Pink Flamingo ‘rerun’ week continues… This is from March 18, 2014. Did you know that the dastardly, ungodly Big Bang Theory was developed byRead More
This is the game-changer, if we allow it to be. I can wax poetic about the discovery of running water on Mars. In orderRead More
On Tuesday, Clyde Tombaugh visited Pluto, or at least his ashes did. When I was a kid, in school, we would order paperback booksRead More
“…”I don’t see that I’m any less religious by the fact that I can appreciate the fact that science just records that weRead More
There are some people who’s passing create a dent in our lives, even if meeting only once. Carl Sagan was one of those. ErickRead More
It has inspired several columns about Bruno, and the way his story was told in this new edition of Cosmos. It was biases. JustRead More
There are some classics in life that should not be remade, like Gone with the Wind, Casablanca, or Philadelphia Story. Then again, the lessonsRead More
Have you ever stopped to consider what might happen in space exploration if the Koch Machine had money riding on it? Have you everRead More
The Pink Flamingo’s series into science, climate change, liberal versions of science, conservative versions, and abject stupidity of both groups continues. This is yetRead More
This is my problem. When climate change scientists make their catastrophic warnings, they are completely ignoring the historical record. In many ways, they areRead More
This is yet another of those ‘no brainer’ Pink Flamingo posts I decided to toss together as quick and easy. Nothing is farther fromRead More
Picture this. The Pink Flamingo is on the phone, talking to a friend, who was telling me about the latest GOP idiocy where sheRead More
The Pink Flamingo has not been as religious about keeping up with science links as I should. There have been some incredible science storiesRead More
Even Pat Robertson has had enough. You could see the impatience when he basically castigated this stupid women for asking how to deal withRead More
I am a Republican. My values are conservative, in fact I even watch the right shows on television, but I am sick and tiredRead More
The Russians are now shaking us down to the tune of nearly $800 million to launch our rocket-less astronauts to the space station. “…NASARead More
Arthur C. Clark, that great visionary always thought that life would be discovered on the moon, Europa. Titan will do in a pinch – but an odd one.
Titan is one of the most inhopitable “worlds” in the solar system.
“…Scientists had expected sunlight interacting with chemicals in the atmosphere to produce acetylene that falls down to coat Titan’s surface. But Cassini detected no acetylene there. Experts warn that there could be other explanations for the results. But taken together, they fulfil two important conditions necessary for methane-based life to exist. Nasa astrobiologist Chris McKay said: ‘If these signs do turn out to be a sign of life, it would be doubly exciting because it would represent a second form of life independent from water-based life on Earth.’ Scientists believe that when the Sun swells up, swallowing Earth, conditions could be ideal on a warmer Titan. Professor John Zarnecki, of the Open University, said: ‘We believe the chemistry is there for life to form. It just needs heat and warmth to kick-start the process.
This week Planet Earth caught a break, literally. The largest solar prominence in nearly 20 years exploded off the face of the Sun. Capable of massive electrical disruptions with something akin to a EMP, it hit the planet a couple of days ago. Then again, the fireworks in Iceland may be just enough to push the planet into a little ice age.Read More
Once the ash cloud hits the upper atmosphere, start watching for some glorious sunsets!
Every once in awhile The Good Lord (and I am not taking about Obama) thumbs His nose at humanity, and proves in some rather strange way that He doth indeed harbor a sense of humor. While nothing humorous is going on with the current volcanic upset in Iceland, it does prove that His power is far greater than man’s. There is a wonderful irony here, rather like one of those Ten Commandments moments, a note to Al Gore, sort of a, “Umm, big guy, I’M THE ONE in charge!”Read More
The Moon has ice, but Mars has more! The blue shows glacial ice on Mars! “…The Shallow Radar instrument has been charting the locationsRead More
Please, try and blame this one on global warming. The Earth’s upper atmosphere is rapidly cooling. It is rapidly cooling because the sun isRead More
This is a volcanic plume captured by Cassini’s November 21 flyby of Enceladus.Read More
I’ve been waiting for these shots since Voyager II’s Saturn Fly-by.Read More
On Sunday afternoon it dawned on The Pink Flamingo that we are taking the whole issue of climate change and politicians in the wrong direction. Lindsey is being hammered for a piece he co-authored with John Kerry for the NYTimes. Even I cringed – because I knew he would be hammered for it.
Suddenly, like the light flashing down from an alien craft about to abduct some drunken deer hunter (note that there is no intentional insult to deer hunters implied) The Pink Flamingo had an epiphany.
GARBAGE IN GARBAGE OUT
Remember that old computer term – garbage in garbage out?
I think expecting our elected officials to know everything about everything, or even a little bit about everything is just not logical. None of us know everything about everything. We specialize. The era of a eclectic “renaissance” style education no longer exists.
