Apollo Moon Landings – Busted

Apollo Moon Landings – Busted - banner - NASA plate AS11-40-5903

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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Sharing or Bonding?

Superannuation bannerThe $64,000 Question: is the global economy healthy?  Should you invest in vibrant business and its financial lifeline, the share market, or “hide” in safe, Fixed Interest bonds and Cash?

The Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500), is the “gold standard”, stock market benchmark based on the market capitalisation, or value, of the 500 largest, U.S. companies.

It is thus a pretty good proxy for the health of the U.S. economy, which, in turn, means the health of the global economy.

It looks like the global share market is at a pivotal point.

Investor sentiment can continue optimistically lapping up Central Bank, credit stimulus or could potentially collapse into a “correction” phase defined by its more “realistic”, long term value.  Share prices can hold at current, remarkable, and perhaps inflated, highs or crash, by up to a half to align with longer term norms.

So, if you are an optimist you should invest in shares, or, if you err on the pessimist, maybe going for a lower risk, but lower benefit, fixed interest portfolio would be more appropriate for you.

The Good News Story

The Share Market is back to historical highs

Long term analysis by fundamental quants may suggest that the share price bubble is virtually endless.  Some economists are pretty bullish and optimistic.  They suggest it is not a time to sell out your position, but there’s a healthy, growth period ahead of us.  At worst, we are in a period of consolidation. Whereby, there has been 15 years of “bust” cycle volatility, but we are near the end of this and the boom cycle is about to begin again.  This 20 year, boom and bust cycle is well documented.  The Bust, which started with the DOT.com bubble bursting in 2000, is essentially winding up.  The Boom will now continue the century long progression upwards.  This is an intrinsic and fully intended progression designed into our Western, fractional reserve banking model.   Our money supply expands upwards exponentially ad infinitum.  Hold tight and the ride upwards will recommence, in a just few years, and with vigour.

This standpoint is bolstered by Elliot Wave, behavioural theory which, when applied to the share market, suggests that when the end of Wave III (our current bubble since the GFC) is reached then we can expect a minor price slip (red forecast line – Wave IV) for a short while before a Wave V thrust onwards and upwards.

Many, including myself, predicted a double dip recession with the onset of Ben Bernanke inspired Quantitative Easing.  In never, and will never seemingly, happen.

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Source: investing.com
 
 

The Bad News Story

The Emperor has no clothes

When share trading volume and buy-sell, price spreads contract, even as stock prices surge, it’s a warning sign.   This market stagnation signals the traders surreptitious shuffle to the trade room exit door.  This phenomenon has preceded sizeable price crashes in the past.  Be wary.  In addition, the S&P 500 (importantly, in inflation-adjusted terms) is nearly as high today as it was at the heady heights of the ill-fated booms of 2000 and 2007.  The market has clambered back to the heady heights of these two prior, relatively recent peaks.  Is it third time lucky?  Can the market push prices, in other words its evaluation of global business and productivity, beyond where it ceilinged in 2000?  The highs of 2000 and 2007 lead to rapid crashes.  These were corrections.  Leading up to these crashes, investor bullish sentiment pushed prices higher and higher.  This was gambling behaviour.  This was not “Warren Buffet” style, value investing whereby the underlying value is core to your perception of share value.  This was speculation and greed at work.  I don’t say this in a cynical condeming way.  It’s exciting to speculate and to let constraining rationality fly our the window.  This defines as humans – opportunistic.

Well, we’re back there again.  Once more, we have bubbled the share market.  The global market is in a pivotal position.  Does the past few years of Central Bank lead, Quantitative Easing, a somewhat farcical euphemism for money printing, placate the market’s jittery confidence?  Do we believe the Emperor does indeed have invisible clothes?  Does this printed money have real value we can trade with?  Can we expand the money supply and use it to pay off our existing debts?

The share market is a reflection of underlying, economic productivity and the value thereof.  It is subjective and filled with investor sentiment.  But it is fundamentally driven by the real value we collectively assign to mankind’s productivity.  We are currently over-pricing this underlying value (compared to a century of 1.75% compound growth).  Perhaps, that’s why the share price is hitting a price ceiling again.  The speculator’s bluff is, and always will be, finally, at some point, called.  Ever since the famous “Tulip Mania” of 1600’s Holland, we have seen markets bubble then finally some “child” in the cheering crowd will shout, “but the Emperor has no clothes”, and the bubble bursts.

A century of share prices (S&P 500 – Inflation adjusted)

SP-Composite-real-regression-to-trend

Source: advisorperspectives.com
NB semi-log scale to equalize vertical distances for the same percentage change regardless of the index price range.
 

The peak in the 2000 marked an unprecedented 150% overshooting of “real” market value (nearly double the overshoot seen in the Great Depression of 1929 no less).  The share prices of the S&P 500 companies should be sitting around on the long term regression value.  They should be averaging around 1000.  However, they currently tip over 2000.  This is over-valuation.  Over valuation enabled by ease money produced through Quantitative Easing.  This situation is gagging for “correction”.  A price reversion or normalisation, or crash if you will, is threatening the safety of the empire on its borders.So, should one stick with these over-priced, but nevertheless currently stable and profitable, shares, or should one “hide” in low risk, but low return, fixed interest bonds and Cash?

 

Your Options for investing in your future

I have been putting my faith in the “Growth”, Sunsuper, superannuation investment strategy.  Last night I decided to jump out of this share-based strategy and retreated into the Fixed Interest-based, “Conservative” strategy.  Here’s the 2 mutually exclusive alternatives:

“Growth” strategy

Has a strong emphasis on global shares, which are sensitive to global fundamental drivers and thus can be very volatile on an annual basis:

Superannuation - Growth Strategy Performance

“Conservative” strategy

Has a strong emphasis on Fixed returns provided by long-term, Fixed Interest bonds and short-term, Cash deposits.  These “safe” investments have low volatility that equates to less than 1 out of 20 years of negative returns:

Superannuation - Conservative Strategy Performance

Comparing the performance of the past 5 years of both strategies, one could infer that another bumper share market year, like our current one, would benefit you 8% if you were in a “Growth” strategy.  This 8% is the difference between the rates of annual return of the “Growth” (16.2%) and “Conservative” (8.4%) strategies.  However, if the share market reverts to its, some say, “rightful” long-term position, there is a 50% downside crash from a S&P 500 index of $2000 to $1000.

Is the market going to bubble forever with endless Quantitative Easing Credit?  Or, will this money printing scheme have a comeuppance and the historical real value of shares be restored?  If you believe that Central Banks, primarily the U.S.’s Federal Reserve, can Quantitatively Ease our way out of recession, then stick with shares.  Hiding your wealth in Fixed interest Cash and Bonds will cost you 8% in lost opportunity compared to this.  However, if believe that the Ben Bernanke model of global recovery is likely to fail in the coming year, going for a low risk, Fixed Interest strategy represents a potential 50% portfolio gain.

The probability of either happening is pretty much 50:50 at best.  No one really knows what the near future lies in hold for us.  Economists will bet their bottom dollar on an optimistic recovery or, alternatively, a pessimistic reversion to century long growth rates.  Who’s to say who’s going to be right?  However, the potential cost of incorrectly investing in high risk shares is much higher than the cost of investing in Fixed Interest products.  In my (un)humble opinion, using a cost-benefit analytical approach, a “Conservative” investment strategy is the way to go.  Playing the probabilities is the betting man’s play.

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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?
precession_earth

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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