Archive for July, 2006

Roots of Human Family Tree Are Remarkably Shallow; All Alive Today Share 1 Common Ancestor

Science, The Flood of Noah, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Jul 27 2006

 

The Sons of Noah “The sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.)” These were the three sons of Noah, and from them came the people who were scattered over the earth. …Genesis 9

By MATT CRENSON AP National Writer

Jul 1, 2006 (AP)— Whoever it was probably lived a few thousand years ago, somewhere in East Asia. Taiwan, Malaysia and Siberia all are likely locations. He or she did nothing more remarkable than be born, live, have children and die.

Yet this was the ancestor of every person now living on Earth, the last person in history whose family tree branches out to touch all 6.5 billion people on the planet today.

…Furthermore, Olson and his colleagues have found that if you go back a little farther about 5,000 to 7,000 years ago everybody living today has exactly the same set of ancestors. In other words, every person who was alive at that time is either an ancestor to all 6 billion people living today, or their line died out and they have no remaining descendants. That revelation is “especially startling,” statistician Jotun Hein of England’s Oxford University wrote in a commentary on the research published by the journal Nature.

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Shang Dynasty, Jade Dinosaur

Crypto, Dinosaurs in Literature, Science, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Jul 24 2006

This objet d’art is posted for sale on the internet. The text below is a verbatim quote from the site. It is the opinion of the sellers of this ancient Shang Dynasty object that it is a representation of a dinosaur.

Ironically, we don’t neccessarily agree that it looks a great deal like a tyrranosaur, which is their surmise. They do have the benefit of having multiple views of the object.

Besides the tyrannosaur, we present the skull of the charonosaurus, a recent Chinese find which appears to have a similar skull shape and backwards pointed horn. Still, we admit that our speculations couldn’t possibly be less scientific. We leave it up to you to decide what it might be.

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Lost Cities of the Amazon Revealed: Archaeologists Discover a Grid of Villages and Managed Parks..

Science, Sophistication of Ancestors, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Jul 23 2006

By Kathleen Wren
Sept. 18, 2003
 

 

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2003 – Newly discovered traces of ancient roads, bridges, and plazas in Brazil’s tropical forest may help dispel the once-popular impression of an “untouched” Amazon before the Europeans’ arrival.

In southern Brazil, archaeologists have found the remains of a network of urban communities that apparently hosted a population many thousands strong.

Reporting their findings in the journal Science, published by AAAS, the science society, the researchers say the people who dwelled there dramatically changed their local landscape.

In the upper Xingu region of the southern Amazon, in central Brazil, Michael Heckenberger of the University of Florida and his colleagues have discovered centuries-old remains of roads that appear to link a network of large villages in a carefully organized, gridlike pattern. The residents, ancestors of the modern-day Xinguanos, dug enormous ditches around the villages, built bridges and moats in wetland areas, and cultivated large tracts of land.

It seems that virtually no part of this landscape was truly wild, or “pristine.” Even some of the forested areas may have been more akin to a large park than to untouched forest, according to Heckenberger.

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The Disappointing Promise of Molecular Biology for the Theory Of Evolution

Church of Darwin, Science, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Jul 18 2006

“Instead of revealing a multitude of transitional forms through which the evolution of the cell might have occurred, molecular biology has served only to emphasize the enormity of the gap.

We now know not only of the existence of a break between the living and non-living world, but also that it represents the most dramatic and fundamental of all the discontinuities of nature.

Between a living cell and the most highly ordered non-biological system, such as a crystal or a snowflake, there is a chasm as vast and absolute as it is possible to conceive….

 Molecular biology has also shown that the basic design of the cell system is essentially the same in all living systems on earth from bacteria to mammals. In all organisms the roles of DNA, mRNA and protein are identical.

The meaning of the genetic code is also virtually identical in all cells. The size, structure and component design of the protein synthetic machinery is practically the same in all cells.

In terms of the basic biochemical design, therefore no living system can be thought of as being primitive or ancestral with respect to any other system, nor is there the slightest empirical hint of an evolutionary sequence among all the incredibly diverse cells on earth.

For those who hoped that molecular biology might bridge the gulf between chemistry and biochemistry, the revelation was profoundly disappointing.”

Michael Denton, Ph.D (Molecular Biology), Evolutionist

Paper Draws Criticism; Peer-reviewed Paper Arguing for the Uncertainty of Radiometric Dating
Raises Anti-Creationist Hackles

Church of Darwin, Science, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Jul 18 2006

By Elizabeth K. Wilson
Chemical and Engineering News, Volume 83, Number 43 pp. 60–61

 

Karen Bartelt was spending an afternoon in the library at College, where she is a chemistry professor, catching up on the Journal of Chemical Education (JCE). 

