Asylums for Climate Deniers? Discussion of the evidence. Off duty with a cold. Doctors who must kill. And other items of importance. Addition on 28 Feb.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Any scientific consensus without Freeman Dyson is no consensus.

Jerry Pournelle


Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy’ Says ‘Climate Deniers’ Suffer Psychological Delusions

He repeated that in an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News Monday night. [See next item, post by Scott Adams.] He insisted there is no way to question the massive evidence for manmade climate change. Asked what it would be like if humans had not interfered with the climate cycle, he cited wine and grapes in England as easily observed evidence. There was no such grape crop in England/Scotland in 1790.

But this raises the question: weren’t there grapes in England and Scotland during the Medieval Warm – Viking times? All the evidence I know shows that in England and across Europe climate condition were much warmer. There may not have been grapes in Iceland and Greenland, but there certainly were dairy farms. After the first quarter of the 14th Century it began to get colder.

Vikings grew barley in Greenland


And of course the Viking settlements in modern Nova Scotia were called Vinland for the crop grown there. We have only proxy information concerning the actual temperature in the Medieval Warm period, but we do have records of growing seasons in the Northern Hemisphere from European monasteries and Chinese mandarins.  Apparently those who look at that data are Deniers in need of mental health counseling for their own good. Bill Nye the Science Guy is nearly convinced of it.

He is also convinced that we can measure the average annual temperature of the Earth to a tenth of a degree, although I doubt he has the instruments to determine with that accuracy the temperature in his back yard.




atom   Added 1230 Tuesday 28 Feb:

Dilbert creator Scott Adams on cognition

Dr. Pournelle,
Scott Adams is blogging about persuasion and cognitive dissonance, and has also remarked on the Tucker Carlson interview with Bill Nye. See . Worth your time, as I think Adams is successfully (perhaps courageously) introducing some rational debate into public discussion of climate change and of subjects associated with Donald Trump.
I often hear that a “denier” has little or no credibility because of an often tenuous link of some sort to the petroleum, coal, or nuclear industries. I never hear or read of any reduction of credibility of a media personality whose ego, reputation, and/or income is closely tied with environmental science. While it is not his obvious purpose, I believe Adams’ blog is exposing the ego bias in some of those advocates.
With hopes for continuing recovery for both you and Roberta,

Scott Adams adds many points and links I did not feel up to adding, and his post says it all very well.  A long time ago I got a Ph.D. in Psychology. I don’t get much use of it, but I did watching Tucker Carlson interviewing Bill Nye the Science Guy.  If you have not seen it, Adams provides a link. Go read his post.



I woke up with a sore throat, runny nose, and all the other symptoms of a bad cold, and promptly went back to bed. Watching Bill Nye on the Tucker Carlson show on Fox tonight prompted me to get this much out, but me heart isn’t in it. More another time. [1230 28 Feb: not improving much. Sorry.}


More magnetic coolness

I’m not sure yet what, if anything, this might say about solar activity at this time, but it’s pretty darn interesting.

~Stephanie Osborn, “The Interstellar Woman of Mystery”


Ninth Circuit:

“Rather than present evidence to explain the need for the Executive Order . . .”

The law — 8 USC 1182(f), to be precise, places no obligation on the President to “present evidence to explain the need”. To whom, pray, would he present the evidence?

Just askin’, you know.

Moreover, I read the EO. It makes no mention of religion of any kind. Those who have introduced that meme have simply created their own straw man. You’d think that Trump’s legal team would have noticed.

Richard White

If you find out, let me know. I find no Constitutional role for the judiciary in foreign affairs.

Dr Pournelle

RE: Limits of executive orders

Chuck: “I think you are nearly alone in that opinion.”

I assure you that you are not alone.

In the matter of seeking a court to intervene, it is apparent that forum shopping was in play. Had the issue been tried in the 11th Circuit, who would wager the result would be the same?

