I’ve opted for plain and simple for my format and layout. The default presentation gives you the last few articles I’ve written in a long, scrollable format. Sometimes I add a “more” tag, which takes you to the individual post, showing the remainder of what I wrote for that article, but usually you must click the heading (to the left of the primary text blocks) to get to the specific article, since I usually just write it all, letting all show on the scrolling composite. The basic reading format doesn’t include a comment box. If you click the heading and go to the specific posting, there is a reply box at the end, after the share buttons and the tags and categories.

So, if you happen to read something you want to reply to, please do. I will almost certainly post your comment and reply to you. I’m not into censoring.

Lonnie E. Schubert:


Cold kills. Warmer is better.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

From the respected medical journal The Lancet comes this (h/t to Dr. Indur Goklany)
Summary:

Cold weather kills 20 times as many people as hot weather, according to an international study analyzing over 74 million deaths in 384 locations across 13 countries. The findings also reveal that deaths due to moderately hot or cold weather substantially exceed those resulting from extreme heat waves or cold spells.

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Cold weather kills 20 times as many people as hot weather, according to an international study analyzing over 74 million deaths in 384 locations across 13 countries. The findings, published in The Lancet, also reveal that deaths due to moderately hot or cold weather substantially exceed those resulting from extreme heat waves or cold spells.

“It’s often assumed that extreme weather causes the majority of deaths, with most previous…

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Lonnie E. Schubert:


This is too good not to reblog.

Originally posted on Pointman's:

More than most, I’ve worked far away in different countries from my family. I could do it well but I never found it easy. It was always hard. Foreign lands, foreign people I suppose, ultimately foreign words in foreign languages and all that it comes down to is you, a stranger lost in a strange land, to echo A.E. Housman.

They converse with you, you talk back, and after a while because you know how to fit in and have a facility with words, you start to dream in their language and that’s sort of okay. It’s just dreamtime, only temporary and you’re just surfing in a wobbly way.

Your first impulses, never mind your gestures, gradually become culturally perfect and you begin to suspect you might never quite make it back home. The cuckoo in the nest starts digging in good and proper, deeper in than any Alabama tick as they say. You’ve gone native…

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Lonnie E. Schubert:


The rock with our name on it is the real threat to humanity. There really isn’t anything else with the potential of extincting us.

This rock doesn’t actually seem worth worrying about. It buzzes earth every 16 years, and this year is one of its closer approaches. It has been out there a long time, and therein lies the worry. We spotted this on only its last close approach 16 years ago. It has been this close several times before. We can tell where this one will be for hundreds of years, but what about the ones we haven’t spotted yet?

It is sad that we are spending billions on trying to control the weather, something we will never be able to do (the energy requirements are just too great). We could spend a fraction of that and perhaps be ready when we notice the rock that will intersect our planet.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

asteroid-impactGuest essay by Eric Worrall

The Express reports that a colossal one mile wide asteroid will brush past the Earth this Thursday, with a closest approach of 3 million kilometres – far too close for comfort, with a rock that big.

According to The Express;

The gigantic missile thought to measure almost a mile across will brush closer than previous monsters which have sparked a global panic.

Worried astronomers warned 1999 FN53, which is an eighth of the size of Mount Everest, will skim the Earth in THREE DAYS.

A collision would be nothing short of catastrophic triggering mass destruction, earthquakes and global extinction.

The monster is more than TEN TIMES bigger than other meteorites currently visible on NASA’s Near Earth Object radar.

It is also double the size of the gargantuan 2014-YB35 which had astronomers around the world watching the skies in March.

Experts warn a collision would trigger…

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Lonnie E. Schubert:


Lots of tornadoes and damage. Lots and lots of flooding.

Originally posted on KFOR.com:

OKLAHOMA — As severe weather makes its way though Oklahoma, several tornadoes have touched down, leaving damage in their wake.

There is some damage on the HE Bailey Turnpike near Bridge Creek.

There are also reports of damage in Grady County along Highway 44, 10 miles east of Amber.

Grady County has reported extensive damage in Amber and in Bridge Creek, and there is also some severe damage between Bridge Creek and Newcastle.

There has also been significant damage to the Norman Hotel.

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Baxter Vieux also sent us this video of severe tree damage in Norman.

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Bob Moore Chopper 4 got…

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Lonnie E. Schubert:

Getting hammered with rain here in OKC, and tornadoes regularly dropping since about three this afternoon. It’s nine as I type, with the sirens sounding. Long day. Looks like a long night.

Originally posted on KFOR.com:

Tornado and storm damage is being reported in several Oklahoma communities.

We will update this post live with damage reports, flooding, shelter information and areas you should avoid.

