Sunday, July 3, 2022

I was walking on the Moon one Day..

 


I would like to give a tribute to Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, who on July 3rd, will be 87 years old.  He was on the last crew of Apollo and the first to be a scientist not connected with aeronautics.  He was also a senator from New Mexico (hence the thumbs up during the Trump Admin when Artemis was revived), and a "civil" scientist at the UW-Madison for a period.

We could use him again as senator and he could show you what a non-diseased politician and Republican can do.  As a geologist he realized the regolith on the moon would melt when exposed to microwaves- so quite easily buildings can be erected on the moon.  Also the low gravity means supporting members do not have to be as strong, so possibly multi-story buildings would be easy to construct, or even vehicles.  Jack pushed for fusion on the moon as an energy source- and I am all for fusion research there rather than on earth.  Jack wrote about base requirements at Shackleton crater, using ice to generate O2 and propellant.  There is no reason why robotics should not be front and center for mining operations on the moon, which would be like open-pit mining here on Terra.  These would not be like R2D2, but more like automated objects of large machinery.  There is no reason why some automated robotic examinations of the moon cannot take place immediately, except there is no plan.  A crew of 4 for a month, four times a year at the moonbase, is how they intend to start.

Dr Schmitt also analyzed the geology at Taurus Littrow, where Apollo 17 landed.  In 2 days Dr Schmitt and Cmdr Eugene Cernan managed to visit several stations, take cores, rock samples, and a gravity reading(possibly w/o a tripod).  They did not have a rocket sled, or jetpack, but instead used something that resembled a hippetty-hoppety E-dune buggy.  You could not find a piece of real estate on the front range of the Rocky Mountains like the Apollo landing site.  IT is on a wrenched crustal block, collapsed gravitationally, draped with ejecta from immense impact basins.  Boulders as large as houses, and ejected fragments described as plutons.  Much of what we know about the moon is from these mapping projects, the field work of the Apollo astronauts, and the analyses of the rocks returned with them.  If we had understood what they did, no one would be saying we were bored by Apollo 13.  The seismometer deployed by Apollo 17 helped us understand the moon is differentiated like the earth into an iron core, mantle, and crust.  Well done men!

There is lots of titanium on the moon- up to 2% in the basaltic melt of the basins.  And if that doesn't knock your socks off, consider all the undifferentiated plutonic bodies buried in the moon which could be made of anything- maybe gold.  

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Cashless?




 Every now and then, as if it were inevitable, people connected to the financial industry, probably stock brokers, or maybe bankers, want to make you believe we are going cashless.  They may have sugarplums and financial fees they collect from us dancing in their heads.  How likely is this?

Well, it is unlikely since most people would chafe at the bit over this.  Everyone would lose control over free purchase.  You would be made to feel as though you needed to launder the number somehow so you could make transactions without it being trackable.  You would need something like the Clinton Foundation to launder the number, converting it into some sort of fungible asset you could freely use.  You might think that this would aid the wealthy, or people in the press, and/or politicians, but how about the little man?  Well, since he lives closer to poverty than the rest he is most likely to need the freedom than the rest.

And then, there is the crimpage in Commerce.  If they controlled who you could purchase from, then every time you needed to make an unapproved purchase you would go without, or need to black trade.  We see things like this happening all the time - people impose sanctions, and then they use dark transactions to get what they need.  But this is still an impediment and slows down the economy.

In early colonial times people in the colonies used Spanish dollars as currency, and we could again.  Any currency could do, or use gold.  Any fungible commodity, like tide, would work  A cryptocurrency also would work.  You convert your number to crypto, and then carry out transactions with others in crypto.  

The financial industry might control all crypto currencies, and destroy all worldly currencies - but even then some fungible asset could be found for the purpose of trading among people.  It could never be prevented.

Now, just now, consider that you might want to avoid inflation.  If you had a fungible asset you could use for trading that didn't inflate, you could use that.  You just have to convince others to trade with you.  Now you cannot easily use gold for groceries, but ... locally some asset might be usable.  Gold, you might have noticed, has not increased in value, with inflation- a sign its value is highly manipulated, and so it is not ideal.


Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Science in the Twenty-first Century

 


I do not mean to compare scientists to snake-oil salesmen which is often done.  The turnoff of public science began in 1986, when socialists decided science (actually science as socialists or neo-social science) should turn off - no longer function to support the country.  This social role of science grew since we began cooperating in science with the USSR, this affecting universities, NSF, and NASA.  

