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  1. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    I half heard an interview today on steam radio where Richard Fidler was interviewing someone with a very sceptical view of big finance. It isn’t up at

    http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/conversations/

    yet.

    In it was a quote that the US Treasury has taken Treasury bonds from

    “A risk free source of income” to “An income free source of risk”

  2. Hi E.M.,

    I was reading this author’s extracts:

    http://www.newenglishreview.org/custpage.cfm/frm/102793/sec_id/102793

    from his recent book on the Dark Ages.

    He has his thesis he is promoting, which is largely human causation – you can read more yourself.

    But I was reminded of a couple of your posts on the 8.2 kiloyear event when I read this part:

    “For try as they might, excavators have signally failed to discover any civilization worthy of the name in Europe between the late seventh and early tenth centuries. Indeed, the progress of research has repeatedly demonstrated that even the pitifully few monuments and artifacts hitherto assigned the “dark” centuries have, on further investigation, usually been shown not to belong to that epoch at all; but invariably either to the period immediately following the Dark Age, or to the period immediately preceding it.

    But the mystery has deepened further: for we now know that Europe is not the only region devoid of archaeology between the seventh and tenth centuries.”

    Nature versus dumb humanity ? Are the two even mutually exclusive – could not a decline in the conditions that sustain agricultural socities not in fact open the door to anarchy ?

    Hope some of this is found of interest.

    Rgds

  3. adolfogiurfa says:

    @Myrrdin Seren (01:37:51) : I.Velikovsky “Worlds in collision” & “Ages in chaos”; always nature to fix up things.
    As the chinese said: “When music is noisy, the state is in danger”…it reflects a change in the electromagnetic fields affecting humans.

  4. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    I LOVE that quote! Just about sums it up…

    @Myrrdin Seren:

    Yes, very interesting. I hadn’t realized the depth of lack of ‘facts IN the ground’… Yes, an agricultural collapse and it’s all back to ‘camping and hunting’ for a generation or two’… Not a lot of artifacts from folks using sticks and rocks…

    But human causation? I don’t think so… We have civilizations persisting through all kinds of human stupidity for thousands of years. What does them in is rapid change of agricultural capacity from ‘rock fall from space’ or ‘sudden and prolonged drought’ events.

    Oh, and for Europe, the occasional “Killer From ICELAND Volcano”…

    UPDATE: OK, read the piece. I see a couple of missing chunks. First off, he seems to completely ignore the Plague of Justinian: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plague_of_Justinian We had huge chunks of Europe known to just die off. I would expect something similar to have happened in what was to become the Islamic World. This caused a significant weakening of the Roman Empires (It was dividing into East and West Empires). This (and a couple of other events) were the proximal cause of the collapse of the Western Empire. In essence, THE Empire had recandled to the East as the Byzantine Empire center and the West was left to fend for itself.

    Second Problem: The Economics of Empire are unsustainable. As long as new lands and new peoples were brought under subjugation, new wealth flowed to Rome (and later to Constantinople). Once the empire stopped expanding, the Ponzi Scheme ends. It’s easy to bribe soldiers with ‘spoils’, far harder to convince them to fight for free or stand around doing nothing. It’s also hard to feed them when they are not gaining new lands… AS the Western Empire stagnated, these economics hit home. That was part of the reason for the re-candle to the East where there were enough riches to support a nice High Consumption Lifestyle.

    All this was already underway and the schism in THE Empire into The EmpireS was well along, long before the rest happened. Long before Islam. Just as the Plague of Justinian was long before Islam.

    Third Problem: The Rise of Christianity. Whenever ANY empire shifts the dominant religion, it collapses. I can not say which is cause and which is effect, but the go together. So in 300 AD The Roman Empire(s) converted to Christianity at the insistence of the Emperor (who also converted). This brought with it great turmoil in the provinces. There is a dramatic difference in mind set between the Roman Imperial one where pragmatism was first and the Christian Empire where Religious Dogma was first. Aside from just the petty bickering, there were now multiple seats of Power in the empire…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope

    Nicaea to East-West Schism (325–1054)

    With the publication of the Edict of Milan in 313 was granted freedom to all religions in the Roman Empire, [40] beginning the Peace of the Church. In 325 the First Council of Nicaea condemned Arianism and trinitarianism dogmatic, officiating also in its sixth canon of the special powers of Rome, Alexandria and Antioch. The popes were great defenders of Trinitarian faith, as Liberius exiled on Berea by Emperor Constantius II, due to its position on this matter, Damasus I and several bishops who testified related to Arianism.

