Removing Weed Heads and Focusing on the Real Problem to Solve

Removing Weed Heads and Focusing on the Real Problem to Solve

Ver. 1.0.1

ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood: Are They Like Weeds?

Is not water a more urgent problem to solve?

https://gadflyblog.com/political-religious-war/

2/15/2019

Copyright 2019

Metaphor

If one has a front yard full of weed heads, with their heads popping up all over the yard, is this situation a situation you can live with or is this a situation you want to control? 

Weeds have a root structure and this root structure is connected to all the other weeds’ roots structures of its kind. These root structures support the weed heads that decorate the yard. These weed heads will form seed heads that the wind will disperse and reproduce the weed. There are several options to consider and each option has its own consequences:

  • Leave the weeds to nature’s evolution.  Accept the weeds as part of life on this planet. 
  • Spay the yard with a weed herbicide. All the weeds will be killed.  The risk is that other living things may also be killed. This process could be charged as using weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The eradicators would be condemned by world opinion.
  • Pull out the lawnmower and cut off the blossoms of the weeds: You could look upon the yard and see what a good job you have done. In a short time, the roots of the weeds will produce more weeds.  The yard will again be populated with even more weeds.  This process does not address the right problem to solve.

Possible Solutions to a Political Religious War

  •  Who’s to judge that which is a weed and that which is beneficial to nature and society?
  • A philosophical enlightenment that would change the weeds’ behavior. 
  • A scientific enlightenment that would show the usefulness of the weeds.
  • Come to an understanding that the universe is a living organism and we on planet Earth are part of this living organism. 
  • The universe is continually expanding. Stars and solar systems are dying; stars and galaxies are being born from the remnants of those that have died. 
  • Every part of the universe is connected to every other part of the universe by gravitons. Two graviton measuring devices, laser beams focused on a detector, as much as a mile’s distance, have sensitivity that can detect an extremely small motion on the Earth’s surface. One detector is in Washington state; the other in Louisiana.  These two detectors were just put into operation when both observed a spike on the chart at essentially the same time.  This spike was attributed to a gravitational wave that had propagated through space from a distance violent collision of two the universe’s components and impacted the planet Earth.  This gravitational wave traveled across the universe, much like a stone thrown in a quiet pool of water emits a wave that travels to a distant shore.
  • Everything in the universe is communicating with every other thing in the universe, just like a living organism.  Two telescopes on the same island off the coast of Europe focused their lenses on two different distant quasars (a compact object in space, usually with a large red shift indicating extreme remoteness, which emits huge amounts of energy, sometimes equal to the energy output of an entire galaxy).  These two light beams had to choose between two different filters that would be used to analyze their light beams. Both distant quasars (billions of miles) chose the same filter.  This demonstration showed that these two quasars, billions of miles from each other and from planet Earth, communicated with each other. 
  • A solid object (“knock on wood”) has more empty space in it than solid material. Isaac Newton stated that “matter can be divided unto infinity.”  If we were to take an orange and expand it to the size of the Earth, we would observe more empty space than solid material. 
  • The visitor to planet Earth, two thousand years ago, came to explain the processes of the universe and how they would affect life on Earth, how we can plug into these process to live a useful live on this planet Earth, how we can connect to the Creator of the Universe who resides in our own brains, and how the decisions that we make in life will determine our fate when our own star (the sun) runs out of hydrogen fuel that keeps the nuclear reaction at the core active.  The sun will collapse under the force of gravity either into a black hole (an object with an extremely high gravitational force, strong enough that even light cannot escape its attraction), or the matter in the sun will rebound into a supernova and disperse this matter into the universe to be used by another growing item in the universe.  Planet Earth will no longer exist and our fate will be decided by the decision that we made when we were still alive on planet Earth. NFL, NBA, NHL, FIFA players, etc. – please take note! This is where ethic enters the picture. It’s how you play the game – be it sports or life – that will determine your eventual eternal fate as this organism, we call planet Earth and our solar system, move onto the next step in the living processes of the universe.

