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1) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the Universe Infinite? (Message 1565447)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile William Rothamel
If I was your father


Ah yes, my son,

While we are being Cheeky and a bit pedantic, I thought that I would point out:

The correct use of the subjunctive mood would have been:

If I were your father.

As the psychiatrist told the wrestler," Get a grip on yourself"

Cheers right mate !!
2) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the Universe Infinite? (Message 1565417)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile William Rothamel
I say that is rubbish, you cant have everything suddenly appearing from nothing.


You sound like my father when we were discussing the existence of God. According to Quantum Mechanics particles are popping in and out of existence all the time.

As for the relationship between time and gravity yo will find that a clock runs at a different speed deep in a mine than it does at the surface. This is a fact. My question was a question--not an assertion.
3) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the Universe Infinite? (Message 1565061)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile William Rothamel
There is no evidence of a multi-verse.

There may well have been a time where t=o. Then you can measure from there.

Can there be time without mass ??
4) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : The Sun (Message 1565022)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
AS I have said. Is the data valid, is it biased by one's beliefs, is it relevant to the question at hand. And do we understand statistics well enough to interpret the data correctly.

Some even say we are not warming--

The relevant questions of the day are:

Are we in fact warming ?
Are we in a cycle of solar activity?
Is climate shifting it's temperature zones in a more unstable fashion

If so what are the reasons ? It is far from reasonableness that Made Made CO-2 is a factor.
5) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the Universe Infinite? (Message 1565018)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
what came before it?


What is North of the North pole ??

Time began at the instant of the Big Bang--There was nothing before--Hard to grasp but then so is infinity.
6) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : The Sun (Message 1564800)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
So... What link/reference please?



The AR4 WG1 SPM claims (table SPM.1, page 7) that sea level is rising at 0.21 mm/yr over the period 1993-2003, due to melting of the Greenland ice sheet. But several published papers have found that in fact the Greenland ice is increasing or static:

H.J. Zwally et al, Growth of the Southern Greenland Ice Sheet, Science 281, 1251 (1998). They found an ice sheet thickening rate of about 5 cm/year.

C. H. Davis, C. A. Kluever, and B. J. Haines, Elevation Change of the Southern Greenland Ice Sheet. Science 279, 2086-2088 (1998). They found a small increase (1.5 cm/year) over the period 1978-1988.

R. Thomas et al, Mass Balance of the Greenland Ice Sheet at High Elevations. Science 289, 426-428 (2000). They find that "On average, the region has been in balance".

O. M. Johannessen, K. Khvorostovsky, M. W. Miles, and L. P. Bobylev, Recent Ice-Sheet Growth in the Interior of Greenland. Science 310, 1013-1016 (2005) - They used satellite altimetry over the period 1992-2003, and found the "spatially averaged increase is 5.4 cm per year over the study area".

H.J. Zwally et al, Mass changes of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets and shelves and contributions to sea-level rise: 1992-2002. J. Glaciol. 51, 509-527 (2005) - Found an overall mass gain of 11 GT/yr.

AR4 cites the last two of these (though they incorrectly refer to Zwally et al as 2006) but not the first two. AR4 also incorrectly shows Zwally et al as showing mass loss in fig 4.18. AR4 also attempts discredit Johannessen et
7) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1564366)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Willian you are making the same mistake


You exception has been noted.
8) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : The Sun (Message 1564364)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
it sems to prove the sun has not increased it's output in 100 million years




Not so fast. Do we have an inability to interpret data??

From the Robert Goddard Spaceflight Center:

Since the late 1970s, the amount of solar radiation the sun emits, during times of quiet sunspot activity, has increased by nearly .05 percent per decade, according to a NASA funded study.

"This trend is important because, if sustained over many decades, it could cause significant climate change," said Richard Willson, a researcher affiliated with NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Columbia University's Earth Institute, New York. He is the lead author of the study recently published in Geophysical Research Letters.

"Historical records of solar activity indicate that solar radiation has been increasing since the late 19th century. If a trend, comparable to the one found in this study, persisted throughout the 20th century, it would have provided a significant component of the global warming the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports to have occurred over the past 100 years," he said.
9) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1564154)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
I apologize, but I fail to see the connection from a misicule contribution to a miniscle concentration of CO-2 to causation of a hurricane.

