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20120228 – Ron Paul speaking near me!

Ron Paul in Springfield Virginia

Presidential candidate Ron Paul will be at Waterford at Springfield, Waterford Ballroom, 6715 Commerce Street, Springfield, VA on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 p.m. Eastern.


Anyone who follows this blog or watches my weekly news rant on JTV probably knows that in the upcoming election of POTUS I support a certain old geezer from Texas named Ron Paul.  Just happens I think he is the best man for the job that is running and do what little I can to help him get the job.

I am on a number of mailing lists related to my support of Ron Paul and noted with some interest that the man would be doing a speaking engagement very near where I live.  Assuming it would be the usual political fund raiser, I grabbed my wife and my check book and set out to attend.  I was a bit concerned that the turn out might be light and wanted to make sure my wife and I were there to add ourselves to the numbers just in case anyone in the news media might be watching.

Well, turns out we could not get anywhere near the place.  The parking lot for the Waterford Convention Center near where I live can easily handle 2000 cars, maybe more.  The crowd that turned out to hear Ron Paul speak was nothing short of overwhelming.  We could not get anywhere near the Waterford but noted a fellow holding a sign that said overflow parking was available at the Hilton.  We could not get into the parking lot at the Hilton either. 

The street was lined with people on foot who had hiked from Springfield Mall, maybe a mile away from the Waterford.  There had to be at least 5000 people standing in line waiting to get into the convention center.  As it looked like our added numbers would be but a drop in a bucket that appeared to be about to overflow, we gave up and went out to dinner instead.

Will be watching to see how this is reported on the news.  There were at least 4 satellite trucks parked in back of the convention center so I know for a fact the media was there.  I have not seen any of the other republican candidates draw anywhere near this number of people.  Will be very interesting to see how the media spins this one!


20120223 – Introducing the Vulcan Gasifier

Segment #1:  This week in free energy

Presenter:  Sterling Allan, CEO, founder of New Energy Congress
Estimated Time:  20 minutes

Segment #2:  Scarecrow’s News Rant – The “bailed out” appear to be “bailing out”

Presenter:  an editorial by SmartScarecrow
Estimated time:  15 minutes

World Bank President Zoellick Resigns
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Nicaragua Central Bank Head Quits Amid Row
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Embarrassment for Merkel as German president resigns in disgrace after trying to bag the press
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ANDREW Chick will step in to lead Royal Bank of Scotland’s Australian arm after Stephen Williams quits the role.
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Kuwait central bank chief resigns amid political tensions
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Slovenia’s Two Biggest Banks’ CEOs Step Down as Woes Mount
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Dhanlaxmi Bank CEO Amitabh Chaturvedi quits
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Tamilnad Mercantile Bank MD resigns
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hmmmm … the rats are deserting the ship …  has anyone checked for leaks?

Congress set to hand our highways and freeways over to foreign corporations: New toll roads planned for all 50 states!

Segment #3: Feature Presentation – Introducing the Vulcan Gasifier – Wood gas as a fuel

Presenter:  Hillbilly
Estimated time:  30 minutes

Vulcan Gasifier is a manufacturer of small scale Biomass to Syngas Generators. We are working hard on broadening our line of products from our portable Micro Series Generators to a fully Automated Off Grid System.

Vulcan Gasifier’s vision is to become a leader in affordable Biomass to Syngas generators for the home user.

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Segment #4: Audience Q&A Session

Moderator:  SmartScarecrow
Estimated time:  10 minutes

20120216 – Presentation by Ron Hatton – Gadgetman Groove update

Segment #1:  This week in free energy

Presenter:  Sterling Allan, CEO, founder of New Energy Congress
Estimated Time:  20 minutes

Segment #2:  Scarecrow’s News Rant – A pistol packing granny

Presenter:  an editorial by SmartScarecrow
Estimated time:  15 minutes

This from a posting at –

A Minnesota State Trooper reports:

I made a routine traffic stop of an elderly lady the other day for speeding on Minnesota Hightway 210 at mile marker 197 just east of McGregor.  I asked her for her driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance.

