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Rowan Dean is not a liar

May 13, 2019 - 10:18 -- Admin

Sky News, in the
persons of Rowan Dean, Rita Panahi and James Morrow, had a guest on their show,
whose name is David Burton and who was said to be an ‘astrometeorologist’. He
supposedly can predict the weather up to one thousand years in advance by the
position of the planets in the solar system and by the star Vega, which is 25
light years away1. I saw part of the ‘interview’ with him which was
sent to me. In that, Burton initially cast aspersions upon ‘Flannering’, presumably
meaning Tim Flannery, with whom Rowan Dean has a particular problem, to the
extent that he seems to like to ‘verbal’ him (i.e. attribute words to Flannery that
he did not say)2.

During this ‘discussion’,
Morrow asked Burton: “What is the science behind planets affecting droughts and
rainfall… [and] things light years away with this star Vega. How does this all
square up with how much it rains?”

Burton replied with a
word salad: “Well, it’s energy [what sort of energy?] points that line up at
certain degrees, and Jupiter’s the biggest planet [and] has the greatest
magnetic pull [it’s a dipole, like earth], so when other planets get in between
the earth and the sun; it’s quite complex actually; but the angles or matrix
causes heat and drought and rain and floods.”

Dean then asked: “So
you’re not talking about astrology as in the Virgos and all the rest?”

Burton: “No.”

Dean: “You’re saying
the physical bodies rotating [he means revolving] around the sun have a
magnetic pull?”

Burton: “Yes”.

Morrow: “And that sort
of pull that far away can actually do something to how much it rains here?”

Burton replied with
another word salad: “Well if you think about it, the sun…. all the planets
revolve around the sun in exact mathematical order, like Jupiter’s 11.86 years;
Saturn’s 29.45 years; Uranus is 84; Neptune 164 [might have something to do
with their distance from the sun] et cetera, et cetera. So they’re in a whole
system that pull [sic] in and out. Not only do they work in a declination, they
also work in aphelion and perihelion which is furthest away and closest. So, last
September, for example, when we had that heat wave in Europe, Mars was closest
to the earth [in late July actually] and also closest to the sun. So Mars is
one of the planets that increases more [sic] heat.”1

Panahi spent almost
all the time this conversation took place looking like a ventriloquist’s dummy
minus the ventriloquist.

David K. Burton was
born in New Zealand and travelled to Australia in 1978 to work as a mechanical fitter
in the mines in Western Australia, but after a couple of years he left that and
moved into marketing. He then moved into broking (he doesn’t say what type, but
it is presumably stock). He also does not state which company he worked for,
just that it was ‘Asian’4. At this time, he got into astrology and
he read books by W.D. Gann, an astrologer who supposedly used astrology,
astronomy and geometry to trade in stocks and commodities5. Given
the site at which Burton’s biography is located (i.e. School of Gann)4,
one would expect Gann to have made a significant amount of money from his
trading. However, Gann could not support his family by trading, but earned his
living by writing and selling instructional courses. Gann was a good promoter,
not a good stock or commodities trader5. It seems that Burton has
taken Gann’s techniques for promotion to heart, and he has found the perfect
gullible buffoons on which to exercise it.

The gullibility of these people on Sky News is extraordinary. Morrow asking Burton about the science behind his ‘assertions’ is supremely funny. Burton replies with a meaningless word salad and Morrow assumes it means something, and acquiesces. I was actually surprised at the supreme gullibility of Dean who asked if this was astrology, and when Burton replied ‘no’, Dean believed him. This This inability to distinguish science from pseudoscience is characteristic of Dean and simply demonstrates that he is so bereft of knowledge that the epithet ‘stupid’ beckons irresistibly.



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