|20131205 09:45||Pappy||And some scientifecal schtuff:|
Hog farms in the Midwest are great big barns sitting on top of great big pits filled with a great deal of awful-smelling manure. The pigs walk about on a slatted floor that lets manure fall into the pit several feet below. Around 2007, farmers began noticing pig poop acting funny. The normally liquid mixture started producing foamy bubbles, rising up and up, past the slats, right to the pigs’ cloven hooves. Then it got worse. Among the gases in the bubbling in the foam are two of special note: methane and hydrogen sulfide—both highly flammable. All it takes is a small spark and Kaboom! In September 2011, a barn explosion killed 1,500 pigs and seriously injured one worker. It was just the most serious in a string of barn explosions that have cost farmers millions of dollars in the past several years. Scientists have scrambled to solve the mystery of the exploding hog-manure foam, but no straightforward answer as emerged so far.
As a matter of physics, every foam needs three components: gas, stabilizer, and surfactant. Manure is normally teeming with microbes, which produce gases like methane and whose cells can act as stabilizers. Therefore the surfactant—any chemical such as soap that lowers the surface tension of liquids to allow bubbles to form—is a likely candidate for what’s new. Around the same time that foaming manure became a problem, farmers also started feeding their pigs more and more distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), a cereal-like byproduct of ethanol production. DDGS is full of plant fibers and long-chain fatty acids—plausible surfactant candidates. Since the US provides huge subsidies for making ethanol from corn, DDGS was cheap and plentiful source of animal feed. DDGS has been a suspected culprit of foaming manure from the beginning (one magazine called it a “pig bang theory”), but experiments are still inconclusive. A comparison of manure from different diets with and without DDGS did not find the manure of DDGS-fed pigs to be particularly foamy. This lab experiment, however, only looked at manure incubated in bottles for up to 40 days. Manure pits are a different beast. The manure sits for up to a year before it’s pumped out. The yearlong accumulation also makes it difficult for researchers to make any conclusions comparing manure pits at farms because the pigs’ diets can often change. On top of that, DDGS content itself is not consistent, varying by season and by refinery.
The best short-term solution farmers have come up is antibiotics. Rumensin 90, an antibiotic normally used to prevent bloating in cattle, has been repurposed to prevent gas in pig manure pits. It works, though no one knows why. Scientists have hypothesized that shifts in the microbial community—either from DDGS feeding or from another cause—may have a role in foaming manure as well. All the unknowns around exploding hog manure foam suggest being careful about unintended consequences. Farming accounts for 80% of all antibiotics sold in the United States, and widespread use of antibiotics in farm animals contributes to the development of deadly antibiotic-resistant infections in people. Rumensin 90 is at best a short-term fix. If the foaming manure is indeed linked to DDGS, then the consequences of producing ethanol are quite literally blowing up in our faces.
|20131205 09:28||Pappy||Home sick today.|
One from UK's Peter Whittle:
Delivering this year's Reith Lectures — the first contemporary artist to do so — the media-friendly transvestite artist and potter Grayson Perry posited the notion that perhaps art had lost one of its central tenets: its ability to shock. Of course the notion that the arts should shock is a thoroughly modern one in historical terms but, even as it became accepted and then entrenched as a cliché, wider social developments throughout the latter half of the 20th century were working to undermine it. It is hard to be truly transgressive in a society where around two million people take recreational drugs, treat debt as a lifestyle choice or no longer bother getting married. We are, as it were, all bohemians now. All that seems left for art in this respect is to retreat into a cul-de-sac of its own minor personal preoccupations.
Broad social changes are not the whole story, however. The growing loss of cultural resonance of the arts, even at a time when they are slavishly and sycophantically celebrated by a 24-hour print and broadcast media, derives from their reluctance to take up, comment on or, yes, be shocking or provocative about the most important issues facing us. When they do, it is invariably so late as to make it irrelevant, and almost always comfortably in line with the political and social orthodoxies of the day. On a whole host of issues the viewer, gallery-goer and novel-reader, far from being shocked, provoked or given even a slightly alternative perspective, generally know exactly what they are going to get. This narrow-minded complacency is illustrated perfectly by the state of British satire, currently at one of its lowest ebbs. The satirists' pens remain largely untouched; it is sobering to ponder that we have been debating the rights and wrongs of the wearing of the burka — an issue with an increasing everyday social and legal impact — without any recourse to satire.
