Apollo Moon Landings – Busted

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How gullible we are.

Landing on the moon in 1969 – fat chance.

Give me 6min and I’ll have you doubting…

The Apollo Moon Landings – Real or Contrived?

This movie focuses on perhaps the most irrefutable bit of evidence proving the landings were a hoax: the unnaturally bright, back-lit photos.

These images required studio lighting, even Mythbusters and NASA couldn’t satisfactorily disprove this, and this, in itself, puts the Apollo Moon Landings into serious question.

Remember, hundreds of thousands of people definitely helped get Apollo to Earth’s orbit, what we question is the tiny number of patriots required to potentially fake just the moon landing footage.

Regardless of the truth, NASA helped beat Communism in the Cold War, the whole reason JFK created the space race, and for that we are eternally grateful.

“Apollo Moon Landings – Busted” (6min)

 

Other famous evidence

There are many threads of evidence that puts doubt into the Apollo missions validity:

  • Multiple shadow directions when the sun should only provide one

NASA plate  AS14-68-9486HR edited by James Follett

NASA plate AS14-68-9486HR edited by James Follett

  • Harness wires supporting the bulky space suits can be seen

(from DARK MISSION: NASA Moon Hoax – Analysis of the Lunar Photography)
 
  • Moonrover tracks made before it is even unpackaged

NASA plate a17pan21370-62 edited by James Follett

  • Van Allen belts (magnetosphere) protect the Earth from harmful radiation; beyond it astronauts are fried

Van Allen Belts by NASA

 

“Hoax” or “Reality with studio photos added”?

This movie concentrates on just one piece of evidence: the lack of silhouettes exhibited in numerous photos.  This evidence is the most concrete, in my opinion, even Mythbusters and NASA failed it their attempt to refute it.  It is universally acknowledged that no artificial lights were taken to the moon.  Thus, the lack of silhouettes demonstrates that many of the famous moon photos had to be shot with multiple light sources in an Earth studio.

This leaves us with 2 plausible eventualities: either NASA never went to the moon, or they did, but they had to fake many of the photos.

Did Man actually go to the moon, but NASA couldn’t take the dazzling shots that the world craved to recognise this momentous event?  Were the photos, that covered magazines all around the world, shot in a studio for maximum impact, whereas the authentic shots, ones done on the moon, were discarded as they were lacklustre?

 

NASA helps win the Cold War

This is all academic though.

Regardless of the authenticity of the Apollo missions, they were possibly the greatest achievement of modern Man.  Any way you look at it, Mission was Accomplished.

NASA did their part to help win the East-West Cold War.

Whether they could actually, technologically achieve a lunar landing in 1969 is seriously questionable.   However, they convinced the world that they did.  This is what it took to win one of the most significant battles of the Cold War – the Race to Space.  Winning this race signified moral and technological superiority and prevented the ever aggressive, and expansionist, Eastern Block from flexing their muscles too excessively and encroaching on the democratic liberties we enjoy today.

We salute you NASA – you protected our precious democracy.

 

 

Further Reading

  • Movie: “DARK MISSION: NASA Moon Hoax – Analysis of the Lunar Photography”

A full 2hr exposé of the moon landing, hoax evidence (for geeks)

 

  • Nvidia fail to debunk moon landing sceptics

Nvidia, the world’s premier graphics card maker, claim to have created the most advanced, real-time, lighting model yet of the moon landings:

They actually agree with conspiracists the photo used by Mythbusters is impossibly bright and did indeed require a secondary, back light.

But then, they claim, if you add Neil Armstrong, the photographer, to the scene his reflected, space suit light acts as this missing “back light” and thus debunks those same conspiracists.  Plausible?

Unlikely.

Neil “the fill light” Armstrong was at least 10 metres away in Nvidia’s model and is a rounded object.  Having used professional film reflectors one would know that they are very tricky to use and, even then, they are at least flat and have a larger surface area than a space suit.  With film reflectors, it is pretty hard to mark the target correctly and illuminate it evenly; especially when moving.  Using a rounded suit at 10 metres, providing narrow, specular light, one could in no way illuminate the famous photo in question.  In addition, Neil “the fill light” Armstrong, standing on the ground, could not illuminate this photo of Buzz Aldrin still completely in the cabin (below) or, moreover, every one of the whole sequence of still shots I piece together in my movie.  Sorry, Nvidia, I don’t “see” it:

NASA plate AS11-40-5862HR edited by James Follett

NASA plate AS11-40-5862HR edited by James Follett

 

  • Nearly 50 years later, China still can’t land a Man on the moon?

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The ultimate steak marinade

Steak Marinade - James Follett - BannerI’m neither a chef nor, by anyone’s books, a cook, but I can do one, and only one, dish just right – steak.  Here’s how.

