Monthly Archives: July 2014

That’s messed up!

Couldn’t have said it any better myself.

Ken Ham is an ignoramus!

In the first place, this idea is just his imagination; because the Bible (where he supposedly gets his information) says nothing at all about life on other worlds. Absolutely nothing!

Secondly, the space program as it exists now is not looking for intelligent life on other worlds. We already know it is extremely unlikely that we’ll find it in this solar system, because we would have already found evidence of it. What we’re looking for now is something like bacteria. Does Ken Ham honestly believe bacteria and other microbes are damned to hell when they die?

I should add that there are groups of scientists and mostly volunteers who are looking for signals from intelligent alien civilizations, but these groups are not part of the space program. They are supported mostly by private donations. They work under the name of SETI, or Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. SETI looks for radio signals and other signs of life in the vicinity of other stars; not here in the solar system, where our space ships currently explore.

Thirdly, why would any supposedly educated person suppose the only purpose of the space program is to find ET intelligent life? We send space ships to explore the solar system and learn how it works. This helps us understand how earth itself works, and eventually will make it possible to use the resources of space to make life better right here on earth. If life exists away from earth, finding it would increase our knowledge of the universe. That would be a good thing. OTOH, if we explore the solar system and find no sign of anything living anywhere but earth, that was only a small part of the project, anyway.

In the long run, very few things are more important to humans on earth than our space program.

Learn Chinese. You’re Going to Need It.

New Chinese Bridge.  World's longest and highest suspension bridge. 1,102 ft. high and 3,858 ft. long
New Chinese Bridge. World’s longest and highest suspension bridge. 1,102 ft. high and 3,858 ft. long
This document is currently circulating on the Internet. It was purportedly written by someone named Robert Bagwell, but the Internet White Pages show 166 people in the US with that name. I have no idea which one wrote it, if any.
I cannot verify that it is all exactly true; but it all sounds right, based on what I know. If not 100%, it is definitely at least mostly true. The bridge and the photography are magnificent.

Note that the person below is 1102 feet above the ground and is sweeping the dirt off this twenty-first century engineering marvel with a broom that was designed centuries ago and he has no safety line. Blasting and coating this steel superstructure in a couple of decades will be an interesting project. Aizhai Bridge in Hunan province is 1,102 ft. high and  has a 3,858 ft. span. It connects two traffic tunnels in the mountains, cutting the time needed to traverse the canyon from 30 minutes to 1 minute. Construction took five years. Work finished at the end of last year, making it the world’s longest and highest suspension bridge. A brave worker put the final touches on the Anzhaite Bridge.  The bridge, which connects to two tunnels, was built to ease traffic.  During the opening ceremony, vehicles motor along a two-way, four-lane motorway. Pedestrians walk along it on a special walkway under the road. BA1CA123F33B4041AC9985E8BE5688EF@sanddell 8A6CD95F516F45A7B3BDB0C88C6A984E@sanddell 1B7B746E24244AF0B84E48B126AC65BE@sanddell 693D3FCA81AE46A1A5BC0DBE02126743@sanddell C98BC60EB707409F90D48A18CEE07D33@sanddell 52DC538DC55E434BA41947BE18CAB638@sanddell FE9E9B89C2EE45F4B0BFBCEE8D0ED29F@sanddell 5BF8AC0A40304282B4976D6E34A0B331@sanddell  China is on the rise. If you doubt this, just read the following: # When you total up all imports and exports, China is now the number one trading nation on the entire planet. # Overall, the U.S. has run a trade deficit with China over the past decade that comes to more than 2.3 trillion dollars. # China has more foreign currency reserves than anyone else on the planet. # China has the largest new car market in the world. # China now produces more than twice as many automobiles as the rest of the world’s countries put together. # China is the number one gold producer in the world. # The uniforms for the American & British Olympic teams were made in China. # 92% of all artificial Christmas trees the world are made in China. # The new World Trade Centre Tower in New York will have glass imported from China. # China now consumes more energy than Europe. # China is the leading manufacturer of goods in the world. # China uses more cement than the rest of the world combined. # China is the number one producer of wind and solar power on the entire globe. # China produces 3 times as much coal and 11 times as much steel as the United States. # China produces more than 90 percent of the global supply of rare earth elements. # China is now the number one supplier of components that are critical to the operation of any national defence system. # In published scientific research articles, China is expected to become number one in the world very shortly. Learn to speak Chinese. You are going to need it

Why Is Evolution Important?

Evolution is fascinating and wonderful, but it’s also important to understand. Here are several reasons why.

These are just examples, of course. There are also many other reasons.

Creationists will say these are just examples of micro-evolution, so they don’t really count. This is nonsense. There is no difference between micro- and macro-evolution. Macro-evolution (the formation of new species, families, classes, kingdoms, and domains of life) is just micro-evolution that continues for a very long time.

The longer evolution continues, the greater the changes become until we finally have different species. After a couple of billion years (a very, very long time), we even have different kingdoms of life, such as plants, fungi, and animals, in addition to the bacteria we started out with.

Make Today Your Independence-From-Religion Day

This man’s story is little different from mine and about a million other people’s. But he tells it much better than most of us can.

He  just tells his own story, and does not urge you to follow. But I do. I urge you to declare today your FREEDOM FROM RELIGION DAY, but only if you want to believe real true stuff instead of stone-age superstition.