Now this is an honor I never expected to receive. Life is amazing sometimes. Thank you to the Uffizi and Botticelli for the inspiration.Read More
This just in. a cat has taken over my blog.I am not kittening….The first guest blog was composed by a cat..Not just any cat, the ultimate YouTube cat! Read on……
My name is “nOm”. I am a cat. I am also a YouTube addict.
My YouTube channel is https://www.youtube.com/user/nameofthepen. My featured video below:
Thomas has astonished and honored me with an invitation to do a guest posting.
I “met” Thomas over on YouTube. I guess he was intrigued by an internet-addicted feline, while I was absolutely enchanted by his world-class music videos.
I told him, “I don’t know what to write”, and he said (more or less), “You can blog about being a cat on YouTube, and some of the characters you meet there.”
He even offered tuna.
So I thought, “What does it matter if I go down in flames? I’ll still have a couple of lives left. And, besides, if he wants to trade tuna for tripe, I’ll take it!”
So, here goes…
I am thrilled to have had the fortune to be alive when the internet arrived.
And, with it, YouTube.
With YouTube, I can see videos made by people from all over the world. I can see their homes. I can see their children. I can see their clothes. I can see their food. I can see their towns and countries and monuments and historical sites. I can hear their music.
Most thrilling of all, I can see their cats!
A virtual magic cat carpet, taking me anywhere in the world at the mere gesture of a mouse! No, not that kind of mouse, silly!
And, with the comment sections on the videos, and the help of the Google translator, I can, to a fair extent, understand what most people are saying, no matter the language used.
I can even speak back to the people!
It’s magic, I tell ya! Witchcraft. What we cats were born for!
I even consider it a partial reprieve from the “curse of the Tower of Babel”. (Yes, sadly, it affected our species too.)
Each day it amazes and enchants me anew.
I have met many, many, MANY people.
Most are warm, honest and decent.
A few are exquisite.
And a handful have been pretty darn mangy.
I have explored countless rabbit holes in the vast kingdom of YouTube.
And I’ve gotten pretty thoroughly lost for a while in a few of them.
But, I have learned more than I ever would have thought could fit into a cat-sized cranium.
And the more I learned, the more I knew I didn’t know.
Then, I finally realized that opinions, like fur, should be regularly shed and replaced.
A very famous cat summed it up nicely when he wrote:
“I am the wisest cat alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.” ~ PlatoPuss
Well, that’s about it. I’m overdue for my cat nap.
Thanks for reading.
nOm, the interwebs kitteh
Want to see a conspiracy theorist? Look in the Mirror
A conspiracy theory purports to explain a social, political or economic event as being caused or covered up by a covert group or organization. On April 15th 2013, Conspiracy theories went viral on the internet, alleging that the Boston bombings were a ‘false flag’, an event hoaxed on the unsuspecting public with the aim of fooling the American public into allowing Big Government to leave the people unarmed and therefore unable to defend themselves against tyranny.
This notion is not a new one to the American people, nor is it foreign to humankind. I propose that most human interaction involves conspiracy. When a woman wears lipstick, is she not conspiring to simulate estrus in order to appear attractive? Is not the Hair Club for Men a conspiracy by the male species to fool strangers into believing male pattern baldness avoided you? Would Ben Franklin be a member of Hair Club for Men? I do not doubt it. Ben was a master conspirator, and is beloved by the American public because of his ability to outwit the British.
Anytime Anderson Cooper speaks out against bullying cases, he is a conspiracy theorist because he postulates that multiple antagonists actively sought to harass a certain person. And military history is replete with disinformation, false flags, strategies and tactics meant to fool the enemy. Anytime any group of people wage war on another, you will find conspiracy. As far as the media, they are masters of conspiracy. Anderson’s “keeping them honest” segments are a conspiracy by CNN content providers to make us believe that CNN has the monopoly on integrity. Same goes for Fox with their ‘Fair and Balanced’ motto. Same as Alex Jones and Piers Morgan, having a verbal slugfest on national news some months back. Piers sees a conspiracy of gun crazy Americans and Alex sees an evil Government out to enslave us. I am, like most of us, a spectator. I am neither a Republican or Democrat and I have the same low opinion of politics as the next person…Its almost like we have a conspiracy as a nation to hold our elected leaders in low regard. We, the American Public, are quickly becoming tired and suspicious of mainstream media. I guess we all better get the CT branding irons out and offer up our foreheads…….
Have you ever felt like your parents were “ganging up on you”? Well, look in the mirror. You will see a conspiracy theorist staring back at you, unless, of course you are a vampire and therefore have no reflection. In that case, beware of conspiracy theorists bearing torches and pitchforks.