One paper, in last July’s issue, caught her attention: It was a critical-thinking exercise for undergraduates that cast doubt on a long-standing radiometric method for dating minerals, and thus, the age of Earth (J. Chem. Educ. 2005, 82, 1094).

That made Bartelt, who is a creationism and intelligent design watchdog, sit up. 

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Man Thrown In Jail For Exclaiming “Thank You, Jesus!”

Religious, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Jul 17 2006

 

By Ken Kobayashi
Advertiser Courts Writer,
Friday, July 14, 2006

When it was announced in the courtroom last month that the jury found him not guilty of abusing his son, Junior Stowers raised his hands and exclaimed, “Thank you, Jesus.”

But instead of leaving the courtroom, Stowers was cited for contempt of court by Circuit Judge Patrick Border for the “outburst.”

For about six hours, Stowers had to remain in the courtroom and a cellblock until the judge granted him a hearing on the contempt charge and released him. At a July 7 hearing, Border dropped the contempt charge, a petty misdemeanor that carries up to 30 days in jail.

Stowers couldn’t be reached for comment yesterday, but Deputy Public Defender Susan Arnett, who represented him on the contempt matter, said although they were pleased with the verdict and the dropping of the contempt case, she doesn’t think Stowers was treated fairly.

“I don’t think there’s anything about saying ‘Thank you, Jesus’ that rises to the level of contemptuous behavior in this case,” she said.

She said Stowers is a devoutly religious man active in his church who spontaneously expressed his thanks to the higher power in which he believed. He had gone from being found not guilty of a crime that he knew he didn’t commit to being held on a contempt charge, she said.

“He was just stupefied by what happened,” Arnett said.

Family members and Iakopo Sale, Stowers’ pastor at Assembly of God Church, who watched from the gallery were “very upset that those words could land somebody in jail,” Arnett said.

Border yesterday declined to comment but indicated his actions are reflected in the court minutes, which indicated he found Stowers’ “non-verbal gestures and outbursts to be disruptive and improper regardless of content.”

Border later dropped the charge because he realized Stowers trial lawyer, Deputy Public Defender Carmel Kwock, did not have time to convey the judge’s message to Stowers that he should not show any emotion when the verdict was announced, the court minutes said.

Stowers, 47, a Honolulu resident, was charged with hitting his 15-year-old son with a broomstick in January. The misdemeanor charge of abusing a household member carries a sentence of up to a year in jail. Stowers was free on a $1,000 bond.

During the trial last month, the boy recanted his earlier statements that his father hit him, according to court records. The boy testified his brother had hit him with a car door. The boy’s brother testified he hit the brother with the door. Stowers denied hitting his son.

Just before the verdict was announced on June 29, Border called city Deputy Prosecutor Sean Sanada and Kwock to the bench and told them he didn’t want a show of emotion by either side, according to a defense request to dismiss the contempt charge.

When Stowers made his remarks after the verdict was announced, the judge told him, “There will no more of that,” the papers said.

Stowers asked to approach the bench and apologize, but the judge told him he could not and ordered him to remain in the courtroom, the defense request said. He was later taken to the cellblock. He was released at 3 p.m.

Sanada said he took no position in the contempt case.

“Judge Border is entitled to run the court in a way he deems appropriate,” Sanada said.

Arnett said in 20 years of legal practice here, she had not heard of a similar case. She said defendants have been held in contempt after a judge repeatedly issues warnings and a defendant ignores the admonitions, but Stowers had not caused any trouble in the courtroom and had not been given any warnings. “Contemptuous behavior has to be much higher than (what Stowers did),” she said.

Reach Ken Kobayashi at kkobayashi@honoluluadvertiser.com.

Judge Border is active in various professional and community organizations, including the Inter Pacific Bar Association, American Bar Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Consumer Lawyers of Hawai`i, Mediation Center of the Pacific, and the New Hope Christian Fellowship Prison Ministry.  He was previously involved with the Asia Pacific Lawyers Association and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Honolulu.

The “Consensus” On Continental Drift

Science, The Flood of Noah, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Jul 16 2006

 

Do Continents Really Drift?

For geologists, Continental Drift (or “Plate Tectonics”) is as vital to their scientific outlook as the Big Bang is to astronomers, or Evolution to biologists. Indeed, Continental Drift is taught as an unassailable hypothesis—in essence, a “fact.” It is, therefore, a tempting target for anomalists.

Fortunately, there are some maverick geologists who are willing and able to draw up a list of arguments against the “fact” of Continental Drift. Australian P. James is one such brave soul. Here follows the abstract from one of his papers.

