George Rucker's Spectacular Newsletter for June 5, 2017

This is how they say good morning in Tasmania, “G’day” or “G’day mate”.  Last week I started with the bit about Svengali and have since learned he actually said Swahili, my bad.  If you want to say good morning in Swahili it is:  Habari ya asubuhi

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Twenty Ways To Maintain A Healthy Level of Insanity

1. At Lunch Time, Sit In Your Parked Car With Sunglasses on and point A Hair Dryer At Passing Cars. See If They Slow Down.

2. Page Yourself Over The Intercom. Don't Disguise Your Voice.

3. Every Time Someone Asks You To Do Something, Ask If They Want Fries with That.

4. Put Your Garbage Can On Your Desk And Label It "In".

5. Put Decaf In The Coffee Maker For 3 Weeks. Once Everyone Has Gotten Over Their Caffeine Addictions, Switch To Espresso.

6. In The Memo Field Of All Your Checks, Write "For My Girlfriend"

7. Finish all Your Sentences With "In Accordance With The Prophecy."

8 Don't use any punctuation

9. As Often As Possible, Skip Rather Than Walk.

11. Specify That Your Drive-through Order Is "To Go."

12. Sing Along At The Opera.

13 Go To A Poetry Recital And Ask Why The Poems Don't Rhyme

14. Put Mosquito Netting Around Your Work Area And Play Tropical Sounds All Day.

17. When The Money Comes Out The ATM, Scream "I Won!, I Won!"

18. When Leaving The Zoo, Start Running Towards The Parking Lot, Yelling "Run For Your Lives, They're Loose!!"

19. Tell Your Children Over Dinner. "Due To The Economy, We Are Going To Have To Let One Of You Go."

And The Final Way To Keep A Healthy Level Of Insanity.......

20. Send This Funniness To Someone To Make Them Smile. It's Called Therapy...

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During my lifetime I have been in some areas where there have been some seismic activity which made my life seem interesting if not dangerous.  One earthquake while sleeping on the 11th  floor of a hotel in Manilla, Republic of the Philippine Islands comes to mind.  I never knew I could take a flight of stairs with one step but I needed to get out of the hotel as fast as possible and I felt the elevator would not be a safe exit.   While talking to a friend, a medical doctor he once said the most alive he ever felt was on a vacation.  His vacation was to visit an active volcano.

I can believe what he said, as I felt much the same way on my visit to Yellowstone National Park.  My daughter Marcy was complaining as “Old Faithful,” a geyser of note was 40 minutes late.  Kids can be impatient much like adults, except more so.

Just like Yellowstone the country of Iceland has pretty much a ton of seismic activity as they have about 500 equipment detectable earthquakes per week, most cannot be felt by humans as they are ever so slight.  If one of the volcanoes is hit by an earthquake swarm this number will move even higher, to probably 700 per week.

The country of Iceland is being torn apart at the rate of about one inch per year.  It rests on the North American plate moving east and the Eurasian plate moving west.  One inch does not sound like a lot, however in a million years it would equate to 15.5 miles.

At Þingvellir National Park, in South Iceland, you can however see clearly with your own eyes how these forces of nature are shaping Iceland's landscape.  The location on the tip of the Reykjanes Peninsula is the only place in the world where you can see the Mid-Atlantic ridge rise above sea level. Also, close by, you can walk over The Bridge Between Continents. Yes, it's a little bit of a gimmicky concept but this is indeed a location where the tectonic plates are drifting apart from each other. The bridge is located About 7km south of Hafnir by road 425.

For more to read go to Iceland Magazine (May 26, 2017)
 http://icelandmag.visir.is/article/why-constant-earthquakes-iceland-slowly-being-torn-apart

This country is on my bucket list as I would like to bathe in a hot spring of which they have quite a few.

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Every once in a while politicians say something very stupid, my president Donald Trump included.  So much so, that it in itself, are just more reasons for term limits.  This might be the reflection from the constituency that keep electing these people.  I think this is also true for the state I currently live in, however it happens but just not with my vote..

Has Nancy Pelosi completely lost her mind? Or does she just have to complain about everything President Trump does?

During a press briefing on Thursday, the House Minority Leader criticized the president’s choice of visiting Saudi Arabia first during his inaugural foreign trip.  Saying, “It wasn’t even alphabetical. I mean, Saudi Arabia?”  The Democrat leader contrasted Trump’s visit with George W. Bush first visiting Mexico, and Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama visiting Canada first.