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Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Josh writes: It is extraordinary to think that Bjorn Lomborg first published The Sceptical Environmentalist 17 years ago in 1998 – that’s as long as The Pause!

However there has been no pause in some people ignoring his message as we have, rather depressingly, read on BishopHill over the weekend – see here and here.

It is really simple: the money we spend on Climate Change mitigation can be better spent on health, education and cheap energy. Why is this hard to understand? Do they think climate science is done in a moral vacuum? Can they not see that divesting from fossil fuels hurts the poor the most?

Incredible. (click image to enlarge)

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Cartoons by Josh

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Lonnie E. Schubert:


I support these statements, and I support Anthony for posting them.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Cardinal Pell: Be Prudent With Climate Claims

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When the Pope talks, people listen. But as Pope Francis wades into the climate-change debate, will he change any minds? Francis will host a summit Tuesday in the Vatican on climate change with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. He is also preparing an encyclical — one of the highest forms of a papal statement — on the subject, expected to be released as early as June. Cardinal Peter Turkson, who has helped draft the encyclical, has said the timing is meant to influence U.N. climate-change talks in Paris at the end of the year. –Jason Plautz, National Journal, 27 April 2015

Noah Toly, a Wheaton University professor who has studied religion and environmental politics, said it is likely that climate beliefs won’t be changed by the encyclical. “What’s more likely to happen is people who already think climate change is real, serious, and…

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Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Guest essay by Joe Ronan

pope-francisToday we see another set of meetings in Rome. One is that of the Pontifical Academy of Science, and the other the Heartland Institute. Both organisations are hoping to influence the widely heralded Encyclical from Pope Francis that will include references to climate change. Given that the text of the Encyclical has already been finalised, and is currently being translated, there may not be much that either party can do to affect it’s content. The headlines they are making will be building up expectations on both sides, and it’s worth having a closer look at the background to an encyclical.

What is an Encyclical?

Simply put, it is a circular letter written by the Pope to the Church which forms a part of the Ordinary Magisterium or teaching of the Church. It is not a formal statement of the type that is regarded as infallible…

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Lonnie E. Schubert:


I stand with Anthony Watts and Eric Worrall in this regard.

Christians accept the claim Christ made that He is the truth. Our commitment must be to truth. The truth is that green policies, green religious claims, are death.

Life and health for the world is in energy. More fossil fuel and more available, affordable energy are the requirement. There is no substitute. No religious edict or philosophical contortions will change the fact that not only must we burn these fuels, but we will.

The ancient physician’s oath is not religious, but it is true: First, do no harm.

Green policies, the religious demands of secular environmentalism do clear harm today. First, do no harm.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Portrait of Galileo Galilei, 1638 by Justus Sustermans. Source Wikipedia Portrait of Galileo Galilei, 1638 by Justus Sustermans. Source Wikipedia

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Does a Christian owe their first loyalty to the Pope, or to God? If your conscience tells you one thing, and the Pope tells you another, which path should you follow?

Galileo followed his conscience. Even when given a direct order by the highest authority in Christendom, to recant his opinion that the Earth is not the centre of the universe, he chose conscience over obedience, divinity over temporal authority – until he was threatened with unspeakable pain.

I am not saying the church is always wrong. Most of the time, the church is a force for good. The moral authority which is the Christian church helped to create the modern world. The concept of a single god, a god of love rather than hate, a universe of order, in which the forces of chaos…

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From Oklahoma’s Education Standards Committee:

Mathematics Standards Writing Committee asking for help with online survey

The Mathematics Standards Writing Committee membership is being finalized.The first Writing Team meetings will occur May 1 and May 2, 2015 in Norman, Oklahoma. We are excited to begin this important work toward higher standards for mathematics in Oklahoma, and we would like to personally invite all teachers, administrators, parents, and community members to consider investing your valuable time to provide feedback on the current mathematics standards. Your input will provide a valuable lens for the Writing Team members as they carefully analyze and work to improve our mathematics standards.

The survey is divided by grade band so you can either answer the parts that matter to you most or fill out the entire survey pre-K through high school. Questions are designed to allow input on the nature of each standard in regard to whether it is “useful,” “realistic” and “challenging.” The standards are in two parts: the content standards (a list of topics to teach at each grade level) and the process skills (ways of using and applying the mathematics). Standards are shown side-by-side with previous or next-year standards to show how they build upon each other. There is space throughout the survey to make comments and recommendations.

