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Meet Our New Mascot !
Science Page 2
Poetry Page 3
A Tender Furry Tale 4
Word Origins 5
Why We Say It 7
A Wise Man Tells You 7
Joke of The Month 8
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monds are made of the same stuff—carbon). 2800 deg. C in vacuum and about
W e have been hearing a a great deal
750 deg. C in air.
about nanotechnology and carbon nanotubes Single-walled nanotubes exhibit elec- SYNTHESIS
recently. tric properties beyond the microelec- Techniques such as, arc discharge,
tromechanical scale currently used in laser ablation, high pressure carbon
About two years ago this science page had
electronics. In theory, metallic nano- monoxide and chemical vapor depo-
an article about this amazing discovery. It
tubes can carry an electric current sition have been developed to pro-
was about a future stationary satellite teth-
density 1,000 times greater than cop- duce nanotubes in sizeable quanti-
ered to the earth by a cable constructed of
per. ties. Techniques . Large quantities
many miles of carbon nanotubes. It would
enable the transfer of supplies on an elevator of nanotubes can be synthesized by
operating back and forth via the nanotube KINETIC these methods making CNTs more
cable. This will give you an idea of the re- Multi-walled nanotubes, multiple con- commercially viable.
markable strength of carbon nanotubes. centric nanotubes precisely nested
It would save billions of dollars in rocket within one another, exhibit a striking POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS
launches, to say nothing of the ecological telescoping property whereby an inner
benefits by not cluttering up our inner space nanotube core may slide, almost with- Structural: Because of the carbon
with all that rocket debris. out friction, within its outer nanotube nanotube’s superior mechanical
shell thus creating an atomically per- properties, many structures have
fect linear or rotational bearing. This been proposed ranging from every-
is one of the first true examples of mo- day items like clothing and sports
lecular nanotechnology, the precise gear to combat jackets and space
positioning of atoms to create useful elevators. Pioneering work led by
machines. This property has already Ray H. Baughman at the NanoTech
been utilized to create the world’s Institute has shown that single and
A Carbon Nanotube multi-walled nanotubes can produce
smallest rotational motor.
materials with toughness un-
So. . . Exactly what is a carbon nanotube?
THERMAL matched in the man-made and natu-
Carbon nanotubes are allotropes of carbon All nanotubes are very good thermal
conductors along the tube, exhibiting Electric Circuits: Nanotube based
with a cylindrical nanostructure. They are
a property known as “ballistic conduc- transistors have been made that
so tiny that the length to diameter ratio is
tion,” and are good insulators laterally operate at room temperature and
28,000,000 to 1. Their name is derived from
to the tube axis. It is predicted that are capable of digital switching us-
their size, since the diameter of a nanotube is
on the order of a few nanometers (1/50,000 carbon nanotubes will be able to trans- ing a single electron.
of the width of a human hair). mit up to 6,000 watts per meter per
Kelvin at room temperature; compare Most recently, collaborating Ameri-
this to copper, a metal well-known for can and Chinese researchers at
The nature of the bonding of a nanotube as its good thermal conductivity, which Duke University and Peking Uni-
described by applied quantum chemistry is transmits 385 watts per meter per K. versity have made progress toward
stronger than the bonds found in diamonds. The temperature stability of carbon producing perfectly aligned 100%
(You might be interested to know that dia- nanotubes is estimated to be up to semiconducting carbon nanotubes.
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Editor’s Note: There are two poems we publish at least once every
year or two. One is “Rags” and this is the other one.
The vomit, the cramps, your gut tied in a knot,
About 25 years ago I had occasion to visit the son of a friend who The jangling nerves screaming for just one more shot.
was in jail in Los Angeles. On a table in the lobby of the jail was
The hot chills, the cold sweat, the withdrawal pains,
this poem. It had been written by one of the inmates.
Can only be eased by my little white grains.
The poem touched me so deeply that I took a copy of it with me.
There is no other way, there’s no need to look,
Worldwide, there are millions of drug addicts and potential drug
addicts. Everyone who has adolescent kids should share this with For deep down inside, you’ll know that you’re hooked.
their children. You’ll desperately run to the pusher, and then,
You’ll welcome me into your veins once again.
“Till Death Do Us Part” (A Marriage Vow)
And when you return as I have foretold,
So now little man, you’ve grown tired of grass, You’ll ultimately give me your body and soul.
LSD, Acid, Cocaine and Hash. You’ll give up your morals, your conscience, your
When someone pretending to be a good friend, heart,
Said, “I’ll introduce you to Miss Heroin.” And then you’ll be mine . . .
— Till death do us part.
Well, honey, before you start fooling with me,
Let me inform you of how it will be.
For I will seduce you and make you my slave,
I’ve sent men much stronger than you to their grave.
