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Earthquakes shake Texas town on Thanksgiving, and fracking might be to blame

Read where it says that it used to be rare for this area to experience earthquakes. The more that man messes with the earth, by digging up and pulling out, or by pumping crap in to get something out, the more that we’re seeing increased earthquakes and sinkholes. Burning gas is a very attractive alternative to oil and coal. Extracting that gas is potentially as ugly as it gets!

Grist

Residents of a rural northern Texas area were awoken early on Thanksgiving by not one but two earthquakes. Such quakes have become alarmingly normal during the past month, and fracking practices could be to blame.

From CBS Dallas / Fort Worth:

North Texas has been feeling a string of earthquakes — more than a dozen — over the past few weeks. Most have been centered around Azle, with the most recent [previous] one being on Tuesday morning. All of those quakes have registered between 2.0 and 3.6 in magnitude. Those who live in the small town have grown concerned.

Azle leaders have called on state officials to have geologists investigate the cause of these quakes. “The citizens are concerned,” said Azle Assistant City Manager Lawrence Bryant at a city council meeting. “They should be.”

“If it’s a man-made cause, it would be nice to know,” Bryant added.

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Jumble Spoiler – 11/30/13

English: Los Angeles Lakers Magic Johnson and ...

English: Los Angeles Lakers Magic Johnson and Boston Celtics Larry Bird in Game two of the 1985 NBA Finals at Boston Garden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Hoopster hitting Chi-town, via charter flight.

MULAQ  =  QUALM,  VELLE  =  LEVEL,  NATLEG  =  TANGLE,  RICNOM  =  MICRON   —   Giving us:  ALEVTGIRN

Clue/Question:  Basketball players enjoy away games because this is allowed.

Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell during a bas...

Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell during a basketball game (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  TRAVELING

(Nice pun.  But, the truth of the matter is these days – in the NBA, at least – that refs rarely call traveling infractions.  Not that many of these prima donnas actually have the balls to take it to the hoop these days, but when the few do, they all take three or four steps, and the refs allow it!  Because now they say it’s part of making their move.  Bullshit!  By the rules – that most of us learned the game by – it’s still traveling, but the game has devolved over the years.  In my opinion, the three-point shot has made the game nearly unwatchable, anyway.  Too little mixing it up means too little defense means too many three-point attempts means too many over-inflated rebound numbers means they’ve lost me as a fan.  Real fans want more action in the paint, and more taking it to the hole.  Oh, by the way, most of my basketball opinion comes via being a Knicks’ fan.  Maybe I should just switch my allegiance to a team that plays a more all around kind of game.  Does that even exist anymore???

Guess what, kids?  There were two brand new clue words today!  Hoyt gave us both “qualm” and “micron” for the first time.  I had to pen them in lightly at first to see how the letters would work with the final answer.  THEY WORKED!  ralis95 has a little work to do, updating his clue word database.  The answer letter layout was also very impressive.  It took me a couple of minutes to put it together.  Very likely due to my feelings about the state of the sport.  Cool cartoon, Knurek.  It wouldn’t surprise me if some of you had some difficulty with today’s Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/30/13

 

“Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes” -...

“Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes” –Maggie Kuhn. Cringle Park, Levenshulme, Manchester (Photo credit: dullhunk)

Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can.  That is the only secret of style.”   —   Matthew Arnold

 

Speak your mind...

Speak your mind… (Photo credit: Totally Severe)

(And, if it runs contrary to the messages conveyed by the mass – corporate – media they’ll either drown you out, or twist what you say to make you sound like some kind of depraved and treasonous loser.  But, screw them.  Say it anyway.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 11/29/13

English: HMCS Rainbow through a porthole

English: HMCS Rainbow through a porthole (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Just average shipboard pupils.

DUPEP  =  UPPED,  HATSS  =  STASH,  ONTAAS  =  SONATA,  WESASE  =  SEESAW   —   Giving us:  UDSTSSNTEEA

Clue/Question:  The Oceanography class consisted of – – –

Boat on slovenian sea (near Piran)

Boat on slovenian sea (near Piran) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  SEA STUDENTS

(And through the porthole we see the classic sinking sailboat on the horizon!  I think it’s in their contract.  They HAVE TO give us a certain number of sinking sailboats on the horizon each year, or else they’ll be replaced . . . by ralis95 and Art Shapiro!  Oh!  You don’t think they’re watching you, Hoyt and Knurek?  Well guess again, buckos!  These guys are waiting in the wings, and they’re chomping at the bit.  You’ve already got that one strike against you, for allowing that plural word a few weeks ago.  And, our lawyers are scouring your contract, searching for other possible infractions!  That’s right, guys.  No one stays on top forever.  Flying high in April, shot down in May.  That’s life, bitches.  Nothing personal though.  It’s just bidness.

Some fun jumbling today.  No new clue words, but I liked both “sonata” and “seesaw”.  The answer letter layout was mighty fine.  The cartoon might not have worked if not for the Cs on their exams.  Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving yesterday!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/29/13

English: GI CARD GAME, Watercolor, James Pollo...

If man is to be liberated to enjoy more leisure, he must also be prepared to enjoy this leisure fully and creatively.”   —   Eleanor Roosevelt

(Beyond sleeping more, I cannot promise to be anymore prepared in the enjoyment of my leisure time.  OK, so I’m a lazy SOB!  So sue me!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR 

Thanksgiving Jumble Spoiler – 2013

Visual Description:  At the end of THE meal.

MULPB  =  PLUMB,  HUBMT  =  THUMB,  TENCIE  =  ENTICE,  RADNOG  =  DRAGON   —   Giving us:  PLBUBTIEDGO

English: PERSIAN GULF (Nov. 27, 2008) Capt. Ro...

English: PERSIAN GULF (Nov. 27, 2008) Capt. Robert P. Irelan, commanding officer of the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), speaks to Marines and sailors before carving the turkey for the Thanksgiving dinner for Marines and Sailors aboard Iwo Jima. The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Iwo Jima Strike Group are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Patrick M. Johnson-Campbell/Released) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Clue/Question:  The Thanksgiving turkey was so good that everyone – – –

English: Thanksgiving Dinner, Falmouth, Maine,...

English: Thanksgiving Dinner, Falmouth, Maine, USA 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  GOBBLED IT UP

(I’m just wondering if the word “gobble” existed, as a word, prior to someone deciding that turkeys speak in gobbles?  Hmm.  I could look it up, I suppose.  But, I’d rather open it up to my highly intelligent readers!  Who can educate their dear old Uncle on this matter???

Tried and true clue words today.  Only the jumbling of “thumb” was new to me.  Super job on the answer letter layout!  Nothing giving anything away.  Nice, intimate family gathering, Jeff.  That’s it, folks.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving.  Be well, be safe and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Thanksgiving Cryptoquote Spoiler – 2013

Oscar Wilde at Oxford

Oscar Wilde at Oxford (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relatives.”   —   Oscar Wilde

(And that is why we celebrate Thanksgiving, folks!  My only blood relatives today will be my children.  But, I will also be celebrating with a number of in-laws and outlaws and friends.  All of whom I consider family.  Be well and do good, friends.  And . . . be thankful!)   —   YUR


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