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WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • May is tornado month. • Examples of the damage from the Moore tornado. • Whats a safe room? • How many safe rooms in the Moore school district?

PREAMBLE: I have made a few more videos (most of them less than 2 mins) on the subject of Fracking for Dummies and Non-Experts. How to access? See at bottom of this blog writeup.

MAY IS TORNADO MONTH. I opened an Oklahoma newspaper today, 22 May 2018. The front-page headline was The Moore Effect. The story was about an immense tornado.

May in Oklahoma is a deadly time for tornadoes. The cooler winds from the north meet the warmer winds from the Gulf of Mexico in a line that extends roughly northeast and centers on Oklahoma.… More “Anniversary of a killer tornado”

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Where are the Kansas earthquakes? • Disposal wells cause earthquakes. • What about earthquake insurance? • But earthquakes go along with economic development. • Regulations that worked. • Map of earthquakes versus disposal well locations.

I’ve written about earthquakes in Oklahoma, caused mainly by the oil-and-gas industry (see HERE and HERE). The numbers reached their peak in 2015-2016 and have been falling since then due to regulations by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

KANSAS REPORTED EARTHQUAKES NEAR THE OKLAHOMA BORDER. Same origin as the quakes in Oklahoma: disposal wells for getting rid of waste-water, which is mainly water produced along with oil and/or gas. The main culprit, in both states, was the Mississippi limestone, a formation that produces oil and LOTS of water in the regions northwest – northeast of Oklahoma City.… More “Where have all the earthquakes gone? Kansas.”

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: Three positions for Genesis believers. Young Earth Creation (YEC). Theistic Evolution. (Evolution of birds from dinosaurs plus DNA evidence for evolution). Old Earth Progressive Creation. Each position has a dilemma.

This is the third part of a three-part series on creation and evolution. It’s a mix of science and spiritual. The subject here is personal belief, and how your belief compares with others. As always, I use as much data and facts as possible.

THREE POSITIONS FOR GENESIS BELIEVERS. If you believe in biblical truth AND you believe in science, you fall into one of three positions, as laid out in a book by Hal Reed and Duane Thurman called How to Think about Evolution (2015). It’s a carefully researched book, not yet published, by two biology professors.… More “Creation and Evolution, Part 3: What do you believe?”

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Overview of creation – evolution. • Where does science succeed and where does it fail? • Fossil evidence for deep time. • How reliable are dating methods? • The bones of John the Baptist. • The dilemma of young earth creation. • Thirsty koala bear in Australian extreme heat drinking water.

On the subject of deep time, this is the second of three parts of a series on creation and evolution. It’s a mix of science and spiritual. As always, I use as much data and facts as possible. Your feedback and comments will be appreciated.

At the end of this blog is an ultra-cute video of a koala bear in Australia’s extreme heat drinking water offered by a cyclist.… More “Creation and Evolution, Part 2: Deep time”

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Wonders of the natural world • The hummingbird • Spectacular hikes • Role of consciousness in creation and evolution

This is the first of three parts of a series on creation and evolution. It’s a mix of science and spiritual. I’m motivated by a need for clarity, as I’ve heard statements on the subject that seem way off the mark. As always, I use as much data and facts as possible, but there are times when my own experience and bias comes in. Your feedback and comments will be appreciated.

LET’S BEGIN WITH SOME WONDERS OF THE NATURAL WORLD. The whirlpool galaxy is a classic spiral galaxy, and one of the brightest in the sky. However, 75% of matter in this galaxy is missing.… More “Creation and Evolution, Part 1: Role of Consciousness”

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • The devastating wildfires close to Los Angeles: story and pics. • The fires are fanned by Santa Ana winds. • Man saves wild rabbit from burning. • Are the wildfires really caused by global warming? • Postscript: Conversation with a skeptical professional.

This is part of a series on climate change. In this article we look at the terrible wildfires ravaging California right now.

IF YOU DON’T LOOK AT ANYTHING ELSE, look at the very short video below of the man saving a rabbit from the fire. Have your tissues handy !!!

My next blog will be about teenage girls and smartphones, especially the negative and dangerous side of this issue, including suicide.

CLIMATE CHANGE AND FIRES.… More “Climate change: Part 4. Wildfires in California”

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Rising sea levels. • Severe heat waves. • Political instability. • Deterioration of ocean life.

This is part of a series on climate change. Information in this article is taken from the book Climate of Hope by Bloomberg and Pope. See pic of book cover below.

CLIMATE CHANGE AND FIRES. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma were in all the news in my last two blogs on this subject (click HERE and HERE). Soon after, California was beset by the Napa Valley fires – the most destructive in the state’s history. The numbers are 41 people dead, 220,000 acres burned, and 2,800 homes burned.

In the following sections, we have excerpted from Climate of Hope.

 

RISING SEA LEVELS.… More “Climate changes: Part 3. The Stakes are high”

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • What are neutron stars? • Scientists record a collision between two neutron stars. • The collision gives a flash of light, so we know where it originates. • The collision creates gold and silver.

I have excerpted some words below from an article in Time Magazine: “What we learned from a never-before-seen cosmic collision,” 30 October 2017.

MY PREVIOUS BLOG WAS ABOUT THE DISCOVERY OF GRAVITY WAVES, WHICH CAME FROM A COLLISION OF TWO BLACK HOLES. To read that article, click here. Then hit back-arrow to return to this blog article.

Now the scientists have gone one better. They’ve detected gravitational waves from a collision between two neutron stars. This event was detected on 17 August 2017.… More “Gravity waves – caused by collision of two neutron stars”

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Ducking under the eye of hurricane Irma. • A terrifying night crouching in a bathroom. • Avoiding looters and robbers. • The islanders on St Maarten have lost everything. • Things are not okay, and the oceans are angry.

Just to clarify: this group of three blogs (Part 3 still to come) will center on Science and Energy. The next series will be on Inspiration and Hope. This blog is a long one, but I know it will add value to your perspective.

THIS BLOG IS A STORY ABOUT A FRIEND OF MINE, CALLED BETSY, who was crouching in the bathroom of a hotel in St Maarten, an island in the Caribbean, when the eye of hurricane Irma came right though there.… More “Climate change: Part 2. Unable to escape hurricane Irma”

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Climate change versus hurricanes and forest fires. • A new book on climate change. • What causes climate change? • Can we predict climate change effects? • Should the USA buy insurance against climate change?

Just to clarify: this blog and (I hope) the next one will center on Science and Energy.

CLIMATE CHANGE IS CONTROVERSIAL, but recent events in September of 2017 force us to think about it once again. I’m referring to hurricane Harvey which went through Houston and hurricane Irma which hit Florida, both causing billions of dollars of damage within the past month.

BUT I’M ALSO REFERRING TO FOREST FIRES which are raging across the western part of the USA. Until this week there were about 40 of them.… More “Climate change: Part 1”

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