Archive for January, 2013

Ben’s Portland protest

Here’s the start of the speech which wasn’t caught in the video:

“Hello! My name is Ben Thompson I am a member of Students for a Just and Stable Future and a member of 350MA which brought 3 full buses here today.

On January 7th, eight friends walked into a TransCanada office in Westborough, MA, and locked down that office because they are locking our generation into climate devastation by developing the tar sands. We were bound to each other around the waist by chain, between our hands by superglue and in our hearts by a hope.
For three hours as I sat in that office I thought about last summer’s epic drought that spiked corn prices 40%, and the world’s poor who spend 80% of their income on food. What will pinch our pockets will stab them. While we can simply eat-out less. They’ll eat less. I’m ashamed to say it took me nearly 8 years to tell my dad I was a climate activist. I finally had to tell him because I had to say that I was going to wrap hardened-steel chain around my waist until the police cut it off. He was amazing and incredibly supportive…”

Duration : 0:5:30

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Seattle’s Teacher Uprising: High School Faculty Faces Censure for Boycotting Standardized MAP Tests

DemocracyNow.org – Earlier this month, teachers at Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington, voted unanimously to stop administering a widely used standardized test, calling them wasteful and unfairly used to grade their performance. They are now facing threats of 10-day suspension without pay if they continue their boycott. We go to Seattle to speak with two guests: Jesse Hagopian, a high school history teacher and union representative at Garfield High School who has refused to administer the MAP standardized test; and Wayne Au, a former high school teacher, assistant professor at the University of Washington, and author of “Unequal by Design: High-Stakes Testing and the Standardization of Inequality.”

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Duration : 0:11:41

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What happens if I sent the wrong SAT scores?

I applied to a college and it just occurred to me that I sent them the wrong test scores. I meant to send them a higher test score. The school says that test scores should be sent no later than Dec 31st. Does this mean I have no chance of getting into the school?

Just call the admissions office and ask if you can e-mail a screenshot of the new ones or send new scores. A private school should understand.

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Should I spray my radiator with the hose to rid it of salt and other varmits?

Ha, I’ve been told by my radiator guy, I’ve never heard of it. He says it avoids gone radiators… Does it make a difference, do you think?

You spray it with water right? lol

Yes, you can spray it down, although i would avoid doing so after driving more than 15 or 30 minutes.(atleast give it a chance to cool first)

You can actually spray down the entire engine and its perfectly safe.
(although I WOULD take a piece of plastic and COVER the Distributor/Coil, since sometimes they can get moisture easily)

Engines are VERY water proof now a days…..even back then, they were too.

If you have an older car, walk thru and inspect the entire engine by hand, looking for loose connections or electrical components exposed.
(not all wiring or electrical components will be vulnerable to water, usually only electronics directly related to the distributor/coil.)

We used to wash EVERY car engine down when i worked at a Chevy dealership……NEVER had problems.

Its just some of the older cars you gotta watch, they arent so air-tight anymore(usually cars not trucks).

I could wash the engine bay in my mustang, and half the time it would start up…and other half of the time it wouldnt start for 15 minutes!
(if I ran it over with a rag, slammed the hood hard a few times, it would start right up…….there was obviously an exposed wire related to the distributor or starter somewhere….never found it though)

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Town Adventures: Week 2 – Stupid Pat

The second adventure in town of the steel chain Productions crew. In this episode you will learn about Stupid Pat, how much we laff in town and what Simon thinks of people. We also go to the cinema. Woo!

Duration : 0:26:25

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Vauxhall Calibra Road Test High Quality

Vauxhall Calibra Roadtest In High Quality

Duration : 0:7:37

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Can i choose my MOS for the army regardless of what i score for the asvab?

So i decided to join the ARMY and im curious how the ASVAB works exactly. Like when i take the test and i score high enough to be an engineer or something like that can i still choose infantry over the higher test score required thing, or is it just automatically assigned to me by someone else. Next thing is what are my chances of going overseas if i get infantry? Its not that i dont know that i could be going overseas i just want to know the exact percantage.

As long as your ASVAB score meets or exceeds the requirements for the MOS you want, then yes you can pick that MOS. Odds of you going to an overseas duty station as infantry are good as well as the odds of you getting deployed.

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What is a good recipie for the good old mountain dew?

A.K.A. mountain shine, poitin, hooch, appalaician mist, moonshine, jug of punch, you get my drift?

Ethanol is also called ethyl alcohol or grain alcohol. It’s made from a fermented mixture of corn, yeast, sugar, and water. The resulting alcohol is 100 to 200 proof (200 proof is pure alcohol).

In addition to use in the lab, ethanol is a popular fuel alternative and gasoline additive. Because it is flammable, ethanol can be prohibitively expensive to ship, so it may make sense to distill your own. Anyone can have a still, but be advised you may need to get a permit in order to make ethanol.

