Monday, October 4, 2021

Tesla Autopilot Hits a Deer (and I think it will happen again.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrWH_0YA5XM

Personally, I think that autopilot is a bad idea.  Being engaged while driving is important to our survival or at least to maintain our skills.  

Can you imagine having an autopilot in a chess game where it only depends upon you to make the most critical decisions?  The player would not be fully engaged.

Maybe in a decade, it will be perfect.  Maybe the computer will be safer than my own driving, especially as I get older.  I can see using the time for something more productive.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

10 Eye-Opening Quotes From Famous Scientists | Inspiring Quotes

https://www.inspiringquotes.com/famous-scientist-quotes/YNJjRho-gAAHAXAy

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
— Marie Curie

As great as Marie Curie was, she also died from radiation poisoning from her study of radiation.

Friday, September 24, 2021

What Really Is Everything?

Starting with Democritus in 430 BC, people have been trying to understand the smallest units of matter.  However, when you get that small, matter becomes fuzzy and behaves like a wave.  According to Quantum Field Theory, what we experience as particles are energy ripples in Quantum Fields that exist everywhere.  So matter is like the waves on a vast ocean.  There are many such fields and they interact with each other to make all of reality.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euNr9PozCmg&t=2308s


Most Realistic Sim of The Universe Ever Created Is Sort of Mind Blowing

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Rare Photo


Einstein thought that Quantum Physics is an inadequate representation of reality and that there are hidden variables or physics that we don't understand, and possibly may never be able to understand.  I have seen a video claiming that the hidden variable idea has been disproven, but I side with Einstein on this one.  Much can be explained by the fact that what we perceive as particles are waves in fields according to Quantum Field Theory.  All the weirdness in Quantum Physics has to do with the particles not having an exact location.

The next question would be what are the fields made of?  We might never know.  

I find Pilot Wave Theory enticing.  The idea is that particles are actually particles, but they ride on top of waves giving us essentially the same result.  Reportedly there is some minor evidence for this, but the two theories are hard to distinguish from one another.

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Best wishes,

John Coffey



Thursday, September 9, 2021

What is the Milky Way?



We can't see all of our galaxy. Much of it is blocked from our view by dust and gas. However, scientists have used things like x-ray emissions to get a pretty good idea of what the Milky Way Galaxy looks like. We live roughly halfway between the edge and the center.

Light and other electromagnetic radiation from parts of the galaxy take tens of thousands of years to reach us. This makes me wonder if our image of the galaxy is based on what we see now, or based on where we expect stars to be right now?

https://www.universetoday.com/106062/what-is-the-milky-way-2/

Re: V'ger

There is a saying in science that it is never aliens... until it is. A great many natural phenomena can generate electromagnetic radiation.

On Wed, Sep 8, 2021 at 7:01 PM Larry wrote:

I am enjoying a great sci fi book called Omega from Jack MxDevitt, which has bad things coming from the galactic center...but here is something new in reality...

Astronomers have detected a strange, repeating radio signal near the center of the Milky Way, and it's unlike any other energy signature ever studied.

According to a new paper accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal and posted on the preprint server arXiv, the energy source is extremely finicky, appearing bright in the radio spectrum for weeks at a time and then completely vanishing within a day. This behavior doesn't quite fit the profile of any known type of celestial body, the researchers wrote in their study, and thus may represent "a new class of objects being discovered through radio imaging."

The radio source — known as ASKAP J173608.2−321635 — was detected with the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope, situated in the remote Australian outback. In an ASKAP survey taken between April 2019 and August 2020, the strange signal appeared 13 times, never lasting in the sky for more than a few weeks, the researchers wrote. This radio source is highly variable, appearing and disappearing with no predictable schedule, and doesn't seem to appear in any other radio telescope data prior to the ASKAP survey.

When the researchers tried to match the energy source with observations from other telescopes — including the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory, as well as the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy in Chile, which can pick up near-infrared wavelengths — the signal disappeared entirely. With no apparent emissions in any other part of the electromagnetic spectrum, ASKAP J173608.2−321635 is a radio ghost that seems to defy explanation.

