Sunday, 14 December 2014

Ascension Earth 2012 -- December 14, 2014

Ascension Earth 2012


  • The Afterlife & the Mystery of Amelia Earhart on Coast To Coast Radio with George Noory
  • Is Air Travel Becoming 'for Rich People' Only?
  • The Web Is Not The Net!
  • How Much Money is There on Earth?
  • How fast are you moving right now? - Tucker Hiatt
  • How to find and do work you love ~ Scott Dinsmore
  • Dutch woman reaches South Pole...in a tractor
  • Is This What Really Killed the Dinosaurs?
  • How to Watch Tonight's Explosive Geminids Meteor Shower
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Posted: 13 Dec 2014 08:42 PM PST




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Everyone moans about the high price of airline tickets and sometimes they're very high. Like now, when non-stops between New York and Los Angeles in July are running about $600+, whereas May flights could be had for less than $300. 

But summertime, like Thanksgiving, is a peak travel season when demand soars and airlines are happy to raise prices, knowing we'll pay that fabled "whatever." But we've also seen studies that suggest airfares have risen fairly sharply over the past several years, as much as 12 percent. 

So here's the question: Is air travel becoming a perk of wealthy elites, and common folk need not apply? Not yet. Are we getting closer? That depends. 

The price of a plane ticket rests on what I call the four pillars of pricing: competition, cost of fuel, capacity or seat supply, and, as always, demand for air travel. Pay special attention to that first one because competition is disappearing. 

Why? Airlines are disappearing. AirTran makes its final flight Dec. 28, then vanishes into Southwest. Continental seems like a distant memory, but its merger with United only took place a few years ago, as did Northwest's with Delta. Coming up, US Airways goes away once the details of its marriage to American are all wrapped up. 

But mergers mean more than a shiny new logo and fresh coat of paint on a plane. They often involve adding new routes to big cities while smaller and not-so-small cities see routes cut. Bottom line: Less competition generally means higher ticket prices. 

In the meantime, the cost of fuel, currently just over $100 per barrel, remains high, though nowhere close to the nearly $150 price we saw in 2008. Next, capacity or seat supply is right where the airlines want it, which is down more than 10 percent from the pre-2008 fuel crisis. You can tell by asking yourself this question: How many empty airplane seat have you seen lately? When airlines can fill even middle seats, airlines are in the catbird seat. 

Remember, just a few years ago, investing in an airline was considered nuts; today, the profits are rolling in. 

For the time being, demand remains fairly decent in a tepid economy. If you doubt this, go back to the empty seat question. So the next question is: Are we willing to pay any price for travel, at any time? For some, yes, but for most of us the answer is a resounding no. Just look at recent attempts by airlines to raise prices: Except for those aimed squarely at the business traveler (whose boss usually picks up the tab), airlines failed to find traction with most hike attempts. 

In other words, the thumb on the scale of air travel equity is slowly but surely sliding from passengers to airlines. Yes, there is still an occasional crumb for consumers, like the Department of Transportation's proposed rule that fees be shown as "every point" in an airfare transaction, which sounds good, and I'm absolutely in favor of fee transparency, but at every step of an online airfare purchase? All I can picture is some poor schmo thumbing down his smartphone, laboriously trying to get past inches and inches of densely packed, convoluted fee pricing information, just to find out what his ticket will cost. Carpal tunnel syndrome, anyone?
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Posted: 13 Dec 2014 07:56 PM PST

Portrait of a killer: volcanoes were no friend to the dinos

 

Excerpt from time.com 

 

It wasn't just an asteroid


At the start of the 1980s, the question of what forced dinosaurs and huge numbers of other creatures to become extinct 65 million years ago was still a mystery. By the decade’s end, that mystery was solved: a comet or asteroid had slammed into Earth, throwing so much sun-blocking dust into the air that the planet plunged into a deep-freeze. The discovery of a massive impact crater off the coast of Mexico, of just the right age, pretty much sealed the deal in most scientists’ minds.

But a second global-scale catastrophe was happening at much the same time: a series of ongoing volcanic eruptions that dwarf anything humans have ever seen. They were so unimaginably powerful that they left nearly 200,000 square miles (518,000 sq. km) of what’s now India buried in volcanic basalt up to a mile and a half thick. And the gases and particulate matter spewed out by those eruptions, argue at least some scientists, could have played a big role in the dinosaurs’ doom as well.

