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17 Nov 2018
AD536

At https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6397621/Why-536-AD-worst... ... Why AD536 was the worst year ever. Ever and ever. A new report claims a mysterious fog blocked out the Sun and caused crop failures leading to famines - and this was absolutely the worst case of climate change in human history (or words to that effect). Mike Baillie was writing about the AD536 event in the 1990s and 2000s and mainstream didn't take much notice then and are unlikely to now - even though the magic words climate change have been attached to the event.

16 Nov 2018
Cobalt

So much of CAGW hype is hot air and pointless waffle. The idea we are going to switch to electric cars is one of the biggest of the lot. Any so called boom in electric car use is fantasy as it would require more cobalt than is currently available. Cobalt is essential for the production of lithium ion batteries. If there was a claimed uptick in demand and then market forces would come into operation and the price of the limited cobalt would rocket. The uptick is projected to occur as early as 2020 so we don't have long to wait - and that is without the rare earth minerals.

16 Nov 2018
Algol and Horus

In Open Astronomy we have an article with the title, 'Algol as Horus in the Cairo Calendar: the possible means and the motives of the observations' - go to https://phys.org/print461237367.html ... Basically, the authors claim a reference in the Cairo Calendar dated from 1163-44BC (it doesn't say how the date is calculated) has a series of observations which they claim is of the star Algol (which varies in brightness as a resulting of a binary formation).

16 Nov 2018
Enantiarmithines

At https://phys.org/print461316344.html ... fossil birds of the Cretaceous. We don't usually hear much about birds in the dinosaur era - not the size of crows or magpies (or even the size of turkeys). It seems there were several different kind of birds at large in the dinosaur era - but only one type of bird turns up after the K/T boundary event. The fossils in question come from a famous dinosaur site in Utah, in the Grand Staircase-Escalante area. However, what we have are the enantiarmithines.

16 Nov 2018
Plasma Instabilities

At http://spaceweather.com ... (November 14th, 2018). Radio lasers on Jupiter produced as a result of plasma instabilities - sounds almost like the EU. They are produced in the magnetosphere of Jupiter as a result of interaction with it's moon Io. In the normal course of events Jupiter's known radio emissions are weak by the time they reach the vicinity of the earth and only spacecraft in the vicinity of the planet can detect them.

12 Nov 2018
Mountain Building

At https://www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2016-05-11/arc-blast-part-1/ ... this subject popped up the other day in the study group meeting. I thought I would have a read - and the invitation is for anyone else to do the same. Make up your own mind. Andrew Hall chose electric processes around the poles to explain mountain building (or at least the pointy tops of mountains) which he says is decisive evidence of the EU theory.

12 Nov 2018
Origin of Water

Further to the post www.sis-group.org.uk/news/hydrogen-and-water.htm ... on November 11th we have an article in an Australian source on the subject - see https://cosmosmagazine.com/geoscience/geophysicists-propose-new-theory-t... ... which actually is the same story but in a more coherent form. They refer to a paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research:Planets by Steven Desch from Arizone State University (which is where this subject started out but was sidetracked by other theories, water from asteroids).

12 Nov 2018
More on Soft Tissue

It seems not everyone is satisfied by the new explanation of why soft dinosaur tissue would survive for 100 million years. Robert sent in a link at https://crev.info/2018/11/dino-soft-tissue-theory-toast/ ... where David Coppedge, an ex Cassini Mission scientist, presents the case for a Young Earth point of view on dinosaurs. This is the opposite angle to that in the research paper at Nature Communications (see earlier post on the subject on November 11th, yesterday).

11 Nov 2018
Volcanic co2

This story popped up at https://climatechangedispatch.com/massive-volcano-emissions-warming/ ... which was then picked up at https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2018/11/07/discovery-of-massive-volcanic... ... which claims previous measurements show that sub glacial volcanoes have been greatly underestimated in climate model, and by CAGW adherents in general, as a source of carbon dioxide emissions.

11 Nov 2018
1972 and All That

At http://spaceweather.com (November 9th 2018) ... we have a story about space weather during the Vietnam war.  In 1972 a giant sun spot let loose with a blast of solar wind (plasma) in a series of X-class flares which caused radio black outs on Earth. One plasma plume, or CME, travelled between the Sun and the Earth in just 14.6 hours. This is in contrast to recent movements that take two to three days. The resulting geometric shower sparked auroras so bright they cast shadows in countries as far south as Britain.