Invisible Oil Plume?


The oil is there, at least 22 miles of it. You just can’t see it.

A lot of the crude that spewed from BP’s ruptured well is still in the Gulf of Mexico, but it’s far below the surface and invisible. And it’s likely to linger for months on end, scientists said Thursday in the first conclusive evidence of an underwater plume of oil from the disaster.

The crisis is not over, people.

But wait… as Commodity Surge points out:

the alleged 21-mile long oil plume, identified by the Times as “new research,” and the Post as “evidence” of the oil still lingering in the Gulf or some unknown location in the vast seas.

The problem is, this “evidence” was from two months ago, and was by no means new, as the Times asserts, and isn’t considered evidence, as the Post asserts, even by the “academic” scientists proffering the information.

I believe in the magical invisible oil plume… do you?

Zotero/GMU Update: Judge Dismisses Case

Earlier this month:

A Virginia Circuit Court judge dismissed a lawsuit… against George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media.


The lawsuit was, of course, over the Endnote/Zotero dispute between Thompson Reuters and GMU. Here’s another related link.


In the early 20th century Edmund Husserl developed a new way of thinking about the world, he called his style of thinking “Phenomenology” as opposed to philosophy or science. Husserl wanted to grasp the phenomena that we encounter from a pre-reflective, pre-scientific point of view. This is because, of course, we have been conditioned by theoretical science to understand phenomena with an outlook that fits nicely with the “world of science and theory.” If we follow Husserl, then we will gain access to “the life-world,” in German “Lebenswelt.”

Here’s a cartoon about the practicality of suspending judgment on the validity of science while exploring “the life-world.”

Comics and cartoons | – Houston Chronicle.

The National Coordinator of Health Information Technology

It seems Obama and the Dems fancy themselves M.D.s, in the Stalinist… I mean “Stimulus” bill (also known as “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009”) they want to track the medical records of every American electronically and then use that information for their own purposes, such as the following:

One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions (442, 446). These provisions in the stimulus bill are virtually identical to what Daschle prescribed in his 2008 book, “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.” According to Daschle, doctors have to give up autonomy and “learn to operate less like solo practitioners.”

Hospitals and doctors that are not “meaningful users” of the new system will face penalties.  “Meaningful user” isn’t defined in the bill. That will be left to the HHS secretary, who will be empowered to impose “more stringent measures of meaningful use over time” (511, 518, 540-541)

What penalties will deter your doctor from going beyond the electronically delivered protocols when your condition is atypical or you need an experimental treatment? The vagueness is intentional. In his book, Daschle proposed an appointed body with vast powers to make the “tough” decisions elected politicians won’t make.

The stimulus bill does that, and calls it the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research (190-192). The goal, Daschle’s book explained, is to slow the development and use of new medications and technologies because they are driving up costs. He praises Europeans for being more willing to accept “hopeless diagnoses” and “forgo experimental treatments,” and he chastises Americans for expecting too much from the health-care system.

Now, if I’m not mistaken, written consent is required before medical documents are disclosed. Also, does the “proletariat” really think that rich white men will have to forgo any treatment whatsoever?

Remember, Daschle would have been Secretary of Health and Human Services if he had paid his taxes. It seems, there is nothing about his anti-American, anti-science, and anti-human-life ideology that Obama disagrees with.

After Election Fact-Checkers Free to Corroborate Einstein’s “E=mc²”

Now that no one cares about the contents of Joe the Plumber’s trash, it seems more resources can be devoted to boring old Albert Einstein’s “E=mc²” formula. It turns out he was right:

PARIS (AFP) — It’s taken more than a century, but Einstein’s celebrated formula e=mc2 has finally been corroborated, thanks to a heroic computational effort by French, German and Hungarian physicists.

A brainpower consortium led by Laurent Lellouch of France’s Centre for Theoretical Physics, using some of the world’s mightiest supercomputers, have set down the calculations for estimating the mass of protons and neutrons, the particles at the nucleus of atoms.

According to the conventional model of particle physics, protons and neutrons comprise smaller particles known as quarks, which in turn are bound by gluons.

The odd thing is this: the mass of gluons is zero and the mass of quarks is only five percent. Where, therefore, is the missing 95 percent?

The answer, according to the study published in the US journal Science on Thursday, comes from the energy from the movements and interactions of quarks and gluons.

In other words, energy and mass are equivalent, as Einstein proposed in his Special Theory of Relativity in 1905.

The e=mc2 formula shows that mass can be converted into energy, and energy can be converted into mass.

By showing how much energy would be released if a certain amount of mass were to be converted into energy, the equation has been used many times, most famously as the inspirational basis for building atomic weapons.

That’s right folks, Albert Einstein, genius and, lest we forget, war-monger.

Thanks, AFP, for adding the line about Einstein’s formula being “the inspirational basis for building atomic weapons” without any further contextual information as to Einstein’s political views.

Gibson Limited Edition (Robot?) Guitar

I don’t quite know what to think about this new “Robot” guitar. I have a Gibson SG Standard, which I love, and I don’t think that adding “robotics” could make it any better. In an age when drum machines and synthesizers fill the air waves and dance halls, it’s a shame to see Gibson go techno on us.

Hold the cursor over various areas of the graphic to explore options and info pertaining to the “Robot” SG

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Come On, Thomson Reuters (EndNote), Don’t Be Like That

If you’ve used “EndNote” (a bibliography resource and information database organization program made by Thomson Reuters), then you may have come across a few annoying “issues” that can make the program less-than satisfying. That’s why GMU’s Center for History and New Media developed “Zotero.” Here’s the Wiki description: