Sunday, February 27, 2011

Cicero's complaint

        On Richard Hoagland's FB page, James Concannon posts a justified rant originally posted by 'Cicero' on 22nd August last year:

"Richard, what would you call a person who beat all those people out of their money, people who mailed money to you, in good faith, promised a year’s subscription, ...but left holding the bag when told something like:

“Something Very, VERY Important has come up and it is delaying the next newsletter coming out… but, “STAY TUNED!”

What would you call that type of person who would do that, Richard C. Hoagland?

You beat those people out of a lot of money, Richard C. Hoagland.

You beat me out of my money.

I’m still sore about it.
You USE people. You manipulate people. You make promises and then break them, with one of your most worn excuses – “something REELY important has come up and I’ve had to drop this whatever for a while, but I promise I’ll get back to you and “stay tuned, now!”… blaaahhhha!"

        'Cicero' is Tim Redd, just one of many victims of the Hoagland bait-and switch. He added:

"I’ve stayed in awareness of your “mission” for going on 25 years and have thought on occasion that you showed flashes of brilliance in your thinking, or in your ability to communicate a complex idea… but lately I have had to Re-Evaluate your whole trip and the conclusion I’ve come to is that going to the core of who you are - you are really little more than a Hustler and a Cult Leader™."

        It's really shameful that Hoagland failed to respond, either then or now (as far as we know—there is a possibility that he responded privately, of course.)

        The best we can hope for publicly, based on past performance, is a counter-accusation that Cicero is a paid disinformation agent. Which he is not, and neither am I.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Review of Hoagland on Coast to Coast AM, 17/18 February

        The official topic of C2C 2/17/11 was "Energy Grids," and the official guest was Englishman Hugh Newman, who had a book of that name to plug (full title "Earth Grids -- the Secret Patterns of Gaia's Sacred Sites".)

        It seems that Richard Hoagland was sending a blizzard of instant messaging to George Noory during Newman's first hour, claiming this topic as his territory. Stupidly, Noory impulsively allowed him on the air during the second hour (third of the entire show,) at which he very predictably drowned poor Hugh Newman in verbal diarrhea. It was the more shameful because Newman was giving us a relatively level-headed (albeit New Agey) account of the topic, and RCH took the topic and trashed it with pseudo-science. Here are two excerpts:

"These [megalithic] structures, to my thinking, the way I'm looking now at this physics, which has a tremendously venerable history, certainly in Russia, is the primary energy transfer in the universe. And the [electro-magnetic] stuff that we all think ... is primary is in fact secondary. So these things are transducers, these things are amplifiers—or if you want to use a really interesting term out of radio, they're transponders. What they do is they take in torsion energy—they amplify it—they re-radiate it, which has immediate and global effects ... and then they generate [electro-magnetism] as a kind of noisy side-effect. So when you see these shows, like Ghostbusters, the folks who look at megalithic monuments, or haunted hotels—they're detecting the after-effect of torsion as a secondary e/m thingy. And because Western physics has deliberately, by political intrigue à la the Intell Agencies, been kept in the dark regarding torsion, if you ask the average Russian physicist he's familiar with torsion. The average American guy will say "What? Is that the new bar down the street?"

So there's a real time-lag between the parts of the community—speaking now of science in general—as to how to properly analyze and interpret what you're measuring when you get in the field and measure.


My model is that what we're seeing in Egypt is being sparked, in part, by the amplifying effects of the Great Pyramid sitting right there just outside town, resonating with the changing background torsion field. And the model predicts there should be other interesting weirdnesses at nodal points—tetrahedral points."

        His "the model predicts..." at the end was a thoroughly dishonest piece of back-think, designed to give him a spurious "toldya!" when chaos erupted in the state senate in Madison, Wisconsin—120° of longitude (well, sort-of) from the Great Pyramid. Make no mistake, folks—his "model" predicts no such thing, and if you're a scientist you aren't allowed to predict something that's already happening.

        Here are the longitudes of the "weirdnesses" that have happened since 17th:

Tripoli, civil unrest - 13° 11' E
Benghazi, civil unrest - 20° 04' E
Yemen, civil unrest - 44° 12' E
Mali, stadium stampede - 8° 00' W
Philippines, Bulusan volcano - 124° 03' E
Christchurch NZ, 6.3 earthquake - 172° 37' E

        Not a single one at a so-called "tetrahedral point." Meanwhile, at the other tetrahedral longitude matching Giza and Madison, 151° E, not a lot was happening, weird or otherwise. It's almost all ocean, Richard. So if the "model" really did predict what he claimed, the model is hereby falsified.