How big a role, however, depends on exactly when the eruptions began and how long they lasted, and a new report in Science goes a long way toward answering that question. “We can now say with confidence,” says Blair Schoene, a Princeton geologist and lead author of the paper, “that the eruptions started 250,000 years before the extinction event, and lasted for a total of 750,000 years.” And that, he says, strengthens the idea that the eruptions could have contributed to the mass extinction of multiple species.

Schoene and his co-authors don’t claim volcanoes alone wiped out the dinosaurs; only that they changed the climate enough to put ecosystems under stress, setting them up for the final blow. “We don’t know the exact mechanism,” he admits. Volcanoes emit carbon dioxide, which could have triggered an intense burst of global warming, but they also emit sulfur dioxide, which could have caused global cooling. “What we do know,” Schoene says, “is that earlier mass extinctions were caused by volcanic eruptions alone.” The new dates, he and his co-authors believe, will help scientists understand what role these volcanoes played in the dinosaurs’ demise.

If there was such a role, that is, and despite this new analysis, plenty of paleontologists still doubt it seriously. The dating of the eruptions, based on widely accepted uranium-lead measurement techniques, is not an issue, says Brian Huber, of the Smithsonian Institution. “That part of the science is great,” he says. “It moves things forward.”

And those data, Huber says, make it clear that the extinction rate for the 250,000 years leading up to the asteroid impact wasn’t especially large. Then, at the time of the impact: whammo. The idea that volcanoes played a significant role in this extinction event keeps coming up every so often, and in Huber’s view, “the argument has gotten very tiresome. I no longer feel the need to put any energy into it. It’s from a minority arguing against overwhelming evidence.” 
Posted: 13 Dec 2014 07:26 PM PST

How to Watch This Week's Big Ass Perseid Meteor Shower




Thank you, tiny space rocks. Because of you, the entire population of planet Earth will be treated to one of 2014's most spectacular celestial displays. The Geminids meteor shower is the most active of the annual meteor showers—by a long shot—and it's just about to peak.

Tonight, the shower might produce as many as 120 meteors per hour (though back in 2011, the Geminids hit a peak rate of 198 meteors per hour). Compare this count to the second most abundant shower, the Perseids, which take place in late August and top out at around 60 meteors per hour.

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The annual December display is largely due to asteroid 3200 Phaethon, a three-mile wide chunk of rock that crosses the paths of all the inner rocky planets and travels closer to the sun than any other named asteroid. As ol' 3200 heats up close to the sun during its 1.5-year orbit, it expels materials and forms a trail much like a comet (indeed, it is sometimes referred to as a "rock comet"). But that's not the full story. Recent observations have shown that 3200 mostly expels dust as it is baked by the sun. And while this periodic "dusting" does help replenish the debris field, it's not enough material to account for all the Geminids' activity.


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Farewell from Ascension Earth!

I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you for visiting Ascension Earth over the past few years and making this site, what I consider, such a wonderful and very surprising success since my first post way back in January of 2011. I never dreamed this site would receive just shy of 10 million page views since then, and I want to thank you all again for stopping in from time to time for a visit. I hope you have found some of the content interesting as well as educational, and I want everyone to know that I only shared content I believed to be factual at the time of publication, though I may have reached differing understandingsconcerning some of the subject matter as time has past. All of the content that has been shared here at Ascension Earth was shared with the goal of provoking contemplation and conversation, leading to a raising of consciousness, an ascension of consciousness. That's what ascension is to me.

I have made a decision to move on from here, but I will always remember and always cherish the friendships I have made along this twisting journey since launching this site, what feels like a lifetime ago now. I wish all of you the greatest success in each and every endeavor you shall undertake, and I hope each of you are graced with peace, love & light every step of the way as you continue your never ending journey through this incredibly breathtaking and ever mysterious universe we share together.

Greg

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…And there you have it! This was the end of our discussion about the Mars mission, but I have remained in touch with Chad. At this point, I hope to be able to convince him to do a video or TV interview, but of course, there will be more than a few obstacles to overcome, the main one being that he may currently be in some danger if he goes public.

Furthermore, there is always the barrier of peoples' understandable skepticism.

As I said in the beginning, I cannot verify this story for anyone, nor is my intent to convince anyone of its veracity. My goal is only to help him get his story heard, because if this story IS true, the people of this planet are being lied to on a grand scale, and perhaps this will eventually help the UFO Disclosure Movement. It's time for the lies to be uncovered, and time for the truth -- whatever that may be -- to be known once and for all.

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