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Rules for Writing Well   Leave a comment

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26 Golden Rules for Writing Well

1.Don’t abbrev.

2.Check to see if you any words out.

3.Be carefully to use adjectives and adverbs correct.

4.About sentence fragments.

5.When dangling, don’t use participles.

6.Don’t use no double negatives.

7.Each pronoun agrees with their antecedent.

8.Just between you and I, case is important.

9.Join clauses good, like a conjunction should.

10.Don’t use commas, that aren’t necessary.

11.Its important to use apostrophe’s right.

12.It’s better not to unnecessarily split an infinitive.

13.Never leave a transitive verb just lay there without an object.

14.Only Proper Nouns should be capitalized. also a sentence should begin with a capital letter and end with a full stop

15.Use hyphens in compound-words, not just in any two-word phrase.

16.In letters compositions reports and things like that we use commas to keep a string of items apart.

17.Watch out for irregular verbs that have creeped into our language.

18.Verbs has to agree with their subjects.

19.Avoid unnecessary redundancy.

20.A writer mustn’t shift your point of view.

21.Don’t write a run-on sentence you’ve got to punctuate it.

22.A preposition isn’t a good thing to end a sentence with.

23.Avoid cliches like the plague.

24.1 final thing is to never start a sentence with a number.

25.Always check your work for accuracy and completeness.


Posted 20 January 2010 by chrismmm in Uncategorized

A letter from Satan to Pat Robertson: `Not how I roll’   Leave a comment

This parody is making its way around the Web quickly. Best I can tell it comes from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

  Dear Pat Robertson,

    I know that you know that all press is good press, so I appreciate the shout-out. And you make God look like a big mean bully who kicks people when they are down, so I’m all over that action. But when you say that Haiti has made a pact with me, it is totally humiliating. I may be evil incarnate, but I’m no welcher.

The way you put it, making a deal with me leaves folks desperate and impoverished. Sure, in the afterlife, but when I strike bargains with people, they first get something here on earth — glamor, beauty, talent, wealth, fame, glory, a golden fiddle. Those Haitians have nothing, and I mean nothing. And that was before the earthquake.

Haven’t you seen “Crossroads”? Or “Damn Yankees”? If I had a thing going with Haiti, there’d be lots of banks, skyscrapers, SUVs, exclusive night clubs, Botox — that kind of thing. An 80 percent poverty rate is so not my style. Nothing against it — I’m just saying: Not how I roll.

You’re doing great work, Pat, and I don’t want to clip your wings — just, come on, you’re making me look bad. And not the good kind of bad.

Keep blaming God. That’s working. But leave me out of it, please. Or we may need to renegotiate your own contract.

    Best, Satan

Posted 19 January 2010 by chrismmm in Uncategorized

Top 10 times in History when the use of the “f-word” was appropriate   Leave a comment

  1. “Scattered Fucking showers, my ass!” – Noah, 4314 BC
  2. “How the fuck did you work that out?” – Pythagoras, 126 BC
  3. “You want WHAT on the fucking ceiling?” – Michelangelo, 1566
  4. “Where did all those fucking Indians come from?” – Custer,1877
  5. “It does so fucking look like her!” – Picasso,1926
  6. “Where the fuck are we?” – Amelia Earhart, 1937
  7. “Any fucking idiot could understand that.” – Einstein, 1938
  8. “What the fuck was that?” – Mayor Of Hiroshima,1945
  9. “I need this parade like I need a fucking hole in the head!” – JFK,1963
  10. “Aw c’mon. Who the fuck is going to find out?” – Bill Clinton

Posted 16 January 2010 by chrismmm in Uncategorized

Five Murdered, Dozens Wounded Among Iranian Protesters in Sirjan   Leave a comment

Posted by Women Against Shariah on Monday, December 28, 2009
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From NCR-Iran:

NCRI – The Iranian Resistance strongly condemns bloody suppression of defenseless people in Sirjan, central Iran, which has left dozens killed or wounded and calls for an international probe.

On Tuesday, December 22, the scene of a public hanging of two prisoners, Esmail Fathi-Zadeh and Mohammad Esfandiarpoor, in Sirjan turned into a confrontation between protesting people and the suppressive forces. Local residents and families of the two prisoners confronted the suppressive forces by hurling stones and chanting slogans.

