Han Kloosterman

20 Jul 2010

At George Howard's web site http://cosmictusk.com/guest-blog-a-catastrophist-manifesto-from-johan-bert-kloosterman/ ... this was originally written for an American Geophysical Union meeting at Acapulco in Mexico in May, 2007. It has already been mentioned on In the News, a couple of months ago, and I have posted it once again as it has accumulated an exchange of emails at the bottom of the article  which includes a discourse about Velikovsky. Kloosterman considers Velikovsky and his sources are good scholarship but apparently EP Grodine disagrees - accusing Velikovsky of plagiarism. It emerges he obtained this bit of info from our old pal Leroy, and possibly there is some material used but not source mentioned. I don't know. EP Grodine was once a regular on the Benny Peiser CCNeT newsletter and appears to have written a book that uses Native American legendary material to claim they witnessed major impact events - or catastrophes with a cosmic origin. He is apparently a friend of Leroy and has picked up his anti-Velikovsky point of views. Kloosterman, in the exchange, took exception to the accusation of plagiarism - and he did not appear to be too fond of Leroy either. Makes a lovely read.

Incidentally, Han Kloosterman gave a talk to the society at the Harlequin in Redhill a few years ago, a well attended meeting with a multitude of images and slides that were mostly not seen due to lack of time. He is also a well known character on the catastrophist scene, and was closely involved in Catastrophist Geology (all issues are incorporated on the 'Catastrophism CD' produced by Ian Tresman) - available on the Books for Sale page at this web site.

George Howard also comments on the WISE mission - see In the News on Sunday last. He claims NASA may be massaging the results as in March last year, six weeks into the WISE mission, that is was said 16 near earth objects had been identified, and these objects were in comet-like inclined orbits (making them comets or remnants of comets). They are dark comets as they reflect only minor amounts of the sunlight that falls on them - therefore invisible to normal telescopes. Many of these objects are steely tilted relative to the plane in which the planets and most asteroids orbit. This means telescopes searching for asteroids are probably missing many other objects with tilted orbits as they spend most of their time looking along the plane (see also David Sliges, New Scientist March 5th 2010).