It is indeed the increasing presence of Islam, and a fear of Islamism, which more than anything else has exposed the claims of the arts apologists to be seriously at the forefront of anything. Over the past decade people in the arts have caved in and censored themselves at the prospect of Islamist reaction, sometimes out of fear of violence, other times a politically correct desire not to give offence, or because in some skewed way they feel their job is to stand up for those their dogma tells them are "victims." The drip-drip effect of such trimming and censorship is that the message becomes internalised. It is not because we have become more comfortable in our own skins, less paranoid. It is simply because we have learned what we can and cannot say, especially when it comes to Islam. Christianity of course remains the fair game it has always been, in the safe knowledge that nobody might face death as a result. But we can safely say that a country that produced the popular classic The Life of Brian must get used to the fact that it will never, ever see The Life of Iqbal.
Having set the ball rolling by asking whether art has lost its power to shock, Grayson Perry should perhaps get the last word. In 2007 he declared in a statement which some admired for its honesty but others might have seen as depressing evidence of how meek our arts had become, that when it came to his own work, he had "not gone all out attacking Islamism because I feel the real fear that someone will slit my throat". To which perhaps one can only answer: artist, heal thyself.
|20131205 09:17||Pappy||Morning from a semi-frozen Next to The Park.|
|20131204 20:40||badanov||Some Wednesday evening Alabama:|
|20131204 18:33||Shipman||WTF? There then gone. Oh well, it's an allegory or somesuch.|
|20131204 18:31||Shipman||Ugh, black dawgs of memory are trying to annoy me.|
BACK! BACK! BACK!
|20131203 19:52||Deacon Blues||I have a review he did of a movie. It's hysterical.|
|20131203 17:05||Dale||Deaconman join the club.|
|20131203 16:04||Shipman||LOL that's right! There were 2 of them!|
Damn Mucky was funny. He could troll bait like no one I've ever seen. :)
I need to try to find him again. He was still in Austin laster time I checked. Hope he got work.
|20131203 15:55||Deacon Blues||You may be surprised to receive this letter from me since you do not know me personally. I am Mr Naphtali Gilead, the first son of |
Johnson Gilead, the most popular black farmer in Zimbabwe who was murdered in the land dispute in my country. I got your contact
through network online hence decided to write you.
ima feel his pain:
ima soryn heer about the plite you sufferer. the spain is gots no moral rites to do that to you. curse the spain! and curse mugabe and him stupid mustashe! im live in the texas and am thinkerin mebbe im can help out. spekin south africas you got any dimond mines? also ima likin them gold coins with em purdy deers on em. you got any those? im am kinda comcern about combining chemicals and farm equipments. you in shuld realy go to organic farmin. itn save moneys and is protec the ecosystem. jus grow things in em greenhouse and set the bees free! ima know the africanize bees can be in concern but you can buyer some good ole americans ones born in the usa and purchases online. ifn you want ima can seel em to ya. cheep to. and ima get you "organic" bees even beter than regular bee and helthier for you cous cous. then you can haver organic vegetals and honey for you tea. :) jus send me a chek and ima get you all the bees you can dreem of. also ima mite sendn you some speshal seeds for growin organic ganja. you can grower thisn purdy litle flowers and send me sum once in a wile. plese write back and let me know ifn we has a deels and then ima helper you that money. llokin forward doin bizniss with you.
|20131203 08:14||Deacon Blues||You are right Glen, I didn't look at the date and hadn't heard about it before now. Dopey Me.|
|20131203 08:07||Glenmore||Deacon, Bob Denver died back around Katrina; are you referring to another Gilligan?|
|20131203 04:41||Shipman||LOL That's it Mullah!|
|20131202 19:51||Mullah Richard||Shipman, is this the one?|
"I've been getting a lot of these types from Nigeria and Sierra Leone. I send them all a variation of one of Muck4doo's letters. I've actually gotten a couple of replies telling me they don't understand my letter but they would still like my help. If I sent them my account information they couldn't do much with it 'cause there's not much money in it. Here's the start of one letter and Muck's response. I hope he doesn't mind but this is too good not to share.