“Anomalies in the three basic concepts of mobile plate tectonics—sea-floor spreading, transform faults, subduction—are analysed. The process is then extended to subsidiary aspects; sediments on a moving basement, continental evidence, mechanisms and measurements. In summation, the criticisms present a formidable and damaging document against the total framework of mobilism, both in its general concepts and it its detailed interpretations.”

From James’ lengthy paper, we select just two anomalies that he has identified in the Atlantic where North America and Europe are supposedly drifting apart.

First, repeated direct measurements of the drifting seem to be a wash; that is, there is no drift to speak of. The expansion of the Atlantic basin seems to be only 5-13 mm/year (just 20% of the predicted rate), and this is partially offset by apparent contractions within the North American land mass!

Second, St. Peter & Paul Rocks, on the Equator just west of the Atlantic Ridge, are supposed to be riding west on the spreading sea floor. Being close to the ridge, they should be 15-30 million years old. (The closer islands are to the Ridge, the younger they should be, if they are truly riding on a sea-floor conveyor belt.) But radiometric dating of the rocks making up these islets insists that they are 100800 million years old.

(James, Peter; “A Synthesis of Major Objections to Mobile Plate Tectonics,” New Concepts in Global Tectonics, no. 2, p. 6, March 1997.)

From Science Frontiers #127, JAN-FEB 2000. © 1997 William R. Corliss

 

 

Dr. Thomas Gold on Continental Drift “Consensus”

“What does the refereeing procedure really look like? How does it really go on? If, for example, an application was made in the early 60’s or late 50’s suggesting that the person wanted to investigate the possibility that continents are moving around a little, it would have been ruled out absolutely instantly without questions.

That was crack- pot stuff, and had long been thought dead. Wegener, of course, was an absolute crack-pot, and everybody knew that and you wouldn’t have any chance.

Six years later you could not get a paper published that doubted continental drift. The herd had swung around – but it was still a firm and arrogant herd.”

From:  What’s Wrong with Science 2

 

 

Dr. Michael Crichton on Continental Drift and Consensus

“Probably every schoolchild notices that South America and Africa seem to fit together rather snugly, and Alfred Wegener proposed, in 1912, that the continents had in fact drifted apart. The consensus sneered at continental drift for fifty years. The theory was most vigorously denied by the great names of geology-until 1961, when it began to seem as if the sea floors were spreading. The result: it took the consensus fifty years to acknowledge what any schoolchild sees.

And shall we go on? The examples can be multiplied endlessly. Jenner and smallpox, Pasteur and germ theory. Saccharine, margarine, repressed memory, fiber and colon cancer, hormone replacement therapy. The list of consensus errors goes on and on.

Finally, I would remind you to notice where the claim of consensus is invoked. Consensus is invoked only in situations where the science is not solid enough.

Nobody says the consensus of scientists agrees that E=mc2. Nobody says the consensus is that the sun is 93 million miles away. It would never occur to anyone to speak that way.”

From: Aliens Cause Global Warming

New Hamphshire Carved Stone Still a Mystery After a Century

Science, Sophistication of Ancestors, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Jul 12 2006

One of the New Hampshire Historical Society’s most mysterious and requested artifacts – the “Mystery Stone” – is now on display in the exhibition New Hampshire Through Many Eyes at the Society’s museum

In 1872, construction workers dug up a suspicious lump of clay near the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee, and Seneca A. Ladd of Meredith discovered this intriguing carved stone within the clay casing.

Amateur and professional archaeologists have speculated about the “Mystery Stone’s” origin for over one hundred years.

At the time of discovery, the American Naturalist described it as “a remarkable Indian relic.” In the next decade sources claimed, “This stone has attracted the wonder of the scientific world, European savants having vainly tried to obtain it.”

Frances Ladd Coe of Center Harbor, the daughter of Seneca A. Ladd, donated the Mystery Stone to the New Hampshire Historical Society in 1927. The Society staff know of no other reported findings of a stone like this in the United States.

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Pterodactyl Stories

Crypto, Dinosaurs in Literature, Science, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Jul 11 2006

 

We printed a story about these sightings on Eyewit3.html some time ago, however, that story did not contain the word “pterodactyl”. We came across another version of that same story recently which used the word Pterodactyl in the headline and story. Since we have been making the case that many “giant bird”, “mothman” etc. sightings have actually been of a pterosaur (perodactyls are a tyoe of pterosaur), we though we reprint it here.

Also, we received an e-mail which details another long ago eyewitness account of a pterosaur sighting.

