On being socially useful even after we’re dead…

On being socially useful even after we’re dead…

Following its southeasterly course across the dark plain their eyes were drawn to the majestic buildings of the Slough Crematorium. For the safety of night-flying planes, its four tall chimneys were flood-lighted and tipped with crimson danger signals. It was a landmark.

“Why do the smoke-stacks have those things like balconies around them?” enquired Lenina.

“Phosphorus recovery,” explained Henry telegraphically. “On their way up the chimney the gases go through four separate treatments. P2O5 used to go right out of circulation every time they cremated some one. Now they recover over ninety-eight per cent of it. More than a kilo and a half per adult corpse. Which makes the best part of four hundred tons of phosphorus every year from England alone.” Henry spoke with a happy pride, rejoicing whole-heartedly in the achievement, as though it had been his own. “Fine to think we can go on being socially useful even after we’re dead. Making plants grow.” 

Aldous Huxley, “Brave New World” (Chapter 5) 1932

The Telegraph

24 March 2014

Aborted babies incinerated to heat UK hospitals

The remains of more than 15,000 babies were incinerated as ‘clinical waste’ by hospitals in Britain with some used in ‘waste to energy’ plants

“The bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated as clinical waste, with some even used to heat hospitals, an investigation has found.

“Ten NHS trusts have admitted burning foetal remains alongside other rubbish while two others used the bodies in ‘waste-to-energy’ plants which generate power for heat…”

Read more: Aborted babies incinerated to heat UK hospitals – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10717566/Aborted-babies-incinerated-to-heat-UK-hospitals.html 

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Slough Crematorium

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Violent video games are a risk factor for criminal behavior and aggression

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Violent video games are a risk factor for criminal behavior and aggression

“New evidence from Iowa State researchers demonstrates a link between video games and youth violence and delinquency…”

VIDEO – New study on violent video games show impact is lasting – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JY3hHQOWjlU

 

ARTICLE – Violent video games are a risk factor for criminal behavior and aggression – http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2013/03/26/violentvideogames

BOOK – Violent Video Game Effects on Children and Adolescents: Theory, Research, and Public Policy

Craig A. Anderson, Douglas A. Gentile, and Katherine E. Buckley

“Violent video games are successfully marketed to and easily obtained by children and adolescents. Even the U.S. government distributes one such game, America’s Army, through both the internet and its recruiting offices. Is there any scientific evidence to support the claims that violent games contribute to aggressive and violent behavior?

“As the first book to unite empirical research on and public policy options for violent video games, Violent Video Game Effects on Children and Adolescents will be an invaluable resource for student and professional researchers in social and developmental psychology and media studies.”

BOOK – Violent Video Game Effects on Children and Adolescents: Theory, Research, and Public Policy – http://tinyurl.com/lvr2dm8

See also: Video Game Addiction, Virtual Reality, and Violence – http://wp.me/pPnn7-2yJ

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Exploding & Exposing the Professor James Tracy Fraud

Professor James Tracy

Professor James Tracy

Exploding & Exposing the Professor James Tracy Fraud

Like most Sandy Hook “Truthers”, I thought Professor James Tracy did a great job exposing the Sandy Hook Hoax. Of course, at the time of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, I didn’t think it was a hoax.

It wasn’t until people like Tracy (on CNN) and others (on YouTube) began pointing out all the inconsistencies in the official story — and the lack of photo and video evidence to substantiate it — that I began to see their point, and began thinking the event was staged.

Professor James Tracy was at the forefront of this Sandy Hoax Meme, and was, in fact, the principle Sandy Hoax Meme Generator.

It wasn’t until the Boston Bombing, which doesn’t appear staged (as Tracy says it was) because there’s a plethora of photo and video evidence to substantiate its reality, that I began to see Professor James Tracy’s Hoax Meme as problematic, counterproductive, and (in this case) fraudulent.

Professor Tracy is too smart to make the ridiculous statements he has made regarding the Boston Bombing.

