GoldenOdyssey

'Tis better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all. Tennyson, Alfred, Lord

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Location: Orange County, CA, United States

I am an avid golfer who enjoys political discourse and quantum physics. I believe that regardless of politics that reality eventually intervenes.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Hurricane Katrina Slams into Gulf Coast

Fox News is reporting that Hurricane Katrina hit the gulf coast right at the Louisiana and Mississippi state-line with 145 mph winds. Up to 50 people have already been reported dead. The New Orleans Superdome sustained at least two holes in its domed roof. Billions of dollars of damage is expected.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Generating Energy from the Ocean

Here's a an interesting research project to harness power from the oceans: Motion of the Ocean. It certainly feasible and more promising than other new energy approaches. It was included in a another article that talked about other energy sources besides oil: Thinking Beyond Oil.

I've always been intrigued by other energy generating ideas but I take a conservaitve view of it. I don't mean that politically, even though it coincides with the right, but I believe that we shouldn't rush to these other energy solutions until they makes sense. That means we will have to find and drill for more oil. To do otherwise would hurt our economy.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Michael Graham on KFI 640 Right Now!

Michael Graham, who recently was fired from an ABC talk radio station, is on KFI 640 out of LA right now!

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Chinese Military Buildup ... Scary

I've been meaning to post about this for a while when I heard Bill Gertz talk about the substantial increase in the Chinese military buildup over the past few years.

Today's news about Chinese hack attacks directed at the US DOD was yet another reminder of China's military buildup.

The Washington Times not too long ago noted that the US had been surprised by the Chinese buildup.

TCS has a good article discussing Bill Gertz's findings. Also, a joint Chinese and Russian military exercise was viewed as a message to the US. In fact, visit Gertz's website to get more stories about the Chinese buildup.

US's Approach to Global Warming

I certainly don't believe Global Warming is real but I admire President Bush's approach to the problem. The US in the past month signed on to the Asian-Pacific Climate Plan and it appears to be a much more realistic approach to Global Warming.

Tech Central Station has a couple of good articles on this pact: Game Set and Match, Leaving the Europeans Behind. Frankly, Tech Central Station is a treasure trove of good articles about science and politics.

American soldiers beaten in Seattle

This is areally sad and sickening post on Michelle Malkin's blog. Two American soldiers who recently returned from Iraq were savagely beatened in Seattle.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Great News! Skin and Embryonic Stem Cells Fused

Researchers announced that they have fused adult skin cells with embryonic stem cells. This could lead to the creation of embryonic stem cells without having to create and destroy human embryos.

h/t Atlas Shrugs

Enemies of the past counted on war protestors

I've gotten tired of the phony anti-war movement lately ... and apparently so have a few others. I consider them phony because they only seem to come out in full force when the President is Republican. I also believe that these leftwingers demoralize the country and troops, thus, emboldening the enemy to fight longer and harder. This leads to more deaths on the battlefield. But, don't expect these arrogant war protestors to give up their RIGHT to protest just because soldiers are dying on the batteldfield. Their right is more important than the lives of the soldiers. I really don't know how much of this is due to ignorance and how much is due to arrogance.

Posted on Atlas Shrugs blog about John Kerry in the right-hand column: "The North Vietnamese general in charge of the military campaign that finally drove the U.S. out of South Vietnam in 1975 credited a group led by John Kerry with helping him achieve victory. Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap wrote that if it weren't for organizations like Kerry's Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Hanoi would have surrendered to the U.S."

Michelle Malkin's blog has a post, Amen Mr. Frum, that gets into depth about the Global War on Terrorism and the success of the anti-war movement that Vietnam counted on.

Anti-war protestors, the enemy is rooting for YOU.

US Army Exceeds Enlistment Goals - MSM Silent

Even more good news! The Army is exceeding enlistment goals as the fiscal year ends. Even WWII needed a draft.

Patriotism is alive and well!

See if you can find this story in the MSM. Earlier in the year the MSM were ecstatic and couldn't stop reporting the enlistment numbers when they were lower than expected. What a shock.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Clive Cussler: One of My Favorite Authors

I thought I might share a new science fiction author I recently discovered. He's been around a long time and actually will retire soon. His name is Clive Cussler.

He's written a series a books about a character named Dirk Pitt, a deep sea adventurer who is also involved in politics up to the presidential level. He's a different type of James Bond who is more laid back.

I highly recommend Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt stories. BTW, apparently some of his stories have another principal character, but this list should get you started.

What the Pope Really Said

The Belmont Club has the text and analysis of what the Pope really said to the Muslims. They were concerned that his speech would be misinterpreted.

They were right. Here's Hugh Hewitt's take on LA Times pathetic reporting of the same event.

Worldwide Good News ... Shhh, Don't tell the MSM

Michael Barone published a very uplifting article about how Muslim world is beginning to support Democracy more and the terrorists less. Can you believe it? Good news!

Well, I guarantee this will never make it on the MSM.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Global Warming: The Mother of All Junk Science?

After reading BigDog's post about Global Warming (GW), I was inspired to look into it further. I've been following GW off and on and had decided a while back it was junk science, but sometimes even phony scientists stumble across a real solution. Sigh, no such luck to date.

First, it helps to look back and observe the politics, limitations and falsehoods within the scientific community, especially regarding GW.

Here is a book review of by S. Fred Singer of the book Betrayal of Science and Reason by Erlich. He also provides contaxt for other failed predictions by Erlich.

Next is a list of misuses in science provided by The Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP). Here are also some key issues identified by SEPP.