Prior surveys have detected low-mass stars that periodically flare up with radio energy, but those flaring stars typically have X-ray counterparts, the researchers wrote. That makes a stellar source unlikely here




Monday, August 30, 2021

7 Ways To Pull Carbon From The Atmosphere


As soon as I post comments to this video, they seem to disappear.  It is possible that they are being censored because I am including links.

Here are my comments...

Iron Fertilization, in theory, can pull as much CO2 as we want from the atmosphere:   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_fertilization

However, all this fuss over CO2 fails to understand the history of CO2 on this planet.  If you look at the atmospheric CO2 level over the last 40 million years, you will see that it is nosedive. (https://www.pnas.org/content/99/7/4167 Figure 4.)  This is because natural processes sequester CO2.  We were actually running out of atmospheric CO2.  During the last period of glaciation, the CO2 level dropped almost to the level where all terrestrial plants die.  The entire history of the Earth is one of massive CO2 decline.

All this fuss over global warming fails to understand the temperature cycle on planet earth.  Every 100,000 years the temperature of the planet quickly shoots up 8 to 15 degrees celsius.  Then it remains stable for 10,000 years after which it goes into rapid decline and then we get 80 to 90 thousand years of massive glaciation where half of North America is covered by ice.  All of the human civilization arose during the brief 10,000-year warm period that we are currently in.  Science has said that no matter what we do, we will be back to an ice age in another 10,000 years.   The period from 1500 to 1850 was actually known as "The Little Ice Age."  The earth appeared to be cooling until we interfered with all that pesky CO2.

What causes these changes?  The Milankovich cycles.  The other planets tug on the Earth's orbit and affect its tilt.  We are currently halfway between the maximum tilt (which melts ice near the poles) and the minimum tilt.  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milankovitch_cycles)


Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Why Are There No Quasars Near Us?

So the largest Black Hole that we have detected has a mass of 66 billion suns, and due to friction gives off light equal to 22 trillion suns.  If you lived in the same galaxy, you probably would be fried.  It confirms my observation that the universe is a violent place.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqXZb_fowWI

Saturday, August 21, 2021

An evidence review of face masks against COVID-19 | PNAS

Conclusion

Our review of the literature offers evidence in favor of widespread mask use as source control to reduce community transmission: Nonmedical masks use materials that obstruct particles of the necessary size; people are most infectious in the initial period postinfection, where it is common to have few or no symptoms (45, 46, 141); nonmedical masks have been effective in reducing transmission of respiratory viruses; and places and time periods where mask usage is required or widespread have shown substantially lower community transmission.

The available evidence suggests that near-universal adoption of nonmedical masks when out in public, in combination with complementary public health measures, could successfully reduce ReRe to below 1, thereby reducing community spread if such measures are sustained. Economic analysis suggests that mask wearing mandates could add 1 trillion dollars to the US GDP (32, 34).

Models suggest that public mask wearing is most effective at reducing spread of the virus when compliance is high (39). We recommend that mask use requirements are implemented by governments, or, when governments do not, by organizations that provide public-facing services. Such mandates must be accompanied by measures to ensure access to masks

https://www.pnas.org/content/118/4/e2014564118

During past national crises, persons in the US have willingly united and endured temporary sacrifices for the common good. Recovery of the nation from the COVID-19 pandemic requires the combined efforts of families, friends, and neighbors working together in unified public health action. When masks are worn and combined with other recommended mitigation measures, they protect not only the wearer but also the greater community. Recommendations for masks will likely change as more is learned about various mask types and as the pandemic evolves. With the emergence of more transmissible SARS-CoV-2 variants, it is even more important to adopt widespread mask wearing as well as to redouble efforts with use of all other nonpharmaceutical prevention measures until effective levels of vaccination are achieved nationally.

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2776536

I suspect that mask-wearing is marginally helpful, mostly to prevent the infected from spreading droplets, but not near as good as vaccination.  I find that wearing a mask for more than an hour to be pretty uncomfortable around my ears.  I am going to try to see if I could find a more comfortable mask.

Sunday, August 15, 2021

VFX Artists DEBUNK Pentagon UFO Videos

That Time a Science Fiction Writer Accidentally Almost Revealed the Manhattan project.