    In 380 the Catholic religion was declared the sole state religion of the Roman Empire. While the civil power in the East controlled the church and the bishop of Constantinople was based on the fact his power to be bishop of the capital and be a man confidence of the Emperor, in the West the Bishop of Rome was able to consolidate the influence and power they already possessed. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, barbarian tribes were converted to Arian Christianity or Catholicism, when the king of the Franks Clovis I converted to Catholicism, allying itself with the papacy and the monasteries, other tribes like the Visigoths followed suit.

    Medieval Age

    Gregory the Great (c 540–604) who established medieval themes in the Church, in a painting by Carlo Saraceni, c. 1610, Rome.

    After the fall of Rome, the pope served as a source of authority and continuity. Gregory the Great (c 540–604) administered the church with strict reform. From an ancient senatorial family, Gregory worked with the stern judgment and discipline typical of ancient Roman rule. Theologically, he represents the shift from the classical to the medieval outlook, his popular writings full of dramatic miracles, potent relics, demons, angels, ghosts, and the approaching end of the world.

    Note that it was not until about 629 AD that Islam had consolidated even Arabia… (Mohamed was waving a Bible about as he did so, basically, preaching a kind of Christianity. Only later was the Koran written and they decided to spurn the Bible as the one Mohamed used was lost and the one from Rome was, in their opinion, a broken copy. Most likely Mohamed had a Gnostic Bible, and in that case, the tossing of Gnostic books by the Roman Catholics would justify that view by them.)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam#Muhammad_.28610.E2.80.93632.29

    Only later did the Muslims cause trouble for the Byzantines:

    With Muhammad’s death in 632, disagreement broke out over who would succeed him as leader of the Muslim community. Umar ibn al-Khattab, a prominent companion of Muhammad, nominated Abu Bakr, who was Muhammad’s companion and close friend. Others added their support and Abu Bakr was made the first caliph. Abu Bakr’s immediate task was to avenge a recent defeat by Byzantine forces, although he first had to put down a rebellion by Arab tribes in an episode known as the Ridda wars, or “Wars of Apostasy”.

    The Great Mosque of Kairouan, established in 670 in Kairouan, Tunisia, represents one of the best architectural examples of Islamic civilization.

    His death in 634 resulted in the succession of Umar as the caliph, followed by Uthman ibn al-Affan, Ali ibn Abi Talib and Hasan ibn Ali. The first caliphs are known as al-khulafā’ ar-rāshidūn (“Rightly Guided Caliphs”). Under them, the territory under Muslim rule expanded deeply into Persian and Byzantine territories. When Umar was assassinated in 644, the election of Uthman as successor was met with increasing opposition. In 656, Uthman was also killed, and Ali assumed the position of caliph. After fighting off opposition in the first civil war (the “First Fitna”), Ali was assassinated by Kharijites in 661. Following this, Mu’awiyah seized power and began the Umayyad dynasty, with its capital in Damascus.

    These disputes over religious and political leadership would give rise to schism in the Muslim community. The majority accepted the legitimacy of the three rulers prior to Ali, and became known as Sunnis. A minority disagreed, and believed that Ali was the only rightful successor; they became known as the Shi’a. After Mu’awiyah’s death in 680, conflict over succession broke out again in a civil war known as the “Second Fitna”. The Umayyad dynasty conquered the Maghrib, the Iberian Peninsula, Narbonnese Gaul and Sindh. The local population of Jews and indigenous Christians, persecuted as religious minorities and taxed heavily, often aided Muslims to take over their lands from the Byzantines and Persians, resulting in exceptionally speedy conquests

    Note that it was an intersection of internal problems in the empire leading to crushing taxation for little benefit with the arrival of a mandatory change of religion in any case that gave Islam fairly easy entry into Western Europe and some other areas. It was not the fault of Islam that a weakened Western empire, reduced by plagues and suffering under crushing taxes from an authoritarian center was not so interested in defending the old relationships.

    Now, add to that the fact that Something Bad Happened in 535-540 AD that caused some wide spread crop damage and significant problems….

