Monthly Archives: September 2009

Water on the Moon

The conventional wisdom was that there was no water on the moon until this week. Now scientists have confirmed that there is water on the moon:

ABC NEWS – Big Splash: How water on the Moon Was Found

NEW YORK TIMES- A Damp Moon Overhead, Sept 24, 2009

NATIONAL Geographic – Moon Water Found, Raises Questions about Origin Theory – July 9, 2008

Scientists have believed that the moon was created before the earth had water on it – but there is an interesting data source that teaches something different – Genesis 1! Genesis clearly teaches that water was created before the moon was created.

Water was created before the days of creation when God was just hovering around, and then on day 2 he messes with the water. It is not until day 4 that God makes the moon. Day 4 must have been a busy day, because God made the stars on that day too!

Now lets look at what scientists have thought about the origin of the moon. I am using the wikipedia article The Giant Impact Hypothesis as my primary source. The original theory was postulated by a man by the son of Charles Darwin (child #5) – George Darwin, in 1898. He thought that the earth once was a molten ocean of rock.  He believed that centrifugal forces spun off some molten rock billions of years ago.  In 1946, Reginald Daly of Harvard University, argued that the moon was more likely to have been created by massive impact rather than by just centrifugal force. This would have happened 4.53 billion years ago. The name of the hypothetical planet   that impacted the earth and created the moon is called Theia, named after the Greek Goddess who greek  myths teach us is the mother of the moon. Studying the moon rocks that were returned by the Apollo moon missions provided evidence that the earth and moon were created at about the same time (similar oxygen isotopes). The impact of Theia and the Earth  would have been hot enough and long enough for the building blocks of water, to completely vaporize.

It is nice that the moon has a lot of water on it, because water (h20) has hydrogen and oxygen it it. There is no longer any need to build a space pipeline along with the space elevator, since maybe we can convert the water into breathable oxygen, and the hydrogen into fuel!

By the way – To the Moon doesn’t  know how the moon was created because he wasn’t around at the time, but he knows the One who created it!

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Art Visionary Free Lecture in Philly

Fleisher forum with Lily Yeh

5:30–7:30 p.m., Friday, September 25, 2009

Join us on Friday, September 25th, to meet the visionary artist Lily Yeh.

Lily’s work has taken her to communities throughout the country and world. She was a professor of painting and art history at the University of the Arts from 1968 to 1998, and was founder and executive director of the Village of Arts and Humanities from 1968 to 2004. In 2004, Yeh left the Village to pursue her work internationally and founded a new nonprofit organization, Barefoot Artists, Inc., with the mission to bring art to impoverished communities throughout the world through participatory and multifaceted projects that foster community empowerment, improve the physical environment, promote economic development, and preserve indigenous art and culture.

Lily will discuss her recent projects, including the Rwanda Healing Project, the construction of the 1994 Genocide Memorial, the transformation of a survivor’s village in the Rugero district in West Rwanda, and the Dandelion School Transformation Project. The school is situated in a polluted industrial section on the outskirts of Beijing and serves the needs of 620 children of poor immigrant workers from 24 provinces.

This event is free and open to the public.

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National health care debate under Nixon

Nixon’s plan to make health care affordable for almost all Americans had 4 parts:

1. All employers are required to provide health insurance (and pay 75% of it) to their employees

2. Government aids to the working poor administered by private insurance (medicaid would be shut down)

3. Medicare premiums dropped (paid for by social security)

4. The self-employed would be able to buy cheaper health insurance by having insurance companies offer them group rates through insurance pools

Senator Edward Kennedy insisted that we really needed the federal government to insure every American, and the debate ended in a stale mate until President Clinton took it up again in the 1990s.

..and here is a speech that Nixon made on healthcare:

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