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3 Apr 2021
Redating the Plague

At www.smithsonianmag.com/history/did-black-death-rampage-across-world-more... ... which is a thesis by Monica Green published as 'The Four Black Deaths' in the American Historical Review in December of 2020. It basically re-writes the history of the black death by assuming it conformed to ordinay disease patterns. The basic claim is that it was not an extraordinary event and did not just suddenly emerge out of nowhere and wipe out a large portion of the developed world, at that time.

1 Apr 2021
Genetics in South America

At https://phys.org/news/2021-03-australasian-genetic-wider-south-america.html ... Australasian genetic influence was widespread in South America, much more than previously thought. That is the claim. Not only is it apparent in the Amazon rainforest zone but has been discerned across a wide spectrum of South America, including Patagonia for example. These peoples early on inhabited both South Asia [including India] and probably SE Asia as well as the Melanisian islands [such as the Solomons], New Guinea and Australia. How did they get to the Americas?

1 Apr 2021
Comet Borisov

Comet 21/Borisov, an interstellar object it is thought, is uniquely pristine we are told - see https://phys.org/news/2021-03-interstellar-comet-pristine.html ... Discovered by amateur comet searcher Gennady Borisov, back in 2019, has been confirmed to have an origin outside our solar system. See www.nature.com/articles/s41550-021-01336-w ... for further enlightenment.

1 Apr 2021
Catastrophism a Long Time Ago

Sent in by William who makes the point, mainstream have no problem with catastrophism nowadays - as long as it happened a very long time ago. See www.yahoo.com/entertainment/alien-world-might-hiding-inside-130200108.html ... continent sized remnants of an alien world may have left behind the evidence of worlds in collision.

1 Apr 2021
1582AD solar storm

Another historical solar storm - this one from 1582. According to a Portuguese scribe a great fire appeared in the sky, to the north. It lasted 3 nights - an exceptional solar storm that is recorded on the other side of the world, in Japan, as a fiery red display. Similar accounts come from Leipzig in Germany and from South Korea etc. The aurora could be seen as far south as latitude 28 degrees. For further information see https://arxiv.org/abs/1905.08017 ... and elsewhere. And for a media source see for example www.thesun.co.uk/tech/14518247/solar-storm-great-fire-sky-happen-again/

31 Mar 2021
The One Who Causes Fear, Llukalkan.

At https://phys.org/news/2021-03-fearnew-meat-eating-predator.html ... a new dinosaur discovered in Patagonia. Akin to tyrannosaurus with some significant differences in structure, Llukulkan roamed what is now Argentian in the Late Cretaceous. Its name is derived throm the local Mapuche dialect - meaning 'one who causes fear', Llukulkan. See www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02724634.2020.1877151 .. for the full paper. For a visual of the story go to You Tube.

28 Mar 2021
Earthquakes and Volcanoes

It's a bit cold this spring. Lots of heavy clouds in the sky. At https://phys.org/news/2021-03-iceland-volcanic-eruption-hauler.html ... the long haul we are told. The volcanic eruption on Iceland's Reykjane Peninsular, 20 mile or so from the captial. Reykjavik, looks like it will continue for a long time. Recently. https://spaceweather.com had a spectacular image of aurorae over the volcano ...

28 Mar 2021
A Biblical Meteor?

William sent in this rendition of Psalm 29, with the comment, an example of Biblical catastrophism. Reads like a Tunguska like explosion ...

4. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic

5. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon

6. He makes Lebanon leap like a calf, Sirion like a wild young ox.

7. The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning

8. The voice of the Lord shakes the desert; the Lord shakes the desert of Kadesh.

27 Mar 2021
A Proto Deuteronomy

David was the  first to bring it to our attention - the discovery of a Jewish text of Deuteronomy that differs from the Biblical version. It was actually discovered in the 19th century but was dismissed as a forgery. Unsurprisingly, a lot of mainstream commentors still insist it is a forgery. See www.livescience.com/early-ten-commandments-biblical-text-claim.html ...

27 Mar 2021
Shighir Idol in the News Again

This story appeared in the News a few years ago. It may still be out there somewhere. It has now been regurgitated by the Daily Mail - with a date that puts it back to 12,000 years ago - see www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9393197/ ... but how did a long piece of wood, constructed from a tall tree trunk, survive for such a long time. The clue is where it was found - in a peat bog. The acidic swamp preserved the wood so well one can still see carvings and inscriptions. It is hailed by the Mail as the world's oldest wooden statue, twice as old as Stonehenge we are told.