This turn-off would seem to have ended the NSF mission which began May 10, 1950 - whose creation was to promote the uses of computers.  The public was made aware of this through the promotion of global warming, revealing that scientists were being politically manipulated to say what some politicians/ scientists wanted, or lose support.  Only retirees were left to tell the truth.  What were people paid to do science, to do?

Well, the social aspect of science is alive and well.  There are sci-programs for minorities for example.  We learned that once the mirage of science as a puritan-type of enterprise actually was not real, that there exists different groups in science, many ethnically based, some politically based.  WE also learned that science was infiltrated by spies and foreign agents.  Some companies tried to use universities as their own facilities.  I would conclude that can-do public science is collapsing, ever since they stopped funding big-Science like the particle accelerators and if we continue as we have, it will disappear.  Much of it was probably a sham anyway.  IT is not a good place for our smart, positive young lads.

Quo tendimus?  I would say we have come full circle.  The ultra rich are paying for their own science.  This started when it was realized that Russia was socializing everything and no state-sponsored proprietary work could be done.  They tried placing former military in as deans and various things to regain control, but obviously it became a lost cause.   For a time we could not even launch missiles from Vandenberg or Florida, and the space shuttle blew up.  This is what created the niche for Mr Musk.  Recall Tesla mostly worked on his own for a company.

Yeah, so who cares really?  No new things like a microwave.  Well there is the manipulation of knowledge- those who pay take advantage.  This is different than a snake-oil salesman who sells you something that is worthless.   Today it is not snake-oil - but prescriptions that kill you or do nothing for you - on purpose.  Something to think about.


 


Sunday, May 1, 2022

An anti-American regime

 




After Biden suggested NATO should defend the Ukraine, they was a short-lived chorus of support for this idea that quickly faded.  We all know that NATO is a defensive alliance, and the Ukraine was not even in NATO.  We see Biden going forward with immense expenditures  to bring weaponry to the Ukraine, extending this conflict.  Biden is on auto-pilot.  He is acting out, independent of the high risk and public opinion.

No doubt this is a marginal situation.  During Covid-19, mandates decreed by Biden, were followed by an echo chamber of 500 voices all using the same refrain, as they had throughout the pandemic.  Slow the Spread.  We are accustomed to some government influence on the press, but not an echo chamber like this. It was too obvious and an insult to your ears.  

If you wondered if this was carried out by people in government- in a word - yes.  The echo chamber belonged to them.  Imagine Biden's poll numbers if he hadn't had this.  Things are getting fairly bad as a result of Biden's choices - the mandates, the constraints placed on gasoline, shipping away food, and the latest: shipping away our fertilizer.  Not to mention the very loud "We could be nuked" message, that is absent.

With Elon buying Twitter (we found out that the staff there were paid to do what they did), Biden has decided to move more stridently toward directing the public narrative by creating a Ministry of Truth- he will tell you the truth, and his controlled sources will echo those truths- no matter how many people die, no matter if it makes sense to expose ourselves to nuclear risk over nothing important to us, etc.  Making this a state run operation is at least 50X as bad as Nixon's behind the scenes operators.  They want to screw us, and look good too.



Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Jefferson's Freedom of Religion

 If a foreign religion allows the marriage of 10 year olds, and those people come to our country, are they free to exercise their religious beliefs without restraint?   Its a fairly relevant question just now, with the Afghans moving in.  Can pedophiles escape jurisdiction if they show they are following Afghan religious precepts?

Thomas Jefferson is largely responsible for stipulating that the government shall not restrain religious practice, and in this he included the Hindus and Muslims.  How widely traveled was Mr Jefferson?  Well, he spent a great deal of his life in Virginia- but he did travel as far north as Chimney Point, VT, in the US.  This is half a degree in latitude south of Wausau, where I live.  Mr Jefferson traveled west as far as Spring Falls, VA.  To be fair, he did visit England once, and Italy.  But he was self-schooled and over time acquired lots of books.  So he may have read about the Griffin.    We may assume his knowledge of people was limited, and hence his understanding was academic and somewhat impractical.

We have seen religious incongruities in America-  Plus, several groups huddled up within our country since its inception to avoid religious conflict.  First, there are the American Indians.  I WAS SURPRISED to find out the Great Spirit promised the land to the Indians and that it would remain free for their use.  Nothing wrong with that religious belief.  Based on religious confusion they still believe that the continental US belongs to them.  They were willing to fight for their way of living, in direct confrontation with our laws, which gave control of land to our government, to be given and sold to US citizens.  The Indians, for the sake of appeasement, were given reservations to live on, much smaller than the free range they had, but extensive considering their population.

