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23 Jan 2016
Warm november december

It seems the 2015 El Nino may be mostly responsible for the warmth of global weather in November and December. This is the line adopted by David Whitehouse at www.thegwpf.com/2015-global-temp-or-how-some-scientists-deliberately-mis... ... which is a rather nice title as CAGW people are fond of accusing sceptics who say heavy snow falls, like the current blizzard striking eastern N America, disprove global warming. It seems the sauce is good for the golden goose but not for the gander (Joe Public who finances it all).

23 Jan 2016
rodents

The Times, February 25th 2015, nearly a year ago, had a report on the Black Death - and Asian gerbils were said to be responsible. Between the winter of 1348 and the summer of 1349 the plague is said to have wiped out a quarter of England's population and half that of London. An estimated 50 million people in Europe died in such a short space of time that it makes you wonder if rodents could spread a disease that quickly. Mike Baillie in his book, 'New Light on the Black Death; the Cosmic Connection' had a different view.

23 Jan 2016
nest sites

At http://phys.org/print372582577.html ... we learn that nesting grounds of sauropod dinosaurs are quite astonishly preserved in some parts of the world, some sites covering many square miles. These form vast playgrounds to rear their young. At Jabaljur in India, and at Lemta Ghat for example eggs of giant crocodiles have also been found in these fossilised nesting sites. The nesting sites with crocodiles tend to be located in estuarine situations in what may indicate crocodiles and dinosaurs wee able to tolerate each other.

23 Jan 2016
coal

At http://phys.org/print372520223.html ... it seems that coal was formed 300 million years ago just as Pangea was in the process of coming together - or that is the current theory on offer in PNAS (January 2016). This contradicts a popular theory geologists seem to have taken a fancy to over the last few years and this is that coal was formed in the Carboniferous in a 60 million year gap between the appearance of forested landscapes and the evolution of wood eating microbes in between.

23 Jan 2016
Jomons in Ecuador

At https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2016/01/22/parting-pacific-pottery/ ... Tim Cullen is away on a new angle, similarities between Jomon pottery from Japan and the pottery of the Valdivia Culture in Ecuador, located on the Santa Elena peninsular. They appear to have arrived in the area around 5000 years ago - another long distance migration episode? Perhaps.

23 Jan 2016
footprints

Under a covering of mica rich sand and sediment there are a surprising number of footprints - in what had been a field near Tucson in Arizona - see http://westerndigs.org/oldest-human-footprints-in-the-southwest-discover... ... and they go back 2500 years. They appear to belong to a farming group, adults and children, and even their dogs, and they were perfectly preserved as a result of being covered by a layer of sediment brought down stream by a flash flood (a small creek is situated nearby).

23 Jan 2016
deluge

sticking to a watery theme, at https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2016/01/19/the-deluge/ ... Tim Cullen get to look at Noah and all that - and the fountains of the deep. What were they?

23 Jan 2016
Baikal

At https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/carbon-14-the-baikal-excursions/ ... this is an interesting read but not sure what to make of his train of thought. From the perspective of somebody highly sceptical of the Settled Science agenda Tim Cullen is always worth browsing. Lake Baikal in Siberia is 395 miles long and 49 miles wide - and is the deepest lake in the world at 1642m. Local legend is reputed to say the lake is not 25 million years of age, per mainstream, but was formed when a huge stone fell out of the sky that shook the Earth.

23 Jan 2016
appaloosa horses

A couple of years ago there was a TV documentary, 'True Appaloosas' about a journey by a New Zealand horse breeder, Scott Engstrom, when she was 66 years of age, to Kyrgistan after reading about a horse breed that closely resembled the Appaloosa breed. Modern Appaloosas are of course a modern breeding success but they seem to have an origin in horses bred by the Nez Perce tribe, famous for the long march to the Canadian border pursued by the US Army.

22 Jan 2016
atmospheric tides

Another one from www.sciencenews.org/article/atmospheric-tides-alter-rainfall-rate?tgt=nr ... the lunar gravitational pull increases rainfall when it is on the horizon but reduces rainfall when overhead or on the opposite of the Earth. The cause is the atmospheric equivalent of ocean tides - and the paper is published in Geophysical Research Letters (Jan 2016).

We are not of course referring to a lot of influence by atmospheric tides - and it would be difficult to notice, but the effect can be seen, they say.