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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

On Larry Walker (of the Montreal Expos)

Spring is here, and Warren Cromartie is on the radio and t.v. talkin' Expos so now I'm all happy today. I find I'm writing a lot about baseball again in the last little while (WBC, steroids, etc.). Baseball is something I like and it's nice and positive to write about it. I'm gonna try and write about more positive things (science, sports) in the future and try and stay away from politics. You get too negative when you get dragged into the drudges of the political world.

Larry Walker
I was listening to an interview on Mitch Melnick's TSN 690 radio program today and he was talkin' to Cro. The Cro was mentioning that his Montreal Baseball Project is well into Phase II as he is launching an economic forum/feasibility study, and he also mentioned that next year marks the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Montreal Expos team. Many know the history of that and really believe the disbanding of that squadron was the first step in the death of the Expos.

To mark the anniversary of the 1994 Expos, Montreal Baseball Project is re-uniting the team for some sort of festivity here in the city. He mentioned Pedro, Moises, Grip, Felipe, and others are gonna be part of it. I hope others show up too (I hope John Wetteland comes). Mitch asked him about Larry Walker and neither thought he would come. Cro proceeded to say that if anyone is in touch with Larry to call [him] homie, and let him know they want him there for the reunion.

Mitch mentioned that relations with Walker and Montreal are somewhat sour and I want to try and explain why that is.

Rabbit Ears

Warren mentioned that "players have rabbit ears" and I want to to try and elaborate on what he was saying.

Remember that episode of the Simpson's where Homer gets benched for Darryl Strawberry and Bart sits behind him in the rightfield stands and heckles the Straw until he sheds a single tear? That's rabbit ears.

In fact, Bart (or whichever writer wrote that bit) did not invent the "Dar-ryl" chant...fans at Fenway did (as evidenced by this video care of MLB.com):



Dar-ryyyyyyl, Dar-ryyyyyyyl.

Okay. Now, before moving on to how this relates to Larry Walker, I want to first talk about another Expos outfielder.

In the mid 1980s, the owners of each Major League club colluded to agree to not sign any free agents in order to drive their salaries down. Expos outfielder Andre Dawson left the Expos and signed a blank cheque with the Cubs. The fans had no way of knowing about the collusion that was going on, and when Dawson came to play against the Expos with the Cubs in 1987...the Expos fans booed him. The fans should have been booing the owners for colluding but with the information they had, they could only believe that Dawson jumped ship and thus they booed him under false pretenses.

Now, the same would occur in 1995...to one Larry Kenneth Robert Walker. After 1994, Claude Brochu dismantled the Expos following the cancelled season. Walker, Grissom, Wetteland, and others were traded or released. Larry Walker was let go and signed on with the Colorado Rockies. We now know that Walker wanted to take much less money to remain in Montreal but was still let go by the team in order to cut salaries. To the fans however, who had already been shafted out of a playoff berth for the first time in over a decade, were already understandably bitter and were very unfriendly to Larry when he came to Olympic Stadium to play against the Expos as a Rockie in the 1995 season. They booed the heck out of him, heckled him every at bat, and the fans in the right field bleachers gave him the Dar-yyyyl treatment something fierce.

So when Cro mentioned that "players have rabbit ears" that's what he was talking about. The fans gave Walker the Dar-yyyl treatment but who could blame them? Just like in 1987 when they booed Dawson, the fans had no idea of the back office politics going on which led to those players leaving the club. All they knew in '95 was that they just had their World Series contender team dismantled and were as bitter as hell. Once again the jeers were undeserved by the outfielder yet it is easy to see why the fans did it. How were they to know otherwise?

My sources for these two events are: I was present at the Walker "Dar-yyyl" game and very clearly remember the length and intensity of the jeers directed at Walker. While my source for the 1987 Dawson boos comes from a very reliable Expos historian (Wayne).

So,

The Walker and Montreal sourness is from a big misunderstanding by the fans, that's all. The 1995 season started on an incredibly sour note here and I don't think anyone can blame the fans for being pessimistic and quite angry that season.

It would be cool if Larry attends the Montreal Baseball Project's 1994 team reunion next summer.

Monday, March 18, 2013

You Only Have 3 Days Left to......

....Burn your body until your blood coagulates and becomes gold bio-plasmic liquid light.

Yeah. March 20, 2013 is the DROP DEAD date to do that.

Wiley Brooks

Crazy Mother Fucker
About a year or so ago I wrote about a dude named Wiley Brooks (here). Wiley promotes a religion he created called Breatharianism.

The basic tenet of Breatharianism is to not eat nor drink...but learn to live off of breathing as the sole method of sustaining the mind and body.

