Friday, November 13, 2015

The Meaning of Life and Everything

[or .. The Pathology of Connectedness ]
 "Show me the normal person and I will cure him" (~Sigmund Freud)

( 20160730 )

This page was written  in response to the near simultaneous deaths in France on Bastille Day and the sloppy put-up 'coup' in Turkey, both of them reflecting the tension between the religious and the secular that confronts the West and the Middle East, with France and Turkey being  the meat in the sandwich.

"Religion being the God of small things" :-:  ... not the small things as Arundhati Roy means in the sense of the trivia of people's lives that arrange themselves in such a way as to have such a chilling effect on whoever reads them (as she no doubt intends), but in the literal sense of the structure of the particles, elements, molecules and cells of which we are made, and by which too in some mysterious way, as yet unknown, we make that empathic connection to Ms Roy's narrative.

And so might we too begin with some 'small', but what others might consider sensational, events in some other people's lives.  Like :-->

A gentleman dining at Crewe,
Found an elephant's whang in his stew.
Said the waiter, "Don't shout and wave it about,
or the others will be wanting one too."

There was a young Royal Marine
Who tried to fart "God Save The Queen"
When he hit the soprano, out came the guano
And his pants weren't fit to be seen.     (More?)

.. and by asking the question, why is 'humour' (of an uncertain type) so universal, ..particularly when couched in smutty rime.  And why humour anyway?   And ask further, -->  what else of the human condition is 'universal', and why is it so?

 "Yeah, .. you can buy them in the shop, you know, .. they're only $3.65"
"Crikey, that's cheap!"
"You reckon, uh?"

 [(Added 20160827)   Just noticed a dud link here. It was a link to an image of a very small child being bathed in the sink, ..suds everywhere, ..looking at you out-from-under, with a very cautious (and dare I say skeptical, .. distrustful even) look on her rather beautiful little face.  ["Who's he?  And what's he doing with that camera?] [Hey, .. no wonder they took it down, eh?!  That's what you call forward-thinking, .. like twenty years forward.. .. .. ]    "Her", because it was clearly a little girl child. They've replaced it with a grown-up big-boy equivalent that looks like he would rather be playing pokemon, a London bus and a bunch of some in-your-face, tough-looking cheeky kids with attitude+, who look like they deliberately won't do as they're told. 

Their webmaster must be a millennial who thinks attitude connects.  [Hmmph.]   Why can't they just have a quick "do"-button anyway that lets you get on with it, instead of having you wait for all that crap to load.  .  God knows it's slow enough anyway.  ("Yeah?  Well, find a faster bank then." (?)  (Well, .. Sure.)  You have to wonder.  Somebody should tell them.  I'll get into trouble if I do.  Their webmaster will probably exercise attitude and find a way to not let me deposit my money.

There is a curious logic to it from their end, I guess, shoving stuff in front of your face like that, .. but since when were banks really anything about you?  (I mean, really?)  If you want to find out, you'll press the find-out button anyway.  So there.  Webmaster challenge.  Minimalism.  Design a site with two buttons - one for you and one for them - and make it look like a bank (rather than porn) (or a caller for a horse race).  Brave new world, where everything is getting tripped up and dissolving into a sea of undifferentiated gender.  (Hmph!)(again.)  Something to do with the amount of plastic getting dumped in the ocean and BPA generally taken up in the food chain.  Who (else) remembers the good old days when "Come and sit on Grandad's knee" wasn't a come-on that could land you in jail.

Must say, I thought the little girl was much better.  Very cute looking (dare I say) (as a grandpa) (without getting labelled a paedophile and landing in jail).   But they do get to be quite expensive.  I was guessing with the $3.65.  It was a reference to the failure of our Brave New World, .. but on checking they cost about $10 for a pack of 24 (at Coles).  What's that?  Dunno.  Simple arithmetic is beyond me any more.  It was just a ball-park figure.  Long time no bother. (Hmmph.) (again+).


" .. We need to nurture the source code (more) - spirituality / human rights, .. everything that is culturally positive to the human condition. 'Religion' as it is understood in its multiple denominational guises divides more than unites and offers those who would (divide), the opportunity to use it so.

That, at least, is the story from Goodnews Week, where spirituality is intrinsically good and keeps us in daily shape. 

