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Three-sun Morning
Saw this on the way into work today. This is what it really looked like. I wonder if it has to do with the -4° this morning.
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"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place."
 - George Bernard Shaw

Just came across this quote and loved it.
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Oceana attempts to use seafood labeling issues as wedge to sow consumer distrust


A new report on DNA testing by Oceana that found 40% of restaurants sampled had some form of mislabeled seafood is getting a lot of media play today. We ask why would Oceana spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on DNA testing to show that there are labeling issues with red snapper, escolar, and that sometimes pacific cod is substituted for Atlantic. These are well known issues. We think it is because prior tactics of scaring consumers about overfishing are failing. No longer does the American public believe that commercial fishing is emptying the oceans, or driving stocks to extinction. Facts have proved the doom sayers wrong. So now, undermining trust in seafood is a new wedge issue - aimed to help in their campaigns to restrict bottom trawling, establish more protected areas, to reduce international trade in seafood, and to eliminate bycatch. 

At issue is whether these problems are addressed through science, or emotionally through innuendo. The study was not a scientific sample - but was deliberately skewed to produce its results -and then apply those results across the board to the entire industry. This does not bode well for a science based approach to problem solving. We address this in our video today. 
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Explore Everest from The Comfort of Your Home
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Fiscal Cliff, Simplified
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Sometimes one mug just isn't going to be enough.
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'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius has an edge, all right --- his spirit
The double-amputee from South Africa is an amazing sight as he makes Olympic history in a 400-meter run to put him in the semifinals.,0,6434101.column

I thought this article did well in capturing Oscar's gratefulness and how encouraging he is in spite of the nay-sayers.

And below - what a great quote.
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And THAT is Acceleration
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Read this thru slowly and try to comprehend the amount of force produced in just under 4 seconds! The last paragraph puts it all into perspective!

There are no rockets or airplanes built by any government in the world that can accelerate from a standing start as fast as a Top Fuel Dragster or Funny Car..and that includes any aircraft launched by a catapult from an aircraft carrier. Nothing can compare..

One top fuel dragster 500 cubic inch Hemi engine makes more horsepower than the first 4 rows of stock cars at the Daytona 500.

It takes just 15/100 ths (0.15) of a second for all 6,000 plus horsepower (some believe 8,000 HP is more realistic - there are no dynamometers capable of measuring) of an N.H.R.A. Top Fuel dragster engine to reach the rear wheels.

Under full throttle, a dragster engine consumes 1-1/2 gallons of nitro-methane per second; a fully loaded 747 consumes jet fuel at the same rate with 25% less energy being produced.
A stock Dodge Hemi V8 engine cannot produce enough power to drive the dragster's supercharger..

With 3,000 c.f.m. of air being rammed in by the supercharger on overdrive, the fuel mixture is compressed into a near-solid form before ignition.

Cylinders run on the verge of hydraulic lock at full throttle.

At the stoichiometric (stoichiometry: methodology and technology by which quantities of reactants and products in chemical reactions are determined) 1.7:1 air/fuel mixture of nitro-methane, the flame front temperature measures 7,050 degrees F. (Oxy-acetylene on "cut" is 6,300)

Nitro methane burns yellow. The spectacular white flame seen above the stacks at night is raw burning hydrogen, dissociated from atmospheric water vapour by the searing exhaust gases.

Dual magnetos supply 44 amps to each spark plug. This is the output of an arc welder in each cylinder.

Spark plug electrodes are totally consumed during one pass. After halfway, the engine is dieseling from compression, plus the glow of exhaust valves at 1,400 degrees F. The engine can only be shut down by cutting the fuel flow.

If spark momentarily fails early in the run, unburned nitro builds up in the affected cylinders and then explodes with sufficient force to blow cylinder heads off the block in pieces or split the block in half.

In order to exceed 300 mph in 4.5 seconds, dragsters must accelerate an * average* of over 4G's. In order to reach 200 mph well before half-track, the launch acceleration approaches 8G's.

Dragsters reach over 300 miles per hour before you have completed reading this sentence. The redline is actually quite high at 9,500 rpm. 

Assuming all the equipment is paid off, the crew worked for free, and for once NOTHING BLOWS UP, each run costs an estimate $1,000.00 per second.

The current top fuel dragster elapsed time record is 4.428 seconds for the quarter mile (11/12/06, Tony Schumacher, at Pomona, CA ).. The top speed record is 336.15 mph as measured over the last 66' of the run (05/25/05 Tony Schumacher, at Hebron, OH).

Putting all of this into perspective:

You are driving the average $140,000 Lingenfelter 'twin-turbo' powered Corvette Z06. Over a mile up the road, a top fuel dragster is staged and ready to launch down a quarter mile strip as you pass. You have the advantage of a flying start. You run the 'Vette hard up through the gears and blast across the starting line and pass the dragster at an honest 200 mph.. The 'tree' goes green for both of you at that instant.

The dragster launches and starts after you. You keep your foot down hard, but you hear an incredibly brutal whine that sears your eardrums and within 3 seconds, the dragster catches and passes you. He beats you to the finish line, a quarter mile away from where you were just passed by him.

Think about it, from a standing start, the dragster had spotted you 200 mph and not only caught, but nearly blasted you off the road when he passed you within a mere 1,320 foot long race course.**

... *and that, my friend, is ACCELERATION *!
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