OPEN THREAD 20191212

Basically, all legal free speech is allowed. We will assist the authorities in dealing with illegal speech. You are each other’s moderators. Have fun. And don’t forget to MAGA at nuclear levels.

Citizen U

Day 36 – KRYPTON.

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  1. Krypton is a noble gas that is named after Superman’s home planet. It is not to be confused with kryptonite, a substance that can drain Superman’s powers — a substance that, BTW, probably contains no krypton because noble gases generally form no compounds with other common elements. Those compounds that are formed are designated in chemistry texts with the bar sinister.

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  2. Krypton was actually isolated BEFORE neon, in 1898, by the same guys who did neon a couple of weeks later using the same procedures — William Ramsay and Morris Travers. Although Travers was English and Ramsay a Scot, there is no record of how they dealt with repeatedly raiding and invading each others’ workbenches. When challenged about their source of interstellar knowledge, they attributed the name “krypton” to the Greek “κρυπτός” [the hidden one]. Contemporary reports of a guy in blue tights with a red cape were suppressed.

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  3. Krypton has been known to react with fluorine to form both KrF and KrF2 under very special conditions, which the reader is advised to stay well clear of — being that they generally involve extreme pressures, extreme energy levels, and the presence of fluorine gas.

    It’s actually quite popular for “neon” tubes. It gives off a bright white light when excited and is even used in some red pseudo-neon work with a red filter because the light is brighter.

    Oh, and you can asphyxiate yourself with it — although not as cheaply as nitrogen. The same partial-pressures thing that has you lose oxygen when you inhale applies to noble gases as well, but faster because there’s no nitrogen in-and-out to buffer the effect.

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  4. I could probably have stopped with the last one —


    “Just the place for a Snark!” the Bellman cried,
    As he landed his crew with care;
    Supporting each man on the top of the tide
    By a finger entwined in his hair.

    “Just the place for a Snark! I have said it twice:
    That alone should encourage the crew.
    Just the place for a Snark! I have said it thrice:
    What I tell you three times is true.”


    But, what the heck…..

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    1. Peter Gabriel’s The Carpet Crawlers

      a very fine song..

      I’m reposting it from the blog link you posted there, if you don’t mind, b/c it’s such a fine song and if ppl don’t click on yr link, they’ll miss it.


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      1. I thought the framing story of a guy’s kid spontaneously singing the chorus of a song from 25 years prior to the kid’s conception put it in the right frame…..but, sure, let’s go there……

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  5. surprisingly good article from the left-wing progressive Rolling Stone

    article, here…

    “Corroboration Zero” : An Inspector General’s Report Reveals The Steele Dossier Was Always A Joke

    Dec 10, 2019

    by Matt Taibbi

    The report throws water on one “deep state” conspiracy theory of the Russian investigation but validates complaints about “fake news”.

    worth reading.

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      1. Well, let’s see, we got rubidium, strontium, yttrium, zirconium, niobium, moly-be-damned, technetium, ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, silver, cadmium, indium, tin, antimony, selenium, iodine and xenon coming up.

        (Yes, that was from memory.)

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