        I had to laugh when Hoagland twice referred to the Russian work as well-founded and validated. Here's what the wikipedia article has to say, in part:

"The torsion field concept was conceived in the Soviet Union by a group of physicists in the 1980s. The group, led by Anatoly Akimov and Gennady Shipov, began the research as the state-sponsored Center for Nontraditional Technologies, but was disbanded in 1991 when their research was exposed as a fraud and an embezzlement of State funding..."

        His opinions are pure hot air, and it's a thousand pities that the producers of Coast to Coast are too ignorant to get the point.


        Launch of the shuttle Discovery is set for next Thursday. Keep an eye on the way it launches, and remember that Hoagland has stated that this will be the first 'post-Newtonian' mission. According to him, it will derive its energy from a hyperdimensional torsion field.


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Small comet defeats pseudoscientist

        On Coast to Coast AM last night, the "science [sic] adviser" Richard Hoagland stated that the comet Tempel 1 is an alien spaceship, a proposition that even the infinitely gullible George Noory refused to swallow.

        With a breathtaking lapse of logic, Hoagland first alleged that NASA had deliberately delayed releasing the images acquired by Stardust-NExT for seven hours in order to substitute doctored-up fakes, and then declared that the 7-hour-late images themselves proved that this object was artificial. His argument was as follows:

Look closely into the crater. You can see layers. But you can't make layers in zero-g.

        Who said anything about zero-g? Tempel 1's mass is 7.5 x 1013 kg—enough to create a micro gravitational field. Although certainly very small, Tempel 1's gravity was sufficient that some of the debris thrown out by the Deep Impact experiment fell back into the crater.

        Just as our own planet periodically passes through dust clouds, creating seasonal meteor displays like the Perseids and Geminids, so any comet is bound to pass through similar clouds, and inevitably some will adhere even in the very small gravity of Tempel 1. It does not stretch my imagination that dust might accumulate in layers, although I personally can't see Hoagland's "layers" any more than I could see his rivits [sic] holding Phobos together.

        Tempel looks just like a battered rock that's been around for billions of years. Fans of RCH should ask themselves if Tempel is:

a) An alien spaceship cunningly disguised to look like a rock, or
b) A rock.

        They might also ask themselves: Is Richard Hoagland:

a) A scientist, or
b) A showman

Monday, February 14, 2011

Who's right? Mike Bara or every professional astronomer?

The Moon has an apogee of 405,696 km and a perigee of 384,399 km.
At apogee it has an angular diameter of 29.3 minutes — at perigee, 34.1'

Earth has an aphelion of 152,098,232 km and a perihelion of 147,098,290 km.
At aphelion, the Sun has an angular diameter of 31.6' — at perihelion, 32.7'.

Here's a sort of ASCII-graphics visual aid:
29         30         31         32         33         34 minutes of arc

(I realize that this could go seriously adrift for readers with non-standard browser settings, or who are reading this on their wristwatches.)

         For almost half its orbit, toward the apogee end, the Moon is apparently smaller than the Sun. For about a third of its orbit, toward the perigee, it appears larger. For the rest of the time the angular diameters of the two bodies are essentially identical. More competent people than you and me have found that rather amazing.

         So what does that mean for solar eclipses? Well, that depends on whether you are A) a trained astronomer or otherwise educated and sane person, or B) Mike Bara.

         If you're in Group A, you would say that when the Moon is in the apogee half of its orbit, a solar eclipse cannot ever reach totality because the apparent size of the Moon ain't enough to mask the Sun. Instead you have the rather spectacular effect of an annular eclipse.

         If you're in Group B, however, you would disagree. You'd say that an annular eclipse happens when the Moon is near perigee.

         Since Mike Bara's automatic response to any criticism of his writings and lectures is "I never said that," the question has to be, "Did Mike Bara write the following on page 214 of The Choice, or didn't he?

"An annular eclipse means that the Moon and Sun are in perfect alignment, but the Sun is not totally blotted out because the Moon is a little too close to the Earth."

