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Wednesday, December 30. 2020
Why Roman concrete is stronger than it ever was, while modern concrete decays
Something Wonderful: Eddy’s World of Invention
What a guy. At 98, Eddy still whistles while he works
Was Ancient Greek Poet Homer a Civil War General? He Just Got Canceled in a Mass. School
Massachusetts city to post climate change warning stickers at gas stations
Young Climate Cultists In California Making Themselves Crazy
GET READY FOR THE “CLIMATE EMERGENCY”?
Spain Will Make List Of Residents Who Refuse COVID Vaccination, Will Share It With European Union To Potentially Ban Them From Air Travel Across EU…
New York Lawmakers Decide No One Can Be Evicted During COVID, Landlords Will Just Pay Their Bills Somehow I Guess?
Mass Vaccination Campaign Begins In Europe, Millions Of Doses To Be Distributed In First Week
Do Black Lives Really Matter? Latest New York City Crime Statistics
Worst Governor In America Prioritizes Drug Addicts Over Seniors For Vaccines
Obama, Biden Oval Office Meeting On January 5 Was Key To Entire Anti-Trump Operation. Susan Rice's bizarre Inauguration Day email about that meeting helps explain the campaign of leaks, lies, and obstruction that followed.
Man Who Has Been In Government For Nearly 50 Years Promises To Fix Government
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WAITAMINUTE!! I'm FIRST?? Is this a TRAP????? And I stepped into it. DANG!
Why Roman concrete is stronger than it ever was, while modern concrete decays: Sea water is hard to come by, when you're not close to the sea.
Down the 1619 Project’s Memory Hole: There's a hole for that? For those "a holes"?
Get Ready for the “Climate Emergency”? Scare tactics, everyone? Color me...extra, Extra, EXTRA skeptical.
Do Black Lives Really Matter? Latest New York City Crime Statistics: Well, no, not the the blacks shooting other blacks.
Obama, Biden Oval Office Meeting On January 5 Was Key To Entire Anti-Trump Operation: Of course! Orangeman bad, Bad, BADDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD!!11!!!
Man Who Has Been In Government For Nearly 50 Years Promises To Fix Government: The BEE has a loooong, sharrrrrrrrrrrrrrp and pointy stinger, and has a 1 millimeter Circular Error Probability in its targeting.
Sea water is hard to come by, when you're not close to the sea.
I can buy shallots grown in France at my local San Antonio grocery store. The Japanese, with nary an oil well in sight use gasoline in their cars. How difficult would it be to pipe or truck seawater to construction sites, when about 80% of the world's conurbations are within 100 miles of a coastline? Concrete that lasts 1000 years instead of 20 might have great ROI.
The Roman concrete recipe, while it grows stronger with time, still does not have near the compressive strength of modern Portland cement. For standard uses, concrete would have around 3,000 psi compressive strength. But for things like bridges and highway spans, it's more like 10,000 psi. And of course un-reinforced Roman cement can accommodate only compressive loads. It's the addition of steel reinforcement that allows modern concretes to withstand repeated load cycles, nominal tensions, and so forth. Now when they lay cement highways, they include threaded rods throughout that are post-tensioned after the cement sets up to make the roads super-strong.
In the oil patch, we pump cement all the time, basically to grout in the steel casings that we run when completing a hole section - it seals the wellbore along the outside of the casing string. It's conventional to use seawater as the mixing water when working an offshore well. Up to a point, the addition of salt (NaCl, CaCl, etc) accelerates the setting reaction, but past certain points, salts will actually retard setting.
I think that the problem with Greek literature and culture is that it is ancient and intelligent and dramatically highlights the difference between European culture and, let's say for the sake of the argument, African culture. While Greece was making scientific discoveries and writing incredible prose African culture was enslaving black Africans and learning new horrible ways to torture. You can't allow that to stand it must be torn down to their level. That is the new equality tearing down other cultures to the level of a culture that doesn't even believe that 2+2=4.
Actually, I don't quite agree (and everybody - including the Ancient Greeks - enslaved other people and tortured them now and then).
The Odyssey storyline echoes plenty of heroic epics from across the globe and has a universal appeal; told to a tribal audience around a bonfire in ancient Africa, I have no doubt that it (and the Iliad) would have been a big hit. Tribal chiefs and petty kings would have easily recognized themselves in all its intrigues. One reason why Shakespeare has such global popularity!
And that perhaps is the real irony in banning it: it actually reduces and further isolates students from the interconnectivity of cultural and intellectual traditions i.e., it only makes them even more illiterate.