The author Robert Heinlein wrote a story about radioactive weapons of mass destruction midway into World War II.  He wrote about weapons that would kill people through radioactivity.  This was actually a pretty good story.   However, he considered writing about an atomic bomb instead but didn't do so because he thought that the U.S. government might be secretly working on such a weapon.  In science fiction, the idea of an atomic bomb predates World War II.

After the Trinity test, engineers at Polaroid noticed that radioactivity in the atmosphere was affecting their photographic film, and so they figured out that an atomic bomb had been detonated.  Since the light from the Trinity test could be seen from a great distance, the army had a cover story that a secret weapons depot had exploded.

In the early 1930s, Japanese comic books had stories where the Japanese would be victorious against the United States by destroying the American fleet in a surprise attack.


Saturday, July 10, 2021

How Does Film ACTUALLY Work? (It's MAGIC)


For most people, film is obsolete.  I remember having a camera as a kid and there was something magical about cameras before technology came along.  

As best as I can recall, I didn't really bother with cameras from my college days onward.  It wasn't till sometime in my early 40's I got the most primitive digital camera possible, that only took 640x480 pictures, which matched some early computer monitor resolutions. I actually had fun with this camera despite the pretty low quality.  Eventually, mobile phones could take pictures even before smartphones.  

In 2008, I got an iPhone 3G which had a 2 megapixel camera.  
In 2010, I got an iPhone 4 which had a 5-megapixel camera.  
In 2012, I got an iPhone 5, which had an 8-megapixel camera.  I still own this phone.  The metal bands around the edge of this phone made it pretty tough, which allowed it to survive a pretty big accidental drop onto the pavement.  This will be relevant below...

In 2014, I got an iPhone 6+ which also has an 8-megapixel camera.  When I tried to participate in an Apple battery replacement program, something went wrong with the phone, so they gave me a free replacement which I still have.

Years later I got an iPhone 6S+ on a Black Friday sale.  It has a 12-megapixel camera.  Because the wi-fi died on in, I bought another one of these on another Black Friday to replace it, which is still my primary phone.  

Today I dropped my iPhone 6s+ and the screen cracked, but I managed to get it repaired the same day for $89.


Tuesday, July 6, 2021

How To Terraform Venus (Quickly)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-WO-z-QuWI

This seems unrealistic to me.

To terraform Venus, we should engineer a photosynthetic bacterium that can live in the upper atmosphere and consume CO2.  Not sure that is possible.

The early Earth was hell with an atmosphere of 42% CO2 and enough pressure to crush a man flat.  Photosynthetic bacteria changed the atmosphere.

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Saturn


You don't have free will, but don't worry.


By definition, if I am choosing what I want then that is free will.  What I want might be determined by everything that has ever happened to me, but I can still choose what I want.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking - with Jordan Ellenberg

This is pretty interesting.

https://youtu.be/kZTKuMBJP7Y?t=626

Vaccine spike proteins toxic (debunked)

FYI. 

On Tue, Jun 22, 2021, at 6:49 PM  wrote:

Please share this information with as many people as you can, at least the 15 minute video at the bottom of the email.

 

The spike protein itself is the villain and the mRNA injection is causing our cells to create spike proteins that spreads throughout the body causing carnage and destruction !

 

-Beesley-

 

From: Robert 
Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 8:46 AM
To: David
Subject: Re: Creator of mRNA technology and two other scientists discuss the COVID-19 vaccine

 

P.S. That's just a 15-minute clip that's managed not to be taken down from YouTube. The full 3-hour clip is here (also linked in the YouTube description: https://odysee.com/@BretWeinstein:f/how-to-save-the-world,-in-three-easy:0?r=FuWwFotRbicqY9GHyWBqDdTNNHpaTgC9

 



From: Robert
Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 8:40:12 AM
To: David 

Subject: Creator of mRNA technology and two other scientists discuss the COVID-19 vaccine

 

Here's the creator of mRNA vaccines and two reputable mainstream scientists talking about the COVID-19 vaccine. I hope the truth gets out quickly.

 

 

Robert


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From: John Coffey
Date: Tue, Jun 22, 2021 at 7:37 PM

I've seen this.  I think that there is such a strong desire for confirmation bias that it makes people delusional.  There is strong compelling evidence that this is nonsense.








