Don’t give Trump so much credit, America

Don’t give any President so much credit. Necessary proper perspective!

Purpose on the Prairie

In less than 24 hours since Donald Trump has been named the President-elect of the greatest nation on this earth, it’s become apparent he’s being given far more credit than he’s due.  There’s anguished cries of, ‘How will my children grow up knowing not to discriminate?’ or, ‘How can I look my daughter in the eye and tell her she has purpose?’  Really?  Really, America?  You have given Donald Trump, a mere mortal man, far more credit than he deserves, especially considering the man hasn’t even taken office yet.  Trump does not have the power to mold our families, that is our flat-out our responsibility.

Your children will learn to love or hate, be respectful or disrespectful, wise or foolish, not by the character of the family in the White House, but by the family in their house.  May I submit to you that your sons and daughters will be…

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Another One Bites The Dust

I live in a suburbanized Oak forest North of Chicago. Today I saw that the village has cut down the remains of one of the younger Oaks in my neighborhood.


I’m 61 years old, and this tree existed before I was born, I know because I remember it being there when I was a small fry. There are many Oaks that are larger than this one, in fact the majority of them in my little suburb are larger in diameter. Not many Oak seedlings or saplings survive the lawnmowers and the other hazards that threaten Oak survival.  This area, while predominantly Oaks (White, Red, Pin…), has also American Elm, (Yes! there are a few that have survived the great die-off from Dutch-Elm Disease in the 60’s), Cottonwood, Ash(suffering badly now due to the Emerald Ash Borer beetle), Hickory, and perhaps a few others indigenous to the area.  What I find most disturbing is the lack of undergrowth to insure a continuance of the Oak/Elm biome. Sadly there are few young Oaks coming up under the magnificent crowns of these mature ones, some of which are getting close to 200 yrs or more in age!  These big Oaks won’t remain if their babies are not cared for.

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A small hollow is seen in the bottom of this tree, with some tunneling made by Black (Carpenter) Ants. This is not what caused the demise of this tree. Most likely its roots have been disturbed by the relaying of the bricks in the street to the right. Additional factors could be the percolation of rock salt used in Winter, application of lawn weed control chemicals, being overshadowed by neighboring trees, and the perpetual annual loathsome human habit of the raking and removal of leaves which happens every fall.

Importance of Soil Humus

Oaks, and indeed all trees, deciduous or evergreen, have developed before humans came along and raked up or disposed of their leaves. When undisturbed, the forest litter performs an important function for the health of a forest. It provides nourishment and acidification for the soil as well as a home for a myriad of insects, most of which are beneficial to the ecosystem.  This is why I prefer to ‘lawnmower mulch’ the leaves in place and let the small bits filter down into the lawn. All of the nutrients and acidic tannins from the leaves will percolate down into the soil and ultimately help the trees in the following seasons.

What can we do?

If you like Oaks and their related forest dwellers as much as I do, then you can help by planting some acorns, or moving a seedling which is too close to a fence or a house into a more open spot in your yard.  Mulch your leaves, or allow a humus layer to develop underneath your trees. Limit your use of weed killers. Important!: Oaks have a tap root, so when you go to move one, do not chop off the tap root!, and dig a deep enough hole to accommodate it.  Do not indiscriminately hack off roots that may be going across the surface of your lawn, you might kill a tree. Be careful when digging for other plantings, if there’s a large root in the way, you can always choose another spot. Be kind to your Oaks!


A Classic Oak Crown – This magnificent tree must be approaching 300 years old or more, there are several large trunks which emerge from a stout base that looks to be 12 to 15 feet circumference. This one is a block away from my location, and looks like three trees in one. Most trees in the neighborhood are comparable to just that one trunk rising at the right.

Another Big Win For The Environment

Nice to see some sanity prevail!

Real Science

I testified at my first Congressional hearing in support of wilderness almost 45 years ago. It was a very hot May day in Utah, and we had to push the van through sand dunes with the A/C turned off, to keep the engine from overheating.

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28 May 1972, Page 12 – at

In the 1980’s I volunteered two summers as a wilderness ranger in New Mexico.

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I still spend most of my time defending the environment from left wing nut jobs.

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Here is some good news. The communities of Churchover/Cotesbach near Rugby, England have just won a battle against the great environment wreckers who were trying to bribe landowners, using taxpayer money, to destroy the environment. I’m proud to have played a small part in that battle.

Congratulations to the Churchover/Cotesbach community who have finally won their battle against subsidised wind turbines in the Upper SwiftValley.

Below is ASWAR’s initial reaction…

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Another great post from Caleb. Brinicles!

Sunrise's Swansong

Sometimes, as my mind’s eye wanders over the Arctic Ocean, I am drawn ashore to contemplate wonders of the Tundra. I try to avoid politics, as the wonders are more wonderful when simply appreciated in the light of Truth, but Climate Alarmism is a sort of whirlpool that sucks you in, even when it is basically a comical shtick.

