The Rare Fire Rainbow

I originally planned to do something that involved more writing on my part. The day just got away from me. So instead I present you a picture of a phenomenon called a “Fire Rainbow”.

I think it’s Rather lovely, don’t you?

I direct you to Discovery News for an article that includes the science.

Without clarity. So beautiful

A photo posted by Carole Rich Williams (@icrw70) on

Halter & Lead Dressage

I pick on Grand Prix riders for being hard on the bit. I did it yesterday, but this recent post by Eventing Nation proves that you don’t even need tack on a well trained horse.

I wish I could have been there to see these two old friends prove that you don’t need a harsh bit or hard hands to make a horse dance like this…

World Record Dressage Rides

Being honest, I completely jacked these videos from Horse Nation, where they were posted awhile ago. They’re lovely rides and worthy of the scores, but you don’t see enough rides like this with riders who don’t warf on the horses’ faces.

 

On Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a fallacy. It has no science that supports that dilution of a substance leads to health benefits. Nor can any ability of “like to cure like” be established in any study of merit on the subject.

This is why I was a little surprised when Doubtful News reported posted an article about the U.K.’s HHS (National Health Service) essentially hiding information about the dangers of Homeopathy and its ineffectuality. In fact, if read this blog post  by Guy Chapman you’ll see indications that the NHS is choosing to ignore evidence they have gathered concerning Homeopathy and is actively repressing it to avoid conflict!

And if that isn’t reason enough for you to avoid Homeopathy, I suggest reading what the Quackometer has to say on the subject. Not only is in effectual medicine, what little evidence they have appears to be rooted entirely in conformation bias. And there’s a monstrous lack of quality control, or even the contents of a package to contain the active ingredient, for something to be labeled a Homeopathic cure!

I have no problem believing that herbs can cure things, that we can find medicine in odd places, or that some things that are difficult to believe might potentially work… But when the science says “no” in such a resounding way you accept it. That’s what Science is for. It helps us sort and understand the world around us. It helps us to do the best to be as healthy as we can.

Science shouldn’t be neutered so a few individuals can make money on quackery.

Bigfoot Extravaganza

There’s been some Bigfoot news rolling down the pipes of late, so I thought I would put together something about the matter.

The Stories

Kitsu’s Thoughts

Cryptomundo reported the Umatilla howls on January 26th, and this was how I personally came into following the story. The Howls were originally reported by Oregon Live on the 20th. The howls started in November and range “from high-pitched screams to basso profundo roars” according to reporter Richard Cockie from Oregon Live. The sounds being attributed to bigfoot have also been corroborated according to stories by the discovery of a single track in the road (though as far as I can tell, no documentation of the track by way of photos or casting exists).

The recording has been made available online.

(AUDIO)

After giving the file a listen, I can’t help but feel like it is a screaming fox. Despite the statements by Sylvia Minthorn that “Foxes do sound creepy, but it’s not the same sound, not even close.” The screeching even started during fox breeding season.

Then we come to the ABC news coverage of the event…

Good Morning American should not have reported on it unless they could take it seriously. They didn’t even do their research, claiming shriek and roar recordings are a new thing, when they haven’t been new for some time. ABC shouldn’t have bothered.

So… Foxes in the mating season or Bigfoot? My money’s on Foxes.