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Expletive Vs Explicative

We all make mistakes when it comes to language, because none of us are perfect. The expletive is explicative of the nature of it. It’s so easy to fit one word into a sentence and get it wrong. Today we focus on expletive vs. explicative. What’s the difference?

Expletive Vs Explicative

1. Expletive — an interjectory word or expression, frequently profane. (Noun. Source: Dictionary.com)
2. Explicative — explanatory. (Adjective. Source: Dictionary.com)

Expletive refers to an expression, which usually involves curse words. It’s a polite way of saying that the user is employing profanity in the dialogue.

Explicative is another cool version of explain. It sounds intellectual doesn’t it?

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Declassified: Recovery of the K-129

If you happen to be a member of Amazon Prime, be sure to catch a documentary named Azorian: The Raising Of The K-129. You will not be disappointed. I promise. It’s a most interesting true story about the Soviet submarine K-129: Sank on March 8, 1968, approximately 1,560 nautical miles northwest of Oahu in the Pacific Ocean with all hands. All 98 crewmen perished.

The United States has done a magnificent job of keeping the incident quiet for decades, and this is probably one of the best kept secrets of the century.

The Day She Sank: The Soviet K-129

Carrying the hull number 722 on her final deployment, she sank on March 8, 1968. The K-129 sank about 3 miles in the deep blue ocean, situated northwest of Hawaii.

“It was one of four mysterious submarine disappearances in 1968; the others being the Israeli submarine INS Dakar, the French submarine Minerve (S647) and the US submarine USS Scorpion (SSN-589).”

Project Azorian: The United States Intelligence Agency Secretly Wants To Recover The K-129

Here’s the kicker. The sub was carrying a nuclear missile (R-21, also known as NATO SS-N-5 Serb), and the CIA wanted to extract the details, including cryptological documents and equipment.

Project Azorian was one of the most complex, expensive, and secretive intelligence operations during the the Cold War era with a price tag of about $800 million ($3.8 billion in 2016 dollars).” Some have claimed that the project was a waste of taxpayer dollars.

GSF Explorer — a deep-sea drillship platform initially built to recover the sunken Soviet submarine K-129

The Hunt for Red October was based on this story. “Hughes Glomar Explorer (HGE), as the ship was called at the time, was built between 1973 and 1974, by Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock Co.” On June 20, 1974 she set sail.

Spoiler Alert

In July of 1974, the ship did recover a portion of K-129, a mechanical failure was the reason for losing the main section of the sub.

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Power Plant Conversion: To Retrofit Or Rebuild

The coal-fired power plants owned by energy companies are converting from coal to natural gas, and it’s no secret they have been for some time now. This trend is developing behind the scenes and is worthy of discussion. The conversions or ‘retrofits’ seem to be more expensive than to replace the whole operation. Although there are several other factors to consider, the main argument implies that natural gas produces nearly 45% fewer carbon dioxide emissions than coal, and this is the agenda that the government seems to be pushing forward.

A 2010 study stated the following:

The electricity industry can theoretically switch to natural gas either by retrofitting existing coal-fired units to burn natural gas or by closing the coal plants and building new gas-fired plants. Aspen’s research uncovers no instances of coal plant retrofits to natural gas and, in fact, virtually all of the public references to conversion of coal to natural gas or repowering turn out instead to be replacements.

However, natural gas is not without problems and is not a perfect solution, as the so called experts would have you believe. “The radiative forcing of methane is 72 times that of carbon dioxide (averaged over 20 years) or 25 times that of carbon dioxide (averaged over 100 years).” Fracking has increased 35% since 2005.

Methane is extremely flammable and may form explosive mixtures with air. It is also an asphyxiant and may displace oxygen in an enclosed space. Methane is the main component of natural gas.

Other names for methane:

Carbane
Marsh Gas
Natural Gas
Carbon tetrahydride
Hydrogen carbide

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Oil Consumption As An Economic Indicator

It may not be clear to many of us, but oil consumption could be an economic indicator that is important to us. Let’s look at some of the data available to us. One list based on different yearly estimates, lists the ranking of the top 10 in order: United States, China, Japan, India, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Germany, South Korea and Canada.

“In 2010, world energy consumption of refined products increased 3.8%; which was the first increase since 2004.”

