January 25, 2011

Whats the best way to unclog a sink?

Found something clogging the drain.  What’s the best way to clear it?
 Audience Participation in comments please   :-)

Respect Your Elders

Respect Your Elders

An old prospector shuffled into town leading a tired old pack mule. The old man headed straight for the only saloon to clear his parched throat.

He walked up and tied his old mule to the hitching rail. As he stood there brushing some of the dust from his face and clothes, a young gunslinger stepped out of the saloon with a gun in one hand and a bottle of whiskey in the other.

The young gunslinger looked at the old man and laughed, saying, "Hey old man, have you ever danced?"

The old man looked up at the gunslinger and said, "No, I never did dance . . . never really wanted to."

A crowd had gathered as the gunslinger grinned and said, "Well you old fool, you're gonna dance now," and started shooting at the old man's feet.

The old prospector, not wanting to get a toe blown off, started hopping around like a flea on a hot skillet. Everybody was laughing, fit to be tied.

When the last bullet had been fired, the young gunslinger, still laughing, holstered his gun and turned around to go back into the saloon.
The old man turned to his pack mule, pulled out a double-barreled shotgun, and cocked both hammers.

The loud clicks carried clearly through the desert air.

The crowd stopped laughing immediately.

The young gunslinger heard the sounds too and he turned around very slowly. The silence was almost deafening. The crowd watched as the young gunman stared at the old timer and the large gaping holes of those twin barrels.

The barrels of the shotgun never wavered in the old man's hands, as he quietly said, "Son, have you ever licked a mule's ass?" The gunslinger swallowed hard and said, "No sir . . . but . . . I've always wanted to."

There are a few lessons for us all here:

Never be arrogant.

Don't waste ammunition.

Whiskey makes you think you're smarter than you are.

Don't mess with old men . . . they didn't get old by being stupid!

(Thanks to the Z man)

January 23, 2011

A Conservation group wants to stop a solar plant?

I haven't posted for a while but when I inadvertently came across this article, Conservation group sues to stop California solar plant, I was really taken back.  I thought " how on earth could a group called the Western Watersheds Project be against solar energy?  Just how does a solar panel disturb a water shed?  If and when it rains, and if that rain doesn't hit the ground because it hits a solar panel, what will happen?  Will the precious water be transported to the Eastern Water Shed?  My bet is it will run off the solar panel and wind up on the ground.  Now this is just an intuitive guess, but please correct me if I am wrong.  So I looked up this organization and mission statement. "The mission of Western Watersheds Project is to protect and restore western watersheds and wildlife through education, public policy initiatives and litigation. Ahhhh!  Thats it  they seem to be partly profesional litigators. 

"The complaint said the project's approval process failed to analyze and mitigate the Ivanpah plant's impact on migratory birds, the desert tortoise, which is a threatened species under federal law, desert bighorn sheep, groundwater resources and rare plants.

Oakland, California-based Brightsource has taken measures to assuage environmentalists' concerns about the project. In October, the privately held company reached a deal with litigious environmental group The Center for Biological Diversity to acquire thousands of acres of habitat for the desert tortoise and other rare species."
So I ask, At what point is man allowed to change his environment?  At what point does it stop?  Yes any thing that is changed does effect something else.  Build a road and nature will react.  Deer will eat the grass in the right of way.  Tortoises will slowly try to cross the road, some successfully,  others not so much.  Does that mean don't build roads?  Do we build wildlife bridges and tourus tunnels every 100 yards?  Should we force feed Pandas and artificially inseminate them because the are on an evolutionary dead end of specialization?

It's time to really think about nature.  Man is neither strong, or fast.  Man has inferior teeth for tearing meat or chewing vegetation.  Claws?  Nope.  Man is a creature that survives and thrives because he changes his environment rather than adapt to it.  His primary tool; his brain.  Man survives by interpreting his environment rationally and using his intellect to survive.  Cold?.....  Make clothing......  Hungry?.....  Farm.  Hot?....... Aiconditioning.  Want to get laid?  Lipstick, tramp stamp and fake tits.  (Did I make my point?)

Now I'm not saying it's OK to srtipmine the earth and not resore it.  Thats like saying, "I'm going to eat all my food now.  Screw saving any for the winter.  Thats not rational as is the actions of overspecialized litigation hounds bringing suit.