~ I HEAR THAT Hawai’i is a lovely place– my entire extended family (except me & She-Binks, and my departed Mother), and even my kids have been. Yes, it’s part of my family heritage. Not sure what or how many identity points that wins me. Pretty sure it makes me better than most of you, so there.
My Great-Grandparents Rose & Ben moved there at some point, and that’s where they brought up their kids, including my paternal Grandmother Jean. She was always brown as a nut, even after living in Canada for decades, as were her siblings back on the Islands. Currently, I have uncles, aunts, and cousins there.
So you’ll understand my concern watching the present volcanic doings of Kilauea, on the south-south east of The Big island. It’s big doings, and we’re small in comparison.
The Place To Be!
The Islands are a verdant garden paradise– from the 1900s onwards, they became a large part of American popular culture, music, sports, art.. and military-political manipulation, and an destination as a tropical paradise for tourists & residents.
Yet there’s a big serpent in this paradise. For Hawai’i the Island is still actively growing, building, expanding, and making new land. Kilauea is a very active shield volcano, geologically speaking. The many blessings of Hawai’i come from its geological origins.
The newest volcano in the chain already exists, only under water on The Big Island’s flank: The Lōihi Seamount, almost due south of Kilauea. It’s growing, and is already only 975 m (3,199 ft) below the surface, and towers 3000 m (10,000 ft) over the ocean bottom.
But the possibilities are worse than eruptions, or underwater volcanoes.
An article from Berkeley has been making the rounds, and I learnt about the ‘Hilina Slump’ area near the Kilauea crater. Turns out that in the past, this area has shed giant parings of land down the side of the Hawai’ian seamount. You can even see them on Google Earth.
Such Volcanic activity is not just dangerous because of lava, volcanic fog, ash-fall, earthquakes, sulfuric acid fog lava haze, widespread destruction– but also potential catastrophic slumps of land & resulting 1000-foot high tsunamis. All this has probably been going on ever since this hot-spot has been making islands all across the Pacific Ocean.
The other day, after a 6.9 earthquake, The Hilina Slump moved over 2 FEET in a day. Yeah.
Sadly, despite the many evacuees, it is said by some that Hawai’is governor is in the pocket of BigHotel, and has been downplaying the danger, alerts, and evacuation orders, even though many thousands are in direct danger of being affected in the next few days and weeks. Likewise, government agencies are downplaying the risks. You know, cuz tourism is the most important thing. COFF
Finale, In Contusion
So say a prayer for Hawai’i, it’s residents, and everybody anywhere near it should the worst come to be. As it is, living near active volcanoes can be pretty unpleasant: this current activity is severe, and I hope and pray it doesn’t get worse– or much much worse. ~
Congratulations on serving as Canada’s new Governor General, and representing the Queen to Canada, and Canadians to the Queen. It is an historic and storied role. Representing all Canadians is a wonderful opportunity.
Thank you for speaking out for science recently, at the 9th annual Canadian Science Policy Conference on Wednesday, November 1. Canada has long led the way in technology, innovation & invention, and in medical fields, amongst many others.
However, during your remarks it is reported that you said:
“”Can you believe that still today in learned society, in houses of government, unfortunately, we’re still debating and still questioning whether humans have a role in the Earth warming up or whether even the Earth is warming up, period,” she said.
“And we are still debating and still questioning whether life was a divine intervention or whether it was coming out of a natural process let alone, oh my goodness, a random process.
“And so many people — I’m sure you know many of them — still believe, want to believe, that maybe taking a sugar pill will cure cancer, if you will it!
“And every single one of the people here’s personalities can be determined by looking at planets coming in front of invented constellations.”.
Your Excellency– as I understand it, your role it to speak to and represent all Canadians– including those who need to use non-prescription supplements, those who believe that there is no contradiction between science and religion, those who are not convinced– on actual evidentiary bases that climate change as popularly represented is primarily anthropogenic, or whatever other beliefs are out there which you seem to have slighted in your comments.
The following distinguished people have believed there is a divine being: Aristotle, Socrates, and Plato. Einstein. Moses & Jesus. St. Thomas Aquinas. Galileo. Leonardo. Sir Isaac Newton. Nicholas Copernicus.