Take climate change – please.
The only reason The Pink Flamingo has a different take on things is because of an essay the late great, Stephen Jay Gould penned for his monthly column in the Natural History magazine. Aside from filling The Pink Flamingo with a life-time desire to be a writer of essays, this article tweaked my fancy. I was going into high school, volunteering doing the candy stripe thing at our local hospital. I remember reading the article after my father picked me up at the hospital there in Seneca. The mail was on the back seat, where I was consigned as he and my grandfather drove home.
I read the Gould essay on the drive to Fair Play, fascinated. My current love of all things dinosaur is nothing new. I’ve been fascinated since I was a little kid and saw that now legendary T-Rex fossil in the Natural History Museum in NYC. While it might take a calculator to figure out how many scientists have been inspired by that same critter, including the great Gould himself, The Pink Flamingo never went beyond fascination when it came to dinosaurs. But – it did give me a reason to read geology, paleontology, and delve into archeology as a high school student.
The specic Gould essay, which I can no longer find, was about the fact that the planet was due for another round of what he felt might be a cycle of ice ages.
Golly – an ice age?
I read everything I could on the subject, only to decide upon a life-long fascination with Post-Roman Britain instead of science.
It seems like the alleged time frame of La Morte de Arthur and the alleged fall of the Roman Empire all occurred around 475AD – 550AD. No one in their right mind would even put the idea of the death of Arthur, fall of Rome, and an ice age together. BUT – they all happened around the same time.
Seems like David Keys also put 2 + 2 together to come up with an ice age. Publisher’s Weekly reviewed the book:
“…In Keys’s startling thesis, a global climatic catastrophe in A.D. 535-536–a massive volcanic eruption sundering Java from Sumatra–was the decisive factor that transformed the ancient world into the medieval, or as Keys prefers to call it, the “proto-modern” era. Ancient chroniclers record a disaster in that year that blotted out the sun for months, causing famine, droughts, floods, storms and bubonic plague. Keys, archeology correspondent for the London Independent, uses tree-ring samples, analysis of lake deposits and ice cores, as well as contemporaneous documents to bolster his highly speculative thesis. In his scenario, the ensuing disasters precipitated the disintegration of the Roman Empire, beset by Slav, Mongol and Persian invaders propelled from their disrupted homelands. The sixth-century collapse of Arabian civilization under pressure from floods and crop failure created an apocalyptic atmosphere that set the stage for Islam’s emergence. In Mexico, Keys claims, the cataclysm triggered the collapse of a Mesoamerican empire; in Anatolia, it helped the Turks establish what eventually became the Ottoman Empire; while in China, the ensuing half-century of political and social chaos led to a reunified nation. Huge claims call for big proof, yet Keys reassembles history to fit his thesis, relentlessly overworking its explanatory power in a manner reminiscent of Velikovsky’s theory that a comet collided with the earth in 1500 B.C. Readers anxious about future cataclysms will take note of Keys’s roundup of trouble spots that could conceivably wreak planetary havoc….”
Would you believe the global temperature during the height of the Roman Republic and Empire ranged something like 4 degrees warmer than it is now?
Civilizations flourish during a time of global warming and had a tendency to either fall or wax inward during periods of cooling.
Please expain the importance of the word “Greenland”.
Now, the following completely esoteric lines of study are something no “normal” person who has a “real” life would even bother thinking about, let alone own dozens of books about the above.
There’s even more.
The Pink Flamingo has been interested in astronomy and space even longer than dinosaurs.
Get the picture?
Add a fascination with geology, history, King Arthur, Ancient America fringe archaeology, and a half-way decent working knowledge of science and you have a walking rebuttal to the current infant “science” of climatology. (it is a joke)
We are dealing with a rather fascinating solar minimum. For some strange reason, the utter lack of sunspots indicates a cooling surface on the sun. Anyone who knows anything know the cooler the sun, the cooler the earth.
Know anything about the relationship between very messy volcanic explosions and global cooling?
The Pink Flamingo subscribes to the theory of history that someone must delve, not only into the usual historical tools, papers, archives, etc, but must also integrate misc. sciences be them social, earth, biological, archaeology, or political in order to write history.Read More
Every day, the Solar Sytem proves just how short sighted the anti-science anti NASA Dems are. Now only has water been found on theRead More
“…It is thought the collision of a rather smaller body with the Earth, about 70 million years ago, was responsible for the extinction ofRead More
Did you know in the 17th Century the sun experienced 70 years of spotless activity? During the Maunder Minimum, the world experienced a LittleRead More
It appears as though Pluto may be on the virge of becoming a planet once again. “…The IAU had originally proposed something similar, butRead More
Did you know the Catholic Church has given more money to further the science of astronomy than any other institution in history. Hal G.Read More