Catastrophism news

536-45AD - volcanoes or cosmic debris?

At http://cosmictusk.com/6th-century-wasteland-secret-volcano-or-cosmic-interaction/ George Howard is adding the 6th century AD volcano or cosmic event to his web site - beginning with two articles which can be downloaded. The first is by Mike Baillie, Proposed Re-dating of the European ice core chronology by 7 years which counters arguments by Larsen and Briffa (the tree ring specialist that fiddled temperature data in Siberia).

Ice Age Graveyard

The Daily Telegraph (see www.telegraph.co.uk January 23rd) ... construction of a dam on a reservoir near Aspen high in the Colorado mountains, has led to the discovery, so far, of 600 bones preserved in sediment at the bottom of what was an Ice Age lake. Mastadon, bison, deer, and a ground sloth are among the remains, the bones still white and pieces of trees with bark still on the branches and leaves that have been preserved in an uncurled green condition.

Comets - impact and airburst events during the Holocene

There is a paper by Mike Baillie published in the Journal of Quaternary Science (2007) 22 (2) page 101-9 (see www.intscience.wiley.com and DOI:10.1002/jqs.1099) However, to download the full pdf article go to http://tsun.sscc.ru/hiwg/pabl/baillie_2007_jqs.pdf 'The case for significant numbers of extraterrestrial impacts through the Late Holocene', Mike Baillie, Dept of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queens University, Belfast.

Can the Earth Crust Slip?

This fascinating post can be found at http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2011/01/22/can-the-earth-crust-slip/ the blog of EM Smith, 'Musings from the Chiefio' and posted on January 22nd. He ponders for awhile on whether the crust of the earth might slip and therefore create 'Pole Shift' - presumably along the lines of Hapgood. He doesn't reach a conclusion, as he generally does not in any of his posts, but is instead thinking aloud - and thinking what many regard as impossible.

Civilisation Collapse

At http://thegwpf.org/science-news/2225-benny-peiser-climate-change-is-civilisation-collapse/ is an interesting piece worth reading that attacks the environmentalist idea of civilisation collapse as a result of human exploitation of old mother Gaia. Benny Peiser is of course a former prominent member of the SIS, contributing articles and organising one of the SIS Cambridge Conferences.

Lake Victoria (Australia)

At www.thunderbolts.info ... see the Forum section and a discussion of some of Peter Jupp's ideas (he is a member of SIS, and his DVDs are available via the SIS Sales or can be purchased directly from his web site www.ancientdestructions.com where short You Tube videos of them can be viewed online to give an idea of what the DVDs offer). In this instance the Forum is discussing the possibility that an Aboriginal gathering of peoples was destroyed by an auroral discharge (Wal Thornhill).

The YD boundary event splutters once again

The big news at http://cosmictusk.com this week is that a former critic of the YD boundary event has, out of nowhere, changed his mind - see Scribd paper available to download as a pdf document (5 pages). This turn around comes after Phil Cleays had said in a December 2009 paper (just 12 months ago) 'the geochemical story is finished; its over. There is nothing, no meteoritic signal.

Victor Clube at the 2010 Conference on Quantavolution

The talk is available for download from http://www.2010-q-conference.com/globalwarmingand/index.html ... the talk has the title, 'Global Warming and the Disallowed Protestant Calendar' but has nothing to do with the global warming debate at all except to point out that the warming trend out of the Little Ice Age is one thing and pollution as a result of industrialisation is a different issue.

Cosmic Fireworks

At http://cosmictusk.com there is suddenly a flurry of posts after a long period of inactivity - on meteorites and fireballs. For example, a fireball train in 1913 was recorded by a Canadian painter, Gustav Hahn. The story comes from www.thestar.com/article/819730 and continues by saying the meteorite train was seen right across the praire States to the Atlantic coast. They appeared to an observer as slow moving, a perfect formation.

The Fire Spitting Uraeus

Member Gary Gilligan whose web site is at www.gks.uk.com has added new information on a new page, and this time has concentrated on the fire spitting uraeus, protector of the red sun. This an opportune moment in fact as various media outlets have been depicting a previously unknown Egyptian female pharaoh that has come to light, picturing her crown which parallels those of Gary on his web site. Egyptologists  tend to pass over such things as crowns without comment - or the barest of sentences.