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Riga, 1917

Posted on 2008.04.07 at 22:25
Current Location: 75409
Current Music: The Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet
Toward the end of the first World War, in July 1917, just prior to the Third Battle of Ypres, and in full violation of the Hague Convention, the Germany Army first deployed Mustard Gas against British soldiers there, following with an attack on entrenched Russian troops in Riga, Russia, what is now modern day Latvia.

An effective disabling agent, Mustard Gas is non-volatile to transport, easy to deploy, and ultimately effective
insofar as its ability to permeate everything it came in contact with in a dispersal pattern. Though not particularly deadly when deployed in a time of war, its use was to inflict suffering as a means to slow the advance of enemy troops.

Of course its not really mustard. Its a vesicant (attacking exposed skin) cytotoxic (attacking at a cellular level) chemical agent designed to cause pain. It was called "Mustard" Gas because its odor was similar to the mustard plant, and there's not much on this earth which occurs naturally in nature that is as potent for its size as the mustard seed. (Chinese hot mustard, anyone?)

Even the bible talks about the power of the mustard seed in Mark 4:31-32, and Matthew 17:20 -

It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.

And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

And sometimes, out of ignorance, I learn things the hard way.

Like when you're juicing greens.

Experts suggest using no more than one to two leaves of Mustard Greens.

Not twelve.

I thought I was going to die.


photogoot at 2008-04-08 04:00 (UTC) (Link)

Everything In Moderation...

Perhaps, like for the men who went before you, they will construct a monument in your honor...

ehowton at 2008-04-08 11:33 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Everything In Moderation...

Cat Who Likes OpenBSD
bsdcat at 2008-04-08 05:01 (UTC) (Link)
Man up!
ehowton at 2008-04-08 11:34 (UTC) (Link)
That's some mighty powerful stuff.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-04-08 06:26 (UTC) (Link)
ehowton at 2008-04-08 11:35 (UTC) (Link)
That statement is not applicable under the circumstances, but I appreciate your enthusiasm in commenting.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-04-08 12:51 (UTC) (Link)
Experts suggest using no more than one to two leaves of Mustard Greens.

Not twelve.

I thought I was going to die.

ehowton at 2008-04-08 13:07 (UTC) (Link)
When you purchase Mustard Greens at the grocery store, they don't come with a fucking manual, retard.

Secondly, the internet phrase 'RTFM' while amusing, isn't in any way, shape or form, even remotely related to culinary issues, retard.

Lastly, and copied verbatim from the Ubunutu Forum's Policies and Expectations:

RTFM [and] "Go look on google" are two inappropriate responses to a question. If you don't know the answer or don't wish to help, please say nothing instead of brushing off someone's question, retard. Politely showing someone how you searched or obtained the answer to a question is acceptable, even encouraged.

If you wish to remind a user to use search tools or other resources when they have asked a question you feel is basic or common, please be very polite, retard. Any replies for help that contain language disrespectful towards the user asking the question, i.e. "STFU" or "RTFM" are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

(Italics mine.)

Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-04-08 14:01 (UTC) (Link)
copied verbatim from the Ubunutu Forum's Policies and Expectations:
Too bad we're not discussnig Ubuntu.
ehowton at 2008-04-08 14:14 (UTC) (Link)
Too bad we're not discussing Ubuntu.
My point exactly! Perhaps you're not as retarded as you look. That's exactly the type of place where RTFM belongs. Not on a post like this. Brilliant, deduction, Holmes!
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-04-08 14:50 (UTC) (Link)
You really are stupid, aren't you? The document from which you quoted ( the Ubunutu Forum's Policies and Expectations) states: RTFM [and] "Go look on google" are two inappropriate responses to a question. (empahsis mine)

You claim, [the Ubuntu forurms] exactly the type of place where RTFM belongs.

You're a dipshit.

ehowton at 2008-04-08 14:59 (UTC) (Link)
I said, "That's exactly the type of place where RTFM belongs." Meaning a forum. "Type" connoting something in similarity to, sharing a particular characteristic. In this case, a forum or other online question and answer medium. In fact, "type" purposely steers away from specifics, such as (in this context) the *actual* Ubuntu forums.

I'm sorry you feel the need to resort to namecalling.
photogoot at 2008-04-09 01:23 (UTC) (Link)
Another brilliant example of why you are the number one commenter here. Quantity over quality every fucking time with you. As I have now said a number of times to you; "you are nothing if not consistent". Too fucking bad you consistently suck!

I do not thank you for your comments and do not see any enthusiasm in your replies. If enthusiasm were present you would put more effort into listening and comprehending before you even begin to wonder if you should waste the electrons necessary to post a comment.


Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-04-09 01:30 (UTC) (Link)
Until the Net is no longer neutral, I see my commenting--no matter how banal--to further the cause of Free Speech. I am not, however, disillusioned into thinking that I am afforded a right to or am able to demand an audience.
photogoot at 2008-04-09 02:15 (UTC) (Link)
Another recurring problem I have with you is that you lack the experience of your convictions. You have not a clue about the value of free speech or what it means to defend that right for your self or for others. You have only ever defended your own vein needs. You do demand an audience! It is all you ever do! You are a whore for any audience of any size. This is why you throw out the endless litany nonsense here.

Good day!
glodowg at 2008-04-08 15:42 (UTC) (Link)

New Invention

Perhaps you have never heard of it. It is so groundbreaking though that everyone needs to run out and invest in them today. I cannot believe that it has taken the world this long to realize what we have been missing.

This new invention is called a RECIPE. You can even buy them all bound up into a book form oft referred to as a "cookbook". The wonders of this new "cookbook" astound me.

A glorious side benefit of this new fangled device is that we can know proper ways to prepare new food items without the horrible trial and error process.

Good day!
ehowton at 2008-04-08 15:52 (UTC) (Link)

Re: New Invention

Bah! Recipes are a crutch. I'm a man of high adventure! (Besides, ain't a lot I won't put in my mouth.) Live and learn, right?

Thanks for the heads-up.
glodowg at 2008-04-08 15:56 (UTC) (Link)

Re: New Invention

Perhaps a bit of research into proper use of your materials would be a good starting point then.

LOL 12 mustard leaves!
ehowton at 2008-04-08 16:09 (UTC) (Link)

Re: New Invention


And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts, And I looked and behold: a pale horse. And his name, that sat on him, was Death. And Hell followed with him.
galinda822 at 2008-04-09 01:53 (UTC) (Link)

Re: New Invention

I love that song! One of my favorites of his later ones.
ehowton at 2008-04-09 11:32 (UTC) (Link)

Re: New Invention

Till Armageddon, no Shalam, no Shalom.
galinda822 at 2008-04-09 11:39 (UTC) (Link)

Re: New Invention

The 1st time I ever heard it was at the beginning of the movie Dawn of the Dead (2004).
galinda822 at 2008-04-09 01:58 (UTC) (Link)
It's a good thing you have a cast iron stomach! :)

Did you down a Monster to counteract the affects?
ehowton at 2008-04-09 11:30 (UTC) (Link)
Since I bought my first case, I'm doing everything within my power to drink no more than one a day...but I like the way you think ;)
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2008-04-09 05:23 (UTC) (Link)
World War I is one war I would never want to be a part of, if I could go back in time that is.
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