And now the moral of the story. We are all conspiracy theorists, everyone of us. So is the Government. So is the media. So are the banks. We are all conspirators, as well. Every secret society, every sister whispering in another’s ear, every parent who conspires to hide the ugly truth from the ears of their children, too tender in age to process sex or violence, are conspirators . Every party we throw, ever secret we tell, every meeting we take, its all conspiracy…. Conspiracy defines us. Our nation was borne of conspiracy. Did not Paul Revere conspire to alert Boston that the British were coming? Does not every parent “conspire” to lie to their children when they propose the reality of Santa Claus? Isn’t every fiction writer on earth conspiring to teleport its readers’ minds to another realm? Name a behavior between two people that is not a conspiracy. Calling someone a conspiracy theorist is pretty redundant….
On another April 15th, back in 1865, the shaken and angry leaders of our Government sat around a bed too small for the gaunt figure sprawled across it. That dying figure was Abraham Lincoln and in the coming days, the Government denounced the “Conspiracy of Evil men” who had plotted his assassination.
In fact, the FOUNDING FATHERS put forth the unpopular conspiracy theory that England planned to raise taxes, leave the people poorer and keep them in the dark about their long term nefarious goals. The Founding Fathers were proven correct and were the Government of Lincoln’s. So before you write someone off for their conspiracy theories, perhaps you should glean that humanity, every nation and ever age has been inspired, changed and furthered by conspiracy theories.
Labels should not imprison us. In the end, all of us come from a long line of conspiracy theorists. Please tell nobody you read this blog……………..Read More
We are in a time of shifting sands. every compass we trusted seems to be acting wildly and without any metric. But these are the times that we , as humans, can overcome our challenges and better each other. So, be one with the sand……Speaking of finding things in the sand, this just in from Science Report:
Sea of Galilee find puzzles archeologists: April 11th 2013
A mysterious stone structure has been discovered beneath the waters of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. Weighing an estimated 60,000 tons, the human-made monument has puzzled archaeologists as to its purpose.
The structure was first found during the summer of 2003, when it was detected during a sonar survey of the southwest portion of the sea. Divers then investigated the location, taking note of how large the pile of stones was and what the construction pattern was like.
“Close inspection by scuba diving revealed that the structure is made of basalt boulders up to one meter long with no apparent construction pattern,” write the researchers in their journal article. “The boulders have natural faces with no signs of cutting or chiseling. Similarly, we did not find any sign of arrangement or walls that delineate this structure.”
More than likely, the massive human-constructed pile of stones is a cairn, which is a pile of stones used to mark stone-age burial sites. The rocks were hauled to the site over land and placed near the Sea of Galilee. Eventually, the water rose and submerged the structure.
Exactly what this cairn was used for and why it was built is still a mystery, though. Currently, researchers are trying to find associated artifacts to determine the structure’s date and purpose. However, the scientists do have some theories about when it was built.
Yitzhak Paz, a researcher at the Israel Antiquities Authority, believes that the cairn could date back more than 4,000 years, according to LiveScience.
“The more logical possibility is that it belongs to the third millennium B.C., because there are other megalithic phenomena [from that time] that are found close by,” said Paz in an interview with LiveScience.
In particular, the monumental site of Khirbet Beteiha can be found about 20 miles north-east of the structure within the Sea of Galilee. Created from three concentric stone circles, it’s dated to the Early Bronze Age and is one of the largest sites in the region.
More research needs to be conducted before any conclusions are drawn. However, the site does present a new opportunity for researchers to understand the ancient history of the region, and possibly unearth artifacts from a distant time.
New composition “Jerusalem” on youtube: This is my first release from my CD entitled “322” The theme is fireballs falling from the sky….The arrival of such things is here, I feel, despite the oddly disconnected utterances out of Nasa that “everything if fine”. Is it? Something is happening in the sky and from the meteors seen in Russia,Cuba, and even here in Northern California, more are coming.. I personally think it is connected to a comet called ISON, a comet observed in 1680, and prior to this as the Comet of Destruction mentioned by Roman historian Josephus as the harbinger of the destruction of Israel.This comet is back….and I am not joking.. The meteors are it’s calling cards,and more fireballs are coming….sooner than you think. By the third week of November,you will look up in the sky and it will appear as if we have two moons…Remember this post……..I hope you enjoy the music….
Super flares of 2013
BREAKING NEWS I have just updated this blog, since NASA has just announced a huge solar flare explosion due next week ( Feb 21-28th 2013). This flare is 6 times the size of the earth. It was just discovered a mere 48 hours ago.So this is a timely blog if I do say so. Here is the press release:
NASA: A colossal sunspot on the surface of the sun is large enough to swallow six Earths whole, and could trigger solar flares this week, NASA scientists say.
The giant sunspot was captured on camera by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory as it swelled to enormous proportions over the 48 hours spanning Tuesday and Wednesday (Feb. 19 and 20). SDO is one of several spacecraft that constantly monitor the sun’s space weather environment.
