Understanding the Formation of Snow

The eastern part of the US is getting slammed by a huge snow storm that may end up dropping record amounts of snow in a number of places. Some places have already gotten over a foot of snow from just this one series of storms. This is following a couple of winters of above normal snowfall in the northeast. Naturally, this sort of storm is definitely not predicted by the global warming theory, which actually predicts less than normal snowfalls. I predicted that global warming alarmists would scramble to find excuses for the continued weather patterns that go against their theory, and I said that their excuses would probably be funny. It seems that I was right. A number of alarmists are now claiming that the snowstorms and blizzards are being caused by hot air masses. This shows that they don’t understand the formation of snow, thus I’m explaining it in a basic way. At least I hope that it will be basic and understandable. Both rain and snow start out as condensation of moisture around dust and other particles in the atmosphere. When these become heavier than updrafts that keep them airborne, they fall. In the case of snow, the temperature in the cloud must either be below freezing, so the moisture can crystallize, or it must pass through masses of cold air that are below the freezing point of water, on the way to the ground. Even if the cloud is below freezing, the air below it must still Continue Reading →

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Setting Up An Amazon Affiliate Store

By now, people who have read the articles on my blogs at BlogJob might have noticed that at the bottom of each, there is a link to the Mountain Man’s Affiliate Store. It isn’t difficult to set up a store. You will first want to become an Amazon Affiliate and you must have an Amazon Affiliate disclosure statement on the main page of your blog to keep from violating terms. It is also helpful to know how Amazon is set up so you can later select the products you want to feature. Once you have this done, you are ready to set up the store. Go to the Affiliate page at Amazon: https://affiliate-program.amazon.com. You should be asked to log in. Do so and click the Sign In button. The next page is the Associates page. Across the top are six tabs and the third one is “aStore”. Click this. This takes you to the Manage your aStores page. On this page, click the button that says “Add an aStore”. Click this button. You are then asked for a tracking ID. This ID can be letters, numbers, dashes or underscores and can be up to 64 characters long. The tracking ID is used by Amazon each time something is purchased through your store so you can get credit for it. As an example, my tracking ID is insightandinfostore-20. This is simply because Insights and Information was my first BlogJob blog. You also don’t have to worry about the “-20” part, because Continue Reading →

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Why Raising Taxes Never Works and Lowering Them Always Does

The idea of taxing people for goods and services isn’t a new one. In fact, it is ancient. The Romans levied taxes and they weren’t the first. Taxes are mentioned in the bible and the practice was old when Jesus was born. And yet, as long as taxes have been around, there are still those people who still haven’t grasped the fact that continually increasing taxes has never led to a government making more money and that occasionally lowering taxes always has. To understand why this is true, we first need to understand what a tax is. The government, in and of itself, owns nothing. It produces nothing. Taxes are a way to take a percentage of the money that people who do own land and businesses and who do produce something, for the purpose of funding the government and those programs it deems as important, whether they are or not. Naturally, taxes are also used to pay members of the government who don’t work to produce anything. It is interesting to note that when the US first came into being, senators, congressmen and presidents all worked for a living and any pay that they received for their governmental  position was simply above and beyond what they made when they were working. Originally, politicians in the US government did not make their living by the income they received through taxes. The government of today is different, with the politicians making more than enough money from their cut of taxes to Continue Reading →

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Understanding What a Drought Is

A lot of people, and this includes the news media, seem to enjoy using the word, ‘drought’, without apparently understanding what a drought really is. Because of this, there is substantial misunderstanding of what is really going on. In turn, this misunderstanding has been used repeatedly by global warming alarmists to support some of their claims, though we all should know by now that those claims are false. It might be worthwhile to understand what a drought really is. At its simplest, a drought occurs when an area gets substantially less precipitation than the average precipitation. For the term to be valid, the average must be measured over 50-100 years or longer and the drought must last longer than a few years. The qualifiers are necessary, because nearly anyplace on earth could and occasionally does have a year or two of below average precipitation. They are just as apt to have a year or two of above normal precipitation. A couple of years of drier than normal conditions doesn’t make a drought, since it is impossible to say if the weather is merely an aberration or not. Many places can’t really use the term, either, since weather records haven’t been kept in those places for a long period of time. The best that can be done in those cases is to objectively extrapolate what the conditions most likely were in the past. This still seems pretty straight-forward. However, this isn’t how the word has been used in recent years. In Continue Reading →

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True Story – Crater Lake, Water and Teeth

Crater Lake National Park is a place of tremendous beauty. Lots of people like to go there for a visit. I was blessed with being able to grow up there, though I didn’t fully appreciate it until I moved away from the park. It was the only place I’d ever lived through the first dozen years of my life, so it was easy to take things for granted. There was a major problem with growing up at the park, though. It was one that people didn’t truly know about when I was very young, so nothing was done about it. It had to do with the water supply. You see, the stupendous clarity and sapphire blue color of the lake itself is primarily due to the purity of the water. Although the residents didn’t get their water from the lake, the same purity was present in the spring that the drinking water came from. Naturally, the water in the spring was frequently tested, to make sure that it was safe to drink. Time after time, the bacteria was almost absent from the water and the water tested consistently at 99.7% pure. It wouldn’t have been much purer if it had been distilled. That is the problem. People might wonder how drinking pure water was a problem. Well, as kids, we had a protein rich and balanced diet. Taking daily vitamins wasn’t believed to be necessary. As it turned out, it was a lot more important than anyone thought. The drinking water Continue Reading →

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A Closer Look at Comets

For thousands of years, one of the most fascinating objects observable in the night sky, and sometimes even in the daytime, has been comets. They have been believed to be the harbingers of disasters and signs of good luck. Regardless of how they’ve been perceived, they have been around far longer than man has been around to observe them. Comets still have a lot of mystery surrounding them, but the knowledge about them steadily grows. We do know that many of them orbit the sun, usually in eccentric ellipses. Some of them pass well closer to the sun than the orbit of Mercury, and many do not follow the line of the ecliptic, or the general plane on which the planets orbit the sun. As comets get closer to the sun, they produce tails from out gassing of frozen gas and dust. The tails can extend millions of miles from the core of the comet, called the Coma. An interesting to note fact is that because of the solar wind, or highly energized particles produced and ejected by the sun, and which flow into space, the tail of a comet always points away from the sun. This means that after it swings around the sun, the comet actually follows its tail. Comets can be short period or long period. Short period comets are those that make a complete orbit around the sun in a short period of time, though this is relative. The shortest period comet known is Enke, which Continue Reading →

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