So this might be my most bizarre post yet but my ego is not really involved in this since I can just blame it all on people much smarter than me.
"The most reasonable mechanism for planetary expansion, in my opinion, involves fluid-sink views of gravity which involves the collection (not the spontaneous generation) of ultra-mundane matter at the cores of astronomical bodies." -- Dennis D. McCarthy, geoscientist, October 2003
"There is no known physical principle, no known physics law, no known physics theory, and no known physics equation which remotely suggests that planets and stars cannot gain mass via collection of sub-sub-sub atomic particles. None. There is no violating regarding known laws of physics. Indeed, the Earth does gain some mass (a small amount) due to being pelted with solar wind, neutrinos, etc. Does this change all of physics? It does not change or alter basic physics -- or even modern physics. It merely reinterprets the equations of general relativity. It is consistent with mass conservation and energy conservation. I really can't state this any more simply." -- Dennis D. McCarthy, geoscientist, October 2003
This model specifically predicts the spiral shape of galaxies which is a failing of mainstream views of gravity.
Ether is actually quite mainstream: "With regards to the general theory of relativity, space cannot be imagined without ether." -- Albert Einstein, physicist, 1920
And, as Anaconda notes, every 8 minutes we have an electromagnetic "flux" transfer event.
Magnetic Portals Connect Sun and EarthNope no mass there.
Oct. 30, 2008: During the time it takes you to read this article, something will happen high overhead that until recently many scientists didn't believe in. A magnetic portal will open, linking Earth to the sun 93 million miles away. Tons of high-energy particles may flow through the opening before it closes again, around the time you reach the end of the page.
Le, et al., The Magnetic and Plasma Structure of Flux Transfer Events, Journal of Geophysical Research, Volume 104, Number A1, Pages 233–245, 1999
Visser, M., Acoustic Black Holes: Horizons, Ergospheres, and Hawking Radiation, Classical and Quantum Gravity, Volume 15, Pages 1767-1791, Jun 1998
Volovik, G.E., Induced Gravity in Superfluid 3He, Journal of Low Temperature Physics, Volume 113, Numbers 5-6, Dec 1998
Barcelo, C., et al., Analogue Gravity from Bose-Einstein Condensates, Classical and Quantum Gravity, Volume 18, Pages 1137-1156, Mar 2001
Visser, M., et al., Analogue Models of and for Gravity, General Relativity and Gravity, Volume 34, Pages 1719-1734, 2002
Jacobson, T.A., and Parentani, R., An ECHO of Black Holes, Scientific American, Pages 69-75, 2005
Thornhill, W., Electric Earthquakes, Dec 2005
"Many strange phenomena precede large earthquakes. Some of them have been reported for centuries, even millennia. The list is long and diverse: bulging of the Earth's surface, changing well water levels, ground-hugging fog, low frequency electromagnetic emission, earthquake lights from ridges and mountain tops, magnetic field anomalies up to 0.5% of the Earth's dipole field, temperature anomalies by several degrees over wide areas as seen in satellite images, changes in the plasma density of the ionosphere, and strange animal behavior. Because it seems nearly impossible to imagine that such diverse phenomena could have a common physical cause, there is great confusion and even greater controversy." (Freund 2003)Barcelo, C., et al., Analogue Gravity, Living Reviews In Relativity, Dec 2005
"Based on the reported laboratory results of electrical measurements, no mechanism seemed to exist that could account for the generation of those large currents in the Earth's crust, which are needed to explain the strong EM signals and magnetic anomalies that have been documented before some earthquakes. Unfortunately, when a set of observations cannot be explained within the framework of existing knowledge, the tendency is not to believe the observation. Therefore, a general malaise has taken root in the geophysical community when it comes to the many reported non-seismic and non-geodesic pre-earthquake phenomena. There seems to be no bona fide physical process by which electric currents of sufficient magnitude could be generated in crustal rocks." (Freund 2003)
Thornhill, W., Electric Gravity In An Electric Universe, Aug 2008
Einstein in his special theory of relativity postulated there was no medium, called the ‘aether.’ But Maxwell’s theory of electromagnetism requires it. And Sir Oliver Lodge saw the aether as crucial to our understanding. So Einstein, at a stroke, removed any possibility that he, or his followers, would find a link between electromagnetism and gravity. It served the egos of his followers to consecrate Einstein’s ideas and treat dissent as blasphemy. “Sometimes a concept is baffling not because it is profound but because it's wrong.”[9,10]Bryner, J., Strange Portal Connects Earth to Sun, Live Science, Nov 2008
Decades later, Paul R. Heyl wrote in Scientific Monthly, May 1954:
“The more we study gravitation, the more there grows upon us the feeling that there is something peculiarly fundamental about this phenomenon to a degree that is unequalled among other natural phenomena. Its independence of the factors that affect other phenomena and its dependence only upon mass and distance suggest that its roots avoid things superficial and go down deep into the unseen, to the very essence of matter and space.” —Gravitation: Still A Mystery.
This sentiment has been echoed down to the present but few are listening. The problem has been worsened by the particle physicists who indulge in their own virtual reality — inventing “virtual particles” to transmit forces. If they “could understand the structure of the particle, in terms of the medium of which it is composed” and put flesh on the metaphysical bones of quantum theory we should be much further advanced. Sir Oliver Lodge deserves to be heard once more:
“..it may be that when the structure of an electron is understood, we shall see that an ‘even-powered’ stress in the surrounding aether is necessarily involved. What I do feel instinctively is that this is the direction for discovery, and what is needed is something internal and intrinsic, and that all attempts to explain gravitation as due to the action of some external agency, whether flying particles or impinging waves, are doomed to failure; for all these speculations regard the atom as a foreign substance -- a sort of ‘grit’ in the aether -- driven hither and thither by forces alien to itself. When, some day, we understand the real relation between matter and aether, I venture predict that we shall perceive something more satisfying than that.”
Also see: Sansbury, R., PlasmaCosmology.Net