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Monday, November 4, 2019

Climate Change and Ignored Truth

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

It seems like a swell notion to save the planet, and it helps people feel like they are accomplishing something. People like to feel good about themselves. Unfortunately, the depredations of two-bit tinhorns promoting anthropogenic climate change have unduly distressed many people.

Climate change alarmists are increasingly hysterical. From their worldview, they have no hope for the future, and their outlook is based on fundamentally flawed models.
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"But climate change is settled science, Cowboy Bob!"

You might want to study on it a while. People making a claim like that are falling into the traps of climate change cultists, and if someone tries to disabuse them of that falsehood, they become hysterical like the guy that incorrectly glued himself to an airplane 1 or the woman glued her, uh,  sweater kittens outside Goldman Sachs 2. What's with leftists and glue, anyway? (One tinhorn says they are not extremists, but simply people concerned for the welfare of the planet. Uh, sure.) Climate "consensus" is ridiculous 3, and it shows the hubris of secularists and globalists pretending to fully understand the workings of the planet God gave us — and that they contrive data for their own ends.

Many "predictions" of the past have come to nothing for many years and thinking people are having serious doubts 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Nowadays, climate change has become a religion, a part of the culture of death 11. Since it is primarily a politically leftist power grab, some people think that it is being used to establish a new world order 12! Indeed, the Ministry of Truth 13 has stated that those opposed to global climate change must be punished 14, which makes it rather difficult to have the conversation in the first place.

The extremely mouthy child that is parodied, Greta Funberg 15 — I mean, Greta Thunberg — is a pawn that is being used to manipulate the emotions of people 16. There have been accusations that criticism of Greta are misogynistic and we should ignore her Asperger syndrome. This is special pleading to let her escape responsibility for her own actions and those of her handlers; she was "well" enough to lecture the world on several occasions, after all. Misogynistic? She is not being criticized for being female, but for her demeanor and what she says — as well as hypocrisy involving her yacht. Leftists slap leather with anyone who disagrees with people who are protected under identity politics.

It has been a frequent contention of mine that people "think" with their emotions and are unskilled in the use of reason. Since antisemitism is increasing again, we see the spectre of Joseph Goebbels when people blame the Jews for global warming 17, 18. Again, lack of rational thought but a prairie schooner-load of emotional appeal and manipulation. 

The pearl-clutching fear mongers are wrong, hurricanes are not increasing from climate change 19, 20, 21, nor are they becoming more severe 22This whole panic is based on evolutionary thinking and the presupposition that Earth is old 23. Scientists have become useful idiots 24 for political and atheistic agendas 25. The truth is that we have a Creator who sustains the world, but materialists must believe that everything came from nothing 26, so by extension, they have no hope for the future. Don't be disunderstanding me now, those of us who doubt the global warming consensus and offer evidence that the climate cult rejects are not saying that we should run roughshod and trash the planet. In fact, Christians (especially biblical creationists) believe that we are stewards of God's creation, and are accountable to him 27.

With irrefutably feckless logic, someone claimed that Christians have no business objecting to the prevailing climate change views because the Bible is silent on climate change. This "logic" is irrefutable because it has no rational foundation. One of the flaws involved is the argument from silence. Well, the Bible is silent on genetics and the moons of Saturn, but we study those things anyway. Moving on.

There are serious flaws in climate change models 28 which are similar to the kind of reasoning used in deep time geology and cosmology, as well as in evolutionary biology. Specifically, relevant information is ignored or suppressed, and the narrative du jour dominates the fundamentally flawed predictions and proclamations. Again, secularists reject the sustaining work and power of our loving Creator.
All-time record temperatures in Paris, fires in the Amazon, Mississippi River flooding, the Maldives underwater . . .
Everywhere we turn, we hear warnings about serious threats to life on earth. With each report, extremists demand immediate, drastic government measures to slow down climate change before it is too late.
Most stories lay the blame squarely on us humans, particularly on carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas produced by our burning coal, oil, or natural gas. In their zeal to protect the environment, however, few activists stop to question the data that supposedly links human activity to a rise in global temperature or to a rise in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. Even fewer have taken the time to consider how proposed restrictions on fossil fuels could make life more difficult, especially for the poor.
To read the rest of this enlightening article or download the audio from my favorite reader, click on "What Scientists Ignore About Climate Change". 

