Sunday, July 08, 2018

Kidney vs. Heart

Admittedly, there isn’t as much concrete archeological evidence to support the Book of Mormon, like the Bible.  While we can visit Jerusalem, there are no ruins or artifacts which say “Zarahemla was here”.  Also, we haven’t discovered the burials of Book of Mormon prophets like Nephi, Jacob, King Benjamin, King Mosiah, Alma the Younger, Helaman, Mormon or Moroni. Nevertheless, there are plenty of historical accuracies and consistencies.  These accuracies and consistencies are only recently being appreciated. But, for the tens of millions who believe in the Book of Mormon as scripture equal with, and in harmony with the Bible; our belief is based in revelation from God by the Holy Ghost. 

The Bible teaches that that the Holy Ghost would lead the believer into all truth. However, critics of the Book of Mormon commonly attack the LDS testimony as only miss-guided “good feeling in our hearts”. Critics of the Book or Mormon deny the testimony and witness of the Holy Ghost claiming the Bible condems the “heart of man”

Gen 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Proverbs 28:26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.

However, the Old Testament doesn't ascribe the same meaning to the vital organs as we do today or in the New Testament.  In modern times, appetites are assigned to the stomach, pure love and restraint to the heart, and thoughts are assigned to the brain. Despite our more advanced knowledge of anatomy and physiology, we know feelings are not actually generated by or emanate from the heart. The heart pumps blood.  But we ascribe feelings to the heart because many intense emotions are felt in the breast over the heart.

In contrast, the Old Testament actually assigns thoughts and imagination to the heart and not feelings (search: thoughts and heart). 

Deut 15:9 Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand;

1 Chron 8:9 And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.

Daniel 2:30 But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart.

The feelings of restraint and love in the Old Testament emanates from the kidneys or “reins”. In the Bible, the kidneys and not the heart are the seat of emotion and affection.  

Job 19:27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

Proverbs 23:16 Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.

Psalms 16:7 I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.

Psalm 73:21 Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.

Jer 12:2 Thou hast planted them, yea, they have taken root: they grow, yea, they bring forth fruit: thou art near in their mouth, and far from their reins.

Jer 11:20 But, O Lord of hosts, that judgest righteously, that triest the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee have I revealed my cause.

Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
10 I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Westinghouse Bankruptcy

The US Nuclear industry was about to experience a renaissance with a new safe passively cooled Westinghouse AP1000 reactor design.  All US nuclear reactors are the inherently unsafe GE Mark I built from the 1950-70’s.  The last US reactors where that Watts Bar and River Bend reactors started in the 1970’s and completed in the 1990’s.  Westinghouse got approval for 4 new reactors to be built in South Carolina and Georgia Plant.  Only several years into the job, the jobs were already over budget resulting in Westinghouse bankruptcy and the cancelation of the South Carolina reactors at VC Summer.  The plant Vogtle reactors are still under construction but some say only a few years away from cancellation as well. 

I am trying to understand with the issues behind the failures of this project.  This is a monumental failure with significant long-term economic impact on the US.  I don’t think I’ve heard much in the media about this issue. 

Christopher Hartz says the problem was with Shaw Nuclear Service having an inefficient process to make design changes.  Shaw Neclear Services is located in Lake Charles, LA and had to send changes to offices in Charlotte and Pittsburg. The NRC regulators were not located in Lake Charles and getting changes approved required sending plans to outside offices for approval. 

One of the issues in making sense of this is understanding all the subsidiary companies:
1. Shaw Nuclear Services
2. Shaw Modular Solutions
3. Stone and Webster
4. Chicago Bridge and Iron 
4. Westinghouse
5. Toshiba
6. Southern Company
7. Souhern Nuclear
8. Fluor
9. Bechtel

I am a bit suspicious of Christopher Hartz, a safety officer, and the NRC who might have purposely torpedoed the US nuclear industry. From what I understand, Westinghouse had initial approval for its reactor design but the NRC changed requirements requiring Shaw to change design and manufacturing midstream. This change in requirements I think created the problems with getting design and process changes approved.  Shaw and Westinghouse found it impossible to get plan modifications approved and signed off by PE’s.  Also Hartz was making a big issue about  Shaw not having inferior “nuclear welds”. 

Shaw Modular Solutions and Westinghouse were trying to set up a pre-fab operation where sections of the reactors were constructed in LA and then shipped to SC and GA for instillation. If the process had worked out, Shaw would be set up to build another 150+ reactors. Bechtel is now completing work on Plant Vogtle units 3 and 4 in Georgia. 

Mesoamerica vs. Heartland

Did John Taylor ot Joseph  Smith write Times and Seasons article.  The Oct 1, 1942 article is the critical. Word primt analysis says Jossph Smith did author all Stevens and Catherwood articles.  Word print says Joseph wrote all articles but my question is if there is a deviation with the Sept 15, 1942 and Oct 1, 1942 only and that if John Taylor authored and edited that edition. 

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Generating Light From Darkness

Heat can be transferred by conduction, convection, and radiation, and evaporation (phase change), and expansion.   This talk discusses the ability to cool a surface and water by being reflective at visible wavelengths and emmittimg light in the infrared wavelengths.  The emission of heat via thermal IR radiation was the secret the ancients used in the desert to produce ice in the desert at night.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Russell and Company

Samuel Russell headed the most important American trading company in China.  Russell and Co. trafficked spices and silks from China but also was heavily imvolved in the Opium trade between India and China and the resultant Opium Wars. Warren Delano, grandfather of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was a chief operating officer of the Company.  Robert Bennet and John Murray Forbes, relations to John Forbes Kerry, headed the company

William Huntington Russell, a cousin of Samuel Russell, founded the Skull and Bones society at Yale with Alphonso Taft. 

Alphonso Taft was co-founder of Skull and Bones and father of President and Chief Justice William Howard Taft