You think you could never be such a disgrace,
‘Till you end up addicted to poppy seed waste.
You’ll start by inhaling me one afternoon,
Then you’ll take me into your arms very soon.
And once I have entered deep down in your vein,
The craving will nearly drive you insane.
You’ll need lots of money, (as you’ve been told),
For darling, I’m much more expensive than gold.
You’ll swindle your mother for less than a buck,
You’ll end up an animal, vile and corrupt.
You’ll mug and you’ll steal for my narcotic charm,
And only feel content, when I’m deep in your arm.
One day you’ll realize the monster you’ve grown,
Then solemnly promise to leave me alone.
If you think that you’ve got that mystical knack,
Just come on and try getting ME off your back.
Volume 15, Issue
When Puss Comes to Shove his nose looks like a country fair after paced the house glancing nervously
By Joe Kirkup the tractor races. Among the legions of into the bathroom and longingly into
slit-eyed mouse molesters that trouble Shep’s closet space. Faced with the
Shep’s dreams, Humphrey ranks pretty choice of confronting twenty gallons of
Cat owners like to describe their fe- high. cold water or eighty pounds of hot ca-
nine, Humphrey opted for the latter.
lines in superlatives. One person has
the smartest cat in the whole world; S o m e y e a r s a g o ,
another boasts of the biggest or loudest Shep and I were living with Humphrey, Lynn and I were sorting laundry on the
a second cat named Bugsy Moran, and bed. She was marveling at how each of
cat in the whole world. I have Hum-
phrey, the ugliest cat in the whole Lynn, the nice lady who saw dutifully to my socks was unique, when Humphrey
world. their every desire. stalked into the room and positioned
himself in the open closet doorway at
The five of us were happily ensconced in the edge of the carpet. One of Shep’s
Humphrey was a little crumpled when I
a modern well-appointed duplex. eyes opened momentarily. He blinked
got him. He was sitting in the middle of
Among the more admirable features of uneasily in the face of Humphrey’s
the road, suffering from a nasty case of
the place was a thick springy carpet baleful stare; then, seemingly reas-
failure to grant the right of way. His
that covered every inch of the floor ex- sured by his five-to-one size advantage,
head was crooked, his jaw was broken
cept for a small area inside one bedroom drifted back to sleep.
and one eye looked straight into the twi-
light zone. The little fella had enough closet.
road rash to be an honorary Hell’s An- After several long minutes the cat
gel. He was the hurtin’est cat in the One still day in the dead of summer, it stood up and stretched thoroughly like
whole world. was oppressively hot. Flowers were a Kung Fu priest preparing for combat.
limp and lifeless. The ice cream man Carefully, Humphrey took one step
wore a greedy smile. As for Shep, the toward the sleeping black hulk. Shep’s
I didn't think he would make it, but af-
combination of lying on a thick rug and ear twitched, and again both eyes
ter four months and three hundred dol-
wearing one at the same time was too popped open. An almost inaudible
lars he was doing quite well. He almost
much for him. He retreated to the un- rumble came from deep in the dog’s
died three different times, but he never
carpeted closet and stretched out on the throat. Humphrey sat down and
gave up. His head is still shaped like a
cool cement, secure in the assumption waited.
potato at the fruit stand, and the vet
had to grind some teeth to let his mouth that, among the fur-bearing four-by-
fours present, his rank guaranteed by After several moments, Shep’s eyes
close, but Humphrey just wouldn’t quit.
He’s got an eye on one side and a fur his size would ensure that he was undis- closed again. He groaned and shifted
lined depression on the other, and part turbed. to a more comfortable position. I know
what he was thinking. Cats are afraid
of his nose is still out on Route 16, but
that didn’t faze Humprey. He’s a cat, Bugsy had pushed Lynn’s knickknacks of dogs. Right?
and he’s tough. aside and was resting peacefully on the
third tier of a teak bookshelf, But Hum-
Obviously I like cats, but a lot of men phrey was having a problem. Generally,
don’t. Cats are not macho. Cats are not on warmer days, Humphrey sprinted
rough and tough. Cats, I am told are down the hall, through the bathroom
sissies. door and leaped into the tub, where he
played with the faucet drips before pass-
ing out till dinner was served. Unfortu-
But let me tell you something: cats can
nately, on the previous day, without
rearrange your face and hand you your
Humphrey’s knowledge, Lynn had filled
lips. Ask my dog, Shep.
the bathtub with water. The result was
an abrupt feline behavior modification
My dog weighs 80 pounds and has a
involving a very wet cat and a slightly
smile like the keyboard on Dracula’s
torn shower curtain.
