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5 Nov 2011
Egyptian statuary

At http://popular-archaeology/com/issue/september-2011/article/royal-statua... (if link does not work go to http://popular-archaeology.com and scroll down for the article) ... is a nice subject that illustrates the differences in culture in Egypt between the 3rd and 2nd millenniums BC. There are noticeable changing trends and fashion in statuary - and in the underlying religion and view of kingship. It was evolving. One major trend was the development of portraiture - and naturalism in art.

5 Nov 2011
The dark one, the bright one, and a volcano that has popped up on the sea bed off the Canaries

A huge asteroid will fly past the earth on Tuesday November 8th, some 400m in girth. It is very dark - the colour of charcoal. It also seems to be porous - see www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111101134315.htm

The bright one is the currently active Sun. One region is alive with sun spots that are currently pointing away from the Earth. Within a week or so the orbit of the Sun will bring them into alignment with the Earth - but will they remain as active? See www.physorg.com/print239560785.html

4 Nov 2011
'The Troy Deception'

In the book, 'The Troy Deception, volume One: Finding the Plain of Troy', John Crowe has mustered some 300 pages of text that are easy to read and understand what he has to say. He is not saying he has found the city of Troy - it is Homer's 'theatre of war', the plain of Troy, that he considers he has identified. It lies in the region known once as Mysia, around Teuthrona and Pergamon. This is where the Achaean Greeks first fought on Asian soil - before going on to Troy.

3 Nov 2011
The jawbone in a cave

Kents Cavern in Torquay in SW England is famous for the discovery of numerous Ice Age mammals. Mixed in with these bones was the jawbone of a human. It is assumed to be that of a modern human - for anatomical reasons. It might well be otherwise. In the 1980s it was dated by C14 methodology to around 35,000 years ago - which was just about at the boundary C14 dating techniques was reliable. In fact, it was in that sort of plateau in which dates between 40,000 and 30,000 years ago are considered to be open to error.

2 Nov 2011
BEST on the fizzle

More on BEST and how it was collated, see http://climateaudit.org/2011/11/01/closing-thoughts-on-best/ with a hint there is a calibration problem in the methodology. The same subject is examined in an earlier post, the day before, at http://climateaudit.org/2011/10/31/help-robert-rohde-locate-argentina/ which is the nub of the problem.

2 Nov 2011
Ice Cores

Although this piece can be found at http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/10/31/little-bubbles-part-1/ and therefore classifiable as climate change it also has a bearing on dating and chronology. Ice cores have been criticised out of hand by Charles Ginenthal and Emmet Sweeney for example, in SIS and related literature, as well as a raft of Creationist web sites and tracts. In particular, the story of WWII aeroplanes discovered buried under a very deep amount of snow has been used to deride the concept of ice cores.

2 Nov 2011
Gilgal Refa'im

Gilgal Refa'im, the wheel of giants, is a huge heap of stones in the form of a cairn on the Golan Heights, 65m in diameter and around 15m high. it sits at the centre of a concentric ring of stones - see http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/september-2011/article/solving-the-... . It is in a region known for its dolmens and in the Bible is associated with the 'bedstead of Og' - almost certainly some kind of megalithic tomb.

2 Nov 2011
Dark Matter - fact or fiction

The science of dark matter - or the theory that such a thing as dark matter is a real life fact is in the news - see www.physorg.com/print239281623.html. Is anybody getting close to finding out what it is? The pieces then goes on to say dark matter is invoked to balance the mathematics - within a set of formulae which are already straining credibility by telling us 96 per cent of the universe is invisible and undetectable. However, dark matter also explains galaxies and galaxy clusters, it is thought.

2 Nov 2011
Sun verses Saturn - who was Ra?

At www.thunderbolts.info/forum/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=4988 there was a bit of a splat between Gary Gilligan and the Saturnists in which some basic problems endemic to the Saturn theory and likewise of Gary's interpretation of Egyptian texts and monumental inscriptions, were aired in public. Leroy has of course been rabitting on about these kind of things for years - banging his head against the wall.

30 Oct 2011
Global Warming on New York and BEST is not best after all

On a weekend in October in which snow fell out of the sky, described by one journalist 'as sort of like a blizzard' on parts of the US, including New York (more sleet here than snow so my sources over there say) and so too has the BEST 'global warming is proven' meme been more or less taken to pieces by its co-author Judith Curry, the principle climate scientist involved in the BEST research. Her view is that warming has been flat for at least a decade. In spite of rising co2 levels warming is not happening - and the snow in the States is proof of the pudding.