While screenshots are provided when possible, we have also included links to PDF documents for each section embedded in the survey, allowing participants to download the entire document for easier viewing of the complete picture. Please do not rely on the screenshots alone. You can download each document within the survey or below:

– Primary (PK-2) Math Standards

http://www.ok.gov/sde/sites/ok.gov.sde/files/PASS-Vertical-progression-PK-2-.pdf

– Intermediate (3-5) Math Standards

http://www.ok.gov/sde/sites/ok.gov.sde/files/PASS-Vertical-progression-2-5.pdf

– Middle Level (5-8) Math Standards

http://www.ok.gov/sde/sites/ok.gov.sde/files/PASS%20Math%20Vertical%20progression%205-8.pdf

– High School Algebra 1 and 2 Standards

http://www.ok.gov/sde/sites/ok.gov.sde/files/PASS%20%20Vertical%20progression%20Algebra.pdf

– High School Geometry Standards

http://www.ok.gov/sde/sites/ok.gov.sde/files/PASS%20Math%20Vertical%20progression%20Geometry.pdf

Thank you for your interest in this important work for mathematics education in Oklahoma.

Access the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GB7PNTZ

A few of my thoughts regarding an article:

– The Washington Times – Monday, April 27, 2015

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/apr/27/obama-backed-green-energy-failures-leave-taxpayers/?page=all#pagebreak

Government spending for anything the government doesn’t directly need, first hand, is a bad idea. Government funded research for space has paid dividends, but we’d likely be ahead had the government stayed out of it. Still, look at other research. The government is spending hundreds of millions per year on cancer research. The government has spent hundreds of billions on cancer research over the last five decades, and what do we have? Where are we now? Well, one recent article quoted one of the foremost saying, essentially, that know we pretty much know what cancer is, and that we have to treat nearly every case as unique. In other words, he was saying we seem to have finally gotten to square one. Let the medical industry research. Let’s keep up the charity work, but let’s get government out spending for things it doesn’t need. The government cannot spend for us.

Regarding the losses in the “investment” related to greenish energy. (Green has more to do with wasting dollars and making certain folks filthy rich than it does with trees or the environment.)

The article implies the loans to Tesla were successful. Did the government loans to Tesla Motors help the environment or just give fancy toys to rich boys wanting to spruce up their green cred?

The Energy Department considers the billions in losses as success.

GAO accounts per law, not standard accounting practice, and always gets its estimates wrong in whichever direction makes the spending look better for the government (for the elected when campaigning for reelection).

“Across the entire loan program there have been five defaulted loans: two solar panel manufacturers, Solyndra Inc. and Abound Manufacturing Solar LLC; two green vehicle programs, Fisker Automotive Inc. and the Vehicle Production Group LLC; and one energy storage project, Beacon Power.”

“The GAO said the companies were more likely to accept a federal loan guarantee if the Obama administration underestimated the actual risk of a project, leaving taxpayers on the hook.”

The article ends by pointing out the underestimated administration costs of running the program, but they say they keep raising fees, so it is starting to run in the black in that regard. Big whoop. So they finally figured out how much to soak the poor sods they are pretending to help.

Originally posted on DivineSparkIgnites:

About a year ago, I came across Peg with a Pen. Her blog fascinated me… and exposed me… to so much information I hadn’t been aware of before. Have you ever had one of those moments when you were handed a nugget of knowledge, and with it, there could be no going back? Peggy Robertson’s words instantly traveled off the page and made their way into my heart. The truth has a way of doing that to a person. The realization I had been handed a set of lies was startling. As educators, we often embrace ideologies without question.

I began to question.

And I found Peg with a Pen.

I hope you will spend some time getting to know her too. She is one of those gifts, meant to grace our earth, and reveal truth to the innocent and unknowing. More of us need to spend time…

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I posted the following on Facebook in response to an article. It seems appropriate to record it here.

For me and my wife, we faced the question of prenatal testing a couple of times with our children. With our first, we were pregnant at the same time as a friend-couple. They were having some difficulties, and the doctor recommended some testing for them. The tests included information on Downs and a couple other genetic factors. “All was well,” per the tests. My buddy suggested we test also. I asked why, stating it wouldn’t matter to us. We resolved to the outcome when we chose to become pregnant. It was that simple. God had blessed us with a new member of our family. Boy, girl, perfect, or flawed, just didn’t matter. Not at all. We were pregnant, come what may, and it was a blessing. We had a child who didn’t make it past the first few weeks of gestation. With that exception, all of our children have proven “normal,” even beautiful and bright. We are extraordinarily blessed. The thing is, I cannot imagine feeling differently with different results. Sure, there would be pain associated with difficulties, defects, chronic disease, and death, but I’d be no less blessed. (You cannot tell it, but I’ve teared up at the moment.) I’ve known several people with Downs. They have all been, even are, blessings to know.

I find it a sad statistic that 90% of women who are given test results that their unborn child has Downs abort. (That is what the aforementioned article was about.)

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