Two peacetime shipwrecks over two months time left 17 sailors dead. How did this happen?
Over-reliance on technologies and over-worked personnel are the ingredients for a deadly cocktail. I can personally relate to my own Vietnam War experience. The Norden Company assigned me to the USS Constellation stationed in the Tonkin Gulf.
My workday was typically a 30-hour stint with 4-hour bedrest. I became so weary that I would fall asleep standing in the shower. In the NY Times story, we learn sailors worked 100-hour weeks. A 7-day week spans 168 hours, for your reference.
Due to the turnover of personnel and the cost of training, the Department of Defense charted a course decades ago toward applications of high technologies (automation).
Compare autonomous ship guidance systems to the newest automobiles that can actually park themselves, accurately navigate the nation’s highways, and automatically brake to avoid collisions. Well, almost.
Reliance on artificial intelligence (AI) to autonomously drive the car will inevitably lead to deadly collisions, maimed survivors, and unfathomable legal consequences. If the car’s computer is driving the car, who is liable for accidents? The owner of the vehicle or the manufacturer? It’s reasonable to foresee decades of torts comparable in some respects to the lawsuits against tobacco companies.
The key word is artificial. AI simulates human responses to specific stimuli. Let’s compare artificial intelligence to natural (human) intelligence?
According to Science ABC:
At the time of this writing, the fastest supercomputer in the world is the Tianhe-2 in Guangzhou, China, and has a maximum processing speed of 54.902 petaFLOPS. A petaFLOP is a quadrillion (one thousand trillion) floating point calculations per second. That’s a huge amount of calculations, and yet, that doesn’t even come close to the processing speed of the human brain.
In contrast, our miraculous brains operate on the next order higher. Although it is impossible to precisely calculate, it is postulated that the human brain operates at 1 exaFLOP, which is equivalent to a billion billion calculations per second.
As someone who was born and raised within four blocks of the Gulf of Mexico, I can attest to the fact the sea level is NOT rising. Every year or two I get back to my hometown of Palacios, TX to walk the seawall where I see the same tidal markings I saw as a kid.
My home was merely 13 feet above mean sea level (MSL) back in the 40s when I was born and now in 2017 it is still merely 13 feet above MSL. Yes, there is an apparent rise of MSL in Palacios due to land subsidence, but nowhere near the severity of the Houston area and it’s death by centimeters, not feet.
Subsidence is a global problem and, in the United States, more than 17,000 square miles in 45 States, an area roughly the size of New Hampshire and Vermont combined, have been directly affected by subsidence.
The rising tides of misinformation and leftist propaganda imperil our hard-won freedoms. True science trumps fake news every time.
Representative TX CD-4
325 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Subject: President Unlawfully Uses NASA As His Propaganda Ministry
I remember well when NASA was founded back in 1958. The nascent National Aeronautics and Space Administration put us into the race for space. My memory of President John Kennedy’s stated goal of landing a man on the moon within ten years is as fresh today as it was in 1961. 1969 marked two life-changing events for me: marriage to my lifemate and the landing of the Lunar Module on the moon, both events within thirty days of one another. Still later, through friendship with our former Congressman Ralph Hall, I was privileged to meet and speak with astronauts of that era, including Neil Armstrong. Later still, my aerospace employer, the Norden Company, manufactured components for NASA spacecraft.
The expansion of human knowledge of phenomena in the atmosphere and space;
The improvement of the usefulness, performance, speed, safety, and efficiency of aeronautical and space vehicles;
The development and operation of vehicles capable of carrying instruments, equipment, supplies and living organisms through space;
The establishment of long-range studies of the potential benefits to be gained from, the opportunities for, and the problems involved in the utilization of aeronautical and space activities for peaceful and scientific purposes.
The preservation of the role of the United States as a leader in aeronautical and space science and technology and in the application thereof to the conduct of peaceful activities within and outside the atmosphere.
The making available to agencies directly concerned with national defenses of discoveries that have military value or significance, and the furnishing by such agencies, to the civilian agency established to direct and control nonmilitary aeronautical and space activities, of information as to discoveries which have value or significance to that agency;
Cooperation by the United States with other nations and groups of nations in work done pursuant to this Act and in the peaceful application of the results, thereof; and
The most effective utilization of the scientific and engineering resources of the United States, with close cooperation among all interested agencies of the United States in order to avoid unnecessary duplication of effort, facilities, and equipment.
From my youth until 2009 NASA was known to be dedicated to the exploration of and dominance of outer space and resolution of aeronautical issues within earth’s atmosphere.
