Florida will NEVER be even HALF flooded

Another blitheringly idiotic, agenda-driven article asks,

How much longer before all of Florida is underwater?

Well, let’s see…  Florida’s mean elevation is 100 ft, and it’s highest elevation is 345 ft.

Although the mean sea level has risen at least 120 meters since the last glacial maximum 21,000 years ago, it plateaued to within 15 meters of today’s level some 8,000 years ago.

Thus, even at the absolute MAXIMUM sea level rise rate between 21,000 and 8,000 years ago (7.78 m/k-years) from the glacial maximum to the modern warm period, it would take 4,243 years for Florida to be half-flooded, and 12,857 years for Florida to be completely flooded, but only IF…

That IF is that the max rate were even possible. It’s not, as that was due to the melting of world-covering glaciers. We only have a tiny fraction of such coverage, so, given today’s CURRENT rate, it will take 16,500 years for half-coverage, and 50,000 years for full coverage.

BUT WAIT!!! Is there even enough ice in the world LEFT to provide that much flooding???

No! In fact, if all the ice covering Antarctica, Greenland, and in mountain glaciers around the world were to melt, sea level would rise about 70 meters (230 feet).

Thus, Florida can NEVER flood to even the half-way point, even if all ice in the world were to melt.

Thus, the article above is FAKE NEWS.

Thus, talks of “rising two meters by 2100” is outlandishly fake news, particularly when the WORST CASE estimate currently stands at about 4 inches, just 0.1016 meters, placing the “two meters” exaggeration factor at 19.7 TIMES greater than reality.

Come on, world! Learn some math. Learn some science. Learn how NOT to be lead around like a cow with a ring in your nose by agenda-driven NON-science.

sea-level rise
Post-Glacial Sea Level Rise

Yet another blitheringly idiotic, agenda-driven global warming scare-scam article DEBUNKED BY SCIENCE!

Obamacare and the Death of America

A friend is blaming Obama for the health care fiasco. Well, that’s certainly true, at least in part.
 
He royally screwed the pooch by tapping into the pockets of everyone who could pay for health care in order to pay for healthcare for everyone who can’t afford it. Unfortunately, the blitheringly idiotic jerks who came up with and passed Obamacare failed to calculate for the shifted economic capability AFTER it was implemented. Thus, a full third of those caught in the middle made too much to get a discount but not enough to afford the premiums and the deductibles.
 
Even so, Obama was largely the tip of the evil spear of socialist Demoncraps who think that socialism is somehow sustainable. It’s NEVER been sustainable, EVER, except on the backs of a large working class who largely forfeit the fruits of their labor to an elitist, authoritarian group who run things while living high on the hog.
 
You’d never think the masses would ever vote an elitist into office, but it is indeed the have-nots, the “useless idiots” who who elected Obama, then elected him again, and almost elected Hillary, largely on the basis of promises of a better life put forth by the lying Demoncraps.
 
Ignorance throughout America is the greatest culprit, here. Socialism never works. Until the masses WAKE UP and realize they’re being used by the socialists in exchange for largely empty promises, America’s problems WILL CONTINUE.

All Hallows’ Eve – It’s CHRISTIAN

Is Halloween of the Devil?  Some of my Christian friends think so.  I think ALL things of God have been perverted by Satan, including church worship. That doesn’t mean we toss worship out the window and go live in a cave.  When is the last time you heard a Christian say, “Well, those Satanists have gone and done it again.  They’re worshipping Satan.  Looks like worship is now of the Devil.  We can’t worship any more.  No more worshipping in this household…”
Yeah.  I haven’t either.
I have heard, however, as recently as three days ago, “We don’t celebrate Halloween in this household.”  Even so, the individual likes watching Harry Potter movies, Lord of the Rings, and even the occasional horror movie.  Go figure.
Halloween
Well, ok.  But what’s the difference?  Why are we allowing Satan to cut us off from some things and not other things he has perverted, like Christmas and Easter?
I checked a few sources and came up with the following:  “Halloween or Hallowe’en (a contraction of All Hallows’ Evening), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.” – (Source)
 