And his followers, already indoctrinated in the Hoax Meme, and with complete faith in Professor Tracy, are such true believers in the Boston Bombing Hoax, which Tracy was at the forefront of generating, that they’re unable to detect Tracy’s ridiculous and absurd statements, such as his “benign explosion” and “bomb simulator” assertions.

Would you want to be standing next to this explosion? I wouldn't.

Would you want to be standing next to this explosion? I wouldn’t.

Professor James Tracy’s Bomb Simulators Generate Benign Explosions

Boston Marathon Bomb Simulators Exposed

“The purported “bombs” in fact consisted of mortars and flammable powder that generate a more-or-less benign explosion devoid of any shrapnel, a hypothesis that conforms with the absence of shrapnel at each bombing scene…” ~ James Tracy

Read more: Video: Boston Marathon Bomb Simulators Exposed –http://memoryholeblog.com/2014/01/16/video-boston-marathon-bomb-simulators-exposed/

VIDEO – Boston Marathon explosion footage – http://youtu.be/QyRJYm4zgeE

 

VIDEO – SECOND BOMB MARATHON BOSTON – http://youtu.be/BfWt32f7vDI

 

Watch the videos above. Do you see (and hear) more-or-less benign explosions produced by bomb simulators in these videos, as Professor Tracy asserts?

I don’t.

Would YOU want to be standing next to Professor Tracy’s “benign explosions”?

I wouldn’t.

Would YOU want to be standing next to Professor Tracy’s “bomb simulators”?

I wouldn’t.

Would you call these “bombs simulators” as Tracy does? Meaning: not real bombs?

What is a bomb? What is a “bomb simulator”? What is “a more-or-less benign explosion”?

If the bombs and explosions seen in these videos aren’t bombs and explosions, then I don’t know what would be.

Maybe we should build duplicate “bombs” like the ones in these videos and ask Professor Tracy to stand next to them — since they’re only benign flammable powder “bombs” — in order to prove his point?

Do you think he would do it?

I don’t.

Why is Tracy asserting this nonsense?

Enquiring minds (who aren’t invited to be on CNN and Infowars) want to know.

When it comes to bombs and explosions, size matters.

The bombs in these videos are big enough to qualify as bombs, and the explosions are big enough to maim and to kill, which, in fact, they did.

The US military does have bomb simulators, which can maim and kill, when they’re large enough to do so. And they’re not as large as the explosions see in these videos.

There’s no such thing as “a more-or-less benign explosion” — all explosions are dangerous — and Tracy, here, is equivocating on the term “explosion” wanting to have his “explosions” but wanting to have his “bomb simulators” too.

Tracy knows this.

I know this.

Why don’t all the people who think the Boston Bombing was a hoax not know this?

Because they aren’t thinking.

Stop listening to and believing Professor James Tracy.

Stop looking for and believing in heroes.

Tracy is pushing lies and falsehoods. Tracy is the premier Hoax Meme Generator.

No hero is coming to save us. We’re going to have to save ourselves.

Please read my other articles on this subject and please help me to encourage Professor James Tracy to debate the Boston Bombing Hoax subject with me.

Help me to explode and expose the James Tracy Fraud.

I am 100% confident he will lose.

Surely, if Tracy is correct, he won’t be afraid to debate the issue. Right?

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Other articles I’ve written on the Boston Bombing

Top Ten Reasons the Boston Bombing was NOT an Elaborate Hoax –http://wp.me/pPnn7-2B1

The “Boston Bombing Hoax” = Suggested, Anticipated, & Presupposed “Evidence” – http://wp.me/pPnn7-2B5

Sandy Hook & Boston Bombing: Hoax & Reality? – http://wp.me/pPnn7-2AQ

Media-based epistemology, faith, and skepticism - http://wp.me/pPnn7-2ej

The Boston Bombing – A Staged Event? – http://wp.me/pPnn7-2gl

FBI Foreknowledge of Boston Bombings – http://wp.me/pPnn7-2dk

Critiquing the Boston Lockdown: The SWAT Goons Meet Sheriff Andy Taylor –http://wp.me/pPnn7-2fy

