Piers Corbyn at www.weatheraction.com/pages/pv.asp?p=wact39 (News, January 4th) tells us that the stormy weather of December and the wild behaviour of the Jet Stream was associated with changes in electrical and magnetic activity above the stratosphere and in the ionosphere as a result of the solar wind of charged particles coming from the Sun.
At http://armenpress.am/eng/news/745086/summing-up-armenias-archaeological-... ... Karmir Blur, also known as Teishibaini, was the capital of Urartua, located near the modern city of Yerevan in Armenia. It was once the site of a Urartian fortification and administration centre with towered and buttressed walls and massive gates. The site of the city, palace, and citadel together measure over 110 acres.
At http://phys.org/print307703213.html ... the Quadrantids meteor shower is due in January - from the 1st to the 10th. The parent source is unknown - probably an extinct comet. This brings us round to Comet ISON, recently done to death on its orbit around the Sun. The remains of ISON could be in the vicinity of Earth in the second week of January. Comet ISON had a train of material flowing out from behind it that stretched thousands of miles - and it is this dust and debris that will become a meteor shower. What is left of the nucleus will remain a long way away - it is thought.
At www.haaretz.com/weekend/magazine/.premium-1.565559 ... there is a review by Dalia Karpel (Dec 28th, 2013) of a book on Velikovsky by Michael Gordin, a professor at Princetown who specialises in Russian history and the history of modern physical sciences, 'The Pseudo-Science Wars: Immanuel Velikovsky and the Birth of the Modern Fringe' University of Chicago Press:2012.
Lynn Rose and Bob Bass have recently died and now we have news that Halton Arp has also passed away. At the www.haltonarp.com/bio ... there is a short biography of his career. He was a professional astronomer and worked with Edwin Hubble, winning a couple of awards. He was a staff astronomer at Mt Palomar and Mt Wilson observatories for some 28 years and produced a catalogue of 'Peculiar Galaxies'. He found that quasars may not be all they are cracked up to be.
In January of 2013 co2 was at 395ppm, some 50 points higher than it was in 1985. However, in spite of rising co2 the Earth was losing energy to space at a higher rate, giving a lie to the greenhouse effect. See http://theinconvenientskeptic.com/2013/03/misunderstanding-of-the-global...
Global warming research ship in the firm grip of global warming sea ice - see www.joannenova.com.au/2013/12/antarctic-ice-swallows-boat-media-spin/
Velikovsky's 'Mankind in Amnesia' claimed that humans shut out facts they are not happy to dwell on and when it came to catastrophic events that involved large numbers of people being killed there was a kind of collective amnesia that set in, a desire not to court the nightmare of a world in upheaval.
At www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-25345754 ... we have a perfect example of the BBC way of reporting - grabbing soundbites from universities, organisations, NGOs, and charities, and adding a bit of extra umph to make the story more user friendly - depending on the age of the journalist. In this instance the latter was probably quite young as he had a fascination with the atrociites said to have been committed by Vikings, and especially those that involved the short and the curlies.
At www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2013/disease-and-trauma-wit... ... raises an interesting question. Collapse, as a result of catastrophism of some kind, whether it was tectonic or otherwise, and the shifting of the Indus river channels that left cities and towns stranded - or the complete drying up of one of those main river channels - how did it affect the survivors?