And if we observe the statistics, the trends will reveal that “Asia accounted for more than 40% of the overall increase in consumption.” It is clear that China is growing, as “demand for refined products surged by 12% due to increasing needs.”

Where are the trends pointing to in the next 5 years? “In the next five years, almost half of global oil demand growth will come from China, and this trend is set to continue to 2040, as oil demand from the transportation sector is growing strongly in countries such as China and India.”

The International Energy Agency Report for 2016 indicates the following:

“For 2016, the IEA Oil Market Report forecasts worldwide average demand of nearly 96 million barrels of oil and liquid fuels per day – that works out to more than 35 billion barrels a year. Production breached 97 million barrels per day in late 2015.”

Oil Consumption by state will show that the top 5 states are Texas, California, Florida, New York, and Louisiana.

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PFOA Free Cookware For Me

The topic at hand is PFOA Free Cookware. Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is a toxicant and carcinogen in animals. It has been found in some cookware and Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) such as Teflon. Basically, much of the non-stick pots and pans have been manufactured with these toxic chemicals in the past. The information has been silenced over the years, but consumers are demanding more these days and the situation is improving.

This will probably not be an issue in the future.

“In 1951, DuPont started using PFOA in the manufacturing of fluoropolymers in Washington, WV.,” and in 1961 the same company became aware of the toxicity of PFOA in mice. In 1999, researchers started to get serious about the health effects from these toxins.

I would urge anyone to do some research on the subject and get educated. One must understand that corporates are more interested in profits than the health of consumers. This is not written to criticize any company; the purpose is to spread the news about a healthier lifestyle.

With the advancement of technology and the manifold applications of the internet, there’s no reason to remain ignorant about better choices, especially concerning our own health. We can and must do better.

After doing some research, I decided to go with this brand: Khome’s Brand KHC0132 Aluminum 14-Piece Marble Orange Cookware Set-Black Non Stick Interior.

So far so good with this brand: Khome’s Brand KHC0132 Aluminum 14-Piece Marble Orange Cookware. Initially, it seemed like it took a little longer to cook the food with the healthier cookware, but time proved this not to be true, and there was no flaw in this cookware.

It’s the PFOA Free Cookware for me.

UPDATE: It’s been some time now and this set of cookware has been a winner. Would recommend this brand to shoppers.

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Do Automatic Faucets Promote Disease Causing Microbes?

It’s quite common when out shopping to encounter the motion sensing faucet, or better known as the automatic faucet. New is not always better and some technological ideas may not pass the smell test. However, some public entities do not care what their customers think in America. Unfortunately, customer service has gone to the dogs in many cases.

Check this out. Not only is the automatic faucet unfriendly, there may be evidence that hands-free electronic water faucets harbor bacteria.

“A study of newly installed, hands-free faucets at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, all equipped with the latest electronic-eye sensors to automatically detect hands and dispense preset amounts of water, shows they were more likely to be contaminated with one of the most common and hazardous bacteria in hospitals compared to old-style fixtures with separate handles for hot and cold water.”

Isn’t this disturbing information? In fact, “hands-free faucets may be a risk to some hospital patients.”

Recently, I talked with a maintenance engineer and he informed me that not only is this type of faucet expensive, it also is a high maintenance problem, including sensor failure. He indicated that batteries were required for the apparatus.

Another no-go is the annoying electric hand dryer. My hands never get completely dry and I usually just wipe them on my shirt. No problem though, the solution is easy as hand sanitizer.

No paper towels at your facility? Say what?

Have a nice day shopping and don’t forget the hand wipes!

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43 Inch TV: Great Quality, Great Price

Product: LG Electronics 43LF5400 43-Inch 1080p LED TV

The weather’s getting very cold outside and it’s that time of the year to catch your favorite team on the tube. If you’re like many who don’t want to be bothered by traffic on the freeway, you’ll probably order the television online. What is the right television to watch the game on? If you need a no-frills TV then just keep on reading.

Here’s what I mean by no-frills: A good quality television with a big screen, non-smart TV, and not many fancy options for audio gear. After all, you just want to catch the game, and you’re not interested in fancy stereo equipment.

