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.
Photo credits belong to my husband – https://www.flickr.com/photos/15574096@N00/
Launched January 19, 2006 NASA’s New Horizons probe began a mission to explore Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. New Horizons made headlines in July 2015, fulfilling mission goals beyond our wildest dreams.Five billion kilometers from Earth, it took four and a half hours for messages to reach home, transmissions containing exquisite images of our solar system’s petticoat.
NASA issued fresh orders – cross 1.6 billion kilometers beyond Pluto to intercept asteroid 2014 MU69 on New Year’s Day 2019.
Artist’s concept of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft streaking past 2014 MU69 – which might be 2 objects orbiting each other – on January 1, 2019. Image via Carlos Hernandez/ NASA.
Mu69 is minuscule by cosmic standards. One, perhaps two oddly shaped binary objects no more than 20 kilometers across. Barely noticed until passing in front of a few stars last summer, now the focus of New Horizons and a NASA contest open to anyone interested in giving MU69 a nickname. The link below takes you to the contest home page – read existing entries, vote or nominate one of your own.
Alabama Republican Roy Moore likely considered aspirations to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions a done deal. Can’t say I blame him, apparently impervious Christian hubris prevails in Alabama. Citizens of the “We Dare Defend Our Rights” State nominated Moore to run in the December 12 special election despite Moore’s less than exemplary distinction of twice elected, twice removed from the Alabama Supreme Court. Elected in 2001, removed in 2003 for defying a Federal Court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument ( commissioned by Moore ) from the Alabama Judicial Building. Elected again in 2013, shown the door in 2016 for instructing probate judges to enforce a state ban on same sex marriage despite federal ruling it was unconstitutional.
In 2003 Moore created The Foundation For Moral Law, an ultra right Christian organization opposed to abortion and same sex marriage, champions of mandatory school prayer, Trump’s travel ban and legislation excluding Muslims from holding political office. Vile as the day is long, a morally repugnant assault on equality and constitutional freedom.
News broke yesterday – allegations of sexual misconduct against once a judge Roy. Reason might dictate righteous Christian outrage toward a man who allegedly fancied underage girls – not so fast, reason got lost somewhere between Trump boasting he grabbed women by the pussy because he was powerful and Moore admitting to Sean Hannity on Fox News he didn’t date any girls without their mother’s consent. WTF Roy!
It gets better. Moore issued this statement – “These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” His Campaign elaborated with – “Judge Roy Moore has endured the most outlandish attacks on any candidate in the modern political arena, but this story in today’s Washington Post alleging sexual impropriety takes the cake. National liberal organizations know their chosen candidate Doug Jones is in a death spiral, and this is their last ditch Hail Mary.”
OK, so Kevin Spacey’s career can implode over allegations of sexual misconduct, but Roy Moore is a doe eyed victim of fake news? A morally superior bastion of decency incapable of lewd behavior?
Never mind truth, investigation or concern for alleged victims. Kudos to blithering conservatives for spinning creative biblical cob-webs. Alabama State Auditor Jim Ziegler said – “Take the Bible. Zachariah and Elizabeth for instance. Zachariah was extremely old to marry Elizabeth and they became the parents of John the Baptist,” Ziegler said choosing his words carefully before invoking Christ. “Also take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.”
Stranger things have happened, but I’d say chances of Moore tossing political aspirations to winds of Christian forgiveness are slim to none. Moore doesn’t need to beg forgiveness for his sins, conservatives don’t care who or what is violated as long as their agenda prevails. Case in point, a fundraising message Moore sent to his supporters –
The Obama-Clinton machine’s liberal media lapdogs have just launched the most vicious and nasty attacks against me I’ve EVER faced.
I won’t get into the details of their filthy and sleazy attacks.
I refuse to repeat their lies.
The forces of evil are on the march in this country.
We are in the midst of a spiritual battle with those who want to silence our message.
Ponder Monsoon IV – one of the best timelapse clips to ever cross my path –