I am Mr.Nuduka Eze, General-Auditor standard trust bank of Nigeria Plc
During the course of our auditing, I came across an A/C own by a-------
ima never got em e-mail from em general before. how in ya and yer family doin? today im tooker grill cheeze sammich to werk and sumone stole it out the fridge! can you belief that!?! we gottagrill cheeze bandits here. almos bad as taco bandits. do you have grill cheeze in nigeria? lotta famous general are get to be leeders in they cuntry. over here in america we were had a general powell who become em secratary of state and general grant and general eisemhower were even become presidents. presidents! but lookin at libya kaddafis only a kernal. hahaha!!! mebbe sumday the wurl in see general auditor...president of nigeria! thatn be sweet. then im can tells all my frenz ima gotter e-mail from you. about the a/c... you are shuld probly thinken of usen it more. itn get purdy hot in nigeria from what ima see on em nashional geografic chanel. you get that chanel there? we also get comedy sentral and lifetime netwerk. purdy sweet huh? but bout tha a/c again. ifn yer a/c out in yur car ima suggest lams auto repairs they in do purdy good wurk. the a/c in you house is werk purdy good for summers but can drive up yur elecric bill. ifn you need em good a/c ima sugges you stick in yur ranks and buy from em nother general. you ever here of general elecric? hes purdy good at a/c. dont kno ifn he ever get woonded any battles or anythin but ima thinkin hed make a bad president. well nise talkin with you. let me know ifn ya need any more help you a/c and im be glad to help.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 03/15/2005 7:39 Comments || Top|| "
|20131202 18:55||Deacon Blues||Gilligan has died.|
|20131202 18:13||Dale||This Obama health care mess is only going to get much worse. People will sign up but no way to pay, so no insurance. These people are totally stupid or have something more devious planned January 1ST. Any ideas. Anything is possible with this administration. In my opinion I believe the stupid idea. |
Also they said today manufacturing is up. Doctored numbers in my opinion. World shipping for future orders is way down, out and in.
|20131202 18:06||Dale||Time for a re-post;|
Original sizes and many not available.
|20131202 17:28||49 Pan||So I read on WZ that MSNBC has suspended Brahier for his comments about Palin. Not sure if its sanity prevailing or simply because his ratings suck and this is an easy way out.|
|20131202 15:43||Shipman||Karma dawg bites in form of blind woman.|
Ask the mods if they can most Muckys reply into the classics section.
|20131202 15:15||Deacon Blues||A spokesperson for the Philadelphia highway safety authority (HSA) has confirmed that Michael Vick has broken both of his legs in a traffic altercation. He has been transported via ambulance to a local Philadelphia hospital for treatment, and the full extent of his injuries are not known at this time, however, both of his legs were visibly broken and not life threatening according to sources. |
The accident involved a 2012 BMW driven by Michael Vick and a 76 year old female driver in a 2010 Audi. The driver of the Audi was issued a citation for failing to stop at a red light before striking the vehicle driven by Michael Vick at a high rate of speed.
Team spokespersons could not be reached for comment at this time.
|20131202 07:48||Deacon Blues||"Babe" Heffron died yesterday morning.|
|20131202 07:38||Deacon Blues||I have it but I can't post it here. There are some secret woids in it.|
|20131202 04:33||Shipman||If you can find Muck4doo's reply to the N****ian Prince let me know. One of the funniest things ever written on the 'burg.|
|20131201 20:39||Glenmore||Spent an enjoyable but impoverishing day at the range. Wife is ordering a couple of cases of ammo to re-stock the safe as I type. At least (most of) it is available again. Even found 7.62X38R for the 1895 Nagant that we've been shooting .32 S&W Long in up to now.|
|20131201 20:28||trailing wife||I'm so sorry, dear Zenobia Floger6220, the only search term I can think of is "koan", as those were popular at about the same time. I have been slowly reading the archives from that first post dated 1/1/2001, and enjoying the snark as well as being reminded of the incredible education I have been vouchsafed here at the hands of experts, each in their own subject, well beyond just observing this stage of the jihad that has been going on since the days of Mohammed and his little band of merry men.|
|20131201 18:31||Zenobia Floger6220||Trailing wife, thanks. I suspect it would bruise the authorial ego pretty badly, but I'd love to read some of that. My only delving into the back issues here has been to follow linkage to some ifno about late legal unpleasantness (and only the vague outlines of that). I've always figured there must be mountains of good stuff, but I never get around to picking up a shovel. Care to mention a search term or two?|
|20131201 12:18||badanov||Some Sunday morning Carl Perkins:|
|20131201 12:13||Pappy||SWMBO mentioned the Metro North derailment this morning. Not good. Only small consolation is that it wasn't a weekday.|
|20131201 12:00||Shipman||the time of the sliced turkey is already over. The pot has called them home. Dumplings. Salt. Moar salt! Pepper. Some corns, all will be as before in the big refrigerator of life. Onion... Yes.|
|20131201 11:56||Shipman||I've been watching that Grunter. Bad business there.|
|20131201 11:37||badanov||The Wounded Eagle, Volume 3 is now available at Smashwords.|
|20131201 08:45||Grunter||Major train derailment at our local station-Spuyten Duyvil on the Metro North line, NY.|
|20131201 01:13||Pappy||ASU beat UofAz. There'll be relative peace (pun intended) at the in-laws tomorrow.|
|20131130 23:10||badanov||Auburn, as LSU did against Texas A&M last week, ran the ball down 'Bama's throat, between the tackles.|
'Bama lost coz Auburn has a slightly better game than 'Bama.
