Posts Tagged ‘Water’

Michael Meyer, NASA scientist, questions how life on Earth began.  In his comments about how life might have begun on Mars, he says that we know that meteors from Earth have hit Mars.

I’d like to know what evidence there is that any meteors from Earth have hit Mars.  Any impact that could cause a chunk of this world to be expelled into space surely happened before man was here to witness it–and live to tell.  The odds that a chunk escaped our gravity and made its way all the way to Mars are extraordinary.  And I have yet to hear of any findings on Mars that supports this claim.


In researching this, I found this CNN opinion article in which the author states “But organic molecules get delivered to planets all the time from impacts by small and large asteroids and comets (like February’s fireball impact above Chelyabinsk, Russia), providing the last key ingredient for habitability.”

Really?  So where is the evidence of these organic molecules?  I also researched the Chelyabinsk meteor and fail to find any mention of organic matter.

As usual, it’s amazing that science states information as fact without the generally accepted level of evidence to support it.  If it’s said enough times, it must be true.  Otherwise, they must be operating on hope and faith.  And if that’s the case, then it’s religion, not science!


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I don’t get it. 

Science tells us that crude oil is the byproduct of zooplankton and algae compressed under intense pressures, buried unde sedimentary soils, over a long period of time.  That much would explain the number of offshore oil wells—to a degree.  There is one part of this I don’t get:  The amount of zooplankton and algae that would have to settle at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, all in the same spot, and then be buried and be processed is staggering!  To suggest that much animal life was not consumed by other fauna, did not biodegrade, or get distributed to other areas is amazing!  Consider that the Deepwater Horizon well was 35, 055 feet down to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico!  So why are there not more pockets of oil around the seas?  Why are there not more drillable areas? 

I also don’t get this:

There is oil under Pennsylvania.  Oklahoma.  Texas.  Alaska.  Canada.  Iraq.  Iran.  The list could go on.  Notice, these are not seas and are not necessarily lands made up of sedimentary layers.  Wells are found at 5,000 feet or more below the surface through layers of rock.  So how did this oil form?  The easy scientific answer is that there were deep lakes that got filled in over time.  The Oklahoma City diagram suggests a body of water 30,000+ feet in depth, filled with sediment.  And at some point, it had to be filled with water so that the zooplankton and algae could come to rest at the bottom.  I guess.

So here’s what I still don’t get.

Science wants us to believe that there were so much zooplankton and algae all those millions of years ago such that we can pull millions of barrels of oil up each day at wells around the world—and still have more down there!  That must have been one very hopping scene all those eons ago!  But I don’t buy it, that there was really that much life at a given time to be buried and processed, resulting in what we have today.

Even so, I don’t get where all the extra megatonnage of rock and soil came from.  Sure, I can handle the world being flooded and/or mostly under water.  That could account for some of the inland areas that are now home to oil wells but otherwise quite dry.  But I can’t get my head around where and how the earth seemingly increased its size upwards by several hundreds if not thousands of feet.  All that dirt and rock came from somewhere.

Wait!  Science has an answer for that too—Comets and meteors!  Of Course!

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Aside from the cost, risks, and physical challenges that need to be overcome, space colonization is simply a bad idea.  As I read the CNN article about the “16 super-Earths” that had been discovered, the thought occurred to me that these worlds represented a potential opportunity for humans to spread out—to expand our presence in the universe—to up the odds of the survival of the human race.

And then the reality set in.  I came back down to Earth and realized that maybe our colonization of space is not such a good idea after all.  Here’s why:

1.  As we colonized this world, we subjected the less technologically savvy to exploitation, slavery, debauchery, and disease.  In some versions of history as viewed through a 21st Century lens, many of our political ills today in third world nations come from their periods of colonial rule.  So we fly to another world and find a similar situation—and we do it all over again?  Sure!  Man can’t help himself. 

2.  If the new world is uninhabited by any species, it would be barely habitable by humans.  Microbes, flora, simple fauna—there would need to be something there in order to support our life.  Only a matter of time before it would be exploited into extinction, even before we’d have time to study, appreciate, and conserve it.  Consider how we over fish, over hunt, and extinguish whole species right here.  So why would this not happen elsewhere?

3.  Who gets to go?  Does the US government decide who can go to the colony?  Does the UN?  How does the world avoid creating a “space suburb”, one to which the “new white flight” goes?  I can foresee a selection process that weeds out the “undesirables” so that only the “chosen” get to go and create the new off-world society.

4.  It would be a matter of time before the new world would be laid waste for its natural resources.  Man isn’t just looking for a nice place to go for a few years’ vacation.  No, as resources here dwindle, the interest is to go elsewhere.  A few weeks back, an online article  talked about a world made out of crystalline carbon.  Essentially, a world of diamond!  Imagine the economic significance of that!  Diamonds would be dirt cheap except for the cost of getting them here.  And then the idea of a cosmic diamond would probably drive up the cost so that only the elite could own them.  First one there claims it and owns it—and thereby controls it.  The movie Avatar is a great example of this even though it’s fictional.

Maybe man really laments the stupid mistakes made here and wants a collective “do-over” on another world.  But there is no such collective consciousness in man to achieve that.  Man will make the same mistakes again and again, facilitated by technology, no matter where he goes.  The ships that carry man to another world will have to reach escape velocity to leave Earth but there’s no way the passengers can escape the failings of human nature.





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We’re used to watching the weather radar when storms threaten because we have a basement.  However, in July, our focus became upwards rather than downwards.  It seems part of our roof began leaking—and this after having had a new roof installed in 2006.  My insurance company suggested I first contact the roofer to try to get the problem resolved so that’s where I went next.  An appointment was set for 2 days following and wouldn’t you know it?  No-one showed up—no-one called.

A call that night resulted in no response the next day so on the following day, I called again.  The person I talked to apologized that no-one got back with me or showed up and said someone would.   By the next work day, still nothing.  That was two days ago so I tried again yesterday.  This time I got a call back and after more apologies, an  appointment was set for today at 4:30.  It’s now 4:40 and this is the second time I’ve left work early for an appointment.  Actually, the guy was supposed to stop by yesterday to take a look at the damage and he never showed.  My confidence in him showing up today is pretty low.  In the meantime, I’ve called another roofer.

Stay tuned for updates on the roof.  As for the damage, ServPro showed up and has provided GREAT service.  Unfortunately, they’ve had to rip out some of the ceiling, wall, and insulation of the affected room, pulled up the pad under the carpet, and will need to replace some of the plywood subfloor.  The garage was also affected and drywall and insulation was also pulled out.  We’re looking at a lot of work to restore the house but I trust them to do it.




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