    Here you are, forced to swap your religion and the New God doesn’t save you from massive crop failures and climate shifts (clearly the work of some God or other). You’ve had a horrid plague just a while back, too. And this new religion is antithetical to study of technology and ‘worldly goods’ and wants to to devote your time to only The Bible. Oh, and it isn’t clear if the Church or the Emperor is in charge day to day, but you have to pay tithes and taxes to both.

    Along comes this new guy who says: Only one power. Smaller taxes. Less central authority (as long as you follow the Koran) and we are interested in building a good material life. Or you can die by the sword. (But since you only recently adopted this Christianity thing, and then often by force too, folks typically didn’t care much. Also remember that the early Christians often had a moral code / dress code not much different from the Muslims.)

    Frankly, I don’t see the case for an external destruction of The Empires at the hand of Islam so much as I see a case for BOTH having a collapse / disruption of their prior cultures by the adoption of a New Religion at about the same time that the Roman Empire reached an internal stagnation / “run out of other peoples money to spend” moment. Whacked with a Plague or two. Then a (likely volcanic driven) collapse of local agriculture. Then Islam recovered first and did a more rapid exploit of the disaffected parts of the Roman Empires.

    We have historical accounts of ICEBERGS hitting the Byzantine walls at Constantinople… so we know crops in Germany, England, Scandinavia, and even France will have been very marginal. We have “the migration era pessimum” where folks were running out of frozen central Asia as fast as they could ( some Goths even making a tour through Spain and ending in North Africa…)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Migration_period
    Particularly see the picture there of migrations. Largely out of central asia and southward from anywhere cold.

    The second phase

    The second phase took place between 500 and 700, saw Slavic tribes settling in Central and Eastern Europe, particularly in eastern Magna Germania, and gradually making it predominantly Slavic. In 567, the Avars -alongside the Lombards- destroyed much of the Gepid Kingdom. The Lombards, a Germanic people, settled in northern Italy in the region now known as Lombardy. The Bulgars, people of either Turkic or Iranic origin who had been present in far Eastern Europe since the 2nd century, conquered the eastern Balkan territory of the Byzantine Empire in the 7th century.

    During the early Byzantine–Arab Wars, the Arab armies attempted to invade Southeastern Europe via Asia Minor in the second half of the 7th century and the early 8th century, but were eventually defeated at the siege of Constantinople by the joint forces of Byzantium and the Bulgars in 717–718. During the Khazar–Arab Wars, the Khazars stopped the Arab expansion into Eastern Europe across the Caucasus. At the same time, the Moors (consisting of Arabs and Berbers) invaded Europe via Gibraltar, conquering Hispania (the Iberian Peninsula) from the Visigothic Kingdom in 711, before being halted by the Franks at the Battle of Tours in 732. These battles largely fixed the frontier between Christendom and Islam for the next millenium. The following centuries saw the Muslims successful in conquering Sicily and parts of southern Italy from the Christians, although never consolidating it.

    Causes

    There are a number of contemporary historical references across the world that there was an extended period of extreme weather in the years 535-536. This period of very cold weather is also seen through dendrochronology and ice cores. The causes of this cold weather period are debated, as are its consequences.

    So long before Islam even existed, the place was a mess. Folks were running away from the cold, riddled with plague, and the survivors were fighting over the bones of the old Imperial frontiers. Later, when things got just a bit warmer, the Arabs were now Muslims and tried to bite a chunk off the old carcass from below, and got stopped for 1000 years with mostly Spain to show for it.

    THEN we get ANOTHER round of The Plague (“The Black Death” in this case) and more history happens…

    But for my dime, it’s more about the dynamics of Empire (ANY empire, even ours, when it chronically spends more than it can tax and produce…), nature shifting the climate settings / crop production (as it does ever few hundred years all on its own), and the destructive influence of Religion Change (ANY Religion Change…) all seasoned with a few plagues and a load of corruption of power. That Islam was in the mix doesn’t, IMHO, matter much. If could just have easily have been Persians with their Traditional Religions or Egyptians with THEIR set of Gods, or Alexander The Great with the ancient Greek Pantheon…

    The old Empire weakens, naturally, some natural “crap happens” (weather, volcanoes, diseases, etc.) and folks are fed up with The Old Bastard and willing to accept The New Bastard… and “History Happens”…

    While you can make a case that particular aspects of Islam were particularly destructive, there’s a lot of existence proof that OTHER such events were equally destructive to culture and heritage. (BurningS of the Library at Alexandria, anyone?…)

    So while there are some things in the thesis to support it, I find more that argues against it.

