Doug's Darkworld

War, Science, and Philosophy in a Fractured World.

Through Thick and Thin

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Another week gone, Armageddon another week closer. Or the fall election, whichever comes first. Considering how ugly the election campaign is getting, maybe Armageddon sooner would be a relief. I’ll attack the increasingly ugly GOP War on Women next week, it’s really out of the closet at this point. They, or at least some they, now want to punish women who have sex out of marriage. It’s gotten that blatant in some states. Sigh.

And in another depressing observation I couldn’t help but notice that news coverage of the Afghanistan massacre and the bus accident in Switzerland differed. In both cases children died horribly, but the bus crash victims got vastly more sympathetic coverage with endless coverage of the grief stricken families. The coverage of the Afghan massacre was far less sympathetic, and the grieving survivors were only mentioned in passing. Granted, the two events are different, and maybe there was some confirmation bias on my part, but I’m still pretty sure the difference was real. I’ll leave it to the gentle reader to come to whatever conclusion they want.

Speaking of gentle readers, one of them has apparently concluded that whales should be the next topic, inspired by my last post. I don’t see what, if anything, the post had to do with whales. I’m guessing it was some sort of robocomment by the Japanese whaling industry, though to what end I’m not sure. The only reason I didn’t just delete it is because it was so incongruous I figured readers might find it entertaining. I might even respond to it, since some of the logic was execrable.

Speaking of whales, in science news scientists (who else?) have determined why giant squids have giant eyes. (And it’s not just becasue they are giant squid.) Giant squids have eyes that are vastly disproportional to their size, some of the largest eyes in the animal kingdom in fact. A study showed that the only thing such huge eyes would be good for in the ocean depths would be spotting very large moving objects. And what hunts and eats giant squid in the ocean depths? Very large whales. With their huge eyes squids can spot them coming over 100 metres away even in the pitch darkness of the ocean depths (they can see the faint bioluminescence of tiny marine organisms disturbed by the whale’s passing.) The also explains why the extinct mosasaur also sported unusually large eyes, to avoid the larger fiercer pliosaur.

I other exciting science news another new species of human may have been found, called Red Deer Man for now. This is in addition to Denosovian man, discovered just a few years back from DNA analysis of a single finger bone. Granted it’s not yet a slam dunk that Red Deer Man is a separate human species, since the DNA has yet to be analyzed. Still, pretty exciting, the human lineage gets richer and more complicated every day. All false trails seeded by Satan though, as any non-thinking person knows, humans were created, as is, in the image of God.

Moving right along, in the bad news department, a new study shows that Jupiter doesn’t protect Earth from wayward comets. Granted most people probably didn’t know that Jupiter protected Earth from comets, but that’s what a 1994 study concluded. For those who did though, the relief was short lived, now it turns out that Jupiter sightly increases our risk of impacts. It could be worse though, the study showed that if Jupiter was 1/5th of its current size, it would wildly increase the number of comets that hit Earth. That sounds counter-intuitive, but scientific results are often counter-intuitive. Read about the study here to get all the juicy details.

So comet and asteroid impact has to be added to this summer’s looming perils. Maybe one will hit Iran or Israel and forestall the war between them, one apocalypse cancels out another! Is there a Conservation of Apocalypses law? Have a great weekend everyone!

(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. Image credit: Frank Glaw. It came from this National Geographic site. It’s a juvenile Brookesia micra, one of four new species of chameleon just discovered on Madagascar. The average adult is just over an inch long, so they are among the smallest known reptiles. It was just a cute picture, no other reason than that for posting it. To find even smaller reptiles, scientists are building the MRC (Miniature Reptile Collider) in Switzerland.  At a cost of $27 billion, it will come on line in 2016.)

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Written by unitedcats

March 16, 2012 at 9:02 am

7 Responses

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  1. Ok, if we are saying that Israel and Iran both could use a dose of reality in the fact that neither of them are the ‘chosen’ country, then maybe the projectile could split and give each of them a taste of their God’s anger for their arrogance.

    Lee A Whittaker

    March 16, 2012 at 9:37 am

    • LOL There we go. Yes, I didn’t want to pick one or the other because the governments of both have engaged in reckless sabre rattling. Heck, maybe we could have one of those close passes like Shoemaker-Levy that rips a comet to pieces, then on the next pass the pieces hit Rome, Jerusalem, Mecca, and Tehran. That would give people something to think about. Alas, I fear we will be the agents of our own destruction, it’s what humans do best when they aren’t destroying the planet.

      unitedcats

      March 16, 2012 at 9:47 am

  2. Oh boy destroying the planet… With styrofoam… Jeez.

    Steve

    March 16, 2012 at 11:01 am

  3. Maybe one will hit the United States: Harbinger of hate and destruction. The true fundamentalist state. Hypocrites…
    The forefathers are shedding tears of blood in their graves.

    Joe

    March 16, 2012 at 4:39 pm

  4. You are dead right about my comment about whales and wallabies…..

    I really just want to vent my spleen …. No I am not part of the Japanese whaling industry… I am just seriously concerned about my countryman’s misguided emotion about the Japanese killing a few hundred whales while millions of kangaroos and wallabies are mercilessly slaughtered for pet food…

    You are often interested in the oddities of the animal kingdom…

    Maybe my timing was a bit out but the killing goes on and on and on with little media attention to show the plight of one of our national animals…

    I have set up a blog site at… http://nicksniche.wordpress.com/

    I will post future comments on this subject there.

    Thank you for your time.

    Nick

    Nick Rienstra

    March 16, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    • Ah, no worries, I apologize for my take on your comment. And I will address it at length, I am almost always happy to write about a suggested subject. And your point is valid, people get all upset over whales while ignoring far more horrific practises close to home.

      unitedcats

      March 16, 2012 at 6:05 pm

  5. You want a good topic? How about Costa Rica’s 1948 Civil War? Yes it lasted only six weeks but the U.S. response created a policy that would color U.S. involvement in Latin America even today…

    Steve

    March 18, 2012 at 7:40 am


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