For example, along the coast of the Northwest Territories are the “Smoking Hills” of Franklin Bay, which appear over and over in Facebook images sent by sailors attempting the Northwest Passage. The sailors always seem jarred by the sight (and scent). Often they have been cluttering their log with editorial comments about how beautiful the arctic is, and what cads humans are to destroy the pristine beauty of nature with Global Warming caused by burning coal. Then they come across a stretch of coast that is in essence Mother Nature’s Strip…

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In 1994 The NYT Knew The Real Truth About Californian Droughts

California may have some real tough times ahead.

“Dr. Stine, who reported his findings last month in the British journal Nature, says that California, like Tiwanaku, presents “a classic case of people building themselves beyond the carrying capacity of the land,” which is determined not by wet times but by dry ones. “What we’ve done in California is fail to recognize that there are lean times ahead,” said Dr. Stine, “and they are a lot leaner than anything we’ve come up against” in the modern era.”


By Paul Homewood

h/t Don B


There was a time when you could get proper journalism from the New York Times. This is what they reported in 1994:

BEGINNING about 1,100 years ago, what is now California baked in two droughts, the first lasting 220 years and the second 140 years. Each was much more intense than the mere six-year dry spells that afflict modern California from time to time, new studies of past climates show. The findings suggest, in fact, that relatively wet periods like the 20th century have been the exception rather than the rule in California for at least the last 3,500 years, and that mega-droughts are likely to recur.

The evidence for the big droughts comes from an analysis of the trunks of trees that grew in the dry beds of lakes, swamps and rivers in and adjacent to the Sierra Nevada, but died when…

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Some Amusing Musings On Polar Bears And Other Natural Wonders

My WordPress friend Caleb writes a lot about Arctic Sea Ice at his blog

Caleb likes to observe the Arctic ice from a layman’s point of view. Neither he nor I are scientists as such, but it’s a fair bet that we share an implicit understanding that Earth goes through natural cycles and that what man has come to know through the study of Geologic history and processes does shed some light on natural cycles big and small.

I like Caleb’s folksy style of writing, it’s like poking around in some farmer’s personal journal. He never attempts to go over your head, there’s no condescension. He just tells you what he observes, and posits thoughtful questions. His writing gets me to thinking. Good writers will do that. And sometimes that thinking is only indirectly related to his subject. My posts below about liquid CO2, and Arctic Methane are direct results of reading his works at Sunriseswansong. Cognitive stimulation is good for the mind.

Often, Caleb uses humor in a very friendly Easterner droll sense. I am going to share a couple of his musings here with you as you may not come across them any other way:

On Yellowstone

“I recall hearing a tale about Yellowstone, before it became a National Park. All sorts of fellows were roaming that landscape looking for gold and silver (thank heavens they didn’t find any) and they tended to get very dirty and stink, so they would take baths in the warm springs at one particular spot, so of course a saloon sprang up, and then a gentleman from China set up a laundry over a spring that was too hot to bathe in, and constructed a canvas roof to protect himself from the weather. But then it turned out there was a reason for that water being so hot. Once in a while that hot spring was a geyser.”

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On Polar Bears

“This morning I pointed out polar bears don’t care if scientists state there is no food out beyond the continental shelf, they go out there and get fat. In a way bears are smarter than scientists. And in a way I was nearly as smart as a bear, at age ten.

A half century ago my gang was faced with crossing thin ice, and many doubted the ice would support our weight. I was a ten-year-old leader, oldest and wisest. Somewhere I had learned ice can support more weight if you spread your weight out, so I lay down and slithered across the ice spreadeagled on my belly.  Flush with success, I turned, raised an index finger, and grandly pronounced, “This ice is safe!” I also was so filled with confidence that I stood up, and promptly plunged down waist-deep into ice-water, to the joy of the rest of the gang, who didn’t always approve of the egotism involved in my leadership.

Polar Bears may be worse egotists, for all I know, but they do not raise index fingers and make ridiculous pronouncements, most likely because they don’t have index fingers and can’t talk to the verbose degree we can. Scientists, on the other hand, do have index fingers, and make a lot of scientific pronouncements, and can be verbose.

After making careful measurements of the load-bearing ability of ice, and the weight of a polar bear’s massive paws, and consulting engineers who know far more about such stuff than they do, they pronounce ice cannot hold up a bear. (They are much like my gang once was.) The bear doesn’t care. Even though they often swim ice water that would freeze a man in 300 seconds, and have been known to cross hundreds of miles of open water, they apparently don’t always like to get wet, if they don’t have to. So, when they get to thin ice they do exactly what I did at age ten:

A polar bear slides across thin Arctic Ocean ice Aug. 21, 2009.
(Photo Credit: Patrick Kelly)

In short, some scientists need to get out more. They have no actual experience of the outdoors. They spend far to much time glued to computer screens, and despite the exactitude of their measurements, Polar Bears are smarter than they are.”

That last link is chock full of information, from polar weather maps over the last few days, to many fantastic Ocean Buoy pictures of sea ice in various stages of melt and freeze, Polar Bears(of course!), and even some Icebreakers. It’s truly fascinating stuff. My hat is off, Good job Caleb!