    @Scarlet Pumpernickel:

    Yeah, it’s cold what does us in. Warm is good…

    But that article is more about the mixing of 3 genotypes into “modern humans” than just warmth. I find it rather attractive to realize we have a 3 species background ;-)

  5. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16657122 Trying to make up excuses for cold weather lol

  6. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M.: So…it was the Sun! in the end. Wise people then the Incas who consider the sun as their god. Something additional happened as, when the “Inti Raymi” (Sun´s celebration) is commemorated until today, in Cusco, the “Inca” lights a symbolic flame with a concave mirror to know if the sun is strong or close enough to set that fire on.

  7. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:
  8. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2012/02/01/a-proposal-to-introduce-elephants-to-australia-really/ Experts joke of the day. Hey why not put all animals everywhere to “restore the balance” lol

    http://english.cntv.cn/20120201/119270.shtml

    Getting very cold again! Seems Global

  9. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120201094923.htm ummm plants remove the CO2 and then cause Ice ages lol!!!!

  10. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2012/01/19/how-can-we-feed-planet-without-destroying-planet 40% of food is destroyed, and 40% of food is not grown for humans, yet we are running out of food LOL. Sounds like they are just trying to keep the price high?

  11. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.sott.net/articles/show/240863-Strange-Sounds-in-Sky-Explained-by-Scientists

    But you said that the cause of the “sky hum” can lie within Earth’s core as well, what does it mean?

    There is one more possible cause of these sounds and it may lie at the Earth’s core. The fact is that the acceleration of the drift of the Earth’s north magnetic pole which increased more than fivefold between 1998 and 2003 and is at the same level today points to intensification of energy processes in the Earth’s core, since it is processes in the inner and outer core that form the Earth’s geomagnetic field. Meanwhile, as we have already reported, on November 15, 2011 all ATROPATENA geophysical stations which record three-dimensional variations of the Earth’s gravitational field almost simultaneously registered a powerful gravitational impulse. The stations are deployed in Istanbul, Kiev, Baku, Islamabad and Yogyakarta, with the first and last one being separated by a distance of about 10,000 km. Such a phenomenon is only possible if the source of this emanation is at the Earth’s core level. That huge energy release from the Earth’s core at the end of the last year was some kind of a start signal indicating the transition of the Earth’s internal energy into a new active phase.

  12. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    NASA discovers that glaciers calve. Nobel Prize time? http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-02-image-island-glacier.html

  13. E.M.Smith says:

    Well, I see folks finally noticed T3 was here ;-)

    Now I get to try and catch up after my “Russian Novel Murder Mystery” most recent posting…

    @Adolfo:

    I think we can start having those Inca guys giving presentations up here now ;-)

    @S.P.:

    I think Habibulo (the Russian Guy) has it right….

    And Snow in the Sahara Palm Trees has just got to be telling folks in Europe something…

    Oh Dear! That “diamond pipes’ link puts forth the theory that they are ELECTRICAL in nature. Don’t let the Plasma Universe guys see that or they will be working on how to get funding to make diamond mines form ;-)

    Not so sure I like the idea of a Earth Hum with a load of power in the infra sound range. That range can make folks sick…

    @Another Ian:

    That Verity article is a nice ‘keeper’ too!

    @Greg:

    So, do ‘alien’ particles have to get a ‘green card’? ;-)

  14. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://youtu.be/cYg2pPVNivQ Joke of the day — it used to occur in USA, UK and Sweden, how come not anymore?

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150536938508492.385651.138662048491&type=3 Check out these pics, they discovered clouds and that its warmer on the equator…

  15. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M.:
    The year of the Dragon:The 60-year cycle was introduced during the Hàn Dynasty ((汉朝 [漢朝]) and is related to the orbital period of Jupiter.
    http://www.math.nus.edu.sg/aslaksen/calendar/chinese.shtml#sex

  16. PaulID says:

    Hello E.M. I know you had a posting a while back on biomass gasification you might find this very interesting :)
    http://www.instructables.com/id/A-Home-Built-Biomass-Gasifier-for-Producing-Wood-G/

  17. George says:

    Really interesting weather pattern on the West coast. We have a brick wall ridge of high pressure that is pushing a stream of Pacific moisture all the way up to Anchorage! The weather is going backwards. Usually we get storms that come down out of the Gulf of Alaska but right now the weather is going in the opposite direction.

    http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/goes/west/nepac/flash-wv.html

    That situation will probably be present only for a day or two, but it is just amazing.