Live long and prosper

h lynn keith


On Consensus

Hello, again, Dr. Pournelle –
I read in your Feb 17th Chaos Manor about “consensus” and could not recall if I had sent you my piece on an observation made from watching an episode of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s version of Cosmos on Consensus;
In this episode, Sisters of the Sun, he showcased the women of astrophysics, those women at Harvard who worked for Pickering in classifying stars; they were called “computers.”
Tyson told the story of Cecilia Payne whose doctoral thesis, “Stellar Atmospheres, A Contribution to the Observational Study of High Temperature in the Reversing Layers of Stars,” correctly identifies the composition of stars.
At the time, the accepted wisdom – the “consensus,” if you will – was that the composition of stars was similar to that of Earth. Payne concluded that this was not so; that hydrogen, for example, was a million times more abundant.
When she submitted her paper to Henry Russell, an astronomer of note at Princeton, he convinced her to not make such a conclusion, so she succumbed to popular pressure – again, the “consensus” – and modified her paper accordingly, admitting that something must be wrong with her analysis.
However, the fact is, Payne was right and the consensus was wrong. But, because the consensus was popular, science accepted it as the Truth.
We have “climate change” rammed down our throats because of the hallowed “consensus.” Not because of any PROOFS, but merely because it’s popular.
Those who question the validity of this popularity are shunned, ridiculed, ostracized, even called to be killed.
Because those who support man-made “climate change” can prove what they claim?
Not in the least.
Because it’s “popular;” there’s a “consensus.” Skepticism, the foundation of science, is ignored.
Well, as the story of Cecilia Payne demonstrates, just because there’s “consensus,” doesn’t mean it’s right.
My apologies, if I’ve already sent this to you, but the current Chaos Manor reminded me of it.
Keep up the excellent work!
Cam Kirmser


Jimmy Dore may be starting to “get it”.

Jimmy points out the real story in Mike Flynn resignation is the CIA leaked the transcript

of Flynn’s phone call. But Jimmy doesn’t grasp the full gravity of the situation.

The CIA/NSA spies on everybody including Congress, the President, and foreign allies.

Rogue elements of the CIA/FBI/Mossad are really in control of everything and have been

since the JFK assassination. They have their own air force.

That’s why Obama started out as Mr. Hope and Change but quickly knuckled under because

“They” have dirt on everybody and can quickly destroy anybody with covert leaks.

I have a suspicion that Obama’s cold Israel policy was because of 9/11.

The Mike Flynn event is “They” are announcing that “They” are in control and there’s

nothing anybody is going to do about it. “They” are recording everybody. “They” can

follow every credit card purchase, ez-pass, National Automatic License Plate Scanners,

and now the new “Find out what your DNA is and where you come from!” deal.

(Like that’s not all winding up in the FBI Database) Even if you pay with cash but use

your store savings card at the pharmacy or grocery store. Google searches…

Welcome to the future. It is what it is and there’s no going back.

Trump is a real threat to expose and take them all down. Obama wasn’t powerful enough.

CNN and the other mainstream media outlets are the mouthpiece of “They”.

MSM is a relentless assault on Trump and promote protests as a distraction from the

Clinton/Wiener/Podesta/Comey/Lynch episode.

Trump is the enemy of the Republicans and Corporate Democrats. The progressives

might want to think of getting behind Trump as he’s the only hope of real change.

Obama was happy to get out of Dodge in one piece and did everyone a favor not

pardoning Hillary or anyone in the CF.

Jimmy’s great piece on the Mike Flynn situation;


Since Flynn knew the call was monitored; why did he misreport it? And why is there no effort to find the career intelligence people who leaked the story?

Subj: Drain the swamp or …

… pump out the septic tank?

Or maybe tank_s_ plural: Department of Justice, Directorate of National Intelligence, Environmental Protection Agency, …



This article should cheer you up.

BTW, I watched Pres Trump’s presser today. He ate the MSM for lunch.



Doctors who now must kill

Dear Jerry:

I sent you an e-mail on 1/27/2017 with the Subject line “Doctors Who Kill.” It was a bit long, and you didn’t post it, but here is a followup inspired by the latest news about doctors who kill, even against your will.

