Nudging the axis of rotation

Velikovsky, in his Epilogue to Worlds in Collision, page 367, speculates on what might cause the axis of rotation to tilt. He was trying to think up a mechanism to explain the Long Day of Joshua which probably had nothing to do with an axial shift. One idea, he suggested, was that the Earth might pass through a strong magnetic field at an angle to the Earth's magnetic axis.

Who's frightened their wallets might shrink?

An interesting post at ... although Helmer is now a UKIP MEP, this blog goes way back to when he was a Tory MEP (until central office rattled his windows). The politics are immaterial, only that Helmer is anti-wind turbines (unlike the three main parties). It seems a senior spokesman for the UK energy industry is worried about the Euro elections - and what that might mean for the subsidy gravy train.

Was Moses a dowser?

Velikovsky, in Stargazers and Gravediggers, page 249, mentions dowsing and the suggestion by some psychologists that it may be due to extra sensory perception. He then said that Moses struck a rock with a rod and caused water to flow - and therefore dowsing was a very ancient practise. Mainstream cannot explain how dowsing works - but it does (or rather, some people have the gift and other  don't, and there are lots of amateurs that dabble, but not too successfully).

Years without a Summer

Archaeopress, the publishers of the SIS Cambridge Conference Proceedings organised by Benny Peiser and featuring Euan MacKie, Duncan Steel, Amos Nur, and others, at just £18 per download (the printed version costs an arm and a leg, and part of the pelvis too) has another interesting download (again, at £18, a reasonable price as a book would fetch much more than that), The Years Without Summer; tracing AD 536 and its aftermath' Joel D Gunn (170 pages with maps, charts and line drawings) - go to

Ice bull dozers

Tim Cullen provides a tour of oddities on Ellesmere Island, to the NW of Greenland and abutting the Arctic Ocean, the world's tenth largest island - go to

Has the citadel stormed by David been found?

At .... an archaeologist in Israel, a bit of a controversial figure mentioned before, thinks he has found the citadel captured by King David on the conquest of Jebusite Jerusalem. He has also left his job with a spade and has set up an exhibition on the project aimed at tourists - and presumably is doing quite well. Hence, a bit of scepticism is in order. His enterprise is to be admired but is he entirely honest with his target audience.

Calculating the Ice Ages and modelling Plate Tectonics

At ... for May 5th, we have a couple of stories of interest. If there was not Plate Tectonics, we are informed, life may not have evolved. Astronomers at the Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics say also that if the Earth was smaller and less massive there would have been no tectonics - or continental drift, or any of the nice bits of uniformitarian consensus earth science. No way to build mountains, for example - assumed to be as a result of Plate Tectonics.

Piers Corbyn and Timo Niroma

The late Timo Niroma (of Finland) was a member of SIS for several years and an enthusiastic exponent of the Clube and Napier theory and the SIS Cambridge conferences on Bronze Age Destructions. His  web site contained some ideas drawn from SIS journals - but he also became somewhat of a climate sceptic with a specific interest in solar cycles.

Jesus and his wife

It didn't take long and now we have some backtracking - go to ... last week there was a post which included a piece on a papyrus fragment written in Coptic and containing a text which seemed to suggest Jesus had a wife - which stirred a few pots. Funny, most of those pots were secular - but there you are, a bit of sensationalism works wonders (even in those parts that are not tread with tender intent). This update claims it is not an authentic relic which contradicts the Harvard University people (and their press release).

Chauvet cave paintings

At ... another twist in the dating dispute over the paintings found in Chauvet cave in southern France. On one side the traditionalists, where it is supposed Palaeolithic art developed from crude to sophisticated, and it is possible to date the paintings simply by the style. They have had their nose out of joint recently as C14 dating has suggested the paintings may be somewhat older - a date of 40,000BC has even been suggested.