NASA’s mission was compromised in 2009 when Barack Obama became president. He appointed Charles Bolden, a retired United States Marines Corps major-general and former astronaut to head the agency. Said Bolden of his goals assigned to him by President Obama,
“One, he wanted me to help reinspire children to want to get into science and math; he wanted me to expand our international relationships; and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering.” – Source: The Telegraph
One would assume this sitting president thought he should make Muslims around the world proud of their accomplishments, like all the modern inventions of Muslims that we find in use around the world today. I would list these “accomplishments”, but it seems no ready record of them exists.
This president now uses NASA to produce “climate change” propaganda based on very bad science. I give only one significant point of bad science: sea levels. NASA propaganda touts rising sea levels. You perhaps heard Obama decrying rising sea levels in Norfolk, VA. What is the status of sea levels? First of all, the Atlantic Ocean isn’t rising in Norfolk. Norfolk is sinking; a matter of land subsidence. Second, good science, data actually acquired by NASA indicates global sea level is falling.
Thankfully, data collected by NASA disproves the president’s climate-change theory. Unfortunately, the truth isn’t a goal of President Obama; control of the American people is his objective. Political propaganda is the tool by which he undermines our energy and industrial enterprises.
Therefore, I request that you work with your colleagues to restore the original mission of NASA. Future NASA budgets should prohibit the use of this federal agency as a political tool.
On one hand, Pope Francis rails against capitalism, as reported by Reuters “We have created new idols. The worship of the golden calf of old has found a new and heartless image in the cult of money and the dictatorship of an economy which is faceless and lacking any truly humane goal.”
Recorded in the same Reuters news article of May 16, 2015, he urges more control by states (national governments) over economies for he benefit of the poor. Well, if he wishes to test his socialist theories, no better opportunity exists for him at this moment. This week he tours the perfect laboratory of socialism: communist Cuba.
Presumably, Pope Francis’ reference to God is the same God whom I worship and serve: the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Communism sets the state as God. Communists don’t like any competition between the state and other deities.
Also in the above cited Reuters story, the Pope said, “While the income of a minority is increasing exponentially, that of the majority is crumbling.”
In 1959, the time of Castro’s revolution, the Cuban economy was fourth largest in the western hemisphere. Today? According to 2012 rankings, Cuba ranks 15th with GDP/capita of $10,200 USD while the United States ranks 1st with GDP/capita of $50,700 USD.
Quoting the above Reuters article, Pope Francis declared, “need for financial reform along ethical lines that would produce in its turn an economic reform to benefit everyone.”
According to the CIA Factbook, Vatican City GDP for 2014 was €371,697,000,000. Sales of religious products and visits to the Vatican museum are two components of the Pope’s global income. Due to inherent secrecy of the church, we cannot know precise figures on annual income and GDP. Up until this year, the Vatican bank was one offshore repository for unreported assets. An agreement this year between our Treasury Department and the Vatican will remove that secret sanctum’s use by Americans.
As shown in the chart below, the United States of America is the largest contributor of humanitarian aid to the world’s poor and destitute. Yes, while we Americans are merely 4.45% of the world’s population, our U.S. government ranks number one in giving. And, yes, Pope Francis, we are a capitalist society.
Socialism shall forever remain an economic theory because it cannot be proven a means to raise standards of living. Capitalism, on the other hand, is the economic system by which the world’s nations build capital to fund essential services, national defenses and feed their hungry populations.
The above-charted humanitarian contributions do not reflect charitable contributions from American churches and NGO’s that alleviate suffering through medical missions, donations for life-preserving water wells, mentoring of third-world entrepreneurs and other services.
Pope Francis is confused. He confuses crony capitalism of Argentina with largely transparent capitalism practiced in the United States of America. In part, the successes of the capitalists in our country must be attributed to ethics ingrained in our society through Christian and Jewish Biblical teachings. Secondarily, we can attribute openness to government oversight and regulations, the latter both a help and a hindrance.
Adding to the Pope’s confusion is his choice of advisers. Radical leftists have his ear. His “climate expert” is an avoid atheist.
Regarding his confusion on economics, he calls for capitalists to invest in Cuba while condemning the very means by which such contributions are possible.
Do I recommend Catholics abandon their church? No, au contraire. I urge American Catholics to pray earnestly for God to reveal the truth of economics to Pope Francis. He desperately needs an epiphany of truth.