During the clashes yesterday morning, people took advantage of the chaos and removed the prisoners from the scene set up for their hangings. According to earlier reports on Tuesday, one of the prisoners was thought to have been killed.

Having lost the control of the situation, the suppressive forces mobilized more of their agents across the city and re-captured the two prisoners and brought them back to the hanging ropes.

Local residents were angered by the regime’s henchmen and became more fierce in their protest against the hangings. In fear of the escalation of unrest, the suppressive forces opened fire on defenseless people killing at least five and dozens more were wounded. A number of the wounded were taken to hospitals in Kerman, the provincial capital. Some of the wounded are in critical state. A group of local residents and families of the two have been arrested. During the clashes, a number of vehicles belonging to the suppressive forces were set on fire.

The intelligence agents were deployed at the entry points to the city to control the traffic and helicopters were hovering over the city and the main roads to monitor the situation.

The Iranian Resistance calls on all international human rights organizations, in particular the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions and Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, to condemn deteriorating human rights situation in Iran and dispatch an international fact finding mission to probe the bloody suppression in Sirjan.

Posted 1 January 2010 by chrismmm in Uncategorized

Americans and Canadians – Murdered in Latest Taliban Terrorist Attacks   Leave a comment

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From the Daily Mail:

A suicide bomber killed seven CIA employees after being invited onto a U.S. base without being searched.

Among the victims was the female head of the CIA operation in the Khost province of Afghanistan.

A former senior intelligence official said the bomber was being courted as an informant and that it was the first time he had been brought inside the camp.

Meanwhile four Canadian troops and a recently-engaged journalist on her first war assignment died in a separate attack.

U.S. officials said the dead Americans were CIA employees but declined to comment on the attacker’s nationality or status.

The explosion casts a long shadow over Western plans to bolster the Afghan army and police, in order to eventually hand over security and bring their own troops home.

If an Afghan army official turned on the foreign troops and officials who are meant to be mentoring and partnering them, after a series of similar incidents this year, it will raise tough questions about trust and loyalty.

If he was not an Afghan soldier visiting or stationed on Forward Operating Base Chapman, then U.S. concerns about security controls will be even more grave, after a year that has been the deadliest of the eight-year war for foreign troops.

The CIA has also been expanding its presence in the country, stepping up strikes against Taliban and al Qaeda militants along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, although its role has been criticised by rights groups and Afghans.
The site of the suicide attack is near the Pakistan border, in one of the areas where the Taliban insurgency is strongest. Security in the region was stepped up on Thursday.

Asked how the attacker launched the assault in a foreign military base, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid replied: ‘Since the man was an officer, he had not much difficulties.’

The four Canadian soldiers and Calgary Herald reporter Michelle Lang were killed when their armoured vehicle was hit by a bomb near the southern city of Kandahar.

The recently-engaged Miss Lang was on her first assignment in Afghanistan.

Eight CIA agents were killed in a separate attack, during a suicide bombing at a military base in south-eastern Afghanistan.

The explosion was at a military base in Khost province, near the border with Pakistan.

‘We can confirm that there was an explosion in Khost province and eight Americans have been killed,’ said a U.S. official in Kabul.

Several others, none of them U.S. or Nato troops, were wounded in the explosion at Forward Operating Base Chapman, defence officials said.

The CIA has been expanding its presence in Afghanistan in a bid to stem Taliban gains.

U.S. officials said they could not provide details pending notification of the agents’ families.

Miss Lang, 34, had only arrived on December 11 for her first assignment in Afghanistan.

‘The soldiers were conducting a community security patrol in order to gather information on the pattern of life and maintain security in the area,’ Brig. Gen. Daniel Menard, commander of coalition forces in Kandahar, said.

Miss Lang’s colleagues were devastated by the news of the award-winning reporter’s death. She was recently engaged to be married.

‘She was one of those journalists who always wanted to get to the bottom of every story so this was an important trip for her,’ said colleague Colette Derworiz.

The attack was the second in Kandahar in a week. On December 24, eight people including a child were killed when a man detonated a horse-drawn cart laden with explosives outside a guest house frequented by foreigners.

Attacks in Afghanistan this year have spiralled to their highest levels since the Taliban was overthrown by U.S. and British-led forces in late 2001.

In October the Taliban demonstrated its reach by targeting United Nations employees at a guest house in Kabul, killing five and wounding several others….

