Monday, May 30, 2016

Breaking News


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One of the benefits of working at the local recycling center is the opportunity to catch up on interesting news items that I may have missed. Imagine my delight when a copy of the Sun supermaket tabloid arrived one Saturday. It ceased publication in the summer of 2012.

Robert Stevens was the newspaper photo editor for Sun, but was killed in the 2001 anthrax attacks after opening a letter containing anthrax spores. The spores were traced to a military lab located at Fort Detrick, Maryland. Was this attempt to silence the paper?

Elvis has done so much for us

Sad story

Amazing tale of survival

I wonder how Benjy is doing today

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Get the lead out


Yard Sales provide a glimpse back in time, and in spite of my feeble efforts to rid myself of stuff, I relented and purchased a box of old National Geographic Magazines.

During the 1980s I had a subscription to this magazine and stored the issues in the attic. It is the type magazine that you would keep, When I places a box of those issues by the road with a free sign, the disappeared almost instantly.

So why, one might ask would I pick up another box? These are not just old, they are really old, dated from 1917 till 1928.

The issues show a world which has changed a bit over 88 to 90 years. The advertising is especially interesting such as these gems.

One innovation of the 1920s that was ill conceived was the addition of Tetraethyl lead to gasoline as an anti-knock fuel additive. It made gasoline engine more efficient. It also caused widespread lead pollution of the soil and water. By 2000 most (but not all) of the industrialized nations had discontinued it's use. The Wikipedia entry on Tetraethyl lead toxicity is especially sobering.

Lead pollution from engine exhaust is dispersed into the air and into the vicinity of roads and easily inhaled. Contact with concentrated TEL leads to acute lead poisoning.
Lead is a toxic metal that accumulates in the body and is associated with subtle and insidious neurotoxic effects especially at low exposure levels, such as low IQ and antisocial behavior.[42][43][44] It has particularly harmful effects on children. These concerns eventually led to the ban on TEL in automobile gasoline in many countries. Some neurologists have speculated that the lead phaseout may have caused average IQ levels to rise by several points in the US (by reducing cumulative brain damage throughout the population, especially in the young). For the entire US population, during and after the TEL phaseout, the mean blood lead level dropped from 16 μg/dL in 1976 to only 3 μg/dL in 1991.[45] The US Centers for Disease Control considered blood lead levels "elevated" when they were above 10 μg/dL.
Lead exposure affects the intelligence quotient (IQ) such that a blood lead level of 30 μg/dL is associated with a 6.9-point reduction of IQ, with most reduction (3.9 points) occurring below 10 μg/dL.[46]
Reduction in the average blood lead level is believed to have been a major cause for falling violent crime rates in the United States[47] and South Africa.[48] Researchers including Amherst College economist Jessica Wolpaw Reyes, Department of Housing and Urban Development consultant Rick Nevin, and Howard Mielke of Tulane University, say that declining exposure to lead is responsible for up to a 56% decline in crime from 1992 to 2002.[49] Including other factors that are believed to have increased crime rates over that period Reyes found that this led to an actual decline of 34% over that period.[50]
A statistically significant correlation has been found between the usage rate of leaded gasoline and violent crime: taking into account a 22-year time lag, the violent crime curve virtually tracks the lead exposure curve.[45][51] After the ban on TEL, blood lead levels in US children dramatically decreased.[45]
Although leaded gasoline is largely gone in North America, it has left high concentrations of lead in the soil adjacent to roads that were constructed prior to its phaseout. Children are particularly at risk if they consume this.[52] 


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National Geographic - April 1928
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National Geographic - April 1928
April 1928 advertisement


Hard Times in Babylon




Eliza Gilkyson - Hard Times In Babylon

## NOTE: F ~ ~ ~ G = Walk-down from F to G ##
CAPO: 4th Fret



INTRO: C  

I light a candle in your name
F                                          C
Long past midnight, memories bright in the freeze frame
       F  ~   ~ ~    G
And I'm asking myself why


                C
I see you at the Marriott
F                                              C
Funny little grin, driving those drums like a chariot
      F    ~   ~    ~  G
Did it hurt too much to try?


CHORUS:
                  F
Woody, you were my hero
                                           C   F
A shoulder to cry on when I bottomed out at ze__ro
                      C                     G
And in the hour of the wolf, just before the dawn
     F           C
Hard times in Babylon



O.K. so you had to go
      F                                                C
Take a walk on the wild side, down to the valley of the shadow
      F    ~     ~    ~    G
But it just don't seem like you


                     C
Woody, you could have called out
             F                                         C   
There's not a man or woman gathered here tonight in the big house
            F   ~  ~    ~   G
Who wouldn't run to pull you through


CHORUS:
             F
An incident so grievous
                                                            C     F
Twenty years ago, who thought this was the way that you will leave us
                  C                     G
In the hour of the wolf, just before the dawn
     F           C
Hard times in Babylon


BRIDGE:
F
Got to hang together when the air's this thin

Hand out the masks for the oxygen
Am       G        F
Live for something

We're coming upon a time in our lives
                                                  Am
When the little dream lives but the big dream dies
      G        F
Not for nothing
Am     G        F
Not for nothing


INSTRUMENTAL:   C   F   C   F ~  ~  ~ G  


CHORUS:
           F
I know that love don't end
                                                  C        F
Nothing I can do is gonna bring you back or let me see you again
                      C                     G
And in the hour of the wolf, just before the dawn
     F           C   F
Hard times in Babylon
                  C                     G
In the hour of the wolf, just before the dawn
     F           C
Hard times in Babylon

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Welcome to North Korea


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Make America Great Again


How we live today



Why we need a supreme leader, a great leader, as awesome most excellent leader



He is almost great as that other guy


50,000 Names

Vietnam Memorial "The Wall"




50,000 Names
Recorded by George Jones, Robin & Linda Williams (in A)
Written by Jamie O'Hara


G
There's teddy bears and high school rings
C
And old photographs that mommas bring
G                                         D7
The daddies with their young boys playing ball
G
There's combat boots that he used to wear
C
When he was sent over there
G              D7                  G
There's 50,000 names carved in the wall


                                         
There's cigarettes and there's cans of beer
C
And notes that say I miss you dear
G                                      D7
And children who don't say anything at all
G
There's purple hearts and packs of gum
C
Fatherless daughters and fatherless sons
G                  D7                  G
And there's 50,000 names carved in the wall


C
They come from all across this land
G
In pickup trucks and mini-vans
D7                            G
Searching for a boy from long ago
C
They scan the wall and find his name
G
The tear drops fall like pouring rain
D7                                 G
And silently they leave a gift and go

There stars of David and Rosary beads
C
And crucifixion figurines
G                                   D7
And flowers of all colors large and small
G
There's a boy scout badge and a merit pin
C
Little American flags waving in the wind
G                  D7                  G
And there's 50,000 names carved in the wall


             D7                  G
There's 50,000 names carved in the wall