Archives for the month of: May, 2012

If you are committed to truth, I’m sure you will find this information informative and good. If your mind is already made up, consider this fair warning. You have no right to get mad at me if the facts confuse you.

“Among the many images made by prehistoric people on the walls of Kachina Bridge is what appears to be an unambiguous depiction of a sauropod dinosaur, herein called Dinosaur 1. Because mainstream science has produced no alternate explanation for Dinosaur 1, it has become an important weapon in the arsenal of the anti-evolution movement.”

via. http://palaeo-electronica.org/2011_1/236/index.html

http://palaeo-electronica.org/2011_1/236/236.pdf

Let me start by saying that being “anti-” anything is a bad idea, generally counterproductive to all that is good. Stand for what you believe. The things you don’t like will fall away. (From an old White Heart song, “Are they working harder at what we think is wrong, than we are at what we know is right!?! — Sold out! They might be sold out to sin. — Sold out! Won’t ya take a look inside, and you might see, that you and me, should be all sold out to Him.) It astonishes me how flimsy can be evidence that people will grasp hold of tight, refusing even the most common-sense objections to their position. I think people often actually abandon such, but won’t admit it.

To ensure no one misunderstands me, I came across a Ken Ham claim that the subject rock images were evidence that the American Indians knew dinosaurs. Nope. Please, don’t be silly. Even Ken Ham’s rendering of the image could be other things. It resembles a dino from a children’s cartoon, I suppose, but given how inventive the ancient artists tended to be, it hardly seems a child could have been the intended audience. I think Ken Ham causes far more harm than good. I simply do not trust anyone who claims to have thoroughly investigated, yet still claims the earth is a mere 6,000 years old. That just ain’t honest, and I recall a scripture passage that mentions a fiery destination for those who twist the truth. I also recall a scripture telling me God cannot lie. I think I will do my best to stick to the truth!

Perhaps an aside, but related, anybody ever seen Blade Runner? I won’t think of myself as a synthetic with a made-up and implanted history.

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FIGURE 1. Alleged ancient depictions of dinosaurs at Kachina Bridge, Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah.

via. http://palaeo-electronica.org/2011_1/236/fig_1.htm

This is ONLY the figure that goes with the article. I’ll post that up next. Still, I wanted to get this specifically.

As I commented regarding assuming petroglyphs could be evidence of aliens, they cannot be evidence of sauropods either.

“in the presence of the ancients”

via Aliens Live! Proof At Last!.

These are cool. We took the kids (and my mom) on a 6,000 mile trek west through Grand Canyon, and on up through areas the girls had been to when little (before the boys), and managed to stop at some petroglyph sites. (Ultimately to the Olympic Peninsula and the rain forests (and Forks, at the height of Twilight popularity), back through Dry Falls and Mt. Rushmore–during the bike rally.) This art makes me think. Was it just graffiti with little point, or was it their literature, even their master works? Perhaps it was utilitarian (maps, diagrams) or just doodling. There is no doubt they were creative! There seems to be no rules, only expression.

The linked web page has some excellent images and lots of good information if you are ever able to make use of it and see for yourself. Still, while it is wondrous and exciting to view and speculate, I think I will never consider ancient art of this sort as any evidence of anything remarkable, especially not aliens. 😉

I don’t know if this will only work today, but Google has a cool little synthesizer posted for Moog’s birthday. Fun to play with. If you hit the red button, the tape recorder will record while you play, then push the play triangle for a repeat.
https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en

I have my beefs with my Senators, but Inhofe and Coburn are the best senators around! It is always wise to follow the money.

Watts Up With That?

Flashback, Michael Mann said this on October 5th, 2010:

Our efforts to communicate the science are opposed by a well-funded, highly organized disinformation effort that aims to confuse the public about the nature of our scientific understanding.

Scientists are massively out-funded and outmanned in this battle, and will lose if leading scientific institutions and organizations remain on the sidelines. I will discuss this dilemma, drawing upon my own experiences in the public arena of climate change.

Next time you get challenged on how much money is involved and whose side gets it, point out Mann is delusional by showing them this from 2009, Climate Money, a study by Joanne Nova revealing that the federal Government has a near-monopoly on climate science funding.

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The starting point was in June 1988 – James Hansen’s address to Congress, where he was so sure of his science, he and Senator…

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Impressive amount of information. Note that we cannot see it here in central Oklahoma. (Local weather is expecting cloud cover and likely rain.)

Watts Up With That?

I’ve been asked to provide some information on the upcoming eclipse Sunday, so here it is.

I’ll actually miss the first part of the Heartland conference (Sunday night and Monday) due to the promise to my children we’d see this together. Timing for the eclipse, getting back from the spot I’ve picked out in the high desert and airplane schedules didn’t pencil out.

Click to enlarge. Image by Anthony using Google Earth as basis.

Images, data,  and other facts: 

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This is not going to be a popular article with some people on the skeptical side of the global warming divide but you’re going to get it anyway, because a few things that have needed to be said for some time, now require to be said more urgently, especially in the light of recent events. I wrote this article last Monday and have spent the rest of the week considering whether I should go with it or not. It breaks one of my own rules but I’ll be damned if I’ll let pass what happened last weekend without comment, if only because it may prevent it happening again.

It’s always nice and comfortable being in the right but that’s not the same thing as ensuring the truth will get out. Unpleasant as it might seem, to get that truth out into the world, where it can actually have some effect, you…

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Paul MacRae writes a very informative article, that Anthony posts. Well worth reading. Groupthink is obviously a problem in politics.

Watts Up With That?

In groupthink, organizations value consensus more than free thought. The emphasis on consensus leads to group polarization, in which a group’s positions become more extreme than any individual would come up with. Alarmist climate science is a textbook example of groupthink in action.

Guest post by Paul MacRae

A while ago, I received an email from a friend who asked:

How can many, many respected, competitive, independent science folks be so wrong about [global warming] (if your [skeptical] premise is correct). I don’t think it could be a conspiracy, or incompetence. …  Has there ever been another case when so many ‘leading’ scientific minds got it so wrong?

The answer to the second part of my friend’s question—“Has there ever been another case where so many ‘leading’ scientific minds got it so wrong?”—is easy. Yes, there are many such cases, both within and outside climate science. In fact, the graveyard…

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