What about Badnews Week, .. the view that humanity is intrinsically evil, grasping, exploitative, self-serving, uncaring and cruel towards others, and needs a list of instructions and a reminder to read them five times a day or once a week to keep us on the righteous path?  Doesn't take much to recognise that as religion too... "

Read more? (connect with) :-


    The theme above the line is about the human zoo

===========  Plimsoll line (keeping  the boat afloat) ===============
 The  theme below the line is the geology - why people exist on the planet in the first place)
(Sometimes they get a bit mixed up, .. 'coz it can get difficult to separate them)

[1] Disclaimer  [2] Galaxy  [3] The Atlantic [clipped 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

The Atlantic fit
( ... a.k.a. The Pesky Long Piece needing fitted .. )

 Fig.2  Conundrum - The Atlantic fit - the  long and the short of it.

North Africa separated from North America.   South Africa separated from South America.  And therefore South America separated from North America.  All at the same time.

Not rocket science, is it?

Neither is Plate Tectonics, which (by the way people run around superimposing virtual nonsense on geological reality), is the geological equivalent of Pokemon Go, .. an experience in nonsensical virtual reality.  I had one the other day, when I went up to the park.

Tuesday (20160801)
[An experience in virtual reality.]

("I had one yesterday when I went up to the park").  Don't rightly know what to call it, .. amusing? surprising? puzzling?  Discombobulating certainly.  The footpath was packed with people.  This is a pic from google images, probably on a weekend, but not so different in impact.  How come[?]  on a Monday, about 1pm.  "Something's going on here," I thought.  "Monday isn't a day people flock to the park."  Moreover there were no kids, or oldies that could be identified as 'parents, or (more usually), grandparents.  These were all people in their very late teens, twenties, and some obviously in their thirties.  The weird thing was the way they were all standing about like at some meet, .. sort of moving on the spot, or drifting aimlessly, like stalks of seaweed in underwater camera view.  Well there they were, .. all staring at their mobile phones.  What's going on?  Nobody's actually walking, or strolling in any purposeful way.  Just sort of 'being' there.

Then (reality check) it hit me.  Don't tell me!  Pokemon Go.

Then I had the ^%$^%# !! experience.

"Wha.. the F^%$* ?? !!  "

These were grown-ups.  'Pokemon', as I understand it from finding out, is something like collecting number plates on cars, or train names, or footballers from breakfast cereal packets.   [Trains, .. Ah, .. what a blow that was to a nine-year-old when these terrifying, rushing, hissing, belching monsters spitting cinders and setting the grass on fire on hot summer days were taken out of service and  went diesel, then electric.]

But again, nine-year-olds versus adults.  Why weren't they at work or where/whatever they were supposed to be doing (on a Monday)?   (Chasing little virtual cut-outs around indeed?  Is somebody pulling my leg? (Another reality check - How much does it cost to play this "game"?)  Is this how people "connect" these days?  The adult version of collecting cards of footy players?  Is this what you get from eating vegemite?  At least when you were nine you had to actually make some sort of a "You show me yours and I'll show you mine" transaction, and actually talk to people; maybe even recruit a third to see if their collection could help.  I didn't see anybody talking, or doing anything that looked like making a swap.  No point I guess, if everybody already has all the 'cards'.  So what exactly is the point?  I mean other than to test how best to co-opt people's attention.  First the hardware, then the software.  Yes, I know it's a bit, .. (of me), .. but if this is not a cause for concern over the malleable simplicity of simple people's simple minds, then I don't know what is, .. because it's not only demonstrating what can be done, it's revealing the substrate on which it's being done.

(Positives) :- "You get to go out and meet up with like-minded people!" 
(Lord of the Rings, .. Lord of the Flies.)
[Now there is Lord Donald Trump of the LDT party, appealing to yet another tribe]

Good Lord!  Not long ago Google got complaints for changing the lettering on its search page to make it look like a three-year-old's colouring book, and there are increasing comments generally around 'infantilising the public space'.  It can't be infantilised, if the potential for infantilisation is not there.   Ergo, ..