Now if the Indians wanted to come to the US, with their Great Spirit, should we have let them in?  Jefferson would say yes, and they had the right to live according to their own customs(inc religion).  This would lead directly to a confrontation over land and a war.  Obviously that would be an error.  Before they were allowed in, they had to give up their expectation of land use, or they would be incompatible with our laws and customs.  If their religion led them to kill settlers, then their religion would be invalid.

Thanks for the horse! Thanks for all the land!

Suppose the Indians came from India, and wanted to move to the US.  Lets say they were fighting with other factions there, and wanted more space and freedom.  Should we let them come?  Howe would we know if they were suitable, or perhaps a chronic problem?  The answer here might be surprising, but ... if they converted to Christianity in India, then they would be compatible for they would obey and respect our laws, and not some other laws.  IF they had not given up their own religion, they could move here in ever larger numbers until they would impose their own laws, and then.. it would be a huge problem.  This is our own custom for accepting foreign people as our own citizens.  Most Indians converted eventually to Christianity and many moved off the reservation.

Then there is the strange story of the Mormons.  They are obviously a social residual, having a free mind, desiring to take polygamy off the stone tablets, claiming themselves to be a lost tribe of Israel, and these tribes apparently practiced polygamy, as did other Semites in the Middle East.  There is basically the same problem with Afro-American Blacks claiming to be Muslims and accepting polygamy.  Christian values underlay our laws and polygamy is prohibited.  The latest challenge was the Davidian sect in Utah, they believing like the Mormons, the wild west still existed and you could make it into anything you wished.  Not so.

The Mormons stood alone, doing it their Way.

The Mormons were forced to move twice as far West as Daniel Boone, Boone saying the government and taxes were against his religion.  They wanted to escape Eastern society, and they did for a time- but eventually they had to accept Christianity and our government.  We no longer have free space like the Mormons found in Utah.  In fact there is no free land here, at all anymore.  The only free land to be found is up in the Yukon, under special conditions of use.



Thursday, November 25, 2021

Acting in Faith

God instructed Joshua to march around Jericho seven times with priests blowing trumpets. There arose people in the divine Spirit, who acted outwardly and quickly extinguished the wayward people of Jericho. They were captured or taken up into this, and acted in accordance with God's wishes. It was a type of rapture. 

 God is transcendent. He can call to individuals, and through them to groups. In this manner, God convenes with men, for the sake of altering man's existence. This might mean 1 person, or all humanity. We have a free will. Acting in concert with God's wishes is a choice, but for men of God their faith is determinant. To bring about divine changes in our world, we must carry forth his wishes in our societies. 

 Some believe Christian rapture is like the Protestants believe- that we will literally rise into the clouds as if by an anti-gravity beam. I doubt that. It would make the "end" like Heaven's Gate- the cult. That is in fact senseless, and untransformative. What is required is a turning toward the spirit, a slower process, requiring more of us than merely yielding up our soul, or body and soul. 

 There are people who say it is a good day, the sun is shining and God is in his heaven. This came from the era of Henry VIII.  It was the ascendency of an aristocratic order over the ecclesiastic.  They are relating that rapture events can be fearsome. But undoubtedly, at times this is entirely necessary to correct conditions that have strayed beyond Christian forbearance. The necessity for the transient assertion of divine action, is needed lest God be dead and our lives determined by a select elite. There is a danger of being mislead in this, but God's calling is clear, unambiguous, and unmistakable according to those in the know. It will not be about money, or sex, or power for a man, but following Christ's lead. 

 How many times has God called to men, or a man? Look at St Paul. That was 1 incident that set the course for Paul's entire life.. NO doubt, many, many times. How often have men stared at a den of iniquity beyond bearing, and nothing is done? Satan dances. For normalcy to obtain, Godly actions must arise as often as needed to keep our lives stable and safe. How often have your heard: "It is not right, but what can be done?" In recent times, a Jericho March was held at the Capitol Building in DC. Jews were called to convert to accepting Jesus. Many things were happening, but it was a calling for them, to correct the corrupted election system and restore the Will of the People, which is a protected thing, by the people of faith. Without them, it is nothing but a ruse. I did not receive this calling, but I would be susceptible to act if called. It clearly is an important responsibility.