The Evolution of Humankind

  • The evolution of man began when the large meteor (seven miles across, big enough to not burn up or explode in the Earth’s atmosphere) splashed into the Gulf of Mexico just off the coast of today’s New Mexico in shallow water about sixty-six million years ago. That’s 66,000,000 minus 2,100 years or 65,997,900 BC.  This action is an example of predestination by the Creator of the Universe, in that the timing of the impact with planet Earth was perfect.  Due to the rotation of the Earth, a few seconds earlier and the meteor would have landed in the deep water of the Atlantic Ocean. Or a few seconds later and the meteor would have splashed into the deep water of the Pacific Ocean. This meteor would have made a big tsunami wave and sunk to the bottom of either ocean.  But it was a perfect shot into the shallow water of the Gulf of Mexico where it penetrated twenty miles into the Earth’s crust.  This caused the right material to be emitted into the atmosphere like calcium, sulfur, etc. to create an atmospheric heat radiator that not only blocked out the sun, preventing future photosynthesis, but in combination with the falling sulfur (brimstones), ignited all the vegetation on the Earth, leaving only burnt charcoal on the whole Earth’s land surface.
    This small band of charcoal is now visible around the world. No dinosaurs’ remains have been found above this charcoal band. All dinosaur fossils have been found below this band of charcoal. This band of charcoal is all that remained of all the vegetation on the planet after this large meteor struck the planet. The sulfur pellets also turned the ocean and all water acidic. In the end, all the dinosaurs were killed and seventy-five percent of the existing species on Earth were wiped out.  The surviving species were able to live off what remained on Earth (e.g. seeds, etc.).  It is one or more of these surviving species that began the evolution of man.
  • The evolution of man continued through several iterations until the Homo species evolved.  From here it can only be surmised that the Homo sapien species (Wise Homo) was given wisdom by the Creator of the Universe.  Just as the dinosaurs populated the Earth, so have the Homo sapiens.
  • Yuval Noah Harari is an Israeli historian and a tenured professor in the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of the international bestsellers Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (2014), Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (2016), and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century (2018). His writings examine free will, consciousness, and intelligence. Harari argues that “the ability of Sapiens to cooperate in large numbers arises from its unique capacity to believe in things existing purely in the imagination, such as gods, nations, money, and human rights.” [i]
  • Just as the over population of dinosaurs threatened the life of planet Earth and were removed, it can be speculated that the same demise will be met by the over population of the Homo sapiens of the world.

The New Threat to the Populations of the Earth

  • The new threat to planet Earth is global warming.  Much of the water on planet Earth is contained in the ice caps at both poles and various glaciers around the planet.  Carbon dioxide was proven to be an insulator in the atmosphere in the eighteenth century.  Recently, in this twenty-first century, core samples of ice have been taken in the northern polar cap, approximately two miles deep, or the equivalent of several thousands of years of air trapped in the ice.  The trapped air, in these ice cores, was analyzed and it was found that the carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, for these thousands of years, were nowhere near the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in this twenty-first century. Furthermore the current trend of increasing levels of carbon dioxide levels in the Earth’s atmosphere is increasing at close to an exponential rate, indicating a time urgency. This data clearly shows that global warming is probably from two causes: natural fluctuation of temperature with time and from the Homo sapiens’ use of fossil fuels, emitting great quantities of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. 
  • The fluctuation of the Earth’s temperature has been shown to coincide with the seasons. The carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher during periods of less foliage to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, and lower levels of carbon dioxide are in the atmosphere when much foliation exists on the planet, converting carbon dioxide into oxygen.
  • If the two polar caps and the existing glaciers were to melt, the sea level will rise significantly, putting all coastal populations at risk. There are divergent opinions on how much the seal level will rise, but it will be significant.  This rise in seal level combined with warmer sea water will result in storms and hurricanes of greater strength and higher storm surges and increasing amounts of rain on land, further threatening all population on Earth with flooding. 

Possible Solutions to the Increasing Water on the Inland and on the Coast

  • A possible solution can be learned from the Dutch, who have dealt with rising flood waters from the ocean and rivers for centuries.  Along our coast lines, we could construct hollow sea walls as much as 10 meters high, by ventilating these hollow sea walls on the landward side and constructing magnetic levitated transportation systems inside these hollow sea walls. This system will not only protect the coastal populations from storm surges, but give us a transportation system along the USA’s three coastal fronts. 
  • Reinvent the swamps that once gave excessive rain water a place to go.  Move our populations to higher ground and use the low ground for reservoirs to capture rain water and rising rivers.   In drought areas, we could even construct underground cisterns to capture rain water.  Now that’s an old solution with a new twist!  

Q.E.D.



[i]                   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapiens:_A_Brief_History_of_Humankind/

The Rebuttal

The Rebuttal Ver. 1.0.0

Jack E Johnston

02/14/2019

Copyright 2019

Introduction

There are several formats for offering a ‘Arguments’ to arguments from Deductive to Assertion and more.  There are also several formats for Rebuttal to an Argument from Mere Assertion to Ad Hominem (Attacking your opponent personally notice the similarity to Homicide) and more.

One of the most used formats for a Rebuttal to an Argument is as follows:

  • State your position
  • State your opponents position
  • Show how your opponent’s position is in error
  • Restate your position with supporting data.

A.K.A. (YOER)

In regard to ‘A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy’: When one believes in a prophecy and acts according to their belief, the prophecy comes to reality. 

Is the prophecy that the Israelites will inherit the Promised Land ‘A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy’?