Could be the play of the year in college football for 2013.
And Cade Foster is NCAA football Goat of the Week.
|20131130 22:32||Thing From Snowy Mountain||I just got in from N'awlins (where I didn't get the furniture stuff lined up, the guy wasn't in, and took a lot of pictures); did some of Old Nick's karma come home to roost?|
|20131130 21:46||badanov||Imagine what Auburn coulda done with two seconds...|
|20131130 21:33||Deacon Blues||WOW! My heart can't take much more. I bet Nick Sabin wishes he had never argued for that second.|
|20131130 21:31||Glenmore||Nick Satan falls and the angels rejoice. Perhaps the most amazing finish to a major college football game (the Trinity University win over Milsaps in 2007 still tops it.)|
|20131130 21:04||trailing wife||Zenobia Floger6220, if it helps, I thought you were a new poster... and really appreciate the fun you're having. At one point we had a lot of original poetry -- some pretty seriously good doggerel, and it's good to get back into again. Perhaps some of our old hands will be inspired. :-)|
|20131130 19:40||Sherry||Is Deacon still breathing? Unbelievable ending... already in the history books as greatest play in college football.....|
|20131130 19:17||badanov||Helluva finish at Auburn. 'Bama goes down harder than an Obamacare website.|
|20131130 16:18||Pappy||Thanks, bad. I thought I'd included the link in the second post - my bust.|
|20131130 15:57||Zenobia Floger6220||It seems impossible that you took me for Fred. Fred playing a schmo, maybe? I'm picturing y'all reading my posts and being all, "Wow, great stuff, boss!" while thinking, "Jeez, poor Fred is losin' it!" Sad to say, my Latin didn't reach escape velocity. I get the gist, and I can more or less follow the Latin club folks I hear "chatting" once in a while, but I couldn't write a literate paragraph to save my life. Working (hah!) on Spanish, though. At the rate I'm going, I may just die chatting up my nurses (as they ignore me and chat in Tagalog).|
|20131130 15:49||Zenobia Floger6220||Thanks for the kind words. Shipman, I take your point about "earlier work." Know my limitations and stick to parody, right? That's pretty much the plan. When that crow suicide story piqued my interest a while back, I figured, hey, let's pry the lid off the subconscious and see what pops out. I didn't really expect it to go anywhere, but when one parody led to another, I figured, hey, I'm stuck with this, let's see where the monkey wants to go. So now I know (yikes!), it's time to take charge. I figure I'll work my way through some of the classics I missed or ignored, parodying as I go, and see if I can't develop the chops to crank out smoother product more or less in real time. Then, depending on how the instrumental side goes, maybe busking, volunteer stuff, streetcorner agitprop... we'll see. It's comforting to ponder little plans and options when the big decision tree is "Surf or Die."|
|20131130 14:02||badanov||Pappy submission points to this article in the Weekly Standard|
|20131130 13:57||badanov||Of course, you ain't going to the tournament shooting 5 of 29 behind the arc.|
Villanova is 6-0 and unranked, while two other Big East teams, Creighton (5-1) and Marquette (5-2) are both in the top 25.
Villanova coach Jay Wright is a great coach.
|20131130 13:50||badanov||Hey, year in, year out, Villanova fields a good team. Not surprised that Kansas decided to play less than two halves of basketball and give away the game.|
We have been told that KU is the team to beat in the Big 12. Looks like that's true. :o)
|20131130 13:16||3dc||The identity theft discoveries about Obamacare web site are pretty scary but it seems to be over the heads of most.|
Wife doesn't get it at all. Neither do relatives or kids.
