Wednesday, July 31, 2019
One of the conundrums created by the Big Bang theory is: How did the universe get so big in such a short period of time? (see: Stack Exchange Discussion). Using classic expansion formulae, accounting for gravitational forces, the actual size early on seems impossible. However, if one assumes that gravity did not attach itself to matter until sometime after the Big Bang (even if just milliseconds), then it seems possible that the universe’s initial expansion could be much faster and larger than possible using Newtonian formulae. .... see: More on Gravity.
If this notion approximates the truth, then many of my assumptions about orphaned gravity, gravitons, gravity waves, dark matter, the Earth’s increasing gravity, etc. seem much more likely to be fact ... see: Gravity and Climate.
Wouldn’t that be a hoot?
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Trump’s intel pick collaborated with a fierce Russia foe
Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to dramatically rewrite the rules for negotiating trade deals
USA to borrow $1.23 trillion in ‘19 ... Second year in row ...
Omar promotes Tweet fantasizing about violence against Rand Paul
Trump’s Baltimore tirade expands to include Sanders, Sharpton
Facebook warns investors that Libra digital currency may never see the light of day
Study: 28% of delivery drivers have eaten your food ...
Donald Trump taunts Nancy Pelosi and ‘failing’ San Francisco
DOJ restricts asylum claims based on family relations
Earnings calls ‘painting a picture of an economy hampered by trade uncertainty’
Chicagoland weekend: 9 killed, 39 wounded ...
Poll: Majority of Americans reject cash reparations for slavery
If gravitational waves are bathing the Earth and our solar system from all directions of the universe over the billions of years of our existence ... adding subtle changes in all our gravity profiles ... and therefore causing subtle changes in the tilts and orbits of the Earth (and the rest of the solar system) ... see: Pterosaurs (Updated); one can conclude that this has caused “signal” changes in our climate ... ice ages and warming periods ... all independent of the other smaller “noise” factors that also affect our climate.
The above image is NASA’s related depiction of the gravity map or “geoid” of our current Earth. Its topology is caused by differences in rock densities, sea levels and many other things ... see: NASA Earthdata Entry. But is it also caused, to a much smaller degree, by orphan gravity ... in the form of gravitons, bathing our Earth from outer space through gravitational waves? These changes would be so small and random that they might go unnoticed from month to month ... but, over the millennia or centuries or, possibly, even decades, have a significant impact ... not just on Earth, but on our entire solar system.
And, if such exogenous changes in our gravity alters, ever so slightly, the tilt of our planet ... or shifts, ever so slightly, our orbital path around the sun ... or maybe even changes in the sun itself ... these effects on our climate might well be quite significant. Have we been ignoring these possible gravitational factors in our current carbon-based hysteria about our planet having a fever? Dear reader, I would like to suggest so.
On the attack: Trump targets Cummings for second straight day
The Fed is about to cut rates for the first time since 2008 as trade war weighs on economic growth
Axelrod: If Trump loses [in 2020], this [Cummings attack] will be why ...
Baltimore Sun Op-Ed: Trump’s right, declare Baltimore a ‘disaster’ and rebuild it
Trump names Rep. John Ratcliff to replace Dan Coates as director of national intelligence
House judiciary chairman says Trump ‘richly deserves impeachment’
FoxNews poll: 47% want impeachment, 45% don’t ...
Sanders [once] blasted Elijah Cummings’ district as a ‘third-world country’
Trump will sign budget deal, Mulvaney says
There are surprising signs that Trump’s maximum pressure on Iran could lead to talks
Israel, US test intercepting ballistic missiles in Alaska ...
Update: 12 injured, at least 3 killed at Gilroy [CA] Garlic Festival shooting
Monday, July 29, 2019
“Don’t shit in your own nest.” — old English proverb
Sixty-two years ago, before the Baltimore Harbor tunnel was completed (November, 1957), drivers had to traverse much of this inner-city when going north or south between New York and Washington, DC. Back then I recall that this city was famous for its freshly-scrubbed white front steps (often owned by minorities) — a badge of pride for the Charm City of Edgar Allen Poe.