Posted 1 January 2010 by chrismmm in Uncategorized

Op-Ed: Iran Deadline Just Plain Dead   Leave a comment

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Here’s an editorial by Ralph Peters of the New York Post. The article notes the threat Iran poses and the failure of American leaders to stop Iran’s nuclear enrichment:

It’s showtime, folks! Today’s the deadline President Obama imposed on Iran’s leaders to give up their nuclear ambitions and be nice.

Not sure if the deadline expires at midnight in Tehran or on Washington time, but the mullahs and President Mahmoud “Mighty Mouse” Ahmadinejad aren’t scrambling to give Obama a New Year’s Eve smooch.

Rather than cave in to our president’s mighty rhetoric, the Tehran tyrants took a break from killing protesters in the streets to attempt to import more than 1,300 tons of make-a-nuke uranium ore from Kazakhstan.

They’ve also increased their nuke-cooker centrifuge count, tested new long-range missiles and lied like Persian rugs about hidden nuke sites. In response, our president threatened to huff and puff and blow their house down.

Ian’s retort? “Love the cool breeze, Barack.”

This is another debacle of Obama’s own making. It’s a fundamental rule of playgrounds and security policy that you shouldn’t make threats you can’t or won’t back up. But Obama’s in love with the sound of his own voice. The fanatics in Tehran are more interested in the sound of a nuclear blast.

Desperate leftists in our country still compare Obama to Bush, insisting that, well, Obama’s not doing so badly, not really, not if you really think about it.

Bush, for all his faults, worried our enemies. Obama amuses them.

Obama’s primary threat against the Tehran thugs has been sanctions. OK, let’s see if he can get internationally recognized sanctions that actually bite. I’m offering 100-to-1 odds in Tehran’s favor.

China won’t play. Beijing wants Iran’s oil and values Tehran as a regional cat’s paw.

Dubai won’t halt its massive illicit trade with Iran. Local ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s desert playground is $80 billion in the hole. And smuggling’s Dubai’s only growth industry these days.

And Russia will cheat on any paper agreements. As will the ‘stans of Central Asia. And Qatar, the UAE and Kuwait. Iraq, too. And Pakistan.

Obama’s threatened sanctions get even more laughable, since they’d target only Iran’s power elite. Insiders in any dictatorship are those best able to duck the pain of sanctions. So Ahmadinejad can’t get a visa for a Vegas vacation. That’ll teach him a lesson.

Only comprehensive sanctions backed by a military blockade have any chance of working. Otherwise, as we’ve seen in North Korea, the well-connected continue to feast while the commoners faint from hunger. And there won’t be a blockade, folks.

If sanctions weren’t enough of a joke, we also have Obama’s all-too-obvious reluctance to back the millions of Iranians struggling for freedom and democracy. Our president’s empty remarks this week checked the block for nervous American leftists, but provided no useful support to Iranians risking their lives for basic rights….

Posted 1 January 2010 by chrismmm in Uncategorized


Compilation of 15 Speed Records

Compilation of 15 Speed Records

The concept of speed appeals to the competitive nature that is inherent to basic human instinct. Originally, in the days of Darwinian fitness, the faster someone was the less likely they were to be eaten. At the same time they appeared fitter and sexual selection would favor them. These simple rules have created an obsession with speed and strength. The Olympics have been around for almost 3000 years, demonstrating how long humans have been pursuing organized physical competition. With the invention of motor vehicles people around the world have continued the tradition of pursuing speed and compete to be the quickest and the fastest. Here is a list of 15 speed records, 5 are unmotorized and 10 utilize motorized vehicles. I guarantee you will be surprised by at least one of the records on this list because this does really demonstrate the peak of human development, success, ingenuity, and in some cases, insanity.


Speed of the Fastest Swimmer: 5.342 mph (8.6 km/hr)


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On April 26, 2009, French swimmer Frédérick Bousquet set a new world record in the 50 m freestyle with a time of 20.94 seconds at the French Championships in Montpelier, France. Over the course of the race, he swam at an average speed of 5.342 mph (8.6 km/hr) and is the fastest recorded speed of a human swimming. To put in perspective how poorly built humans are for swimming, a sailfish can swim at speeds of up to 68 mph (110 km/h) or about 90 body lengths per second.

You can watch him breaking the world record here.

