Month: May 2012

Dinosaur Gas Story Is Science Fiction

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There’s a new study by British scientists that tries to answer the following question.

“Could methane produced by sauropod dinosaurs
have helped drive Mesozoic climate warmth?

To bring this into perspective, a bunch of inebriated British professorial types were sitting at their usual pub table one evening having a bull session. One of them, probably the lead author, jumped up and shouted, “dinosaur farts!” This kind of epiphany, no doubt triggered by a notable methane event at their table, is the way climate science is done. One of the old boys cut a big one, and that lone, gaseous event became a government-funded, peer-reviewed study.

That’s how climate science is done, nowadays. Somebody has a brain fart, and off to the government they go to get their flatulence funded.

So, what does this latest exercise in scientific Tom-Foolery purport to show? Well, for one thing the authors try valiantly to estimate the world of 200 million years ago, and to calculate the number of a certain breed of dinosaur, how much vegetation the being consumed, how much methane was emitted by each one.

In other words the so-called peer-reviewed study is all guess-work. There are no facts supporting the study. You can tell the authors are BS’ing you when the very first sentence uses the words, “likely to have”. That means that they have no clue what they are talking about.

Throughout the paper, the charade continues with phrases which include words “would probably”, and “estimate”. Where are the facts? Where is the evidence?

Many of you know exactly what I am talking about. You, too, have had those alcohol fueled brain storms, and left cocktail napkins on the bar covered with your idea of the next billion dollar business, or your scheme for a perpetual motion machine. The next morning you were over it, although a bit hung over.

Many peer reviewed studies are nothing more than somebody’s exercise in computer spoofing, or just plain people spoofing. You can spot the computer spoofing by the revelation of a mathematical model being used in the study.

There’s a lot of spoofing going on in the world of science, and this is but one example.

Hat tip to Watt Up With That.

Good News On Monday

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Anybody can write a blog about politics, social issues, economics, or sports. Well, maybe not anybody, but there are a whole lot of blogs out there for that kind of stuff. Much of what you read is angry, or self-congratulatory.

It is time for some good news, and after looking around for fifteen minutes, I have collected several articles on the internet which, I am sure, you will be overjoyed to read.

  • The Atlanta Braves beat the Colorado Rockies. Yeah! Baseball season is back, along with all the inside stuff you get on the radio. If you like naps, you will love baseball season, and the latest Chipper Jones argument with a Rockies pitcher.
  • The economy is looking better as economists think they see a future where the slowdown is over. Talk about hope!
  • Female breasts are bigger than ever! What can I say, except that they didn’t address the growing butt size in America. Oh, well. Take what you can get while you can.
  • Austerity is a dirty word in Europe according to the latest elections. Some will see this as bad news, but the thing is that Europe is not changing, at all. Now, Europe was once wired to self-destruct in genocidal wars every quarter century, but American influence has changed that bad habit substantially. We gotta see the bright side for our EU cousins.
  • Putin seeks close US ties... Yeah, right! It sounds like good news, but it is probably the same old stuff.

Maybe that’s enough good news for one day. I wouldn’t want you to overdo the good feelings.

What Happens After We Die?

The answer depends upon whom you ask. To accommodate any after-life scenario, you have to believe in some sort of spirit quality of your being. There you have it, spirit or no-spirit. That’s the first step. After that first step, things get a little cloudy.

I will never forget that Saturday Night Live skit where, as people died, they were sent through a long tunnel towards a bright light. When they arrived at the bright light, it was a white-on-white waiting room, and a big voice instructed them to get in line, and “Take A Number”.

Of course, the allusion was to the idea that after-life was pretty much like regular life. You would be subjected to all the frustrations of a regular, hectic, commute-to-the-city-in-rush-hour existence.

There are psychics out there that claim to talk to dead people, and I think you have to be very careful. It seems to be a popular scam.

Psychics claim to be able to talk to dead people’s spirits. So, where are all those spirits when they are chatting with your expensive psychic? Is there, indeed, a cosmic waiting room?

Christians believe that those who believe in Jesus Christ will go to be with Him, and most call this place, Heaven. Others will be on the next train to somewhere else, most likely the Biblical Hell. There is no mention in the Bible about a collection room, or a stopping off place.

To believe in psychics, we have to give the “cosmic waiting room” concept validity. The dead must be in a place where they are free to speak.

Do you really think the dead are able to talk back from Heaven, or Hell? The Bible tells us that we will be singing praises to the glory of God. I won’t have any time to talk to a mere psychic, so please, don’t expect any talk-back after death from me! On the other hand, even though Hell is a busy place, I would imagine that pretty much everybody in that place would be anxious to talk to the living about avoiding a hellish ending. This does make some sort of weird sense.

A big problem with our conception of death is time. The Bible erases the idea that time will exist. After all, we will be spending eternity wherever we are, and time is meaningless in that context. Our physical concept of time will not apply.

Considering everything, I don’t believe there is a cosmic waiting room after death. I don’t believe there is a train, or moving sidewalk that takes you toward a bright light. There may be bright lights, but I believe that after you die, things are pretty much instantaneous. There will be no  concept of time.

After we die, we will, indeed, meet our maker.

I don’t believe in psychics. There may be some other explanation for their claimed conversations, but I don’t believe they are talking to the people they claim.

I will stick to the old-time religion. After death, I will meet God.

Super Moon Rising

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Full Moon

Heads up, Chicken Little fans. The sky will definitely fall this weekend as we will have a really large full moon. The moon will be at a perigee, its closest point to earth as it orbits.  This alone scares some people.

Tomorrow, we will have what is called a super moon. A super moon is a full moon at its perigee, aligned with the sun for a maximum gravitational pull on the earth’s surface. Roll, tide, roll will be the cry as we should see larger tides on our coast lines.

The moon and sun are responsible for the changing tides, and they change due to orbital changes of the moon, and orbital changes of the earth with relation to the sun. Since both the sun and moon will be pulling the earth in the same direction, the tides will be bigger. Some people think that this alignment can cause not only extra-large tides, but earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, too.

People will go crazy, as is usual during a full moon. Emergency rooms will over flow. Police will work overtime to tame the crowds demonstrating on, well, something. The Occupy Wall Street loonies will be out in spades.

Don’t worry. Be happy!

Peace will guide the planets, and love will steer the stars. Tune out of the craziness, and into your peaceful inner being. Let the world know you will not join in the insanity.

It’s just a big moon, man. Enjoy the show.

Hat tip to Jennifer Marohasy’s article, Bad Moon Rising.