Feathering It

There are a variety of patterns in damascus steel-making, each of which represents a different way of laying up the bars, and manipulating them afterward. Each step brings with it a unique opportunity to fail: if you work too slowly, things may oxidize and not weld cleanly anymore. If you work too fast, you may wind up with inclusions or a mis-aligned weld. Two bars the have been forge-welded together are now one bar; you can’t re-position things.

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Nobody Is On Your Side

The Trump Administration is swirling around the drain, but they’re probably too chunky and stubborn to flush. Instead, we’re going to wind up with nasty-water all over the place and blocked political plumbing. The republicans are playing the “blocked toilet” strategy in every state where they still have enough power to cling to, why would anyone in their right mind expect a party of power-hungry authoritarian goons to let go and walk away nicely?

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