Source: 50 m World Record, and Sailfish

Fastest Sprinting Speed: 27.278 mph (43.9 km/hr)


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On August 16, 2008, Usain Bolt ran a world record 100 m time at 9.69 seconds. Using 10 m splits, it was determined that in the .82 seconds between 60 m and 70 m, he was running an average speed of 27.278 mph (43.9 km/hr). The previous record for fastest top speed was held by Donovan Bailey who clocked in at 27.067 mph (43.56 km/hr).

You can find a video of the race here.

Sources: Sports Scientists and HyperTextbook .

Fastest Unpaced Biking Speed: 82.33 mph (132.5 km/h)


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When something moves quickly through air it creates air currents the follow it, and the larger the object the greater the current. The world record for paced biking, aka following behind a huge truck in a bike is about 167 mph, but it is not very impressive due to the motorized help the truck gives it. More impressive is the top speed for an unmotorized, unpaced bicycle. On September 18th, 2008, Sam Whittingham managed to achieve a speed of 82.33 mph (132.5 km/h) in Battle Mountain, NV on a Varna Diablo III bike. Quite impressive for a human powered vehicle.

You can find a video of the bike breaking the record here.

Source: Cycling Records

Fastest Skiing Speed: 156.2 mph (251.4 km/h)



In April 2006, in Les Arcs, France, Italian skier Simone Origone set a new world record by achieving a top speed of 156.2 mph (251.4 km/h) in a speed skiing competition. It seems absurd that anyone would be willing to strap on skis and an aerodynamic suit and then go downhill as fast as possible, but clearly some people just can not get thrills from normal things.

You can find a video of the record-breaking ski run here.

Source: Speed Skiing.

Fastest Freefall: 614 mph (988.14 km/hr)

Project Excelsior Final

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In 1958, Project Excelsior was initiated to design a parachute system that would allow a safe controlled descent after a high-altitude ejection. To test the parachute system, staff at Wright Field built a 200 ft (61 m) high helium balloon with a capacity of nearly 3 million cubic feet (85,000 m³) that could lift an open gondola and test pilot into the stratosphere. Because the gondola was unpressurized, he was required to wear a pressurizing suit that also helped him withstand the harsh temperatures that reached as low as −94 °F (−70 °C). On August 16, 1960, Joseph Kittinger a former Command Pilot and career military officer in the United States Air Force stepped out of Excelsior III at 102,800 feet (31,300 m). He fell for four minutes and 36 seconds, reaching a maximum speed of 614 mph (988.14 km/hr). During the ascent one of his gloves stopped working and his hand swelled to twice its normal size but he did not alert the crew because he feared they would abort the jump. Kittinger set world records for the highest parachute jump, the longest parachute free fall and the fastest free fall.

You can watch a detailed video about Project Excelsior here.
You can find a video of just the jump here.

Source: Project Excelsior


Fastest Production Car: 256.18 mph (412.28 km/h)


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Currently the fastest production car is the SSC Ultimate Aero, which on September 13, 2007, achieved a speed of 256.18 mph (412.28 km/h) in West Richland, WA with a twin-turbo V8 engine. The Aero narrowly beat out the Bugatti Veyron, which was the previous record holder and has a top speed of 253.81 mph (408.47 km/h).

You can watch a video of the SSC Ultimate Aero breaking the record here.

Source: SSC Aero

Water Speed Record: 317.596 mph (511.13 km/h)


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On October 8, 1978, Australian motorboat racer Ken Warby set the water speed record in Blowering Dam, Australia. His boat hit top speed at 317.596 mph (511.13 km/h), a record that has stood for over thirty years. Water-speed records are notoriously dangerous, claiming the lives of many record pursuers.

You can watch a video of three attempts at the world record here.

Source: Water Speed Record

Fastest Rail Train: 357.18 mph (574.8 km/h)


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The fastest rail train is the French TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) (French for High Speed Train) which reached 357.18 mph (574.8 km/h) in testing on April 3, 2007. It takes 32 km of track to stop the train when it is traveling at its maximum speed, and for this reason it runs commercially at 300-320 km/h (186-200 mph) to lower the required stopping distance to only 8 km.

You can watch a video of the test run that led to the record speed here.

Source: Train

Fastest Motorcycle: 360.913 mph (580.833 km/h)


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On September 26, 2008, the Top 1 Oil-Ack Attack Streamliner Motorcycle driven by Rocky Robinson achieved a top speed of 360.913 mph (580.833 km/h) at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, USA. It was first accelerated using a truck, and then the stabilizing wheels were retracted into the extremely aerodynamic body leaving the twin Sazuki engines to accelerate the motorcycle to its record-breaking speed.