All three vaccines authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have been thoroughly tested and found to be safe and effective in preventing severe COVID-19. They continue to undergo continuous and intense safety monitoring.


  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
  • Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history.
  • CDC recommends you get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.
  • If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic. Learn more about what you can do when you have been fully vaccinated.



We have 150 million Americans fully vaccinated with 319 million doses given in the U.S.  A whopping 2.9 billion doses have been given worldwide.  If this was toxic, we would know about this by now.  

Imagine how many more spike proteins you will have if you catch COVID.  

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Monday, June 21, 2021

Ivermectin for Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19 Infectio... : American Journal of Therapeutics

Moderate-certainty evidence finds that large reductions in COVID-19 deaths are possible using ivermectin. Using ivermectin early in the clinical course may reduce numbers progressing to severe disease

Saturday, June 19, 2021

No supermassive black hole in the centre of the Milky Way?! | Night Sky News June 2021


I think ultimately we might find a connection between Black Holes and Dark Matter.  One of the theories for Dark Matter is that there are a bunch of primordial micro singularities formed at the beginning of the universe.

She said, "Idear". I used to joke about really old movies where the character would say, "This gives me an idear!".

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Cascadia: The Earthquake that will Destroy Westcoast America

This is well worth knowing about.  The video is long, so I suggest starting at 9 minutes.

https://youtu.be/JR-8PZ_nCvE?t=540

Small Modular Reactors: The Model T Of Nuclear Energy

Earth's Climate every 100,00 years

Something very interesting happens to the Earth's Climate roughly every 100,000 years.  The Earth's temperature very quickly spikes up 8 to 15 degrees Celcius, followed by at least 10,000 years of relatively stable warm temperatures.  This is then followed by a rapid decline in temperature leading to 80,000 to 90,000 years of glaciation where half of North America is covered by glaciers, during which time the Earth slowly gets colder.  Then the cycle repeats.  The last time we experienced rapid warming was about 11,000 years ago.  All of human civilization arose during this brief warm period, thanks in part to the fertile crescent in the Middle East making grains more available.

We should be in the cool-down phase by now, but anthropogenic greenhouse gases have at least temporarily delayed it.  It was predicted in the 1970s that we were entering a new ice age.  A period from 1500 to 1850 has been labeled "the little ice age", however, atmospheric CO2 levels started to go up in the 1800s.  Some have said that no matter what we do we can't avoid the next period of mass glaciation roughly 10,00 years from now, while others have suggested that we can delay it.  Previous ice ages have caused massive declines in the human population.

These temperature cycles are caused by the roughly 5 different Malankovich cycles aligning with each other to produce rapid warming.  These cycles affect the Earth's orbit and its axial tilt.  The Earth is currently halfway between its maximum tilt and its minimum tilt, which has a 41,000-year cycle.  At the maximum tilt, the glaciers melt more, reducing the Earth's albedo, which means that less sunlight is reflected into space.  The increasing temperatures cause the oceans to release more of their stored CO2 into the atmosphere, which creates a temporary positive feedback loop.  The warming effect of CO2 in the atmosphere is logarithmic, which means that it reaches a saturation point, producing a temporarily stable warm climate.




I don't understand why the cycle is every 100,000 years instead of every 41,000 years, and this Wikipedia article talks about this being an "issue" that they don't understand.  Prior to about 3 million years ago, the cycle was every 41,000 years.


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A Skeptical Look at Climate Science

In response to...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7FAAfK78_M

I wrote ...

The controversy centers around what the Climate Sensitivity is to a doubling of CO2. We are told that the atmospheric CO2 level will double to 800 Parts Per Million by the year 2100, at which time we will be running out of most fossil fuels, so all the focus has been on what will happen by the year 2100. The Climate Sensitivity depends upon positive feedback because the direct effect of doubling CO2 is only a change of 1.1 degrees Celsius. The degree of positive feedback has been controversial.

