sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Friday, July 8, 2016

A Week in Review

It's been quite a week and there is much to reflect on in the national news. Lawlessness in Washington DC plumbed new depths as the FBI whitewashed the Clinton criminality that we've all followed with some interest. 

I keep find myself muttering, "All pigs are equal but some are more equal than others," as FBI Director James Comey (a mind reader?) proclaimed that he stepped into the lying, conniving mind of Hillary Clinton and could find no sign of malicious intent. He spread a lot of mud on the FBI, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Can the FBI ever be trusted to do the right thing again? The proof of the pudding is in the eating. When Congressman Gowdy was done with Comey, it made the FBI look like the gang that couldn't shoot straight.

Finding a way forward as a nation will be increasingly difficult without a major overhaul in the "justice system" as we reflect on the insider moves by the Clintons in Phoenix and elsewhere.

Will America stomach the moribund Bureaucracy evidenced by the FBI in the future? There is clearly a segment of the nation that is uncomfortable with that. Will it propel Trump (not the most glib of candidates) to the White House? We'll see.

Barack has worked diligently to damage race relations in America ever since he took office and he's seen some significant progress this week in Dallas, Texas.

I heard champagne corks popping in the Oval Office as gunfire erupted in Texas claiming the lives of five police officers an injuring ten others.

Fox News showed scenes of black people celebrating the deaths of police officers, reminding me of scenes in Gaza and Damascus when terrorist hijackers flew aircraft into the World Trade Center.

Friday, Eric Dyson, presumably black himself, wrote this in the NY Times: "It is clear that you, white America, will never understand us. We are a nation of nearly 40 million black souls inside a nation of more than 320 million people. We don’t all think the same, feel the same, love, learn, live or even die the same." Isn't that a racist statement? No? Oh, yeah, how could id be if it's written by a black person. That's funny to me. I've seen black men die in combat next to white men and they died just the same while serving their country. Those police officers in Dallas all wore blue without regard to race didn't they? And if you ask any black person, there is a significant difference between a black man and a nigger. Oh, did I just write something politically incorrect?

Just before the incident, Barack and AG Lynch were condemning police shootings elsewhere in the country long before any investigation surrounding the circumstances are complete.  Tax Cheat Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson, both personal friends of Barack, showed up to whip up racial tension, claiming that police officers murdered black suspects. The problem is that as with many police shooting situations that the progressive movement has condemned, the investigations tend to show that the police officers acted reasonably. While that's not always the case, it's clearly the trend. I wonder if white people will riot in Dallas because black murderers killed police officers? Likely not.

At the same time, the much publicized death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore at the hands of police has turned out NOT to be a result of police maliciousness. The officers (including the black officer who drove the paddy wagon), whose lives have been ruined, are now bringing suit against the district attorney for malicious prosecution. I took note that the white people in Maryland have not rioted, murdered and looted at the disclosure that a 'racially motivated' legal action against the police proved to be salacious, incendiary and unjustified.

The progs disgust me.

It's been an interesting Independence Day week, hasn't it?

the gold in them thar hills

I realize that I may have too much time on my hands from time to time, but when you think about it, the molten Earth sifted out materials based on weight the the iron (and presumably the gold) migrated to the core, where it remains. Which begs the question of why there is so much gold (and other related minerals) on the surface. That's answered in part in an article from the journal, Nature, from back in 2011.

Ultra high precision analyses of some of the oldest rock samples on Earth by researchers at the University of Bristol provides clear evidence that the planet's accessible reserves of precious metals are the result of a bombardment of meteorites more than 200 million years after Earth was formed.
Matthias Willbold, Tim Elliott, Stephen Moorbath. The tungsten isotopic composition of the Earth’s mantle before the terminal bombardment. Nature, 2011; 477 (7363): 195 DOI: 10.1038/nature10399
Estimates hold that there are enough precious metals in Earth's core to cover the entire surface of  with a four-meter thick layer.
"The removal of gold to the core should have left the outer portion of Earth bereft of bling. However, precious metals are tens to thousands of times more abundant in Earth's silicate mantle than anticipated. It has previously been argued that this serendipitous over-abundance results from a cataclysmic meteorite shower that hit Earth after the core formed. The full load of meteorite gold was thus added to the mantle alone and not lost to the deep interior."
To test this theory, Dr Matthias Willbold and Professor Tim Elliott of the Bristol Isotope Group in the School of Earth Sciences analyzed rocks from Greenland that are nearly four billion years old, collected by Professor Stephen Moorbath of the University of Oxford. These ancient rocks provide a unique window into the composition of our planet shortly after the formation of the core but before the proposed meteorite bombardment.

The researchers determined the tungsten isotopic composition of these rocks. Tungsten (W) is a very rare element (one gram of rock contains only about one ten-millionth of a gram of tungsten) and, like gold and other precious elements, it should have entered the core when it formed. Like most elements, tungsten is composed of several isotopes, atoms with the same chemical characteristics but slightly different masses. Isotopes provide robust fingerprints of the origin of material and the addition of meteorites to Earth would leave a diagnostic mark on its W isotope composition.

Dr Willbold observed a 15 parts per million decrease in the relative abundance of the isotope 182W between the Greenland and modern day rocks. This small but significant change is in excellent agreement with that required to explain the excess of accessible gold on Earth as the fortunate by-product of meteorite bombardment.

Dr Willbold said: "Extracting tungsten from the rock samples and analyzing its isotopic composition to the precision required was extremely demanding given the small amount of tungsten available in rocks. In fact, we are the first laboratory world-wide that has successfully made such high-quality measurements." "Our work shows that most of the precious metals on which our economies and many key industrial processes are based have been added to our planet by lucky coincidence when the Earth was hit by about 20 billion billion tons of asteroidal material."

Therefore, it might be worth mining the asteroid belt?  Sci-Fi writers take note.