My name is Joseph E Postma and I am the owner and author of this domain. I have a Masters Degree in Astrophysics which I received in 2007, and my graduate thesis can be found here (or here) and is titled “The observation and analysis of the Cepheid SZ Tauri”.
In this research I discovered a new observable phenomenon in the behavior of Cepheid stellar pulsation. Most observation programs for Cepheids are carried out over a period of years, and the frequency of observation is generally much less than one observation per cycle of pulsation. While this allows for a very accurate determination of the average period of pulsation, it averages-out and smooths over any real-time structure in the pulsations themselves. What I had was several hundred observations of the pulsation over only 3 or 4 cycles, and this allowed me to observe that different radiating layers of the stellar photosphere were each pulsating at slightly different times relative to each other, rather than the whole envelope pulsating in unison. Recognizing this fact explains where the accuracy limitation arises for standard-candle distance measurements, and would provide for a way to standardize and improve such measurements for Cepheids. In other words, we might be able to use Cepheids to gauge distances in space to better accuracy if this work was continued and developed further. The timings of the delays between each radiating layer’s pulsation, which I named “Epoch Lagging”, also provides a direct probe into the depth of the stellar atmosphere itself, which has relevance for stellar astrophysics.
I got interested in the climate science debate because I used to believe in anthropogenic global warming and climate change. I naturally enjoy debate and independent learning and so I wanted to understand the science of global warming, so that I could communicate and debate against “deniers” more knowledgeably. However, I experienced one of the greatest shocks and re-evaluations of my world-view when I discovered that the science which underlies global warming and anthropogenic climate change isn’t good science at all, but it is better described merely as the appearance of doing science. Ultimately, I have scientifically concluded that global warming is an invented scheme for political control via manufactured politics using manufactured science, blaming everything on carbon dioxide which is actually the greenest and most environmentally-friendly gas there is. My research on climate (pseudo) science has actually uncovered a very humorous irony: the true “deniers” and “flat earthers” in the climate change debate are the people who believe in the greenhouse effect! They’re the people who deny that the climate changes naturally without humans, and that it changes at rates and magnitudes far greater than we are experiencing in modern times! This has all been proven scientifically and all of the science actually proves that modern changes are rather benign and unimportant, but the alarmist and greenie ideologues continue to deny the science, and they have billions of dollars of charity money from oil companies and environmental organizations to continue to publicize their political reinterpretation (i.e. invention) of the actual scientific results.