Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Want to Help Someone? Shut Up and Listen!

"Too often are we so busy trying to get our point across, or appear important or knowledgeable, that we are completely oblivious or disinterested in other points of view. By not listening, we remain uneducated as we can’t learn anything new. Some of the biggest failures in history came from not listening and some of our biggest personal failures come from not listening, to both ourselves, and others."

TED Talk (17 minutes)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Climate Change: Sea Levels As An Indicator

During typical interglacial periods, sea levels peak at more than twenty feet above current levels when CO2 levels remain at typical levels. This would've already occurred for us if it hadn’t been for a northern hemisphere comet strike inducing the Younger Dryas climatic event from 12,900 to 11,700 calendar years ago suppressing long term natural temperature increases (caused by CO2 levels following Milankovitch cycles).
However, what we need to consider in regards to this interglacial period is the fact that we are artificially increasing our biosphere’s CO2 levels [unnaturally, temperature now follows greenhouse gas levels] to the point that they are countering any benefit that the Dryas mini-ice age event gave us.

Note: Global sea level was 120 meters lower at the peak of the last ice age 26,500 years ago.

World Maps During Last Ice Age 
(when sea levels were lower):

Future Sea Levels (how much higher is anyone's guess):

Why Sea Levels Will Rise Higher Than Ever Before:

Friday, June 23, 2017

Using RESCUE Disposable House Fly Trap (outdoors)

I've been using Rescue brand non-toxic disposable house fly traps for years. They are incredibly effective. The flies simply drown in the water that you added when you hung it up. Hang one up; and, then 2-4 weeks later hang up another if and when it's too full to hold any more flies (or when the first one loses its punch). I like to keep two traps going side by side (one older; one new). I simply seal the oldest one to be discarded in a one gallon ziplock bag and put in trash (after draining liquid so that accidental seepage is avoided). [I drain it on the ground underneath where I hang them.]

Note: The odor that the bait uses to attract the flies is unpleasant, so hang downwind and at least 20 feet away from house. Since I compost all of our food scraps and grease using Black Soldier Fly larvae in my leaf composter, we don't have houseflies being attracted to our garbage can. But, if we did, I'd hang it there. Instead, I hang it at the other end of our yard closest to the problematic neighbor who raises chickens.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Trumpcare aka American Health Care Act: Prelude to further premium hikes

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) is one of Mitch McConnell's panel which was supposedly convened to craft a Trumpcare bill. Lee left Tuesday's conference luncheon to head straight  to Facebook to record a video saying he hasn't seen a bill and denouncing the process of secrecy.
He says, "Even though I've been a member of this working group assigned to help narrow some of the focus of this, I haven't seen the bill. It has become increasing apparent over the past few days that even though we thought we were going to be in charge of writing this bill within this working group, it's not being written by us. It's apparently being written by a small handful of staffers for members of the Republican leadership in the Senate. So, if you're frustrated by the lack of transparency in this process, I share your frustration wholeheartedly."

Republicans have made clear why they are drafting this bill in secret... their plan would give the wealthiest a tax break while making middle class families pay more for less health care coverage.

Several lobbyists report that two abortion-related provisions in the House-passed bill that rewrites the U.S. health insurance system have been dropped from the Senate’s counterpart version.

Meanwhile, a well written letter to the editor in today's 6-22-2017 AAS paper says:
"At first, the Affordable Care Act worked so well that policyholders received premium rebates.
Republicans couldn’t stand for the ACA to reduce the number of uninsured Americans. Their solution was to eliminate funding for “risk corridors,” a method of reinsurance that backstops company losses in areas where the cost of medical care was high. This support would have sunset in 2018. The same support worked for Bush’s Medicare Part D.
By defunding in 2015 before the system was able to stabilize with high levels of participation, the government was only able to pay 13 percent of promised support, so many insurance carriers were forced to raise rates, while others failed.
Trump ran on Obamacare “failing” — but not mentioning that it was the Republican’s fault. Once elected, he threatened to cancel the “premium support payments” that made health insurance affordable to low-income Americans. This threat caused remaining companies to raise the premiums again to avoid bankruptcy.
Brilliant and morally bankrupt."

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Religions' Take on Alien Life

It should not be surprising that Evangelical Creationists and fundamentalists of all religions are much less likely to believe that alien life forms exist anywhere else in the Universe. For Evangelicals, such 'geocentrism' centers on the Original Sin.
"Do extraterrestrial aliens have original sin? I don’t know if there are such beings. I have difficulties with the notion of original sin. However, if such beings do exist, and if they are subject to death and are capable of evil, they will need some sort of redemption."

