Farming with Dynamite

Ordinarily plowing merely turns over the same old soil year after year, and constant decrease in crops is only prevented by rotation or expensive fertilizing.

With ‘Red Cross’ Dynamite you can break up the ground all over the field to a depth of two or three feet, for less than the cost of adequate fertilizing, and with better results. Fertilizing only improves the top soil. Dynamiting renders available all the moisture and elements of growth throughout the entire depth of the blast.

In an article by J.H. Caldwell, of Spartanburg, S.C., in the September, 1910, Technical World Magazine, he states that before the ground was broken up with dynamite, he planted his corn with stalks 18 inches apart in rows 4 feet apart and raised 90 bushels to the acre. After the ground was blasted, it was able to nourish stalks 6 inches apart in rows the same distance apart, and to produce over 250 bushels to the acre. This means an increase of about 160 bushels to the acre, every year, for an original expense of $40 an acre for labor and explosives.

F.G. Moughon, of Walton County, Georgia, reports that he has been raising crops of watermelons, weighing from 50 to 60 pounds each, on land blasted by exploding charges of about 3 ounces of dynamite in holes 2-½ to 3 feet deep, spaced 8 to 10 feet apart.

From Farming With Dynamite, published by the E.I. du Pont de Nemours Powder Co., 1910

You wouldn’t be surprised to learn that many of these agricultural practitioners used the same technique for fishing.

Thanks, Ursarodinia

What tunnel? 129 convicts walked out front door in Mexico!


Police guarding the prison after the escape – in case anyone tries to return, I guess…

The 129 inmates who escaped from a northern Mexico prison did not flee through a tunnel, as authorities first reported. They walked out the front door.

Federal and local authorities launched a manhunt after the inmates escaped Monday in Piedras Negras, across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas.

Authorities arrested 16 employees, including the prison director, after the escape…

Mexican President Felipe Calderon condemned the escape, calling it “deplorable” in a series of Twitter posts Tuesday.

“In the past six years, more than 1,000 inmates have escaped from state prisons. From the federal prisons, not one,” he wrote.

Authorities originally said the inmates in the latest escape slipped through a 23-foot tunnel, sliced through a chain-link fence and ran through an empty lot.

But they released new information saying the inmates went through the front door.

Police set up blockades on roads leading to the Mexico-U.S. border. U.S. Customs and Border Protection placed its officers and agents in the area on alert, a homeland security official said.

“At this point, CBP has no reports of escapees attempting to cross the border. We will continue coordinating with our Mexican counterparts as we monitor this situation,” the source said.

Golly. I’m so relieved to know that Homeland Security is on the job. Har.

Turkish rescue divers save inflatable sex doll from the Black Sea


Actually not so unusual – here’s a photo from a similar event in China 🙂

Turkish rescue workers retrieved an inflatable sex doll from the Black Sea after police were notified by panicked residents who mistook it for a woman’s body floating offshore…

Police cordoned off a wide stretch of beach in northern Samsun province and sent a team of divers into the water to rescue what appeared to be a drowning woman..

The team quickly discovered it was in fact a blow-up doll, which they deflated before throwing in the garbage…

It was not clear where the blow-up doll had came from. The Black Sea is a key tourism destination for Turks and also sees busy international maritime shipping traffic.

Was there a delegation visiting Turkey from the United States Congress?

How to Serve and Protect against double amputee in a wheelchair

A schizophrenic double amputee waving a writing pen from his wheelchair was fatally shot early Saturday by a Houston police officer…

Police were called to the East End personal care home around 2 a.m. because resident Brian Claunch had become agitated after his caretaker refused to give him a soda and a cigarette, said John Garcia, the owner of the home at 4309 Polk.

“He was approaching them aggressively,” said Houston Police Department spokes­woman Jodi Silva. “He was attempting to stab them with what is now found to be a pen.”

Claunch, who had been living at the home for the past 18 months with two other men, ignored officers’ commands and made threats against them and other occupants of the home, Garcia said the caretaker told him. Claunch trapped one of the officers in a corner, authorities said.

Matthew Marin, a five-year HPD veteran, fired his weapon at least one time, fearing for his partner’s safety and his own…

You really needn’t say much more than that.

Garcia said he was stunned at the news when he arrived at the home Saturday morning, shortly after the incident.

“He sometimes would go off a bit, but you just ignore it,” Garcia said of Claunch…

Garcia said Claunch liked to “doodle” and two days ago he had given him a black felt pen to draw with. Garcia said he was not sure if it was that pen or another one that Claunch was waving at the time of the incident…

Three men who rent a house across the street from the group home said its presence posed no trouble for the neighborhood…”It’s a quiet little area,” said Randy Kingery, a land surveyor. “We’ve never had any problems.”

Kingery said he and his roommates, who were on the front porch when police arrived, heard a gunshot about two minutes after the first officers pulled up…

As is standard practice with officer-involved shootings, Marin, who is assigned to the South Central Patrol Division, will work three days of desk duty. The incident will be investigated by HPD’s homicide and internal affairs divisions, as well as the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Silva said.

Houston coppers investigating Houston coppers. Yup.

Suicide becomes the leading cause of mortal injury in U. S.

Researchers from the West Virginia University School of Public Health and Injury Control Research Center found that suicide has now passed motor vehicle traffic crashes as the leading cause of injury deaths in the United States. Additionally, the disease rate has been declining while the injury rate has been rising.

The research team, led by WVU and including scientists from nine other institutions, examined changes in injury mortality and its five leading causes from 2000 through 2009…

“Suicide is now the leading cause of unintentional and violence-related injury mortality as a whole,” Dr. Ian Rockett said. “Suicide only surpassed motor vehicle traffic crashes in the final year available for the study, 2009. The suicide mortality rate was 15 percent higher in 2009 than 2000.”

In addition, the unintentional poisoning mortality rate increased by 128 percent between 2000 and 2009.

“Unintentional poisoning has risen to third among the leading causes of injury mortality, a change that appears mainly driven by the enormous increase in the rate of fatal overdoses from prescription painkillers,” Rockett said.

While motor vehicle traffic crashes still rank second as a cause of injury death, the rate decreased by 25 percent between 2000 and 2009 and is a universal success story, according to Rockett.

“Much time, attention and resources have been devoted to traffic safety,” he said. “Similar efforts will be needed for success in other spheres of injury prevention…”

The research also reported findings related to gender, race/ethnicity and age…secondhand smoke, income, any number of interesting vectors are considered in the study. As soon as it’s available to ordinary civilians like me – I look forward to reading the other interesting tidbits about changes in the way we achieve death too soon.