Like all hallowed (holy) things, Halloween’s remembrance of the departed was perverted by un-Godly forces into worshipping evil.  Although it began with simply remembering the dead, Satan morphed it into revering witches, ghosts, goblins, monsters, spirits, and other possible venues of evil.  Even the Bible clearly states have nothing to do with either witchcraft or divination, for those things are evil.  It always warns against spiritism, and to test the spirits, for some are evil.  The term “ghost,” however, originally only ever meant the spirit part of one’s soul, the component that departs the flesh when we die.
This isn’t exactly a newsflash, but Satan’s perversion of good, holy things began with himself, an archangel.  In fact, that’s why God tossed him out of Heaven.  But just because he perverted one angel, himself, does that mean we shun all angels, or things angelic?
No, of course not.
Satan’s perversion of holiness is to be expected.  Heck, he’s perverted pretty much everything, including vacations, Christmas, Easter, and marriage.  So, let’s toss all of those, as well, ok?  He’s certainly perverted Christianity, so let’s toss that out the window, too, ok?
How about, “No, that’s not ok.”  Christianity is not of the devil.  In fact, NOTHING on God’s good Earth is of the devil!  
“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.”  (Source)
Even Halloween!
So, instead of cringing in fear or shunning that which God himself has created, how about we do something different, instead?  How about we reclaim the ground which we have allowed Satan to take from us?
When it comes to fighting Satan, God never meant it to be difficult.  Indeed, Christ’s yoke is easy, and his burden is light (Source).  God defeated Satan.  The devil might like you to believe otherwise, but it really wasn’t much of a contest.  If we have indeed been adopted into God’s family through our faith in Christ’s atoning sacrifice on the cross, then Satan stands defeated before us, as well.  God’s word is simple:  “So submit to [the authority of] God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him] and he will flee from you” (Source) Defeating Satan is easy:  Just recognize that he’s been defeated!  His ONLY power over you is that of deceit, of convincing you that it’s a struggle, or worse, that it’s impossible.  If you believe you’re defeated, then you are.  That’s how Satan binds you.  But if you know your victory in Christ, then Satan has no hold over you.
 
We resist Satan at Christmas.  We resist Satan at Easter.  We resist Satan in our marriages, our households, at work, indeed, throughout all other areas of our lives.
Here’s what we DON’T do:  We don’t quit.  We don’t walk away and given Satan ground in any area of our lives.  We are called to remain in the world, but be not of the world.  (Source)
 
Just because a good thing is perverted by evil does NOT mean that good people cannot still participate in it in a holy way. Christmas and Easter have been similarly perverted, yet we continue to participate in both of those in a good, righteous, and Holy way.  As Grace to You observes:
“Christians should not respond to Halloween like superstitious pagans. Pagans are superstitious; Christians are enlightened by the truth of God’s Word. Evil spirits are no more active and sinister on Halloween than they are on any other day of the year; in fact, any day is a good day for Satan to prowl about seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). But “greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). God has forever “disarmed principalities and powers” through the cross of Christ and “made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them through [Christ]” (Colossians 2:15).”
 
Similarly, kids can still have good, clean, and even holy fun during Halloween, by dressing up as departed presidents, firefighters, famous aviators, and other wholesome characters.  You can even call it Halloween!  Or go whole hog and call it All Hallows’ Eve or All Saints’ Eve.  There’s no need to be Christian Politically Correct and hold a “Fall Harvest.”  I mean, if that’s what you want to do, go for it.  But if you’re doing it because you think that’s somehow more righteous or holy than participating in All Hallows’ Eve or All Saints’ Eve, then I dare say your understanding of God’s word is off target.
 
When we distance ourselves from good things simply because Satan has tainted aspects of it with evil, Satan wins.  We hand him blue ribbons on silver platters. That’s his GOAL, after all, to turn everyone to evil, and if that fails, to at least take the good things away from those who love God.
 
Don’t let Satan win. Have fun this All Hallows’ Eve! Yet remain holy. 🙂

On Banning Bump-Fire Stocks…

What do you think, folks? Should we ban bump-fire stocks?

 Or should we ban the blitheringly idiotic, mentally unstable liberals and/or Demoncraps who keep murdering people en masse?
 
Perhaps we should ban the Mudstream Media that continues to poison their brains with worthless crap that simply isn’t true.
 
We could ban Hollywood for giving these mass-murderers the ideas in the first place.
 
Maybe we ought to imprison the communist teachers who FAILED to teach our kids proper, helping them learn things like, “On my honor, I will do my best. To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.”
 
But banning bump-fire stocks? What’s next, guns in general? Knives? Quarter-staffs? Socks full of pennies? Spears? Rocks?
 