However, they keep moving the goalpost. Original claims of Climate Sensitivity were as high as 5 to 12 degrees Celsius. However, the IPCC now gives a range of 1.5 to 4.5, stating that the predicted average is about 3 degrees. I saw videos from a decade ago stating that we were on course to raise the temperature 3 degrees by the year 2100, but if we take action we could limit that to 2 degrees, and they further state that this would be manageable. However, in the last five years, the wording has shifted to state that we are on course to raise the temperature by 2 degrees Celsius by the year 2100, but if we take action we could limit that to 1.5 degrees and this new goal would be manageable. They even have a catchy slogan, "Half a degree makes a difference."

Almost everybody is comparing temperature change to the year 1880 because presumably, that is when the more accurate records were kept. However, the 1880s were a cold period resulting in massive snowstorms that killed hundreds of people. It would an amazing coincidence if the year 1880 had the exact ideal temperature for humans on planet Earth, and everything since then is an aberration.

The atmospheric temperature has only risen about 1 degree Celsius in the last 140 years. This is a slow process giving us plenty of time to adjust. Climate Alarmism has ignored that there are proposed methods of removing CO2 from the atmosphere should we need to, such as Iron Fertilization. However, I don't feel that we will ever need to do this.

Meanwhile, the increased atmospheric CO2 levels have resulted in the greening of the Earth. Crop yields have gone through the roof. Deserts have been slowly shrinking.

If you look at the atmospheric CO2 level over the last 40 million years then you will see that it is in a nosedive. Not just a slight decline, but the CO2 levels have been in an almost vertical drop. The reason for this is that natural processes sequester CO2 with water and rock. We depend upon volcanoes to release CO2 back into the atmosphere, but we haven't had enough volcanoes to maintain past levels. This is why we have been in an ice age for the last 2.5 million years. During the last period of glaciation, the CO2 level got dangerously low, down to 180 parts per million, which is close to the level of 150 parts per million where all terrestrial plants die. We were running out of CO2 until human beings intervened.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Popping a 5000A Fuse

I just watched the beginning, but I was thinking that this is a heck of a fuse.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mGhhdPgXG8

The Real Reasons Quantum Entanglement Doesn't Allow Faster-Than-Light Communication

It's a brilliant plan, but there's a problem: entanglement only works if you ask a particle, "what state are you in?" If you force an entangled particle into a particular state, you break the entanglement, and the measurement you make on Earth is completely independent of the measurement at the distant star. If you had simply measured the distant particle to be +1 or -1, then your measurement, here on Earth, of either -1 or +1 (respectively) would give you information about the particle located light years away. But by forcing that distant particle to be +1 or -1, that means, no matter the outcome, your particle here on Earth has a 50/50 shot of being +1 or -1, with no bearing on the particle so many light years distant.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

This Can Travel Faster Than Light


Although I have been aware of this since the late 1980s, I haven't seen an explanation of the mechanism. Since we haven't tested entangled pairs of particles light-years apart, how do we know that this is true? We can't guarantee that what works over short distances would work over light-years. It would seem to violate the rule that information can't travel faster than the speed of light, which as I understand physics, would violate causality.

Hydroxychloroquine + Azithromycin therapy at a higher dose improved survival by nearly 200% in ventilated COVID patients

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

The Transistor: a 1953 documentary, anticipating its coming impact on technology

I found this very interesting to watch as a piece of history from almost 70 years ago. At 8:10 it talks about how the transistor will affect computers.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

EcoHealth Alliance

In April 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2, the NIH ordered EcoHealth Alliance to cease spending the remaining $369,819 from its current NIH grant at the request of the Trump administration due to their bat research relationship with the Wuhan Institute of Virology,

Peter Daszak, a leading scientist whose organization had funded the coronavirus research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology, had thanked Dr Anthony Fauci for downplaying the theory that the coronavirus may have leaked from a lab.

According to the reports, Peter Daszak, the president of EcoHealth Alliance, a research group that secured a grant to perform coronavirus research in Wuhan before the pandemic, had written a mail to Dr Fauci to say a "personal thank you" on behalf of his staff and collaborators after the latter had dismissed the idea that the pandemic started due to a lab accident in Wuhan.


