!

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Geological Wonders

Geological Wonders you didn’t know existed

Chocolate Hills (Philippines)

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Composed of around 1,268 perfectly cone-shaped hills of about the same size spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometres (20 sq mi), this highly unusual geological formation, called Chocolate Hills, is located in Bohol, Philippines. There are a number of hypotheses regarding the formation of the hills. These include simple limestone weathering, sub-oceanic volcanism, the uplift of the seafloor and a more recent theory which maintains that as an ancient active volcano self-destructed, it spewed huge blocks of stone which were then covered with limestone and later thrust forth from the ocean bed. Chocolate Hills Wiki
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Wave Rock (Australia)

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The Wave Rock is a natural rock formation located in western Australia. It derives its name from the fact that it is shaped like a tall breaking ocean wave. The total outcrop covers several hectares; the "wave" part of the rock is about 15 meters high and approximately 110 meters long. One aspect of Wave Rock rarely shown on photographs is the retaining wall about halfway up the rock. This follows the contours and allows rainwater to be collected in a dam. It was constructed in 1951 by the Public Works Department, and such walls are common on many similar rocks in the wheatbelt. Wave Rock Wiki-
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Hell Gate (Uzbekistan)

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Called by locals The Door to Hell, this place in Uzbekistan is situated near the small town of Darvaz. When geologists were drilling for gas, 35 years ago, they suddenly found an underground cavern that was so big, all the drilling site with all the equipment and camps got deep deep under the ground. None dared to go down there because the cavern was filled with gas, so they ignited it so that no poisonous gas could come out of the hole, and since then, it has been burning. Nobody knows how many tons of excellent gas has been burned for all those years but it just seems to be infinite. Hell Gate Wiki-

Devils Tower (Wyoming USA)

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This huge rock, as there is no other way to describe it, stands tall in comparison to its surroundings. Although still disputed, the prevailing theory is that the formation is a volcanic plug of a long extinct volcano. Magma moved up the inside of the volcano, but before it could erupt, the volcano died and the magma was left sitting inside. The hard igneous rock that the magma formed is more resilient to erosion that the surrounding volcano which has long ago been washed away. The Devils Tower hexagonal pattern is the result of the cooling of magma. When magma cools, it shrinks, causing the cracks and pattern. This is called Jointing.  The volcano that the Devils Tower was originally formed in would have been massive. Devil's Tower Wiki

There is a similar formation in Southern Oregon called Pilot rock that was formed the same way:

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Giants Causeway (Ireland)

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An area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the Giants Causeway is a result of an ancient volcanic eruption. Located on the north-east coast of Northern Ireland, most of its columns are hexagonal, although there are also some with four, five, seven and eight sides. The tallest are about 12 meters (36 ft) high, and the solidified lava in the cliffs is 28 meters thick in places. In a 2005 poll of Radio Times readers, the causeway was named as the fourth greatest natural wonder in the United Kingdom. Giants Causeway Wiki
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Blue Lake Cave (Brazil)

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Mato Grosso do Sul region in Brazil (and especially the quiet town of Bonito) boasts many marvelous underground lakes: Gruta do Lago Azul, Gruta do Mimoso, AquĆ”rio Natural. The world famous "Gruta do Lago Azul” (Blue Lake Cave) is a natural monument whose interior is formed by stalactites, stalagmites and a huge and wonderful blue lake. The beauty of the lake is something impressive. The Blue Lake Cave has a big variety of geological formation but impresses mainly for the deep blue colored water of its inside lake. Blue Lake Cave Wiki
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Eye of the Sahara (Mauritania)


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This spectacular landform in Mauritania in the southwestern part of the Sahara desert is so huge with a diameter of 30 miles that it is visible from space. Called Richat Structure --or the Eye of the Sahara-- the The formation was originally thought to be caused by a meteorite impact but now geologists believe it is a product of uplift and erosion. The cause of its circular shape is still a mystery. Eye of the Sahara Wiki
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Crystal Cave of the Giants (Mexico)

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Found deep inside a mine in southern Chihuahua Mexico, these crystals were formed in a natural cave totally enclosed in bedrock. A geode full of spectacular crystals as tall as pine trees, and in some cases greater in circumference, they are a translucent gold and silver in color and come in many incredible forms and shapes. The Crystal Cave of the Giants was discovered within the same limestone body that hosts the silver-zinc-lead ore bodies exploited by the mine and it was probably dissolved by the same hydrothermal fluids that deposited the metals with the gypsum being crystallized during the waning stages of mineralization. Crystal Cave of the Giants Wiki
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Great Blue Hole (Belize)

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Part of the Lighthouse Reef System, The Great Blue Hole lies approximately 60 miles off the mainland out of Belize City. A large, almost perfectly circular hole approximately one quarter of a mile (0.4 km) across, it’s one of the most astounding dive sites to be found anywhere on earth. Inside this hole, the water is 480 feet (145 m) deep and it is the depth of water which gives the deep blue color that causes such structures throughout the world to be known as "blue holes." The Great Blue Hole Wiki
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Antelope Canyon (Arizona - USA)

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The most visited and photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest, the Antelope Canyon is located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona. It includes two separate, photogenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as Upper Antelope Canyon --or “The Crack”-- and Lower Antelope Canyon --or “The Corkscrew.”

The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tse' bighanilini, which means "the place where water runs through rocks." Lower Antelope Canyon is Hasdestwazi, or "spiral rock arches." Both are located within the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation. Antelope Canyon Wiki-

The Wave (between Arizona and Utah - USA)


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A red-rock stunner on the border of Arizona and Utah, The Wave is made of 190-million-year-old sand dunes that have turned to rock. This little-known formation is accessible only on foot via a three-mile hike and highly regulated. The Wave Wiki
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Stone Forest (Southwest China)

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The Stone Forest is a notable set of karst formations in Shilin Yi Autonomous County, in the Yunnan province of southwest China, approximately 85 km from the city of Kunming. The tall rocks seem to emanate from the ground in the manner of stalagmites, with many looking like trees made of stone, creating the illusion of a forest made of stone. Stone Forest Wiki
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One of more than 300 known caves in the Waitomo region of New Zealand’s North Island, these are most famous for their population of Arachnocampa luminosa, a glowworm found here in their thousands.
The bright bugs weave silken nests on the roof and then lower glowing strands down into space where they ensnare insects attracted by the glow. Further on in the formation is the Cathedral, a cave with 18 metre high ceilings and superb natural acoustics – opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa once performed here. Waitomo Glowworm Cave Wiki
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