Thursday, January 18, 2018

Atlantis Found: The Simple Answer Is the Best Answer

The myth of an ancient civilization being lost when their island or continent sank is actually based in truth. Atlantis, or Lemuria, is simply the antediluvian civilizations (before Noah's flood).

If 70% of the earth's surface is water it doesn't take much to realize that if the earth's crust were flat, our planet would be covered 100% by water. So it wasn't a single continent that sank. It was all of them!

There was more to this catastrophe than 40 days of rain. Rain was the least of their worries, because the continents sank and the sea floors rose, causing the "fountains of the great deep to [be] broken up" or "burst forth." All civilization along the coasts were obliterated. It took 40 days for the continents to sink enough that the flood waters got to the elevation where Noah had built the ark and to buoy it up. No wonder Noah was ridiculed, he built the ark so far from the ocean that it seemed ludicrous. However, if he had built it on the coast he and his ark would have been dashed to pieces from the onslaught - along with all the other ships of the time.

It took a total of 150 days before the turmoil ceased and the waters began to abate. It took a full year from the time that Noah entered the ark to the time that the land had dried up enough to leave the ark - even though the ark had come to rest on Mount Ararat five months after the cataclysm began.

If these biblical details are new to you. Then it's time to re-read the entire actual scriptural account.

There are clues in the scriptures that indicate that the people before the flood had attained a comfortable level of civilization world-wide. Think about it. If people lived to be more than 500 years old, you would expect that knowledge and experience gained would be put to good use.

Unless proven otherwise, I don't think they had airplanes, cars or freeways, but they did reach a level of proficiency in stonework and moving heavy objects unmatched today. They lived in a more seismically volatile world than we do, so they built with gigantic stones, fitting them together with precision - without mortar.

And the more irregular shapes they used the more they held together during earthquakes. They used the biggest stones with the most irregular shapes for the foundations of their most important buildings.

These megalithic foundations are found all around the world today. Most of the original buildings on top have long since fallen down and their stones lost or used as building material by post-flood people, who built their cities right on top of those foundations - at least the few ruins that survived the cataclysm.

More and more people are looking to megalithic architecture as evidence that a great civilization preceded Sumer and Egypt. But instead of looking to the obvious answer - the antediluvian people - they dream up all sorts of UFO theories.

The simplest answer is usually the right answer.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

What Did Noah's Granddaughter Discover in Egypt?

Abraham 1:23-25 has an interesting line of thought. 
"The land of Egypt being first discovered by a woman, who was the daughter of Ham...When this woman discovered the land it was under water, who afterward settled her sons in it...Now the first government of Egypt was established by Pharaoh, the eldest son of Egyptus, the daughter of Ham..." (emphasis added)
What did the granddaughter of Noah "discover?" A fertile river valley? There were fertile river valley's everywhere. Besides, it was under water. So that wouldn't be a draw. Then, what did they discover? ANSWER: She and her clan discovered the monuments of Egypt, built before the flood, that had survived the devastation. That is what they discovered as the flood waters receded off the land.
The reason it took several generations for the water to recede is because many of these inland bodies of water where trapped by newly formed mountains and hills. It took some time for them to break through and find their way to the sea. 
How do I know this? Look at Ether 3:6 - "And it came to pass that they did travel in the wilderness, and did build barges, in which they did cross many waters, being directed continually by the hand of the Lord."

The Brother of Jared and his people traveled from the Mesopotamian area in a northeastern direction and eventually reached the shores of northern China or eastern Russia. The "many waters" that they traveled through were inland seas and lakes still trapped by the topography. 
These waters later receded leaving remnants in the form of the Caspian Sea, Aral Sea, Lake Balqash, Lake Baikal and the many other lakes in central Asia, Russia and Mongolia. 

