Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Color Me Bloviated

OK, no big, long, involved, well-reasoned post here this time.  Instead, here's a quick note about my current state of confusion.

So the other day, president 0bama says that nobody does it by himself - we're all where we are because of other people.
Of course, he always says there's no reason for us to worry about the people in his past - it's not like the people we associate with have anything to do with who we are; the implication being that we're all self-made individuals (or "folks" as he loves to call us when he's trying to be folksy).

Does he really think we're so stupid or so skilled that we can believe both of those things at the same time? Sorry, I guess that was a rhetorical question, and who needs rhetorical questions?

We're getting worse than we deserve these days.

Posted by Lewis Cannon

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Friday, July 20, 2012

El Dorado?

  1. When Cortes was conquistador-ing around Honduras, he was told about a city of gold where Quetzalcoatl was born, and where the citizens ate off plates made of gold.
  2. Although it was called the white city, or Cuidad Blanco, it resembles all the other native stories of cities of gold - El Dorado as it has come down to us.
  3. Archaeologists have - perhaps - found this fabled Cuidad Blanco in the middle of the Honduran jungle using LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging), also known as laser mapping.
  4. No one has actually been on-site as yet; all reports of the mythical city's being found rest on the reports of the laser mapping.
Clearly those in the know don't want us there. Scientists closely involved in this "discovery" are telling the media that this is how archaeology is done now - none of that boots-on-the-ground digging and finding kind of work as we all have seen in the Indiana Jones movies.
That kind of hard work is "old school, we've moved on from Indy. Sorry, Harrison Ford," according to an Egyptologist called Parcak.

The real questions, though, are
  • Why are no scientists being allowed on the ground at Cuidad Blanco?
  • Who has actually visited the site to gather the confirmation of the LiDAR maps?
  • How much of the ancient treasure has been looted by government thugs?
  • What other secrets have been uncovered there? When will they release the evidence of the extraterrestrial contact that we all know took place throughout the New World in pre-Columbian times?
We'll report back here as more information becomes available.

Posted by Listener 43

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

A Hole In Mars?!

  1. Scientists at NASA have found what they're calling a hole in Mars.
  2. There is a perfectly circular crater with a hole at the bottom leading to underground caves of undetermined size.
  3. This 35 meter hole leading to the 20 meter deep cavern is said to be a good candidate to contain Martian life.
What could have caused this hole in the surface? Could it be the remnant of an ancient weapon?
What kind of life do they anticipate finding down there? Are we being prepared for something they already know?
Why does our government continue to push out tantalizing tidbits like this, rather than coming clean and telling us what's actually out there?
Do they fear the reaction of the populace? Is this why the President has signed so many executive orders giving the government extraordinary powers - in case of emergency?

Posted by Listener 43

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Mutant Monkey Flowers And Triffids

  1. A new species of monkey flower has been discovered on the bank of a stream in Scotland. It is the offspring of two foreign plant species which typically produce only sterile hybrids.
  2. Dr. Mario Vallejo-Marin of the University of Stirling has documented the first examples of these hybrid monkey flowers that actually show full fertility.
  3. Dr. Vallejo-Marin has named this species Mimulus peregrinus, a name which translates as 'the wanderer'.
Can anyone read these words - especially the name of this new species - and not be concerned for the future of Great Britain?
Fertile hybrids of alien species - in fact, a plant called the wanderer - can bode little but ill for the island nations of the UK.

When will the British government admit to its citizens that these "monkey flowers" pose a clear and present danger to them?
Will the British government be able to protect the vast numbers of visitors currently headed for their shores for the quadrennial Olympic games?

We'll monitor this species and this situation and report back here when there is more information. Until then, stocking up on sea water can't be a mistake.

Posted by Listener 43

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Friday, July 6, 2012

A 5-sigma CERNtainty Level

  1. Scientists at the LHC at CERN have announced the near-certain detection of what appears to be a Higgs boson.
  2. An American team had announced that they had completely not ruled out the existence of the Higgs boson only days before the CERN team.
  3. The CERN scientists are quick to caution us all that these are preliminary results, and they want to go over the numbers and be sure of what they've done before the tell us they've really found it.
So what they're saying is that there's only a on in 3.5 millions chance that this is a statistical fluke. Of course, this is after about seven million experiments, so take that with the grain of NaCl that seems appropriate to your blood pressure.
Here we are, watching the Americans try to steal the thunder of what they expected CERN to announce by announcing that they hadn't ruled out the possibility of what CERN had told them to expect. That was followed by CERN announcing that they had probably seen what the American team hadn't at all ruled out by their experiments, but please don't hold us to anything yet - it's pretty likely we've seen something that's very much like what we're seeking, but until we've crossed every "7" and dotted every "i" we're not going to be pinned down.

It's basically what I expected - more science drama in the style of a British tabloid or perhaps that fabulous TV show, TMZ.

Five sigma? Bah.

Posted by Procrustes 17

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