The following Noble Laureates in Science are also people who had some kind of agnostic or actual faith in God (mostly Jewish & Christian)–
My father was trained in the fields of computers, nuclear physics, general medicine, and the difficult specialty of pathology & medical examination. He served Canadian communities up and down the Annapolis Valley for two decades, as did his immigrant Scots father– also a Pathologist– did for 30 years prior. My father was also a Christian. He had no difficulty believing that God both created and was creating– through his created things and beings– all that is.
As a Canadian, I do not feel anyone in such a position as Governor General of Canada should be– or be seen to be– alienating or dividing our country, or possibly provoking and insulting Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jews, or those who follow aboriginal beliefs.
I hope this letter finds you well, enjoying your opportunities for the betterment of our Country, and richly blessed in all you do. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.
Yours very sincerely,
Etc., etc., so on and so forth.
UPDATE– VICTORY! 😉
Dear Mr. Binks,
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Veuillez prévoir trois semaines pour l’obtention d’une réponse à une demande précise. Tous les courriels seront lus, mais les opinions et les commentaires généraux ne recevront pas automatiquement une réponse.
~ THE BINKS feels a wee rant coming on. Hold onto yer kilts.
OK, NatGeo.. we’ve had our tussles and misunderstandings down the years– you pandered for AlGore, climate alarmism, all the water is gone, giant storms a-comin’, blah blah blah. Feckwits.
And yet, in such, you merely keep asserting things that may or may not be true, and presenting only one side of the evidence, which is called ‘balance’ in this day and age, because data and discussion and different interpretations of theories makes some people cry. Here’s yer baby-blankets, ya wee bairns.
Now, I’m hoping to actually read this recent issue, which just arrived on the old Binks doorstep, thanks to a kind giver & friend… but just reading the cover already has my blood boiling, so there– now I have boiled blood.
Do you notice a few things in your front page list, ya wee numpties?
(1) All these things are not the same.
(2) ‘Science’ means study, evidence, theory, debate, discovery not “WE WON, SO SHUT UP!” or “Everybody in lock-step, or we bring the mock!”
(3) Thus, what your cover describes as a ‘THE WAR ON SCIENCE’ is not only bad science, but worse journalism.
(4) Stop pimping for the left-wing religion of eco-righteousness, because reality is right there behind you, mouth agape, chops well-licked, ready to bite you all right in the arse.
(5) NatGeo religion: “There aren’t really two sides to all these issues.” No. In any scientific matter, there are often many, many sides, over time. The idiots declaring “The Truth!” are acting like religious believers, not scientists. Bluidy eejits!
“Maybe—except that evolution actually happened. Biology is incomprehensible without it. There aren’t really two sides to all these issues. Climate change is happening. Vaccines really do save lives. Being right does matter—and the science tribe has a long track record of getting things right in the end. Modern society is built on things it got right.”
So Please Just F*ck Right Off, Mmmmkay?
Climate Change Does Not Exist.
I know of nobody who believes this. The climate is always changing, right? Look out your window. However, if you meant “Anthropogenic CO2-caused global warming is not the final word in climatology“? Yes, you’ll find MOST scientists without their hand in the pocket of the taxpayer hold to that position on the data. Well done then, eejits.
Evolution Never Happened.
Well, evolution is a theory, not something carved in stone and handed down from the Most High. There are many, many theories about changes within or between species over time. Change happened, but how? Not certain. How long? Various. Causal factors? Still being discussed. If you mean “Darwinian-Style Evolution, so there’s no God“, then you’re either a dimwit, a neck-bearded internet atheist kid, or someone trying to sell something. No serious evolutionary anthropologist believes in actual Darwinism any more.
The Moon Landing Was Fake.
Not to the best of my knowledge. Are you thus placing skeptics and critics of the rest of the list on this same level? Very sly & sneaky, NatGeo! Nice slag. When threatened, then politics of personal destruction, shaming, and association with the most extreme conspiracy theorist always works. Shame on you, Nat Geo.
Vaccinations Can Lead To Autism.
Dunno. All medicines have side effects, some serious, and just because Big Pharma says ‘Trust Us!’ does not make me feel trustful: Thalidomide. Vaccination is a balanced risk– the possible danger of the thing itself, the possible dangers of the diseases vaccinated against, the possible dishonesty of medical corporations/ government. Are you, NatGeo, telling us to blindly trust Mother Medicine, ask no questions, do no research, have no review and refining of vaccines and contents & side-effects, ever, even by medical researchers, doctors, and experts NOT in the pay of Big Pharma itself? Really?!? Who can we trust on this one? Dunno: everybody seems to be either for sale, or dogmatic about it all.