Now things have dramatically changed and, according to almost every honest observer, Baltimore resembles a “third-world country” (ala Bernie Sanders). It has the highest murder rate in the US and is a sullen, broken, corrupt society. Why did this descent into hell occur. Perhaps 52 years of unbroken Democrat mayors and 23 years of being represented in Congress by Democrat Elijah Cummings?
I guess anyone lamenting this fall from grace is a racist? Just another symptom of why Baltimore is such a rotten place to live ... it’s always someone else’s fault.
Because pterosaurs were so much larger than today's flying animals, one must conclude that our atmosphere was much denser then. And how could this be? One explanation is that our atmosphere is getting thinner. But the opposite seems true ... see Science Magazine Article.
Thus, our atmosphere then must have been infused with many more carbon dioxide and other complex (heavier) molecules such as methane and water vapor.
Therefore, if life flourished then, we must have far more latitude for changes to our current atmospheric mix than climate scientists, like Al Gore, give us credit for.
The above was written to try to explain why flying animals were so much bigger hundreds of millions of years ago. I concluded the the density of our atmosphere was much greater back then ... which helped to support more weight. The case I made was rather strained but I am not dismissing it here. But, upon further research and thought, it might (also) be that gravity on our Earth was so much weaker back then ... allowing for easier flight ... see: More on Gravity. Could be both, but I am now more persuaded by less gravity.
I also have some further thoughts on gravity ... starting with the question: what happens to its gravity when matter is destroyed? Clearly, nuclear weapons destroy matter, albeit a small amount turned into enormous amounts of energy (E = MC2). However, when celestial events occur, such as the merging of two black holes, enormous amounts of matter is destroyed. Such events, it has been recently discovered, send out “gravitational waves.” Although it has not yet been proven that gravitational waves carry away this orphaned gravity (see: Wikipedia Entry) ... I will so speculate.
These gravitational waves, if they distributed this orphaned gravity throughout the universe, would likely do so uniformly ... which seems a requirement for not upsetting the current celestial relationships (as I have previously been concerned with). Also, of course, even though this gravitational wave might possibly distribute an enormous amount of its orphaned gravity throughout the universe, the share that the Earth might receive would be very, very small.
But again, millions of years of these gravitational waves striking the Earth might accumulate to a meaningful number ... or, there might have been one or more super gigantic celestial events that provided the Earth with a large enough dose to goose our gravity to the point where pterosaurs could no longer get airborne ... and dinosaurs to became extinct over a short time span.
My speculations here may or may not make scientific sense ... but they sure make common sense.
Democratic governors sound alarm on Trump re-election
Trump calls Baltimore a ‘rat and rodent infested mess’ in attack on Rep. Elijah Cummings
Fed’s to turn over ‘highly-sensitive’ material to Epstein’s lawyers ...
Rand: Maybe Ilhan Omar would ‘appreciate’ USA more by visiting Somalia
Trump, Boris Johnson working already on U.S.-U.K. trade deal
Safety groups, want FTC, state probes of Tesla’s Autopilot system — and its marketing efforts
Police arrest hundreds at Moscow election protest ...
Levin: Nadler has ‘declared war on American people’
Covington student’s defamation suit against Washington Post is dismissed
Facebook bans sale of alcohol, tobacco between users
China could wait for U.S. election for trade deal ...
Bill de Blasio: Trump ‘will not be welcome back in New York City’
Sunday, July 28, 2019
The questions then persist ... how and why? Newton called gravity a force and Einstein called it a warp in the space-time continuum. Others speculate gravity comes from an elementary particle called a graviton. In order to continue this discussion further, read first: Universe Today Write-up. On the other hand, I have speculate before that gravity is a fifth dimension ... one of the seven new ones predicted to exist in string theory mathematics.