piano. He has too many teeth and not
enough jowl. He’s not afraid of any-
As morning melted into afternoon, Hum- Continued on Next Page
thing. Except cats. So many ill-
phrey got more and more annoyed. He
tempered Toms have danced on his face,
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BOOTY AMNESTY PROSTITUTE
Booty comes from the Middle Low
German word bute which meant a W hen a lawyer begs for amnesty
An Anglican clergyman, Samuel
distribution or sharing. When bute Purchas, in writing “Purchas his pil-
entered our language it began to for his client he is actually asking the grimage” in 1613, reported: “I have
mean booty as we understand it, judge to have an attack of amnesia. seene houses as full of such prosti-
something taken illegally and then The first person in history to grant tutes, as the schools in France are
shared in the fashion of pirates. Its amnesty was reported to have been a full of children.” In employing the
spelling was influenced by the Eng- Greek general who said he would for- Puritan word prostitute, Purchas was
lish word boot which meant profit give his enemies and “not remember” using a euphemism that had been
or advantage. This we now use in ( Greek a-“not,” mnasthai, “to re- devised as a substitute for the honest
such an expression as: “He sold member”) their misdeeds. And from Old English word “whore.” Prostitute
him his camera and threw in a cou- this we inherited our two English comes from the Latin prostitutus,
ple of films to boot”; that is some- words: amnesia, “loss of memory,” meaning “set before,” “exposed,”
thing besides, or in addition to, the and amnesty, “a pardon for offenses.” “offered for sale.”
article bought. But the word boot The Latin meaning is
that applies to the covering you retained today, for to
wear on your foot seems to have prostitute oneself is
come from the Old French bote. to sacrifice integrity
And the word for material gain.
loot is merely a And the current
corruption of the Briticism also ex-
Hindustani word presses the idea of an
lut, meaning exchange for money.
something plun- In London prostitutes
dered. are rents.
When Puss Comes to Shove — Continued
Shep is not tall or long. He’s thick. Al- but each breath was exhaled as a low, and glancing nervously about. Hum-
most his entire body is protected by moaning growl. Again the cat stretched phrey moved in quickly and began hit-
dense fur. And heavy muscle. He has his paw into enemy territory. This time ting at the back of Shep’s rear legs, like
only one window of vulnerability—his Shep’s rear let was the victim. With a an elephant trainer at the circus.
feet. The ferocious Shep has delicate sharp and frightening roar, Shep jerked
tootsies. Very slowly Humphrey upright and tried to tuck all four feet un- Shep trampled some high-heeled shoes
stretched his mitt out as far as it could der his body. His ears lay flat against his and bellowed uselessly as he beat a
reach. It gently touched against Shep’s neck and a ghoulish row of gleaming white hasty if not honorable retreat. Hum-
front paw. teeth were exposed and ready. phrey sat down in the middle of his con-
quered territory and proceeded to wash
Shep’s foot jerked immediately in to- Humphrey pulled his head back and his ears.
ward his body. His head came up as he squinted. Behind the still extended paw
showered Humphrey with a long and his face wrinkled. Shep continued growl- In some corner of the universe, I’m sure
ominous snarl. The cat held his ground. ing and snapping his teeth. Humphrey the scoreboard lit up: Cats—1 Dogs—0.
moved in closer and reached one of Shep’s Cats may not be macho, but just ask
After a minute, Shep’s head sank slowly exposed toes. Shep jumped to his feet and Shep if they’re sissy.
to the floor. His eyes began to droop, crowded against the closet wall, growling
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Monsanto & Seed Patents
By Howard Suer Monsanto-patented umbrella. perwork that having normal seed be-
comes almost impossible.
T Thousands of years ago, when man first dis- 3.
here are many things we can live covered agriculture, he learned that he could
save some of the seed from his crops and use
Monsanto is pushing laws that ensure
farmers and citizens can’t block the
planting of GMO crops even if they
without, here on earth — Food is not one them to plant the next years harvest, Thus, for can contaminate other crops.
of them. thousands of years farmers planted corn, 4. There are Monsanto regulations bur-
wheat, cotton, and other crops using seed he ied in the FDA rules that make a
To put it simply, without food man dies. had saved from the previous year. farmer’s seed cleaning equipment
illegal because it’s now considered a
Over the years man has multiplied until Suddenly, a giant chemical company has a “source of seed contamination.”
there are about seven and a half billion of patent on the seeds. Farmers are no longer
us to feed. Fortunately, through our agri- allowed to save seeds for planting. Monsanto Monsanto has sued more than 1,500 farm-
cultural technology we have managed to has an army of “Seed Inspectors” whose job ers whose fields had simply been contami-
is to inspect farms across the country to deter- nated by GM crops.