In my original e-mail I pointed out that increasingly doctors and other medical professionals are being required to kill human beings as part of their training.

An inevitable result when government and medical schools compel doctors to kill is that doctors will conclude that they ought to kill. They must inevitably come to believe that killing their patient is not only morally acceptable but in fact that killing is morally required.

Dr. John Patrick tells a story about Dutch doctors in his lecture “Do No Harm and Patient Autonomy: What to Do When They Clash” presented at the University of Minnesota on 9/18/2015.

He recounts how Dutch doctors during World War II chose to go to concentration camps rather than kill disabled children and adults.

(Beginning at about 24 minutes 55 seconds into the lecture). They beat Hitler because he needed the Dutch doctors to look after his army. So Holland was one of the few countries in the 3rd Reich that actually had some disabled people at the end of the Second World War.

Then a couple of generations later Holland became the first country in the world to kill patients. They have published protocols for killing children in no immediate danger of death because the physician judges that their lives are not worthy of being lived, the phrase the Germans used.

And now today we read that a doctor in The Netherlands ordered a woman’s family to restrain her while he administered a lethal injection against her will.

We see that the killing of patients has been redefined as medical progress.

Dr. Patrick mentions two readings that will interest those of your readers who suspect that at some time they will be ill and in the care of a physician. Others may be dealing with their fellow humans whose ideas of justice differ from their own.

The first reading is the book

“What We Can’t Not Know: A Guide” by J. Budziszewski

< (December 6 No. 1979, Vol. Journal?, Law ?Duke Law?, Unnatural Ethics, Unspeakable>

(The volumes were renumbered after publication.)

To these I add Dr. Patrick’s lecture

“Should your Doctor Have the Power to Kill You?”

and the John Patrick and Peter Singer Debate at University of Michigan in 2010. Singer confers almost god-like powers on doctors, imagining that they can predict the date and time of death with great accuracy. I have experience with several friends and relatives said by doctors to be on their death beds. I learned that doctors do not know within years when someone will die.

Best regards,

–Harry M.

Disturbing. Needs more comment, but I have not enough energy. Thanks.


Refreezing the Arctic ice Jerry,
Here’s a proposal to DO SOMETHING about the melting of the Arctic ice by building ten million wind driven water pumps to circulate arctic sea water and cause it to refreeze. That this idea is unaffordable at $500 billion and will have unforeseen consequences does not seem to have occurred to anyone involved. Hopefully, no one will take this seriously…

But it does show we are not helpless; what manmade climate change can do, a civilization with enough energy can undo. If we have the energy.


Covert action

Hello Jerry,

The entire intel system of the US is apparently operating in a wartime mode.  That includes the SIGINT and HUMINT resources,  the covert action apparatus, and its MSM propaganda arm which, until the downfall, of Hillary traditionally supported our enemies and excoriated our intel services.

Unfortunately, the target of their ops is Donald Trump, his policies, and any person or organization associated with the implementation of them. 

So far, they have proven more successful than they have against our foreign adversaries over the last 30 years or so.

Their unaccustomed success and the showering of accolades from their former adversaries has made them practically giddy.

Bob Ludwick

There indications that some of the permanent government does have that view. Certainly not all.


Dear Doctor Pournelle,

I highly recommend this talk by a leading Russian foreign affairs analyst on the current state of U.S./Russian relations, how they got where they are, why they are unlikely to improve, and why not.

He identifies a key moment in the spring of 1999 when, a European capital was being bombed, and many Russian’s asked “Why the hell is this happening?”

The lecture itself is about 35 minutes, and is the best part, although some of the following Q & A is of interest.



Cheated and caught? or not?

