Archive for November, 2006

More Global Warming stuff

November 30, 2006

Hi all,

My last post on GW got a good comment.   Y’all should check out tamino’s site, http://tamino.wordpress.com/  It looks to have some useful information, if you happen to need more than our rants.

the Grit

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Radioactive dot

November 30, 2006

Hi Brit,

Concerning your radioactive full stop, there is a local factoid you might be interested in.  The local landfill, what once was known as a garbage dump, is protected by ultra sensitive radiation detectors.  Apparently, garbage is a potential terrorist target.  These detectors will go off if you drive by during the week after certain medical procedures that involve injecting you with radioactive tracing stuff.  I was chatting about it with the person on duty, and she said this has happened several times.  The alarm goes off and security guards rush up, pull the surprised driver out of his dump truck, and wrestle him to the ground.  That’ll teach them not to smuggle minuscule amounts of radioactive trash into our pure garbage collection.

the Grit

What’s Big Food up to now?

November 30, 2006

Hi Brit,

My usually unreliable source is in a talkative mood this week.  He/she/it just tipped me off to a plot by Big Food to force genetically modified food on all of us. 

“There is an unholy alliance between Big Agriculture and Big Grocery Stores to develop raw vegetables that are genetically modified to grow with a bar code naturally incorporated on their surface.  The financial advantages to this are so overwhelming that, once perfected, no computer dependent nation on the planet will be able to resist.  The only thing holding up initial distribution of these products is a lack of bar code scanners that can read the tiny markings on beans, berries, and other small items.  The second phase of this plot will be to do the same with fish and birds.  After that, chicken eggs will come out pre-coded.”

As is often the case, I find this difficult to believe.  However, Big Business has done strange things in the past; remember New Coke?

the Grit

Global warming?

November 30, 2006

Hi Brit,

You’ve hit on my problem with believing in global warming.  All we get from the news media is “so many scientists say it’s true.”  Why no details?  Why no explanation?  Why not even a definition?  What I’ve seen so far wouldn’t convince anyone not willing to take it on faith.  Of course, over here we’re a trusting lot.

the Grit

Hottest temperature on earth?

November 30, 2006

One would have supposed that with all the talk of global warming record temperatures on earth would be being broken with regular monotony. If this is the case perhaps someone can explain why the hottest recorded temperature on earth is 136 degrees in Liberia in 1922, over eighty years ago.

the brit

Weight problem?

November 30, 2006

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Do you ever get the feeling that you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulder? Apparently it is not a position to aspire to because the earth weighs 6.6 sextrillion tonnes. I assume that scientists took the opportunity to weigh it while Charles Atlas had it on his shoulders.

Ever wish that you could have performed this feat but daunted by the weight? I have a way you can cheat. Try holding the moon on your shoulders instead. It is only 27% the size of the earth.

the brit 

Russian death saga

November 30, 2006

Hey Grit

The investigation into the death of the ex-KGB guy continues to expand. Two British Airways Jets have been grounded in the UK and another has been taken out of service in Moscow and will be sent back to the UK. These planes are being examined because traces of radiation substances, palonium have been found on at least one. Apart from the planes, traces of radiation have been found in 12 out of 24 other locations studied.

Scientists are saying that it needs to be ingested and breathed into blood stream to kill you. The size of the substance needed to lead to this is “.” a full stop. It is apparently harmless outside of the body. Just make sure you don’t breathe.

You can buy this substance on the internet, and there is no protection or detection at our airports. Every expert is saying that this is not a threat to us, but one guy died! Thirty thousand travellers are being traced for what experts are saying is “precaution” purposes. This despite that fact that we are being told it has a short life span. Sixty nine people have been referred to health authorities and eighteen sent to clinics.

They are also saying that you need to have access to a nuclear reactor to create the substance. Does this not suggest that there was a government somewhere in the world involved in this event? Eyes are looking East. 

We have certain protective systems in place at our airports, which check us going out, but we do not have the same systems coming in. Why not?

The government is saying on the one hand that there is nothing to worry about, yet on the other saying that they are taking this matter very seriously. This together with all the comments above is surely contradictory.

Well this really makes the UK a wonderful and safe place to live in! I’m off down the pub!

the brit

PS: don’t eat this post in case the full stops are contaminated

Palm trees

November 29, 2006

Hey Grit

I heard that they are talking about taking away the palm trees from Los Angeles because they are too tall to be environmentally friendly, and they have fungus

The price of freedom

November 29, 2006

Brit, my deepest and most sincere apologies.

