Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

Behold the vigorous training regimen of Chuck Barry.


Thx to Deadspin

This is the Citizens’ Almanac handed out to every newly naturalized citizen in the US. It’s surprisingly comprehensive and not a bad thing for any of us to have handy in our bookshelves.


Thx to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Gov. Perry, once steering clear of mandatory HPV vaccines, can make great sense.


God Bless Texas.

Thx to Gov. Perry and the Dallas Morning News

Keith Olbermann apparently only loathes NewsCorp, Rupert Murdoch, and Fox to a point … namely, the point at which he cashes his paycheck from NewsCorp as a Fox sportscaster.


Thx to TVNewser

The Iranian state’s analysis (albeit two years late) and review of the noted political propoganda film, Star Was Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.


And Iran’s official counter-film to the 300.

Thx to HotAir and

I am compelled to link to a very insightful article from the March 2005 issue of Popular Mechanics which debunked the sixteen most-persistent 9/11 myths.


The most recent theory floated by celebrity intelligentsia is that fire can’t melt steel. A pertinent excerpt from the PM article explains:

Jet fuel burns at 800° to 1500°F, not hot enough to melt steel (2750°F). However, experts agree that for the towers to collapse, their steel frames didn’t need to melt, they just had to lose some of their structural strength …. “Steel loses about 50 percent of its strength at 1100°F,” notes senior engineer Farid Alfawak-hiri of the American Institute of Steel Construction. “And at 1800° it is probably at less than 10 percent.”

But jet fuel wasn’t the only thing burning, notes Forman Williams, a professor of engineering at the University of California, San Diego, and one of seven structural engineers and fire experts that PM consulted. He says that while the jet fuel was the catalyst for the WTC fires, the resulting inferno was intensified by the combustible material inside the buildings, including rugs, curtains, furniture and paper. NIST reports that pockets of fire hit 1832°F.

“The jet fuel was the ignition source,” Williams tells PM. “It burned for maybe 10 minutes, and [the towers] were still standing in 10 minutes. It was the rest of the stuff burning afterward that was responsible for the heat transfer that eventually brought them down.”

Thx to Popular Mechanics