  18. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Birds falling from the sky!

    Yep the TV says its the hottest year ever from their chart which shows the whole temperature of earth but cannot give today’s temperature LOL http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=J00daUV9YQ4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5jiIsata0hQ Turkey Freezing better hold another Global Warming Conference

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQfE8WBmJDM&feature=player_embedded OH NO THE WARMING!!!!!!! STOP IT!!!!!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NyPhvV_uKnA Copenhagen 2 needed to save us

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJiaSAduADQ&feature=player_embedded

    Ice free europe

  19. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-01-galactic-magnetic-field-lab-bolsters.html Electric Universe guys are really going to love this

  20. adolfogiurfa says:

    @Scarlet Pumpernickel: Did these guys ever learned the Oersted´s law, the “right hand rule” which states that electricity and magnetism are 90º one from the other?.
    The equation for POWER has as constant the number 1.414, which, precisely is the sum of Sine 45º and Cosine 135º =0.707 + – 0.707, and which btw is equal to the square root of 2 and equal to the hypothenuse of a squared triangle where legs are equal to One, each, then this hypothenuse is the resultant force of the two “legs” of such a triangle of forces, where one leg is electricity and the other is magnetism.
    Pythagoras, about 2,500 years ago, already knew this! Why don´t we?

    Please see:
    http://www.giurfa.com/unified_field_explained_9.pdf

  21. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/planet-gore/256079/only-9099-last-10500-years-warmer-2010-brian-bolduc Only the last 9099 years in the last 10500 years are warmer then today, even with the current rigged temperatures.

    BTW whats the temperature of earth today, I’m trying to plot my own hockey stick graph. Why can’t we get global sea and land temperatures every day?

  22. boballab says:

    The Cascadia got very active in the last hour. There was 3 quakes in that area, 2 on one end ( a 4.3 and a 3.0) and a 5.7 on the other:

    Magnitude
    5.7
    Date-Time
    Saturday, February 04, 2012 at 20:05:32 UTC
    Saturday, February 04, 2012 at 12:05:32 PM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location
    48.867°N, 127.876°W
    Depth
    12.8 km (8.0 miles)
    Region
    VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION
    Distances
    170 km (105 miles) W of Ucluelet, British Columbia, Canada
    206 km (128 miles) S of Port Hardy, British Columbia, Canada
    229 km (142 miles) WSW of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
    337 km (209 miles) W of VICTORIA, British Columbia, Canada
    Location Uncertainty
    horizontal +/- 14.7 km (9.1 miles); depth +/- 7.8 km (4.8 miles)
    Parameters
    NST=418, Nph=423, Dmin=171.4 km, Rmss=1.2 sec, Gp= 72°,
    M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=8
    Source
    Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID
    usb0007vx6

    Magnitude
    4.3
    Date-Time
    Saturday, February 04, 2012 at 19:34:34 UTC
    Saturday, February 04, 2012 at 11:34:34 AM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location
    43.203°N, 126.269°W
    Depth
    24.7 km (15.3 miles)
    Region
    OFF THE COAST OF OREGON
    Distances
    167 km (103 miles) W of Coos Bay, Oregon
    206 km (128 miles) NW of Brookings, Oregon
    233 km (144 miles) NW of Crescent City, California
    324 km (201 miles) SW of SALEM, Oregon
    Location Uncertainty
    horizontal +/- 18.4 km (11.4 miles); depth +/- 11.5 km (7.1 miles)
    Parameters
    NST=219, Nph=241, Dmin=162.5 km, Rmss=1.43 sec, Gp=194°,
    M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=7
    Source
    Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID
    usb0007vwg

    Magnitude
    3.0
    Date-Time
    Saturday, February 04, 2012 at 19:34:45 UTC
    Saturday, February 04, 2012 at 11:34:45 AM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location
    43.256°N, 125.010°W
    Depth
    4.9 km (3.0 miles) (poorly constrained)
    Region
    OFFSHORE OREGON
    Distances
    51 km (32 miles) WNW (288°) from Bandon, OR
    58 km (36 miles) W (260°) from Barview, OR
    64 km (40 miles) WSW (258°) from Coos Bay, OR
    177 km (110 miles) WSW (240°) from Eugene, OR
    315 km (196 miles) SW (218°) from Portland, OR
    Location Uncertainty
    horizontal +/- 20.4 km (12.7 miles); depth +/- 24.5 km (15.2 miles)
    Parameters
    Nph= 27, Dmin=70 km, Rmss=1.47 sec, Gp=266°,
    M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
    Source
    Pacific Northwest Seismograph Network
    Event ID
    uw60393661

  23. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-01-earth-energy-unusually-solar.html

    NASA now thinks sunspots are relevant (after ignoring them in the past) and thinks they produce energy LOLOLOLOL

  24. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adnan_Khashoggi

    Soooo is this guy (born in Mecca) still winning?

