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21 Oct 2017

Robert sent in this link - go to ... Scientists claim to have mapped most of the tectonic plates, ancient and recent, which  they define as slabs of crust in the Mantle under Earth's surface geology. Modeling has invariably been used - but so too has some interesting field research. Some of these slabs, we are informed, sank into the Mantle at depths such as 10,000 miles. This is perhaps a guesstimate as it conforms to Plate Theory a bit too neatly.

21 Oct 2017

Laurence sent in this link - go to ...

20 Oct 2017
Volcanoes and Egypt

Gary sent in links to this story. So too did Jovan and William. See for example ... the claim is that distant volcanoes triggered environmental change in ancient Egypt leading to the fall of the Ptolemaic dynasty in 38BC. In other words, they are blaming volcanoes that coincided with civil unrest for such political changes as the end of Cleopatra and the beginnings of Roman controlled Egypt - which has to be taken with a pinch of salt. It is guesswork.

20 Oct 2017
Gates on Volcanoes

Gary also sent in this link - ... 400 stone structures have been found on the edge of volcanoes in Saudi Arabia - first spotted by Google Earth. Archaeologists have no idea why they were built, we are told ...

20 Oct 2017

Meanwhile, Scientific American asks - will Italy's supervolcano erupt soon?(sent in by Jovan) - go to .... this question  comes a few weeks after an 11 year old boy ventured on to an old volcano near Naples and fell into a fissure. His parents tried to pull him out but floor of the crater crumbled and they all died - watched by a younger child.

18 Oct 2017
Gold in 'them thar twinkles'

The BBC news teams were full of it on Monday (the 16th October) and on Five Live on Tuesday morning they got excited all over again. Newspapers were also in on the hype but the story in the Mail was buried a few pages back from Front Page in your face position. What got their knickers in a twist? Gold. Yes, the very mention of shed loads of gold appears to have got the media luvvies hyper ventillating at a crazy angle.

15 Oct 2017
Phantom Time Hypothesis

This is described at ... the Phantom Time Hypothesis was first published by Heribert Illig in 1991. It proposes a conspiracy by the Holy Roman emperor Otto III, Pope Sylvester II, and possibly the Byzantine emperor Constantine VII, in order to fabricate the anno domini dating system retrospectively, so that it placed them in the year 1000AD. It was, in effect, a re-write of history. Why? Did Otto want to be around at the turn of the millennium because he thought this was when Christ was going to return? May be.

15 Oct 2017
climate goings on

It is often depressing to read CAGW stuff but you are rarely far away from it especially in the media with its constant thump thump of doom and gloom, even when there is something positive to address. An example of the doom and gloom spreading more doomery can be found at -- which is Dr Tim Ball getting despondent about some upcoming lawsuits intended to shut him up and nobble the sceptical majority.

13 Oct 2017
Elbe Estuary

At ... apparently, mainstream hasn't been looking or thinking of Romans ensconced in the wetlands around the mouth of the Elbe River so it has been somewhat of a surprise to find a settlement there, from the Roman period right up to around 1000AD. At the latter date the site was abandoned - did it have anything to do with the tsunami wave that ran up the English Channel in 1014AD?

13 Oct 2017
Worse then Ponzi

Move over Ponzi - forget about Bernard Madoff. Ignore the Enron scam, and sniff at mortgage debt leading to bank collapse, one Judith Sloan thinks the Renewables Energy schemes adopted by politicos in Australia and Europe are worse than all of them - go to