Lake Baikal still has seals that were trapped and have adapted to the fresh water.
Egypt's waters were finally receding when the daughter of Ham discovered the megalithic structures there that survived the devastation of the flood. The most obvious candidates of what they found being the great pyramids and the Sphinx, but there are more possibilities (perhaps the Osireion). 
The Egyptians preserved, added to and tried to imitate what they had found. With many of the later pharaohs putting their mark on some of the pre-flood buildings or outright claim in the annals that they built them, so as to make the Egyptologists of today mistakenly attribute these pre-flood structures to the Egyptians.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Last Ice Age Was Really Just the Ice Cap In a Different Position

Solve this puzzle, please.

It is common knowledge among paleoclimatologists that parts of Siberia and Alaska where ice-free at the same time ice sheets advanced as far south as Chicago in North American and well into Central Europe. 

Odd, right? How can that be?

Wouldn't the ice advance roughly to the same latitude worldwide?

The answer is actually quite simple. Yes, it would! And it did. But it didn't advance much past the Arctic Circle. It was an ordinary, albeit larger, run-of-the-mill polar ice cap, not an age of ice advancing to the 40th parallel.

That's because the continents were in a different position at that time and the geological clues of the former ice cap are simply being mistaken for advancing ice sheets. Yes, it was colder then, but not THAT cold.

Let's use common sense. If the polar ice cap was as I say, it means that the mammoth remains found in Siberia and Alaska were actually temperate animals - just like their elephant cousins of today - eating tons of vegetation, further south, rather than rooting through snow to survive on grass and lichen. I don't think mammoths were stupid enough to not migrate to warmer climes.

But most of today's scientists won't entertain this notion, because it means accepting that a catastrophic shift of the continental plates happened in recent geological history. And that would make the earth much younger than we think.

The accepted belief is that continental drift has been uniformly slow since the beginning of time. That's a BIG assumption. Unfortunately, that belief is so deeply rooted that drift calculations are now used to date other aspects of ancient geography. That creates errors upon errors upon errors.

Too often we see older, unproven theories used to prove new theories by quietly pretending that the older theory is now fact. The "ice age" is just one of many unproven theories that have been around for so long that people treat it like fact.

It's time for a HUGE re-think.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Faith, without Works [in politics] Is Dead

Voting alone is not enough.

I'm a little disappointed as a Mormon towards my fellow Mormons in the following way. Many have the tendency to believe that since the LDS church stays out of politics, the members themselves should also remain apolitical. And that is in spite of the church leadership’s repeated encouragement to get involved. Oh, yeah. They'll vote. But that's about it.

Further, many will say, “It is in God’s hands. So I don’t have to worry about that.” But this is a classic example of “faith without works, is dead.” Can you imagine how disappointed God would be if we had that attitude toward our fellow man's needs? "Have faith my brother, I think I'll stay my hand in helping you in your time of need because God will take care of you." Nope. It doesn't work that way. We are the instruments in God's hands to further his work.

Take the current attempt for state legislatures to call a Convention of States to propose much needed amendments to the Constitution that the US Congress will never propose. Article V spells out that process clearly. And it will only work if the citizenry is engaged.

The Constitution was inspired to be USED, not hung on a wall.

One of the best loved LDS scriptures on the subject is Doctrine & Covenants 101:80
And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood.

Many stop reading there, but look at these nuggets in the following verses, Doctrine & Covenants 101:85 to 90.
Thus will I liken the children of Zion.
Let them importune at the feet of the judge;
And if he heed them not, let them importune at the feet of the governor;
And if the governor heed them not, let them importune at the feet of the president;
And if the president heed them not, then will the Lord arise and come forth out of his hiding place, and in his fury vex the nation;
And in his hot displeasure, and in his fierce anger, in his time, will cut off those wicked, unfaithful, and unjust stewards, and appoint them their portion among hypocrites, and unbelievers;

God will bless our nation AFTER we have exhausted our efforts.

This is clear to me. God won’t bless our nation and restore our self-governing principles, until AFTER we do the work. The Lord will not “come forth out of his hiding place” and “vex the nation” until we have exhausted all of our own efforts. The silent majority has to wake up and DO something!

Politics can get dirty. But like farming, you have to get your hands dirty if you want to reap the harvest. And the harvest I speak of is the restoration of the Constitution's original intent that has been lost by the Federal government’s unchecked usurpations.