The lady took out the required information and handed it to me.  In with the cards I was somewhat surprised (due to her advanced age) to see she had a concealed carry permit.  I looked at her and asked if she had a weapon in her possession at this time.

She responded that she did indeed have a .45 automatic in her glove box.

Something – maybe body language or the way she said it – made me ask if she had any other firearms.

She did admit to also having a Glock 9mm in her center console.

Now I just had to ask one more time if that was all?

She responded one again that she did have a .38 special snub nose in her purse.

I then asked her WHAT SHE WAS SO AFRAID OF ???

She looked me right in the eye and replied, NOT A F***ING THING !

To paraphrase an old quote, God created man but Mr. Colt made all men (and grannies) equal. 

The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads quite simply, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Over the years, some have argued that what was meant by these simple words was that only the organized military was intended to retain arms.  However, ruling after ruling has been handed down since 1803 that clearly defines the second amendment as ensuring the right of each individual to keep and bear whatever sort of arms are commonly available at the time.  Further, it has been found repeatedly that this right cannot be infringed by either the state or federal government.

But over time, the provisions of the second amendment have been weakened.  Most often, by a unique set of unusual circumstances during a moment in time that is used to impose some restriction on the right to keep and bear arms impacting future generations.

An example of such a thing is the restrictions related to fully automatic weapons.  In practice, a fully automatic weapon is royal pain the ass the keep fed.  The rate of fire supported by such weapons makes mountains of ammunition a requirement for them to be truly effective.  But in a short fire fight where a lone individual is confronted by an armed group, such a weapon can make the difference.

But, during the prohibition years, fully automatic weapons were demonized as being a favorite among organized criminals.  So of course a law needed to be passed to make it illegal for criminals to acquire fully automatic weapons.  Thus this category of weapon, along with short barreled rifles, sawed off shot guns and devices to suppress the noise of the firearm were restricted to holders of a special federal tax stamps that was not made commonly available to the average citizen.

In their rush to remove such weapons from the market, the argument that only law abiding citizens would be impacted, was ignored even though it was put forward by many.  As a rule, criminals tend to be unconcerned with laws which is why they are considered criminals.  Before these restrictions were passed, private ownership of such weapons was common and not considered the least bit unusual.

Up until President Kennedy was assassinated by a lone gunman using a rifle he had purchased by “mail order”, it was common for average folks to order their firearms from ads in magazines like “Life” and “Look”.  But after Kennedy’s assassination, yet another layer of restriction was put on law abiding citizens.  The inter-State purchase of firearms was made illegal except when conducted by holders of a federal firearms dealer license.

Every time there is a high profile criminal act involving firearms, the calls for abolition of public firearms possession grows loud.

As an example, in April of 2003 a shooting incident at the John McDonogh High School in New Orleans brought out the gun grabbers bit time.  But their argument was successfully silenced by an article published by Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America with the simple truth, “This tragedy might have been prevented by the presence of armed teachers and other employees at the school.  Last year, a Research 2000 poll found that 85% of Americans would find it appropriate for a principal or teacher to use ‘a gun at school to defend the lives of students’ to stop a school massacre. Today’s shooting offers the latest evidence that gun free zones are a misnomer. They are a criminal safe zone.”

You were given the right to keep and bear arms for many reasons.  Among these is the basic human right to protect your life, the life of your loved ones and the property you have managed to acquire.  But lets not forget the historical facts.  The framers of the constitution had just fought a bloody war against a tyrannical government.  There was justifiable concern among many, particularly those opposed to strong central government, that the new government they were bringing into existence could at some point turn against the interests of the people.  Should such a situation evolve, it was considered essential that the average citizen be in a position to resist with arms if it ever became required.

So as you consider the issues of what many call “gun rights”, remember your history.  You may not wish to own a firearm and that is your right.  You may want to own an example of every possible firearm you can afford and that is your right.  Hopefully, you will go through your entire life without ever being confronted by a situation where you are required to defend your property, your life or the life of another.  But those who take the right to keep and bear arms seriously would prefer to have access to a firearm and never need it, than need access to a firearm and not have that option.