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

Unnaturally Selecting Gene Editing

When Gregor Mendel (peas be upon him) pioneered the science of genetics, little did he dream that the field would develop so dramatically. With the advances came questions of ethics regarding genetic tampering including the outrage caused by Dr. He Jiankui forumulating designer babies. The science can cause a passel of problems as well as substantial benefits.

Gene editing technology is rapidly increasing and so are ethical concerns. A series on Netflix is analyzed.
CRISPR genome editing / Image credit: National Institutes of Health
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Lives may be improved with the repair of congenital defects, but there is one very large problem: some of these owlhoots do not know what they are doing. They can use CRISPR-Cas9 and do some gene editing to some extent, but some seem to be the equivalent of people selling pharmaceutical products in dark alleys. To make the ethics questions worse

Remember, using bad science techniques, lack of knowledge, and microbes-to-microbiologist evolutionary presuppositions, scientists came up with the seriously flawed "junk" DNA concept. They believe that the puny god Evolution is involved in genetics. No, old son, evolution is not an entity, and it certainly cannot make selections. We were created by the Master Engineer, and he knows far more than we do.
The possibility of altering human genetics to create designer babies or to improve the human species has been in the realm of science fiction for decades. Well, the ‘future is here’.
In October of 2019, Netflix released the first season of a new miniseries called Unnatural Selection. It focuses on recent advances in genome editing and the many moral and ethical dilemmas associated with it. As Christians, we need to be aware of this new and growing field, for it is no longer ‘science fiction’. Instead, human cloning, designer babies, and the potential for the genetic enhancement of humans is staring us in the face. We cannot simply claim a few scientists are ‘playing God’, because the ability to do such things is more widespread than most are aware and because the field is advancing quickly. We need to develop an informed view that is based on what is possible and what is actually being done today.
To read the rest of this article by Dr. Robert Carter and Scott Ellis, click on "Unnatural selection — CRISPR on Netflix".

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Friday, November 1, 2019

St. Davids Dragon

If you happen to venture into Wales and want to see some ancient cathedrals, head west over to the county of Pembrokeshire. Before you ride into the sea, look for a small city (the population is just under 2,000) named St. David's. There is a cathedral that has something of interest to biblical creationists.

St Davids Cathedral is on the western edge of Wales. It has an interesting bit of carving that looks like a dinosaur in some ways, but with fantasy elements.
Credit: Freeimages / John Noble
St. Davids Cathedral has been existence since the 6th century, but like other cathedrals, it had repairs and upgrades over the years. In the late Medieval upgrade, folding seats were installed that feature a critter that looks quite a bit like a sauropod dinosaur. Regular readers know that there are historical accounts of dinosaurs (previously called dragons), indicating that despite the claims of Darwinists, they lived at the same time as humans. But this one has a mix of fantasy with reality, so we commence to doing some reasoning. This starts with the fact that the artist could not have seen fossils or reconstructions in museums.
Its overall anatomy resembles the sauropod dinosaurs known from fossils, with longer hind legs than front legs. These long-necked, extinct reptiles typify Jurassic rock layers. This one’s neck is not nearly as long in proportion to its main body as the more familiar sauropods like Diplodocus. Lest someone say its neck looks too short for the carving to represent any real sauropod, its neck length closely matches that of a dinosaur fossil found in Argentina in 2005 named Brachytrachelopan mesai.
To read the full article, click on "St. Davids Dragon — Fantasy or Reality?"