Anyone who reads a lot of kook writing knows that all kooks fall into 2 basic categories. On the one hand, you have the ones who say the craziest shit to convince dumb people to give them money, and the other group are people who are genuinely insane and out of their respective minds.

Wiley is 100% a kook who says the craziest shit to get people to give him money....and oh man...this guy says the craziest shit.

Wiley has been running this shtick for a pretty long time now, (as evidenced by this Tom Snyder interview): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rybFmE2qtaw

I got to thinking about Wiley again for two reasons. For one, March 20, 2013 is approaching and Wiley prophesized that this is the date you must set fire to your body in order to heat your blood in order to remove the iron particles and coagulate it into a paste of golden bio-plasmic liquid light.

Also, Wiley claims to have been Saint Francis of Assisi in a past life...and yesterday the new Pope chose the name Saint Francis of Assisi. It made me think that Wiley would be writing kooky nonsense again and he surely did not disappoint...

Wiley is back writing and it's....it's.....fantastically insane. This is a statement from his site:

"LONG LIVE THE NEW POPE
POPE FRANCIS I
FIRST POPE OF THE NEW WORLD.
I AM THE LORD, THY GOD  AND CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE" -Brooks, W.

Wiley is now claiming to be the "Creator of the Universe" and he's recommending his followers do some amazingly stupid things.

He's actually telling people to light themselves on fire before the due date of March 20, 2013. I hope that no one takes this seriously, I really really do.

"Before you can withstand the amount of heat (fire) generated by this Ascension initiation process your blood stream must have already been converted to a type of gold bio-plasmic liquid light. Therefore replacing the iron that is normally found in the blood. A body that still contains blood cells with iron will not be able to survive the heat (wall of fire) that protects the entrances, portals, vortices and stargates into the 5th Dimensional Worlds.

THE DROP DEAD DATE FOR THIS PROCESS TO BE COMPLETED IS: MARCH 20, 2013
" - Brooks, W.
If you thought telling people to stop eating and drinking was dangerous, what do think about him telling people to light themselves on fire? Oh boy...

If Anyone is Taking this Seriously

I know people who join cults and organized religions are pretty stupid and all...but if anyone out there is seriously considering burning themselves in order to train their blood to withstand a "wall of fire" that separates the 3rd dimension from the 5th dimension.....please....back the fuck up and re-examine the situation. Honestly, this is hilarious and everything, but it is really dumb for Wiley to tell people to do something like this.

This new aspect to Breathanarianism is so fucked up that I think Wiley has become my favorite kook of all time. Move over Gene Ray, I have a new All-Time Favorite Kook. Wiley is numero uno in the bat shittery department from now on.

On A Serious Note Though...

I'm being 100% honest now, if any of you reading this are in a cult or organized religion of any sort, please, don't listen to your spiritual leader if they tell you to harm yourself or others. As hilarious as Wiley's new writings are there is a possibility that someone will cause harm to themselves because of this bullshit. Don't believe me? Maybe you should browse that great site "What's the Harm" in your spare time one day.

"What's the Harm" categorizes news stories of people who harmed themselves or others due to beliefs in cults and organized religions. Believe me, there's people dumb enough to try this, I'm not joking.

Link: http://whatstheharm.net/

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Past, Present, and Future.......of Corn.

I eat a lot of vegetables, some are over rated and some are under rated. In this essay I am going to write about my favorite vegetable.

My favorite vegetable (if you haven't guessed yet) is corn! So without further ado, let's talk about corn.

Past

The history of corn is an interesting one to say the least.

Maize or Maïs has been around since pre-historic times. Farmers in the Western Hemisphere were planting and harvesting it since around 2000 B.C.E. (well before Columbus "discovered" America of course).

Teosinte: The father of Corn.
It seems to have come from a naturally occurring weed named Teosinte, farmers most likely noticed a mutant version of Teosinte grass one afternoon and thought it was cool and brought it home with them. The strange growths on the plant's extremities were larger and stranger looking than on the normal teosinte. The farmers must have planted the seeds of the mutant strain of Teosinte and were surprised to find that it could re-create itself. Some of the new plants from the mutated teosinte developed even larger vegetables growing at its extremities.

Next, through a process of selective breeding...the farmers chose the seeds from the plant which produced the largest and most colorful (yellow) vegetables at its extremities. They sewed the seeds of only the most mutated teosinte grass plants until they further mutated into what we know now as maize or corn.

The ingenuity of farmers in what we now call South and Central America is how we originally created corn. Farmers from this region also discovered potatoes, tomatoes, and other vegetables through selective bio-engineering. After Europeans "discovered the new world" (I don't understand how anyone can say that with a straight face anymore) these vegetables started being brought back and grown in Europe too.