    =====
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/14/world/middleeast/14khashoggi.html Funny he’s even related to Prince’s Di Boyfriend lol

    =====
    http://www.businesspundit.com/10-most-notorious-arms-dealers-in-modern-history/ Funny how the one on our side is number 10, and number 1 is the Russian guy ;)

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  26. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-02-surface-mars-life-million-year.html Maybe they need to look under the ground in Mars. Over 90% of life on earth actually lives underground

  27. http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/features/online/5240/glimpses-interstellar-material-beyond-our-solar-system

    The results? It’s an alien environment out there: the material in that galactic wind doesn’t look like the same stuff our Solar System is made of.

  28. E.M.Smith says:

    @S.P.:

    That last video (that shows a Russian Choir in military dress singing about shutting off the gas to Europe) is one of the more interesting (and disturbing) things. On the one hand, it’s just folks laughing at the silly way Europe has let itself be moved into dependence (via stupid things like Germany abandoning nuclear and Spain / England embracing wind)…

    On the other hand, it indicates a pervasive understanding that they have their hand on the valve of warmth / power and are happy to use it…

    Extending that, it means they will be very aware of competing pipelines in places like Iran, Iraq, Turkey… and working to control them, too…

  29. George says:

    Up to 80cm of snow in Tunisia, including some in the Sahara. First snow since the early 1960′s.

    http://www.tunisia-live.net/2012/02/06/tataouine-the-setting-of-star-wars-covered-in-snow/

  30. E.M.Smith says:

    @SP:

    I think that link said Romania, not Hungary…

    But I’ll double-down on your Maldives:

    Maldives president quits after mutiny on paradise islands J.J. Robinson

    MALE (Reuters) – President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives resigned on Tuesday after weeks of protests erupted into a police mutiny, leaving the man widely credited with bringing democracy to the paradise …

    @George:

    Maybe it DOES need a ‘me too’ weather posting if we’re getting one in a lifetime snow in the Sahara…

  31. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xo0ZkgqM1TE How did these people survive a 100m sea level rise?

  32. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Maybe airport Body Scanners can treat your Ringworm as well?

    Or check your shoes?

  33. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Global Warming in Venice the Canals are Frozen http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-02-08/venice-freezes-over/3817186

  34. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://personal.eunet.fi/pp/tilmari/tilmari2.htm#bc2193

    The Third Millennium BC (3100-2100 BC):
    The Period of the First Great Civilizations. Where there great asteroid/comet impacts. Do the flood stories base on what really happened. What caused the drop of temperature and drying around the Mediterranean?
    The sudden beginning, did something happen in 3114 BC? Why did the first great civilisations collapse suddenly and at the same time around 2200 BC?.
    Timo Niroma, Helsinki, Finland

  35. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://historicmysteries.com/the-coso-artifact

    The Coso Artifact was found by rock and geode hunters Mike Mikesell, Virginia Maxey and Wallace Lane. On February 13, 1961, the trio was hunting for geodes to sell in their gift shop. They hunted in the area of Olancha, California and then brought their finds back to the shop to be sorted and cut. When one of the “geodes” was cut, a cylinder of metal and ceramic was found inside. One of the discoverers of the Cos said that an archaeologist dated the material to 500,000 years ago. It was also said that it might be hardened clay and that it also contained what looked like a nail and a washer.

    http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/02/2012/viking-barley-in-greenland

    The Vikings are both famous and notorious for their liking of beer and mead and archaeologists have discussed for years whether Eric the Red (ca 950-1010) and his followers had to make do without the golden drink when they settled in Greenland around the year 1,000: The climate was mild when they landed, but was it warm enough for growing barley?

    Researchers from the National Museum in Copenhagen say the answer to the question is ‘yes’. In a unique find, they uncovered tiny fragments of charred barley grains in a Viking midden on Greenland.