I mean, seriously… Are you going to ban ROCKS? Because, as you know, there was a guy who was murdered less than a quarter mile away from where I lived. He was murdered in the parking lot of a sports bar when someone hit him over the head with a ROCK.
 
So, go ahead. Ban rocks. This is, however, the ROCKY Mountains, so it’s going to take you a few hundred (if not tens of thousands) of years to get rid of all the rocks.
 
Until you do, I think I’ll keep my knives, guns, and anything else I damned well please, thank you very much.

Conspiracy Theory – Junk, or Fact?

I’m researching what drives conspiracy theorists for three reasons:
 
First, I’m a scientist. In fact, unlike Neil de Grass Tyson, I actually have degrees with “SCIENCE” in their name (he has a BA, an MA, and a PhD, whereas I have a BS, an MS, and an MBA).
 
Second, whenever I see yet another conspiracy theory pop up on the Internet, I groan and roll my eyeballs like any good scientist – skeptic until proven otherwise.
 
Third, I’m a conspiracy theorist myself. Like any good scientist, I don’t allow either popular opinion, claims of “it’s proven science,” or my own healthy skepticism to get in the way of the process of science, which involves the scientific method, actual research, and a full working knowledge of a variety of disciplines including math, statistics, biology, chemistry, engineering, aviation, political science, history, psychology, social science, IT, and some others.
 
You really do need to have mastered these disciplines in order to objectively examine various conspiracy theories and make any headway determining whether there’s any factual basis to them or not.
 
For example, if you can’t tell me the difference between a diode and a transistor, or between inductance and conductance, you’re almost certainly not qualified to intelligibly examine the conspiracy theories surrounding HAARP.
 
If you can’t calculate dispersion patterns of airborne particles or calculate ground-level toxicity based on release altitude, winds at ground and aloft, and turbulence, or calculate aircraft weight fractions as a function of fuel, you’re almost certainly not qualified to intelligibly examine the conspiracy theories surrounding chemtrails.
 
If you don’t understand the concept of design limits, factors of safety, and buckling, and can’t both find and follow a simple temperature-strength graph for modern structural steel, you’re almost certainly not qualified to intelligibly examine the conspiracy theories surrounding the collapse of the World Trade Center Twin Towers in 2001.
 
And before you verbally slash me, consider this:
 
“Whatever critical thinking skills the conspiracy theorists lack, they make up for in numbers, passion, and the ability to stay in their own echo chambers. It’s to the point where conspiracy theorists even have a hard time (to be kind) spotting conspiracy theory parodies.” – Source
 
I, too, have fallen prey to conspiracy theory parodies. What separates mice from men, however, is being able to discern the difference. Some “conspiracies” really are valid. Others, however, a so full of holes that any rational thinker armed with a decent education should be able to spot it as hogwash.
 
And from this point, we shall proceed!

Here’s another fun article, this time, peer-reviewed.

Is a Constitutional Convention Feasible?

A friend mentioned using a “Constitutional Convention” to overturn Obamacare. Is this feasible?
 
My answer: I don’t think a “Constitutional Convention” is anywhere near as easy as people think. But let’s take a closer look at it, to see what it says, as well as how best to make one happen should we need it. First, let’s take a look at the Source Document i.e. Article V of the U.S. Constitution:
 
“The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress…”
This is beautifully written.  The only problem is that it’s horribly misunderstood.
For example, here’s a graphic that flat out gets a key element wrong, by giving power to Congress that the U.S. Constitution actually denies, and for very good reason:
Amending the Constitution - Wrong
Here’s another one that just flat out gets it wrong.  When you re-read Article V again, can you spot the error?
amending the constitution - also wrong
Here’s a far more accurate graphic.  In fact, it matches the text in Article V exactly, except for one minor point:
Amending the Constitution - Nearly Correct
In summary, Amendments to the U.S. Constitution can be initiated and ratified by one of two means:
 
– When initiated by Congress
– – Initiation requires 2/3 vote from BOTH Houses
– – Ratification – See Note 1
 
– When initiated by the States
– – Initiation requires 2/3 of the legislatures of the states via Conventions
– – Ratification – See Note 1
 
Note 1: Ratification requires 3/4 of legislatures of the states or by Conventions in 3/4 of the states, as proposed (but not mandated) by Congress.
 
In other words, while the initiation may originate from two different sources (Congress and the State legislature Conventions), the ratification is always performed by the States.
 