I have also opined that the amount of gravity is finite and that, during the Big Bang, not all gravity found some mass “to attach to” ... and became dark matter (an ironic term since it apparently has no mass). And that this orphaned gravity is what causing the universe to expand ... because only that attached to mass would cause the universe to contract ... as the sum of known mass would suggest. If this reasoning turns out to be fact, dark matter and dark energy are one and the same.
How can gravity be both another dimension and a form of free-floating dark matter? This I haven’t fully figured out yet. Maybe just the difference between a dimension and the metric that measures it?
So, to return to the original speculation about the Earth acquiring more gravity over time ... which has caused our animal populations to shrink in physical size. Perhaps “dark matter” or meandering gravity, unattached after the universe was created, does continually find homes in places like Earth ... and results in higher gravity readings over the eons. Of course, this needs be occurring simultaneously everywhere ... or else the gravitational relations between celestial bodies would go awry ... which would not be good.
Afterthought: Could the tipping point and the rapid disappearance of the dinosaurs have been finally caused by too much gravity?
Dems move closer to impeachment in strategy shakeup
S&P 500, NASDAQ notch another record close after strong earnings from Alphabet, Starbucks
[Q2] GDP: 2.1%
Donald Trump: No tariff wavers for Apple computer parts
Poll: No impeachment bump after Mueller’s testimony
Trump says he ‘might’ put tariffs on French wind in response to digital tax
Mystery: Rep. Omar splits with another husband ... Moves into luxury penthouse ...
Joe Biden: Donald Trump ‘won fair and square’ in 2016
Trump shuts down Navarro over ideas to devalue U.S. dollar
Kudlow: ‘I wouldn’t expect any grand deal on China’
Guatemala signs immigration asylum deal ...
Trump furious with Fox News poll ...
Saturday, July 27, 2019
There are quite a number of threats to the survival of our culture ... even our people. Whether they actually mean that the Earth will turn into Mars is dubious, but some actually might pose this menace. I have listed below real and imagined Armageddons ... in a descending order I consider reasonable. Each deserves its own extensive blog entry ... which I may well do. You may differ with the sequencing, but I doubt that you will dispute these items themselves:
Nuclear Proliferation — Nukes in the hands of lunatics
Top-dog Hegemony — China vs. Russia vs. USA vs. radical Islam ... unless the U.S. wins, things will be over
Plague — Biological weapons or natural pandemics might easily wipe out huge numbers of people
Artificial Intelligence — The nutroots are constantly predicting that robots will rule us. I am dubious.
Climate Change — the Earth has been getting warmer since 1750. Will it burn up as many predict? Maybe in a few million tears ... but not tomorrow.
Green Energy — I think that capturing energy from the wind and tides may present some unintended consequences.
Recreational Drugs — opium once almost took down China. It is conceivable that the legalization and propagation of mind-altering drugs could profoundly affect our future outlook.
Designer Babies — DNA-altering medicine will be changing our offspring and lives in ways not fully understood. Are we in for a planet full of Frankensteins?
Population Bomb — thirty years ago this was close to the number one fear. However populations are leveling off and declining everywhere bu Africa. Thus threat is therefore small.
Famine — the reduction of population pressure combined with higher crop yields reduces the possibility of widespread famine.
Big Data — although not threatening the end to civilization, the collection of massive amounts of personal data through social media and otherwise does pose a serious danger to our freedoms.
UFOs — Sorry Tucker ... not a threat.
House Republicans balk as budget vote looms
Hedge-fund manager Kyle Bass says US-China trade deal can’t be reached
Newspaper circulation lowest level since 1940 ...
Tulsi [Gabbard] sues Google for censorship
Warren: I would’ve accepted VP offer from Clinton
Biden, Harris and Buttigieg rack up donations from big bank executives on Wall Street
Europe struggles to conserve water amid record heat ...