    The find is final proof that the first Vikings to live in Greenland did grow barley – the most important ingredient in making a form of porridge, baking bread and of course in brewing beer, traditionally seen as the staple foods in the Vikings’ diet.

  36. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/9066393/Ancient-seagrass-Oldest-living-thing-on-earth-discovered-in-Mediterranean-Sea.html

    BS of the day “But Prof Duarte said that while the seagrass is one of the world’s most resilient organisms, it has begun to decline due to coastal development and global warming. ”

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0377839896000291

  37. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:
  38. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-06/peak-oil-scare-fades-as-shale-deepwater-wells-gush-crude.html

    Peak oil scam finished for this week

    “Betting against human ingenuity has been a mistake,” says Lacalle, who today helps oversee $1.3 billion as a portfolio manager at Ecofin Ltd. in London. “The resource base is absolutely enormous, so much so that we will not run out of oil in my lifetime, your lifetime, our children’s lifetimes or our grandchildren’s lifetimes.”

  39. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Wow Ice Age is spreading to Afghanistan now, looks really localized ;)

    https://www.ikat.org/2012/02/07/february-7-2012-badakhshan-heavy-snowfall-brings-humanitarian-crisis/

  40. George says:

    Opinion:

    I have come to the conclusion that the moon did not form from an impact on Earth from another body but instead probably formed in proximity to the Earth from the same process that the Earth formed. In other words, I believe that there were two “lumps” of material that accreted pretty much together and the reason the Moon and the Earth are so similar in makeup is that they formed at pretty much the same place at pretty much the same time. I reach this conclusion because of the Moon’s orbit.

    Had Earth been hit by an object flying in from parts unknown scattering debris in all directions, the chances of the Moon forming along the ecliptic would be no better than chance. The moon should have formed at some great angle from the ecliptic at some chance spot where a large piece of debris began the gravitational collapse of a cloud of other debris. But instead, the moon is very close to the same ecliptic as the Earth and all of the other planets which leads me to believe that it was accreted from the same material in the same orbit around the sun as Earth and the other planets were.

  41. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQp1ox-SdRI&feature=related Pretty cool video of 1st few seconds of nuclear explosion.

  42. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-02-scientists-biological-encrypt-decipher-images.html

    Scientists have developed a “biological computer” capable of deciphering images encrypted on DNA chips. As a proof of concept, the scientists encrypted the Scripps Research and Technion logos on a single DNA chip and, using software, decrypted the separate fluorescent images. Credit: Image courtesy of the Kienan laboratory at the Scripps Research Institute.

    Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute in California and the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology have developed a “biological computer” made entirely from biomolecules that is capable of deciphering images encrypted on DNA chips. Although DNA has been used for encryption in the past, this is the first experimental demonstration of a molecular cryptosystem of images based on DNA computing.

    http://www.nanowerk.com/spotlight/spotid=15292.php

    http://esciencenews.com/sources/popsci/2011/10/17/structural.self.replication.based.dna.could.create.new.materials

  43. adolfogiurfa says:

    @SP: That´s the “Global Governance” elite´s dream come true. “They” could, without any remorse whatsoever ( they don´t have such a disgusting feeling just proper of nasty people who need to work for a living), give it to us through “vaccines” or through any widely used drugs. That is, for sure, the real objective of such “research”.
    It´s time for nature to get rid of such newly formed “devils” who, from time to time, want to replace nature and God with a really limited knowledge, just driven by an anomalous self-conceit.
    The same happens when a group of cells conspire to become independent of the God-brain and foolishly develop their stupid “cancer-revolution” until they kill the body which sustains them….

  44. adolfogiurfa says:

    Foolishness at its height: No reason to assume cold European winter ahead – too many sunspots….Really?
    http://www.bitsofscience.org/solar-no-cold-winter-europe-sunspot-4122/

  45. E.M.Smith says:

    @George:

    Interesting idea. I think there are two considerations, though:

    1) Most stuff is in the ecliptic, so the assumption of a random impactor approach is not a good one. There is a probability distribution with most impact events likely to be in the ecliptic; especially if it was a small planet as presently put forward.

    2) Stuff forms into a plane due to the effect of gravity. As things move above and below a plane the average gravity of stuff in the plane pulls them back to it. This process continues until forces move everything to the same average plane. As the angular momentum of the disk of proto-planet material had lots of time for this to happen, most of the stuff would be in that plane and even after lunar formation the forces would act to keep everything in line. Basically, the impact would not send debris in random directions, but tend to focus it into the same planar distribution.