Thus, there is a means by which the States can not only resist, but actually steamroll over a wayward, do nothing or even a bad Congress. If 3/4 of the state legislatures are willing, they can pass a Constitutional amendment repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), if not outlawing federal involvement in health care altogether, and they can do it even if 100% of all members of both the House and the Senate oppose it.

CNN LIES AGAIN! Falsifies Hurricane Irma “Records”

I am SERIOUSLY doubting CNN’s “Worst Hurricane Ever” sales pitch. Sounds to me like they’re either trying to win the Most Over-Sensationalized Reporting of the Year Award or simply trying to keep what few viewers are left.
 
But let’s look at some of these so-called “statistics:”
 
1. Strongest Atlantic basin hurricane ever recorded outside the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea…
 
Irma had maximum sustained winds of 185 mph and a barometric pressure of 914 hPa (lower is stronger). While strong indeed, hurricanes CNN Irma LiesWilma, Gilbert, “Labor Day”, and Allen beat Irma, both in terms of sustained wind speeds and lower (stronger) pressure. Allen (August 5-9, 1980) was the strongest with 195 mph winds and a pressure of just 899 hPa.
 
As for strongest ever, that record belongs to 2015’s Patricia, at 200 mph winds and 880 hPa.
 
2. Longest Category 5 hurricane since satellite storm-tracking began…
 
Perhaps, but “Cuba” (November 5-8, 1932) beat Irma’s 75 hours, coming in at 78 hours as a Category 5 storm.
 
3. No storm on record has maintained winds 185 mph or above for as long as Irma’s 37 hours.
 
Perhaps true, but this is a REALLY obscure fact, and would require pouring over tons of raw and minute data not generally reported to the public.
 
4. It prompted the largest evacuation in the history of the Bahamas, and potentially the largest in the US.
 
Ok, first of all, the Bahamas has never had so many inhabitants as it does today, nor so many with the means to leave, so, DUH.CNN Irma Lies
 
Second, while 6.3 million people were ordered to evacuate, “The low estimates for the actual number of evacuees is 700,000 people” (Source: Boston Globe)
 
So, call it 1 million people who ACTUALLY evacuated.
 
Well, gee, you can order 30 million people to evacuated, but that’s not a “record.” Records are set by how many people actually evacuated, and that number looks to be roughly 1 million.
 
So, NO RECORD THERE…
 
5. 1.3 million people without power…
 
On July 13-14, 1977, 9 million people experienced a power outage in New York City. Hell, hurricane Sandy knocked power out to roughly 8 million people.
 
UPDATE (20170911-1630 hrs EDT):  The news is now saying “millions without powers” and refuses to specify numbers.  Technically, “million” is anything over 1 million.  However, I see they now added, “nearly 6 million people are without power.”  Ok, that’s substantial, and commensurate with the fact Iram stretched beyond both Florida’s east and west coasts while raking it south to north.  However, New York still has ’em beat.
Again: NO RECORD.
 
6. 15 feet of maximum storm surge…
 
“Katrina’s powerful right-front quadrant passed over the west and central Mississippi coast, causing a powerful 27-foot (8.2 m) storm surge…”
UPDATE (20170911-1630 hrs EDT):  News agencies are now saything that while a storm surge of 10 to 15 feet was projected, that the storm surge was “nowhere near that bad.”  So, what was it?  Seven feet?  Eight?
 
Again: NO RECORD.
 
7. 185 mph top strength…
 
NOPE! Tied with Wilma, Gilbert, and “Labor Day”, but beat by Allen.
 
Again: NO RECORD.
 
8. “95% of all buildings that Irma damaged when it hit Barbuda…”
 
Sorry, CNN, but damage to small islands enroute to the U.S. does not count. I really don’t care how many huts were blown down.
 
As for damage to Florida’s buildings, it looks like nearly all the buildings designed to withstand hurricane-force winds…
 
…actually withstood hurricane force winds.
 
Again: NO RECORD.
 
Was Irma big? Yes. Was it fast? Yes. Did it cause significant storm surge? Yes.
 
But it wasn’t the biggests, fastest, floodiest hurricane on record, nor will it be the most expense. Nothing will top Katrina’s $108 billion price tag, although Sandy and Harvey came within $40 billion of doing so.
 
CNN, you’re caught LYING YOUR ASS OFF yet again!
Meanwhile, ABC’s news report, Hurricane Irma, By the numbers, is a far more appropriate piece of journalistic integrity.