Dear Dr Pournelle,
I hope you are doing well and that Roberta continues to improve.
Just a quick note about the email in today’s missive regarding climate change and the Daily Fail article,
For balance (dontcha luv “balance”), a commentary from a rather more serious organization may be found here,
The “Mails”, Daily… and …on Sunday, are well known fabulists – recently broadly prohibited by Wikipedia for use as a source, (if that means anything).
The London School of Economics however is a reasonably well respected academic institution. (The Grantham Research Institute is one of its research centres).
All the best,


Regarding your Monday 13th 2017 post

I have a couple of comments about your (very interesting, as usual) offerings today.
The first is that your mention of Baal worshippers is relevant, in that Islam appears to have at least one point of similarity to the worship of Baal. And that is the willingness of parents to sacrifice their offspring, admittedly at a greater age. What is the difference between throwing babies into a fire and strapping high explosives to children? Not much. Ditto the established practice of surrounding military targets with children.
Regarding economics: It’s a rather simple truism that money in itself has very little value. Paper money is (not very good) tinder, and metal money is of value only because of its metal content. Money in the form of magnetic domains in a computer somewhere has no intrinsic value at all.
As is well known, money is a marker for the claims of an individual (or legal person) to things of true value; valuable services, a person’s time, food, shelter, clean water, IPhones…
The trouble comes when money becomes a good in itself, and ever-increasing numbers of people (some with quite a lot of talent) make their living by manipulating money while producing nothing of intrinsic value whatsoever. My opinion is that such people are pure parasites on society. Parasites that occasionally cause great damage, as they did in the 1920s and again in the late Noughties of this century.



history, sun and the weather

Dr. Pournelle,
You “wonder(ed)what a good student of legends would make of” the solar event at ~7500 years ago — a quick check makes that the approximate time of the theoretical black sea flood — when the Mediterranean “broke through” a natural dam at the Bosphorus, with a possible connection to the legend of Noah, or maybe Utnipishtim. Seems like the Old Testament or Gilgamesh may have you covered.
I think perhaps Dr. Jennifer Pournelle might have some interesting speculations along those lines. Seems like the in the documentary I watched the ancient cultures she was examining in present-day Iraq disappeared sometime along in that frame, too.
8000 years ago was, if memory serves, also given by some genetic scientists as an approximate time for the die-off of several human genetic lines. It seems as if there was a lot happening around that time.



Freedom is not free. Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.



Obama Agent; Abiotic oil; Kims and Korea; VX; and other matters.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

“The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.”

Donald Trump.

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

George Santayana


This day was devoured by locusts. One letter does require an answer, and it is more part of view than mail. 

0830 Friday:  I wrote this last night, but my cable connection to the Internet – Time Warner , now known as Spectrum – had failed.  Didn’t even have television. This morning had to reset the Internet modem, and all is well.   I confess to a feeling of panic when I discovered I no  longer had Internet access.  I went to the front office on awakening, got the modem reset, but I had turned on the troubleshooter too early and while the Internet connection came on automatically for ,my other machines, I had to reset the one I had been fooling with in my frantic efforts; apparently it resented my efforts.  These things have minds of their own, you know.



“Known Obama agent”? And our president speaks of “sleeper cells” and “enemies of the American people?” How did this language slither in?
I really do care about civil discourse. Language which would be appropriate if the political party in question had been outlawed is not helpful.
Allan E. Johnson

I care also, as you do; and “Obama agent” is defensible and in my judgment appropriate as a descriptor for Ms. Yates. In fact I gave a source in the original article.

Fired Acting AG Sally Yates now “a symbol of the anti-Trump resistance”

Why is Obama agent not appropriate? As a holdover from the Obama administration she was Acting Attorney General, a position she accepted; which made her chief attorney for the United States, and an acting cabinet member; and like any lawyer, she is supposed to serve the interests of her client, not of the regime that appointed her. When President Trump issued his executive order of immigration. It was her duty to advise him if she found it vague and therefore defective, and to hive her best opinion on how it ought to be modified.

That is not quite what she did.

