Sunday night Hubble – no need for words….
Sunday night Hubble – no need for words….
“Mad” Mike Hughes – science denier, flat Earth poster boy, daredevil, adrenaline junkie, scrap yard tinkerer, unflappable inventor – had every intention of launching himself in a homemade rocket a mile across the Mojave Desert at 500 mph between 2 and 3 pm this afternoon. Ever the optimist, Mike persevered when his modified motorhome launchpad broke down in the driveway, sadly fate had other plans. Federal authorities delivered a launch cancelling blow – seems landowner permission to launch a homemade steam powered rocket isn’t enough to satisfy the Bureau of Land Management. Ever the optimist, Hughes isn’t bothered by minor set-backs, he plans to try again next week in a location meeting land management guidelines.
Take a video moment to ponder Mike Hughes, he’s growing on me, in no small part from watching this clip –
“Mad” Mike Hughes doesn’t believe in science. “There’s no difference between science and science fiction” claims Hughes, a card carrying member of the Flat Earth Society. Flat Earth conspiracy epitomizes the meeting of bat shit and poppycock. It begins with the premise Earth looks flat to those walking on the surface, therefore all satellite imaging and “scientific evidence” to the contrary are fabricated by NASA and other government agencies. Conspiracy to hide what? Glad you asked…
Flat Earthers believe Earth is a disc with Arctic centre and 150 foot Antarctic ring wall guarded by NASA employees – government sentries enlisted to prevent hapless citizens from climbing the ice wall and falling off into oblivion. Curiously the Sun and Moon are spheres, each a preposterous 32 miles across circling 3,000 miles above the surface of flat Earth. Stars parade back and forth 100 miles above pipsqueak Sun and Moon.Conspiracy scoffs at the illusion of gravity, flat earth couldn’t possibly possess downward force – it does however accelerate upward at a rate of 32 feet per second squared courtesy forces of dark energy.
Back to Mike Hughes, the 61 year old Limo driver/junk yard flat earth tinkering inventor poised to launch a homemade steam powered rocket above California’s Mojave dessert this Saturday. To be clear, Mike is unquestionably “mad”, not so clear – motivation to launch a contraption promised to carry him a mile at speeds reaching 500 mph, culminating in ejection and parachute delivery back to flat Earth.
“Mad” Mike Hughes photographed with his rocket November 15, 2017 in Apple Valley, California
I doubt painting “Research Flat Earth” on his rocket will afford Mad Mike an opportunity to prove Earth is flat. Still, you have to acknowledge plucky resolve and determination. Undeterred by consequences of his first rocket launch in 2014 (walked away after traveling 1,374 feet, collapsed from effects of G-force, 3 days flat on his back to recover) come Saturday Hughes will feed his 4 cats, heat 70 gallons of water in a steel tank, blast off in a homemade rocket attached to a launch pad made from a motor home purchased on Craigslist for $1,500. If all goes well, Hughes plans to run for Governor of California.
American media is obsessed with Roy Moore, it’s inescapable. Hour after relentless hour talking media heads march to the beat of Roy Moore’s unapologetic resolve to stay the course. Should he step down, why hasn’t Trump Tweeted his position, who supports, who condemns, blah, blah, blah. One might think the future of America depended on Alabama’s December 12 special election to fill Jeff Sessions vacant Senate seat.
Fortunately this Canadian has the luxury of turning off American news. Abandoning U.S. jibber-jabber for homegrown reporting delivered a breath of fresh air. A story of promise buried by U.S. media in favour of Roy Moore shenanigans and Trump hypocrisy. American media isn’t talking about Democrat Senator Allison Ikely-Freeman, but the rest of us know Oklahoma elected a 26 year old lesbian to the Senate.
Last Tuesday’s Oklahoma special election upset should be the stuff of front page news. Not for a Democrat squeaking past Republican Dan Newberry by 31 votes, but for gob smacking realities of an openly gay politician prevailing in the spine of Trumpland. Tulsa County is home to Oklahoma 1st Congressional District, a hive of rigid conservatism defined by 2016 election results – 61.4 % voted Trump, 32.7% marked Clinton – a District now represented by a Democrat lesbian.
Roy Moore can simper, Trump can Tweet petulant whimpers, American media can beat both to death. None of which changes the fact a flicker of hope still burns in America.
Gavrinis and Core No. 7 have more in common than 4,000 BC archeological mysteries – after five years and over 1,300 posts, Core No. 7 and Gavrinis rank first and second in search terms generating Notes traffic.
Core No. 7 – In 1881 British archeologist Flinders Petrie picked up a smooth rock near the pyramids at Giza, a seemingly impossible plug of granite construction debris. Science doesn’t know how, but think they know where No. 7 came from. A plug of red granite drilled to form a door pivot – not chiseled, drilled with precision accuracy. Drills leave markings behind – a road map of rate and pressure. This is when 4000 year old granite cores get freaky – the markings on Core No. 7 are so perfectly spaced, engineers don’t believe a modern diamond tip mechanized drill could duplicate them.
Gavrinis – Worlds away from mysteries of Egypt, a tiny rock off the coast of Brittany in France harbours the wonder of Gavrinis.In 1835 French archeologists poked about a sunken burial chamber entrance on uninhabited Gavrinis, full excavation took place in the 1930s. Waiting inside, over 50 stone slabs, more than half adorned with intricate carvings resembling fingerprints. Mathematicians believe it a code of sorts. Computer analysis dropped a bombshell – patterns represent the number of days in a year, references to solstice and equinoxes, an exact longitude and latitude of the island, and the “mathematical constant Pi”.
According to conspiracy websites skies will go dark at 3 am November 15, 2017, Earth will languish in darkness until 4:45 pm on November 30, 2017. 15 ominous black days, supposedly confirmed by former NASA administrator Charles Bolden in a “1,000 page document” presented to Barack Obama’s White House. Conspiracy isn’t fazed by the fact no such document exists, or that 15 days of darkness is utter nonsense. Much as my intent is to assure trembling masses they have nothing to fear, it’s hard not to guffaw in the face of absolute ignorance – faced with a preposterous media hoax void of grade school scientific reason, a horse barn of manure served warm to countless millions of robotic nincompoops incapable of connecting cosmic dots, an obligation exists to ponder conspiracy rationale behind 15 days of darkness..
In a nutshell – a conjunction of Venus and Jupiter results in proximity separated by one degree. Venus then moves slightly southwest of Jupiter, now Venus shines ten times brighter than Jupiter. Light from bright Venus heats gases of Jupiter releasing unfathomable levels of hydrogen. At 2:50 am November 15 rogue Jupiter hydrogen reaches the Sun causing a behemoth explosion, facilitating a heat generated eruption so powerful it will change the Sun’s colour to blue. Earth is plunged into total darkness. For the next 14 days the Sun cools enough to regain normal temperature and colour. Conspiracy urges calm and civil obedience, quick to point out 14 days of darkness is harmless, no different than winter at the North Pole.
As conspiracy goes this hoax is hardly remarkable. Most days I wouldn’t give vacant jibber-jabber the time of day – tonight it frosts me to ponder how ridiculous millions of supposedly educated people can be.
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