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Earth Day 2019…

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It is embarrassing that Earth Day celebrations have been held for nearly 50 years on Vladimir Lenin’s birthday.   It is embarrassing how long so many people have accepted the  unhealthy brew of junk science,  politics,  and fundraising.   Instead,  they should all be thanking the USA for its leadership in cleaning up its environment.  Reliable,  affordable energy is the critical enabler of innovation,  and we are the only populous nation in the world  to meet  the World Health Organization’s standards for particulate matter.

We achieved this while the country’s population,  energy consumption, vehicle miles traveled,  and gross domestic product also grew dramatically.   Thank the free market and a society which values the individual instead of the government.   You’re welcome.

UPDATE:  I neglected to include  this sterling  piece,  which should be stapled to the nose of every climate hysteric,  beginning with AOC.

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April 22, 2019 at 3:28 pm

Spectacular lightning…

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I often bash California because it is so poorly run by arrogant know-nothings who make citizens suffer and welcome illegals with open arms.  In this instance I am neither bashing nor praising that deteriorating state, but pointing to  the wonders  of nature.

Most of us have witnessed a few flashes of lightning during thunderstorms,  but this  sustained flurry of bolts will take your breath away.   Our thanks to the photographers who brought us such beauty and who hopefully stayed safe.

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March 8, 2019 at 3:09 pm

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Ghost hunt…

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No,  I don’t mean wraiths floating about haunted places.  I’m referring to the scientific search for ghost species,  because human DNA suggests strongly some of our  ancestors are  missing.

When I was in school we learned about Neanderthals, but no one had ever heard of Denisovans,  despite the fact that some living humans can trace as much as 5% of their ancestry to them.

What I find cool  is that the researchers are using deep learning to track down these missing populations resulting from breeding amongst other human species.  This is a type of artificial intelligence in which algorithms are designed to work as an artificial neural network,  or a program that can process information the same way a mammalian brain would.

It’s fascinating work,  as you can see from the charts.

 

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February 9, 2019 at 3:39 pm

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Mars lander touchdown today…

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They have been  planning this for quite a while.   NASA even knows the landing site.   If you will be at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center today from 1 to 5 p.m.,  you can  join them  to celebrate.

Of course,  getting  the Insight Lander to the red planet is the easy part.  Landing is a tricky business we have failed at before, but we have also had some smashing successes.  i’m keep my fingers crossed on this one!

Below are some links for live feeds:

https://mars.nasa.gov/insight/timeline/launch/watch-online/

https://www.livescience.com/64148-how-to-watch-mars-insight-landing.html

https://www.wired.com/story/watch-live-as-nasas-insight-lander-descends-to-mars/

https://www.wired.com/story/how-and-where-to-watch-nasas-insight-finally-land-on-mars/

 

 

 

 

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November 26, 2018 at 11:21 am

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Zinke is right…

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Only a climate hysteric could claim with a straight face that climate change is causing the  horrific fires  in the West,  and that all the dry tinder piled up in California forests has nothing to do with them.  To build a fire easily,  you need material which will burn.  Ask any Boy Scout.  Oh, wait, the Boy Scouts probably don’t teach that any more.  Ask a boy in  Trail Life  —  he will know how to build a fire,  read a compass or a map,  and accomplish some other very useful things.

I live on a couple of acres of land —  some of it open,  some of it woodlands.  I leave some deadfall trees and shrubs around so the wildlife has access to food and shelter,  but I routinely rake up leaves to put in my composter or put in piles at the edge of the woods.  I grow many of my own vegetables and herbs,  and I plant wildflowers and rescued plants everywhere — the leaf mold protects moisture and provides nutrition so the new plants are more likely to thrive.  But I clear away dead limbs and other debris so that if lightning strikes or there is a wildfire,  there will not be an abundance of highly flammable material on the ground.

I have long known that most so-called environmentalists actually understand very little about the environment,  and very few of them have ever managed anything larger than a flower pot.   Sec. Zinke may not have a forestry degree,  but as a former Navy SEAL he has an abundance of common sense.   Let him know you support his efforts.

 

 

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August 15, 2018 at 2:04 pm

Another Gore effect…

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Young and ignorant “climate justice” activists who marched on Washington D.C. last Saturday were confronted by a phenomenon which has happened so often that it has a name  —  the Gore effect.   It’s named after former Vice President Al Gore,  because so many of his climate hysteria events warning of us the impending doom of global warming were hit with snow and sleet and freezing rain.  This group was lucky —  they only faced wind-driven rain,  and temperatures 15 – 20 degrees cooler than average.

I find it quite amusing that Mother Nature so often contradicts climate rallies and marches and protests.   You’d think if she felt threatened she’d do a much better job of cooperating…

 

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July 23, 2018 at 3:07 pm

Neanderoids…

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That’s what scientists are calling the little Neanderthal brains in petri dishes which they will eventually  place inside crab-like robots.  They will then compare them to human-brained robots in a science fiction-like battle of the cyborgs.

The study hopes to learn how  Neanderthal minds  worked.  What I find truly interesting is that the researchers wish to discover if those ancient brains had any of the defects which in modern brains produce autism.  That’s relevant,  because science believes modern brains have evolved to be better at socialization.

 

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June 29, 2018 at 2:09 pm

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