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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Know your anhydrous hydrazine or kiss your self goodbye 


This briefwechsel from 1995 is the first thing Google found under binary liquid explosive. These secrets must be kept from circumcized men and veiled women who pray five times a day.
>Astrolite could hold its own with the best of the standard
>military explosives on a pound for pound basis, but it lacked

Not any more. There are other, more energetic formulations.

>The Astrolite explosives family was of interest for a number of
>reasons based on unusual properties which would not be of much
>use except for special military or covert applications which are

All such properties can be had in a less hazardous form.

For instance, a mixture made of FEFO (bis(fluorodinitroethyl)formal,
bis(fluorodinitropropyl)formal and fluorodinitroethyldinitropropyl
formal is an eutectic mixture and a liquid at RT. The mixture is pretty
insensitive and non-toxic, at least compared to hydrazine compounds.
Guess, what such a liquid, insensitive, stable and high performance
explosive could be used for...;>.

>I don't believe the procedures (with some patent exceptions) were
>ever published, but I have seen a lot of published speculation.

It is easy: mix hydrazine hydrate with ammonium perchlorate or nitrate
or mixtures thereof. Instead of hydrazine hydrate, anhydrous hydrazine
can also be used yielding a more powerful mixture. Unless you know what anhydrous hydrazine can do, don't do it. I'd say: not for household use ;).

>unpublished expertise to stay alive playing with these materials.

Yup. That can only be obtained one way: experiments and practice. It
can be done, but it is not convenient.

posted by Tom  # 8/13/2006 12:10:00 PM
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Saturday, August 05, 2006

Virtual Tivo Replay: Clearing Brush for Fun 


This originally appeared during the campaign in 2004, but I thought it was worth a rerun.


Hit the replay button. Say that again, Nedra Pickler of the Associated Press:
Like Kerry, President Bush is a Yale graduate who has benefited from his wealth and family connections. But Bush spends his down time as more of an everyman, preferring to spend vacations at his Texas ranch clearing brush.
They're both in the midst of money they didn't make themselves, that's for sure, but I rewound for that second sentence.
But Bush spends his down time as more of an everyman, preferring to spend vacations at his Texas ranch clearing brush.
Everyman, who makes his bread and bacon clearing brush, does not clear brush on his vacation. Likely he doesn't get a vacation. I have cleared brush on vacation. It's middle-class people with benefits and sugar-tit babies like Bush who clear brush for fun, not Everyman. People who clear brush for fun get blisters when we do it. Everyman has hard hands. If Everyman voted in the same percentages as people who clear brush for fun and with the same attention to his interests, we'd have a different country. Everyman is not impressed by people who clear brush for fun.
posted by Tom  # 8/05/2006 03:50:00 PM
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"Bad Moon Rising" 


I see the bad moon arising.
I see trouble on the way.
I see earthquakes and lightnin.
I see bad times today.

Chorus:
Dont go around tonight,
Well, its bound to take your life,
Theres a bad moon on the rise.

I hear hurricanes ablowing.
I know the end is coming soon.
I fear rivers over flowing.
I hear the voice of rage and ruin.

Chorus
All right!

Hope you got your things together.
Hope you are quite prepared to die.
Looks like were in for nasty weather.
One eye is taken for an eye.

Chorus
Chorus



Think of it! All John Fogerty had to worry about when he wrote the song was Nixon and kissinger and Cambodia and Watergate.
posted by Tom  # 8/05/2006 02:47:00 PM
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Friday, August 04, 2006

Up against the wall, redneck mother 


JO alerts us to Kinky Friedman's run for governor of Texas:
"Kinky!" yells a guy who recognizes him from across the street. He gives a thumbs-up sign. "I'm votin' for you!"

"May the God of your choice bless you," Kinky replies.
Ed's note: Title song written by Jerry Jeff Walker, but it's in Kinky's set list, along with "Get your biscuits in the oven and your buns in the bed".
posted by Tom  # 8/04/2006 11:40:00 AM
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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Compare and contrast 


posted by Tom  # 8/02/2006 11:51:00 AM
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