Ritual Murder, Boston Marathon Bombing, Sandy Hoax, and the Occult Significance of the Number 26 – http://wp.me/pPnn7-2cf

Deal with these “Top Ten Reasons” in a debate with me Professor Tracy, on a philosophical, epistemological, and phenomenological level:

Top Ten Reasons the Boston Bombing was NOT an Elaborate Hoax

1. Photo and video evidence present the bombings as real events

2. Photo and video evidence present the frantic effort to save lives and to remove victims to hospitals

3. Photo and video evidence present the bombing scenes as chaotic and bloody.

4. Photo and video evidence come from many sources

5. Photo and video evidence present the bombing scenes before, during, and after the bombings

6. Photo and video evidence present the bombings as capable of causing deaths and serious injuries

7. Photo and video evidence present real victims with real injuries

8. Photo and video evidence present the bombing scenes in minute detail

9. Photo and video evidence present hundreds of people evacuating the bombing scenes

10. Photo and video evidence present bombing scenes that could not have been staged during and immediately after the explosions

Would you want to be standing next to this explosion? I wouldn't.

Would you want to be standing next to this explosion? I wouldn’t.

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Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance

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Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance

“Julia Angwin talks about the many ways that the government, private businesses, and criminals can and do collect our private data. She argues that, due to the pervasiveness of the dragnet system we live in today, we are in danger of becoming a society that self-censors itself instead of demanding our rights. This event was hosted by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.”

Read more: “Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance” – http://tinyurl.com/jwy99h5

VIDEO (10:00) – Book TV: Julia Angwin, “Dragnet Nation” – http://youtu.be/Y7KS6SVM8MM

BOOK TV (54:33) VIDEO – “Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance” –  http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Dragn

Buy the author’s book from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound

The search engine that doesn’t track you: Duck Duck Go – https://duckduckgo.com/

Don’t Track Us – http://donttrack.us/

HTTPS Everywhere – https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere

What is Tor?

“Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security.”

Why Anonymity Matters

“Tor protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, and it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location..”

Tor Project – https://www.torproject.org/

Tor stands strong against the NSA, but your browser can bring you down – http://www.pcworld.com/article/2052149/tor-stands-strong-against-the-nsa-but-your-browser-can-bring-you-down.html

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Is Alien Life Out There? The Vatican Thinks So…

Alien Pope

Alien Pope

Is Alien Life Out There? The Vatican Thinks So…

E. T. and Christianity

“The Vatican recently announced that it will study the implications for Christian theology should extraterrestrial life ever be discovered to exist; something many people have wondered about for quite some time now.

“Copernicus’ heliocentric theory of the universe gave rise to the belief that thousands of planets like earth existed throughout the universe. Atomism, an ancient philosophical system of thought, fitted perfectly with the new, Copernican heliocentric theory of the universe. The atomists believed (philosophically) that only matter (atoms) and the void (space) existed. All physical objects were thought to be made up of atoms existing in the infinite void of space. This ancient philosophy, which had been lost and forgotten by the West, was rediscovered (found in the works of the atomists Epicurus and Lucretius) during the Renaissance, and it inspired some thinkers (e.g., Giordano Bruno) to recognize its relevance to the new Copernican heliocentric paradigm. As Thomas Kuhn explains:

“Since Copernicanism also destroyed the earth’s uniqueness, abolished the terrestrial-celestial distinction, and suggested the infinity of the universe, the atomists’ infinite void provided a natural home for Copernicus’ solar system, or rather, for many solar systems…atomism proved the most effective and far-reaching of the several intellectual currents which, during the seventeenth century, transformed the finite Copernican cosmos into an infinite and multipopulated universe.” (Thomas Kuhn, The Copernican Revolution, MJF Books, New York, 1957, 1985; p. 237)

