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Climate Change

August 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Counter-CutI used to be a strong believer in global warming, but no more.  I think it’s just normal weather cycles in a lot of hot air:

This is just one of many charts depicting global cooling, instead of global warming.  That’s why “climate change” is the new banner.
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/10/29/spencer-bottom-falling-out-of-global-ocean-surface-temperatures/

This one, on the other hand claims it’s getting warmer, and even concludes that the warming is man-made.
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/WorldOfChange/decadaltemp.php

This one claims it’s getting cooler.
http://climatedepot.com/a/3515/Prominent-Russian-Scientist-We-should-fear-a-deep-temperature-drop–not-catastrophic-global-warming

Here you’ll find a number of images supporting whatever your opinion.
https://www.google.com/search?q=global+warming+drops+temperature&start=10&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=ob&sa=N&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&ei=oXg-UMOgAbTG6AGNk4HgAw&ved=0CF8QsAQ4Cg&biw=1325&bih=739

This one actually correlates our “national debt to GDP ratio” and “global temperature changes”!  So let’s eliminate the national debt and bring on the cooling.
http://www.zerohedge.com/article/when-keynesian-correlation-causation-krugmans-contrived-climate-connundrum

What’s going on here?  The next essay will examine the situation in more depth and attempt to discern the truth.

All is not as it looks

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The Kobe Earthquaqe

June 29, 2012 Leave a comment

My grandson loves to watch documentary TV shows about disasters, the dirtiest jobs, and so on.  The other day he was watching a show about Japan’s Kobe earthquake in 1995.  There were scenes of incredible devastation everywhere, snippets of the ground rocking and rolling, death and destruction as far as the eye could see, and so forth.

I’ve seen many similar videos of other earthquakes.  So while the event is terrifying (having experienced one in California in 1971), there was nothing particularly striking or unusual about the footage, until the clip showed water bubbling up from the ground.

Just imagine seeing a curtain of water about 30 feet long and six inches thick squirting up out of the ground about three to four feet high!  First thought is that it’s from a broken main, but that is not the case at all.  It is an example of soil liquifaction.[1]

Soil liquifaction is the process of groundwater being forced up out of the ground at great pressure as a result of violent earthquakes.  It works something like this:  Read more…

Foundations: 4) The Explosion

March 26, 2012 Leave a comment

When I hear an unexpected explosion the first question that comes to mind is, “What was that?  What happened?”
That question is immediately followed by, “What caused it?”
Finally, if I still haven’t found a satisfactory answer, I say, “Let me go see,” or “Let me find out.” Read more…

Foundations: 2) The Toxic Lie

March 26, 2012 Leave a comment

“What you see is all there is.  If it can’t be seen, touched, heard, smelled, measured, or reproduced in the laboratory then it can’t be real.” That is the cornerstone foundational concept for most modern world-views.  Is that concept true? Read more…

Foundations: 1) Introduction

March 26, 2012 Leave a comment

This is the introduction to a series of posts addressing foundational issues of life that determine our world-view.  This particular entry introduces the need for a solid foundation.

Who Needs Foundations Anyway?

Whenever we build a house, we must first build the foundation.  If we lay a square foundation, we will end up building a square house.  If we lay a rectangular foundation, we will end up building a rectangular house, and so forth.  The foundation, though it may be invisible, defines the structure.  If we have to build a rectangular house but lay a square foundation, we’re doomed to failure. Read more…