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Still no Evolution in Antibiotic Resistance

One of the most frequently used false claims for fish-to-pharmacist evolution is antibiotic resistance, but what is seen is most definitely not evolution. What we do see is something akin to natural selection because antibiotics kill off some strains but leave others that are resistant. Then we have the problem of superbugs.

New research gives us further reasons to reject the evolutionary icon that antibiotic resistance is proof of evolution.
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The ghost of Charles Darwin is rattling chains in the halls of academia and science labs (and starting the occasional dumpster fire), moaning piteously about his eternal destiny and trying to keep his disciples away from the truth. They don't need his help to reject the Creator, their own hard hearts can take care of that. This "evidence for evolution" is based on outdated and incomplete science coupled with plenty of hubris and wishful thinking. Some of our microbes already have antibiotic resistance. (For that matter, some people groups also have it!) New research shows that bacteria can share genetic information similar to an analogy of passing around books. The cholera bacterium isn't content to read books, it steals DNA information.

The article linked below uses several sources from the Intelligent Design community. While they do excellent work refuting Darwinism, the ID movement does not go far enough. Our Creator is revealed in the Bible, and we need to learn who he is and what he has to say. Medical science would be better off by far by dropping Darwin and realizing that our Creator designed organisms for their purposes and to determine what those are. It's past time to drop the evolutionary "Stuff Happens Law" that interferes with real science.
Growing evidence undermines commonly-cited examples of evolution happening right before our eyes.
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Evolutionists glibly present genes as playthings of some mystical Tinkerer that cobbles things together to see what comes up. One example they have often cited is the “evolution of antibiotic resistance.” In creation-evolution debates, some evolutionists have used the “evolution of antibiotic resistance” as prime evidence for evolution happening right before our eyes. The argument usually goes that Darwinism has no problem inventing new functions from scratch.
To read the entire article, click on "Antibiotic Resistance Is Shared, Not Evolved".

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Anything but God in Secular Universe Origins Ideas

You may be surprised to learn that the Big Bang model for the origin of the universe began way back in the 1920s and has been modified numerous times since then. However, the Big Bang simply does not work, so older ideas are being retooled, and new ones are being considered and slipped through the secular torpedo nets.

The Big Bang is in constant trouble, and secular scientists are trying to find rescuing devices, including alternatives. But they refuse to admit the truth of the Creator.
Credit: Pixabay / Johnson Martin
Astronomer Fred Hoyle came up with the title Big Bang out of derision. He and other scientists did not like the idea of the universe having a beginning, and preferred the even less scientific but predominant steady state concept. Since the Big Bang has been Frankensteined with parts added on through the years in futile attempts to keep it alive, some scientists are dreaming up other ideas to cling to their cosmic evolution ideas. They will not admit that the facts support  what the Bible said all along: God created. There is definitely no valid reason for professing Christians to use this philosophy as an add-on.
A recent New Scientist (hereafter abbreviated NS) article entitled “What if there was no big bang and we live in an ever-cycling universe?” has generated great discussion. At first blush, one might look at the title and think that a few maverick astronomers and astrophysicists are looking to popularize some new theory. Or you may assume that it is a set-up article to tear down a straw-man and bolster the Big Bang. But in reality, the hypotheses mentioned in the article are all just recycled arguments against the current Big Bang model, which has more and more problems as new astronomical data comes in. This article, highlighting some serious problems with big bang cosmology, reads more like a desperate attempt to find anything (besides the biblical explanation of cosmic origins) to explain how our universe came to be and how the current observations can fit into a “bangless” cosmology. The primary hypothesis mentioned in the NS article is the Big Bounce, or oscillating universe, although other cosmologies are discussed at the end of the article. I have previously addressed much of this in my book Universe by Design and will use some of that material here as I address all of these in turn.
To continue reading, click on "Secular Alternatives to the Big Bang Are Expanding". On a similar note, more evidence that cosmologists at the Darwin Ranch have been into the peyote buttons again, see "Anti-Theism Makes Cosmologists Go Crazy".

