Thursday, November 28, 2013

6 Seconds in Dallas

Josiah Thompson's thought process is incredibly impressive. A true forensic scientist, he looks at cause and effect with persistence, intellect and objectivity, essential traits every real scientist exhibits when trying to discern how reality works at deep level, something the Warren Commission totally ignored when coming up with their take on what actually happened on November 22, 1963. This is a must see video to learn that Kennedy was killed via a conspiracy involving two shooters and possibly three. At the same time, click here to see the Errol Norris documentary of Thompson further explaining why the film and photos taken at the event "self authenticates" what happened in Dallas separate from any commentary that has issued forth from that dark and tragic day. 

Hopefully, his 1967 book will be republished as the analysis done in this work should be read by every American who needs to know what really happened in Dallas. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Two riffs on religion, one on scheduling, the other on women's rights, both dependent on priorities, right? :)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Phase Transition Writ Large

Back in November, 2011, BRT wrote a post titled Something to Consider, a riff on the Permian Extinction AKA the Great Dying whereby 90 - 95% of all life went the way of the Dodo due to a massive "injection of CO2 into the atmosphere", probably due to "the eruptions that formed the Siberian Traps, the stairlike hilly region in northern Russia." which resulted in the "long-term ocean acidification, ocean warming and vast areas of oxygen-poor ocean water." that extinguished nearly  all life on the planet, something we are starting to see today thanks to the continued and unfettered use of fossil fuels, today's answer to the Siberian Traps, when it comes to producing CO2, the start point for all of the mass extinctions life has faced over that past 3.8 billions years.

With this in mind, Last Hours is most apt don't you think?

Maher on Kennedy

Maher gets it right on Kennedy, a president with style and wit, a president yours truly admired as someone who had a clear vision of what the world could be if one had the intellect and courage to make it so, a vision sadly not shared by any of Kennedy's successors following the unspeakable tragedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963.

To this writer, one sensed Kennedy was different, especially when listening to his electrifying Inaugural speech that will live forever in the hearts of Americans who were alive at that time (including me) when he uttered the words Ask Not on a bitter cold day in Washington, January 20th, 1961. 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Van Damme Rules :)

An Unexpected Gem

New Dan on Flickr shot this gem, another reason why the net rocks. Enjoy.

Agent Smith was right

In The Matrix, Agent Smith describes man as a virus, a species moving from place to place, consuming all resources of said place before moving on but now, there is no other place, a reality being played out as we speak, regarding the Monarch Butterfly, wild bees and other insects crucial to our survival. 

What's interesting is the fact Monsanto is a primary player in this sad scenario as the maker of Roundup, along with Bayer and Shell (Neonicotinoids), as GMO foods (corn/soy etc, etc.) require extensive use of Roundup and insecticides in order to survive, something that's beginning to change as nature always finds a way to subvert artificiality via, in the case of GMO corn, the corn borer beetle, as seen in a BRT post titled Monarchs & GMO Corn.

For Agent Smith fans, here is the virus quote courtesy YouTube.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Where Credit is Due

Click the graphic to go to a wonderful NYTimes graphic depicting the byzantine world of credit and how it has changed finance forever. When finished, scroll down to Addicted to Growth to learn why the loan is the prime driver to all the manifestations of Where Credit is Due. :)

Addicted to Growth

Scott Erickson's a terrific writer and environmentalist who cuts to the chase when it comes to explaining why growth is no longer sustainable using the clever alias of a 14 year old girl named Amy, who explains, in wonderfully clear language, where growth comes from and why it has to stop. 

Read the rest of this wonderful excerpt from the book, you won't be disappointed. :)

I like his splash image as well.

Friday, November 08, 2013


Like a moth drawn to a flame, one is drawn to the slow motion disaster known as Fukushima,  an ongoing catastrophe that could end our short term residency on planet earth.

What's even more terrifying is the fact a magnitude 7 earthquake (all that's needed to bring down the fuel pools @ Fukushima) hitting Japan within the next 3 years is estimated to be 95%, which could be the closest thing to a done deal regarding the most serious threat mankind has ever faced during his tenure on a tiny planet we call home.

Pick-up-Sticks, a game requiring mental dexterity and physical skill under pressure, is basically what has to be done at Fukushima but with the added fun of having to pick up thousands of damaged rods loaded into damaged racks, which reside in a deteriorating, water filled environment in danger of collapsing at any moment. Adding to this rosy scenario are the absolute requirements that said rods must remain in water at all times (or they will explode) and cannot touch one another in any way, shape or fashion (or they will explode) because if they do either, uncontrolled fission will ensue, thus making Chernobyl a walk in the park.

Addendum: This is a picture showing the impact the earthquake and tsnuami had on Reactor 4's spent fuel rod pool building. Reassuring, right?

Needless to say, the rods in the pool no longer look like this.

But rather like this.

Any question as to why Fukushima is a fubar beyond description?

Monday, November 04, 2013

40 Billion & Counting - In just our Galaxy

BRT has often talked about the possibility of life existing on other planets, (They're Everywhere) something this author thinks, is a done deal given just how vast the multiverse truly is. Seems that Kepler has upped the ante for this part of reality as per the NY Times piece titled. 

Needless to say, the odds that BRT may be right, thanks to Kepler, warms the cockles of my heart. :)

Click on the graphic below to access the terrific interactive NY Times graphic to see the different kinds of planetary systems Kepler has discovered to date. Simply unbelievable yet it's just the tip of the iceberg in man's search for extraterrestrial life especially in lieu of the fact there are approximately 200 billion galaxies in our part of the multiverse, which means... the number of earth sized planets in our neck of th woods goes beyond calculation.