Please, regardless of your personal opinion on private firearms ownership, support the right of honest people to have the option to arm themselves as they see fit.  Join and support “Gun Owners of America”.  They are the only organization out there that takes a “NO COMPROMISE” position on your right keep and bear arms.

Gun Owners of America web site –

Segment #3: Feature Presentation – The latest update from Gadgetland

Presenter:  Ron Hatton, Gadetman
Estimated time:  30 minutes

Learn more about the Gadgetman Groove at
Contact Ron Hatton at Tel: (866)GO-GADGET ext.711

If you believe there is more power in your gasoline than you’ve been using, then you’re RIGHT! The EPA tells us more than 60% of the power in your fuel is wasted in the exhaust.

The Gadgetman Groove gives that so-called “Waste Fuel” what it needs to burn INSIDE the engine, where you can actually get some benefit from it.

If you want to see what others are saying, then visit The Groovy Forums and read it yourself! Maybe you just want to Find a Gadgetman.

Since March of 2009, Ron “Gadgetman” Hatton has trained this technique to more than 100 people across the country and around the world. Many of these are now making more money part-time with The Gadgetman Groove than in their day jobs. Find a Gadgetman and ask him yourself!

If you have the skills required to do an oil change and a tune-up, and an adventurous spirit, then you have all you need to learn this and change your own engines, and mybe start a business of your own! Earnings can be as high as $300 an hour.

Segment #4: Audience Q&A Session

Moderator:  SmartScarecrow
Estimated time:  10 minutes

20120209 – Presentation by Phil Tourney, USS Liberty survivor

Segment #1:  This week in free energy

Presenter:  Sterling Allan, CEO, founder of New Energy Congress
Estimated Time:  20 minutes

Segment #2:  Scarecrow’s News Rant – If you don’t like how things are going, vote the rascals out!
But you might be a terrorist if you do!

Presenter:  an editorial by SmartScarecrow
Estimated time:  15 minutes

Ron Paul super PAC prepares effort to combat election fraud

Revolution PAC, a pro-Ron Paul super PAC, reported Tuesday that it is in the process of preparing an effort to combat election fraud in the upcoming elections. Revolution PAC’s actions are a direct result of reports of election fraud during Saturday’s Nevada Caucuses.

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Who Voted Romney? NO ONE Raises Their Hand! But Romney Got The Most Votes…?

Ter·ror·ist (Noun): Anyone Who Disagrees with the Government
Posted on February 8, 2012 by WashingtonsBlog

Any American Who Criticizes the Government May Be Labeled a Terrorist

I noted in 2009:

    The Department of Homeland Security and police forces label anyone who they disagree with – or who disagrees with government policies – as “terrorists”.

    Don’t believe me?

    Well, according to a law school professor, pursuant to the Military Commissions Act, “Anyone who … speaks out against the government’s policies could be declared an ‘unlawful enemy combatant’ and imprisoned indefinitely. That includes American citizens.”

    And according to an FBI memo, peace protesters are being labeled as “terrorists”.

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Segment #3: Feature Presentation – The USS Liberty – a story you are not supposed to hear

Presenter:  Phillip Tourney, USS Liberty survivor
Estimated time:  30 minutes

What I saw that day
by Phil Tourney and Mark Glenn

When U.S.Navy sailor Phil Tourney saw Israeli planes circling the USS Liberty on June 8, 1967, he and his crew mates thought nothing of it. The Israelis waved at the crew and the Liberty crew, waved back. The USS Liberty was a unique vessel, unlike any other in the world, with a large tower and radio dishes used for eavesdropping, so the chance it could be mistaken for an “enemy” vessel were zero. The oversize U.S. flag and the large ID numbers painted on the ship also made identification of the ship possible from miles away.