The original use of corn/maize was to eat. Corn is pretty tasty, I like eating it. The farmers who first created corn would grind it up with a mortar and pestle into a viscous paste...like a porridge or a thick soup. Personally, I like to cook it and cream it too because your body doesn't always digest raw corn and it tends to come out whole grain in your movements.

Present

We now produce a lot of corn as a global nation. The world produces 200,000,000 metric tonnes of corn per year. A metric tonne is 1000 kilograms or roughly 2,205 pounds. Wow, I want to write the number of pounds of corn produced by humans yearly...let's see...carry the zero...and....

 441,000,000,000 pounds

We humans produce 441 billion pounds of corn every year. That's a lot. The leading country in corn production is the USA which produces about 350,000 metric tonnes per year.

Right now, in the present, we do not produce much corn for human consumption. According to Iowa Corn Dot Org only about 10% of the corn of today is used to eat. The breakdown is roughly as so...

40% for feed
30% for fuel
20% for corn syrup
10% for raw corn, cornmeal and grits

Feed is corn used to feed livestock animals (cows, chickens, pigs). Fuel is corn used to make bio ethanol fuel to power automobiles and other fuel burning combustion devices. Corn syrup is a high fructose syrup used as a food additive. The final 10% is raw human consumption.

This is the case globally as well. We are mainly creating corn to feed livestock, make ethanol fuels and to produce high fructose corn syrup (mainly used to make cola drinks bottled by Pepsi or Coca Cola).

This is interesting of course, but it is also troubling as well. Why isn't the percentage of corn used to power vehicles higher? Why is feed and corn syrup so high? The answer seems to point to poor eating habits and much of the blame appears to be on fast food restaurants.

Many humans around the globe sustain themselves on a diet of corn-fed meat products (burgers) and high fructose corn syrup (cola). Using Macdonald's figures as an example, they serve roughly 70 million customers per day around the world. Assuming, most of those served, purchased a corn-fed livestock sandwich and a 24 ounce cup of high-fructose corn syrup...let's just take a nice round number like 50 million per day...

50 million (corn-fed livestock sandwiches) * 365 (days per annum) = 18,250,000,000 burgers

(0.71 litres *  50 million) * 365 (days per annum) = 12,957,500,000 litres

Every single year, people eat about 18.25 billion burgers and drink 12.96 billion litres of cola from MacDernDern's. Remember, this is only one fast food chain...you'd have to add up Burger King and all the others to get the full picture.
You big Fat Fuck...

What I'm getting at is the world's fast food addiction is not only an unhealthy diet but it's seriously cutting into the corn reserve. It seems if we even cut down on our global intake of pop/soda/cola we would free up a huge amount of corn reserves for the creation of ethanol fuels.

I'm trying to find the amount of Coca Cola and Pepsi consumed around the globe per year...the figures vary but an estimate of 200 billion litres per year is probably not far off. Humans drink two hundred fucking billion litres of corn syrup every year. That's fucked up.

If we even just cut down on our corn syrup consumption we could free up an insane amount of corn production for ethanol fuel.


Future

What is the future of my favorite vegetable? I'm glad you asked, because it seems there's an untapped potential for corn that we haven't been taking advantage of.

Corn Resin (PLA)
I was writing about bio-plastics the other month or so....(here)

I was surprised that we have been making corn starch into plastics since 1958 thanks to Robert P. Baer and other scientists who experimented with Amylomaize. Yes, corn starch can be used to make plastic polymers and plastic resin. Cool eh?

If you follow science, you've probably heard of the new 3D printers that everyone's talking about. Some are predicting that 3D printing will revolutionize the way we produce and manufacture plastic parts.

Basically, a computer scans an object and records all the metrics assigned to said object (length, width, height, weight, angles, contours, depth, etc.) and uses that info to shoot globs of resin to slowly but surely create an exact double of that object. Neat-o, eh?.

Where does corn fit in to this? One of the types of resin ammunition loaded into these 3D printers of the future is something called Polyactic Acid. It's great stuff, great stuff. It is a bio-plastic which is created from corn starch (or tapioca or surghum). Science types refer to it as "PLA" and it can be loaded into 3D printers to print the objects of the future.

So....can we theoretically scan any object and make a corn resin double out of it? Maybe not now, but who knows what the future holds.

Wow....corn is so cool sometimes.

Conclusion

That is why corn is my favorite vegetable. I like a lot of vegetables like potatoes and others....but corn is different. I RESPECT corn.

Hey corn....RESPECT, bro. Keep on being your bad self.

Keep up the good work...corn.