We've already had a week recently of reminiscing 'Playschool' on public radio in adult prime time, then followed by a week of broadcasts on pokemon, and now (also in the last couple of weeks) (on public radio), 'up-speak' is catching on.  Again.  Upspeak (/uptalk), .. also known as valley-girl talk,  Doesn't it piss you off?  It's almost as bad as the craze among yesterday's upper school and university students, of speaking like teletubbies.  Sadly for some and annoyingly for many this has left its legacy, particularly among many professional women whose need for security and belonging has proved to be unshakeable..  And not least (and certainly not last), is the detestable proliferation of "vocal fry" - sizzling the vocatives in bacon fat, when they're not being snorted down nasal passages like turkey-gobble.  All revealing the nature and the power of social connectors, the age group of their appeal, and what this reveals for the way society is headed.  With the score equal at half time (after 2,000+ years) will religion make a come back, or will it succumb to the greater power of infancy, as, ..nappies trailing, .. yesterday's cohorts make it into the snuff of old age?

The problem is (in my view) about all of this 'child education' stuff, if you reflect the child back to them on their own terms, peppering it with baby-speak, then that's what you get (teletubbies, bananas in pyjamas etc). Can't blame them (for standing around like seaweed looking at the abacus in front of them).   It's exactly the same with religion, reflect back to people their own Pride and Prejudice (and fears), and you have them in the palm of your hand.  It's the salesman's golden rule; find out something about you and work it so you 'identify'.  Who among us has never been 'souled'?

 ["Ho no, .. that would never work with me!"]

Religion, .. is ignorance dressed to the nines with official significations [1] [2] in case people don't get it, .. that it is *power* - enormous power.  Born by warrant and the innocence of people, it eventually draws to itself the authority to suck their blood in some cosmic sociopathic gyre, eventually presiding over them like some genie, until, held by their common bond that must not be broken  they find themselves in subjugation, fealty and fear.  ("One Ring to rule them all..") ("Kiss it.")  [Some business model!]

A bit strong?  Not if you lived five hundred years ago before there was separation of Church and State over 'here', or at the present day over 'there' (where there isn't any). [Not that separation always makes a lot of difference. Why is the Catholic Church so disliked in Ireland, the most catholic country in Europe ? ["Child abuse and bondage".]    786952   [Also :-  While S.O'C's impassioned appropriation of Marley's WAR [her view is directed at the Catholic Church and "religion";  Marley's is more broadly directed to social injustice] has been vindicated (after two decades), it all pales against Pokemon as a potential rabble rouser if used in the right way.
"Hey youse, .. Don't mess with our monsters!

Here's Len again, with his take on it ("identification").  I don't much agree with him about "lack of confidence",   I think maybe the idiosyncrasies he's talking about is what musicians would call a 'hook', and it derives from the tribalism of the schoolyard (particularly girls') [Len's right there, about this tribalism being a 'girl' thing.]  but hang in for his last point, he's not so far wrong - in time we'll all hopping and bopping (or swaying like seaweed) to the same app., with as much confidence as the 'in-you-face' mobile phone you're looking at gives you (however much that might be) (which is not a lot, as far as I can see, from the number of people with their heads down, buried in it 24/7).

"Lack  of confidence" (?)  Well, maybe, .. There's certainly a lot of (empty /unwarranted) confidence going around if you ask me. which is why there's all this teletubby-upspeak, and world-weary, constipated, terminal-groaning speak.  Speech used to be a very powerful means of communication, now all the communication of value is carried in how, not what, (it) is said ("like - Wow! Amazing!") ("Awesome!" "Massive!")  Innit?   .. Like.

Gotta go.
(You got this far?  Can't be so wide of the mark then.)

[Hang in for the mark of the Never-Ending Sto-wee.]

"Ï'll be back."3,


Rubbish earmarked for dealing with later :--
[1]  "The Geology Behind Italy's Catastrophic Quake"
(Equally tragic is Plate Tectonics' continuing refusal to examine the alternative explanation - that the Earth is getting bigger) (as well as rotating) (and that the two are inextricably linked sides of the same coin) (and that this is as obvious as the nose on its dopey face).(!!)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A Mechanism for an Expanding Earth

 [An 8-element supplement to the above paper including this figure may be viewed here]
[See also ]

For some considering this matter of an expanding Earth, a mechanism for expansion would appear to be central to their acceptance before any physical expression such as the creation of the ocean floors ( = two thirds of the Earth's surface) would be credible.  Seeing,  it would appear, is not necessarily believing.  However, if such a mechanism were to be discovered  (such as the much-celebrated Higgs boson, discovered on the stroke of a funding midnight  and considered to be a credible expression of an expanding universe)  would they abandon their conviction of the 'reality' of subduction?  I doubt it.