Friday, February 4, 2011

Mike Bara takes ad hominem debating to new heights

This dialog is such an outstanding example of Mike Bara's debating tactics that it deserves to be preserved here, in case he decides to delete it. It's from his blog comments.

February 3rd, 2011 @ 00:37

The recent conclusion of the WISE infra-red survey looks like extremely bad news for hyperdimensional physics. The massive extrasolar planet(s) required by the theory simply don’t exist. Bummer!

February 3rd, 2011 @ 04:59

Once again, you prove you don’t know your ass from a hole in the ground. Nor do you understand anything about the theory.

What’s it like to go through life with so much fear, bile and hated [sic] in your heart? It must be a bummer to be you. I’d have more sympathy, but you’re too pathetic to even feel sorry for. Hopefully you didn’t reproduce.

February 3rd, 2011 @ 17:59

Well, Mike, the insults were terrific fun, as usual. Now that you’ve got them off your chest, how about responding in rational terms?

Note: You wrote that at least one massive undiscovered planet is REQUIRED BY THE THEORY. Now that we know there’s no such planet, the theory is falsified. That’s science, Mike.

February 4th, 2011 @ 14:50

Once again DouchePat, all you prove is how little you know about everything, even the things you claim to read. The only thing that’s completed is the NEO survey. The WISE search hasn’t really even begun, will take years, and won’t even release its 1st snippett of data until April.

Why must you continue to prove how dumb you are publically? Does it give you some sexual pleasure to look like a fool in front of people? Oh, wait, that can’t be it. Nobody pays any attention to you anyway.

February 4th, 2011 @ 18:40

Key quote: “In early October 2010, after completing its prime science mission, the spacecraft ran out of the frozen coolant that keeps its instrumentation cold.”

Does that sound like a search that hasn’t even really begun?

February 4th, 2011 @ 20:59

Thank you again for publically demonstrating how much you don’t know about science, how you haven’t read the information on the website, and what an idiot you are.

Update 1:

George Benkel
February 5th, 2011 @ 00:56

I pay attention to Expat.

If you can’t handle Science, you could try Science Fiction. You’re really just doing that anyways.

February 5th, 2011 @ 01:27

That’s too bad, he’s an idiot.

February 8th, 2011 (suppressed)

Let's try a different topic. Speaking at the Alien Event in November 2009, you said "NASA always seems to want to land or launch when the stars are in favorable positions, at least according to their mythology."

In "Dark Mission," you precisely identify the 5 stars and 5 elevations which you consider "favorable."

How many Shuttle launches and landings qualify as favorable by these criteria?

Update 2:

February 16th, 2011 @ 02:12
Once again, I am vindicated and you look like the fool that you are

February 16th, 2011 (suppressed)

I guess some very slim possibility has been restored to your daft idea. But you have definitely not been vindicated in your assertion that WISE has not even begun.

...and, whaddya mean, "Once again"?

February 16th, 2011 @ 17:43 (suppressed)

“What Matese claims is that he sees an excess of comets coming from a particular place, which he attributes to the gravitational effects of a large planet in the Oort cloud. I have nothing against the idea, but I think the signal that he claims he sees is very subtle, and I’m not sure it’s statistically significant,”

–Dr Hal Levison, planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, COL

February 16th, 2011 @ 19:54

Yeah dumbass but what you claimed was that the study had been completed and no object had been found. All it took was a cursory reading of the article you cited to know that wasn’t true; all that had been done was that the images had been taken. The article you cited (but failed to understand) made it clear that SOME of the results would be available in April, not that all the results were “in,” as you claimed. If you knew anything about how these projects work you’d know it takes years and sometimes decades before all the results of the studies are known. Maybe if you had a clue about anything you would have known that and not made a fool of yourself yet again. But it seems to be the only thing you’re good at.

And of course, once I pointed that out by posting this new article, you do the usual debunker avoidance trick; instead of admitting you were just plain wrong (as I have proven you to be many times over) you change the subject and try to get me to defend something else. I’m sure you’d love it if I spent all my time responding to your idiocy, but I have better things to do with my energy than waste it on responding to a serial douchbag who can’t even be bothered to read a complete article before he starts attacking me. And please, before you go whining on your blog about how mean I am, you attacked me first. I was never anything but polite to you until you started accusing me and my associates of dishonesty.