Genetically Modified Food Is Evil.
Evil? As in ‘Muwahahahaha!!’? Nice play there: always make the position of critics as ridiculous as possible. Untested? Genetically new with unknown long-term consequences for the environment, animals & plant life, and humans, when the genetic material of what we eat can permeate the gut-barrier, and interact with our own genetic material? It’s possibly genetic plutonium, and we’re apparently advised by NatGeo to trust corporations like Monsanto, which has more than proven itself evil, litigious, greedy, monopolistic, super-secretive, nasty to farmers, and a threat to the actual bio-diversity of plant seeds– or else we’re kooks! And FrankenPharm are already sneaking GMOs into the food supply, because we’re all just lab rats with no rights. So, NatGeo: Monsanto is good, Monsanto is nice, they remake our food, and won’t give us a say? There are enough people with enough problems with ordinary old every-day food, but GMOs are awesomes! That’s probably why when some recent U.S. ballot initiatives called for GMO-labelling of products, BigPharm poured a lot of money into preventing people from having a say. Because they care.
Just One Example
Remember: Everybody Knew™ at one point that stress led to excess stomach acid which was in turn the cause of heartburn, which led to peptic ulcers and even stomach cancer. So, pump the Pepto Bismol, Tums, and hundreds of other antacid products and prescriptions down there, because science and medicine have decided there’s no question. The Science Was Settled.. and besides, it was big, big business, and big medicine.
Except for 3 scientists, who kept asking questions about the co-existence of a bacteria– Helicobacter pylori— in the stomachs of people suffering from excess stomach acid and heartburn. Nonsense, said the medical establishment, gastroenterologists, BigPharm, and critics (without checking or testing the data). The $cience IS $ETTLED™. Cha-ching.
Since the science was far from settled on Helicobacter pylori, one of the scientists, Barry Marshall, decided to consume a petri-dish of the bacteria, and– boom– he got all the symptoms. He took the appropriate anti-biotic to fight Helicobacter pylori .. and immediately got better. Because actual science.
After much screaming, doubting, mocking, and backlash, Marshall won the Nobel prize. Because questions, real science, not declaring anything settled, without reproducible proof. If NatGeo had been on the case, it’s “BACTERIA CAUSE ULCERS: Fringe Extremists Agree”.
Send In The Kooks
But what do I know? I self-identify as an elf, and a wombat on alternate Wednesdays– so I’m obviously an uber-kook, like all the evil crazy deniers, right?
Thing is, science is not revealed from heaven, and since humans are mortal, fallible, moved by good and bad reasons & motives, sometimes even petty and dishonest evil ones, for anybody– especially a respected popular journal– to get on The Science Is Settled, Everybody Knows That [ fill in the blank ] is naive, narrow-minded, doctrinaire, unscientific, pro status quo forever.
~ WE ALL THINK WE KNOW the story of Galileo. Science man scienced. Church men hated science man, and science, because religion. Science man sad, all Church man hate science forever because dumb. Persecution is fun!
Except, the experts of his day were not utterly opposed to the old Greek theory of heliocentrism as such, only Galileo’s vain & prideful assertions about how super-smart he was, and that anybody who opposed him were idiots, because Galileo had THE TRUTH™, bitches. He was being a bad scientist, forgetting about theories and stuff, and his friends tried to stop him shooting his mouth off and thereby shooting himself in the foot. Read the rest of the actual story.
The science is settled! You know, like people knew for thousands of years that night air caused bad humours, and stuff. Or blood-letting was awesome medical practice.
So here we are 500 years later having devotees of the religion of Scientific Materialism tell us for 500 years a simple morality tale about science good, religion dumb (except for Scientific Materialism)– even if that’s not the actual story of Galileo.
By the way, before low-earth orbit, heliocentrism was not proven likely to be the case until Foucault’s Pendulum (1851) demonstrated the real effects of earth’s motion, and gravitational force acting on a large pendulum. Because math, and actual science.
The mess gets worse. Much worse.
Here’s the theory. Some scientists believe that current global ‘warming’ is caused by the activities of human beings (hence, “Anthropogenic“= we did that). Therefore, we must go as green as possible now in order to save ourselves & the earth from climate disaster. It’s unclear what such experts think pre-industrial warming and cooling was caused by, but it’s their theory, not mine.