Imagine the shock and horror when the Israelis attacked the lightly armed intelligence gathering vessel in broad daylight. A torpedo was fired and struck the Liberty dead on. Israeli aircraft strafed the men aboard and dropped napalm on the decks. Torpedo boats machine-gunned the crew as they tried to rescue wounded U.S. servicemen. The Israelis even shot up life rafts to prevent any escape.

The attack lasted for hours. And Phil Tourney lived through it. Here is his story.A complete description of the attack, everything he saw that day, and details of the ensuing threats from U.S. military officers and government officials to shut up or face dire consequences.

Phil and co-author Mark Glenn also recount the brave men who with this book are breaking the wall of censorship that has surrounded this 44-year-old event. It also details the personal toll inflicted upon Phil and the crew—the years of harassment from Israeli agents and high-level U.S. government lackies and the trauma of the events.

Purchase the book for $30 at –

Background videos available on YouTube

USS Liberty Dead in the Water Americans Murdered by Israel – from BBC
Full Movie – 69 minutes

Ralph Nader comments on Senator John McCain’s part in the cover up of the U.S.S. Liberty incident

Investigate Liberty BLOG

Jun. 3, 2007 12:00 AM

Conclusions submitted in October 2003 to the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense by the USS Liberty Veterans Association, Inc., in demanding a congressional investigation into the aborted rescue during the attack of the USS Liberty and subsequent alleged cover-up.

The group also calls for a new Naval Court of Inquiry and that June 8 be officially recognized as USS Liberty Remembrance Day.

1. That on June 8, 1967, after eight hours of aerial surveillance, Israel launched a two-hour air and naval attack against USS Liberty, the world’s most sophisticated intelligence ship, inflicting 34 dead and 173 wounded American servicemen (a casualty rate of 70 percent, in a crew of 294);

2. That the Israeli air attack lasted approximately 25 minutes, during which time unmarked Israeli aircraft dropped napalm canisters on USS Liberty’s bridge and fired 30mm cannons and rockets into our ship, causing 821 holes, more than 100 of which were rocket-size; survivors estimate 30 or more sorties were flown over the ship by a minimum of 12 attacking Israeli planes which were jamming all five American emergency radio channels;

3. That the torpedo boat attack involved not only the firing of torpedoes, but… … the machine-gunning of Liberty’s firefighters and stretcher-bearers as they struggled to save their ship and crew; the Israeli torpedo boats later returned to machine-gun at close range three of the Liberty’s life rafts that had been lowered into the water by survivors to rescue the most seriously wounded;

4. That there is compelling evidence that Israel’s attack was a deliberate attempt to destroy an American ship and kill her entire crew; evidence of such intent is supported by statements from Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Undersecretary of State George Ball, former CIA Director Richard Helms, former NSA Directors Lt. Gen. William Odom, USA (Ret.), Adm. Bobby Ray Inman, USN (Ret.), and Marshal Carter; former NSA deputy directors Oliver Kirby and Maj. Gen. John Morrison, USAF (Ret.); and former Ambassador Dwight Porter, U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon in 1967;

5. That in attacking USS Liberty, Israel committed acts of murder against American servicemen and an act of war against the United States;

6. That fearing conflict with Israel, the White House deliberately prevented the U.S. Navy from coming to the defense of USS Liberty by recalling Sixth Fleet military rescue support while the ship was under attack; evidence of the recall of rescue aircraft is supported by statements of Capt. Joe Tully, Commanding Officer of the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga, and Rear Admiral Lawrence Geis, the Sixth Fleet carrier division commander, at the time of the attack; never before in American naval history has a rescue mission been cancelled when an American ship was under attack;

7. That although Liberty was saved from almost certain destruction through the heroic efforts of the ship’s captain, William L. McGonagle (MOH), and his brave crew, surviving crewmembers were later threatened with “court-martial, imprisonment or worse” if they exposed the truth; and were abandoned by their own government;

8. That due to the influence of Israel’s powerful supporters in the United States, the White House deliberately covered up the facts of this attack from the American people;

