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12 Jul 2017
One Half Of

Bill Napier, one half of Clube and Napier, is on the Tusk - see http://cosmictusk.com/open-letter-napier-joe-rogan-podcast/ ... with a letter he wrote as a result of a podcast between Graham Hancock and Randall Carson on one side and two mainstream scientists on the other side, Marc Defant and Michael Shermer. The Tusk has the podcast in full - in a video to view.

10 Jul 2017
Naxos

   You can see Naxos as a large island in the Cyclades. Presumably at some time this would have all been joined up to Greece itself but sea levels and seismic events have turned this into a lot of small islands. When this might have occurred is central to excavations now taking place at Stelida on Naxos. Tristan Carter and a team of 35 have been digging there for the last 3 years with some surprising results.

10 Jul 2017
Boiling the waters

Two posts at Tall Bloke's talk shop on July 9th 2017. The first one is at https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2017/07/09/the-real-cause-of-climate-cha... ... is by Roger shortly before going on holiday to France. It is a post at http://notrickszone.com/2017/07/08/surprise-2-recent-papers-show-sea-lev... ... which Roger commented on, to the effect he adds that solar magnetic variation on low level cloud cover is missing, the Svenmark effect.

10 Jul 2017
Expansion

Laurence Dixon sent in details of a Royal Society paper by GG Nyambuya of the Dept of Physcis at Bulawayo University. He begins by saying 100+ years ago Alfred Wegener claimed Eareth's continental plates receded from each other over the course of Earth's history - the theory of continental drift. He also said they were stilll in a state of motion relative to one another. In order to explain this Wegener came up with the possibility the earth must be expanding. In reality, he had no adequate explanation as to why the plates were moving apart or the energy source responsible.

9 Jul 2017
cycle 24

Solar cycle 24 has been relatively quiet for the last few weeks but a huge coronal hole has opened up over the last few days - see www.spaceweather.com July 11th. The weather is already warm. Is it about to get warmer over Europe and North America? An interesting post on this subject is at https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/07/05/the-solar-harbinger/ .. which is a guest post by David Archibald, one of the people who think a lack of sun spots is going to result in a cooling of the earth system.

8 Jul 2017
The Montem

Montem Mound is situated on the main A4 route through Slough, in a particularly busy spot overlooking a major junction. Many people stuck in their vehicles at the traffic lights must have wondered why this unremarkable heap of earth has remained undeveloped. The answer is that it is a scheduled monument - even though it has never been excavated (see https://historicengland.org.uk ). It is near the top of what was known as Salt Hill. This is where Eton College procured it's supplies of salt from traders coming down the A4 trunk road (as it was in previous centuries).

7 Jul 2017
8000ka (again)

At https://phys.org/print418470684.html ... sediment cores from Pine Island Bay in West Antarctica were collected by the British Antarctic Survey and an international team of scientists that used the German research vessel RV Polarstern. The findings are interesting as it has shown wind driven incursions of warm water forced the retreat of glaciers in the peninsular over the last 11,000 years. One has to take that statement at face value. Was it wind driven - or current driven? Or both.

6 Jul 2017
Pulsar Glitches

At https://phys.org/print418368262.html ... modeling upsets theory. A pulsar in a far away galaxy send out x-ray beams that pass earth every 1.37 seconds. Scientists originally thought it was a massive black hole - but it pulsed. Hence it is now designated as a pulsar. Is this all the difference between a hypothetical black hole and a pulsar?

6 Jul 2017
Pushing Back Origins

It seems the Out of Africa people are on the back foot once again. No doubt they will rebound but cracks are increasingly appearing in the idea that all modern humans have their origin in a movement out of Africa just 70,000 years ago. In fact, until recently it was thought to have occurred no earlier than 50,000 years ago - which became untenable, especially as Australian Aborigines appear to have been living in their landscape far at least that amount of time. At http://anthropology.net/2017/07/04/a-deeper-introgression-of-ancient-hum... ...

6 Jul 2017
Fake News

Fake News has been in the news in recent weeks as Trump has accused his critics in the media of not just telling porkies but of having a political agenda. In other words, Fake News is defined as news broadcast (and written) not to inform, as Joe Public might think news should be, but to educate the public towards a certain agenda. That agenda is of course opposed by Trump. In the UK we have a similar situation in our media, especially when it comes to the BBC. An example of this is at www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-40420910 ...