Missile Crisis: The Man Who Saved the World
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:7. let your light shine through your cracked pot.
09 Dec 2016 Leave a comment
Missile Crisis: The Man Who Saved the World
04 Dec 2016 1 Comment
Obama Was Going To Castro’s Funeral–Until Trump Told Him This…
Reports from a White House aide confirm that Obama was planning on making the flight to Cuba to attend the state funeral for Fidel Castro, one of the worst monsters of the 20th century. After praising Castro and his regime in a statement denounced by harsh critics like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, Obama submitted flight plans at Joint Base Andrews to take Air Force One to Guantanamo Bay.
It seems nothing was going to stop the traitor-in-chief from finishing his legacy of hating America and embarrassing us on a global scale. Until he got a call from President-Elect Trump, that is. Dr. Ben Carson, one of Trump’s closest advisors, was in the room when the call was placed to Obama that halted the trip. Carson told The Associated Press:
Donald had really done his homework on this and found an old executive order written by Kennedy that forbids US officials from traveling to state funerals of dictators who denounce this great country. Castro held onto his hatred for America until the day he died and now he can rot in hell with it. Donald told Obama that if he went to the funeral he’d be in violation and would be locked up come January 21st. If he rescinded the order he’d be telling Americans he thought it was OK to send dignitaries to the funerals of terrorists.
Looks like Mr. Trump isn’t so “unqualified” after all, huh Barry? He just stopped you dead in your tracks from making a mockery of the American government…again. What were you planning on doing, anyway? Maybe you figured you’d show up and beg little Raul Castro for forgiveness for how horribly the US treated his murdering, power hungry monster of a brother for 50 years?
More proof that President Trump’s reign can’t come soon enough.
30 Nov 2016 Leave a comment
The elephant clock in a manuscript by Al-Jazari (1206 AD) from The Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices.
The elephant clock was a medieval invention by Al-Jazari (1136–1206), a muslim engineer and inventor of various clocks including the Elephant clock which consisted of a weight powered water clock in the form of an Asian elephant. This horological technology was derived from earlier Indian clocks that were in turn derived from even earlier Han Chinese clock techology that was originally invented by the Han Chinese polymath Su Song. It is known from his own book that Su Song had utilized even earlier ancient Han Chinese technologies such as the clock escapement mechanismthat was invented by the polymath and buddhist monk Yi Xing as well as the hydraulic powered waterwheel and water clock in the mechanically-driven and rotated equatorial armillary sphere of the Han Chinese polymaths Zhang Heng and Ma Jun. The Elephant clock had some design differences compared to earlier Indian and Han Chinese clocks and the various elements of the clock are in the housing (howdah) on top of the elephant. They were designed to move and make a sound each half-hour.
Al-Jazari upon finishing the development and construction of his Elephant clock wrote: “The elephant represents the Indian and African cultures, the two dragons represents ancient Chinese culture, the phoenix represents Persian culture, the water work represents ancient Greek culture, and the turban represents Islamic culture” signifying the multicultural mentality of the intellectual Al-Jazari.
A modern full-size working reproduction can be found as a centerpiece in the Ibn Battuta Mall, a shopping mall in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Another working reproduction can be seen outside the Musée d’Horlogerie du Locle, Château des Monts, in Le Locle, Switzerland.
I think its just a little big to be made into a wrist watch.
24 Nov 2016 2 Comments
Nov 24, 2016 | 6:32 AM
Eight years ago, almost immediately after the election of Barack Obama, I was a guest on a main stream media financial network. My job was to debate Jared Bernstein, a left-wing polemicist who worked for a union-funded think tank.
I told a story about the original Thanksgiving, and how the memoirs of the governor of the colony record that the colonists had changed their economic model from a communist one based on the pagan philosopher Plato to a private property one based on the teachings of Moses in the Torah. Bernstein scoffed at the information, dismissing it as “revisionism.”
I challenged him, asking him if he had ever read Of Plymouth Plantation, which is William Bradford’s first-hand account of what had happened. He averred that he had not, and so I asked him how he could reject information from a source which he’d never even read. He quickly changed the subject.