“This infinite universe, thought to be populated with innumerable habitable worlds—the earth being only one, small, speck of a planet existing in the vast emptiness of space—is the modern scientific view of the universe we have today. With this outlook, it’s only reasonable to conclude that we are not alone in the universe. To date, however, this atomistic hypothesis has not been proven. In fact, some astronomers and astrobiologists no longer believe that it’s even a reasonable (or rational) scientific hypothesis at all…”

Read more: E. T. and Christianity – http://theworldperceived.blogspot.com/2009/12/vatican-recently-announced-that-it-will.html

See also: BOOK – The World Perceived – http://theworldperceived.freewebspace.com/

UFO Lamarzulli.wordpress.com alien as religious figureDemons in Alien’s Clothing

“As we enter the 21st century and a new millennium, Satan has devised the delusion that mankind is entering into an important evolutionary phase – a New Age. The push for “global enlightenment” has now extended to the vast reaches of the universe, into what could be deemed as a “space” religion. However, once this nebulous veil is lifted, a definite correlation emerges between the UFO/Alien phenomenon and occultic/satanic activity…”

Read more: Demons in Alien’s Clothing – http://www.conspiracyarchive.com/UFOs/demons_aliens_clothes.htm

AUDIO – UFO’S & ALIENS ARE DEMONIC SPIRITUAL ENTITIES - http://tinyurl.com/k9vs38p

AUDIO - Disclose.tvUFO’s & Aliens are Demonic Spiritual Entities

Is Alien Life Out There? Vatican Observatory Co-Hosts Science Conference in Arizona 

By Megan Gannon, March 16, 2014

“Are we alone in the universe? The ultimate question of life beyond Earth and the solar system takes center stage in a science conference led by the Vatican Observatory and the University of Arizona this week.

“Nearly 200 scientists are attending the conference, called “The Search for Life Beyond the Solar System: Exoplanets, Biosignature & Instruments,” which runs from March 16 through 21 in Tucson, Ariz. The Vatican Observatory is co-hosting the conference with the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory.

“Finding life beyond Earth is one of the great challenges of modern science and we are excited to have the world leaders in this field together in Tucson,” said event co-chair Daniel Apai, assistant professor of astronomy and planetary sciences at the UA Steward Observatory, in a statement. “But reaching such an ambitious goal takes planning and time. The goal of this meeting is to discuss how we can find life among the stars within the next two decades.” [9 Exoplanets That Could Host Alien Life]

VIDEO – The Search for Another Earth – http://www.space.com/20400-the-search-for-another-earth.html

“Rev. Paul Gabor of the Vatican Observatory, the conference’s other co-chair, added that scientists will give more than 160 research presentations during this week’s conference.

“According to the organizers, the conference will cover the technical challenges of finding and imaging exoplanets and identifying biosignatures in the atmospheres of far-flung worlds. Other presentations will discuss the study of life forms that live in extreme environments on Earth, which could be apt analogs for life on other planets.

“The conference is not open to the public, but NASA’s Astrobiology Institute will broadcast a live feed of the sessions. You can learn more about the conference via its website: http://www.ebi2014.org/

Read more: Is Alien Life Out There? Vatican Observatory Co-Hosts Science Conference in Arizona - http://www.space.com/25060-vatican-observatory-alien-life-conference.html

Exovaticana

Exovaticana

POPE FRANCIS TO ANNOUNCE EXTRATERRESTRIAL SAVIOR ACCORDING TO NEW BOOK

“Yesterday Pope Francis celebrated his first Easter Mass as the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics. In his first “Urbi et Orbi” speech – Latin for “to the city [of Rome] and the world” – he called for peace in the Middle East; an end to human trafficking and greed; preventing the exploitation of natural resources; and protecting animals by becoming “responsible guardians of creation.” The Pope normally gives two Urbi et Orbi speeches each year where he deals with major challenges faced by the world and Christendom. In a future speech it has been predicted that he will discuss a unique challenge that the world faces according to the authors of a new book. In Exovaticana, Chris Putnam and Tom Horn predict that the new Pope, Francis, will soon announce the existence of extraterrestrial life, among whom an alien savior will emerge to reinvigorate Christian teachings!