Shi Zhengli - Wikipedia

The SCMP also reported that Shi was the focus of personal attacks in Chinese social media who claimed the WIV was the source of the virus, leading Shi to post: "I swear with my life, [the virus] has nothing to do with the lab", and when asked by the SCMP to comment on the attacks, Shi responded: "My time must be spent on more important matters".[24] In a March 2020 interview with Scientific American, where she was called China's "Bat Woman",[25] Shi said "Bat-borne coronaviruses will cause more outbreaks", and "We must find them before they find us."[2] Leading virologists have explained that SARS-CoV-2 is most likely of natural origin, and that it is extremely unlikely that it leaked from a lab.[26][27] Shi's colleague Peter Daszak of the EcoHealth Alliance,[28] which studies emerging infectious diseases, has noted estimates that 1–7 million people in Southeast Asia who live or work in proximity to bats are infected each year with bat coronaviruses.[26][27] In an interview with Vox, Daszak comments, "There are probably half a dozen people that do work in those labs. So let's compare 1 million to 7 million people a year to half a dozen people; it's just not logical."[27] On July 31 Science Magazine published a interview with Shi in which she commented "to date, there is zero infection of all staff and students in our institute."[29] Asked by Science Magazine why the WIV conducts coronavirus experiments in BSL-4 labs when most other scientists work with coronaviruses BSL-2 or BSL-3 conditions, Shi explained that her group also used BSL-2 and BSL-3 laboratories for their coronavirus research, but that they had begun to use BSL-4 laboratories per government regulations after the pandemic.

I would personally welcome any form of visit, based on an open, transparent, trusting, reliable and reasonable dialogue. But the specific plan is not decided by me.




The Wuhan Lab Leak Hypothesis Is A Conspiracy Theory, Not Science

Fwd: Fauci emails

Dr. Fauci mostly unfairly has been used as a punching bag by the political right.  They claim that he has contradicted himself and lied.   Fauci has stated repeatedly that as our scientific understanding of the pandemic changed, so did the advice he gave.  He also changed his advice when the CDC changed its recommendations.  

Fauci has also erred on the side of caution.  In his job, how could he not?  Before we knew if vaccinated people could still spread the disease, he was telling people to still be cautious and follow the CDC guidelines.

Part of the problem is that the political right has all along downplayed the seriousness of this pandemic.  Fourteen months ago I observed how fast this disease was spreading and predicted that millions would die.  Meanwhile, Rush Limbaugh compared COVID-19 to the common cold and other political commentators echoed his opinion.

The point I kept hearing for over a year is that Fauci changed his position on masks.   Back when COVID-19 was barely present in the United States, Fauci was saying that people didn't need to wear masks and that COVID-19 was not that big of a threat to America.  But in March of 2020, the disease exploded in the United States and Fauci changed his recommendation.  Fauci also admitted later that he did not want to see a run on masks that would create a shortage for medical professionals.

For example, I am listening to a radio program right now where the host is bitterly complaining that Fauci stated that masks weren't effective.  Although true, when evidence came out that masks helped stop the spread of the disease, he changed his position.

A couple of Fauci's emails out of thousands show that people were discussing the possibility that this disease came from a lab leak, but he still states that he thinks that this is the less likely possibility.  The reason he gives is that all the previous pandemics came from animal transmission.  Early on, the experts were saying that this did not come from a lab.  We also don't have any evidence that this was a lab leak, mainly because the Chinese government isn't cooperating.  Personally, I don't trust the Chinese government nor do I trust the safety of gain of function research.  We also don't have any evidence that this disease came from an animal.  This is another area where Fauci has changed his position, stating that it is possible that the disease came from a lab.

I have a much bigger problem with Fauci testifying under oath that the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases did not support the gain of function of research in the Wuhan lab.  However, reportedly it did support this research through an intermediary.  That appears to be a problem.


---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Larry

We came to these conclusions incrementally, spurred by evidence that accumulated over the course of a year. Tonight, we have the mother-load. Thanks to a freedom of information request from Buzzfeed, we have thousands of emails to and from Tony Fauci, going back to the early winter of 2020. Collectively, they show that from the beginning, Fauci was worried the public might conclude that COVID originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Why was Fauci be concerned that Americans would conclude that? Possibly because Tony Fauci knew perfectly well he'd funded gain-of-function experiments at that same laboratory.

The emails prove Fauci lied about this under oath. 