You can watch a world record being made here.

Source: Motorcycle Land Speed Record

Land-Speed Record: 763 mph (1,228 km/h)


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On October 15, 1997, UK driver Andy Green set a land-speed record using a Turbofan powered ThrustSSC in Black Rock Desert, USA. It achieved a speed of 763 mph (1,228 km/h) over the distance of 1 mile and broke the sound barrier. Below is a description of how a Turbofan engine works:

“A turbofan is a type of aircraft engine consisting of a ducted fan which is powered by a gas turbine. Part of the airstream from the ducted fan passes through the gas turbine core, providing oxygen to burn fuel to create power. However, most of the air flow bypasses the engine core, and is accelerated by the fan blades in much the same manner as a propeller” (Turbofan).

You can watch the world record being made here.

Source: Land Speed Record

Air Speed Records:

Fastest Manned Airplane: 2,193.167 mph (3,529.56 km/hr)


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On July 28, 1976, Captain Eldon W. Joersz and Major George T. Morgan broke the air speed record by flying a SR-71 Blackbird along a strait course at 2,193.167 mph (3,529.56 km/hr). The previous speed record was set by a Lockheed YF12A Interceptor prototype in June 1965 which flew at 2,070.101 mph (3,331.505 km/h). The Blackbird also broke the previous altitude record of 80,257.86 ft (24,462.6 m) held by the Lockheed YF12A by flying at 85,069 feet (25,929.03 m).

You can watch a video of the blackbird here.

Source: WVI

Fastest Speed by Manned Aircraft: 4,519 mph (7,273 km/h)


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A rocket propelled plane is not technically an airplane so for that reason it is in its own category. On October 3, 1967 pilot Pete Knight flew a North American X-15 rocket-powered aircraft 4,519 mph (7,273 km/h) at an altitude of 36.3 miles (58.4 km), thus breaking the record for top speed of a manned aircraft.

You can watch a video of the X-15 here.

Source: X-15

Fastest Unmanned Aircraft: 7,546 mph (12,144 km/hr)

x-43 plane

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x-43On November 16th, 2004 an X-43A Hypersonic aircraft achieved a velocity of 7,546 mph (12,144 km/hr). To do this, a modified Pegasus rocket attached to the X-43A was launched from a Boeing B-52 at an altitude of 13,157 meters (43,166 ft). The aircraft was accelerated by the rocket which then detached allowing the Scramjet accelerated it further to the top speed of 7,546 mph. Scramjet stands for Supersonic Combustion Ramjet, and is essentially a ramjet that performs optimally at velocities faster than the speed of sound. Below is a description of how a Ramjet works.

“An object moving at high speed through air generates a high pressure region in front and a low pressure region to the rear. A ramjet uses this high pressure in front of the engine to force air through the tube, where it is heated by combusting some of it with fuel. It is then passed through a nozzle to accelerate it to supersonic speeds. This acceleration gives the ramjet forward thrust” (Ramjet).

You can watch a video of the X-43A here.

Source: NASA X-43

Fastest Spacecrafts:

Fastest Manned Spacecraft: 24,790 mph (39,896 km/h)

apollo 10

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During the return from the moon on May 26, 1969, the Apollo 10 crew achieved the fastest speed of a manned vehicle by traveling at 24,790 mph (39,896 km/h) relative to earth. The crew members were Thomas Stafford, John W. Young and Eugene Cernan, and it was the first space mission to include an all veteran crew.

You can watch a video about Apollo 10 here.

Source: Apollo 10

Fastest Unmanned Spacecraft: 157,078 mph (252,792 km/h)


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The Helios 2 Space Probe was launched by the Federal Republic of Germany and NASA in the mid 1970s using US Air Force launch vehicles. It orbited around the sun and relayed data back to earth. The spacecraft provided important information on solar plasma, the solar wind, cosmic rays, and cosmic dust, and also performed magnetic field and electrical field experiments. During its orbit, the probe reached a speed of 157,078 mph (252,792 km/h), thus making it the fastest spacecraft ever.

Source: Helios Probes and NASA

Posted 1 January 2010 by chrismmm in Uncategorized