Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Fruits of Ignoring Deliberate Deception

Psalm1Tree inspired me to write a column for the FourCornersFreePress which in turn caused me to compose the previous three 'footnote' posts meeting James Hutton, William Smith, Blakey and Ranney.  I submitted it today.  I won't post it until after the first, still the previous three footnotes demand some sort of follow up, so I'm sharing a key portion of what I'm trying to get across. 
... Unfortunately, after decades of ignoring such belligerent denial of reality about important aspects of our life and planet, in the service of GOP political war strategies, it has become so insidious and commonplace that we find our government increasingly controlled by Republicans who feel empowered to blatantly disregard obvious down to Earth physical realities on personal whim. 
Justified only by a hubristic conceit that they are doing “God’s duty,” when in honesty they are all about pursuing their own EGO’s bidding. 
Since it matters to me,

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Psalm1Tree, no Geologic Column??? Have you met Blakey or Ranney?

This post is my 3rd and final 'footnote' for an upcoming essay inspired by Psalm1Tree on YouTube, who possesses a fervent rejection of evolution and who preaches that the "Geologic Column" doesn't exist.  Previously we looked at the legacy of geology pioneers James Hutton and William Smith.
Psalm1Tree: "Fossils are jumbled, in no pattern whatsoever!"
Colorado's Grand Staircase's Geologic Column - Wayne Ranney
(click on image for a better view)

Using Ron Blakey’s amazing geological maps over time, Wayne Ranney explains life on the Colorado Plateau over the last 500 million years and how those environments lead to today’s formations.  He also explains (23:20) how the data gathered by thousands of field surveys are distilled into this new breed of useful geologic maps of the surface of our planet.  

Which brings us to the Geologic Column, in essence it’s a vertical geologic map, a cross-section of Earth’s crust.  Wayne’s talk is filled with insightful information that brings alive our planet’s deep history while underscoring the makeup and validity of Geologic Column.


Psalm1Tree, no Geologic Column??? Have you met William Smith?

Psalm1Tree: "Fossils are jumbled, in no pattern whatsoever.

William Smith's Map, completed 1815, decades in the making.

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This post is my 2nd 'footnote' for an upcoming essay inspired by Psalm1Tree on YouTube, who possesses a fervent rejection of evolution and who preaches that the "Geologic Column" doesn't exist.  But who won't stick around to hear the answers to his challenges.  The first post was about James Hutton.
“There never was a Devonian period, just as there never was a Cambrian, Jurassic, Triassic etc. period.  That's because there never was a Geologic Column.  That is a 19th century construct that has no data whatsoever to support it."
No data?  Seriously?  Has Psalm ever looked?  I ask because it’s easy to track down when our understanding started in the late 1700s. That’s when a handful of curious observant individuals struggled to make sense of what they saw laid out across their country.  In my previous post I shared James Hutton's legacy.  Here I introduce another leading pioneer, William Smith a colorful mapper of coal mines, a canal, railway and road surveyor, a man who spent a life time dedicated to comprehending the landscape and creating the first modern geologic map that visually distilled hundreds (soon to be thousands) of land surveys into a form all could learn to read and comprehend at a glance.   

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoUf1-_Lp54
From all I've read, William Smith was a might saltier than this nice gent. Still a good summation.

Psalm1Tree, no Geologic Column??? Have you met James Hutton?

James Hutton: 1726-1797 - Discovery of Deep-Time 
Theory of the Earth (1785)

This post is my 1st 'footnote' for an upcoming essay inspired by Psalm1Tree on YouTube, who possesses a fervent rejection of evolution and who foolishly preaches that the "Geologic Column" doesn't exist.
“There never was a Devonian period, just as there never was a Cambrian, Jurassic, Triassic etc. period.  That's because there never was a Geologic Column.  That is a 19th century construct that has no data whatsoever to support it. ... Fossils are jumbled, in no pattern whatsoever.
No data?  Seriously?  Has Psalm ever looked?  I ask because it’s easy to track down when our understanding started in the late 1700s. That’s when a handful of curious observant individuals struggled to make sense of what they saw laid out across their country.  In particular there was James Hutton the geologist, physician, farmer, canal builder who spent decades trying to understand the varied, sometimes downright bizarre rock exposures and landscapes throughout England and beyond.  

Open University BBC S236 Ep 1 of 16 James Hutton

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Cascading consequences: Atmosphere - Jetstream - Cyclones - Hydrological cycle

There’s a new study that comes as no surprise, still since it's such an excellent example of Cascading Consequences, to say nothing of fascinating for the added dimension in understanding it offers, I want to share it over here.
  
The evidence is in and since about the 1950s the speed at which hurricanes travel across oceans and land has been slowing down appreciably.  It’s no surprise because as the Arctic warms the air column above it increases in height relative to the slower warming tropical atmospheric column.  This decreasing gradient of course impacts all natural vectors and oscillations that flow through it. 

Rossby waves and cascading consequences.   It’s the same phenomena that’s causing our jet stream to become more sluggish and erratic these past decades.  Jennifer Francis is an expert and I want to share what she has to explain since it offers an introduction to the concepts at work here.  

Jennifer Francis - Understanding the Jetstream

Sunday, June 10, 2018

The Religious Right’s True Colors - A Threat to America

Which is worse, Trump under Russian and Oligarch thumbs, or the amoral Evangelicals who want to turn America into their spite filled theocracy?

The Humanist Report with Mike Figueredo
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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

PEER wins lawsuit - Pruitt must produce his bogus science by July 11th.


For Immediate Release: Jun 04, 2018
Contact: Kirsten Stade 

COURT ORDERS PRUITT TO PRODUCE HIS ALTERNATE CLIMATE SCIENCE

EPA Must Look for Any Scientific Study Supporting Pruitt’s Doubts on Human Role

Washington, DC — A federal court has rejected the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s refusal to search for scientific information Administrator Scott Pruitt relied upon in claiming that human activity is not a “primary contributor” to climate change, according to a ruling upholding the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit brought by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The agency must also produce any studies EPA possesses that support Pruitt’s stated skepticism of anthropogenic climate change by July 11.