“Hollywood newlywed Tom Cruise has bought a house in Sussex, according to a report.”

http://www.breakingnews.ie/story.asp?j=234072890&p=z34x737x5&n=234073776&x=ie

the Grit

No CO2, so sad for you

November 29, 2006

Hi Brit,

 Check this out.

Well, the agenda of the wacko environmentalists has finally seen the light of day.  Decades ago, they bitched and moaned about lead in automobile exhaust.  That seemed like a reasonable concern, so we, the People, through our Government representatives, made the automobile manufacturers and the gasoline manufacturers cut that stuff out.  With that foot in the door, the haters of all things that separate us from the apes, immediately started in on sulfur in car exhaust.  With help from some rigged scientific studies about acid rain, they managed to pull the same stunt and get catalytic converters stuck on every new car produced.  We the People put up with the extra cost and lower performance because, well sucks, who wants to die from acid rain even if it doesn’t exist. 

Seeing final success in sight, the loony left went after CO emissions, that’s carbon monoxide for those of us who slept through chemistry class.  Evil stuff that CO or so said the news media, so, for the third time, We the People spoke, and massive amounts of extra expensive junk was required to be added to our autos.

Now, we see the culmination of the tree huggers’ campaign. 

http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=76850

This time, they’re after CO2 (carbon dioxide) because it might cause Global Warming and thus might kill us all (in the next two or three hundred years.)  So, once again, We the People are being pushed into banning just one more vile gas from escaping out of our exhaust pipes.  What hasn’t been mentioned is the question of what is left.

The answer to that is, nothing.  When you burn any carbon based fuel, you wind up with gas that is a combination of carbon and oxygen.  That’s pretty much what fire is, after all.  So, we finally get to the end of the decades long plan, the elimination of carbon based fuel.  By the by, that includes gasoline. 

I’d say go buy a horse, but they take in hay (a carbon based substance) and oxygen, combine the mess to produce energy, and release both methane and CO2, so the eco-freaks must hate them also.  Just a parting note on where this is all leading, people have much the same metabolism as horses, so, eventually, our respiration will need regulating.

the Grit

Legal animal antics

November 29, 2006

For the animal lovers out there I have two pieces of news for you. The first may appeal to you as a farmer Grit. Most people that I speak to think that the city of London is a great place to visit. However, animals in general do not get to enjoy the sights of this city. There is a way round this, at least for farm animals. If you Grit, were to become a freeman of the City you would be entitled, under a several hundred year old law, to lead a flock of animals across any of its bridges. Now there’s a thought!

Also, in Sweden sometime ago they extended their employment laws to include animals. It is illegal for any employer of animals to allow seals to balance balls on their noses. It is just as well that the Swedish football (soccer) team does not employ seals

the Brit

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Blind Justice

November 29, 2006

Here we go again.  One Judge has decided he/she knows better than the rest of our Government and a couple of hundred years of tradition.  Go figure.  Here’s the story:

http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=76872

and the gist of it is that blind people can’t distinguish between different denominations of our currency.  So?  Neither can really stupid people, on the list of whom I include this, and many other, Federal Judges.  Thus, on the whim of this deeply caring twit, we the tax payers are going to waste billions of dollars changing out the distinguished paper notes we’ve loved for so long, into scratch and sniff bits of Monopoly money.  Perhaps, some other judge will take up the cause of the touch deprived blind citizens, and we’ll have to put little voice chips into our money that will sing out their worth when pressed.  Of course, that might help the economy since you’d have to spend it before the battery went dead.

the Grit

Clinton Clone Conspiracy

November 29, 2006

It has come to my attention, from a normally unreliable source, that:

“Bill Clinton is being cloned.  Based on directives from the Inner Circle of the Bilderberg Group, genetic samples from the ex-President have been sent to a secret genetics lab in Cheyenne Mountain.  Numerous clones are  being created.  They will be raised in various secret training facilities around the world, where they will be brainwashed into perfect tools of the Powers That Be.  Upon reaching maturity they are to undergo plastic surgery to disguise their true nature.  The goal is to create super politicians that will assume key positions in all world governments, making control by the Bilderbergers easier to maintain.”

Could be I suppose.  Of course, since I’ve always suspected Clinton is a space alien, the lab boys could be in for a big surprise 😉

the Grit

Russian dude

November 29, 2006

Hi Brit,

I’ve been following the story of the poisoned Russian guy.  For some reason, it has made the cable news here.  I mention that because most news bits from England (or the rest of the world) usually don’t make the cut.

