Out here in flyover country, we recently had some fires that devastated parts of Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas. You may not have heard about them, because no movie stars’ houses were destroyed – just those of hard working farmers and ranchers who work tirelessly every day to put food on your table.
The fires ravished nearly everything in their paths over an area of 1300 square miles in Oklahoma and Kansas alone. That’s a land mass 100 square miles more than the size of Rhode Island. For those of you who’ve never been to Rhode Island, imagine a swath of destruction one mile wide that stretches from Washington DC to Dallas, TX. For city folks, that’s 22,100 city blocks.
Angel (who was in the middle of it) did a post about it HERE
Former Vice President Joe Biden late Friday night voiced regret about his decision not to run for president, predicting if he had secured the Democratic nomination he could have won against Donald Trump.
“I had planned on running for president and although it would have been a very difficult primary, I think I could have won,” he said. “I don’t know, maybe not. But I thought I could have won.”
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool Huma Abedin four times, and she’ll still take you back.
After years of public humiliation by her sext-a-holic husband, Anthony Weiner, 40-year-old Abedin finally separated from the former congressman in August, one day after The Post reported that he had sent yet another explicit photo to a woman — this one showing his toddler son asleep beside him.
But sources tell The Post that Hillary Clinton’s righthand woman is now giving the marriage another try.
As Rachel Dolezal tells it in her new book, she’s always colored pictures of herself with a brown crayon – not with a peach-colored one and certainly not with a white one.
And as the white girl with freckles and blonde hair transformed herself into a woman who identified as black with frizzy hair and bronzed skin, the brown crayon began to take over.
“I felt less like I was adopting a new identity and more like I was unveiling one that had been there all along,” Dolezal says, according to the Root, which excerpted parts of the book. “Finally able to embrace my true self, I allowed the little girl I’d colored with a brown crayon so long ago to emerge.”
Violence erupted at a Make America Great Again rally at Bolsa Chica State Beach in Huntington Beach on Saturday, video and photos from the scene showed.
The fights started about an hour into the demonstration leading to the arrest of four people. Three were arrested in connection with illegal use of pepper spray and one person was arrested on suspicion of assault, according to the Huntington Beach Police Department.
A counter-protester who was wearing a black mask, allegedly pepper-sprayed a woman and one of the organizers of the event after being hit, apparently sparking the violence.
The 1872 Lone Pine earthquake struck on March 26 at 10:30 UTC with an estimated moment magnitude of 7.4 to 7.9 and a maximum Mercalli Intensity of X (Extreme). Its epicenter was near Lone Pine, California in Owens Valley. Historical evidence detailing the damage it caused in settlements, fault scarps, and the geographic extent to which noticeable movement was felt led researchers to the high magnitude estimate. It was one of the largest earthquakes to hit California in recorded history and was similar in size to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
Also HERE, HERE, and HERE
Blacksmithing began with the Iron Age, when primitive man first began making tools from iron. The Iron Age began when some primitive person noticed that a certain type of rock yielded iron when heated by the coals of a very hot campfire. In short, we can say that blacksmithing, the art of crafting that crude metal into a useable implement, has been around for a long, long time.
And for a long time after that, blacksmithing remained a crude art. It took three thousand years for man to learn the science of metallurgy. Long after man made the first simple tools–the first spear or arrow tips–the craft would require hundreds more years before blacksmiths understood the magnetic properties of iron. The first compass used a forged iron needle that floated in a round vial. This was a great discovery. By forging the needle as perfectly as he could, the blacksmith aligned the molecules in the iron and that is why north is north and south is south. From that point on, sailors could travel without need of stars nor sun to plot their courses around the globe.
As to where and when blacksmithing evolved depended on fuel and iron ore. Early on, man discovered that small meteorites contain iron. Iron is also present in nodules of bog ore, small lumps of iron created by bacterial life in swampy areas. Iron ore is also present in rock strata that have a red color, and the deeper the red hue, the higher the iron content.
Charcoal was the primary fuel for an iron furnace. Beginning in the 18th century, ironworks began converting coal to coke. In addition to charcoal and iron ore, a flux agent (limestone or dolomite) is also needed to smelt iron ore.
It became a quest to find the rock strata that gave up its iron with the least amount of work. Given the weight of the ore and the large amounts of fuel needed to smelt the ore, the earliest ironworks were located in areas where iron, flux, and fuel were ample and in proximity to each other. The ironworks also had to be in an area where transporting the finished iron ingots was practical. In early times, that often meant being near a navigable waterway.
And then The Tools and Trade Techniques of the Blacksmith