Which is just what the world needs of course: more ill-tempered, ignorant people harbouring grievances about every perceived slight against their person!
I like the way you put that, JJM. Disconnecting people from 'a time before time' makes it easier to present propaganda as historical fact. If you don't know that the Earth was once much colder and hotter than it is now, or that people were talking about democracy as a form of government thousands of years ago, you're going to be more likely to blindly accept the pronouncements about how climate is changing now, or how 'the moral arc of the universe' is being bent.
You are correct that most every society did indeed torture and enslave. The difference is that some societies did other things too. If you cannot see the difference, I can't help you.
BUT more to the point, the reason why these intelligent societies MUST be removed from history is because they show the truth of how backward other societies/peoples are. There is simply no other explanation. Being 'woke' demands that what you believe MUST be true and anything that refutes it must be eliminated.
"No One Can Be Evicted"
This is a win win for socialist (wanna be communist). Not only is covid lockdown rules destroying the economy it is simultaneously redistributing wealth. When the dust clears and many of these properties are given up through bankruptcy who is going to be right there to pick them up for pennies on the dollar???
At the conclusion of the interesting article on Roman concrete, I saw the article on the loss of smell, due to Covid. I lost my sense of smell for about four days. I didn’t experience any depression or anxiety over that, as the article suggests that you should. No, I started toying with dirty jobs that I could do. I can’t smell anything. I stuck a bottle of Pine-sol to my nose and detected nothing. The dangers of not smelling things that harm you aside, the real possibility of making money doing nasty tasks, no urge to vomit, I can’t smell it, got the entrepreneurial wheels spinning. It was not to be, my sense smell returned.
"The final design of the bright yellow stickers, shared with the Guardian, includes text that warns drivers the burning of gasoline, diesel and ethanol has “major consequences on human health and the environment including contributing to climate change”.
It would be a real shame if other people started carrying around rolls of stickers that say something else. Maybe make them slightly larger, but same color, shape, and font - the better to cover with, carrying a different message entirely. What better things can you do while waiting at the gas pump, besides make a contribution to the insurrection?
You mean something like this?
CONSUMER WARNING: GASOHOL IS HAZARDOUS TO
(1) your car engine, designed for gasoline
(2) the agricultural environment, crowding out food crops
(3) the poor, inflating corn prices
AND, it's subsidized with YOUR FEDERAL TAX DOLLARS!
TAKE THE PLEDGE: NO CORN LIQUOR FOR MY CAR.
Well, I definitely agree about no gasohol, at least for my lawn mower and snow blower. I have to drive two counties away to get ethanol-free gasoline for them, which I store in "pre-government-edict" gas cans.
(Sidenote: they are still around in consignment shops and yard sales and the like. You may have to get new nozzles for them and in some cases punch a vent hole in the top rear, but — wonders of the market! — the conversion kits are available on Amazon, Ebay, and elsewhere and they aren't expensive.)
Why Roman concrete is stronger than it ever was, while modern concrete decays
Wow, 392 objects blocked on just one page, and still climbing. I would be careful about going to that page, it's downloading cookies and spyware at a rapid rate..
Obama, Biden Oval Office Meeting On January 5 Was Key
Don't forget Obama's literally last minute executive order as he was leaving office, authorizing agencies to share intelligence information with each other and thus legalizing the Get Trump program as fabricated "evidence" of the Russia Hoax was spread.
Even the NYT was baffled at the time why Obama was doing that, but of course all of that is now censored.
Obama Expands Surveillance Powers on His Way Out, Jan. 12, 2017
However—and this is especially troubling—“if analysts stumble across evidence that an American has committed any crime, they will send it to the Justice Department,” the Times wrote. So information that was collected without a warrant—or indeed any involvement by a court at all—for foreign intelligence purposes with little to no privacy protections, can be accessed raw and unfiltered by domestic law enforcement agencies to prosecute Americans with no involvement in threats to national security.
Southern California is in deep trouble. The hospitals are turning away covid patients, they have no more capacity. Wait! Does anyone else remember that California forced hospitals to take in illegal immigrants and not get reimbursed for the costs? And that many of these hospitals went bankrupt and closed? Anyone??? What would the hospital capacity of Southern Cal be if the illegal alien problem had been dealt with properly? How many of those with Covid in Southern Cal are illegal immigrants? How much of this problem came across the border illegallY
NYC crime: The homicide rate is up everywhere, especially in small cities. At present, everyone is resorting to their priors about what is wrong with the world to explain why. I am waiting, myself.