Acting Attorney General Sally Yates Tells Justice Department Not to Defend President Trump’s Immigration Ban



BREAKING: Acting Attorney General refuses to defend Trump executive order on refugees

President Trump fired her, as indeed he should have done ten minutes after taking the Oath of Office; but she should have resigned anyway if she felt she could not approve the new President’s executive order. Instead she acted as if her client was Mr. Obama, not the United States. Obama agent is an entirely appropriate descriptor, and I doubt she would deny it with any vigor.

She is not merely a Deep State official; she was an actual agent of the previous administration, and now has assumed the role advertently. Of course the President must beware the Deep State, which so far he has not done; he probably believes in the myth of the non-partisan Civil Service. He does so at his peril.

Andrew Jackson, a founder of the Democratic Party (see Jefferson-Jackson celebrations) would have none of that: he fired most of the government employees and replaced them with people of his own choosing: his own agents. After all, the people who elected him held him responsible for carrying out his campaign promises.


State within a state

“Deep state” redirects here.

State within a state is a political situation in a country when an internal organ (“deep state”), such as the armed forces and civilian authorities (intelligence agencies, police, administrative agencies and branches of governmental bureaucracy), does not respond to the civilian political leadership. Although the state within the state can be conspiratorial in nature, the Deep State can also take the form of entrenched unelected career civil servants acting in a non-conspiratorial manner, to further their own interests (e.g., job security, enhanced power and authority, pursuit of ideological goals and objectives, and the general growth of their agency) and in opposition to the policies of elected officials, by obstructing, resisting, and subverting the policies and directives of elected officials.

Surely Ms. Yates can reasonably be described as an “Obama agent”?


Thomas Gold’s abiotic theory

Biotic vs. Abiotic Hydrocarbons

Your recent discussion with Stephanie about the origin of hydrocarbons on the Earth included a comment by Stephanie that hydrocarbons of biotic origin should be rich in carbon 14. That would be the wrong signature to look for. The biotic theory of the origin of hydrocarbons posits that the source organic material was laid down during and just after the Carboniferous period, about 359 to 299 million years ago. Carbon 14 has a half life of about 5700 years, so even the youngest of this material has gone through over 52,000 halvings in concentration. There just would not be any to be found today. What we should find is an abundance of nitrogen 14, the decay product of carbon 14, assuming the nitrogen stayed in proximity to the hydrocarbons and did not mineralize, becoming immobile.



You comment in your 23 February post:

“I have no proof of Tommy Gold’s theory of abiotic fossil fuels, but there must have been a powerful lot of dinosaurs given the amounts of oil and gas that we are pumping. We don’t seem to have reached peak oil yet.”

My question for geologists is ‘How did dead and decomposed dinosaurs get nearly 8 miles under the earth surface?’

The current world record (circa 2013) for the longest measured depth ERD well is the Chayvo Z-42 well (Exxon Neftegas Limited, Sakhalin Island, Russia) with a measured depth of 41,667 ft. and horizontal departure [under the ocean]of 38,514 ft.


A good question. I asked a similar question to Carl Sagan, but I did not understand the answer. It was in a bar, and very noisy, and of course Sagan had been Gold’s protégé, so perhaps it wasn’t fair.


Kim Jong Nam – assassinated with VX?????

An Earlier Report linking video of the assassination

Subj: Kim Jong nam

I am not 100% sure this makes sense; That does appear inconsistent with the relative vapor inhalation toxicity and percutaneous toxicity given the supposed method of administration. (See

Of course, it appears that the two girls who made contact with Kim Jong Nam were sacrificial, but they don’t seem to have suffered from their exposure to the agent.

Or perhaps Malaysia has misidentified the agent.  The article states that the report is preliminary, and there is some inconsistency with how he was dosed – spray, wetted handkerchief, needle, etc. Still, I’m sure the identification was done with GC/MS, which should have been straightforward if Malaysian sources had a good mass spectrum data base for the conventional agents.

I’ve contacted the Colonel for a sanity check; he agrees this does not seem consistent, but is keeping an eye on the situation (which he saw on a Fox news crawl…)

I am copying the WSJ article here for your reference.

