Monday, November 23, 2009

PLN 21

In the article "In Soviet Russia, Lake Contaminates You" talked about when the United States dropped the A-Bomb on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Russia saw that and was amazed because of the destruction of the bomb. So the Russians decided to start trying to make an A-Bomb of their very own to “blow” anyone away in a war situation. When Russia started making their plutonium for the bomb they made a secret facility in the mountains and started dumping the toxic waste into a river than ran almost all the way through the continent. People closest to the river would look at the river and sometimes see a type of discoloration and kind of gloss that isn’t usually there. They were worried because that was the cities drinking water. Mind you the year was around 1945 and Russia wasn’t very up to date technologically wise so they didn’t have clean water. When the organization found out about the contaminated water they tried to clean it up a little bit but it continued. When the people started complaining to the government about how they were coughing up blood and other symptoms of radiation poisoning they organization started to do something about it. What they did was run the radioactive water through 80,000 gallon tanks to cool them off and settle the harmful chemicals in them. What happened was the chemicals would sink to the bottom and pack together and form a TNT like substance and then the less harmful water would pass through into a giant 10 foot deep by 20 acres across lake that wasn’t connected to anything else. After a little while the symptoms had started to die down a little and then when some new plutonium water hit the TNT like substance and exploded and spread about 5 miles. The government had to evacuate the cities close enough to the area that they saw the explosion and felt the acid rain. The group continued to use the containers for running the water through because they couldn’t think of anything else to clean the water with. Soon they figured out that the lake was leaking through the ground and leaking into the drinking water and getting more people sick. They had to close the plant after going public with it and cementing over the lake, which didn’t really do much because the cement just pushed the contaminated water back and down into the dirt. Now in the current day the Russian government had to put signs around a 10 mile radius that tells people to roll up there windows and don’t stop for anything. Also the government had to evacuate the area because of the contamination. That’s why when you do something you need to be prepared.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

PLN 25

In the article "The Wrath of a Killdozer" by Jason Bellows talks about a man that had to shut down his muffler shop and everyone that he was trying to get him to back him up on his case didn't back him up. The people that were trying to get his property but he went to court about it. He wasn't going to win because his building wasn’t hooked up to the public sewer system so the county fined him $2500. While he was working with the county on this case he said he would fix the plumbing issue and everything would be all fine and dandy. He didn’t receive his way and thought that the people that were moving in, which had a cement business, were bribing the mayor and the public to side with them because if you weren’t Marvin Heemeyer best friend you were his worst enemy. So he obviously hated everyone that sided against him and made a list of who he was going to kill because he didn’t get his way. Before he had lost the property he bought a bull dozer to attach his facility to the sewer system but they said no. Before he had to give the property to the cement business he sold it to a trash business and had 6 months to leave. Before he left he still had the bull dozer and thought, why don’t I go on a crazy killing spree rampage before I leave! So he built a 30 ton shell for the bull dozer made of steel plates together and between them was concrete. He packed it full of food supplies and an air tank to help the ventilation and made gun ports in the side of the screaming metal deathtrap. Once he set the shell on top there was no turning back or getting out. He had destroyed a good part of the town when he was plowing through a building and hit a small basement and got stuck and after about 10 minutes of trying to get out he committed suicide. It took the police 12 hours to crack the shell and when they did they saw that he was dead and he, oddly enough, was the only casualty because the police used reverse 911 to call everyone to tell them to get out or they would die and so they did and Marvin Heemeyer was the only casualty of this whole ordeal, which took place in the state of Colorado in Granby. This guy was a total nut case and didn’t have any grounds to go on a psychopathic rampage in a screaming metal deathtrap. He got evicted, so what, he had at least 3 other muffler shops around town he could have gone to work at but instead he had to go on a rampage that cost about 7 million dollars. In the end, do you think this rampage was worth his life?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