9. That due to continuing pressure by the pro-Israel lobby in the United States, this attack remains the only serious naval incident that has never been thoroughly investigated by Congress; to this day, no surviving crew member has been permitted to officially and publicly testify about the attack;

10. That there has been an official cover-up without precedent in American naval history; the existence of such a cover-up is now supported by statements of Rear Adm. Merlin Staring, USN (Ret.), former Judge Advocate General of the Navy; and Capt. Ward Boston, USN, (Ret.), the chief counsel to the Navy’s 1967 Court of Inquiry of Liberty attack;

11. That the truth about Israel’s attack and subsequent White House cover-up continues to be officially concealed from the American people to the present day and is a national disgrace;

12. That a danger to our national security exists whenever our elected officials are willing to subordinate American interests to those of any foreign nation, and specifically are unwilling to challenge Israel’s interests when they conflict with American interests; this policy, evidenced by the failure to defend USS Liberty and the subsequent official cover-up of the Israeli attack, endangers the safety of Americans and the security of the United States.

Segment #4: Audience Q&A Session

Moderator:  SmartScarecrow
Estimated time:  10 minutes

20120202 – Open forum

Segment #1:  This week in free energy

Presenter:  Sterling Allan, CEO, founder of New Energy Congress
Estimated Time:  20 minutes

Segment #2:  Scarecrow’s News Rant – Mixed bag of donuts

Presenter:  an editorial by SmartScarecrow
Estimated time:  15 minutes

HEPA Air Filters in California Recorded Radiation Levels 538% Above Normal
The Intel Hub
February 2, 2012

A test of a HEPA air filter stationed in California recorded radiation levels at 351% and 538% above normal background levels.

The tests, conducted by the Enviroreporter, show levels much higher than normal background levels that are most likely coming from the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

It is clear that, despite a large scale misinformation campaign conducted by various governments and sock puppets throughout the internet, an increase in radiation HAS been seen in the United States after the Japan Fukushima nuclear disaster.

CBO: Taxes Will ‘Shoot Up by More Than 30 Percent’ Over Next 2 Years
By Terence P. Jeffrey
January 31, 2012

( – The amount of money the federal government takes out of the U.S. economy in taxes will increase by more than 30 percent between 2012 and 2014, according to the Budget and Economic Outlook published today by the CBO.

At the same time, according to CBO (Congresional Budget Office), the economy will remain sluggish, partly because of higher taxes.

“In particular, between 2012 and 2014, revenues in CBO’s baseline shoot up by more than 30 percent,” said CBO, “mostly because of the recent or scheduled expirations of tax provisions, such as those that lower income tax rates and limit the reach of the alternative minimum tax (AMT), and the imposition of new taxes, fees, and penalties that are scheduled to go into effect.”

The U.S. economy, CBO projects, will perform “below its potential” for another six years and unemployment will remain above 7 percent for another three.

“The pace of the economic recovery has been slow since the recession ended in June 2009, and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) expects that, under current laws governing taxes and spending, the economy will continue to grow at a sluggish pace over the next two years,” said CBO. “That pace of growth partly reflects the dampening effect on economic activity from the higher tax rates and curbs on spending scheduled to occur this year and especially next. Although CBO projects that growth will pick up after 2013, the agency expects that the economy’s output will remain below its potential until 2018 and that the unemployment rate will remain above 7 percent until 2015.”

According to the CBO report, federal tax revenues equaled $2.302 trillion in fiscal 2011, and will increase to $2,523 trillion in fiscal 2012, $2,988 trillion in fiscal in 2013, and $3,313 trillion in 2014.

As a percentage of GDP, according to CBO, federal tax revenues were 15.4 percent in fiscal 2011, and will be 16.3 percent in 2012, 18.8 percent in 2013, and 20.0 percent in fiscal 2014.

In dollar terms, the anticipated increase in federal tax revenue from fiscal 2011 ($2.302 trillion) to fiscal 2014 ($3.313 trillion) is $1.011 trillion. That is an increase of 43.9 percent.