In the meantime therefore, they may care to read  Mr E. Ellis' assessment of how an expanding universe is expressed on Earth.

Mr Ellis posits that :-
"The decay of five elements (O, Fe, Si, Mg and S) as exemplified by their ionization properties is responsible for the Earth accumulating sufficient mass to double its radius at least twice in the past billion years [and was] responsible for the oxygen in water doubling seven times in mass and volume for a one hundred and twenty-four fold increase to incrementally fill the growing ocean beds created during the crustal expansions of (the) past 180 to 200 million years."

.. and supports his narrative with six tables and seven figures that clearly reflect the considerable time and thoughtful effort he has invested in this enterprise :-

Table 1 =  Mass doubling rates for the above-mentioned elements
Table 2, 3 =  Earth mass and radius growth over past 540my
Table 4 =  Ionisation potentials of the five elements
Table 5 =  Variable Earth-mass growth rates from ionisations of the five selected elements
Table 6 =  Mass from table 5 with lagging radii

Fig.1 =   Geological time scale of five ions
Fig.2 =  Percentage mass v. time (Graph of table 5)
Fg.3 =    Mass, Radius, Density and gravity curves of Table 6.
Fig.4 =   Uncertainty on mass calculation
Fig.5 =    Uncertainty on radius calculation
Fig.6 =  Uncertainty on density calculation
Fig.7 =  Uncertainty on gravity calculation

I don't have a background in physics sufficient to evaluate Mr Ellis'  work, but I do recognise that in addressing this subject from a perspective of the atom rather than from the traditionally geological one (as I do), he takes an angle that not only returns us to considerations about the age of the Earth, how it formed and how it is warmed, but also invites us to consider how the intrinsic properties of elemental atoms may increase over time to form the material stuff of the planet.

Mr Ellis tells me that according to our present understanding of the universe the standard model of particle physics involves 2 entities, matter (4.9% atoms and 26.8% dark matter) and energy (68.3% dark energy) which are interchangeable.  However the mathematics of the standard model indicates something is lacking, .. hence the need for more sub-atomic particles and more complex math.  Mr Ellis believes that the ionic paper fills that void with a third entity - entropy, which is not interchangeable with the other two - mass can convert to entropy all right (burn a piece of paper), and energy can convert to entropy (how the Earth came to be heated in the first place), but not the reverse :: entropy is a one-way street.

The paper should be viewed as offering a method for finding the mass and radius of an expanding Earth that matches the observed geology. It is significant that all the points in Table 5 and Figure 4 are at, or very close to, a geological boundary where highly significant changes in the fossil record are noted.

Comments are welcome either here, or on the 'contact author' link provided in Mr Ellis'  paper.

Good reading.

Thursday, August 22, 2013


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Readers interested in the argument for Earth expansion v. Plate Tectonics might like to revisit *this post* while I reorganise things here.  I think the whole business is encapsulated in those two points 1.  Subduction and 2. Along-ridge spreading.  Though of course it gets quite complicated in the detail (which it would of course, since everything geological is incorporated).

The essential point is that whichever is correct (expansion or subduction) (and they are mutually exclusive) the evidence has to be *writ large* to the point that it is hardly worth talking about - like day and night, Earth rotation and the Earth being round. [But just think of the wisdom that went into that lot! - which now is hardly even kindergarten stuff]

And that's it :-  *EITHER*  Subduction, 'evidenced' by the ambiguity of first motions of earthquakes and the destruction of an area of the Earth's crust = 2/3rds of its present area (that has 'disappeared' and for which there is therefore no evidence), ... *OR*  ...  Along-Ridge Spreading and Extension, which is a whole lot of ARSE staring Plate Tectonics in the face.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Scientists behaving badly (again)

 (.. "again"..) ??

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 (Doing dishes and listening to the radio again - regarding the workings of 'science'.)  Putting the hot money on consensus can be fraught with banana skins :-

" .. Yet, as we have been reading lately the number of retractions in scientific journals suggests a rising trend towards deception of one kind or another.  Two years ago the British journal Nature attributed half of the retractions to plain mistakes, and half to scientific misconduct such as plagiarism, faked data and altered images." 
From  ::   Discovery ofStreptomycin     ( 6MB)
" ..  The result was one of the most vicious battles for credit of a major discovery in the history of science ... "

(" .. faked and altered images "  ??    For aspects of which we could well attend to the view of Don Anderson in regard to seismic tomography propping up Plate Tectonics. )

Shifting sands in Plate Tectonics too?
Dearie me, ..  Tch - Tch !  Who would think?

