Give Thanks for Our Rare Moon

first_imgOur moon is a rare treat, says a press release from Jet Propulsion Laboratory, based on findings from the Spitzer Space Telescope.  The telescope looked for indications of dust from collisions in other planetary disks thought to be the age of our solar system when our moon formed.  According to the leading theory, our moon formed from the collision of a Mars-sized body impacting the earth when our solar system was 30 million years old.  Only 5-10% of dust disks had telltale signs of dust from such collisions.    See also the story on New Scientist.  The moon is approaching full phase on the weekend Americans celebrate Thanksgiving.The claim is based on a controversial theory that invokes an extremely improbable collision (01/26/2007, 02/19/2007).   It is based on unverifiable dating assumptions (09/25/2007, 08/08/2006).  The theory has many problems and is not accepted by some geologists, including Harrison Schmidt, who walked on the moon during the Apollo 17 mission (11/04/2002).  Students of philosophy of science may want to examine this story as an example of an explanation so intertwined with theory, it is hard to know where the theory stops and the evidence begins.    While it is nice for astronomers to recognize our moon is special, we didn’t need their evolutionary assumptions.  The moon’s role in stabilizing earth’s axial tilt and tides is part of a large suite of evidences that show our home planet was designed for life.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ohio’s soybean farmers look to a bright future

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Reese and Dale MinyoWhile the current situation for soybeans is less than ideal, there was plenty of talk concerning the bright future ahead at the this week’s 2018 Ohio Soybean Industry Dinner.“Today is not a good situation with disappointing prices and Mother Nature has given us a tough fall to work with in many places. Basis levels are low futures prices are low, but we have to keep the outlook that we continue to be in a growing global demand industry,” said Jim Sutter, CEO of the U.S. Soybean Export Council who spoke at the event. “Soy demand has outstripped growth for corn and wheat for 20 years and will continue to do so. We’ve got some exciting market opportunities around the world outside of China. We’re trying to work in basic markets where we can continue to grow for the long term future and we are working very hard on our “What it takes” initiative to get our U.S. market share up to almost 100% in these non-China markets around the world. It helps that Brazil is focusing on selling their soybeans to China so we have the opportunity to sell our soybeans other places. I know that is not helping with the prices in the very short run, but I think in some months we will see more demand rolling in and then we’ll start to see prices moving to a higher level.”The much-discussed meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping also offers some reason for hope.“Farmers also have to watch closely on Nov. 29 when there is a dinner between President Trump and President Xi. I hate to hang too much on one dinner of two people, but they happen to be two very important people,” Sutter said. “I think they are going to talk about a lot of things relative to trade. Soybeans are the No. 1 ag commodity relative to trade that will be discussed. So, watch carefully what the outcome of that is.”In addition, the Ohio Soybean Council and Ohio Soybean Association recognized retiring board member farmer leaders in their organizations including: Allen Armstrong (who finished his term as OSA president), Adam Graham (OSA board member), Todd Hesterman (OSA board member), Cindy Parker Haring (OSA board member), and John Motter (OSC board member). Motter also was recognized as the first farmer from Ohio to ever serve as the chairman of the United Soybean Board. Former Ohio Farm Bureau executive vice president Jack Fisher was recognized with the OSC Outstanding Achievement Award. Jim Sutter, CEO of the U.S. Soybean Export Council Former Ohio Farm Bureau executive vice president Jack Fisher was recognized with the OSC Outstanding Achievement Award. Allen Armstrong finished his term as OSA president. Todd Hesterman, retiring OSA board member Adam Graham, retiring OSA board member Allen Armstrong finished his term as OSA president. John Motter was recognized as the first farmer from Ohio to ever serve as the chairman of the United Soybean Board. Kirk Merritt, Executive Director of the Ohio Soybean Council John Motter (right) was recognized as the first farmer from Ohio to ever serve as the chairman of the United Soybean Board. Steve Reinhard, OSC Chairmanlast_img read more

5 Ways An Overfocus on Frugality Can Cost Families Money

first_imgBy Carol ChurchFrugality can be a really, really good thing, as most of us know! Learning how to spend less money and save more can benefit families in the short and long term, allowing them to build an emergency fund, save for retirement, put away money for their children’s education, improve their homes, and much more. Plus, having the power to bring down spending can feel very powerful, giving families more freedom and “breathing room” and creating peace of mind. These issues may feel especially intense to military families.But have you ever known someone who got so focused on saving money that he or she made choices that were actually not so smart? It’s something to be wary of, especially in families where budgets have become unexpectedly tight, anxieties are high, or there might be a feeling of compulsion or control around money. Following are some examples of times when an overfocus on “frugality” or “bargains” can end up being financially foolish (or unwise in some other way). All of us who are interested in this topic need to keep an eye out for these tendencies.Skipping needed maintenance of home, car, or health. It’s not always cheap taking the car into get needed work done. It can be tempting just to ignore that strange spot on the ceiling. And nobody loves to go to the dentist! But when we put off routine maintenance, like annual physicals or checking the oil, or avoid calling a professional to handle a developing problem, we take a very real risk that a small cost will balloon into a huge and potentially catastrophic one. Ouch!Not valuing your own time. If you really want to save money, research is your friend, and so is comparison shopping. Deals are out there waiting to be had, whether we’re talking about groceries or a new TV. However, unless you truly and genuinely enjoy spending hours cutting out coupons, driving all over town (don’t forget about gas!), or searching the Internet for a price that is just slightly lower than the first one you found, it pays to remember that “time is money.” In fact, you might be able to spend that time doing something else that actually saves you or earns you more.Underinsuring…or not insuring at all. Figuring out the right deductible for your car insurance, home insurance, and health insurance (if you have the ability to choose) can be complicated and is worthy of its own post. But keep in mind that you definitely should to be able to pay whatever your deductible is out of pocket, without having to borrow– or you are “borrowing” trouble. Also, in the case of health insurance, remember that most of us will probably need to use that insurance—and shouldn’t spend a lot of energy trying not to. Also, don’t make the mistake of not purchasing renter’s insurance or life insurance.Cheaping out where you shouldn’t. If the cheap but important item you buy is going to break or wear out quickly such that you need to replace it, it wasn’t a bargain after all. Of course, some things can be bought inexpensively (especially when purchasing used) with no concern, but items that receive heavy or repeated use deserve careful consideration. In my personal experience, cheap shoes, particleboard furniture, and cheap appliances have all been a poor bet in the long run. Photospin/ Stuart MilesOver-couponing, over-saling, and over-Grouponing. Ever been unable to resist a Groupon or other special offer, then completely forgotten to use it? I have. Although you can actually get back the amount you paid in most cases, you may forget, and the “bargain” aspect is certainly gone. Other people who get so starry-eyed over coupons that they buy a product they don’t even like, or purchase an expensive item they would not have spent on “because it was such a good deal.” This is not a great idea, as most of us probably know in our hearts. If you find you have a tendency to get overexcited by deals in the heat of the moment, consider implementing a “cooling off period” where you wait at least a few hours, and preferably a day, to make that tempting “bargain” purchase.There’s no doubt that making careful choices and looking for good deals is often the right choice to help families save money and build savings. However, families may sometimes need to take a step back and consider the long-term wisdom of their decisions, especially when emotions or anxieties are running high. Good luck to you and the families you work with in making sound budgeting and spending choices.last_img read more