For the perfect “Jamie” (Follett, not Oliver) steak marinade and cooking, all you need to do is…

… marinade your steak (in a perfect world, your eye fillet),

by liberally rubbing in the following ingredients:

Steak Marinade - James Follett - Rub

  • Soy + Canadian Maple Syrup (or honey, of course) – the “marinade essential”
  • Mustard (hot English or seeded German)
  • Tabasco (to your spice preference level)
  • Pepper (cracked and lots of it) to season, but never salt as it dries the meat
  • Mixed Spice  (e.g. Moroccan or Oriental) to your personalised taste
  • Additionally, if using a budget cut of meat, add vinegar to tenderise (soften)

Then put in freezer for a complete freeze.

Steak Marinade - James Follett - Freeze-Fracture

This is another “marinade essential”.  Without this freeze-fracture process, of freezing then defrosting the meat, all bets are off for qualifying as a mouth slavering marinade.  The freeze-facture process unsurpassably infuses the marinade throughout the meat by allowing the spices to delve deep into the meat.  I’ve blind tested this theory, using dinner party guests as judge and jury.  There verdict was unanimous.  Marinading steaks over night in the fridge does not come anywhere near to as sumptuous as the exact same preparation involving an over night freeze then morning defrost.

In addition, another advantage of freezing the meat is that you can do the marinading as a bulk batch process.  You can defrost meat, from individual glad bags, as and when required, on various Bacchanalian, feasting occasions.

It is worth noting that the defrost is a slow process.  It takes quite a few hours to fully defrost the centre of the meat up to roughly room temperature (even here in sunny Australia).  A cautionary note, and frequent pit fall, an incomplete defrosting will prevent the centre of meat from cooking sufficiently before a burning of the the meat’s exterior occurs.  If in a hurry, and your guests’ hunger pains have onset, put the glad bags of frozen meat into warm water to melt the party ice pronto.

Anyway, after defrosting, put the succulent meat on a newly made, super-hot, coals Barbie (if available) for a 2 min frazzling each side (to seal in juices).  Then depending on the thickness of the meat’s cut, a low heat for a further 5 min to get that juicy centre to the perfect medium rare, still slightly bloody, consistency one desires.

Steak Marinade - James Follett - Coal Barbecue

Nearly done.

Now, remove the sizzled steaks from the coals and let the juices settle on a serving plate for 5min.

Add sea salt, carve (if a large log cut) and serve.

For la pièce de résistance, serve with Sauce.  Sauce is the source.  It is that added taste bud explosion that will make the dish really pop.  A béarnaise, mushroom, perri perri, or like, sauce will really make the difference.  The sauce will also add flavour to any vegies you may serve the steak up with.

Ta da.

Super-infused, spicy, char-grilled meat to die for and fully deserved, Tong Man bragging rights for the rest of the night.

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Atlantis – sunken, but not forgotten

Atlantis BannerThe fabled, sunken, Lost City of Atlantis, is it Fact or Fiction?

Somewhat disappointingly, it is just Fiction.

That’s what mainstream historians have concluded.  Atlantis is just a fanciful fable.  It is purely a story of legend.  End of story, morning glory. 

However, let’s suggest for a one brief moment that it could be more than just a story.  What if there’s some foundation in truth to it?  Well, apart from being far more exciting to believe this ancient, sophisticated civilisation did really exist, let’s not rule it out quite yet.  Let’s embark on a hypothetical ride, a voyage of discovery, into the prehistoric unknown.  Let’s follow the legends and the cryptic trail of evidence that may lead to the forgotten roots of Mankind…

Religion is a Leap of Faith: an unprovable Belief, a very individual and personal decision.  Whilst, I can appreciate Belief in others, personally I remain sceptical about institutionalised religion.  To me, however, Belief in the City of Atlantis is far more plausible.

In all likelihood, examining the available evidence, Atlantis did really exist.  That’s my Belief.  However, like religion, it is a personal decision, a decision that can not be convincingly disparaged just because mainstream, conservative historians have decided to disregard any chance of an Atlantean reality.

The evidence is substantial and surprisingly convincing.  Substantial enough, perhaps, for the proverbial jury to vote 9 to 3 in favour.  However, there is still “reasonable doubt”… so we don’t get a sound conviction here; well, not quite yet.  “Belief” will remain an issue until the evidence is a slam dunk, possibly, at a future date.

The bizarre thing is, I believe, not to believe, is the bizarre thing.  The proof of the existence of Atlantis is in the pudding and the Xmas pudding is alight with delicious, burning brandy.

Plato, one of the greatest historians and philosophers of all Western civilisation, single-handedly bequeathed us the story of Atlantis.  Without him there would be no Atlantis.  It would have been completely wiped from the history books.  Across the board, Plato’s writings are deemed some of the most reliable in history.  Where applicable the vast majority of his claims have been verified by third party texts as sound.  Why would we believe him in pretty much all he has told us except his writings concerning Atlantis?

