A Matter of Timing

May 5, 2020 1 comment

The rate of development at around 12 weeks of pregnancy is amazingly rapid.  The baby’s size doubles and body details develop extremely rapidly within a short span of a few weeks:

“At 16 weeks, the fetus is about 4 and one-half inches long and resembles an infant; the eyes blink, the heartbeat is easier to locate, facial features (nose, mouth, chin and ears) are distinct, and the fingers and toes are clearly developed; the skin on the fingers and toes even have distinct patterns (fingerprints!).”
https://www.onhealth.com/content/1/fetal_development_stages

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Beware of Fact-Checkers!

May 5, 2020 1 comment

Recently I received a comment regarding my post,  “You Decide.”.  The comment referenced a well-known fact-checking site, snopes, as a source of accurate information.  This evaluation demonstrates how easily “fact checking” can be twisted to say something that is both true and false at the same time.

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Baby, Baby

May 5, 2020 1 comment

A previous post from many years ago, “You Decide”, depicted the model of a baby at about 12 weeks of gestation and asked some provocative questions.  I had totally forgotten about that post until recently.  I just received several comments questioning the accuracy of that image.  The comments and responses are posted separately.  But I felt the topic needed to re-visiteed in greater depth.

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Modern Science

November 21, 2018 2 comments

Counter-Cut

The other day I happened upon an article about global warming entitled, “Mathematician Exposes Global Warming Study Inflating Temp Rise by 600%.”  This is not news.  Frankly, I’ve grown accustomed to scientists simply creating facts out of thin air to “prove” global warming.  So I ignored it.

Then I ran across another article which claimed “’Mini Ice Age’ Looms As NASA Scientist Warns Lack Of Sunspots Could Bring Record Cold.”  That caught my attention, because back in 2012 I had examined the matter and concluded that we should be entering a period of global cooling rather than global warming.  

What really caught my eye in this particular article was the solar activity graphs for the past 30 years and for the past 400 years:  There is a definite downward trend in sunspot activity, and right now we are in the steep decline region of the cycle’s tail.  Since sunspot activity and global temperatures are related because the sun is our primary source of heat, we are due for serious cooling – not warming.  Furthermore NASA’s TIMED satellite confirms that the thermosphere around the planet is cooling and shrinking rapidly.

Lastly, I ran across another article entitled, “Giant meteor crater found under Greenland ice cap”, which has nothing to do with global warming and cooling.  It’s a fascinating article from NASA.  But the following statement grabbed my attention:

“the Hiawatha Crater was likely formed less than three million years ago and possibly as little as 12,000 years ago”

Wait a minute!  Some time between 3,000,000 and 12,000 years ago?  Another way of saying that is 1,500,000 ±1,500,000 years ago.  Or 1,500,000 years ago with an accuracy of ± 100%!  That’s simply a WAG (Wild A** Guess) masquerading as science!

Sadly, this is the state of our modern science.  Scientists used to pursue accuracy and truthfulness.  Now scientists are creating fudge factors that introduce 600% errors just to prove a political point.

And other scientists present WAGs as scientific conclusions!  Even NASA has been infected by the disease.  Can you imagine trying to land a man on the moon using rocket engines that have a predictable reliability of ±100%? Would you even consider buying a car that has an estimated life of 5 years ±100%  (0 – 10 years)?  I certainly wouldn’t.

Science used to be a discipline that searched for truth.  Scientists used to pursue excellence and accuracy, no matter where their findings led them. 

No more. We cannot depend on anything scientists try to sell us because I fear it has become little more than a search for the biggest grant, and their “conclusions” have become little more than fish tale whoppers.

All is not as it looks
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The Roof

June 2, 2017 1 comment

IMG_4021I needed a new roof.  The last time I went away on a trip, the roof began to leak and we had to use pots to catch the water; furthermore I noticed several new water spots growing on the ceiling of the living room.  I decided a seamless metal roof over the existing shingles would assure me many trouble-free years without leaks.  Since I didn’t want to do the work myself, I needed to find a contractor.  I decided it would be nice to include a carport in the project so it would match the rest of the house. Read more…

Crowds

January 23, 2017 Leave a comment

There have been many instances of fake news in mainstream media of late.  Most of the time words are used to misrepresent reality, but pictures may also be used.

Recently the New York Times published an article comparing the sizes of the crowds attending Obama’s and Trump’s inaugurations.  The message of the Times article is that very few people supported Trump by attending the inauguration, and by inference Trump is an illegitimate president.

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The Storm

December 20, 2016 Leave a comment

It was all over the Internet.  Every news outlet imaginable carried a headline that went something like this, “Biblical Storm Protects Israel.”  Many Youtube headlines proclaimed “…SENT BY GOD…”; each showed the same video of the storm.

What’s all the fuss about?  On Dec. 1, 2016, about 8 am an unusual storm appeared on the Syrian side of Israel’s border in the Golan Heights, just as Israeli soldiers were conducting routine operations on the Israeli side.  The storm, a combination of wind, dust, and rain, did not cross into Israel, but formed a stationary protective barricade against potential attackers.  This is the exact same location where Israeli soldiers had been attacked by ISIS several weeks prior.

Some people attributed the storm to an act of God.  Others simply tried to dismiss it as an “ordinary” weather phenomenon.  But it is rather strange that the storm obeyed a political boundary defined by humans, and did not cross the border fence.  Certainly one would not expect an “ordinary” storm driven by random atmospheric patterns to honor a political boundary.  Tornadoes don’t.  Hurricanes don’t.  Desert dust storms don’t.  Furthermore, storms are not stationary.  They move.  This storm did not.  Clearly this was an extraordinary storm for which no one has presented a cogent scientific explanation.

This storm started me thinking, “What was the root cause?  What happened?” Read more…