El Nino fuzzy

At www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2015/9/5/temperature-questions.html ... the El Nino brewing in the Pacific is causing a lot of agitation amongst the CAGW faithful. Why an entirely natural cycle should get them in a lather is anyone's guess - but they are desperate for a sign from heaven that warming is actually taking place and is not a fiction generated on the public by hedge fund managers and their allies in the NGOs. It needs to break just before the Paris bean feast (climate change conference).


Brian Sherwood Jones forwarded this link www.press.uchicago.edu/books/HOC/index.html ... the first volume of the 'History of Cartography' was published in 1987 - and another three books were published over the next eleven years. On the web site (above) the University of Chicago Press presents the first 3 volumes in the series in pdf format - to download. Each chapter of each book is a separate pdf document.

Maps and map making are a perennial interest of both boys and girls. I like nothing more than pouring over an old map.


  At http://phys.org/print360320788.html ... it has been found that European domesticated pigs have far more genetic links to the wild European boar population than previously thought. Previously, scientists have treated the domesticated pig as if it was an isolated genome - once domesticated it did not mix with wild pigs. Now, it has been discovered there has been continuous gene flow in order to modify, over and over again.

Do you like walnuts

Do you like walnuts? They were a valuable trade commodity in the past, spreading out along the Silk Road, from  Persia to China in the east, and to Europe in the west - see http://phys.org/print360565821.html

Milankovitch and polar wander

At https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milutin_Milankovitch ... there is some surprising information about the man a lot of catastrophists regard as an arch villain of unifomitarianism, infamous for his exercise in mathematics that worked out the three cycles in the orbital history of the Ice Ages. In fact, keying in his name into your search engine reveals him to be an altogether interesting fellow that deserves a closer look.

Shigir idol


What is this supposed to represent? It is nine feet in length.

Is it the coma of a comet, or a plasma column, or a giant at the top of the world?

A wooden statue pulled out of a peat bog in the Urals has been dated to 11,000 years ago, according to German scientists that did the dating - see http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/n0379-revelations-on...

Dennis Cox

A good take on cosmic impacts and any kind of catastrophe can be found by going to https://cometstorm.wordpress.com/a-different-kind-of-climate-catastrophe/ ... Dennis Cox is an ex military man who expanded on his experience of the effects of bomb blasts to research into cosmic air blasts and has extensively used Google Earth to seek out geological oddities - and then got out his walking boots to go and investigate the anomalies on the ground. One of these oddities is the occurrence of ignimbrites. These are according to mainstream views  the result of lava outflows - or volcanism.

big holes in Yamal


At http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/n0302-startling-changes-... ... we have giant holes created when pingos erupted after filling with gas. The craters are found on the Yamal peninsular in northern Russia and indications are that not all of them were formed in the same way. They were first noticed last year and a variety of explanations have been offered. One if over 60m deep

Rhynie Man

At www.abdn.ac.uk/news/8083/ ... the Rhynie Man carries an axe of a type associated elsewhere with animal sacrifices. He also wears a hat or headdress and has a long poined nose, big teeth, and a pointie beard. He was found in 1978 in Aberdeenshire, a six foot high Pictish stone (and carving) - see here