How about a 43 inch screen with great quality? Here’s the perfect no-frills HDTV to catch the game on: LG Electronics 43LF5400 43-Inch 1080p LED TV (2015 Model). Smart functionality: No. You don’t need it. Image Aspect Ratio: 16:09. It is the latest technology.

If you want quick connect and get to the barbecue in a flash, then this is the avenue you need to be traveling on.

How do I know about this TV? I just unboxed it and connected the satellite dish cable to it. It rocks I’m telling you.

A word of caution here sports lovers. If you’re a subscriber to a satellite dish company, this TV is going to look a little grainy. It’s because you do not have high definition HD with your subscription. If you want a better picture to watch the game on, then you’re going to have to call the dish company and tell them you want HD quality.

Now the neighbors are going to be green with envy. The big screen LG HDTV blasting on HD quality. It just doesn’t get any better than this!

Great quality, a very reasonable price, and ease of use is a no-brainer. You can’t beat the price on this no-frills box.

Again, if you are an audio freak, this might not be right for you. However, I’ve heard the audio coming out of this TV and it’s not cheesy. It’s very good quality for TV speakers.

There are more extras you might be interested in. The LG Electronics 43LF5400 43-Inch 1080p LED TV is light, easy to handle, easy to assemble, and easy to install. I can’t imagine it getting any easier than this.

Some are bent on getting this masterpiece hung on the wall and that’s okay too. I prefer it on a wide TV stand, but that’s my style. Knock yourself out and hang it like a picture!

Be sure not to hang this picture up too high, or you’ll get neck strain

Grab the popcorn and get this 43 inch screen going, because you’re going to miss the action!

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Outdoor Bowtie HDTV Antenna Review

Product: DB4e By Antennas Direct

No cable fee, no satellite dish fee, and no increase in bills. And no grainy picture that is totally inferior to true HD quality. Whether you live 30 miles or 60 miles from the broadcast transmitter, you can enjoy free television without the hassles. With this long range HDTV antenna, you have a product that works: 4 Element Bowtie Indoor/Outdoor HDTV Antenna – 60 Mile Range. How do I know about this antenna? I just hooked it up. I guarantee it will work.

The antennas I had installed, I built them myself and they were quite adequate. On occasion, one channel was giving me a little trouble during adverse atmospheric conditions. I had the problems worked out, but I wanted to try a commercial brand that performed well and required no maintenance.

Another problem that I could not easily solve was, one station was aimed at a different angle. My home brew special pulled the station in sometimes, but other times it would not. The DB4e solved the problem and pulled the station in all of the time.

My working condition is the digital cliff zone. That means I’m on the fringe of reception. I am serious about my antennas.

After doing quite a bit of research on outdoor HDTV antennas, I went with product reviews and as always, with my intuition.

This antenna is a clear success. As a comparison, the DB4e reception was 80% to 100% on all of the channels, whereas before, I was getting around 50% on most channels, and this is not bad considering that I’m 60+ miles from the transmitter. I wanted better reception and I got it with this product.

How is the quality of the antenna? Very solid and well built. It should last for years without any issues.

I highly recommend this antenna even for those living on the digital fringe. Keep in mind that I do not have trees or hills blocking the path.

PROS:
1. The antenna is well built and all of the parts were included.
2. The quality is awesome.
3. The reception is fantastic. Believe it. Very effective in the rain!
4. The price is very competitive.
5. Install is a breeze. It took me a few minutes to figure out the mast clamp. If I can do it anybody can.

CONS:
1. The DB4e isn’t designed to do VHF spectrum. It was designed for UHF only. Believe me it will not do VHF very well at least, so do not think that it will. Solution: Just add a splitter/combiner and connect to the VHF antenna. Here’s an option: Outdoor Directional VHF-Hi TV Antenna.

2. The mast or clamp is a little cheesy. Do not get me wrong, it works and I do not have a problem with it, but it is rather cheesy. So it’s not really an issue. I used large tie straps, bolt extensions, and hard wire to help secure the antenna. Problem solved.

Analysis
I would not hesitate to recommend this antenna to anyone. As stated before, I’m getting 80% on almost all of my channels and I’m 60+ miles from the target. Currently, my antenna is about 15 feet or 20 feet high.

UPDATE: It’s been up in the air for some time. One of the best antennas on the market! Very pleased on this end. Highly recommend.