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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 (www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45779867/ns/technology_and_science-space/ - and here it is again at www.physorg.com/print244271763.html. 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 www.physorg.com/print244271429.html). 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

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.

27 Dec 2011
Maya controversy and Mount Ararat

At www.examiner.com/road-trip-travel-in-atlanta/has-an-1100-year-old-mayan-... ... in this instance, Georgia in SE North America, on the opposite of the Caribbean to the Maya peoples of Yucatan and Belize, etc. The airing of this story has revealed a deep seated controversy with academics on one side, seeing the mound builders, and related structures, as purely an indigenous North American development - after all, mounds occur in many prehistoric cultures, especially in the old world, and do not necessarily involve migration (of people or ideas).

24 Dec 2011
The Meaning of Vedas

Yes, back to that interesting web site, www.themeaningofvedas.com which is an attempt to explain Indian mythology in the context of catastrophism. In chapter 18 the significance of the year 3102BC is emphasized. In Indian belief this year marked the beginning of a new era, the Kali Yuga. Tradition claimed that the planets Saturn, Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Mercury, the Sun and the Moon, were all situated near the nakshatria Revati.

23 Dec 2011
Dr Gerald Pollack

Dr Gerald Pollack, author of 'Cells, Gels, and the Engine of Life' (2001), the subject being the electrical substructure of Life, is the latest recruit to the Las Vegas EU conference in January. He will present, 'the science of life in an electric universe'. Robert Johnson will also speak - but hurry, there is not a long time to go. Details of the conference can be viewed at www.thunderbolts.info/eu2012 and to register go to www.thunderbolts.info/wp/events-5/electric-universe-2012-conference-the-...

23 Dec 2011
The T/J extinction event

The boundary between the Triassic and the Jurassic coincided with a major extinction of species - but what caused this to happen? Scientists are now looking at the possibility of an impact from space - see www.physorg.com/print243248317.html. No obvious crater has been found but distortion of the geological layering has been found, a signature of a violent event of some kind. The rocks of Britain are especially rich in Jurassic remains - even within inland counties. However, the boundary event can be seen quite clearly below cliffs in Antrim, and in Somerset and South Wales.

22 Dec 2011
Real temperatures and Model temperatures

Some excellent posts on the rising differentials between real world temperatures and those of the climate models - the gap is growing by the week. Meanwhile, modellers are desperate to thwart the reality of a cool summer in South Africa and Australia and an impending blizzard sweeping across the US by claiming we are in an unusually warm year - and nobody believes them anymore.