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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Marvels of Eclipses

Solar and lunar eclipses are fascinating, and scientists are especially fond of them. Especially solar eclipses, because they can do testing and observe things out yonder that cannot be seen under normal conditions. Those are more difficult to participate in because the area of totality is quite limited, unlike the wide area available during a lunar eclipse. As a side note, a transit is when a smaller object travels between a star and the observer, such as when Mercury and Venus transit the sun. No big crowed events for those, just wait for photos from experts instead.

Eclipses testify of the power of our Creator
Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani
Conditions have to be just right for a major eclipse to occur. The moon passes in front of the sun and makes day seem to be almost night in certain areas for a few minutes. When Earth gets the notion to get between the sun and moon, so the moon appears red or orange for a while. These things happen because the Creator designed the corresponding distances of the sun, moon, and Earth. Just another reminder of his power, design skills, and of recent creation. People had a special experience during the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse.
From Oregon to South Carolina, people used special eclipse glasses to watch the moon slowly move in front of the sun over the course of about an hour, culminating in a few minutes of darkness during ‘totality’. The brief period where the moon completely blocks out the sun, leaving only the corona visible and resulting in what looks like twilight across the entire horizon. In the rest of the country, only a partial eclipse was visible.
To read the entire article (it's short, and not packed with heavy science), click on "Eclipses".

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Evolutionists Befuddled by Live Birth

Proponents of universal common ancestor evolution get burrs under their saddles when they need to seriously discuss live birth. Critters, humans, even some insects do it. But evolutionists cannot give a plausible explanation for live birth in so many creatures, except to invoke the secular miracle of "convergent evolution". If you get your Charles Darwin Club Secret Decoder Ring©, you'll find out that "convergent evolution" means, "We don't have a clue". Then they want the Master Engineer to reinvent the wheel so to speak, instead of using his efficient design for live births in multiple creatures. What, would you only use a good design only once?

Evolutionists cannot adequately explain the existence of life birth, nor why it is so widespread among living things
Credit: Pixabay / StockSnap
More puzzling for evolutionists is the placental mammal. The placenta is integral in such live births, and is an extremely intricate organ inside the mother that protects the baby and helps its development. Interestingly, the placenta is cast off after the birthing is done. Clearly, our Creator shows his skill and compassion in his design of the placenta.
The complex mammalian placenta is an organ to which, in a sense, we all owe our lives. It’s formed by the fusion of maternal and embryonic tissues and establishes vascular contact between mother and child at the onset of pregnancy.
To finish reading, click on "The Created Placenta".

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Antarctica's Fossil Forest Amazes Evolutionists

Here is an idea that should sound like a whole whack of fun. We can all go looking for fossil forests! The first place that should come to your mind to search for a fossil forest would be Antarctica. 

"Wait, what?"

Yes, you heard me. The South Pole. At one time, it was not the snowy wasteland we see today, but it was a tropical place to which someone may want to retire. That means it should not be such a shock to learn that a fossil forest was discovered there.

Fossil trees in Antarctica fit Genesis Flood model for a young earth
Original image credit: William A Link, USGS (public domain),
modified with a graphic from Clker clipart
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Not all reports of the fossil forest give complete information. For one thing, the word "fossil" is used loosely again, because the stumps have not turned completely to stone. Another fact that has been omitted from one report (as well as the very brief video report below) is that amino acids still exist. Obviously, that have not turned to stone. 

In addition, the trees were "advanced" according to proponents of universal common ancestor evolution. That is not supposed to happen, but other "advanced" trees have been found as well. Intricate, specifically complex trees and well-preserved fossils... The evidence does not support deep time or evolution. Instead, it supports recent creation and rapid burial that would be expected from the global Genesis Flood. 
Claimed to be 280 million years old, stumps of fossil trees retain original material in the world’s coldest climate.
The roots are still attached to a stump emerging from the ground in Antarctica. In the photo on Live Science, paleobiologists led by Erik Gulbranson claim that forests grew here from 400 million to 14 million Darwin Years ago, “which is basically the entirety of plant evolution.”
The article focuses on how the forests changed over millions of years, and speculates about the Permian-Triassic extinction and what it meant for evolution. The most astonishing part of the story, however, is near the end:
I won't leave you stumped. You can read the rest of the article by clicking on "Fossil Forest Found in Antarctica". A similar article can be found at "Fossil Trees in Antarctica Preserve Ancient Proteins". For examples of bad reasoning, see this jasper railing against the second article linked just above and see if you can count all the fallacies in his anti-creationist bigotry. 

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Poinsettia, the Christmas Plant

The poinsettia (correctly pronounced with four syllables, poin-SET-e-uh) is closely associated with Christmas, especially in the Northern Hemisphere. Riding down Mexico way, you will come to the area where they were first discovered. The plants we see in the stores are not likely to be "natural", but grafted and cultivated — their history is rather interesting.

Poinsettias are a gift from our Creator and associated with Jesus
Credit: RGBStock / APRILM
Poinsettias tend to bloom around the date that is observed as Christmas, so we have that going for us. It is also associated with Jesus, since some folks associate the star shape with the star of Bethlehem, and the red coloring with the blood of Jesus. There are rumors that this plant is poisonous, but that's the opposite of the truth. Someone may get sick by eating them, so leave them out of your Christmas salad. Also, they are not poisonous to pets, but again, they may get sick if they take a notion to eat the things. There are other plants that people and animals need to keep out of their mouths.

