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Saturday, June 16, 2012

It was an interesting news week and this pair of news stories illustrates how crazy this country's grasp on what it means to be an American has become. The state of Georgia or more specifically the Transportation Department decided that it would not allow that southern staple of hatred, the Ku Klux Klan to adopt a highway.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

One of the most enduring aviation mysteries of the last century is the disappearance of historic aviatrix Amelia Earhart.

But new evidence suggests the mystery could be closer to being solved. Earhart who held several aviation records was an author and aviatrix before she disappeared over the Pacific Ocean with her navigator Fred Noonan on July 2, 1937. She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932 and also became the first person to fly across the Atlantic Ocean twice in that same year. She also received the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1932.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Critics about climate change skeptics who are not willing to panic about the possibility of global warming (or cooling depending on who is discussing it when) may have lost some steam in their argument that those who do not believe climate change is a serious issue are scientifically ignorant.

A study published recently in the journal Nature Climate Change found that as the scientific knowledge of its participants increased, concerns about climate change decreased.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

In 1854, the Panther Valley was a bustling region growing with the support of the economy created by King Coal.

It was an area on its way up in the world. Churches were being established, taverns were being designed and built and the fledgling communities were well on their way.

Besides the happy places, there was also a need for those whose lives were coming to a close. In the mid 1800's, the industrialists building and running the mines realized that most of the valley was full of coal and they needed places to bury the departed.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

What happens when a country is isolated from the rest of the world and yet has the brain trust and science acumen to evolve technology independent of the rest of the world? Can they succeed without the international peer review that takes place?

Obviously the answer is yes and the proof of this is the contributions made involuntarily by Nazi scientists after the United States and the allies repelled the horrid Third Reich and crushed the fascist leaders in 1945.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Just when I think I have read or heard everything about the global warming/climate change debate, someone out there manages to surpass the boundaries of all things logical. Just this week in a news flash reported by Reuters and I use the cliché loosely, scientist David Wilkinson from Liverpool John Moores University has made the claim that dinosaur flatulence created global warming that affected their lives to the point that it could have contributed to their extinction and climate change.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Last week I wrote up the famous Oracle of Delphi in Greece and ended my column with a little quiz regarding different methods for making predictions and asked you to match them with the explanation of what they actually are. Hopefully it was challenging for you, and now let's find out how they matched with each other.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Some professions trace themselves back to obscurity. While we joke the world's oldest profession is prostitution, magic and divination probably are as old if not older than the former less noble occupation in the history of humanity. Since humans have first began to communicate with each other, I think we have all had a desire to know what is unknown, to learn that which is hidden from view.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Last week I wrote about our strange experience on the Broad Mountain and I would like to thank one reader, Bill H., for his information on one possible explanation for the sighting we made. He found information on something called skyfish or flying rods and forwarded me some YouTube links of various sightings.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

We want the world to be a safe predictable place. While some of us like surprises, we really do not like to be surprised in most cases because usually those surprises that occur many times are not pleasant. I think that is why we tend to like things to be routine. Granted there are those who like to live on the edge and in a constant state of flux, but the majority of us prefer routine. This is why when something out of character or out of place occurs, we tend to search for an explanation to comfort ourselves and understand what we just experienced.