The Atmosphere Changes: Get Over It

Bill Neinast

Stargate is a daily radio program produced by the Center for Advanced Radio Astronomy at the University of Texas in Austin.  The history, composition,  constantly changing atmosphere, and other aspects of those shiny things in the night sky called stars are described in detail.

Some of the stars are dying.  Some are just being born.  Others are disappearing into so called black holes.  Some have extremely hot atmospheres with changing temperatures in the hundreds of degrees, while others are frozen in the opposite direction on the thermometer.  Those temperatures fluctuate and change by the season, although a season in some cases may be several hundred or thousand years long.

These stars are millions of miles away from earth.    Measured in earth time, their years may be two, three, or more times longer than earth’s.

There is no equipment currently available to determine if there is, or has ever been, some type of living organisms on any of the stars.

The rover now roaming around on Mars and collecting samples may reveal some signs of organism on that planet when the samples return to earth in a few years. 

With the data currently available, a  Stargate fan will soon learn that earth is just a pebble in that broad, unending graveled road called the cosmos, or the universe seen as a well-ordered whole. Like all the other pebbles, earth is unique in color, composition, size, orientation to the other pebbles, and climate.

Available history shows what the earth has gone through, and is going through: the same cycles of expansion and contraction as those pebbles or  stars much older than it is. 

In my nine decades of enjoying the earth, I have lived through a number of weather cycles.  I was born just before the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s.  

The Dust Bowl is when heat records were set that have not been broken.  The super hot winds distributed millions of tons of fertile top soil to the south.

During the Dust Bowl, horse drawn vehicles were  a substantial factor in transportation and farm work.  Ford’s Model-T was just beginning its conversion to hard covered Model-A’s and sedans.  Relatively few highways were paved with asphalt or concrete. And a high speed interstate highway was not even in the dream world.

The Dust Bowl was followed by the fairly mild decades of the 1940s with some mild freezes in central Texas.  I remember sliding on the hard frozen ditches in Somerville one year during WWII.

Then came the seven year drought of the 1950s.  My Dad lost all the surface water on his ranch  and had  to dig  a water well and erect a windmill pump to care for his cattle.

As is customary with humans' ability to adapt to change, exhaust fans, “swamp coolers,” and window air conditioners began appearing all around the area.

The global warming decade of the 50s was followed by several decades of fairly moderate seasons.  In the late 80s, however, the temperature plummeted for several weeks, setting new record low temperatures for the area that were not broken until last week.

More significant than this nine decades of the climate continuously swinging in wide cycles is Ephesus, Turkey.  I visited there in 1960 and found the most interesting site I have ever visited.  

This was the home of the Ephesians to whom Mark wrote a letter that is now the “Book of Ephesians” in the Bible.  In its pinnacle two thousand BC, it was a coastal city.  Now it is miles from water.  

Did all those chariot races throw up so much dust that the climate dried  up and forced the ocean to recede?  Or could the receding have simply been the result of a periodic climate change of the type that is occurring on every pebble of that gravel road in the sky?

So here’s the perspective.

The earth’s atmosphere is constantly changing, just like every other body in the universe.  What causes those cycles is not known.  

Humans who think they can feed some data they think is important into a computer and let the artificial intelligence of that machine tell them how to change nature are living in another world.

Let’s not become flat landers.  Let’s not accept without question what the “experts” are telling us, particularly when there is  ample evidence that their gospel is based on the adage about computers that if it’s garbage in, it’s garbage out.

Let’s not spend billions or trillions of dollars on the socialist/Democrast’s Green New Deal.



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