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Garden of Eden

The story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden is special and unique. As mankind was entering an age of a more more socially complex society based upon agriculture and leaving hunting and gathering behind, an innocence was lost. The knowledge of Good and Evil became paramount as social order advanced in overall sophistication. The farmer replaced the huntsman. And territorial disputes birthed ever more intense conflicts and advanced warfare. 
The geographic setting that inspired this tale is at the head of the Persian Gulf where four rivers entered the sea close by one another -- when the sea level was much lower and the climate more moist and favorable in this region at the beginning of the current interglacial age.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Advancement from Polytheism to Monotheism

Down through the Ages, mankind has been visited by God's Angels and helped to advance. Afterwards, each group that received such beneficence would often "deify" that Spiritual Being -- not understanding there is One Supreme Being, the Creator, the All-in-All that all of the Angels and Spiritual Hierarchy praise and worship.  The advancement of the  religions of the world eventually leads to that factual realization. Whereas, culture wars are the out picturing of this struggle to understand that God is the Creator of us all.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Trump and Straight Talk About Teeth

Last year, many rallied behind Trump after listening to him talk about “the forgotten men and women of our country, people who work hard but don’t have a voice.”
“I’m running to be their voice,” Trump said. What they heard was a promise “to restore pride to the working poor.”
A big part of that promise was Trump’s assurance that he would build a “beautiful” health-care system that would cost less and do more. But nearly four months into Trump’s presidency, they see Trump backing a Republican health-care plan that appears to leave low-income people and the elderly worse off....

"...there’s the matter of payment. Teeth generally are treated separately from the rest of the body, a tradition that dates to dentistry’s origins as a specialty of barbers, who performed oral surgery and pulled teeth. Today, many public health officials view that division as a mistake. Poor oral health can lead to heart disease and other serious medical problems, and tooth loss can lead to depression and difficulty eating and speaking.
The separation extends to insurance. Even Medicare, the federal health program that covers 55 million seniors and disabled people, does not cover dental problems. For that, people must buy dental insurance, which typically limits annual benefits to about $1,500 per person—an amount that has barely budged in decades...."

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

"Proof of Heaven": An NDE Experience

"In Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife, Dr. Eben Alexander says there is a heaven, a God, and it’s a magnificent place. Alexander explained in detail how an angel guided him through a vivid world of color, flowers, beautiful music and unprecedented Love. God’s Presence was was felt and was represented by a brilliant Light. "I was rescued by this beautiful, spinning, white light that had a melody, an incredibly beautiful melody with it that opened up into a bright valley," Alexander said in a recent interview from his home in Lynchburg, Va. with ABC’s Nightline. The message sent back from heaven was that he was loved, cherished and protected, there was nothing to fear. In the life to come, heaven will not only be welcoming, but God will fill you as well with His everlasting Love."

Eben Alexander: A Neurosurgeon's Journey through the Afterlife
Lecture: Video 1 hour 39 minutes

Dr. Eben Alexander talks about his Near Death Experience & Proof of Heaven (27 minutes):

Proof of Heaven- Eben Alexander's touch with heaven (14 minute newscast):

Monday, June 5, 2017

Global Warming Induced Climate Change Facts Not Decreasing

Earth's mean temperatures will not be decreasing. Global ice melt will not be decreasing. Even if temperatures remained stable, the ice melt would continue unabated. And, since greenhouse gases will not be decreasing, the effects of global warming will not be decreasing. These are unalterable facts. Just how extreme it will get is anybody's guess. 

Therefore, if you believe in the worst case scenario, if you have descendants, you need to help them to prepare. Read and study multiple sources that predict where future precipitation and water sources will be the most reliable. Move there and buy arable farmland of sufficient size and tenable location to support a small farming homestead (before too many other people beat you to it). Learn to raise your own food to the greatest extent possible. Etcetera. Do not carry debts. Save ten percent of everything you earn for paying future taxes 'if' times get hard. Save another ten percent for 'when' times get hard. Don't spend it easily. It'll be your lifeline.

If you do not anticipate having grandchildren, donate monthly to environmental and wildlife organizations to help your fellow mankind. These organizations are trying to staunch the conditions that will cause the future suffering that is now unavoidable. The only question is a matter of degree.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Where Do You Reckon That's Coming From?

Suppose you spontaneously think, say or do something that you instantly recognize as being negative, irrational or hostile. Before berating yourself, stop for a moment and ask yourself, "What's up doc".
In other words, where in the 'blue blazes' did that come from?

Your spirit (your Mighty I Am Presence) perpetually shines forth God's Goodness through your soul to you. The soul (your memory body) has weaknesses that distort the pure light and casts shadows into this physical world of the person•ality.  These shadows interact with the 'maya' of this world that we live in and trigger responses (some of which are sometimes regrettable). So, study and examine your thoughts, feelings and actions/inactions. Take responsibility and apologize to your higher self for your lower self. Then apologize to others as need be.

“The highest form of human intelligence is to observe yourself without judgement.” 

Song: "Not In A Hurry"


Friday, June 2, 2017

Climate Change Beliefs and Poor Risk Perception

Most Americans do believe that climate change will cause harm; but, they just don't think that it will happen to them personally. However, the few people who don't cater to such foolish irrationality are the people in south Florida (subject to observable risk from hurricanes and sea level rise) and south Texas (experienced severe drought risk). At least the people of the American West who have seen risky weather related events are now talking about climate change.

How Americans Think About Climate Change, in 6 maps: