If you’re really serious about a White Christmas, this is how you do about it. Over at Instructables, user MakeSnow has a step-by-step guide to building your own backyard snow machine that will cover your lawn in fresh fluffy white stuff anytime the weather is cold enough to keep it from melting on impact. All you need is just over $100 in your pocket when you visit the hardware store, and the time to put it all together.
MakeSnow, true to his name, walks through all of the steps required to build an “internal mix” snow machine, meaning the air and water mix inside of the machine’s plumbing before being ejected through nozzles to cover your yard. You’ll definitely need to print out the shopping list of fittings, valves, and hoses before you go to the hardware store, and you’ll also need a pressure washer if you don’t have one already (which admittedly will up the price significantly – MakeSnow had a pressure washer) but once you have all of the necessary supplies, only air and water are required.
MakeSnow’s instructions are great, and for the sake of disclosure, it looks like he also sells some of the parts you’ll need for your setup if you don’t get them at the hardware store, but the machine works as advertised. It still has to be pretty chilly outside to work, so don’t expect to pull this out in the summer and go sledding in the yard, but if you live somewhere it gets cold during the winter but never seems to snow, it looks fun to build. Do you have a better design?
I enjoy watching Jeff Dunham and his odd ball puppets. Achmed is the second best (Walter I like the best).
Kardashians have slaves!
A human rights group is reportedly investigating claims that the Kardashians’ various fashion lines are manufactured in a Chinese factory where employees are subjected to “slave labor” conditions.
According to the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, the workers are forced to produce clothing for K-Dash, the Kris Jenner Kollection, and ShoeDazzle in a hot, squalid factory that reeks of sewage for up to 84 hours a week.
For their trouble, these workers earn all of $1 an hour. Meanwhile, the Kardashians pull in an estimated $65 million a year.
Responding to these claims, Kris Jenner told TMZ that, as far as she knows, “the factories that are used to manufacture the Kardashian clothing and shoes have nothing terrible going on at all and the factories are very well policed and meet factory standards.”
Jenner admits she has never actually visited any of these factories.
34 Congress Members Call For NYPD-CIA Probe
Typically when a jihadist-fired bullet whizzes over their heads they learn everything they need to know about jihad.
(Judicial Watch) — In this new era of political correctness, the U.S. Army has published a special handbook for soldiers that appears to justify Islamic jihad by describing it as the “communal military defense of Islam and Muslims when they are threatened or under attack.”
Because radical Muslim groups consider Islam to be perpetually under moral, spiritual, economic, political and military attack by the “secular west” they consider military jihad a “constant necessity” and use it as a “rallying cry to resist and attack all this is un-Islamic,” according to the new Army manual.
The handbook was created to help soldiers become “culturally literate” ambassadors with sensitivity and understanding of Islamic civilization. The goal is to help them understand how vital culture is in accomplishing military missions. Military personnel who have a distorted picture of a host culture make enemies for the United States. At least that’s what the publication (“Culture Cards: Afghanistan & Islamic Culture”) says. An organization of scientists dedicated to national and international security issues discovered the new Army tool and published it on its website a few days ago. [...]
The portion on jihad is especially interesting because it’s described as a wide-ranging term that includes the everyday spiritual and moral struggle to live a life submitted to God, the attempt to spread Islam by education and example, and the communal military defense of Islam and Muslims when they are threatened or under attack. Today radical Muslim groups consider Islam to be perpetually under attack by the “secular West” – morally, spiritually, economically, politically and militarily, the Army handbook says. They thus consider military jihad as a constant necessity, and use jihad as a rallying cry to resist and attack all that is un-Islamic.
At the end of each section there is a question that’s supposed to stimulate “critical thinking.” At the end of the jihad section the question is: “How can the concept of jihad add legitimacy to the claims and aims of Al Qaeda and others? It would certainly be interesting to see how most enlisted men and women, or American civilians for that matter, would answer that particular question.