Archives for the month of: February, 2012

The Gleick Tragedy

via The Gleick Tragedy | Watts Up With That?.

 

http://shakespeare.mit.edu/midsummer/full.html

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It is much easier to be critical than correct.

Benjamin Disraeli

An amazing resource:

On Matters of Faith and Science

via True Creation |  dot info#chapter10.

Regarding the Gleick fraud and defaming of Hearthland Inst. in the “cause” of global warming:

“That is the message of Gleick’s theft and Horgan’s equivocations. Together, they shine a spot light on the moral swamp that climate science has become.”

via Lying for the Cause? » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names.

To anyone reading Mr. Spinney’s article, take with a grain of salt. He does make some solid points.

“Skeptic blogs win every category they were nominated in, a clean sweep.”

via 2012 Weblog awards – SKEPTIC CLEAN SWEEP | Watts Up With That?.

The human-caused global warming hoax should be over before it costs too much. It is sad when science suffers so much. It is good to see the cooler heads prevail.

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe. Gustave Flaubert

Barna group does surveys about church related stuff. Their ones on worldview are worth reviewing. I have yet to figure out how to get a copy of the report and study, but I suppose it will cost more than I’m willing to pay. Still, here is a link to their posting about their worldview surveys:

http://www.barna.org/transformation-articles/252-barna-survey-examines-changes-in-worldview-among-christians-over-the-past-13-years

If you see where they are coming from and what they are asking, you get a better sense of what the information points too. The 9% number seems almost a scare tactic. Still, read for yourself.

Another noteworthy tidbit is that they don’t ask people to self-identify. They define “nominal” Christians and “born again” Christians based on responses to certain questions in the survey. So, one needs to know how they are defining terms and categories before one can assess the assertion that only one in five Christians hold a Christian world view.

Overall, I’m skeptical of their conclusions. I see the studies as valuable, but only as a start. They amount to the first data point, not a scientific study. Perhaps Barna will expand the scope of such studies, and perhaps other groups will devote some time and resources to such matters, providing us a thorough picture.

For some perspective, check out this page. http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/begin/cells/scale/

You control the slider to change the scale, and the objects start with a coffee bean and go down to a carbon atom.

For a bit more perspective: take a typical pin on a pin cushion. Set the pin cushion in the middle of a domed football stadium on the 50 yard line. Now imagine looking around. If you were able to take just one of the iron atoms from the pin and expand it such that its nucleus was as large as the pin head, the rest of the atom would be close to the size of the stadium. Also, the electrons would still be too small to see.

56 paper clips will give approximately an Avogadro number of iron atom (ignoring the alloyed elements, well–counting them as iron), and that is 6.02 x 10^23 atoms. Remember that a billion is 10^9, and a trillion is 10^12. So, an Avogadro number is nearly a trillion-trillion. We don’t have ways to put that in perspective. (Here is one way to try to deal with large numbers: http://usdebt.kleptocracy.us/ )

U of U has even more, http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/begin/cells/  for starters.

Get the Federal Government OUT of our classrooms!

M. Catharine Evans reports:

Top Level USDA Reps Showing Up in US Lunchrooms

via Blog: Top Level USDA Reps Showing Up in US Lunchrooms.

After you have convinced people that you fervently believe your cause to be more important than telling the truth, you’ve lost the power to convince them of anything else.

via Peter Gleick Confesses to Obtaining Heartland Documents Under False Pretenses – Megan McArdle – Business – The Atlantic.

At least one would hope.

Another from Terry Scott Taylor and Daniel Amos.

Thick Skin

from the album “Mr Buechner’s Dream”

Music by Daniel Amos, Words by T.S. Taylor

©2001 Zoom Daddy/BMI

I’ve opened up a place

In this simple song

It’s a little bit of space

I’m leaving…

Taking chances

At first glances

That you’ll get me all wrong

And cross out every word I’m singing

 

Chorus:

Or this could grow on you

(my friend)

Might not knock you down

Or drag you in

But it’s a place I can begin

To get under your antenna

and your

Thick skin

 

How about a little wind

In your perfect hair?

How about a little swim

In my ocean?…

I’m dreaming in and breathing in

The metaphoric air

Designed to get your faith in motion

 

Chorus

Working in precision

(on your) Thick skin

Making an incision

(in your) Thick skin

Creating some division

(in your) Thick skin

Dropping words of wisdom

(on your),Thick skin

 

I’ve opened up a vein

And let the ink get out

It’s dripping from the hand

I’m moving…

The mystery in You and me

Is what it’s all about

And true love is the scalpel

I’ve been using

 

via Daniel Amos : Mr Buechner’s Dream Lyrics.

Just because I like it, and, besides, Terry Scott Taylor is one of the greatest musical geniuses of all time!

Who’s Who Here?

from the album “Mr Buechner’s Dream”

Music by Daniel Amos, Words by T.S. Taylor

©2001 Zoom Daddy/BMI

Jason and his Argonauts

Hanging out in parking lots

With teen twerps and some indiots

(and) all the riff raff

And strictly confidentially

All we got here is essentially

A vulgar vapid history

Of clap trap

Chorus:

And who’s who here?

Is anybody anybody?

And who’s that there?

Someone we should know?

Who’s cool here? (who rules here?)

No one and everyone

Start the show cos’

It’s not clear, no

Who’s who here

The mark of Cain is apathy

Brains winding down on entropy

New york and L.A. bourgeoisie

And their chit chat

It’s babylon, they rattle on

The herds in line and movin’ on

With ecstacy dipped cattle prongs

In back packs

And god is their technology

A studded tongues profanity

A grim tatoos theology

Is payback

Six pack kings

pulled up a chair

To sculptured breasts

and derrieres

Each a potential millionaire

And fat cat

via Daniel Amos : Mr Buechner’s Dream Lyrics.

From American Thinker:  Keith Riler

…Centers for Disease Control data, established clear links between birth control and increases in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). STD increases are a very reliable indicator of increased sexual activity and show that contraception is wrongly perceived as low-cost insurance — a perception that motivates increased sexual activity.

And more sex means more pregnancies. [and more abortions, especially when contraception fails]

via Articles: The False Promise of Contraception.

It is worth noting that being “anti-” is counterproductive. Stand for what you believe.

Save the children from fear mongering.

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A blog sharing information about materials presented to children on climate, highlighting those intended to frighten or mislead, and those which seek to inform and inspire rather than to recruit, even the very young, for an ill-founded political campaign. A campaign which is both soul-destroying and inhumane.

‘…it is very frustrating that after 25 years of the anti-pessimists being proven entirely right, and the doomsayers being proven entirely wrong, their credibility and influence waxes ever greater. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there is every scientific reason to be joyful about the trends in the condition of the Earth, and hopeful for humanity’s future, even if we are falsely told the outlook is grim.’

Julian Simon in 1995 (http://www.juliansimon.org/writings/Articles/EARTHDA5.txt)

via Climate Lessons.

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