“Putnam and Horn, successfully predicted in their last book, the best-selling Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope is Here, that Pope Benedict would resign rather than die in office. They based their prediction on St Malachy’s, Prophecy of the Popes. According to Putnam and Horn, Francis is the final Pope, “Petrus Romanus”, who will oversee the dissolution of the Catholic Church as predicted in St Malachy’s prophecy, by announcing an extraterrestrial savior…”

Read more: POPE FRANCIS TO ANNOUNCE EXTRATERRESTRIAL SAVIOR ACCORDING TO NEW BOOK – http://exopolitics.org/pope-francis-to-announce-extraterrestrial-savior-according-to-new-book/

See: http://www.exovaticana.com/

AUDIO – Red Ice Radio – Tom Horn – Petrus Romanus – Pope’s Resignation – Vatican Prepares For Alien God – http://youtu.be/v1anCo1vZqE

 

Looking for GOD and ALIENS

Father Coyne, a scientist and Jesuit priest, contemplates God, telescopes, mirrors, and extraterrestrial life.

by Margaret Wertheim

“For close to a quarter century, Father George Coyne has been director and senior scientist at the Vatican Observatory Research Group, a small but intensive unit of cosmologists and astronomers funded by the Holy See. A wiry and energetic man who entered into Jesuit training at the age of eighteen, Coyne is the son of a working-class family from Baltimore and is still slightly dazzled to find himself at the epicenter of Catholic life. In looking to the stars, Coyne sees his life as a natural outgrowth of what Ignatius of Loyola, the Jesuit’s founder, famously called “our way of proceeding.” Ignatius stressed that a central aspect of Jesuit life was the concept of “ministry,” or service to the wider community. For the original Jesuits of the sixteenth century that meant tending the poor and the sick; for Coyne and his Vatican colleagues, their ministry is astronomy.

“The Vatican Observatory Research Group (VORG) is officially headquartered at Castel Gandolfo, a fortified castle perched on the rim of an extinct volcano an hour outside Rome. Formerly owned by the Medici, the castle now serves as the Pope’s summer palace and the VORG’s spiritual home. Last summer, I made the trip to Coyne’s second home, in Tucson, Arizona. There, light years away from Roman opulence, the VORG conducts its research from a small suite of offices at the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory. Rome and Tucson, Catholicism and cosmology-Coyne moves effortlessly between the two worlds, insisting that “nothing we learn about the universe through science threatens our faith. It only enriches it.”

Read more: Looking for GOD and ALIENS – http://vaticanobservatory.org/News/GOD_ALIENS.html

Why is the Vatican Interested in the Search for Life in the Universe?

“It was good to hear scientists and religious thinkers serenely discussing such large questions, totally content that the truth would, indeed, make us more free. In a break in the proceedings, I asked Father Funes whether he thought that, if there was extra-terrestrial intelligent life, there might have been more than one incarnation? He hesitated to affirm that, noting that the coming together of the Second Person of the Trinity with an earthly body was a once and unrepeatable action. I came away pondering his answer but also wondering why—if there are other forms of extraterrestrial intelligent life, perhaps, given the longer time span of some of the other habitable planets, more intelligent and evolved than we—why only earthly humans would have been privileged with an incarnation? I also wondered about how we might think of sin in other planetary intelligent beings where, perhaps, there was no “original sin” from Adam! Perhaps all theology should humbly begin with the premise that we do inhabit a vast universe whose contours we yet barely know. Stoeger pointed us toward a new book by Thomas O’Meara O.P., Vast Universe: Extraterrestrials and Christian Revelation (Liturgical Press, 2012) to further pursue the theological implications raised by the newly formed science of astrobiology.”

Read more: Why is the Vatican Interested in the Search for Life in the Universe? – http://americamagazine.org/content/all-things/why-vatican-interested-search-life-universe

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Alien Pope

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Review: Nashbar AT29 Mountain Bike

Nashbar AT29

Nashbar AT29

Review: Nashbar AT29 Mountain Bike

The Nashbar AT29 is a good, high quality, affordable, recreational cross country multi-speed 29er mountain bike, which is exactly what I was looking for.

