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Jupiter ... or Mars


  Jupiter is growing a new red spot and the Hubble Space Telescope is photographing the scene. Backyard astronomers have been following the action, too.

  "Red Spot Jr." as it is being called, formed after three white oval-shaped storms—two of which were at least 90 years old—merged between 1998 and 2000.

  A similar merger took place centuries ago and formed the bigger and legendary Great Red Spot, a storm twice as big as Earth and almost 300 years old.

  Little is known about how storms form on the giant planet. They are often described as behaving similar to hurricanes on Earth. Some astronomers believe that the spots dredge up material deep below Jupiter's clouds and lift it to where the Sun's ultraviolet light chemically alters it to give it a red hue.

The latest images could provide evidence that Jupiter is in the midst of a global change that can modify temperatures by as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit on different parts of the globe. Link


   It's not often that a layman, such as myself, can rip to shreds a bona fide scientific treatise - assuming it might be that in the first place.

   Let's start with ... Little is known about how storms form on the giant planet ...

   Almost nothing is known about gaseous giant planetoids beyond that they take up a lot of space in relation to Earth. Gravity is humongous. We can't live there and woe be on the casual moon that loses orbital stasis.

   It's gas. Jupiter is made of gasses. Now I'll grant you that when you have a body that size, those gasses behave in ways we are only just beginning to understand, but to ascribe our own anthromophological sensibilities to such a grand galactic engine has to be the height of human speciocentricity.

   Jupiter is the ultimate convection engine. Of all the planets, it is the best example of all the laws of physics. There it sits, in the middle of our solar system, acting exactly as it should and has been predicted.

   We can scrutinize our 'close' neighbors in the Solar system and we can try and define our own existence by the things we find. Earth is in the 'Goldilocks Orbit' of the Sun. And there is the source of it all. The Sun.

   Global warming alarmists would like you to forget that the source of all energy throughout our little corner of the Universe is our Sun. When the Sun acts up - the Solar System reacts.

   Enough 'energetic' particles pass over our planet every second to power our wildest dreams forever. That star we know as 'Sol,' or simply 'The Sun', expends energy on a scale that defies human comprehension. It is impossible to grasp just how much energy emanates from it. If we could capture all of an hour's worth, in toto, it would power us to infinity.

   There's an unstated fact about people who 'believe' in things like 'global warming caused by humans' and people who 'believe' in vegetarianism or people who 'believe' in anything for that matter. Belief can only exist in the absence of knowledge.

Knowledge will set you free.
Spread the word! 


I get lots of emails from readers.

Oink sends me great stuff and pictures of cats.

Jo sends me tons of cat photos and the occasional news blurb.

Jim sends me some jokes that I just have to shake my head at.

OCM? He's fucking stoned and I never know what he'e going to send.

Phoenix has slipped away from me and she never did send crap in emails anyway.

Mouse sends me stuff, but it's always so ... neutral. She hates my political bias.

David send me things ... but there's a time warp involved.

Ron? I have yet to see anything in my inbox from Ron. I think he's shy. He says he's 'gregarious'.

Uncle Fester is a man after my own heart. Drive by, take a few shots and hope like hell they don't catch ya.

Lolita? My relatives? Hell, I wouldn't talk to me if I was me.

Be all that as it may, it'd sure be nice if the 'comments' got 'sparked up' a bit.

Excellent image--got me screamin'!

Can you get a comment email notification as part of your comments?

It helps my comment flow, 'cause I can answer/respond asap.

(and NEVER before noon!)

Hey, I sent you something once. Just don't ask me to remember what it was. You nailed me. notice the hermit part. LOL. Well, knowledge is a sort of belief, bescause our knowledge is always so seemingly incomplete. What we "knew" sometimes is found to be not so, or at best an incomplete knowledge.

I don't hate your political bias any more than you don't like mine. See we're of like minds!

I've got to say that your ability to create is becoming very impressive. It is like a melange of politcal science art. If I could do one - one hundredth of the stuff you do I would be able to put a slash through that almost french word 'melange' and put 'pot pourri' there instead; but alas, I can't.

Btw, layman is not a term that I would use to describe you. You are more of the master caliber, and your take on global warming is perfect.

OCM ...

I have email notification but I refrain from commenting for several reasons.

First of all, and you know this better than anyone, I'm an asshole. My comments can be hurtful or insulting and I don't even realize I'm being that way.