Not long after that Bernstein was appointed to be a member of the Obama economic team, serving as chief economist for Vice President Joe Biden. The subsequent nationalization of banks and auto companies and the lackluster recovery and low work force participation rates (not unlike the idleness which was seen under collectivism in Plymouth Colony) showed that Bernstein never did get around to reading Bradford’s account, nor to learning its lessons.
And its lessons are important. When people get “paid” even when they don’t work, the results are always the same: People don’t work.
As Bradford wrote, “The strong, or man of parts, had no more in division of victuals and clothes than he that was weak and not able to do a quarter the other could; this was thought injustice.”
A realistic understanding of human nature sees the family as the central driver of economic progress, because in a family the adults almost always create more wealth than they consume themselves directly. Most of the fruit of their labor goes to the benefit of their family towards whom they have a strong affection grounded in their created nature.
When Plato’s utopian ideas for communal family are applied in the real world, even in the limited context of economic communalism, the results are enervating to labor:
“And for men’s wives to be commanded to do service for other men, as dressing their meat, washing their clothes, etc., they deemed it a kind of slavery, neither could many husbands well brook it.”
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Not surprisingly, the colony starved, and where there is starvation, plague follows. But the people of Plymouth Plantation consulted the scriptures and each other.
“At length, after much debate of things, the Governor … gave way that they should set corn every man for his own and in that regard trust to themselves … And so, assigned to every family a parcel of land, per the proportion of their number, for that end.”
After the starving years, things turned around rapidly. The culture of the colony shifted from shiftlessness to diligence when families could keep the produce of their labor. Yes, the part of the story we already know, about how the colonists learned from the Indians about how to grow crops in the New World, is true. But possession of knowledge about how to do something means nothing when the system of economics deprives people of the reasons for doing that thing.
“This had very good success, for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could use, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far better content. The women now went willingly into the field, and took their little ones with them to set corn; which before would allege weakness and inability; whom to have compelled would have been thought great tyranny and oppression.”
Colonists could learn from the necessity of their circumstances. With only a year or two of provisions, they had only a year or two of margin before they were forced to learn or die. The architects of their social order were in London, far removed from the frontier and its risks. They could read about the world in books, and indulge the faddish reemergence of Platonic philosophy which preceded the Plymouth expedition.
Bradford realized the spiritual roots of the error which had been starving his people and the spiritual roots of the solution.
“The experience that was had in this common course and condition … may well evince the vanity of that conceit of Plato’s … and that the taking away of property … would make them happy and flourishing; as if they were wiser than God.”
After eight years of movement towards collectivism, and rising poverty as well as plunging labor participation rates, there is no evidence that Bernstein or any of the other “best and brightest” members of the administration have learned the lessons of the failure of collectivism. The social engineers almost never do learn; they don’t have to when others suffer the consequences of their grand schemes. But there are at least some reasons to believe that perhaps the country is waking up to the reality that our central planners have really turned out not to be “wiser than God.”
22 Nov 2016 Leave a comment
Can Planets in the Habitable Zone Actually Support Life?
June 23, 2016
By Dr. Jeff Zweerink
It seems that all too frequently we read another exciting announcement that an extrasolar planet has been detected, one that is in the “habitable zone” and would likely be able to host life. The announcement is usually accompanied by an artist’s conception of the planet with oceans, continents, and an atmosphere with clouds that appear decidedly Earth-like.
Figure 1: Estimated habitable zones in the solar system compared to Kepler-452 and Kepler-186. Image credit: NASA
The circumstellar habitable zone (HZ) was given a rigorous definition in a 1993 paperby geoscientist James Kasting (Pennsylvania State University) and his team. This definition was then updated in 2013.1 As defined, an HZ has an inner edge where atmospheric water breaks down and hydrogen escapes. This results in a runaway greenhouse effect. At the outer edge, CO2 condenses into clouds and accelerates cooling, resulting in all surface water freezing. For the solar system, the HZ model has an inner edge at 0.99 astronomical units (AU) and an outer edge at 1.70 AU.2Earth is just barely inside the inner edge, and Mars is just inside the outer edge at 1.52 AU.