mine if Monsanto’s patented DNA is present
in those seeds. With an annual budget of $10 Monsanto is not only patenting its own
million, they have filed thousand of lawsuits GMO seeds. It has also succeeded in slap-
(successfully) against farmers for patent in- ping patents on a huge number of crop
fringement. seeds, thereby patenting life forms for the
first time, without a vote of the people or
One study of the matter found that “Monsanto Congress. By doing this, Monsanto be-
has used heavy-handed investigations and comes the sole owner of the seeds neces-
Wheat Field ruthless prosecutions that have fundamentally sary to support the world’s food supply:
changed the way many American farmers an incredibly powerful position that no for-
produce enough food to feed most of us. farm. The result has been nothing less than an profit company should ever hold.
assault on the foundations of farming practices
Yet there is starvation in many parts of and traditions that have endured for millennia
the world. The factors that cause such around the world.
human tragedy are: WAR-GREED-
POLITICS-DROUGHT-TOPSOIL ERO- Some say that if farmers don’t want any prob-
SION — and various other conditions lems from Monsanto, they simply shouldn’t
(some caused by global warming). buy Monsanto’s GMO seeds. But it isn’t
quite that simple. Monsanto contaminates the
With all that in mind, I cannot fathom fields, trespasses onto the land taking samples,
why, in the 1980s, the United States and then sues, saying they own the crop..
Government awarded a patent on food to In order to further prevent farmers from
the giant Monsanto Chemical Co. Yes, Meanwhile, Monsanto is taking many other using their genetically modified seed,
you heard it correctly, the United States steps to keep farmers and anyone else from Monsanto had also developed seeds that
Government gave Monsanto a patent on having any access at all to buying, collecting, will self destruct upon maturity. That is
genetically-modified seed. That includes and saving normal seeds; the farmer will not be able to use the ster-
Corn, canola, Soy and other grains. ile seeds for next year’s crops.
1. They’ve bought up the seed companies
Once Monsanto obtained those patents, across the Midwest. This is just another example of why we
they proceeded to buy up many of the 2. They’ve written Monsanto seed laws, and feel that the current system of lobbying
seed companies across the Midwest, gotten legislators to put them through, that should be eliminated from our govern-
thereby making it difficult for farmers to make cleaning, collecting, and storing ment. Powerful companies with lots of
purchase seed that was not under the seeds so onerous in terms of fees and pa- money can purchase their own self-serving
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Why We Say It — (Phrase Origins)
“According to Hoyle” “Add Insult to Injury” “As Maine Goes, So Goes
An Englishman, Edmond Hoyle,
apparently a barrister and minor
legal official in Ireland, wrote A
T his is one of our oldest expres- A common political saying since
the late nineteenth century, This
sions dating back to an early fable of
Short Treatise on the Game of Whist means that in a national election
Aesop, in which a bald man tried to
in 1742. It was the first book to sys- the political party that wins the
kill a fly on his
temize the rules of whist and re- most votes in Maine, which reports
head and missed
mained the absolute authority for results early, will win nationally.
the fly, smack-
the game until the rules were This has often, but not always,
ing himself in-
changed in 1864. He also wrote been the case. The saying origi-
stead. Said the
Hoyle’s Standard Games, which has nally referred to New York, being
fly, “You wanted
been republished hundreds of times. first recorded in 1848 as “As goes
to kill me for a
The weight of his authority through Dutchess County, so goes the
those works led to the phrase, ac- State, and as New York goes, so
What will you
cording to Hoyle, which became a goes the Union.”
do to yourself
proverbial synonym for the accuracy now that you
of game rules. He is responsible for have added in-
popularizing many of the terms sult to injury.”
used today in card games. He died
in 1769 at the age of 97.
A WISE MAN TELLS YOU
“Be careful how you interpret the world: It “Never mistake knowledge for wisdom.
is like that.” One helps you make a living, the other
helps you make a life.”
—Eric Heller, 1911-1990
—Sandra Carey, 1941-
“The man who listens to reason is lost; Rea-
son enslaves all whose minds are not strong “Life is so constructed, that the event
enough to master her.” does not, cannot, will not, match the ex-
—George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950
—Charlotte Bronte, 1816-1855
“Colleges hate geniuses, just as convents
hate saints.” “A hen is only an egg’s way of making
“After you’ve heard two different eyewit-
ness accounts of the same automobile —Ralph Waldo Emerson. 1803-1882
accident, you begin to wonder about the —Samuel Butler, 1835-1902
validity of history. How do we know for
sure what ever happened anywhere?” “Intellect is invisible to the man who has
none.” “I have not been afraid of excess: Excess
—Author Unknown on occasion is exhilarating . It prevents
—Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860
moderation from acquiring the deadening
effect of a habit.”
“All ambitions are lawful except those
which climb upward on the miseries and “By night an atheist half believes in God.” —William Somerset Maugham, 1874-
credulities of mankind.” —Edward Young, 1683-1765 1965
—Joseph Conrad, 1857-1924
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