Earthquake science, and the disaster that created it

by 1389 on June 22, 2014

in 1389 (blog admin), geology

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Published on Jun 13, 2012 by SciShow
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1 lwesson June 22, 2014 at 9:53 am

I tried to listen to this. 😕 He might as well speak in French and likely he would think highly of himself if he did. Metric posters are a very smug crowd and this fellow would fit in nicely. What country is he speaking to? Maybe Canada, which was FORCED to slather French on everything, and to add insult to injury, had their English Measurements upended to complete the punishment. I have yet to meet an English Canadian that smiles over this.

The poor Metric zealots have such limited tools, and measurement is really a tool. Meters? Call them Yards, and even here Yards work poorly in defining height. If they worked well, then they would have been used, say in aircraft height or construction. So much can go on within a Yard in flying, so a Foot was chosen, pulled out of the tool chest. It is an international standard. Case in point, the South Korean airliner that was about a foot too low in landing. A Yard too low would have been, really bad. The unit is simply too big.

And on and on, Mister Science guy talks to me about square kilometers. Ok, that is fine in say Germany, France… but I am trying to crunch out a translation as to the size, and he is off on another subject about The Alaskan 1964 Earthquake. This is a communication problem. It is akin to talking to someone who tosses out $100 dollar words that are seldom used. The listener then is on a tangent to dissect the word, and stops listening! And usually such a Word Bomb Thrower, does this willfully, to show sophistication, to dominate intellectually in image his position. Bad manners old bean.

I will replay this when I do not have a headache, or maybe after some wine, ah French wine. A pint should do nicely. 😉

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