I haven’t ridden a bicycle at all during the past 25 years, and I recently decided I would begin riding again. I used to ride a lot, years ago, even doing some long distance touring across the USA, during the summer of 1984. This time around I’ve decided to do some mountain biking, as well as some off and on road bikepacking, and I decided to purchase the Nashbar AT29, which is a multi-speed, hardtail, aluminum frame 29er.

The weather finally allowed me to do some mountain biking today and I was very pleased with the performance of the Nashbar AT29. I’m of the opinion we don’t need to spend over $1,000 for a mountain bike, especially when we’re buying our first one.

I’m quite sure the Nashbar AT29 is up for some serious riding, even though this rider isn’t yet able to ride it to its full potential. I’m also quite sure the Nashbar AT29 is up for some serious bikepacking too.

For the quality and the price, the Nashbar AT29 can’t be beat, in my humble opinion.

I had a lot of fun riding on a rough double track mountain trail near my home today, and got quite a work out doing so. The Nashbar AT29 was in its element, and far more up to the task than I was. I’m looking forward to many more rides and much more fun with my new bike, and I highly recommend the Nashbar AT29 to anyone getting into mountain biking.

Regarding the delivery of my Nashbar AT29 from Nashbar, and the service I’ve received from them, I had no problems whatsoever. The bike was delivered by Fed-Ex two days after I purchased it and was in good condition. The bike was easy to assemble and no parts were bent, broken, or missing.

Regarding frame size, the Nashbar AT29 comes in three sizes: 21″, 19″, and 17″. I bought the 17″ (I’m 5′ 8″ tall and have a 33″ inseam) and it fits me perfectly.

Nashbar AT29 Mountain Bike

Item # NB-AT29

Compare At: $649.99

Nashbar: $324.99

$324.99 ($43.99 shipping + $22.14 tax = $391.12)

See: Nashbar AT29 Mountain Bike – http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product_10053_10052_553813_-1___202616

I did a lot of shopping online for a mountain bike, and virtual every bike of similar quality cost around $600, instead of the $324 I paid for the Nashbar AT29. And most of those bikes didn’t have disc brakes, as the Nashbar AT29 has.

“REI offers a selection of 29er mountain bikes for the budget conscious (starting around $600) to the committed enthusiast ($2,000 and up). Brands represented include our own Novara brand plus bikes from Cannondale, GT, Marin and Scott.”

Read more: 29er Mountain Bike Basics – http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/29er-mountain-bike.html

Top Three Mountain Bikes for Under $500 | Budget Ride Options

#2 – Nashbar AT29: A Budget Mountain Bike with Great Value

“Nashbar has been one of my favorite brands for a long while because they consistently produce an excellent product, and they eschew all the ‘bells and whistles’ that add cost but mean nothing to a rider (think vinyl stickers). The AT29 is another 29′er bike that looks amazing, is fun to ride and will last you for years on end.

“The AT29 has a beautiful ‘stealth’ look without a lot of stickers. The frame shape is classic and and gorgeous, made of 6061 aluminum alloy. It’s light and well built, so it doesn’t transmit very much in the way of vibration (as aluminum typically does). There is a Zoom [Suntour XCT] front spring fork which provide about 4 inches of travel, and it’s alloy as well.

“The gearing is outstanding, and the whole bike is tuned to be agile and well planted on a variety of terrains. There are 24 gears in total, and the derailleurs are Shimano. You’ll find the whole drivetrain is smooth to shift, and it’s very quick off the starting block.

“You have tons of grip and clearance with the huge 29 inch wheels and the included Kenda Karma mountain tires. The rims are double walled alloy Alex rims, and they’re light (as mountain tires go) and tough. Mechanical disc brakes on the front and rear top off a high value budget mountain bike. Definitely an excellent choice, and something you should take a close look at.”

