Here is a scary take on the planet-as-capacitor; and a definitive
application being ignored by orthodox cosmologists. Students of sand
and saltation may also be piqued.
< They talk about a "rain" of ions on Europa and a "wind" of charged
particles from the sun. But moving charged particles are elsewhere
better known as an electrical current."
"Electrically active plasmas behave as though they were alive. They
self-organize into complex forms that twist and turn and change states.
They're mathematically messy. They're anarchic. But conceptually
"The theory of gravity is surprised by each new discovery of space
probes and space telescopes. Each surprise has to be patched with
another ad hoc excuse [usually blamed on "magnetism"]. EPP accounts for
the many surprising features of the cosmos with a single coherent
theory. It can often point to a lab demonstration or to a computer
simulation--or even to an ancient petroglyph! * -- that mimics the
newly discovered form. What EPP may lack in mathematical elegance is
more than made up for in generality.>
Massive dust storms on Mars have meteorologists scrambling for
explanations. Is it solar heating, or electricity, that powers these
storms in the near vacuum of the Martian atmosphere?
<...it appears that the dust is being jetted upwards rather than being
blown along the surface. This ... explains how dust is raised
efficiently many kilometers into the thin air and suspended for a time
electrostatically. The role of violent vortices on the leading edge of
dust storms is particularly clear ... examination should show that
these tornadoes** form preferentially on high points and the sharp
edges of craters or escarpments.>
[**c.f. Thornhill's electric tornado of solar filaments at
a frightening thought:
an electrical epoch
[* I'd never appreciated just how accurately the Tibetan dorje maps the
lines of magnetic field - until I saw it in the context of this
The application and associated prediction:
'Martian "Blueberries" in the Lab' -Mar 25, 2005-
Plasma physicist uses electric arcs to replicate the [previously]
mysterious spherules on the Red Planet.
Back in the concrete bunker:
The Berkeley high school kids say my new
'Humbolt State' t-shirt
["HUMBOLDT" in kelly on mustard yellow;
sans cannabis referents]
These ... most amazingly arrogant creatures
on the flat earth;
each demands their humiliation be accomplished with only the most
pointed spit, produced anew every time they have some cyclic
These mammals will bear watching... if not
corrective containment and coercive pruning.
The suggestion of a decadent corrupted ruling class seems elegantly
ideal for that purpose.____________________