Kim Jong Nam Killed With U.N.-Banned VX Nerve Agent, Malaysia Says

VX listed globally as weapon of mass destruction


Yantoultra Ngui

Updated Feb. 23, 2017 9:53 p.m. ET


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—The chemical substance used to kill Kim Jong Nam last week was a United Nations-banned nerve agent called VX, police here said, significantly raising the political stakes in a case that has already frayed diplomatic ties between Malaysia and North Korea.

Experts believe North Korea possesses several thousand pounds of chemical weapons and nerve agents—including VX—that are banned by the U.N. and considered weapons of mass destruction.

Khalid Abu Bakar, Malaysia’s inspector general of police, said Friday in a statement that identification of the substance came from a preliminary report. He said swabs were taken from the eye and face of the victim.

Mr. Kim, the half brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, was attacked at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Feb. 13 while waiting to board a flight to Macau; he died on his way to the hospital. Malaysian police have arrested four suspects, including the alleged attackers and a North Korean citizen who was living in Kuala Lumpur. Police are looking for at least seven more North Korean suspects in the case.

Early Wednesday morning this week, a team of about a dozen forensic specialists swept the area around an airport restaurant where several North Korean male suspects and two female suspects sat for an hour or more before the attack, an airport employee said. The employee didn’t know whether they also checked nearby check-in kiosks where the attack took place.

Diplomatic ties between Malaysia and North Korea have worsened following Mr. Kim’s death. Relations between the two countries had been relatively warm for several years due to business connections, lax travel restrictions and direct flights.

—Ben Otto contributed to this article.


I have worked with VX – nasty stuff – and certainly the girls would not have got to the rest room if any VX had got on bare skin. I have studied its potential use to render certain supply trails deadly: put up a sign saying in many languages, ‘cross this line and you will die’; then use VX on the area. Depending on sunlight and rain, it will dissipate, so how long it will be effective is not calculable; but long enough temporarily to deny the enemy access to the area. We never used it to the best of my knowledge, but it would have been effective.


North Korean Panic

In the latest commie madness, North Korea is not working and playing well with others. Well, since they only really have one ally — China and only because China doesn’t want a US client state on it’s border

— this must be directed at China:


North Korea appeared to lash out at Beijing in a state-media commentary published Thursday, aiming unusually pointed rhetoric at a powerful neighbor that Pyongyang has long relied on for economic and diplomatic support.

The commentary, published by the state-controlled Korean Central News Agency, didn’t name China but left little doubt about its target: “a neighboring country, which often claims itself to be a ‘friendly neighbor’.”

The article lambasted China for playing down North Korea’s nuclear capabilities and for curbing foreign trade—an apparent reference to China’s weekend announcement that it would suspend coal imports from North Korea for the rest of the year.


North Korea has two “neighbors”: South Korea and China. Anyone who thinks the North Koreans or South Koreans — by and large — would refer to the other as “friendly” is so laughable that they’d have to be some kind of isolated community organizer or activist to be so misinformed about geopolitics, world history, and American history.

This shift in relations between the two countries is interesting.

North Korea has no choice and a naked man chills in the frost. They can thunder and blunder all they want, but China could eat their lunch in less than a week and they know it. So why bother with the idiotic posturing? I’m sure Chinese policy makers understand their decision will cause animosity and I’m certain the North Koreans protested in some way that made those Chinese policy makers aware in case it slipped their minds.

What does this mean, exactly? Well, it means North Korea could become more unstable and could make even more rash decisions than it normally makes. But, it may also present an opportunity. And it will remain to be seen if President Trump sees this and is able to command his government to do much more than leak, sow dissension, and make us look like an Italian parliament.

I am so glad that I left the GOP — I only joined cause of Reagan but they haven’t produced a viable candidate since Reagan and Trump is not GOP and never was. Their party has been hijacked; at least they had the decency and integrity not to screw Trump like a Stanford University professor — in collusion with another professor form another university — proved in a paper they wrote that analyzed the data of various precincts. So, we have emails declaring DNC intent and data to back it up, but at least the GOP isn’t that petty. No matter, they’re both garbage and must be tossed. Time to replenish the ranks…. This time, no factions, if you please.