Read more: Top Three Mountain Bikes for Under $500 | Budget Ride Options – http://bicyclebill.hubpages.com/hub/Top-Three-Mountain-Bikes-for-Under-500-Budget-Ride-Options

Nashbar AT29 29er Mountain Bike

“There has been much anticipation for the brand-new Nashbar AT29 29er Mountain Bike. 29ers are the newest in mountain bike innovation–larger wheels dwarf obstacles and have a larger footprint on soft terrain. So whether you’re looking to hot dog it through the local trails, or catch up on your fitness, the AT29 is a machine engineered to be tough, and designed to bring the fun.

“First off, let’s talk about the AT29′s frame. T6-6061 Aluminum tubing is the industry standard for mountain bike and road bike quality–the only way to go up is to carbon fiber, which is a lot more expensive. T6-6061 is tough, light, and can be fashioned to give flex in all the right areas for superior control and riding comfort. The fork is a Zoom [Suntour XCT] alloy with 100mm of travel–that means you can speed over all kinds of roots, rocks, and obstacles and your front end will soak it up.

“The AT29 is also no joke when it comes to gearing. With Suntour cranks and Shimano derailleurs, you’re shifting with the industry’s best engineers–24 speeds give you all the options you need for going up steep grades, spinning on flat/rolling trails, or bombing down hills at top speeds. And with Alex alloy rims (which are practically bullet proof) and Kenda tires, you’ll be able to dig in, corner, and cruise with ease.

“29″ wheels conquer obstacles, provide stability, and dig in better 100mm of fork travel soaks up bumps, roots, rocks and such.

“Shimano/Suntour drivetrain is smooth, responsive, and reliable T6-6061 Aluminum Frame is light and strong.”

Source: Nashbar AT29 Mountain Bike – http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product_10053_10052_553813_-1___202616

Nashbar AT29 Geometry

Nashbar AT29 Geometry

Nashbar AT29 Mountain Bike

FRAME:

6061 Aluminum (29″ Wheel Mountain Hardtail)

FORK:

SR Suntour XCT (100m travel, coil spring w/preload & mechanical lockout)

REAR SHOCK:

n/a

HEADSET:

1-1/8″

CRANKSET:

SR Suntour XCC T102 PB, BK crank 42*34*24

BOTTOM BRACKET:

Square Taper

SHIFTERS:

Shimano ST-EF51

LEVERS:

Clarks alloy

HANDLEBAR:

Kalloy HB-RB11 Alloy 6061 31.8MM

STEM:

KALLOY alloy +/- 7mm , 31.8MM

FRONT DERAILLEUR:

Shimano FD-TY10

REAR DERAILLEUR:

Shimano Altus 8-speed

CASSETTE:

SRAM CASSETTE PG 820 11-32 T

BRAKES:

Clarks CMD11

WHEELSET:

ALEX DC-19 Alloy

TIRES:

Kenda K-917 29*1.90

PEDALS:

Wellgo Platform

SEATPOST:

Kalloy SP-600, 27.2MM X 400MM

SADDLE:

Velo VL-1505

CHAIN:

KMC Z51

GRIPS/TAPE:  Velo black

Nashbar AT29

Nashbar AT29

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Ash Wednesday Review

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Washington DC Catholic Worker Ash Wednesday Appeal for Repentance and Call for Peace and Justice http://tinyurl.com/mphvydf

Originally posted on Dorothy Day Catholic Worker Washington, D.C.:

Dear Friends,
About 30 people from various peace and faith communities in D.C. held an Ash Wednesday Prayer Service of Repentance and Conversion outside the White House. We were also joined by eight new friends from Loyola University in Chicago who spent a week at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker for their Alternative Break Immersion. The liturgy was sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. When we returned to the White House two days later for our weekly Friday peace vigil, ashes that we used to mark the street during the Ash Wednesday liturgy were still very visible.
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Below is the leaflet that was read and passed out to tourists and portions of the liturgy that was offered. Please see photos taken by our friend Ted Majdosz.
 
Ash Wednesday Appeal for Repentance and Call for Peace and Justice

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Lent is a time for personal and societal repentance. This…

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