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Tunnel Valleys and the Ice Age

A few weeks back, I met up with Rusty Swingset and his lady friend Jacqueline Hyde (who was not quite herself) before they headed back up to the Darwin Ranch near Deception Pass. They were discussing tunnel valleys, something I had never heard of before. Turns out some are a few days' ride (a few hours by car) from me.

Tunnel valleys like Finger Lakes are puzzling to geologists in many ways. They were formed by melted water moving rapidly under glacier sheets.
Finger Lakes image credit: NASA
Just south of Lake Ontario in the state of New York is a region called the Finger Lakes. You can see why (besides, "Clawmark Lakes" could seem a mite scary), since there are about eleven of them going pretty much north and south, and quite narrow. How did they get there?

Tunnel valleys like this are in many places when Earth wore an ice hat. More specifically, areas that were glaciated. Rapid meltwater during the Ice Age carved them out, but the timing details are sketchy. Some uniformitarian geologists think these happened over several ice ages, but they cannot provide evidence. More likely, the flows were catastrophic and at one time more recently than secular geologists believe.
Tunnel valleys are found over numerous glaciated areas, such as the outer continental shelf off Nova Scotia; southern Ontario, Canada; northern Alberta, Canada; east-central Minnesota and Wisconsin, USA; north-west Europe; and the central Barents Sea. . . .

Tunnel valleys have also been discovered offshore. Some of the largest and best documented occur in the North Sea, and are thought to have formed over multiple glaciations, and then infilled by sediment from European rivers.

After a tunnel valley is first cut, it is usually (but not always) filled in. The Finger Lakes of New York are examples of tunnel valleys that were partially filled in with sediments. The sediment fill is varied, and includes glacial till, glaciofluvial sands and gravels, sediment gravity flow deposits, and glaciolacustrine silts and clays.
To dig into the entire article, click on "Tunnel valleys can be formed in one ice age by catastrophic flow".

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Epigentics, Creation Science, and — Lamarck?

Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck may be coming back from the sepulcher of evolutionary philosophies. The secular science establishment decided to ride for the Darwin gang and Lamarck was essentially told, "Go away, boy, you bother me", but some of his contributions are acknowledged.

Lamarck was kicked aside by the Darwin gang, but he may have had some correct ideas. This ties into a creation science model involving epigenetics.
Lamarck portrait by Charles Thévenin 1802
Although Lamarck is touted as the purveyor of inherited characteristics from his 1809 publication on evolution, he is somewhat misrepresented. The typical dismissal often includes the idea that giraffes developed longer necks to reach leaves in trees. While he was more wrong than Papa Darwin on evolution, he may have had a notion that was ahead of its time.

Scientists are realizing that the nuclear genome is not the be-all and end-all of inheritance. Studies in epigenetics are showing that this area plays a large part in the inheritance of characteristics, and some behaviors are actually learned for a few generations. Some scientists are looking back on Lamarck and thinking maybe they shouldn't have relegated him to mucking the stalls of the Darwinian elite.

Some Harvard research is discussing Lamarck and some concepts that fit with the creation science model of continuous environmental tracking and engineered adaptability (several posts on this have appeared here). Mayhaps evolutionists will catch on that, instead of Darwin's insistence on external influences and "pressures", the evidence shows that our Creator designed organisms to change and adapt.
Two recent reports undermine natural selection, but support design. The reports reinforce the reality that creatures are active, problem-solving beings that sense environmental changes and produce targeted adaptive responses. Another new insight is that an organism’s offspring could produce the same targeted response. However, the adaptive traits aren’t due to changes in DNA per se. Rather, the expression of the genes are modified during development.
To read the rest of this important information, click on "Harvard Research Supports Innate Adaptive Mechanisms".

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