Consider this exchange, which began the evening of January 31, 2020. It was a Friday, just before midnight. 

The first email came from an immunologist called Kristian Andersen, who works at the Scripps Research Institute in California. Andersen warned Fauci that COVID appeared to have been manipulated in a laboratory.  

"The unusual features of the virus make up a really small part of the genome (less than point one percent), so one has to look really closely at all the sequences to see that some of the features (potentially) look engineered." 

The next day, on February 1, Tony Fauci wrote back, "Thanks, Kristian. Talk soon on the call."  

Fauci then sent an urgent email to his top deputy, Hugh Auchincloss. The subject of his email, in all-caps, was "IMPORTANT."  

"Hugh: It is essential that we speak this AM. Keep your cell phone on. Read this paper as well as the email that I will forward you know. You will have tasks today that must be done." 

Attached to the email was a document entitled, "Baric, Shi, et al -- Nature Medicine -- SARS Gain of Function.pdf." 

The "Baric" in that attachment refers to Ralph Baric, a virologist based in the United States who collaborated with the Wuhan Institute of Virology.  

Baric worked with a woman called Dr. Shi Zhengli -- known as the "Bat Lady," because she manipulates coronaviruses that infect bats. 

Keep in mind that during questioning from Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, Tony Fauci denied that this same Ralph Baric had conducted gain-of-function research. Again, this is the Ralph Baric in Fauci's attachment entitled, "Baric, Shi et al - SARS Gain of Function." Yet, under oath, Fauci denied it: 

DR FAUCI:  Dr. Baric does not do gain function research. And if it is, it's according to the guidelines and it is being conducted in North Carolina…And if you look at the grant and you look at the progress reports, it is not gain function despite the fact that people tweet that.

Oh, it wasn't just on Twitter. It was in Fauci's own emails.

In retrospect, that looks a lot like perjury. We do know that starting early last year, a lot of people at NIH were worried that COVID had not occurred naturally — that it had instead been manipulated in a lab in China – and yet they seemed determined to hide that fact from the public. Why?

On the afternoon of February first last year, Fauci held a conference call with several top virologists. Most of the details of that call remain hidden from public view. They've been redacted. We know the call was related to a document entitled, "coronavirus sequence comparison."  

Jeremy Farrar, a British physician who runs a major research nonprofit, reminded everyone on the call that what they said was top-secret.  

"Information and discussion is shared in total confidence and not to be shared until agreement on next steps," he wrote. 

In other emails, Jeremy Farrar passed along an article from the website ZeroHedge, suggesting that the coronavirus might have been created as a bioweapon.  

We now know that's a more plausible explanation than the one we believed at first and were told by the media which is that coronavirus came from a pangolin.

But for the crime of saying it out loud, a more plausible explanation, ZeroHedge was banned from social media platforms. Until recently, you weren't allowed to suggest that COVID might be manmade.  

Why? The fact-checkers wouldn't allow it. Why wouldn't they? Because Tony Fauci assured the tech monopolies that the coronavirus could not have been manmade. So the tech giants shut down the topic. Fauci lied. 

FAUCI: A group of highly qualified evolutionary virologists looked at the sequences there and the sequences in bats as they evolve, and the mutations that it took to get to the point where it is now is totally consistent with a jump of a species from an animal to a human.

That was April 17, 2020. Very shortly into the course of this pandemic. At that point, what Tony Fauci just asserted as known could not have conclusively been known. That was a lie. Tony Fauci suggested that he knew because top researchers had decided conclusively, that this must have jumped naturally from an animal to a human being. That was dishonest. 

Two days later, one of the virologists Tony Fauci was funding to conduct dangerous coronavirus experiments in Wuhan wrote to thank him for the help. That man, Peter Daszak, complained to Fauci that the American tax dollars he'd taken for these experiments were being "publicly targeted by Fox News reporters." Yet he remained grateful for Tony Fauci's support. 

"I just wanted to say a personal thank you on behalf of our staff and collaborators," he wrote. 

Strangely, most of this specific email from Daszak to Fauci has been redacted under FOIA section (b)(7)(A). That specific exemption to disclosure applies to: "records or information compiled for law enforcement purposes, but only to the extent that production could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings." 