In addition, all of the major surviving monoliths (such as the pyramids of Egypt, Cambodia, and Mexico) undoubtedly show star map alignment and the concept of the Earth’s Precession (a 26,000 year, polar wobble). Surely, the Ancient builders, whoever they were, must have survived at least 26,000 years in a state of stellar enlightenment to discern such a cycle?
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Pyramidal Star Alignment

Historians say that modern civilisation arose from the prehistoric wastelands with Mesopotamia in 3500BC.  Possibly yes, more possibly not.  We have, in all probability, at least another 26,000 years of enlightenment to factor in.  The solid, surviving walls of an extraordinary amount of ancient temples, pyramids and stone circles, the world over, show us Precession based calendars.  Atlanteans, the probable “ancient builders”, established a peaceful, marine, trading empire that disseminated advanced ideas and technology globally.  This is what Plato told us.  The times of Atlantis (pre-9500 BC) were the utopian, halcyon days of yore, that many hark back to wistfully, without knowing the legends may well have been reality.  Organisations like the Masons, which has 3 million practitioners in the US alone, are great believers in Atlantis and they hold it central to their Mysteries.  So, is it as peripheral and leftfield a believe as many mainstream historians would have us believe?  The Masons prime goal is the altruistic reconstruction of the Atlantean utopia in the here and now.  But, I digress, that’s the next, intriguing chapter in the story, today we just investigate the plausibility of the existence of an ancient, utopian Atlantis.

Let the experts, not yours truly, lead you on this journey of discovery.  Let Graham Hancock be your host.  In this Graham Hancock movie (below) we get a wee snippet of the evidence that is being compiled from disparate sources into a unified theory of Atlantis.  Mr. Hancock has been one of the leading authorities on the subject for many decades now.  Watch this sampler, then browse the net for more, and there is lots, if your interest is piqued.  It is an interesting, and perhaps enjoyable, ride…

Quest for the Lost civilization – Graham Hancock

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Graphene – the material to transform battery technology

Graphene BannerInnovation in battery technology will (eventually) revolutionise Energy supply in the world.  Adding it to rooftop, solar, Photo Voltaic (PV) systems and providing a “clean”, firm, stable energy supply is just one small example of the potential of next Gen batteries.

To achieve cheap, high capacity, fast charge/discharge batteries (aka supercapacitors ) is the Holy Grail of energy supply.  Nothing new in that, true.

However, there may be real solution on the near horizon…

Graphene is the answer (it seems)

High-performance supercapacitors made of graphene can be now manufactured to store almost as much energy as the gold standard, lithium-ion battery. They can surpass Lithium in a number of crucial ways though.  They charge and discharge in seconds (not the current hours) and maintain all this over many tens of thousands of charging cycles.  Graphene is also derived from cheap as chips Graphite – not pricey Lithium metal.

So is Graphine just a pipe dream? Well, supposedly not:

  • “Graphene Supercapacitors Ready for Electric Vehicle Energy Storage, Say Korean Engineers” – MIT Technology Review
  • “Graphene supercapacitors created with ‘traditional paper making’ process, rivals lead-acid battery capacity” – ExtremeTech

Tech spec
Graphene is a two dimensional material consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb or chicken wire structure. It is the thinnest material known and yet is also one of the strongest. It conducts electricity as efficiently as copper and outperforms all other materials as a conductor of heat.Graphene 3D illustration

There are some real system security problems arising from large Solar PV (and Wind) penetration into the energy supply mix.  They produce “dirty”, volatile power.

These problems will largely be solved by firming up the Renewables-derived power – batteries (small in the case of PV systems, or large at a grid level) could be the answer?

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Global Warming doom-and-gloom is doomed

Global Warming Catastrophe - Batman - Banner

Global Warming experts, the IPCC, recant.  The End is not Nigh.

Their doom-and-gloom catastrophe scenarios, that justified a whopping great Carbon Tax in Australia, have fizzled away like the deadly heat waves that they no longer predict.

There’s no need to sell that water-front, Sydney harbour-side mansion.  The oceans are not rising – it’s official.

It seems that the gas is off the Global Warming message; though this new message is not one we are hearing about much in the press. The recent, and much awaited, IPCC report, AR5, is noticeably different from all the 4 previous versions. It is very subdued on the plausibility of catastrophic, anthropogenic global warming. Is this just-in-time to justify a Prime Minister Abbott, Carbon Tax repeal?

The chart below is the summary produced by the IPCC themselves of their catastrophic, climate scenarios. Scenarios that the media has, almost ubiquitously, reiterated, reported and propagated to us since 1990 (time of the 1st IPCC report).

How confident are the IPCC really in their purported, Global Warming catastrophes?  Confidence wanes somewhat on hearing adjectives such as “very unlikely”, “exceptionally unlikely”, and “low confidence”? The only “Likely” scenario is the “Disappearance of summer Arctic sea ice” – a catastrophe that could be worse perhaps.  Large, Arctic ice melt happens all the time, every summer as it happens, with no known adverse effects.  Perhaps, it’s not the worst life threatening, planet destabilising, disaster that could be envisaged after all?

Submarine in Arctic with no ice

 

Here are likelihoods of the climate, catastrophe scenarios, as presented by the Global Warming experts themselves, the IPCC:

Table 12.4: Components in the Earth system that have been proposed in the literature as potentially being susceptible to abrupt or irreversible change.” ipcc_catastrophe_table
 

For those who crave more background, you’ll find the detail here at Bishop Hill’s most excellent blog.

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