Here is a speech by Michael Crichton at CalTech about the many problems and failed predictions within the scientific comunity. Don't let the title fool you. He obviously has learned from his movie-making experience.

Patrick J. Michaels is one of my favorite GW skeptics. Take a look at his opinion pieces. I have yet to see a GW proponent dispute his analysis. My favorite is Half-Baked Alaska.

Here's a list of GW skeptics provided by the Environmental Defense organization. I found it ironic that ED finds it appalling that Exxon would fund these skeptics yet see no problem with other corporations funding their own efforts. No hypocrisy there, is there? Also, they also unwittingly make it easier for a GW skeptic to find with search engines. Thank you ED. Heh.

The TechCentralStation's Climate Change section has some good articles by Glassman and others. Take a look at GW Extremists on the Run by Glassman.

Sallie Baliunas who is at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has suggested that solar variability as one of the main causes of GW: Warming Up to the Truth. She is also a Senior Scientist at the George C. Marshall Institute.

Here is New Scientist's Climate section. They are proponents of GW. Try to find any information that shows scienitific evidence linking human actiivity to GW.

The Sierra Club's Climate section likes to make many claims about GW and as well as doom and gloom predictions. Again, try to find any information that shows scienitific evidence linking human actiivity to GW.

The Earth Institute at Columbia University also believes the GW is for real. They think they have irrefutable proof that they have found the "smoking gun" regarding the greenhouse effect. Of course, no hard evidence tying humans to it. Even Hansen, a strong proponent of GW in his lecture of Dangerous Anthropogenic Interfernce, admits that when he reaches the dangerous anthropogenic interference says: "What constitutes dangerous anthropogenic interference with climate? Nobody knows for sure."

Huh? Hansen is a good example of bad science or concensus science. It would be hilarious if billions of dollars weren't wasted on such imbeciles. What's worse is, what if the GW proponents are on to something but their scientific hysteria has been so flawed and dishonest, that it takes longer for us to tackle real problems. His "evidence" goes against what the skeptics say are not true. You be the judge.

Recently, GW proponents think they have found a problem with the satellite data used by the skeptics. Up until then GW proponents could only rely on secondary evidence and computer models, not actual data. The GW proponents are excited because the sensor mountings caused the temperature readings to come in lower than they should have been. We shall see. Even if that is true, it doesn't change the relative temperature readings and that means that will have no effect on the GW claims.

Again, where is the irrefutable evidence that humans are responsible for GW? Where's the beef?

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Case for Cosmic Strings Boosted

In the New Scientist, the case for cosmic strings has just been boosted by the latest scientific developments. This may help confirm an extra dimension in our universe.

Intelligent Design

Intelligent Design (ID) has become one of my favorite subjects. Intelligent Design is a theory that proposes that certain things in the universe and the origin of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause and not a random or natural cause.

President Bush suggested that he thought ID should be taught in the classrooms in addition to evolution. Of course, the hard-core evolutionists are objecting strongly as well as several in the scientific community. However, when considering the gaps and flaws in evolution as well as the fervent religous belief in evolution by its believers, I think it's time to make room for other ideas.

For example, one huge flaw in evolution is the Cambrian Explosion. Evolution cannot explain it. Also, the origin of life itself. Since evolution is the transformation from one state to the next, it by definition cannot explain the beginning of life.

Here are a few quotes:
Colin Patterson, British Museum of Natural History, "No one has ever produced a species by mechanisms of natural selection No one has ever gotten near it and most of the current argument in neo-Darwinism is about this question.", CLADISTICS, BBC, March 4, 1982

S. M. Stanley, Johns Hopkins U. "Once established, an average species of animal or plant will not change enough to be regarded as a new species, even after surviving for some-thing like a hundred thousand, or a million, or even ten million generations. .... Something tends to prevent the wholesale restructuring of a species, once it has become well established on earth."Johns Hopkins Magazine, p.6, June, 1982

STEPHEN J. GOULD, Harvard, "A mutation doesn't produce major new raw material. You don't make a new species by mutating the species. ....That's a common idea people have; that evolution is due to random mutations. A mutation is NOT the cause of evolutionary change." Lecture at Hobart and William Smith College

This last quote is interesting. Evolutionist groups love to use genetic algortihms -- uses computational mutation -- to create simulations for developing their theories. Some even think the simulations serve as evidence.

I've enjoyed vigorous debates with hard-core believers in evolution on Rightwingsparkle's blog in the past month. Check it out.

David Limbaugh recently joined the ID fray. I like his most recent article about how ANYONE should be able to contribute. ID is not exclusively reserved for scientists.
The Intelligent Design Bogeyman
Intelligent Design Revisited

Here is a paper that I believe created the new interest in ID: Intelligent Design: The Origin of Biological Information and the Higher Taxonomic Categories. BTW, the scientific society that published this paper later stated that it didn't meet "their high standards". This has been used to discredit the paper but actually it reflects poorly on the society itself. Was this due to politics or is this society not run very well? I think this society got scared and started making excuses.

Here's an exhaustive list of quotes that I found interesting.

Finally, when you debate evolution advocates, they will steer you to talkdesign.org. Take a look and see what you think.


I'm back!

Between vacation, hectic days at work, and surfing other blogs, I've had little time to devote to my blog. Actually, I had so much fun reading other blogs, my desire to maintain this blog waned for a while.

I'm really impressed by some bloggers who can consistently and frequently write such lengthy and intelligent posts.

Thanks BigDog for the encouragement.

So, here we go ...