Time Required: 3 – 10 days, sometimes longer

Here’s How:

If you are starting with whole corn, you first need to convert the cornstarch into sugar by ‘sprouting’ the corn. Place the corn in a container, cover it with warm water, and drape a cloth over the container to prevent contamination and conserve heat. Ideally, the container will have a slowly draining hole at the bottom. Add warm water from time to time as the liquid level falls. Maintain the setup ~3 days or until the corn has sprouts about 2 inches long.
Allow the sprouted corn to dry. Then grind it into meal. Alternatively, start with cornmeal. Other grains can be prepared in much the same way (e.g. rye mash).
Mash or mush is made by adding boiling water to the corn meal. The mash is kept warm to start the fermentation process. Yeast is added, if available (half pound yeast per 50 gallons of mash, for example), and sugar (variable recipe). With yeast, fermentation takes about 3 days. Without yeast, fermentation could require more than 10 days. The mash is ready to ‘run’ once it stops bubbling. The mash has been converted into carbonic acid and alcohol. It is called ‘wash’ or ‘beer’ or ‘sour mash’.
The wash is placed into a cooker, which has a lid that is pasted shut, so that it has a seal which can be blown off should internal pressure become too great. At the top of the cooker, there is a copper pipe, or ‘arm’ that projects to one side and tapers down from a 4-5 inch diameter to the same diameter as the ‘worm’ (1 to 1-1/4 inch). The ‘worm’ could be made by taking a 20 ft length of copper tubing, filling it with sand and stopping the ends, and then coiling it around a fence post.
The sand prevents the tubing from kinking while being coiled. Once the worm is formed, the sand is flushed out of the tube. The worm is placed in a barrel and sealed to the end of the arm. The barrel is kept full of cold, running water, to condense the alcohol. Water runs in the top of the barrel and out an opening at the bottom. A fire is maintained under the cooker to vaporize the alcohol in the wash.
The ethanol vaporizes at 173°F, which is the target temperature for the mixture. The spirit will rise to the top of the cooker, enter the arm, and will be cooled to the condensation point in the worm. The resulting liquid is collected at the end of the worm, traditionally into glass jars. This fluid will be translucent, and about the color of dark beer.
The very first liquid contains volatile oil contaminants in addition to alcohol. After that, liquid is collected. The containers of liquid collected from over the wash are called ‘singlings’. Liquid collected toward the end of this run is called ‘low wine’. Low wine can be collected and returned to the still to be cooked again. The initial collections are higher proof than those collected as the distillation progresses.
The singlings tend to have impurities and require double-distillation, so once the low wine has been run to the point where a tablespoon or so thrown on a flame won’t burn (too low proof), the heat is removed from the still and the cooker is cleaned out. The liquid remaining in the still, the ‘backings’ or ‘slop’, can be recovered and poured over new grain (and sugar, water, and possibly malt) in a mash barrel for future distillations. Discard mash after no more than eight uses.
The singlings are poured into the cooker and the still is returned to operation. The initial collections can approach pure alcohol (200 proof), with the end collections, using the flash test on the flame, at about 10 proof.
The desired proof depends on the application. The highest proof usually obtained from a still is 190 proof. For using alcohol as a fuel alternative, for example, addition purification with a sieve may be required to obtain 200 proof ethanol.

Tips:

If you live in the United States, a permit may be required in order to legally distill ethanol.
Stills traditionally were operated close to a water source, like a stream or river, because the cool water was used to condense the alcohol in the tubing (called the ‘worm’)
Stills needed to have removable tops, so that they wouldn’t explode when pressure built up from heating the mash.

What You Need:

25 lb corn meal or 25 lb shelled whole corn
100 lb sugar (sucrose)
100 gallons water
6 oz yeast

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How much it cost to fix the timing chain on my car?

I have a 1995 lincoln town car signature. I was just wondering can any mechanics tell me how much does it cost to fix the timing chain on that car I want the total cost labor included.

Go to the library and look at the Chilton’s Book.
They don’t let you take it out, but you can make copies of what you want.
I will not only tell you how many hours, it will tell you how to do it.
If you have that nylon gear make sure they change it to a steel gear.
That’s always been a weak spot with Fords. ( Lincolns )

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Someone in my class at college told me they cheated on a test. Should I tell the teacher anonymously by phone?

This person told me they communicated with someone else during the test. They also said that this was by far their highest test grade of the semester. If this person really cheated though, I don’t know why they would tell me. Maybe he/she was just trying to sound cool?
But Sinbad,

They are hurting "someone" – the people who took the test honestly and got the same, or even a lower grade.

why would you tell on someone. are you sure you aren’t in 1st grade? the person isn’t hurting anyone so why care.

okay well when it comes to the final and they don’t know the information then they will fail the test. unless the grade is curved i don’t see any reason to make a big deal about it

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