Although often overlooked, the definition of an HZ is extremely dependent on the composition of an exoplanet’s atmosphere. Kasting’s model assumed not only an Earth-like atmosphere, but also a carbon-silicate feedback cycle that requires a fine-tuned mix of oceans, continents, plate tectonics, and steady volcanic outgassing of CO2. One exoplanet researcher notes, “Without knowledge of the major molecules of an exoplanet’s atmosphere, we can only speculate whether it resides in the habitable zone for liquid water.… Declaring a freshly detected exoplanet to be in the ‘habitable zone’ amounts to little more than media spin if its atmospheric composition is unknown.”3
How the Definition Is Changing
Recent studies demonstrate how fragile a planet’s atmosphere can be when subjected to steady stellar radiation and occasional coronal mass ejections. Several Earth-size exoplanets around M dwarf stars have been found in the classically defined HZ. However, the close orbits of these exoplanets lead to tidal locking, which results in the atmospheres being stripped over time by a constantly blowing stellar wind.4 NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft orbiting Mars indicates that the lack of a protective magnetic field may have resulted in a similar stripping of the planet’s atmosphere. Even planets like Venus that retain a dense atmosphere lose their water unless they have a strong magnetic field.
But how has Earth maintained its magnetic shield for billions of years? Recent work done by a French team informs us that complex gravitational interactions between the earth and the moon are responsible for the earth’s long-lasting geodynamo and protective magnetic shield. The team writes (emphasis added):
Finally, because the Moon appears to be a necessary ingredient to sustain the magnetic field, and because a magnetic field is needed to shield the Earth’s atmosphere from erosion by solar wind, the habitability of an Earthlike planet may be subordinated to the existence of a large satellite. While more than 1,000 exoplanets have already been observed, the detection of an accompanying exomoon is rare. Hence, our model could have major implications in future planetary missions as exoplanets with orbiting moons would more likely host extraterrestrial life.5
This research puts another severe constraint on planet habitability.
So What Does Habitable Really Mean?
The carbon-silicate cycle is a key mechanism in keeping Earth habitable. Now, strong planet-moon gravitational interactions join the list of necessary properties for habitable planets, and also the list of things scientists cannot yet measure. The Earth-Moon system is really a double planet and therefore a relatively rare planetary configuration.6 This new result serves as a strong reminder that “habitable,” as currently defined, really has no connection with Earth’s abundant capacity to support a diverse, thriving array of life. It may also mean that Earth is unique in its ability to do so.
P.S. A little bit of wow. Kepler-22b also was hailed in its day as the most like Earth. It was the first of the Kepler planets to be found within the habitable zone, and it orbits a star much like our sun. But Kepler-22b is a sumo wrestler among super Earths, about 2.4 times Earth’s size. And no one knows if it is rocky, gaseous or liquid. The planet was detected almost immediately after Kepler began making observations in 2009, and was confirmed in 2011. This planet, which could have a cloudy atmosphere, is 600 light-years away, with a 290-day orbit not unlike Earth’s. Now there’s a ride in space.
So, Light travels 9,460,528,000,000 miles in one light year.
How long would it take to Travel 600 light-years?
Update: going 500-mph (poor example)
O K first these are all very smart answers but you can’t sustain 500 mph the whole time at some point along the way you must start to slow down or you will arrive at the planet going 500 mph. (Taking into consideration that we are talking about the planet.) Now the question is How long will it take to slow down from (500 mph or so) in space. and we don’t have a craft that can hold that much fuel.
186,000 miles per second times 3,600 seconds in an hour divided by 17,500 mph we travel at 38,263 times slower than light speed
so 600 light years away times 38263 =22,957,800 years, ah, just a little longer than an average life span.
This article brings up many interesting questions. I am currently reading a fascinating book above my pay-grade entitled, Improbable Planet, by Hugh Ross who is founder of Reasons to Believe (www.reasons.org). Beware this book can cause one’s brain housing group to expand into fascinating thoughts of purpose-filled universe.