Liquid CO2 On The Ocean Bottom

This re-post is in the same vein as my re-blogging from yesterday “Abiotic Methane Discovered Under the Arctic Ocean.” And it may likely have direct significance to the much debated theory of the Abiotic generation of Oil’ or what the mainstream thought calls the “Fossil Fuels”: Coal, Oil, and Natural Gas[Methane]. As these are complex molecules containing primarily Hydrogen, Carbon, and Oxygen.

  • Coal~ [no fixed chemical formula, but typically C is the most plentiful elemental constituent, followed by H, and O respectively, and in varying ratios, some Nitrogen, Sulphur, and other trace metallic elements],
  • Oil~ [also no fixed chemical formula, but has less Oxygen than Coal: Carbon 83 to 85%, Hydrogen 10 to 14%, Nitrogen 0.1 to 2%, Oxygen 0.05 to 1.5%, Sulfur 0.05 to 6.0%, Metals < 0.1%],
  • Natural Gas~ or methane is the purest of them with a simple no nonsense formula of CH4. (No Oxygen at all)

I mention all of these and will add H2O to the mix, as water is thought to be an important key in the Abiotic Oil theory. Add Subduction of seafloor sediments containing CO2 (both liquid and clathrates,) and Methane clathrates CH4, and H2O down into the mantle and a lot of time, pressure, and heat, and I can see where there may be something to the Abiotic theory of the origin of Oil. They’ve already determined that a fair amount of Methane is of abiotic origin. The only one that I cannot understand fully is Coal. But Coal *may be explainable* through Methane permeation through overlying peat beds(dead organic plant material) over long time frames, although I couldn’t begin to explain how that works.
It is a curious thing though, that Coal deposits are very often associated with underlying Gas and Oil formations. It makes me think that the three are related, and that Coal is the only one that could be called “fossil fuel,” or perhaps only partially so. For more details on this see:

My appreciation to E.M.(Chiefio)Smith for the article below.

Liquid CO2 exists IN the ocean and on the ocean bottom.

A very small excerpt: “… the thing that struck me most was just the existence of a vent dumping untold thousands of gallons of CO2 LIQUID into the ocean… ”

Source: Liquid CO2 On The Ocean Bottom

Abiotic methane discovered under the Arctic Ocean

As the myth of “Fossil Fuels” slowly crumbles.
Commenter Louis H. says, “Methane is the most basic molecular building block of all hydrocarbon gasses and liquids we collectively refer to as petroleum, It can be polymerized to make all of them.
Yes, it appears the Russians (and Thomas Gold) were correct.”
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Add massive peat beds to the ‘polymer’ equation and you have a possible solution as to why Coal, Oil, and Gas are often found superposed!

Thomas Gold, 1920-2004, was an Austrian born Astrophysicist, who in the 1950’s became interested in theory of oil formation and postulated the idea of Abiogenic Oil formation. He didn’t know at the time that some Russian scientists were also coming to the same theory of Abiotic oil. He was disappointed that his idea was not original, but at the same time delighted to find out that others had come to the same conclusions. Read more about Thomas Gold here:

Watts Up With That?

abiotic-methane Ultra-slow spreading ocean ridges were discovered in the Arctic in 2003 by scientists at Woods Hole Ocenographic Institution. They found that for large regions the sea floor splits apart by pulling up solid rock from deep within the earth. These rocks, known as peridotites (after the gemstone peridot) come from the deep layer of the earth known as the mantle. Credit Dr. Henry J.B. Dick, WHOI /

From CAGE – Center for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Climate and Environment

New source of methane discovered in the Arctic Ocean

Methane, a highly effective greenhouse gas, is usually produced by decomposition of organic material, a complex process involving bacteria and microbes.

But there is another type of methane that can appear under specific circumstances: Abiotic methane is formed by chemical reactions in the oceanic crust beneath the seafloor.

New findings show that deep water gas hydrates, icy substances in the sediments that…

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ARCTIC SEA ICE —Tundra Wonder, Methane Blunder—

A few things to consider on this well reasoned post from Caleb at If you think the Earth, or the Arctic is in trouble, maybe you should read this, and think again.

Sunrise's Swansong

Smoking HillsSometimes, as my mind’s eye wanders over the Arctic Ocean, I am drawn ashore to contemplate wonders of the Tundra. I try to avoid politics, as the wonders are more wonderful when simply appreciated in the light of Truth, but Climate Alarmism is a sort of whirlpool that sucks you in, even when it is basically a comical shtick.

For example, along the coast of the Northwest Territories are the “Smoking Hills” of Franklin Bay, which appear over and over in the Facebook images sent by sailors attempting the Northwest Passage.  The sailors always seem jarred by the image (and scent). Often they have been cluttering their log with editorial comments about how beautiful the arctic is, and what cads humans are to destroy the pristine beauty of nature with Global Warming caused by burning coal. Then they come across a stretch of coast which is in essence Mother Nature’s…

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