Hurricanes have been scarce this year in our hemisphere. I am sure co-2 has gone up somewhat this year--do i conclude that we need more C0-2 to limit the occurence of hurricanes even further.
10) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1563904)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
On the subject of costs --After the discussion and the perusal of lists of European costs per kilo-watt hour I conclude that even with partial conversion to renewables --wind and solar are 2 to 3 times more expensive as coal and nuclear.

I maintain my stance against such methods until they can be made cost competitive with gas, coal and nuclear as we have here in the states. I take this position since i feel that a tripling of energy costs here in the states would further destroy a sick economy.
11) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the Universe Infinite? (Message 1563899)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
the potential to be infinite exists.


It has the ability to get larger and larger but not infinite. If a piece of paper is curved then it is not flat. The "sphere" that is created by the big bang's expanding universe is finite at any current or future time. Semantically it is very large but not infinite. You might say that it is "Pregnantly infinite" in other words it might as well be termed infinite--but it is really not.
12) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1563510)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Ecofix is 8 eurocent per kWh peak and 5 eurocent per kWh off-peak


Julie,

I just saw a chart that shows Belgium as the highest cost per kilowatt hour in Europe. It stated that it was .217 Euros per KWH.

Can you confirm your earlier statement of 8 euro cents ?
13) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the World a 2D Hologram? (Message 1563310)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Oh there will be vibrations detected alright but I doubt that they will be quantum or gravitational until they set up in space. We'll see I am convinced that gravitational waves exist. Maybe there will be a big enough SuperNova near enough to us soon.
14) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1563009)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Ecofix is 8 eurocent per kWh peak and 5 eurocent per kWh off-peak


That's a very good tariff. I would have guessed double that price. It is comparable to what we pay the local TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) distributor which is heavy in Hydro and Coal.

Is this number subsidized by incentives to the provider for tax abatement and capital expenditures ?
15) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1563001)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
All going forwards for clean electricity:


Martin Luther--I am amazed that the numbers are that high. What do you pay for a kilowatt-hour ?

When I worked for Pacific Gas and Electric we had only 10% in our section of California from the Geysers which actually were real polluters.

They are just north of Yountville where the recent earth quake caused mayhem in the my beloved Napa Valley.

The Napa Valley is headed (near Yountville) by a large, extinct volcano which covered the valley in volcanic ash and soil. You can go to a parking area just north of there and wait for a geyser to erupt--it was not as regular as OLD FAITHFUL in Yosemite National Park however.
16) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the World a 2D Hologram? (Message 1562767)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
I sincerely doubt that they could isolate their interferometers from vibration to get down to the accuracy I think that they need.

Perhaps out in space this would make more sense.
17) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the Universe Infinite? (Message 1562633)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
An old subject for sure.

Space is very large but it is not infinite. If you believe in the big bang then you can more easily see that it is not infinite--it may be getting bigger but it is not infinite. We say that it is finite but unbounded.

Think of a balloon that is being inflated, The surface in 2 dimensions is finite but unbounded.

Attempts at finding the curvature in the universe have so far shown it to be flat--possibly because it is so large. With space based, long baseline interferometers we may find that a triangle has more or less than 180 degrees which would indicate that space is not flat but rather curved.

General relativity would also indicate that the mass of the universe would cause space to warp as well which would suggest a non flat configuration.
18) Message boards : Politics : GOod GOodly MOogly.*** U.S. Embassy in Baghdad***Oh Heeba Habba GOoba Gabba (Message 1560675)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
So everyone in the oil industry is a terrorist sympathiser? How quaint!


The point I was making was that Oil Money is funding terrorism--Not all oil money but Money from ISIS, Iran and you can name the rest. High oil demand keeps the price up and necessitates some in the world to buy from States that sponsor terrorism.

Also a source of funding is from the paying of ransom for those seized by various terrorist organizations
19) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Messerschmidt's paper on broadband signals (Message 1560550)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Thank you
20) Message boards : Politics : GOod GOodly MOogly.*** U.S. Embassy in Baghdad***Oh Heeba Habba GOoba Gabba (Message 1560549)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Who by is the main question they should be asking & tracking.


They are funded by you and I each time we fill up our gas tanks in our cars.


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