Ice on the Great Lakes

The Great Lakes are still frozen in places and according to my sister in law (in Toronto) they are responsible for cold winds currently hitting the metropolis and making summer a long time a-coming. Spoilt by a succession of mild winters the folk of NE N America have finally caught up with a cooling world. The polar vortex is still affecting the region - going by the amount of ice on the lakes. This is all down to unusual behaviour in the jet stream, according to Piers Corbyn, with a direct relationship with the Sun (and the solar wind impacting on the upper atmosphere).

Black Holes - clues on how they form?

This story is at http://phys.org/print318686699.html ... an explosion at the outer reaches of the universe provides clues, it is said, on how black holes form - but you might take this with a pinch of salt. At www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2014/05/surprising-discoveries-in-the-orio... ... which shos stars on the outskirts of clusters which appear to be older than the stars in the centre, differing from consensus views on star formation.

Clovis Man and Mammoth elephant

At http://craterhunter.wordpress.com/2014/05/10/mapping-clovis-man-vs-mammo... ... is a guest post by Steve Garcia who regularly comments at George Howard's web site, Cosmic Tusk. Garcia is very keen on the Younger Dryas Boundary Event and is keen to undermine one of its critics, Surovell. The latter has written or co-authored several major articles that attempted to debunk the YDB event (which Garcia considers as poor science). He therefore had a look at non-YDB articles that co-authored Surovell and found the one that he takes to pieces here.

Comets and the crowns of Egyptian queens

Gary Gilligan at www.gks.uk.com/comet-venus-velikovsky/ ... has some interesting images of what the link calls, 'comet like crowns' - have a look and make up your own mind. For example, an image of Ankhesamun clearly has a comet like crown on the back of Tutankhamun's throne. Whether the comet has anything to do with the planet Venus is a matter of personal taste I would suppose - but they do appear to be cometary in nature, a disc surrounded by cow horns and two tall plumes.

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 http://rogerhelmermep.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/The-energy-muddle-and-the... ... 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 www.archaeopress.com

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 http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/the-ellesmere-embarrassments/