Are Dazak and Fauci under criminal investigation?

Tucker Carlson: Is Dr. Fauci under criminal investigation? | Fox News


Thursday, May 27, 2021

What exactly are mushrooms? What are they made of? They're not vegetables?

I am not thrilled with the idea of eating a fungus.  They are pretty good on pizza.  While I was in college I would occasionally eat deep-fried mushrooms, but it has been at least 35 years since I last did that.  Why eat deep-fried mushrooms when you could eat french fries or onion rings?

The bulk of the information is in the first half of the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkaJoIIBAVA

Friday, May 21, 2021

Trillions of Rogue Planets Hidden In Our Galaxy With One Very Close

I wouldn't necessarily watch the video, but I find it interesting that there are all these Rogue Planets moving around the galaxy.  It would be very unlikely, but if one were to pass through the orbital plane of our solar system, then it could alter the orbit of one or more planets.  There is a remote chance that this has happened before.  Sometimes they talk about how planets get ejected from solar systems by massive objects.

Fortunately, the galaxy is very big, thus reducing the chance of having an encounter like this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQIz_QP9698

The 3 Brain Types and What They Mean

I wanted to know what the three brain types are, but first, he spends 18 minutes talking about IQ and intelligence.

https://youtu.be/mztyqd015qE?t=1070

The Truth Why Stupid People Think They're Smart

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFL5NoM9GVE

Most people have the capacity to be really good at one skill and possibly more.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Thursday, April 22, 2021

What's the truth about antigravity?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SGnOeGZUAU

I had a manager who believed that since magnetism is a dipole, that we should also have positive and negative gravity.  The problem with this idea is that it is likely a bad analogy.  I have seen videos stating that gravity is not a force, but a by-product of moving through curved spacetime.  (I am still skeptical of the "spacetime" concept, thinking of it only as a useful and accurate model.)

Anti-matter is simply matter that has an opposite charge.  There is no reason to think that it would be affected in a different way by gravity.  If it were, I think that we would have to rewrite the laws of physics.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Dark Matter's Last Stand - Scientific American

Scientists are fond of saying negative results are just as important as positive results, but after several decades of not finding something, researchers can be forgiven for feeling impatient. Back in the 1990s, experiments began trying to detect the particles that make up dark matter, the ubiquitous yet untouchable invisible material that apparently fills the cosmos. Since then, physicists have found more and more evidence that dark matter is real but not a single sign of the stuff itself.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/dark-matters-last-stand/

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Why TVs Are SO CHEAP

AMAZING INVENTIONS THAT ARE NEXT LEVEL!

Not sure how many of these are useful.   Some inventions can be cool but not cost-effective.  This reminds me of looking at magazines in the 1970s where they predicted that we would have nuclear-powered cars by the year 2000.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9jRhq21hVg


Sunday, March 14, 2021

How the Carbon Taxation Game is Played

I think that that Graph at 9:54 is interesting and relevant to any discussion of Global Warming. 


However, I don't have much faith in the estimates.   It would be nearly impossible to calculate the total impact of temperature change, good or bad.

Most discussion of temperature change uses the year 1880 as a baseline, presumably because that is when the most accurate records were kept.  Since then the average global atmospheric temperature has risen about 1 to 1.1 degrees celsius.  This is a little hard to know for certain because the NOAA has been fiddling with the numbers, even changing historical temperatures that we have known for decades as part of "normalization".   

However, my point is that the year 1880 was by no means the ideal temperature.  In the winter of 1880 to 1881, there were horrible snowstorms in the northern plains that killed a great many people.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

250,000 Dominoes - The Incredible Science Machine: GAME ON!

While watching the video, I was wondering if it ever was going to end, but it is a fascinating watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0jeohWnmAQ

Do Salt Lamps Work?

I found this video fascinating, and I have probably shared it before.  When I hear people say that they want to add ions to air, I assume that this is a bad idea because ions are reactive chemicals.  It is the equivalent of putting bleach into the air.   According to the video, there are many ions in the air already, but compared to the total number of molecules, the number is not significant.  The video also demonstrates that salt lamps don't really produce negative ions like they claim that they do.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQ--scjcAZ4