13 Nov 2016 4 Comments
A Blog by Betsy Mason & Greg Miller
These 15th-Century Maps Show How the Apocalypse Will Go Down
In 15th-century Europe, the Apocalypse weighed heavily on the minds of the people. Plagues were rampant. The once-great capital of the Roman empire, Constantinople, had fallen to the Turks. Surely, the end was nigh.
Dozens of printed works described the coming reckoning in gory detail, but one long-forgotten manuscript depicts the Apocalypse in a very different way—through maps. “It has this sequence of maps that illustrate each stage of what will happen,” says Chet Van Duzer, a historian of cartography who has written a book about the previously unstudied manuscript.
The geography is sketchy by modern standards, but the maps make one thing perfectly clear: If you’re a sinner, you’ve got nowhere to hide. The Antichrist is coming, and his four horns will reach the corners of the earth. And it just gets worse from there.
The manuscript is also the first known collection of thematic maps, or maps that depict something that’s not a physical feature of the environment (like rivers, roads, and cities). Thematic maps are ubiquitous today—from rainbow-colored weather maps to the red-and-blue maps of election results—but most historians date their origins to the 17th century. The apocalypse manuscript, which now belongs to the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, was written two centuries earlier, Van Duzer writes in his recently published book, Apocalyptic Cartography.
According to the manuscript, the four horns of the Antichrist will extend to the ends of the earth between 1600 and 1606. The horns represent the ways he will persuade people to follow him: deceit, cunning, cruelty, and imitation of the Deity.
THE HUNTINGTON LIBRARY
The manuscript was made in Lübeck, Germany, between 1486 and 1488. It’s written in Latin, so it wasn’t meant for the masses. But it’s not as scholarly as other contemporary manuscripts, and the penmanship is poor, Van Duzer says. “It’s aimed at the cultural elite, but not the pinnacle of the cultural elite.”
The author is unknown. Van Duzer suspects it may have been a well-traveled doctor named Baptista. If so, he was in some ways very much a product of his time, yet in other ways centuries ahead of it.
The cartographic account of the Apocalypse begins with a map that shows the condition of the world between 639 and 1514. The earth is a circle, and Asia, Africa, and Europe are depicted as pie wedges surrounded by water. The text describes the rise of Islam, which the author sees as a growing threat to the Christian world. “There’s no way to escape it, this work is very anti-Islamic,” Van Duzer says. “It’s unfortunate,” he adds, but it was a widespread bias in that place and time.
Subsequent maps, which you can see in the gallery above, depict the “Sword of Islam” conquering Europe, followed by the rise of the Antichrist, a massive triangle that extends from pole to pole. Another map depicts the gates of Hell opening up on Judgment Day, which the author predicts will occur in 1651. A small, featureless globe depicts the world after that.
Unlike the Huntington manuscript, many works published around the same time, such as this hand-colored German book published in 1470, used pictures to depict the impending horrors of the Apocalypse. (LIBRARY OF CONGRESS)
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All the maps in the manuscript are symbolic, but the post-apocalyptic map takes minimalism to the max. “There’s nothing on it, but it’s very clearly labeled as a map,” Van Duzer says. “It raises the question of what is a map, and it explores that boundary.”
The text is filled with idiosyncratic details. The author calculated the distance to Paradise: 777 German miles from Lübeck to Jerusalem, and thence another 1000 miles to the eastern end of the Earth (a German mile is an obsolete measurement with many variations, making it difficult to pin down the modern equivalent). He also calculated the circumferences of Earth and Hell (8,000 and 6,100 German miles, respectively, though his use of different numbers for pi suggests a shaky grasp of geometry).
In addition to the apocalyptic section, the manuscript includes a section on astrological medicine and a treatise on geography that’s remarkably ahead of its time. For example, the author writes about the need to adjust the size of text to prevent distortions on maps and make them easier to read, an issue cartographers still wrestle with today. (At the same time, he also chastises mapmakers for placing monsters on maps in places where they didn’t exist, an issue cartographers rarely wrestle with today.)
The geographical treatise ends with a short discussion of the purpose and function of world maps. It’s here, Van Duzer says, that the author outlines an essentially modern understanding of thematic maps to illustrate characteristics of the people or political organization of different regions.
