Must Farm (again)

Must Farm has been the object of archaeological reports and news flashes for a number of years. It is back again - in the news (go to http://phys.org/print371810248.html ). It is the unusual fact that bronze age houses have been preserved, with most of their contents, that has captured the medias interest. Normally, archaeological sites it the UK are short on the fundamentals of life (especially the household).

Taming the Flood

We are told by the media and the environmentalist lobby, and ad libbed by politicos that should know better, that building on flood plains and climate change is responsible for ruining the lives and homes of thousands of our citizens over the last few years - but they conveniently forget the role of the environmentalists such as Friends of the Earth, the RSPB, and various others of dubious ilk.

Your electricity bill

The Verney family were big time landowners in Buckinghamshire in the 17th to 19th centuries. They had a railway station built in the middle of nowhere, on the skirts of their vast landholdings, which is now converted into a private house on a country road with no other houses around. This was Verney Junction, which for a time was the end point of the Metropolitan Railway out of London.

The Ideocene

Lovely turn of phrase - the Ideocene. At www.climatechange.com/welcome-to-a-new-geologic-era-the-ideaocene.html ... the BBC has been bleating recently about the Anthropocene - a new geological era which begins with the development of agriculture and accelerates at the point of industrialisation, the human mark on geological structures. I don't know if geological sediments will have cow pats in them but it is probable that fragments of plastic will be found and possibly even the fall-out of nuclear tests.

Greenhouse debunked

At http://notrickszone.com/2016/01/08/agw-theory-is-collapsed-japanese-scie... ... well I never - Peter Warlow is vindicated. CAGW is grossly over-estimated. A paper in Energy and Environment by Japanese scientist Kyhoji Kimoto is the latest serious scientific study to debunk the greenhouse effect - especially the idea of zero feedback. Like the others it will be ignored by the mass media so don't expect it to be mentioned by the BBC. 

big water

At https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2016/01/06/noah-and-the-flood/ ... sure to interest Velikovskians, even the Saturnists.

See also www.planetamnesia.com/toronto-conference/ ... where David Talbot will be speaking on 'Rituals of Remembering and Forgetting' and Jno Cook on 'The End of Catastrophism'

Tim Cullen has worked out one way of coming to terms with the longevity of some of the Biblical characters, especially the pre-Noah list of names. It involves changes in the axis of rotation.

Baffled

Baffles are found in exhaust systems to quieten the noise but in this context the baffled are the climate activists and they tend to make more and more noise. One can hardly believe that genuine scientists really do think that projecting a few years of warming into infinity is a realistic way to look at future trends - but they give every impression to the climate faithful that they do think their projections are honest and truthful and genuine science research.

dark matter and dinosaurs

Lisa Randall, a particle physicist, has written an interesting book with the title, 'Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs' (Ecco:2015) - see www.sciencenews.org/article/dark-matter-helped-destroy-dinosaurs-physici... ... it seems the dinosaur bit is an add-on, something to persuade people to look at her book, a colourful window on what she has to say as she goes on to suggest that dark matter could have been a trigger factor in the K/T event.

Thera tephra

At http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/tephra-from-thera-e... ... tephra from the Thera eruption during the Late Bronze Age has turned up at excavations at Tel -Al-Dafna, situated on the western bank of the Suez Canal. The site is a fort constructed in the time of Psammetich of dynasty 26 (7th century BC) but presumably the volcanic ash was laid down much earlier. It does illustrate that a tidal wave associated with the volcano generated a tsunami wave that penetrated far inland.

cycles

At https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/de-rops-long-term-lunar-cycle/ ... is about a paper by Willy de Rop of the Royal Observatory of Belgium and concerns the idea of an 1800 year tidal period caused by a lunar wobble. However, the author of the piece at Tall Bloke's Talk Shop, one Oldbrew, sees a link with the 60 year solar cycle. The solar cycle in turn peaks in temperature in the 1930s and the 1990s. Climate scientists do not like the 60 year cycle as it suggests so called global warming is cyclic - and ice melt and ice growth at the Poles is also cyclic.