“It has grown to over six Earth diameters across, but its full extent is hard to judge since the spot lies on a sphere, not a flat disk,” wrote NASA spokeswoman Karen Fox, of the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., in an image description.
Here we go again ! As if meteors slamming into earth were not enough to make one feel they had been tele-ported into a 1950’s era SciFi Movie.The CME’s are coming says NASA. CME is short for what they call a Coronal mass eruption and it pays to take notice of this term.You will see why as you read through this blog post. We may not have a choice as to what is being served by the speckled waiter in the sky, Monsuer Soleil AKA the sun. You see, the sun is throwing hissy fits lately, producing large eruptions of energy called solar flares. Can they kill you? Not in the way you would think.There is little chance of people burning up as has been portrayed in a number of sci fi movies. But there have been such occurrences in the past and they have knocked out whatever technologies Man has invented.And 2013 may well be a year to remember as far as the cosmos being the noisy neighbor from above.
Solar flares are no stranger to our planet, nor to civilization. Legends, myths and fables are littered with stories of stones, strange light, objects from the sky falling with no explanation. But is there any evidence to support the idea that Solar Flares have impacted our environs? In short, yes. The rather new and exciting developments of some archo- climatologists are shedding sunshine on the strange history of solar flares….I have borrowed some notes from various sources to illuminate the gentle reader. And as the saying goes, nothing new under the sun….
First things first. Science cannot predict many meteors.They simply do not have the technologies able to spot meteors like the one that hit the Ural mountains of Russia.Nor could science predict the other meteors witness over San Franciso and Cuba last week. Science even got lucky finding the asteroid that came close to us days ago.And CME’s are just as tricky to predict.The one coming looks enormous, so maybe a quick study of historic solar flares is in order.We will start with a CME I witnessed in Paris in 2000. I was staying at the Bastille hotel. Actually, I did not witness it, since it was invisible, and frankly, I did not notice it as it occurred.But it happened and more of the same seems to be on the way….
2000: The Bastille Day EventThe Bastille Day event takes its name from the French national holiday since it occurred the same day on July 14, 2000. This was a major solar eruption that registered an X5 on the scale of solar flares.
The Bastille. I remember dining late that night,ala fresco, oblivious to the flare..enjoying a glass of nice wine, like everyone else in Paris that balmy evening…
But the mysteries of the sun date back to the beginnings of our world,and are deeply ingrained in the human experience.
Since the beginning of human existence, civilizations have established religious beliefs that involved the Sun’s significance to some extent or other. As new civilizations developed many spiritual beliefs were based on those from the past so that there has been an evolution of the sun’s significance throughout cultural development. Even as late as the 17th century the development of tarot cards for fortune telling included a card that represents the Sun’s influence on the life of man.
If we look closely into history, we see that the religious beliefs of the very first civilization, the Sumerians,were consumed by the movement and expression of the sun…A land of blazing hot summers and precious little shade,Sumer was the “Hell’s kitchen” of the Middle East. While the Sumerian’s Sun god wasn’t the most powerful deity in their culture it initiated the development of future Sun worship. Over the centuries the Sumerian Sun god’s influence grew while other god’s influence diminished.
By the time the Egyptian civilization was at its peak, the Sun god had reached a supreme position. However, Sun worship reached its height and most involved form with the Aztec, Maya, and Inca civilizations of South America. The Inca culture was totally based on worship of the Sun.And by the 16th century, the gleaming armor of arriving colonialists in the 16th century surely caused the native peoples to tremble and deify the conquistadors..
Something big happened in the year A.D. 774.
Scientists studying tree rings found a sharp increase in the amount of radioactive carbon-14 recorded in the rings of ancient Japanese cedar trees between 774 and 775. Carbon-14 can be created by cosmic ray particles arriving from space, but what causes such cosmic ray increases?
At first, experts were at a loss to explain the event, and the team that unearthed the tree ring data last year dismissed the sun as a possible explanation.
Now a new team of scientists argues that a solar flare is the most likely culprit.
Blast from the sun
The sun could have released a huge and powerful blast of plasma into space called a coronal mass ejection, which, when it hit Earth, could have sparked the creation of carbon-14, suggest astrophysicists Adrian Melott of the University of Kansas and Brian Thomas of Washburn University, also in Kansas, in a paper published the Nov. 29 issue of the journal Nature.
Carbon-14 is a variant of the normal form of carbon (carbon-12) that is common on Earth and throughout the universe. When cosmic ray particles hit Earth’s atmosphere, they can produce showers of particles such as neutrons. Some of these neutrons, in turn, hit the nitrogen nuclei that are rife in the atmosphere, and a chemical reaction occurs that transforms the nitrogen into carbon-14.
