42% — What?

I simply cannot believe this report from the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) is true. This must be a clever prank… and I am waiting for the “you’ve been punked” banners to start rolling across America’s web sites and television crawlers. There is no way a sitting president, even a zealot as fringe as Barak Obama, in this politically hyper-charged global climate, did not personally attend 58% of his daily intelligence briefings but “read transcripts” of them.

Not possible.

This would mean he’s only personally showed up to 42% of his daily intelligence briefings. That’s why you have these meetings in person: to look a general in the eye when he tells you something, cross-examine the claims of analysts face-to-face, and get a sense for the men and women supplying you the very intelligence on which you act. In business you never (cardinal communication Sin No. 1) have critical meetings through email: that’s why they are called “meetings” (hint hint)… you meet people.

Again, not possible.

This is not even a conservative, liberal, or libertarian issue. This is an “I have an IQ greater than that of sand” issue.

Not a president of the United States.

I just can’t behind this claim yet.

I tried to confirm this report at CNN, MSNBC, The Huffington Post, and Media Matters and as of this entry, not one of them has this story that I can find (still looking). Only the Washington Post and ABC News commented on this report.

Here is the article from Breitbart: 58% Presidential No Show

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Fortress of Solitude

I open the refrigerator and there are six plastic bottles: three waters, three sodas.

Someone opened and drank them down to 1/4th of the bottle and then re-capped them, crumpled them, and abandoned them to accumulate in the refrigerator.

As a child I didn’t understand.

Now I understand.

I too want a giant house nestled on a silent, inaccessible, deeply forested one hundred acres of land so I never have to see another human being except the ones I like.

Natural Ends

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

1 Corinthians 2:14

God not taking your calls? Decided the entire universe is the inevitable outcome of a few billion one-in-a-billion lucky ricochets? Demoted everything that terrifies you to mere illusions?

The hour is late.

Check your fear at the door.

Grow up.

Or better yet, wake up.

Labradorite Orb

labradorite sphere

Labradorite is an unusual mineral. It can display a beautiful iridescent play of colors, caused by internal fractures in the mineral that reflect light back and forth, dispersing it into different colors. This effect, known as labradorescence, gives Labradorite its appeal and fame. Specimens sold to collectors are usually polished or sliced by dealers to fully bring out this effect. Sliced slabs are sometimes sold by dealers in water, which enhances the effect.

Labradorite belongs to the Plagioclase Feldspar group, an isomorphous solid solution series. Albite is one member, containing sodium and no calcium. The other end member, Anorthite, contains calcium and no sodium. Labradorite is an intermediary member of this series. Labradorite is considered by some authorities as a variety of Anorthite rather then a separate mineral. The acclaimed Dana’s System of Mineralogy lists Labradorite as an individual mineral, whereas the IMA does not recognize it as individual mineral species, but rather a sodium-rich variety of Anorthite.

Chemical Formula
(Ca,Na)Al1-2Si3-2O8

Composition
Sodium calcium aluminum silicate. The ratio of sodium to calcium is about 7:3. The amount of aluminum atoms are between 1 and 2, and the amount of silicon atoms are between 3 and 2.

In the Plagioclase Feldspar series, Labradorite contains between 30 and 50 percent Albite (Ab), and between 50 and 70 percent Anorthite (An).

Color
White, gray, light blue, light green, pale orange-red, black, usually with a strong multicolored display of purple, blue, and green schillers. A variety from Finland known as Spectrolite, shows the Schiller effect with dark reds, orange, yellow, blues and green color flashes.

Streak
White

Hardness
6 – 6.5

Crystal System
Triclinic

Crystal Forms and Aggregates
Labradorite rarely forms in crystals. When it does, they are generally tabular and often twinned. Most commonly occurs massive , grainy , as elongated fragments, as chunky masses, and rounded.

Transparency
Transparent to translucent

Specific Gravity
2.69 – 2.72

Luster
Vitreous to pearly

Cleavage
2,1 – basal ; 2,1 – prismatic ; 3,1 – pinacoidal. The cleavage angle is about 90º.

Fracture
Conchoidal to uneven

Tenacity
Brittle

In Group
Silicates; Tectosilicates; Feldspar Group

Striking Features
Play of color, hardness, cleavage, and crystal forms

Environment
In igneous environments in diabase, and in contact metamorphic rocks

Rock Type
Igneous, Metamorphic

Popularity (1-4)
2

Prevalence (1-3)
2

Demand (1-3)
1

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One of my favorite rocks.

Sweet.