Thursday, March 6, 2014

Your Daily Giant 3/9/2013

In today's Daily Giant, we travel back in time to prehistoric Florida. No condos, spring break or golf courses yet but ancient Florida had plenty of giants. From the Lawrence World Journal, August 25, 1927 page 9, we find an account of the unearthing of giant skeletons. The skulls are noted as larger "than those of current history", and the "jaw and teeth are unusually large" and " likewise are the body bones". The bones were sent to the Smithsonian Institution for further examination. Professor Skeptic tries to explain away this whole phenomena by saying where are the bones? Actually, I wouldn't mind seeing some bleached bones of a few professional skeptics. This argument tries to marginalize the investigative efforts and evidence collection of many researchers over decades of time in one diversionary sentence. If you haven't figured out where the bones went then you get an "F" in Giantology. Essentially it is an argument presented by someone who clearly has not investigated the phenomena and is not qualified to give an opinion or is being deliberately obtuse. In other words is playing dumb. Let's now shift our focus to some other loathsome characters. The following is from my latest Ancient American article: The Smithsonian's Giant problem: Cover-ups, corruption and the subversion of human history.
"When you walk the halls of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., the impression given is that it magnificently embodies the triumph of scientific achievement for the western world. A place where careful study, analysis of all available evidence and open-mindedness come together to create theories that are nearly beyond questioning. Is this really true or is the Smithsonian just another bloated, corrupt and self serving institution in a society filled with them? An arm of an establishment using it to manipulate evidence to create a preferred view of reality for economic gain and power. Let's take a look at this institution's track record and see.
As reported in a recent New Yorker piece by investigative journalist Jane Mayer, a new permanent installation called the David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins, at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, has global warming scientists infuriated. David Koch donated $15 million dollars to create the exhibit. Koch Industries outspends even Exxon-Mobil on climate denial science.
According to the EPA, Koch Industries is responsible for over 300 oil spills in the U.S. and has leaked 3 million gallons of crude oil into fisheries and drinking waters. They were fined a record $35 million and an additional $8 million in Minnesota for discharging into streams. The exhibit states that carbon dioxide levels are supposed to increase dramatically in the next century. No cause is given for this development, no mention is made of any possible role played by fossil fuels. The exhibit makes runaway global warming seem part of a natural continuum and does it in such devious ways as leaving out the linear scale for time in its world population graph.
An interactive game in the exhibit suggests that humans will continue to adapt to climate change in the future. People may build “underground cities,” developing “short, compact bodies” or “curved spines,” so that “moving around in tight spaces will be no problem." Yes, as unbelievable as it sounds that is accurate, see Mayer's article or visit the museum yourself. What a glorious vision of the future Koch Industries and the Smithsonian have for us.
When confronted with the climate whitewashing absurdities of this exhibit, Rick Potts director of the Smithsonian's Human Origins program and curator of Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History said that David Koch "is a philanthropist who is deeply interested in science". Even I am at a loss for words.

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