Secondly, as the guy who runs this joint, my comments can and are construed as something more that merely 'comments' and because of that I try to keep my asides aside. Otherwise folks think I'm an asshole.

Lastly, as you well know, my comments can often be a thread stopper. I tend to close down comments - that is something I've been notorious for since long before I started this site. I want comments and the back and forth between the readers and me chiming in usually has the opposite effect.

Because I'm an asshole.

But you knew that.

Ron ...

...knowledge is a sort of belief ...


Knowledge is 'known' to be true by evidence - evidence that can be reproduced.

Yes, knowledge can change but only by virtue of a more sensitive measurement or more critical analysis.

The Earth was flat until man proved it wasn't with new technology - clocks and astrolabes.

Belief cannot, by definition, be substantiated by any means. If a belief is found to have basis in fact, it becomes fact.

As I said, belief can only exist in the absence of knowledge.

Not to get toooo carried away, consider this ...

What if I could prove God did not exist?

What if I could prove that beyond all doubt?

With evidence that was reproducible in any laboratory?

One would think that belief in God would then stop.

Did you know there are currently 257 dues paying members of the Flat Earth Society?

I have a theory. I think belief in things or concepts, absent any proof to the contrary, can be intellectually justified on some level - not mine mind you - but belief has some merit. I think that once belief comes up against overwhelmingly negating argument, some believers will maintain their belief as an act of rebellion.

A sort of 'intellectual' disobedience.

At that point, belief no longer serves its original intent - to answer questions without answers and to put minds at ease.

It is at that point where I can get very ugly. I try very hard to not go there. It is not my place to question another's beliefs UNLESS those beliefs interfere with my ability to know the truth.

To quote LaShawn Barber ...

'Now, Steel, what am I to do with you'?

That was back when I started this site. She had 'issues' with adding me to her blog roll. My foul language, ugly demeanor and insulting ways and most importantly - my unabashed atheism - gave her pause for thought.

She put me there.

I think she did a site revamp and my name got lost. No great loss as I don't care about being linked to anymore.

But for several years, you could scroll down her list of links - Christian after fucking Christian and there I was - in CAPITAL LETTERS no less.

Oddly enough, I think more of my steady readers are religious than not. I'm not sure why that is or what to make of it.

But I consider that as some validation.

I think it to mean that I am not without redemption.

Were you here back when TINA was commenting?

What a charm she was.

True believer of the most ardent sort and yet ... she accepted that I am not.

Just as I accepted that she was.

She held her own and gave as good as she got here until her dying day.

That folks like TINA and Moze and Jim and you can find something I say entertaining or enlightening gives me great pride and a sense of accomplishment - reward if you will.

This joint just wouldn't be the same if the only people who came here were heathens.

Present company excluded of course.

Mary ...

What a compliment. Thank you.

It is the creative aspects of doing this that drive me.

In order to create I have to learn and learning is the most enjoyable experience I know.

That you noticed makes me smile.

I am getting pretty good, if I do say so myself.

God knows I have a helluva lot of fun.

My neighbor upstairs must think I'm insane.

He knows I live alone and what he must think when I am laughing out loud all day long.

Asre the ability to edit and dink with comments ...

Sometime in the next few months I am going to migrate this site to another system. I know I've been threatening to do that for a year, but I need to be secure in the knowledge I know enough to do so without screwing things up completely.

I'm almost there.

When that happens, you'll have infinitely more options, not only in the comments, but in actual site itself.

Stay tuned, Mighty Mouse :)

I think Tina had just passed when I started reading regularly.
Just curious, do you think, for instance that a belief in evolution is incompatible with belief? Now, stay nice. LOL. I generally try to get along, but I understand your explosiveness--I practice it at times.

I'm old enough that I really don't care anymore, Ron.

I can demonstrate evolution ten ways from Sunday.

I can rip religion apart in my sleep.

It's not my place to do either, my friend,

I used to be very fired-up about 'belief'.

Visions of Christians up against a wall and me with a tommy-gun ala massacre.

Over time, people like TINA, Moze and my last wife delivered me unto acceptance.

Now, I know that believing is just a part of being human.


You do not want to get anywhere near a discussion about religion with me.

It's a bad place.

A very bad place.

Better we talk of kites and fish or something else.

Don't make me go there, please.

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