  • The Israelites were promised the possession of the Canaanite Land by their ancestor Abraham. 
  • The Israelites believed in this promise and acted accordingly and the promise became reality. Therefore this is ‘A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy’.
  • The truth of the matter lies in Faith: “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20-21).
  • The Israelites took possession of the Promised Land because they had Faith, not a belief in the promise, but Faith in the God who made the Promise. 

Speaking to be Heard

Before one can make an Augment or a Rebuttal they must first be able to be heard by others in the group.  This involves the use of the Diaphragm behind the “Belly Button” to push air over the Vocal Cords and into the Resonate Cavity, (a.k.a. the mouth).  To identify the Diaphragm action sit in a chair with the feet flat on the floor and bend over until the Chest touches the Knees. Put a hand on the Belly and notice the motion of the Diaphragm.  Stand up and reproduce this same motion while speaking (or singing).  Open wide the Resonate Cavity and articulate the words with the Tongue.  Cicero, the great orator of Roman legend, practiced speaking with small stones in his mouth!

The Reproducible Three-Point Basketball Shot

The Reproducible Three-Point Basketball Shot Ver. 2.0.2

Jack E Johnston

12/28/2018

Revised 2/1/2019

https://gadflyblog.com/tag/basketball-3ptshot

Copyright 2018

I was an out-side shooter (The Three-Point Shot had not yet been invented) in high school in Northern Wisconsin.  My Junior Varsity Coach told the team in the pregame huddle “Get the ball to Jack, he never missis”.  I learned to shoot the Three-Point shot from a Boy Scout Magazine article.  The main message was “Choose your marks on the court and teach yourself to make baskets from these marks”.  After high school, military service in LBJ’s War in Vietnam, college and a few years into my career, I showed up at tryouts for a local recreation team.  I was a bit shorter than the other players, but when I shot my first shot in over twelve years, from the Three-Point Arc, the ball only hit net on the way through the basket. 

Having studied physics in college and now working at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the nation’s primer physic lab, I perfected my Three-Point shot at the local club where I played in the pickup basketball games applying my knowledge of physics.  Most of the players at the club were taller than I was so I invented the “Lob-Shot” so they could not block my shot from the Three-Point Arc. 

Checklist for a 100 Percent Shooting Accuracy

  1. Remove all momentum (linear and angular) from the ball before launching the ball.  Momentum from moving down court, sideways or rotating is terminated before launch.  Not removing momentum will result in the ball going left, right or long.  Or shoot all the shots from ‘a Mark’ with the same momentum; this is more difficult to reproduce than removing the momentum before the shot. 
  2. When shooting from the side of the basket and either still moving up or down the court; adjust the line of the shot to compensate for the momentum that will still be on the ball.  This is similar to Trap Shooting with a Shot Gun; the target is led to compensate for the distance of the shot. 
  3. When shooting the basket and still moving toward the basket; either change the forward motion to upward vertical motion (jump straight up) or shoot for the backboard directly behind the basket.  This will prevent the shot from going long from the forward linear momentum. 
  4. The Set Shot: Align both feet square to the line to the basket.  The shot is then straight ahead.  Being not square to the line often results in the ball going left or right of the basket. This is especially important when shooting from the corner. Think like shooting a rifle; use the sights on the barrel to line up the shot, in this case your feet placed square to the basket aligns the shot and using the Arc as a reference provides the shot alignment.
  5. Shoot the ball on a trajectory established for each ‘mental mark’ chosen on the court.  A consistent trajectory will result in the ball going a specific distance from the launch point.  You do not have to see the basket (hand in your face), just shoot the ball on the established correct trajectory. Think like an artillery piece; set the angle of the shot, use the same power for each ‘mental mark’ on the court and the ball will go the same distance each shot.
  6. Shoot a continuous arm motion; not a two part motion, Arm and Wrist, as in an inside the Paint Jump Shot. 
  7. Shooting a High Arc: The Lob-Shot will clear outstretched arms and hands or taller players.  The higher the Arc to the Basket the higher the percentage of shots made. This is due to the ball having downward vertical momentum so if it strikes the rim it will still go through the hoop.  
  8. Practice from each of the chosen marks on the floor from the Three-Point Arc to Center Court.  This is similar to learning to play a guitar; practice, practice, practice will train the Muscle Memory part of the Brain to shoot on the proper trajectory.
  9. Minimize the additional velocity imparted to the ball with high jumps.  The feet should either come down in the same position before the launch or just a few inches toward the basket.  Muscles can get tired so the fewer muscles used to make the shot the more reproducible will be the shot. 
  10. On Jump, “Rotate and Shoot Shots”:  either stop the rotation of the ball before the shot or put a backspin on the ball.  This will prevent the ball from spinning off the hoop if contacted and give the ball a spin that will direct it down through the basket.
  11. Spend a lot of time in the Weight Room to strengthen Arm, Leg and Foot Muscles.
     Q.E.D.