Just for fun, let’s examine this graphic created by California minds. The technical article from which it comes talks about the importance of ozone (O3) in the stratosphere and how man made fluorocarbons deplete this vital barrier against harmful ultraviolet rays. I quote:
“The ultimate source of the ozone is the simple reaction O2+ O = O3; the oxygen atom O is formed when the sun’s ultraviolet radiation breaks apart an oxygen molecule O2. The ultimate loss of ozone is through nearly the opposite reaction O3 + O = 2O2 that results in regular oxygen molecules again. The actual processes are considerably more complicated, involving catalysts which help speed production or destruction. Without human intervention, the production and destruction processes result in a relatively fixed amount of ozone, much like a bathtub would remain at a constant level if the amount of water flowing from the tap exactly equaled the amount going down the drain.” – California Agriculture
Conclusion of the above cited scientific article is without human intervention, we are doomed. Well the article goes on with a discussion about “good ozone” and “badozone“. It goes on to add the newest term of “global warming potential” due to secondary CO2 emissions.
Going back a few years, do you remember all the interest, hysteria, around the deadly ozone hole? Yes? Well, then I ask you, where is the ozone hole? After reading the referenced article, one might conclude the deadly ozone hole rests over California where only human intervention can save that part of the planet.
Well, the ozone hole isn’t over California. It ‘s also not over our Lone Star State. Let’s look to NASA to discover the location of this dastardly ozone hole that threatens all humanity with all manner of crises from crop failures to “climate change” due to secondary CO2 emissions.
Do you recognize the area of the earth over which this menacing ozone hole lies? It’s Antarctica, not California, not Texas, not over any populated areas. If fluorocarbons from your mom’s air conditioner, refrigerator and hair spray cause ozone depletion, why isn’t there an ozone hole over Kansas?
Fluorocarbons do indeed deplete ozone and ozone depletion over Antarctica is indeed the sinister work of rogue fluorocarbons, but they don’t come from any man made system or product. It’s a natural phenomena. I list below reports for your enlightenment.
Anti-human environmentalism is not science. It’s a religion whose belief system ever evolves. The core belief of the environmentalists is they must protect their Mother Earth at all costs, even to the point of de-populating the world. Out of this pagan belief system proceed the abortion movement, campaigns against vaccinations, eugenics and radical assaults on energy production and consumption. Global warming has undergone a metamorphosis to now be known as “climate change” with the newer caveat of “global warming potential”, despite the scientific facts that tell us a new ice age comes upon us, as discussed in a Daily Caller article titled Scientists Fear Another ‘Little Ice Age’ Is On The Way.
In order to understand truth, one has to be willing to not be misled by unqualified sound bites and atheistic-environmentalist pretensions. Your Google works as well as mine. As it is written, you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.
“Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day.” — Thomas Jefferson
My son the scientist once said to me, “I found it, because I believed it was there.” Good scientific research, good science, begins with a reasonable hypothesis. Sadly, all too common today are unreasonable hypotheses, particularly regarding variability of global climates.
For example, a National Geographic article attributes recent and numerous shark attacks on “global warming”. Well, not exactly.
Is the average temperature of north Atlantic waters rising? Yes. Is this temperature rise due to human activities? If yes, then to what do we attribute fossilized tropical plants and animals in Greenland? What’s this?!?
Do slightly warmer waters draw sharks into the shoreline? No, hunger does this. Temperature affects which species of shark may be feeding along our eastern seaboard, but there are forever sharks there. In fact, forty-two (42) species inhabit Atlantic waters along our east coast [Reference: Shark Foundation – Sharks of the Region: “East coast of North America”]. Some are harmless to humans, others, like great whites, indifferent to items on the menu for dinner, feed on human limbs as quickly as on cute little seals.
In my opinion, the chief reason for more reported shark attacks is the foolishness and/or ignorance of beach-goers. Down in the land down under, surfers risk their lives for the thrill of catching a wave. When a great white takes a bite, usually fatal, news services express surprise. Oh, well.
Gradual temperature swings are natural, normal reactions to changing solar conditions. Solar cycles run eleven years.
For Mature Audiences Only: Unstoppable Solar Cycles: The Real Story of Greenland
The word of the day is Ratiocinateverb intr.: To reason, especially in a methodical manner.
This scientific video report on cooling and heating cycles correctly points to the Sun as the main supply of energy to the earth’s climate system.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge… – Hosea 4:6
Amazing things happen to us when we think. Therefore, think. As God said to Hosea, it is our profound ignorance that places at risk our lives, our fortunes and our honor as a free nation.