This carbon variant is unstable and decays with a half-life of about 5,730 years (meaning half of any amount of carbon-14 will be gone in that time). For this reason, it’s a useful date marker: A tree, for example, will stop absorbing carbon once it dies, so the amount of carbon-14 left in it is a reliable indicator of how old it is.
It had been widely known that a jump in carbon-14 occurred in the eighth century, but researchers first pinpointed this rise and fall on a year-to-year basis by looking at tree rings in a paper by Fusa Miyake of Japan’s Nagoya University and colleagues, published in the June 14 2012 issue of Nature.
“They found that whatever made that carbon-14 bump happened really fast, and took less than one year, which called out for some really major, powerful event,” Melott told SPACE.com.
The Japanese researchers considered that it might be a solar flare, but calculated that it would have had to have been thousands of times more powerful than the greatest one ever known, which made such a scenario unlikely.
Now, in a new calculation, Melott and Thomas say a solar flare is a reasonable explanation.
“Their mistake was, they assumed that the energy shot out by the sun in one of these coronal mass ejections goes out in all directions, like the light from a light bulb, but in fact it’s kind of shot out in blobs,” Melott said. In other words, there was a staggered emission of CME, which, in my view must change the very way in which we view such events.
That adjustment meant that a solar flare need have been only about 10 or 20 times more powerful than the greatest flare on record, the so-called Carrington event of 1859. You will find the events of 1859 amazing, in that the event was at first heralded as a spectator event, and later feared as the extent of damage was calculated. Could such an event, in 2013, cause dreaded grid failure? You decide. And now for the BIG EVENT….
Carrington Super Flare
From August 28, 1859, until September 2, numerous sunspots and solar flares were observed on the sun. Just before noon on September 1, the British astronomer Richard Carrington observed the largest flare, which caused a major coronal mass ejection (CME) to travel directly toward Earth, taking 17.6 hours. Such a journey normally takes three to four days. This second CME moved so quickly because the first one had cleared the way of the ambient solar wind plasma.
On September 1, 1859, Carrington and Richard Hodgson, another English amateur astronomer, independently made the first observations of a solar flare. Because of a simultaneous “crochet”observed in the Kew Observatory magnetometer record by Balfour Stewart and a geomagnetic storm observed the following day, Carrington suspected a solar-terrestrial connection. Worldwide reports on the effects of the geomagnetic storm of 1859 were compiled and published by Elias Loomis which support the observations of Carrington and Balfour Stewart.
On September 1–2, 1859, the largest recorded geomagnetic storm occurred. Aurorae were seen around the world, even over the Caribbean; those over the Rocky Mountains were so bright that their glow awoke gold miners, who began preparing breakfast because they thought it was morning. People who happened to be awake in the northeastern US could read a newspaper by the aurora’s light.
Telegraph systems all over Europe and North America failed, in some cases shocking telegraph operatorsTelegraph pylons threw sparks and telegraph paper spontaneously caught fire.Some telegraph systems continued to send and receive messages despite having been disconnected from their power supplies.
On September 3, 1859, the Baltimore American and Commercial Advertiser reported, “Those who happened to be out late on Thursday night had an opportunity of witnessing another magnificent display of the auroral lights. The phenomenon was very similar to the display on Sunday night, though at times the light was, if possible, more brilliant, and the prismatic hues more varied and gorgeous. The light appeared to cover the whole firmament, apparently like a luminous cloud, through which the stars of the larger magnitude indistinctly shone. The light was greater than that of the moon at its full, but had an indescribable softness and delicacy that seemed to envelop everything upon which it rested. Between 12 and 1 o’clock, when the display was at its full brilliancy, the quiet streets of the city resting under this strange light, presented a beautiful as well as singular appearance.” rather poetic imagery. They politely forgot to mention the telegraph operators that were burned alive.
American’s , as in Meso Americans also have their solar legends. Rock art designs in the Americas are often identical to those in locations around the world. Does this suggest ancient peoples were in direct contact with one another or could there be another explanation? Physicist Anthony Peratt has a bold new theory that argues the similarities are not based on contact but the result of witnessing and recording the same high energy auroral activity taking place in the sky. These auroras were the result of a massive solar flare which was intense enough to not only produce designs in the sky but also to literally cause bodies of water to boil. Native American legends appear to record just such an event sometime in the past. Is this also the origin of the Mesoamerican and Hopi belief in a series of world ages called Suns that each ended in massive destruction of human civilization? Could the “jealous sun” as sting calls it, bring a road raged Apollo and his chariot crashing down to earth, ready to mess with our connectivity? My son, his Ipad, and the rest of our friend and family hope not…….
My guess is that 2013 will be one for the record books and if anything, these challenges with birth new technologies. After all, we invented sun screen Right? Thomas SchoenbergerRead More