From what I can tell, he died of radiation poisoning.  My first major in college was nuclear engineering (I made it to the senior year before deciding the industry had been killed by our environmental activists) and I can tell you that being over radiated is not the death of choice.  Skipping the really gross details, the reason you actually die from radiation overdose is a race between having your digestive system shut down and the destruction of your nervous system.  Both of these things are extremely painful and nasty.

 I’ve seen speculation that the reporter in question did this to himself as a way to bring down the Russian government.  If that is the case, he was one strong willed person.

It is definitely a story which is well worth following.

the Grit

Re: Snap

November 28, 2006

Hi Grit

I can’t match your turtle story. All I can say is that a long time ago I bought an old english sheepdog. It was nice and cuddly.

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It turned into a 200 hundred pound monster that was able to reverse itself onto the settee and laze there. Of course no-one argued.

the brit

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Russians in the News

November 28, 2006

Hey Grit

The russians seem to be getting everywhere. Here in the UK we have recently had an ex-KGB officer in the news, who sadly died yesterday. The theory is that because he was voicing his opposition to Putin and the way the Russian government is working, whatever is the equivalent to the KGB today was sent out to “whack” him.

Apparently something was slipped into his meal whilst he was dining with a friend. It was not a comfortable demise either. The medical profession has been arguing for days as to what caused his death, from bio-warfare to poisoning. The consensus now is that he was fed radio-active matter, which killed him from the inside.

I wish these people would play their “cold war” games in their own backyard. It does not make an invitation to dine look very inviting does it?

the brit

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The Russians are a hardy lot.

November 28, 2006

While expanding my knowledge of diverse bits of trivia, I stumbled across a most interesting story: http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/wire/sns-ap-swallowed-keys,0,4957170.story?coll=sns-ap-nationworld-headlines

The title of it is “Driver Tries to Swallow Keys, Bites Cop.”  The important item of information I harvested from the report is that the central character had just consumed half a liter of pure grain alcohol (affectionately known in my college days as PGA.)  This rather potent liquid is at least 180 proof, so that is at least the equivalent of downing a full liter of vodka.

The fact that this man was still breathing is impressive enough.  That he could not only move enough to attempt to swallow his keys, but still had enough neurons firing to think up the stunt, surely proves that the Russians are tough.

the Grit

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Snap!

November 28, 2006

Hi Brit,

I don’t know if they had this in England, but when I was young you could buy cute little baby turtles for pets.  They stopped selling them when it was discovered that they carried some nasty disease.  The interesting factoid on this is that they were often alligator snapping turtles.

So this:  small-turtle.jpg

After 20 years or so, turned into this:

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These can live for over 70 years and get up to 175 pounds, that’s 80 kg.  It’s another gift that keeps on giving.

the Grit


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Mornings are not good

November 27, 2006

I have just heard that there is good reason to fear getting up in the morning. Mind you that does presuppose that you make it in the first place because apparently 600 die as a result of falling out of bed in the morning. Add to this the fact that 40% of heart attacks happen early in the morning and a significant number of people choke on breakfast foods and you can see why mornings are not good.

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Mind you, I am not surprised that people choke because another report says that here we unzip 3 billion bananas a year. I assume that that is for the nation as a whole.  However, bearing in mind that there are only 60 million of us, that is some banana split to monkey around with.

Boy am I glad that I don’t sleep and therefore avoid getting up to all that!

the brit

Poetry challenge

November 26, 2006

A funny thing happened on my trip to the moon.
I met a tiger who gave me a spoon.
Over his shoulder he said, “don’t finish too soon,”
before rushing off to talk to a loon.

I continued on my way;
how that’s possible I can’t say.
The rings of Saturn began to sway,
and I developed a craving for curds and whey.

I discovered the road signs were made of cheese,
so I took a bite hoping it wasn’t a tease.
It turned out they were made to please,
although the smell of the spices made me sneeze.

Next I wandered into a spell of bad weather.
A moose blew by holding onto a feather.
The air had a faint scent of heather.
I wondered should I go on, or whether

In a near by cave, I should seek shelter?
I went on in and started to swelter.
It was hot in there like a big metal smelter.
That made me want that fish, what is it, gefilter?

A plate full turned up, and I whipped out my spoon,
but the sound when I dropped it awoke me too soon.
One night I’ll finish my trip to the moon,
if my dreams are inclined to grant me that boon.

the Grit