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7 Jan 2012
What a lot of That

On January 7th Anthony Watts passed a significant milestone, the number of visits to his site reached 100,000,000 - yes, that was 100 million hits - see and

6 Jan 2012

At ... there is a piece that describes how modern Plate Tectonics has migrated from the idea originally proposed by Alfred Wegener in the early 20th century. Wegener proposed' continental drift' - he had it wrong after all, they say. In fact, since his work was published under the title, 'The Origin of Continents and Oceans', Wegener's hypothesis has been consistently under attack - and continues thus. Modern scientists are convinced they know more about everything than their predecessors - but is this true?

3 Jan 2012
The Peter Warlow tippe top theory and the last Ice Age

If Peter Warlow's interpretation of the Late Glacial Maximum at the 2007 SIS Cambridge Conference has any substance to it then it follows that climate in East Asia will have been somewhat different than expected in the purely Milankovitch based consensus model. Peter Warlow (see also SIS Review 2008) placed the North Pole in the Davies Straits which gave a revised Arctic Circle. Suffice to say that a large part of Siberia was excluded - which is actually what facts on the ground might be saying.

3 Jan 2012
The Ice Age in East Asia

Human endeavour, in Europe during and immediately after the Late Glacial Maximum may have been quite different to what it was in East Asia. For example, human activity on what is now the submerged continental shelf system of Beringia, between Siberia and Alaska, which was dry land during at least parts of the last Ice Age, may have been wiped out - suddenly. The tide may have come in - and continued to come in until the ocean had covered Beringia, in a single day. Perhaps.

3 Jan 2012
Origins of the Jomon People

At ... the Jomon, as well as the people of Okinawa, and the Ainu (thought to be descended from the Jomon) all have a genetic/blood marker they share with other Mongoloid populations (in Korea, Tibet, Siberia, among the Eskimo, and is commonest amongst the Buryat people that lived around Lake Baikal).

30 Dec 2011
Group Behaviour

The phoney CAGW alarmism has given us all an upfront view of group behaviour. It is not so much something that has bitten the legs off the plebs but has mainly been prominent amongs the educated classes - not just here in the UK but in North America, in Europe, Australia, and elsewhere. Some blogsters and posters see it through a political lens but it is somewhat odd that even scientists have been caught up in the same malaise - or is it that odd?

30 Dec 2011
Earth and Moon(s)

Gary Gilligan sent in a link on this story a few days ago ( - and here it is again at Since 2006 astronomers have been tracking small secondary moons that our own Earth/Moon system captures, temporarily, before they escape back into space - but what if the earth did once have a second permanent moon, or moonlets.

30 Dec 2011
New island(s)

We have already seen that an undersea volcano is in the process of creating a new island in the Atlantic - adding it to the Canaries, Now, a new island has emerged in the midst of another group of islands - in the Red Sea (see It was spotted by a NASA camera onboard an orbiting satellite (image included) and this too was formed from volcanic activity on the seabed - off the coast of Yemen.

29 Dec 2011

Hannibal, with his elephants, crossed the Alps and descended on the plains of northern Italy and over the course of the next 12 years fought a series of major battles with the Romans. In 2011 he was actually at the gates of Rome, and had defeated Roman armies and was a potent threat - but within a few years he had retreated to the heel of Italy, and then to Cathage itself, finally defeated by the Romans - but was  there an underlying reason for why his fortunes went into decline?

29 Dec 2011
An epidemic at Amarna? ... Magdalenenburg, Easter Island and the Lion Gate at Tell Tayinat

Occurring in an offhand manner in the middle of an article, without any kind of follow-up or inquisitive turn of mind. In the Australian magazine, Archaeological Diggings Sept 2011, volume 18:4 page 29, it tells us that a large cemetary has been found at Amarna during recent excavation and exploration of the ancient city of Akhnaton, apparently a burial place of the poor as we are told the graves were simple ... but adding the fact that a large number of people there were buried at an early age, possibly as a result of an epidemic. Really.