Interestingly, they are cleansing to the air. Back in the olden days, the sap was used for several purposes including fever potions, toothache remedy, and others (I don't recommend such activities). Also, they were used to make red dye. Nowadays, they are cultivated into different colors and such, and you can even purchase poinsettias that are far from their natural colors but look nice to some people. Poinsettias are finicky plants, but if you give them proper care, they can stay around and look good for a spell. Like so many other plants, the poinsettia is a gift from our Creator for our pleasure and benefit.
Few things signal the start of the Christmas season in the West quite like the poinsettia. We even have a day to celebrate this cheery plant on December 12—National Poinsettia Day. How gracious of the Creator that, in a season when most plants are dead or dormant, he designed the radiant poinsettia to bloom in winter, adding a splash of color to brighten the dismal days.
To read the rest, click on "How the Poinsettia Came to Brighten Christmas".

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Fossil Discoveries Foul Up Evolutionary Thinking

Fossils of an ichthyosaur and other creatures upset evolutionary beliefs

Seems like the hands at the Darwin Ranch should leave bad enough alone, but they commence to analyzing fossils with new technology and getting surprised. This is happening more often, what with advances in technology and all. 

Some recent stories indicate unexpected finds, including the advanced digestion of trilobites that do not fit the "primitive" creatures paradigm of Darwinists. They're supposed to be simple creatures, you know. Another find is not so much what an ancient amphibian ate, but that this froggie-thing had sharp, pointy teeth. This means "evolution" by a loss of features, and that's the opposite of what their dogma requires. Ichthyosaurs apparently ate squid, and not just fish, as paleontologist believed for so many years. Similarly, a salamander ate frogs, but that is not exactly common dining procedure for those critters today.

All these finds succeed in doing is to fluster evolutionists. They wanted to advanced the evolutionary cause, but that did not happen. The bigger picture here is that these specimens were well-preserved — so much so that many last meals can be determined. This is contrary to the slow, gradual fossilization beliefs prevalent today. What could cause such fossilization? Rapid burial. What would lead to the rapid burial of billions of things in fossils laid down by water, worldwide? The Genesis Flood is the best answer.

To read in more detail what was introduced here, click on "Fossil Food Finds Change Evolutionary Stories".

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Australian Aborigines and Dinosaurs

G'day ladies and Bruces. Educational systems utilize propaganda techniques quite effectively, so most of us can recite the dogmas in unison. The creed pertinent to this article is that dinosaurs became extinct about 65 million years ago. If you add the line about an asteroid impact causing the extinction, evolutionists who reject that concept may frown, but you'll be given a pat on the head and a food reward for your answer. Biblical creationists point out flaws in evolutionary doctrines, raise questions, and give evidence for recent creation — things Darwinian indoctrinators get on the prod when we present inconvenient evidence. This includes evidence from history, and possible modern sightings, of dinosaurs.

Australian aborigines have accounts of seeing dinosaurs in comparatively recent history
Credit: Pixabay / Gerd Altmann
Secularists get mighty angry when the controversial Angkor Wat stegosaurus carvings are discussed, and commence to doing hand waving because it threatens their paradigm. Similarly, the Australian aborigines have some interesting stories of various monsters. Some of these were clearly the stuff of legend, but others seem to have had a basis in history. Aborigines who have never seen fossils identified the critters based on legends handed down, and had some other startling things to say. The following article is from 1998, but still has some extremely interesting information that is not easily dismissed by intellectually honest folks. Evidence indicates that not only was the universe created, but this was far more recent than materialists want to accept.
The myths and legends of the Aboriginal people, including their accounts of the creation of the world, are known as the Dreamtime. Such stories feature monsters, of whom many are mythological. Others, however, may have reference to real creatures, the Aborigines even insisting on their past ‘flesh-and-blood’ existence. Some of them are reminiscent of animals regarded as prehistoric, which supposedly became extinct tens of thousands, or even millions of years ago.
Aborigines did not keep written records—their knowledge and traditions were passed orally from one generation to the next. Such oral traditions tend not to last more than a few hundred years without being distorted out of recognition. This would suggest that some of these animals may have still been living in Australia some two to three hundred years ago, or even more recently.
To read the rest of the article in its entirety, click on "Australia’s Aborigines … did they see dinosaurs?"

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Slow Sloths Have Amazing Traits

Many people know that sloths are slow-moving and sleep quite a bit, but there are some things about them that are surprisingly interesting. They also show how the Master Engineer designed them for energy efficiency and their unique lifestyles. Sloths can move fast if they have a mind to, like escaping a predator and such. Tremendous swimmers, too. Seems like the face has a smile, but it's up to you if it's cute, creepy, or something else.

Sloths are slow-moving and sleep quite a bit, but they also show how the Master Engineer designed them for energy efficiency and their unique lifestyles.

These critters are synonymous with laziness, but lazy folks are not designed for such energy conservation like the sloth. They spend most of their time in the trees, much of it hanging upside down, but they are designed so their internal organs are not distressed. Since they spend so much time being stationary, you could almost write letters on them. (Ambiguity humor there... stationary... letters... skip it.) Smaller creatures make their homes and live their lives on sloths. I reckon this animal is an example of our Creator's diversity on display, and maybe a bit of his sense of humor.
Bits of sunlight stream through the thick rainforest canopy, settling on a ball of fur clinging to a branch. Slowly, ever so slowly, the ball of fur uncurls, blinks once or twice, then slowly, ever so slowly, reaches for a nearby branch, and slowly, ever so slowly, begins munching. Several minutes later, it blinks and, slowly, closes its eyes to take its 17th nap of the day, not even 100 feet from where it woke up that morning.
This creature is of course the three-toed sloth, one of the slowest animals in the world. In fact its metabolic rate is 31% that of two-toed sloths, making it a slowpoke even among other sloth species.
To read the rest (you can take your time, there's no hurry), click on "Sloths: Slow on Purpose".