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Wasatch Formation

Most geological formations contain only one type of rock. Not this one.

As Pangaea was breaking up and the dinosaurs were coming to an end, a basin formed between the newly-uplifted Rocky Mountains and the Uncompahgre Uplift. A few million years after the last dinosaur died, the uplifts started eroding into this basin, washing down sand, gravel, mud, silt, clay -- all kinds of stuff -- and filling in the basin. Some of it is pretty weird -- and interesting.

Here, beside the Debeque Cutoff Road in eastern Mesa County, Colorado, we see a layer of mudstone capped by harder sandstone -- causing hoodoos to form.

#colorado   #geology  
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A toroid.

+TJ Rothwell, you might get more answers if you enable comments on your post.
 
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+Eric Raymond, +Foo Quuxman and friends --

Time for you to come out to Colorado for a visit!

Rifle, Colorado. Just up the road from here.

It's a nice town. I enjoy driving through the downtown area so much that I rarely take the bypass. Never stopped to do any business there though.

I think I'll be stopping for lunch next time I'm up that way. I remember seeing the sign for the cafe, but didn't know about the armed waitresses until now.

There won't be any ISIS attacks in that place anytime soon...
When the location that formerly housed the Base Camp Cafe in Rifle became available, it did not take the owners of Shooters Grill, Lauren and Jayson Boebert, very long to pull the trigger. The popular Rifle eatery, which garnered national media atte...
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Interesting.

Today's Brexit voting is having no noticeable effect (so far) on gold.

This could mean that no one knows which way the vote will go, or that investors do think they know, but believe it won't make much difference.

#brexit   #gold  
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So... yet another libtarded clueless reporter (he actually speaks of buying an "assault rifle," LOL, which has been banned in the US for more than eighty years) walks into a gun store and gets one of life's hard lessons.

Short version: he can't pass the background check. Turns out he's an alcoholic and wife beater.

#2ndamendment  
Guest post by Michael Strickland Neil Steinberg, writer for the Chicago Sun Times, saw how easy it was for other ...
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That Which Is Seen, and That Which Is Not Seen

Frederick Bastiat, 1850

Eighty percent of everything a layman needs to understand about economics is contained in the first chapter of this book, in which the economic consequences of a shopkeeper's broken window are discussed.

Almost everyone gets it wrong, because they look only at what is seen (the economic opportunity for the glazier) and not at the unseen (the lost opportunity to buy a pair of shoes).

This principle is still timely today. Once you understand it, a whole lot of other pieces of life's puzzles fall into place. That is why this book is in this collection: it is one of the books that has changed my life.

One might say that this short, easily-readable book is less about economics and more about a way of thinking, but in the end economics IS little more than a way of thinking.

Out of copyright, freely available in many places on the Web. Search for it by its acronym 'twisatwins' and you'll find it.
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Yes, it's not a long read. AND all the meat is in the first chapter. The remaining chapters are only re-hashes of the first, in differing scenarios.
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My trip to Shooters Grill in Rifle, CO today

For +Eric Raymond, +Foo Quuxman, +Arthur Shagall 

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I arrived at the peak of lunch rush, and there was a wait for tables. I took a seat at the counter.

About 50% of the waitresses were armed. Most of the ones that weren't armed looked too young to legally carry. I didn't see any point in taking a picture of the armed waitresses. You've already seen them.

They are very nice ladies. They probably appreciate the men staring at their hip instead of their chest...

This place is pilot-friendly. My waitress told me that there is a courtesy car at the FBO (airport is kinda sorta right across the river) for pilots who fly in. So +Gwen Patton and her partner have NO EXCUSE for not coming over to eat! ha ha!

I can't afford to eat out so I won't be making many trips there. But I'm happy they are there, and will support them as often as I go through Rifle.
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Yeah, the first thing Nazis did was to confiscate all weapons when they invaded Czechoslovakia. Well, it didn't help them, Heidrich was still rightfully assassinated, with (illegal) weapons...
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Gold shot up about $100US last night as the Brexit vote results became clear.

Gold is a safe haven. It does not produce income: people only move their money to it when they think that equities are going to lose value. They move their money out of gold, and into equities, when they think that equities are going to make them money.

So what this means is that investors didn't see a bright future last night for their stocks.

The Big Question is: which investors? The Global Elite? Or the Little People?

My bet is on the former. I think they see their empire crumbling.

FWIW, note that gold has already begun to correct.

#brexit   #gold  
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LOL

Gold is on a bit of a wild ride tonight as the #brexit  votes are being counted.

This isn't as bad as it looks. If you'll check the Y-axis scale, you can see that the biggest gyration is only about thirty bucks (US $) per ounce.
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I normally just stick with the actual science in this Collection. Today's post is a rare departure into politics -- mostly because of the graphs that are included in this article that show with unusual clarity how far the scientific fraud is going.

The article's context is the recent push by the attorneys general of certain states to prosecute anyone who dares express skepticism of the Global Climate Change "science," claiming that their Usual Suspects (Exxon, the Koch Brothers, Big Evil Oil Companies, et. al. ad nauseum) had found "evidence" of catastrophic Global Warming in their own research and conspired to cover it up.

Heller's main point here is that if that's a crime, then Mssrs. Hansen, Mann, Jones et. al. are also guilty of violating the same racketeering laws.

But the reason I share this is because of the graphs. Look at the actual science.

#globalwarming   #climatechange   #fraud  
From: Phil Jones. To: Many. Nov 16, 1999. “I've just completed Mike's Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie, from 1981 onwards) and from 1961 for Keith's to hide the decline.” Michael Mann hid the post-1960 decline in the temperatures, as measured by ...
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I copied it.  but the principle is damage.  they will never be able to prove exxon damaged the earth (does the earth have standing in court?).  we can prove damage by the warmists in jobs lost and economic peril.
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WEATHER IS NOT CLIMATE: the Earth is cooling

The small heat wave currently affecting one corner of the United States has nothing to do with "global warming." Across the globe, worldwide average temperature has been plummeting faster than it ever has since records began.

And it's going to get "frickin' cold in here, Mr. Bigglesworth" [a line from an old movie]. A La Niña, with colder-than-usual temperatures, always follows an El Niño. 'Twon't matter much in the southern hemisphere, where it will be summer, but for us up north here, it's going to be a cold winter.

And don't forget that more people die from extreme cold than from extreme heat. Not that you'll ever hear about any of them in the news this winter.
It’s no surprise to us that the “monster” El Niño of 2015/2016 created a very large global temperature spike, after all, that’s what the natural process that creates the phe…
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Multiple references to skeptics being Nazi sympathizers (and Communists!) deleted.

One example (see above) is enough.
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Elon Musk on Twitter: "Looks like early taxpayer money depletion caused engine shutdown just above the deck"

There, fixed that for you.

All he needs is another $4.9 Billion of your money, folks, and he can make this work...
@elonmusk really interesting how it seemed to hover in mid air as if it throttled too much power earlier than it should've. Chris Tierney · 15h15 hours ago. Chris Tierney @stunt_penguin. @elonmusk Any extra time on the pad or delays that might have meant extra LOX burn-off?
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OK, that's it. +Matthew Locaciato is banned from this and all of my other posts.