[Addendum, 20140224 :: And of course climate change.  Who are the bandits, .. the changers or the doubters?   And what is the subtext there with regard to the role of consensus in science?
Or, if we are to regard the broader picture of group behaviour, should the question rather be, "What is the role of science in consensus?"   If a consensus in global warming has been reached by the same devices that a consensus has been reached, say,  for Plate Tectonics, then I would say, .. well I guess you could guess what I would say.  But I have noticed over the last five to eight years maybe that the seasons seem to be gradually delayed by about a month, and in the last few, more like a month and a half, .. meaning that 'earinwesternoz we don't get December-'Christmas' weather till well into February for the last number of years.  Does that mean warming? I don't know, but it's certainly late going by the trees which seem to be confused as well, flowering at the wrong times, or twice a year to make up for the flowers that are out of kilter - and still getting it wrong. I don't know, .. but consensus is a pain when it comes to science.  So I guess that's what I would say (about consensus). ]

["We are a community of scientists.." ]
(Read :- Hey, ..  Shoot that messenger !  We're all in this together.)

Monday, August 12, 2013

Bursting a Sudsy Bubble

( Earth Expansion  v. Plate Tectonics)

(The Earth Expansion Common Sense -5, ..  Plate Tectonic Phantasmagoricals - 0 )
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Regular readers know that this site is only marginally about geology (because Earth expansion is a lay-down misere and Plate Tectonics is just plain geological rubbish), and that as well as  politics, religion and the selling of soap, it is really about the exploitation of the herd instinct.  No two ways about it.  But they might not properly realise the extent to which artifice needs to be seen through to make a considered judgement of the suds that come out of the wash before going down the gurgler.  So here's one for everybody to contemplate (Fig.1) while I take some time off. I have to leave these postings for a bit.

Fig.1.  Good expansion oil v. Plate Tectonic soap.  Institutional Plate Tectonic garbage spawned under the aegis of distorted map projections (plain packaging to encourage gurge).  (a)  The arrow of the Big Rip (the disruption of the Western Pacific related to the rupture of the Indonesian Bubble)  (b)  The same big arrow on a plate map from Carl Seyfert's oft-here cited (1987) Encyclopedia of Structural Geology and Plate Tectonics, P812.  According to (a) the arrow should actually parallel the transform faults of the North Pacific (but doesn't in Plate Tectonics' phantasma). The blue arrow, which is the USGS's to show plate movement, likewise contradicts 'plate movement' as indicated by transforms of the Pacific.

Now, ..  all respect here is due to Carl Seyfert (writing that particular encyclopedia entry) because his illustration is just to show examples of triple junctions, and the figure anyway is taken from McElhinney, 1973  (Palaeomagnetism and Plate Tectonics, Cambridge University Press, 358pp) which was a pretty influential text in its day - ..  maybe still is, .. though after forty years is pretty dated were it not for the fact that projections used for plate maps today still mostly show the same projection as his, from which I would suggest (and from the way people go aong with its derivatives I think I am not mistaken) that most people gandering plate maps and ruminating the cud about them would not suss the point of that discordance - which is that those transforms of the North Pacific are still NOT perceived as they should be, which is that they are related to the biggest transform rupture of the planet that broke open the crust from the Pacific to the Atlantic in one continuing Mesozoic to Tertiary event that is still continuing today (bigrip link above), ..and going strong in the original location,  a failure that gave birth to everything about Jason Morgan and Dan McKenzie and Euler Poles and plate movements and hot spots and so on - and stitched up Harry Hammond Hess and Tuzo Wilson and a small retinue of some others amounting to not very many people at all at the root of all of this Plate Tectonics stuff, .. whom almost everybody else followed like the pied piper of Hamelin just because he plays a mean flute an's got a daisy stuck in his big toe an' wuz promising publication for the now and hereverafter an making life if not geological research easy, into the enticing yellow submarine of Plate Tectonics because yellow was a very fashionable colour back then that went with big hair and nudity an *CLOTHES* from the Emperor's wardrobe.

Which they are.

That's all I wanted to say.

Ciao for niaow


[ See also - Debunking Plate Tectonics - at :- ]