Cheapest recovery from id theft appears to run about $12K and take one to two years. Worst case can last a life time and cost millions.
|20131130 13:10||Pappy||It seems, in this instance, that it's not going well:|
Some 10 minutes later, we encounter Welly Corgelas, an African-American auto detailer, on the sidewalk in front of his house. Welly is not having any of this, and decides to give the girls a workout. He’s a little on the sore side. A small-business owner who is a healthy 37 years old, he just had his insurance plan canceled because it didn’t meet the new Obama-care requirements. (His insurer, apparently, hasn’t gotten the message about Obama’s one-year patch, to forestall cancellations.) Katie, sensing opportunity, makes her push. But Welly says he wouldn’t dare go near the website, with all the security concerns. When she floats the Navigator/phone support option as an alternative, he rebuffs her more aggressively.
“I’m going to be honest with you, I’m probably not going to call them,” he says, breaking things down animatedly. “This is how I see it: The government is still running it. That’s the problem. Insurance companies have always taken advantage of people. Government takes advantage of people. But like, the two of them are going to get together and create something that helps the people? I’m very skeptical, okay? Two barracudas getting together and saying we made something good for you? I just don’t buy that.”
Right about now, a squad car pulls up, and a buzz-headed cop motions for Welly to come over. I am incensed on his behalf. A black man gets a little lippy with some white girls, and immediately the cop assumes he’s harassing them? But the cop doesn’t want to talk to Welly, he wants to talk to the girls. He asks them who they are and what they’re doing. He explains the police have had some complaints about them causing disturbances in the neighborhood. They point out that they’re just educating people about their health care options, and haven’t disturbed anybody. I second them, as the Obamacare pom-pom girls are nothing if not mannerly. The cop says it doesn’t matter. If they want to canvass door-to-door, they have to get a permit at city hall.
A smile creeps across Welly’s face as the officer drives away. “What kind of sense does that make?” he says, now running up the score. “Think about that. You’re doing the work of government, then the government comes over and says, ‘Hey’. . .”
Katie is not amused. For the first and only time, I see her mercury rise. “We’re a nonpartisan organization,” she chirps. “We’re just trying to get information to you.”
“I know,” Welly says, feinting like a gentleman, but still grinning like he found money in the street. “So you guys have Obamacare?” he asks. Katie informs him they’re already insured by their employer, and that if they like it, they can keep it.
“Yeah, well, that changes next year,” Welly says, now cold as ice. “Remember the business mandate? They pushed it back.”
|20131130 13:09||Pappy||Looks like the HealthKare website will not be ready for December 1. As a result, the White House is also cancelling a planned Obamacare enrollment marketing campaign for that month as well.|
What is getting set up is an alternate, "grassroots" campaign, at least in Florida and California, possibly in eight to nine other states including Texas.
|20131130 12:44||swksvolFF||Watched KU@LOL last night. Loved the attitude check at 8 to go with tourny winner, conference titan, and spinner of yarn into gold Coach Self put on his gut check hat and the players brought their whutever duude. Even the die-hard fans were pointing and laughing.|
|20131130 11:31||Pappy||Thanks, bad.|
|20131130 10:47||Deacon Blues||I resemble that remark, Snowman.|
|20131130 09:53||Thing From Snowy Mountain||Seen in the comments @ AoSHQ:|
Two Auburn students are riding a tractor. The driver says to the other student, "Hey, could you check to make sure the blinkers are working?"
Other student says, "OK, yes, no, yes, no, yes, no..."
|20131130 08:20||badanov||Pappy, you may get a kick out of this.|
|20131130 00:39||Pappy||No, none of that, at least with my in-laws. Of course they're down on the one brother who's a "reactionary conservative." But no Republican bashing this time. That happens either at election time or when Jan Brewer does something. I wasn't around for the shut-down. I bet that was something though. |
One brother was advocating Health Savings Accounts and "taking charge of your own medical care." Kinda surprising, but SWMBO sed he never was as left as the rest.
The Congressional-staffer niece was along the lines of "it's the law," dismissive of the possibility of doctors leaving the profession, etc. Lots of the old campaign worker enthusiasm and oft-recited cant.
Oh, and we did get the "socialism" thing - which nobody really seemed to think was bad.
At that point I went for a walk. A long one. When I came back, SWMBO read my mood and asked if I would like to go home.
But a lot of it was trying to talk each other up. The "sure things don't look good right now, but it'll all turn around. We just have to move on; apply more of what we've been prescribing all along in a different way- and with more enthusiasm." pep talk.
They're all die-hard Democrats (except for the black-sheep brother, SWMBO, their mom, and me.) And they're worried.