Such theories about earth temperature change we’ve been fighting over for at least the last 45 years (ICE AGE!! NOTHING!! WARMPOCALYPSE!) seem to owe nothing to the alleged respect for science, theory, evidence, experimentation, reproducible results (you know, The Scientific Method), and instead owe everything to social unity, big money, silencing other scientists and lowly peasant-critics– and if you listen closely, you can hear Galileo spinning in his grave.
Spinning, Spinning, Spinning.
Because many devotees of Global Warming are the most cheerful persecutors, maligners, silencers, punishers, and mockers of other actual scientists who ask forbidden questions, push the limits, or try to account for reality, versus bending everything to the theory. Global Warmists are acting like the lock-step Church supposedly did, and the global warming critics are in the position of Galileo, as represented in the false morality tale. It would be ironic, if it wasn’t so scary and stupid, and wasteful of money, time, and human effort.
Mark Steyn Rules
“Big Climate is slowly being crushed by a hard, icy reality: if you’re heading off to university this year, there has been no global warming since before you were in kindergarten…. You would think that might occasion a little circumspection. But instead the cultists up the ante: having evolved from ‘global warming’ to the more flexible ‘climate change’, they’re now moving on to ‘climate collapse’. Total collapse. No climate at all. No sun, no ice. No warm fronts, except for the heaving bosoms in Rajendra Pachauri’s bodice-rippers.”
Mark Steyn, from Climate Change: The Facts
Those of you who follow happy culture-warrior Mark Steyn will notice that in the endless peregrinations of the lawsuit against him by Global Warming High Pope and profiteer Michael Mann, that it’s all about the ‘Shut Up, he explained’, and not the science, or freedom to question, or advance new theories, or even dare to make mock of the Global Warming crazy cult and its totalitarian leaders.
Really? Is that how your pure climate science, free from dogma and nay-saying and hidebound whatnot actually operates? Sounds like bad science to me. But the money is very very good, isn’t it, boys and girls? Mmmm.. sweet, sweet carbon taxes, research grants, and green eco-funding! False prophets for real profits!
After all, if religion tries to science, that’s not good religion; but if science tries to religion, that’s horrifically bad and false science.
A Plastic Intolerant Faith
For lack of religious certainties, modern folks seem glad to take on the apocalyptic cult of impending floods, starvation, deserts, and disasters galore as sold by the Climate Cult. Repent! Curly bulbs will save your (electrical) soul! Recycling will renew the earth! Bending the knee to big socialist money-grabbing schemes is true worship! O give glory unto the bird-chopping wind turbines, the bird-frying solar ovens, the fish-killing hydro-electric projects, and the whole host of money-wasting boondoggles, because we can and must save mother nature!
And lo, let all them who saith ‘Nay!’, or ‘Can I see your data on that?’ be anathema, like unto publicans and sinners! Cast them out from polite conversation into the outer darkness of tin-foil hats, Sasquatch-hunters, and conspirazoid loser-dom. We are just SO much better than the doubters, skeptics, extremists, and icky persons who believe not! Yay us!
Teh Binks Goes Squeee!
I, Teh Binks, love actual reality, nature, and all of God’s works. Remember: I was raised in a home which loved literature, art, science, music, by a father who was an actual big-S Scientist in three fields: nuclear science, computer science, and medical science (pathology). In his later years he had no use for global panic warming: “Bad science,” quoth he.
There I was, reading Dad’s astronomy books and beginning to wonder: ‘How big is it all? How cool is that nebula-thing? What’s it made of? How big is it? How far? Can I see one?’ Binks-Dad obliged on many occasions with a telescope he could point to many and various wonders.
Observation, data, theory, proof, evidence. I get it. Yet in my bones I know that whatever the flaws in his science, the mighty poet Dante loved and grasped the whole cosmic and supernatural enchilada far better than the squeaking and hyper-pious mice-men of Global Warmistry.
So Please Just STFU
Dear smug true believer twerps Michael Mann, David Suzuki, Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson– I am, in fact, talking to people like you, your minions and disciples, and all the credulous people out there who would rather believe in your fake religion, than trust their lying eyes, dissenting scientists, actual climatologists, and the data.
You all are not on Galileo’s side, nor that of humanity– and least of all, of decent science. ~
~ SINCE THE EARLY part of the 20th century, “Experts” have been working hard to control everybody through advertising, propaganda, government policies– using Freudian notions at first (see the The Century of the Self Documentary above). Theories based on incomplete understanding of human nature are bound to go wrong, but you have to crush a few chickens to make omlettes.. or something like that.