Catastrophism news

Alfred de Grazia is still buzzing - at 90 years and climbing.

The Quantavolution Conference in 2011 took place in October, in Athens (see www.qconference-athens-2011.grazian-archive.com ). Speakers included our very own Trevor Palmer, one of our favourite speakers, Mike Baillie, as well as Amanda Laoupi, Vladimir Rubtsov, and Flavio Barbeiro (who has contributed to SIS). Subjects ranged from doomsday cults, the 2300BC event, extraterrestrial impacts, Celtic myths and comets, plagues, advanced civilisations, sanskrit and ancient Greek gods in heaven with similarities to comets, and volcanic landscapes in the Mediterranean.

Timo Niroma

The catastrophist blog of Timo Niroma of Helsinki may have reached its conclusion. News is that he has recently died of cancer - so who might continue the good work in Finland? Timo is a former member of SIS and provided links from his web site to various articles in our journals. He was big on Clube and Napier at one time but more recently had turned to sun spots and 'coronal mass ejections' - see for instance http://personal.inet.fi/tiede/tilmari/sunspots.html which was expanded to page 7 by number. What happens to somebody's web site when they die - does it die as well?

Doomsaying and prophecies of End Times

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111103143255.htm ... as 2012 approaches the doomsayers and mongers of disaster are abroad and barking in the dark. On the 11th day of the 11th month of 2011 the New Age fraternity, it seems, or some of them, plan to celebrate receiving 'energies' in preparation for a transformation of consciousness on the winter solstice of 2012. What the connection between the two dates might be is left unsaid but some kind of catastrophic event for 2012 has been dreamed up in the minds of some people - the internet is awash with stories.

Who might be pressing the SIS button - comets and catastrophe

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100401101527.htm ... 13,000 years ago Earth may have been struck by multiple Tunguska sized cometary fragments over the course of about an hour, according to astronomer Bill Napier of the Cardiff University Astrobiology Centre. It led to the dramatic cooling of the Younger Dryas event. His paper, published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, has been out for over a year - but some people are just picking up on it.

A cold blast of air at the end of the Old Kingdom

At dear auntie, www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/egyptians/apocalypse_egypt_01.shtml there is an excellent and well thought out article on the collapse of Egypt at the end of dynasty 6. People have said that the very long reign of Pepi II led to infighting among his heirs and led to decentralisation but the author strongly disagrees with this argument and several others. Fekri Hassan says there were a series of low Nile floods and the Faiyum, a lake 65m deep, dried up in the process. This implies it evaporated.

perigee:zero

At www.perigeezero.org/treatise/index.htm there is an interesting catastrophist web site - or is it a blog. Once again it is the Taurid complex that gets the primary attention and Velikovsky's solar system changes are regarded as unlikely. The authors claim that over the last 60,000 years cosmic objects have impacted with earth in large numbers and have radically terraformed the face and environment of the earth. However, most of these events are not visible on the ground so it is proposed there was a preponderance of low angle entries.

Is the sky falling?

David Morrison, a NASA senior scientist, is well known as a sceptic of fringe science. In particular, he is disparaging of Velikovsky. As a result of this he is also highly critical of Clube and Napier too - claiming they derived their ideas from Velikovsky. That may well be so - they do have a remarkable amount of similarity. In 1997 David Morrison wrote a Book Review for an American publication - therefore outside my box. The story comes from a commenter on the Cosmic Tusk blog.

Leroy

Leroy is a bit late to the plate. He is currently pushing the Ravindra Godbole web site www.themeaningofvedas.com, something that SIS did some months ago (also featured on In the News). Actually, Leroy has provided something of a prod as the web site pages are actually the chapters of a book with the same name - and full of information. Cheers, Leroy. He may not be everybody's favourite bunnie but he does keep promoting the Clube and Napier hypothesis - when most people out there have forgotten all about it.

Gary Gilligan

Gary Gilligan informs an update to his web site, the subject aurorae and the Egyptian ram-headed god, Amun. He is often depicted as a human wearing distinctive plumed auroral headgear and Gary is of the opinion he represents Mars (or the god known as Mars to the Romans). Go to www.gks.uk.com/Ram-headed-Amun/ 

Cooking the atmosphere

There is another interesting post at Cosmic Tusk (http://cosmictusk.com) which dates back to April 2010, a guest blog by Rodney Chilton, a Canadian climate scientist and the author of 'Sudden Cold: An examination of the Younger Dryas cold reversal' - go to web site and look down RH menu for past posts, a number of which are archived. The titles you want come under Guest Blogs, one of which is by Rod Chilton. Click link.