What if Washington, Hamilton, Madison, Jefferson and the other founders decided to leave the politics of their day entirely in the hands of God? What if they never lifted a finger to fight the uphill battle for freedom and self-governance. Were would we be today?

Friday, December 2, 2016

It's Getting Better All the Time: Global Cooling?

I have a darn good memory. And one thing that has stuck in my mind is the fear we had during grade school of the pending disaster of a coming man-made Ice Age in our lifetime.

We heard predictions like, "By 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half." and "Increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will affect the earth's temperature, leading to mass flooding or a new ice age." Life magazine

Well, 1985 came and went and that never happened. What really happened is that human ingenuity found ways to make our water and air cleaner. And our standard of living much, much better and environmentally friendly - in spite of population growth and increased levels of CO2 being released worldwide.

(Some history revisionists online are tying real hard to convince us that the scientific community and the media never warned of an ice age. Bah!)

We are not perfect and we have room for improvement, but I think I'll tune out the strident voices that tell us we need to make unreasonable and drastic changes, NOW - OR ELSE! I think you should, too.

Don't let the current predictions of doom keep you from investing in your future. Use the trends of the past to predict the future. Not computer models.

Wikipedia: Global Cooling
Science 09 Jul 1971: Vol. 173, Issue 3992, pp. 138-141

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Friday, November 4, 2016

It's Getting Better All the Time.

More and more people today are developing a sense of dread for the future. Did you know that every person in every age felt the same way? For some reason human nature tends to think the present seems worse than the "good old days" and the future looks even worse.

But I feel it a duty to point out to all reasonable, thinking adults that there is no reason to fear the future. And I have the facts to prove it. Please ignore all the negative news and doomsday predictions. You are old enough to remember, if you take the time, that there have been dire predictions for as long as you can remember. Right?

And did those predictions come true? Absolutely not.

In fact, things got better. And that is exactly what will happen again. The end of the world predictions will not occur and things will again get better. So rejoice! The future looks bright.

Julian Simon changed my life.

I think I began my life of optimism after learning about Julian Simon around the early 1990s. We were starting a mail order business so I read his book,  How to Start and Operate a Mail Order Business. It turned out that this book was a one-off for him. He was an economist and most of his books where about the historically optimistic side of economics. He used his years of data research to try and plead with the people to not listen to the doomsayers because the Ultimate Resource as he put it was human ingenuity. Which historically ALWAYS solved man's problems and made things better for EVERYONE.

Think back to the 70s. The pessimists in the media were predicting ecological catastrophe, overpopulation, a coming man-made ice age, running out of resources, drought, famine, etc. - yet amid all that bluster, the cool mind of Julian Simon argued the opposite.

He even put his money where his mouth was. In 1980, he challenged any and all of these doomsayers to a bet. Choose any number of precious resources that you think would be depleted in a ten years time and he would bet them that they would be wrong. Simon was so sure he would win, he even let them choose which resources.

So Paul Ehrlich, the media's darling go-to for ratings-boosting scary predictions, took up the bet. Ehrlich chose 5 resources that he thought for sure would go up in price due to high demand and scarcity in the industry. 10 years later he lost the bet. All 5 went down in price (adjusted for inflation). The negative thinkers are still arguing that Simon was just lucky. But he wasn't. History has shown repeatedly that, overall, we as a human race consistently progress and make things better. And the more minds at work, the better. So bring on the population! There is room for all of us on this beautiful planet.

In the coming weeks, I'm going to post a series of blogs that show that it wasn't luck. Addressing each failed prediction in a separate blog. Examples will be overpopulation, running out of resources, the end of civilization, catastrophic climate events, mass starvation, mass extinctions, and more. Julian Simon understood our world better than the prophets of doom. And every one of these scary predictions have not even come close to coming to pass - the world is consistently becoming a BETTER place in which to live. Thanks to the human race coming together and solving problems.

So have faith in the future. Make plans. Invest in yours and your children's future. Things are getting better all the time.

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