From just 2012 to 2014, the increase in federal tax revenues from $2.523 trillion to $3.313 trillion equals $790 billion—or 31.3 percent.

The anticipated percentage increase in federal tax revenue is not only large when calculated in dollar terms but also when calculated as a share of GDP. The jump from 15.4 percent of GDP in fiscal 2011 to 20.0 percent of GDP in fiscal 2014 equals an increase of 29.8 percent. The jump from 16.3 percent in fiscal 2012 to 20.0 percent in fiscal 2014 equals an increase over two years of 22.7 percent.

Federal tax revenues have averaged “about 18 percent of GDP for the past 40 years,” according to CBO. So, in the next two years federal tax revenues will rise from a level that is below the modern historical average to a level that is above it. is not funded by the government like NPR. is not funded by the government like PBS. relies on individuals like you to help us report the news the liberal media distort and ignore. Please make a tax-deductible gift to today. Your continued support will ensure that is here reporting THE TRUTH, for a long time to come. It’s fast, easy and secure.

Republican Establishment Excludes Ron Paul From 2012 CPAC Event
Romney, Gingrich, Santorum to be keynote speakers but Paul absent

Paul Joseph Watson
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Despite winning the event’s annual straw poll for the last two years running, Ron Paul has seemingly been excluded from this year’s CPAC conference, with Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich announced as keynote speakers but Paul appearing nowhere on the roster.
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The exclusion of Paul is likely a maneuver by GOP insiders to re-align CPAC, the biggest annual conservative confab, with the Republican establishment and prevent an embarrassing straw poll defeat for likely presidential pick Mitt Romney, who Paul beat in 2010 and 2011.

According to the CPAC website, fellow presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum will all address the event scheduled to take place Feb. 8-11 in Washington, but Ron Paul will be absent.

“Although a combination of factors might be at play, including Paul’s focus on the Maine caucuses, a changing of the guard at the top of CPAC’s management team is likely behind Paul’s exclusion,” notes Stephen Woodward.

Indeed, the selection of former chairman of the Florida Republican Party Al Cardenas to lead CPAC has brought with it a decidedly neoconservative flavor to the 2012 event.

Besides Romney and Gingrich, the likes of Ann Coulter, John Bolton, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Herman Cain and Rick Perry will all speak at the conference.

During a post CPAC 2011 interview, American Conservative Union (ACU) chief Cardenas put Ron Paul supporters on notice by warning them that they would not be invited to the 2012 event if they failed to act with “civility” after previous speakers Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld were booed by Paul activists.

The change in direction seemingly stems from a revolt, characterized by Politico as a “conservative civil war,” that preceded last year’s conference fueled by concerns expressed by establishment Republicans that the conference was turning “libertarian”.

Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who boycotted the 2010 and 2011 conferences because of the attendance of Ron Paul and his supporters, is set to return to speak at the 2012 event.

CPAC’s move to marginalize true conservatives like Ron Paul also stems from concerns that the rival Values Voter Summit is gaining more prominence within establishment Republican circles.

Paul has won the CPAC straw poll for the past two years running and has spoke at the last three conferences.

Following his victory last year, Fox News erroneously reported that Paul had been booed by the audience when his win was announced. In reality, Fox played footage from the previous year’s event when Mitt Romney supporters had loudly booed the result and Paul supporters had been absent due to a Campaign for Liberty meeting running late.

Although Ron Paul supporters have presumably been uninvited because they booed Cheney and Rumsfeld, Romney fans who booed Paul will be in attendance at CPAC 2012, highlighting the hypocrisy behind Paul’s exclusion.

Segment #3: Feature Presentation – Open Forum

Presenter:  SmartScarecrow
Estimated time:  30 minutes

Project updates from ZeroFossilFuel, Tommey Reed and Ron “Gadgetman” Hatton … all setup at the last minute … enjoy …

Segment #4: Audience Q&A Session

Moderator:  SmartScarecrow
Estimated time:  10 minutes