I do not tolerate hatred. Don't even try.
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Now across the street (130 E. 3rd St?) in a location twice the size. My burger was excellent. Staff are all very nice people, and seem happy to be there. Very 2nd-Amendment-friendly: about half of the waitresses are openly carrying a firearm. Not that there will ever be any high-profile attacks in small rural Colorado towns, but it's still nice to feel safe while dining.
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WARNING: they keep Mormon hours. Made the mistake of making the 26-mile trip on a Sunday afternoon, only to find they were closed. No hours posted on the door. I'm sure that isn't necessary, since the hours of business are no doubt posted at Church where everyone will see them.
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Severely lacking in expertise It has taken me over a year to write this review. Until recently, I couldn't figure out WHO was right... These guys are not the sharpest knives in the drawer. Neither do they have the best diagnostic equipment. And they like to sell you stuff that you don't need. I took my newly-purchased Jeep to them because they were the shop that had been working on it for the previous owner. I wanted everything checked out, and to find the cause of the Check Engine light coming on. So they told me that the gearlube in one of my axles was getting old. They had installed lockers in that axle less than a year before. I said, "WHAT? You put the old lube back in when you installed the lockers?" There was a lot of hemming and hawing. Their diagnostic computer is apparently the same one that auto parts houses will loan you for free, because it never found more than the "#2 cylinder misfire" that I already knew about. They make diagnostic computers costing thousands of dollars for PROFESSIONAL mechanics that will tell you a whole lot more. But that's all they had to go on, so they proceeded to talk me into a compression test. Said it would be $75. I consented. The compression test found nothing, and they charged me $95. A few weeks later a retired auto mechanic working part-time at the O'Reilly's in Moab gave me a clue. He said it would be one of three things (I forget the details), one of which was the injector. He is also the one who told me about the pro-grade tools that mechanics are supposed to have. It turned out to be the injector. A can of injector cleaner in the tank, and cleaning up the dirty electrical contacts on the injector solved the problem. These guys are barely above the level of backyard mechanics.
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Knowledgeable, friendly, clean. I went in to buy a small part and broke down in his parking lot. His shop schedule didn't have time to look at it, but he eventually made time. I had to go next door (Pep Boys) and buy a belt, which his men then installed. There's another national chain in town whose name starts with "4." They are dishonest. This shop will treat you right. If I ever come back to New Mexico, this shop will get all of my business while I'm there.
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I have been waiting a year to write this review. It has taken me that long to get proof of who was right. I took my Jeep in a year ago to get a critical front-suspension bolt replaced that had gone missing, and a front-end alignment. Afterward, the Jeep had an annoying pull to the right. I took it back in. They wouldn't even look at it. "Oh, no, the alignment is perfect," they told me. "It has to be your tires." Disgusted, I walked out, determined to give them a bad review here after I had proved them wrong. Thousands of dollars later, spent with quacks and charlatans who sold me all kinds of parts I didn't need and insisted I needed to spend more, the issue was resolved when a mechanic I drove hundreds of miles to see (because I knew he was honest) switched some tires around. So these guys were right all along. But they only get three stars because of their lousy service: they COULD have offered to switch the tires around that day, solve my problem, and prove that they were right. That would have saved me a lot of grief. But they didn't. Instead, they copped an attitude.
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This is not your typical 4WD store & shop. These people are "old school." Not a fancy showroom, only a few fast-moving parts in stock. But they're HONEST. They won't try to sell you something you don't need. Last month, I took a week off of work to drive to Denver to have these folks look at my Jeep. It had been to a certain national chain whose name begins with "4," and it was clear that the latter were trying to sell me thousands of dollars' worth of parts & work that I didn't need. These guys found the actual problem, and I saved so much money going to Four To Go that it paid for the trip. They also saved me money on a set of new wheels that I'd been wanting, but no one else had the time to actually LOOK for in their suppliers' catalogs. These people took the time. Even if you're 500 miles away, it's worth the trip to get (1) an honest mechanic, and (2) the work done right the first time.
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This guy knows his stuff. Do not argue with him; he's forgotten more than you'll ever know. He's blunt to the point of being offensive, and has no patience with fools. And in my years of dealing with him, he has never, ever been wrong. Or dishonest. This is not a discount shop: you will pay top dollar for what you're buying. Maybe even more than you would pay somewhere else. But he'll sell you what you actually need, not what you think you need, or what someone else told you you need, or what he wants to push onto you. And he'll probably have it: this man has EVERYTHING, going all the way back to the 1940's models. There have been a number of times that he's told me things about my Jeep that I just couldn't believe. Every other shop in town told me something else. In the end, Mike was right. Despite his prices, his knowledge and brutal honesty have saved me money, several times. If you can't deal with his personality, it's your loss.
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