My feeling is that if this particular person ever gets elected to the office of President, I guess we can expect Afghanistan, followed by Albania, Algeria, Andorra and Angola.  It would be the Sesame Street strategy to boost foreign relations.

Scientist say the universe is made up of Protons, Neutrons and Electrons, but they forgot to mention Morons.  Sadly these morons saturate both parties.

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Lets see what I can do for the weekly invention that changed the world.

The world has an almost insatiable need for energy.  My guess is that since the invention of fire it has been a problem.  I can see man using wood closest to the cave first and then farther and farther away, until they had to move closer to the source.  With the latest search for energy we are utilizing something called “fracking.”  This procedure has made the U.S. the largest producer of natural gas.  For me personally I have seen my winter fuel bill decrease year after year and it is lower now than 15 years ago.  The price lately has risen each year and will probably be higher that it was 15 years ago within a few years.  My view is I have enjoyed the lower prices and I like it.

What the Frack?

The process of fracking requires natural gas and oil companies to drill vertical wells about 7,000 feet (about the height of six Empire State Buildings stacked top to bottom) into the ground to access large, subterranean formations of shale, called “plays.”  The goal is to mine the rocky reservoirs of natural gas and oil (hydro carbons) trapped within the pores of the soft, sedimentary rock.

Hydraulic Fracturing lately is just called “Fracking.” The drilled holes called wellbores, are about 12.5 inches in diameter, lined with steel casing and sheathed in cement.  Once a wellbore reaches the depth of play, the pipe takes a right or left turn (known as the kickoff point) and begins to travel horizontally.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says the range from 1,000 to 6,000 feet.   These horizontal pipes are finely perforated and act like sieves.  When a fluid solution of water, sand and chemicals (such as those found in detergents, disinfectants and household cleaners) is blasted through the perforated pipes at high pressure, the shale fractures and releases hydrocarbons.  Sand and additives in the fluid (such as ceramic pellets of small incompressible particles) hold open the fissures, and the gas and oil are forced up to the surface by internal pressure.  There they are separated from the wastewater and stored.

The resurfacing of the fluid, called the “flowback,” contains the original solution plus naturally occurring elements such as brines, metals, radionnuclides and other hydrocarbons.

Fracking allows natural gas and petroleum products to mine resources on a commercial level at a cost that enables both competitive consumer pricing and profit.  It has revolutionized the mining industry and put the United States on par with Saudi Arabia in oil production.  In fact in 2013, the United States produced more oil than Saudi Arabia.  In oil production.  Online news outlet, Slate reported, “Its all about fracking.

I interrupt here as during my vacation I found that fuel costs for our vehicle during the first half of May was a lot lower that our state.  This includes states that are usually much higher like New York and New Jersey.  On average our fuel ranged from $2.05 to $2.25 in all the southern states.  Now that we are home our costs run from $2.34 to $2.47.  Perhaps we have a higher gas tax in this state or something.

As the data for oil production shows, in 2013, the U.S. produced 7.44 million barrels of crude oil per day, the highest level since 1989, and up 49 percent since 2008.  When we take into account liquid fuels produced from natural gas, America’s production stands at about 11 million barrels per day and rising,” In the near future and with the addition of tens of thousands of new fracking wells proposed by 2020, the United states may in fact take the lead.

Critics of technology, however, fear the cost of such a win.  Concerns about drinking water contamination, spills, air pollution, and increased earthquake activity caused by fracking practices have triggered intense debate.  The U.S. Department of Energy has vowed to investigate the safety and processes of fracking, and companies such as Haliburton are promising to reduce risks of chemical exposure with newly designed fluids and technology to alleviate health and environmental concerns.  Many people however remain more than wary.

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I just received a thank you note from the Navy Gateway Inns & Suites SCSC Wallops Island thanking me for mentioning them in my weekly letter.  It made me feel good that they read my comments to their staff which were way above satisfactory to the point of being stellar from such a small base.

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I am not sure why my inbox is so full of political stuff.  Myself it is probably due to every Democrat, and most news sources not letting the population know when Trump does something good.  The news sources in general were not publishing any news between Russia and Democrats during the past election.  Here are some that come to mind.

Remember When ?

      Remember when Donald Trump was business partners with the Russian government and his company got 53 million from the Russian government investment fund called Rusnano that was started by Vladimir Putin and is referred to as "Putin's Child"?

Oh wait that wasn't Trump it was John Podesta.