“It’s no secret that a liar won’t believe anyone else” — Bono

February 18th, 2011 (suppressed)

02/16/11, Mike Bara: "I was never anything but polite to you until you started accusing me and my associates of dishonesty."

12/10/07, Mike Bara: "Face it, you lost. Go away."
12/21/07, Mike Bara: "bison breath ... ignoramus and\or liar"
01/03/08, Mike Bara: "a significant character disorder....I’d match wits with him, but he’s only half prepared."
01/07/08, Mike Bara: "You are irrational. Step away from the computer before you injure yourself. .... your continued demonstrations of your own stupidity ..."
02/23/08, Mike Bara: "your arrogance, stupidity and venality is quite obvious to everyone who reads anything you've already posted."
03/23/08, Mike Bara: "As if we needed more proof you are a complete idiot,"
04/20/08, Mike Bara: "More proof that you're an abject moron"
06/29/08, Mike Bara: "I'm not confused. You're a complete idiot."
07/26/08, Mike Bara: "all you prove here is what a fool you are "
12/21/08, Mike Bara: "how many more times must you be embarrassed in public before you give up?"
03/17/09, Mike Bara: "No, .... you blithering idiot, it wasn't a lie. You just never get tired of coming in here and revealing the depths of your idiocy, do you?"

etc. etc.

February 18th, 2011 (suppressed)

On Oct 15th, 2007 8:23 AM PDT Mike Bara: "Why is it those who are so frightened and threatened by the data we present never want to argue the data itself, but always try to attack us personally? Could it be because arguing the data is a losing proposition for you?"

I really don't think I've ever come across such an incompetent debater.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Hyperdimensional FAIL

This just in: WISE is all done.

        The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission ran out of LH2 last October, but was given a short non-cryogenic life-extension called NEOWISE. That, too, has now ended.

        Launched into polar orbit from Vandenburgh in December 2009, the telescope discovered 20 comets, more than 33,000 asteroids, and 134 near-Earth objects (NEOs.)

        It's the NEOs that interested—or at least, should have interested—Richard Hoagland, because the NEO that WISE didn't find is a specific requirement of his pet theory, Hyperdimensional Physics.

        Writing in chapter 2 of Dark Mission, Hoagland congratulated himself on spotting what he said was a linear relationship between the infrared emission of a planet (exactly the kind of emission WISE was looking for) and its angular momentum. He wrote:

When one graphs the total angular momentum of a set of objects, such as the radiating outer planets of this solar system (plus Earth and the sun) against the total amount of internal energy each object radiates to space, the results are striking [Fig 2.7].

        Well, figure 2.7 is reproduced below and it doesn't show what he says it shows. The y-axis is not the total energy each object radiates, but its specific luminosity—in other words, luminosity per unit mass. Likewise the x-axis is not total angular momentum but also angular momentum per unit mass.

The diagram is taken from The New Solar System by Sky Publishing. Undeterred as ever by copyright ownership, Hoagland slaps a © 1998 The Enterprise Mission on it. In fact, the diagram was created as long ago as 1990. Some 30 additional moons have been discovered since then, rendering the whole exercise moot.

        Hoagland apparently doesn't notice that his diagram doesn't show what he says it does, as he blunders on worrying about why the Sun isn't on the same straight line as the five planets. If the hyperdimensional model is correct, he writes, it ought to be. He continues:

The obvious answer to this dilemma is that that the hyperdimensional model is simply wrong. The less obvious conclusion is that we're missing something—like additional planets.
So the first implicit prediction of the hyperdimensional model was that eventually, observatories would find one massive planet in a prograde orbit, or two smaller solar system members in retrograde orbits.

        Well, "eventually" means RIGHT NOW, because if these massive planets existed at all, WISE would have found them. According to its wikipedia page, WISE could have detected a Jupiter-sized planet up to a light-year from the Sun. The 134 NEOs it did detect were assuredly not candidates for bashing Hoagland's Fig. 2.7 into line. They were all classified as asteroids or comets; Pluto-sized or smaller. So we're left with what he called "the obvious answer"—the hyperdimensional model is simply wrong.

        Take this together with the fact that none of the things Hoagland says are at 19.5° latitude actually are at that latitude, and it sure looks like thumbs down for HD physics.

        OH NO!!! First the so-called Ritual Alignment Model is falsified, and now this. Where next for Hoagland & Bara?