PLN 24

In the article "It's Official: Water Found on the Moon" by Andrea Thompson showed and talked about the excitement in the science community because someone found water on the moon. They found the water on the southern polar ice cap and now will be sending a couple of space craft to go and dig a little deeper. Scientist said that the only way to have water on the moon was to have it in a crater large enough that it didn’t have any sunlight because if there was sunlight involved then the water would just evaporate because of the thinness of the moons atmosphere. India and the United States will be sending probes to the moon but the Indian spacecraft will not land on the surface of the moon because they don’t have the correct equipment and will just be doing a sort of fly by and looking for other water signatures on the moons surface. Our satellite will be landing in the crater were the water was found and will be searching around for any more traces of water. About 40 years ago we sent the first humans to the moon and they brought back moon rock samples. The bags that were containing the samples had leaked and when they were back on Earth the scientist found water signatures on the rocks but the water signatures were so close to the Earths water signature that the scientist couldn’t tell the difference. Now that we have found water on the moon we have opened so many new doors for space travel and maybe living on the moon.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

PLN 19

In the article "Fail of the Day" talked about how Jesse McCartney sang the National Anthem at the Pepsi 500 NASCAR race and totally blew it. While he was singing he sang "Oh say can you see, by the dawns early light. Whose broad stripes and bright stars throught the perolis night..." I would call that a major FAIL, because you're a famous and everyone knows who you are and you totaly blow the countries song on LIVE telivision and you mess up the National Anthem. I know I might be sounding like a jerk but it's the National Anthem! You should never blow that no matter what the circumstances. You've got to be a little slow or thick to forget the National Anthem because it's our song! I never really liked Jesse and now I don't have any respect at all for him.

Monday, November 16, 2009

PLN 18

In the article "Attention W!?#e Theater" it talked about a man in Colorado, who owns a pet shop, that broke the world record for most cockroach's in a single mouth for ten seconds. The record was 11 and he put 11 in his mouth and then after he had 11 in his mouth for 10 seconds he continued to add cockroaches  and eventually reached 16. The man did this as a publicity stunt to help his pet shop and because he was cocky and thought he could beat the previous record, around Halloween this year. He also remarked that next year he is planning on getting 20 into his mouth. In my opinion this guy is a total nut case because he thinks the putting 16 cockroaches into his mouth are totally okay. I don’t know about you but I know I would never put even 1 cockroach in my mouth. If you would like to view this article and other articles like this follow this website:

Sunday, November 15, 2009

PLN 23

In the article "Wow! Heros exist!" from CNN video on I found this video very moving. It shows two brothers who are also firefighters and a woman whose car flipped and caught on fire after hitting a tree. The firefighters break the windshield and pull the women out and get one of the children out but the other child has his seatbelt on and can’t get out. Some one brings out a garden hose and another person brings out a pocket knife so they can cut the seatbelt. As soon as they get the second child out of the car they hear a loud bang and the fire gets bigger. I think this was some very quick thinking from the firefighters and the neighbors in the area around the crash. If it weren’t for them then we would be three people shorter then before.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

PLN 22

In the article "Put forth our best writing selves" by Douglas Hesse's point is that all social networking sites will be the salvation of writing in the U.S.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

PLN 20

In the article "The Remains of Doctor Bass" by Alan Bellows talks about a Body Farm near the University of Tennessee so the forensic science students could learn more about forensics and decomposition of the human body. People who donated their bodies to science sometimes go the Body Farm and the students throw the bodies into the woods and periodically check on them to see how they are decomposing and record it and check the body for insects and other items of disgusting-ness. Their first test was a pig that was roaming around on the land before they had any bodies to watch. They shot the pig and within the first hour of it dying a boss fly had laid its larva into the pig because it was dead and was now food. After a couple of weeks the pig was a stiff and there were wasps, flies and maggots all inside and outside of the pig. I won’t go into details about how the pig decomposed but it was really nasty. If you would like to read the article you can at