Rashida Tlaib in 2015 on Donald Trump: ‘Deport this asshole!’
McConnell moves to confirm 19 judges next week
Goldman sees stronger second-half growth, says buy cyclical companies
POLL: Biden only Dem leading Trump in OH ...
‘Disaster’: Robert Mueller testimony backfires on Democrats
Friday, July 26, 2019
Our previous Special Counsel Robert Mueller fumbled through his Congressional testimony this past Wednesday which, one would think, finally put a stake through the heart of the spectre of Russian collusion. Not so fast pilgrim. There are still dozens of professed loyal Americans who still cling to this cockamamie theory which has been disproved over and over and over and over and over again. These collusion zombies occasionally switch topics to Trump’s alleged obstruction of justice ... particularly when their cognitive dissonance causes them night sweats.
But this generally is only temporary since it is almost impossible to get a conviction for obstruction of justice involving a non-crime. Sooo ... this Night of the Living Dead procession, led by Nadler, Pelosi, Schiff, The Squad, Joe Scarborough, etc., again starts chanting “COLLUSION” in unison. And, again, without any evidence gathered by the Weismann hoax blitzkrieg over two years and tens of million dollars, they march into the dismal swamp.
Sidebar: Despite Mueller’s declining mental acuity and the obvious truth that Weismann was running the show, I choose to believe that Mueller made the decision not to accuse Trump and Company with Russian collusion ... since I have little doubt the Weismann would have done so given his leash. And this probably was negotiated in exchange for the weaselly-worded obstruction of justice language in part two of the report. Thus, Mueller might still be considered a smidgen of a patriot.
‘Euphoria’: White House, GOP exult after flat Mueller performance
Tesla falls after posting wider-than-expected loss
Mueller: My report did not exonerate Trump ... Can be indicted after office ...
Trump triumphant: Republicans ‘had a very good day’ ...
Mueller dodged lawmakers’ questions roughly 130 times
South Korea says North Korea has fired two unidentified projectiles into the sea
Rep. Tlaib to receive ‘big welcome’ in family’s Palestine village ...
NYPD Memo: Cops should press charges for water-bucket dousing
Facebook discloses FTC antitrust investigation is under way
Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she opposes 2020 Democrats’ plans to expand the Supreme Court
Google engineer goes public: Tech ‘dangerous,’ ‘taking sides’ ... Manipulated, political ...
Robert Mueller corrects earlier remark that he would have indicted Trump
Thursday, July 25, 2019
The US economy seems to be doing quite well at the moment, historically low unemployment, blowout durable goods orders and an upwardly revised 2019 GDP estimates by the IMF. And it seems that at least one Fed rate cut this year is now baked into the cake. Next, the Democrats do what they invariably do (they can’t help themselves) ... they negotiated with the White House fire-house federal spending increases next year in exchange for raising the debt ceiling for two years (until after the next presidential election). Do they not realize that this is fiscal stimulus in an election year? And this will do nothing but help the president’s economic braggadocios?
If China has any smarts, it will realize that fiscal stimulus on top of monetary stimulus will mean that it would be best to cut a trade deal with Trump before he gets re-elected for the best terms possible. And, if it does so capitulate, this will be a a triple economic whammy ... one which could easily drive US GNP growth to over 5% — almost an unimaginable number for the world’s biggest economy!
Now, dear reader do you understand why America’s stock market keeps making new highs day after day?
Mueller scrambles hearing by choosing top deputy as counsel
DOJ says it will take a broad antitrust look at Big Tech, stocks dip
NYT: Only 35 arrested in ICE raids
Exclusive: Gulf cartel recruitment of young teens on rise near border
Crackdown on food stamps could worsen hunger, USDA acknowledges
US-China in-person trade talks expected next week, White House eyes longer-term timeline for deal
Mexico sets murder record ...