Pterodactyl’ Seen in sky Over Alaska
By Charles Laurence in New York, 10/20/2002

By Charles Laurence in New York, 10/20/2002

A bird described by witnesses as being as a big as a light aeroplane and looking like a pterodactyl was this weekend becoming Alaska’s version of the Loch Ness monster.

News of the “bird” broke after sightings by a bush pilot, his passengers, and a bulldozer operator on the ground below. It had previously been spotted by villagers in the remote south-western corner of Alaska. 

All said that the creature was at least four times the size of the Bald Eagle, America’s national symbol. John Bouker, the pilot, spotted it about 1,000ft from his Cessna 207 as he flew towards the village of Manokotak and calculates the creature’s wingspan at being 14 or 15 feet, roughly the length of one of his own wings. 

Phil Schemf, a biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Anchorage, said that reports of an enormous bird had reached his office. “As far as we know,” he said, “nothing with a 14ft wingspan has been alive for the last 100,000 years or so.” 

Scientists say it may be a Steller’s Sea Eagle, the largest known eagle, which may have strayed from its usual habitat in north eastern Siberia. It is the largest species of eagle with a wingspan that can reach eight feet. One of the birds was a regular visitor to Alaska in the 1980s.

Mr Bouker, who has been flying over Alaska for 22 years, insists that the bird he saw was a great deal larger, and was entirely brown – ruling out both Bald and Steller’s eagles. “You have got to realise that the thing I saw I mistook for another Cessna coming up on me. This was big, big, big. I have seen maybe 100,000 eagles, and I know that this was an awful lot bigger than an 8ft wingspan. You would not want to have your children out with this guy around,” he said

 

ARMY GRANDDAD’S PTEROSAUR SIGHTING AT GUAM

My grandfather who was in the Army or Navy (not sure which) told my mother about an experience he and a buddy had while in Guam during WW 2.

They wandered down to a small village and enjoyed the friendly villager’s hospitality for the day. As evening came, the “chief” told them to leave immediately or the “devils from the cliff” would attack them.

After further questioning, the villager’s described the huge flying “lizards birds” which would swoop down just after dusk and take a small child or pig (pigs were taken into the huts at night) if given half a chance. The devils were tenacious and vicious and the villager’s feared them greatly.

My grandfather was able to bribe a brave man to take him and his friend to see the devils. At the end of a field there was a drop off into a valley. On the other side of the valley were high cliffs. As soon as my grandfather looked where the man was pointing, he saw a Pterosaur! My grandfather was an educated man, he knew a vulture from a Pterosaur.

He took several photos; in some a Pterosaur is coming out of a cave entrance, taking off in a gliding flight pattern and circling. He said he knew the picture would be great close ups with detail because he snapped photos while the Pterosaurs circled lower and lower into the valley directly in front of the men.

Returning to base camp in great excitement, they told the commander what they had seen and the pictures they took. They were both commanded to hand over the cameras immediately! As he related this part to my mom, he spoke in great anger. Why did they have to destroy such incredible evidence?! Why wouldn’t they want others to know about it?!

Your guess is as good as mine.

Sincerely, D. S.

True Suppressions 3: Burrows Cave, “Newark Holy Stones, “Sopher Plates”;Fakes as Orthodox Science Claims–Or –True Suppressions?

Science, Sophistication of Ancestors, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Jul 10 2006

 

Here at s8int.com, we don’t have the technical expertise to determine if the items discussed below are actual ancient artifacts or fakes. We know that science says that they are all forgeries and it would seem that just the law of probabilities if nothing else would dictate that the orthodox view be correct occasionally.

What we would say is that if one needs to forge thousands of artifacts to pull off one of these “hoaxes”, it is hard to see where the profit motive is. If these guys are/were hoaxers you’ve certainly got to admire their diligence.

In 1982, Russell E. Burrows while living in southern Illinois discovered a remarkable cave, today known as “Burrows Cave”. By 1992, two books had been written detailing the discovery and contents of Burrows Cave—”Mystery Cave of Many Faces” and “Rock Art Pieces from Burrows Cave”.

The cave appears to have been a repository of ancient art and records from people much different than the Hopewell culture of the Ohio Valley and the later Anasazi of the American southwest.

Most of the pieces taken from the cave before 1989 and now in private collections are saucer-sized black rocks covered with remarkable art work, portraits, and letters from what was then undeciphered Old World alphabets.

Official reaction by the academic establishment has been to completely reject Burrows’ find with charges of fake and forgery. Thus they dismiss the troubling artifacts from serious study without anything that by modern scientific or legal standards would even approach proof of forgery. And these dismissals are almost always done without examining the real inscribed rocks themselves—photos seem to work just fine.

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