Remember when Donald Trump received 500 thousand for a speech in Moscow and paid for by Renaissance Capital, a company tied to Russian Intelligence Agencies?

Oh wait that was Bill Clinton.

Remember when Donald Trump approved the sale of 20% of US uranium to the Russians while he was Secretary of State which gave control of it to Rosatom the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation?

Oh wait that was Hillary Clinton.

Remember when Donald Trump lied about that and said he wasn't a part of approving the deal that gave the Russians 1/5 of our uranium, but then his emails were leaked showing he did lie about it?

Oh wait that was Hillary Clinton and John Podesta.

Remember when Donald Trump got 145 million dollars from shareholders of the uranium company sold to the Russians?

Oh wait that was Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.

Remember when Donald Trump accepted millions in donations from Russian Oligarchs like the chairman of a company that's part of the Russian Nuclear Research Cluster, the wife of the mayor of Moscow, and a close pal of Putins?

Oh wait that was the Clinton Foundation.

Remember when Donald Trump failed to disclose all those donations before  becoming the Secretary of State, and it was only found out when a journalist went through Canadian tax records?

Oh wait that was Hillary

Remember when Donald Trump told Mitt Romney that the 80s called and it wanted its Russian policy back. The Cold War is over?

Oh wait that was President Obama.

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Tell Me This Won't Happen To Us!

An elderly Floridian called 911 on her cell phone to report that her car has been broken into. She is hysterical as she explains her situation to the dispatcher: "They've stolen the stereo, the steering wheel,  the brake pedal and even the accelerator!" she cried.

The dispatcher said: "Stay calm. An officer is on the way."

A few minutes later, the officer radios in "Disregard". He says: "She got in the back-seat by mistake"

TELL ME THIS WON'T HAPPEN TO US!!
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Three sisters, ages 92, 94 and 96 live in a house together. One night the 96-year-old draws a bath. She puts her foot in and pauses. She yells to the other sisters: "Was I getting in or out of the bath?"

The 94-year-old yells back: "I don't know. I'll come up and see." She starts up the stairs and pauses "Was I going up the stairs or down?"

The 92-year-old is sitting at the kitchen table having tea listening to her sisters, she shakes her head and says: "I sure hope I never get that forgetful, knock on wood." She then yells: "I'll come up and help both of you as soon as I see who's at the door."

TELL ME THIS WON'T HAPPEN TO US!!!!
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"I CAN HEAR JUST FINE!"

Three retirees, each with a hearing loss, were playing golf one fine March day. One remarked to the other: "Windy isn't it?"

"No" the second man replied "it's Thursday."

And the third man chimed in: "So am I. Let's have a beer."

TELL ME THIS WON'T HAPPEN TO US!!!!
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Now this one is just too Precious...LOL!

Two elderly ladies had been friends for many decades. Over the years, they had shared all kinds of activities and adventures. Lately, their activities had been limited to meeting a few times a week to play cards.

One day, they were playing cards when one looked at the other and said; "Now don't get mad at me... I know we've been friends for a long time but I just can't think of your name! I've thought and thought, but I can't remember it. Please tell me what your name is.."

Her friend glared at her. For at least three minutes she just stared and glared at her. Finally she said; "How soon do you need to know?"

TELL ME THIS WON'T HAPPEN TO US!!!!
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SENIOR DRIVING

As a senior citizen was driving down the freeway, his car phone rang. Answering, he heard his wife's voice urgently warning him; "Herman, I just heard on the news that there's a car going the wrong way on Interstate 77. Please be
careful!"

"Heck" said Herman "It's not just one car. It's hundreds of them!"

TELL ME THIS WON'T HAPPEN TO US !!!!
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DRIVING

Two elderly women were out driving in a large car - both could barely see over the dashboard. As they were cruising along, they came to an intersection.

The stoplight was red but they just went on through. The woman in the passenger seat thought to herself: "I must be losing it. I could have sworn we just went through a red light."

After a few more minutes, they came to another intersection and the light was red. Again, they went right through. The woman in the passenger seat was almost sure that the light had been red but was really concerned that she was losing it.

She was getting nervous.

At the next intersection, sure enough, the light was red and they went on through.

So, she turned to the other woman and said: "Mildred, did you know that we just ran through three red lights in a row? You could have killed us both!"

Mildred turned to her and said; "Oh, crap, am I driving?"

TELL ME THIS WON'T HAPPEN TO US!!!!
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Another letter finished, I will see many of you at exercise later in the morning.

George

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