Trump sues to block Congress from obtaining [his] tax returns
NAACP leadership unanimously votes to support impeaching Trump
New research finds differences in the brains of US Cuban embassy staff after mystery attacks
CENTCOM: [US] May have downed more Iranian drones ...
Tucker: Dems say ‘no one is above the law’ — make exception for illegals
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
These hearings are obviously political theater ... unlikely to produce anything new. But there will be heroic efforts by the Democrats therein to create enough dramatic moments to swing the American public’s opinion toward Trump’s impeachment ... or at least sully him enough to make his re-election problematic. It will be interesting to see how these Democrat plot twists will be manufactured and how clever thy will be.
Can these two committee (bone) heads, Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff, script these hearings to so swing public opinion to their purpose? which is impeachment. We shall see. I’ll wait to finish this blog entry until this answer emerges from Mueller’s testimony.
Nadler hearing — Mueller has gone soft ... didn’t know of Glen Simpson and Fusion GPS (WHAT!?) ... He couldn’t answer why his posse reached a conclusion about collusion but not obstruction. Dems did their best to show that Trump obstructed injustice ... otherwise YAWN
Schiff hearing — Muddled, mixed-up Mueller with few real answers. ZZZZ!
Pompeo: U.K. must look after its own ships
Elizabeth Warren’s recession scare seems long on fear, short on facts
Poll: Even most DEMs don’t want border crossings demilitarized ...
Pete Buttigieg: White supremacy threatens to end United States
Rashida Tlaib: ‘I’m not going nowhere, not until I impeach this president’
Lawmakers strike two-year US debt ceiling and budget deal
Venezuela blames ‘electromagnetic attack’ on blackout ...
Brexit leader Boris Johnson wins race for UK prime minister
DOJ tells Mueller to limit testimony to his report
The market has a technical problem, making it ‘vulnerable’ to a rapid sell-off, JP Morgan
Lights go out in NYC — again ...
Huawei hopes Google will influence White House
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
A sanitary plumbing system was one of the great innovations of urban civilizations. It was designed to supply fresh water to the masses ... and carry away their waste products. Mystically, many West Coast (Democrat) mayors seem to have turned their backs on this invention. And, all across our country, liberal city officials are abdicating other civic duties ... such as workable transportation systems, even-handed law and order, well-educated children, uplifting urban beauty, insuring a disease/vermin-free environment and promoting fiscal responsibility. I wonder why these doofuses think they were elected? To grab a megaphone and call the rest of the us racists?
Is there some Jovian reason they are not supposed to do their jobs?
Cory Booker charges Trump is ‘worse than a racist’
Hong Kong police fire rubber bullets, tear gas as protests descend into chaos
Israeli minister boasts his country has been ‘killing Iranians’ ...
Stephen Miller: Criticism is OK, turning US into Venezuela isn’t
Japan’s ruling coalition scores an election victory
Iran tanker seizure shows oil price has become a ‘broken barometer’ for Mideast tensions
How Trump could lose by 5 million votes — and still win ...
Sanders campaign limiting staffer hours in order to pay $15 minimum [hourly] wage
Trump claims not to care if his attack on Omar and the squad are good politics
Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rossello says he will not run for re-election, but is not resigning
Wealthiest 10% of households own 84% of all stocks ...
Exclusive: Mex cartel leader caught sneaking across TX border
Monday, July 22, 2019
There is credible evidence that Ilhan Omar may have committed immigration fraud, marriage fraud and tax fraud ... see: Powerline Blog, Another Powerline Blog and Still Another (Most Important) One. It would seem to this observer that these suspicions should be run to ground by the FBI, including a DNA test if necessary. And, if at least the tax and immigration fraud charges are proven, she should be stripped of her House seat, citizenship and possibly deported.
Of course, such an outcome would result in a melt-down by those who believe that Trump is a Nazi racist and Omar is an innocent-looking martyr .... with unknown volcanic repercussions.
This is why Omar will likely walk. It seems politics always trumps justice ... at least lately.