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10 May 2011
Jet Stream ... pictures of a sky serpent?

At www.gks.uk.com/Apophis-Apep-Serpent/ there are some new images. Scroll down to near the bottom and you will see photographs of the Jet Stream overhead from a variety of locations. As such, these were pictures taken in modern situations but what might the jet stream have looked like in enhanced atmospheric conditions. For example, one picture shows an ash cloud from a volcano drifing into the jet stream and darkening it. What might happen during a catastrophic episode?

10 May 2011
Alternative sky serpents

Alternative sky serpents include enhanced aurorae (as advocated by Rens van der Sliujs on www.mythopedia.com ) or comets (Clube and Napier used this idea in the title of their book, The Cosmic Serpent, Faber and Faber:1982). Whereas the jet streams are associated with atmospheric phenomena (storms, weather patterns that stick, heavy persistent rainfall etc) and aurorae are visual and sometimes viewed with awe and wonder.

10 May 2011
Doomsaying

Doomsaying is a noteable feature of the medical world - report after report telling us for instance that cholesterol was a bad thing as it clogs up arteries and results in heart attacks. However, in recent months we have just got used to the idea that there is good cholesterol and bad cholesterol - and we must not eat this or that, especially certain kinds of fats. Now we have news that bad cholesterol might not be so bad after all - and is an essential of a healthy life (see www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110505142730.htm ). 

10 May 2011
Tree rings and El Ninos

Tree rings, including bristlecone pines, have been used by climate scientists as a useful took, claiming they show past temperatures. Mike Baillie, a dendrochronologist begs to differ - he has publically said they do not (and others have periodically pointed out that tree rings are affected by a variety of factors, such as precipitation rates, and where individual trees might be situated - within a forest and surrounded by aged trees, or in an open position without any competition) - and so on.

8 May 2011
The Gulf of Mexico in 1600BC

This is a bit of a fanciful story but is based on a series of hard facts - interspersed with some speculation. For starters the date is significant, closely following the 1628-5BC low growth tree ring event - but what was happening in the Gulf of Mexico? At www.examiner.com/architecture-design-in-national/was-there-an-ancient-lo... there is a four page article that begins by saying that around 1600BC  there were many unexplained cultural changes in the basin of the Gulf of Mexico.

7 May 2011
Japanese lingual origins

An article in the New York Times (see www.nytimes.com/2011/05/04/world/asia/04/language.html ) reports on research into Japanese language origins, tracing it the arrival of wet rice farmer around 400BC via Korea. They are known as the Yayoi but the actual route of immigration is a bit of a puzzle as they would first have had to colonise the relatively cold climate of Korea before moving south into Japan.

7 May 2011
Cosmic Magnetic Fields

At www.physorg.com/print223562554.html is a story derived from Universe Today, on cosmic scale magnetic fields

 

 

It notes that astronomers tend to button up when such large magnetic fields are mentioned - and generally ignore their presence. Reason? Lack of an explanation.

7 May 2011
Update on Comet Elenin

NASA (see www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2011-135?cid=release_2011-135 ) has issued a news release on Comet Elenin - and its progress from the outer reaches of space on its journey towards the inner solar system. It is now 170 million miles away and so far it has been a bit of a wimp - according to NASA spokesman Don Yeomans. Even at its closest point observers may require the use of binoculars - and a clear sky. However, we have until October 16th for things to change - when it will be 22 million miles away.

7 May 2011
The Meaning of Vedas

At www.themeaningofvedas.com is a web site set up by Ravindra Godbole after he wrote a book with the same name. This is excellent and falls perfectly into the Taurid complex story as outlined several years ago by Clube and Napier and it is recommended members visit the site and look at what he has to say. It is also just what is required to move the catastrophist agenda forwards as it involves Indian research and scholarship. What we now require is a Chinese uptake of the same theme to see what might emerge.

1 May 2011
Looking for Sodom

This is the title of an article at http://popular-archaeology.com/issue-printer/april-2011 .... looking for the Biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, the cities of the Plain that were destroyed by God, have proved to be a little elusive. It seems that excavations in progress at the moment may be a little promising - but don't hold your breath. Previously, archaeologists have focussed on the region to the SE of the Dead Sea where a narrow alluvial plain is situated. Not exactly the kind of Plain envisaged in the Biblical text, too small perhaps.