“For me this is one of the most amazing passages, to have someone from the 15th century telling you their ideas about what maps can do.”
09 Nov 2016 2 Comments
Islam was Banned from the USA in 1952 but You’re Not Supposed to Know It!
ISLAM WAS BANNED FROM THE USA IN 1952 but Obama doesn’t want you to know that, nor does he respect or uphold US law.
The Immigration and Nationality Act passed June 27, 1952 revised the laws relating to immigration, naturalization and nationality for the United States.
That Act, which became PUBLIC Law 414, established both the law and the intent of Congress regarding the immigration of aliens to the US and remains in effect today.
Among the many issues it covers, one in particular found in Chapter 2, Section 212, is the prohibition of entry in to the US if the alien belongs to an organization seeking to overthrow the government of the United States by force, violence or by other unconstitutional MEANS.”
This, by its very definition, rules out Islamic immigration to the United States but this law is being ignored by the White House.
Islamic immigration to the United States would be prohibited under this law because the Koran, Sharia Law and the Hadith all require complete submission to Islam which is antithetical to the United States GOVERNMENT, the Constitution and to the Republic.
All Muslims who attest that the Koran is their life’s guiding principal subscribe to submission to Islam and its form of government.
Now the politically correct crowd would say that Islamists cannot be prohibited from entering the United States because Islam is a ‘religion.’
WHETHER it is a ‘religion’ is immaterial because the law states that aliens who are affiliated with any organization that advocates the overthrow of our GOVERNMENT are prohibited.
Public Law 414 – June 27, 1952
“THE ADMINISTRATION IS BREAKING THE LAW”
by Kevin Cannon, We the People Alabama, ©2015
The text of the 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act is on the website of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
(Dec. 8, 2015) — The Immigration and Nationality Act passed June 27, 1952 revised the laws relating to immigration, naturalization, and nationality for the United States. That act, which became Public Law 414, established both the law and the intent of Congress regarding the immigration of Aliens to the US and remains in effect today. Among the many issues it covers, one in particular, found in Chapter 2 Section 212, is the prohibition of entry to the US if the Alien belongs to an organization seeking to overthrow the government of the United States by “force, violence, or other unconstitutional means.” This, by its very definition, rules out Islamic immigration to the United States, but this law is being ignored by the White House.
The law prohibits entry of “Aliens who the consular officer or the Attorney General knows or has reason to believe seek to enter the United States solely, principally, or incidentally to engage in activities which would be prejudicial to the public interest, or endanger the welfare, safety, or security of the United States.” It also prohibits the entry of Aliens who are members of or affiliated with any organization that advocates or teaches, the overthrow by force, violence, or other unconstitutional means of the US or of all forms of law, and Aliens who publish, circulate and distribute materials teaching or advocating the overthrow by force, violence or other unconstitutional means of the US Government or of all forms of law.
Islamic immigration to the US would be prohibited under this law because the Koran, Sharia Law and the Hadith all require complete submission to Islam, which is antithetical to the US government, the Constitution, and to the Republic. All Muslims who attest that the Koran is their life’s guiding principle subscribe to submission to Islam and its form of government. Now the political correct crowd would say that Islamists cannot be prohibited from entering the US because Islam is a religion. Whether it is a religion is immaterial because the law states that Aliens who are affiliated with any “organization” that advocates the overthrow of our government are prohibited. It also prohibits those who distribute literature that advocates the overthrow of our country, which would include the Koran.
In fact, there are many verses in the Koran that command Islamists to kill those who do not submit to allah and the prophet. If Congress so desired to hold the White House accountable to the current immigration of refugees (which also must comply with the law), it has the Immigration and Nationality Act to cite. The Administration is breaking that law. The question is “Does Congress have the political will to do something about it?”
To read the law, go to this link and scroll down to Chapter 2, Section 212:
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/STATUTE-66/pdf/STATUTE-66-Pg163.pdf. This link will take you the government printing office and the official law. I had to click on it twice to connect to it, it is real it is the law.
Time to drain the swamp!