I’d offer my candidacy, but I’m too candid and insensitive for politics. Still, if the people demanded my service, I would humbly

and respectfully give deep consideration to their request. But, I

don’t know how to raise those kinds of money and my spinal column doesn’t allow me to bend over and kiss butts very well either; so I don’t think I’m suited for politics anyway.

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Most Respectfully,

Joshua Jordan, KSC

Percussa Resurgo

Your observation about Korea are interesting. I believe your view of party politics is incorrect. I suspect there will be a massive realignment of parties over the next four years that will surprise us all, yet will seem inevitable after it has happened. But that’s another matter entirely.


Most scientists ‘can’t replicate studies by their peers’ – BBC News

What does this mean for most of what the MSM calls ‘settled science’?

Science is facing a “reproducibility crisis” where more than two-thirds of researchers have tried and failed to reproduce another scientist’s experiments, research suggests.

“It’s worrying because replication is supposed to be a hallmark of scientific integrity,” says Dr Errington.

Concern over the reliability of the results published in scientific literature has been growing for some time.

John Harlow

Is comment needed?



To be honest Jerry my mind is a little foggy. This debate is a very interesting item. It shows how the left can be changed by reasoned proof.


An unusual event, to say the least.


a balanced media article

Considering how much bias there is on articles about Trump and his affects on the political landscape, it’s nice to see what appears to be a balanced piece.


J got ‘server not found’ when I went looking. That may or may not be interesting. (Probably not. Time Warner antics,)



This article showed up on my Der Speigel flash briefing on my Alexa. I guess if you’re going to act like a country, with land, etc., then you’ve also got to pay the bills, etc. And that requires revenues. Their revenues were created through growth, and now that they’re not growing, they’re having money problems.
(Perhaps they should talk to the United States about deficit financing?)



‘The British system that arguably impelled our secession in 1776 is now here on steroids.’



Roland Dobbins

Surprised? We hoped for change…


3 Habitable Planets in Aquarius!

I suppose you’ll get a flurry of email, and most likely from folks better suited to comment on this than I, but in case they missed it:


For the first time, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a single nearby star – and these new worlds could hold life.

This cluster of planets is less than 40 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, according to NASA and the Belgian-led research team who announced the discovery Wednesday.

The planets circle tightly around a dim dwarf star called Trappist-1, barely the size of Jupiter. Three are in the so-called habitable zone, the area around a star where water and, possibly life, might exist.

The others are right on the doorstep.

Scientists said they need to study the atmospheres before determining whether these rocky, terrestrial planets could support some sort of life. But it already shows just how many Earth-size planets could be out there – especially in a star’s sweet spot, ripe for extraterrestrial life. The more planets like this, the greater the potential of finding one that’s truly habitable. Until now, only two or three Earth-size planets had been spotted around a star.


I always love this kind of news. I’ve not necessarily believed that we’ve been visited (I’m not sure either way), but I’ve always believed that life exists out there, among the stars, and perhaps even in other dimensions right here where we are right now. I may or may not see it proven in my lifetime, but it is a belief I have. Findings like this really make me hopeful that, maybe, we can meet others and maybe some of us can get out of here and go do something more worthwhile than living here.

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Most Respectfully,

Joshua Jordan, KSC

Percussa Resurgo

This of course all over the science news sites, and I have my own sources as well as much mail. I’ll have an essay when there’s something I can add to the discussion. I’m glad we didn’t know about these when Larry, Steve, and I began our interstellar colony series; the astronomy is so fascinating that we’d probably have neglected the biology. But perhaps later. Imagine the tides. And we thought Mercury was tidally locked; now they say these are all locked. I wonder.



Every 200 years California suffers storms of biblical proportions. Get ready.

I’m ready.




Freedom is not free. Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.