When people declared their Christian conscience would not permit them to fight in WWII, they referred to the fifth commandment - but this does nothing to distinguish a moral war from an immoral war.  That Christians might have to fight, is obvious if Christendom is significantly altered, for we must defend our faith and way of life.  In the area in which I live many were against the war - Christians against Christians.  We knew a resolution could be found between civilized people. However, It was the elites that demanded it, and Jewish industrialists that activated it for profit, just like in the Ukraine and now Belarus.  The resistance to the European war unfortunately was too weak, and so it happened.  The faith of men and their call to action was too weak.  They faltered.  Today Jews are assaulting other countries for profit, and will not stop because it is how they make their money.  Whose life will pay for that? In WWII in Europe 60M died.

We live in perilous times.  Men are not be called to conscience, but rather told to have no conscience.  Many here expect to live off free money, derived from Chinese toil.  How long would that last?  Without corrective action, how long can our drifting culture remain stable?  We might avoid war with China if we are reasonable, and if 300M Christian Chinese have the requisite influence.  If all they do is light a candle, and fail to distinguish Communism from Christianity, their influence would be small.

Perhaps rapture is the wrong word, for that suggests a very strong interaction- but divine transcendence can be anything, perhaps a mere summons of some kind.  The attempt to describe these, often suffer for a lack of words.  Many have described being afraid, shocked, ... but not everyone.  Moses went right up, and got the tablets.  The hesitancy to act has often been described, but often the alternative to acting and following God  is even worse than one's fear for oneself.  At  the Jericho March, Jews were converted merely from experiencing the event, and being asked.  Pretty good.

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Blow Your Horn, Ye Followers of Faith!


 September 1 is the Jewish Feast of Toruah, which usually precedes the Jewish New Year, but these Days they are conflated into one entity- a blast for the Jewish New Year, but actually Toruah commemorates God telling Joshua to instruct the Israelites to blast their horns to conquer Jericho.  It was a solemn occasion, later becoming a holy period in which Jews recalled their covenant with God, and atoned for their sins- prior to the New Year blast.

IT is fair to say, The JEWs have left the building.  They do not honor their commitments to God, and do not recognize Jesus, the Christ, and Messiah to whom the covenant was passed.  Small wonder they have forgotten Toruah, except for noisemakers at their New Years- I would doubt if they actually observe even that. The Jewish community is contaminated with people I call the Latter Day Israelites, and they are mostly people who are anti-Christian, that is they would not convert to Christianity as they drifted around Europe, so they identified as Jews - Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet?  connecting themselves this way, they have influenced Jewry down old paths of faithlessness: the worship OF  Beelzebub (Mammon), Ashtaroth  (free sex), and Lucifer (Power through Deception and Evil device).  As one prominent "Jewish" Epstein-island-abiding spokesperson put it: " In America you can worship as you please, and it is fair to say that most Jews decided not to be people of faith".

He might be right, but I know there are faith-abiding Jews also.  In academia they were hard working, honest, and undertook reforms, and followed the rules of ethical behavior - but there were others.  I do not know why they were so good, but they were.  In other arenas the story is the same - some who are good, and many who are not.

I also know America is largely Christian.  We have not accepted generally, anti-Christians, and this includes the faithless Jews.  AS a practical matter this is true, even if legally it is stated otherwise.  We felt safe as long as our Judas-Christian ethics were embedded into the law.  Now it is changing and not for the better.  Christians get the brunt end of both sides of the stick: liberty that includes anti-Christians, and legal impositions imposed on Christian schools, day-care centers and hospitals, that are non-Christian.  In other words, liberty seems to apply to others but not to them.




If Jews do not care, we care about the captive people led by God who acquired a promised land.   It is part of our American tradition: people coming to a new land to obtain religious freedom.   It is part of our Christian tradition:   We study Moses, who was a pious and devout man.  The prophets of old were fulfilled in Christ.  

I, as a Christian, am going to celebrate Toruah.  This is a closing of the eclectic gate, and the opening of the gate of the faithful.  I am going to celebrate the fall of Jericho, by tooting my horn, in  its first blast.  I am going to direct it against the faithless Jews, really Bedouins, and entreat the faithful to join Christianity.

Here is what we are facing- Harvard, the best 2nd best academic center in our country, having a chaplain openly declare himself to be an atheist.  Whose kid is he?  Does he keep an office hour?