    Don’t know which forces win, though…

    @Adofo:

    No cold winter “ahead”? What about the damn cold NOW!?

    @S.P.:

    4200 BP (or about 2200 BC ) was Bond Event 3.

    Drying (and dying) in Egypt and cold / famine issues in Europe. The fall of Akkadia too… Most likely, IMHO, a confluence of solar and tides changes (lunar solar resonance on tidal ocean changes and solar UV output – rather like we are having now).

    Yet I’ve also posted on a potential asteroid / meteor storm with similar periodicities (from the Taurids, perhaps) and based on a similar orbital resonance clock.

    Basically, they all may come together when they come (and increased volcanoes too….)

    per X-rays: They had one of those machines when I was a kid, but my Did didn’t trust it so I was not allowed to play on it / see my feet. In retrospect: Thanks Dad! ;-)

    Per Beer:

    I’ve often said that beer was the foundation of civilization ;-)

    Agriculture came about not due to a shortage of food to hunt and gather, but due to a desire for more beer from grains and on a regular schedule too …

    Per the OOPAart COSO thing:

    Geology can put deposits of old stuff around new stuff very fast. I remember one case where an OOPArt was found near a mine and folks were excited until it was pointed out that “old” sandstone was forming around a shoe in a wash nearby… They discovered that sand / clay stuff could deposit much faster than generally believed, solidify quickly, and be ‘verified’ as old inside a few years…

  46. Jason Calley says:

    @ adolfogiurfa
    Looks like the writers at the link you posted, bitsofscience.org, may need to reconsider their predictions!

    Here is another of their articles from only 4 weeks ago, confidently predicting that Europe will be safe from “horror winters” for a few years, at the least.
    http://www.bitsofscience.org/no-more-horror-winters-europe-winter-forecasts-4668/

    They even make a point that they are basing their article on “peer reviewed scientific literature.” Sigh…

  47. Jerry says:

    Here is a sourdough bread site that I find useful.

    http://www.sourdoughhome.com/index.html

  48. George says:

    Los Angeles Country Board of Supervisors (Nanny Division) raises fines to $1000 for anyone caught throwing a football or a Frisbee on any beach in Los Angeles County.

    http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2012/02/08/la-county-oks-1000-fine-for-throwing-football-frisbee-on-beaches/

  49. Jason Calley says:

    @ George

    $1000 for throwing a frisbee?! I thought you must have linked to The Onion at first, but no. Crazy!

    The various governments (in this case the LA City government) are getting the drug withdrawal shakes as they see the supply of their favorite drug — tax resources — dry up. They will use any justification, no matter how transparent, to get their tax fix. My son was in LA recently and tells me that they have, at many intersections, set the yellow lights to only one second. Needless to say, violations of red lights are strictly enforced and first offense is an over $400 fine.

    Where does all that money go? I know that ostensibly, tax revenue goes to pay for governmental services, but does anyone think that their various governments actually provide services equal to the revenue they take in? Where does all that money go?

  50. boballab says:

    I think a few of you might enjoy the perspective of author and former Army Col Tom Kratman in his series of books dealing with a second earth where they are going through struggles that parallel the world of today. This is especially true of the third book in the series that has each chapter start with an ‘excerpt’ from a fictional academic book by two fictional characters.

    There have been few revolutions in human history that have worked out generally for the benefit of those on whose behalf the revolutions were ostensibly launched. The first Red Tsar of Volga, for example, launched his revolution with the stated aim of uplifting the workers and peasants. (Though, in fact, his greater aim was rationalizing war production and asserting a more general societal control to serve the needs of the Great Global War.) The effect, in any case, of the Red Tsar’s revolution was, at the lowest socio-economic levels, to return those same workers and peasants to the state of serfdom from which they had previously escaped. At higher levels, on the other hand, the Red Tsar merely substituted or supplemented his then existing nobility with a new nobility uplifted from Volga’s previous middle and professional classes, the very same people who had, for their own interests, fallen in behind him in his revolutionary bid.

    Observation of this phenomenon is not restricted to our planet and goes back not merely to Old Earth, but to ancient Old Earth. For his play, The Assemblywomen, for example, Athenian playwright Aristophanes has his proletarian heroine, Praxagora, respond to the question, “But who will till the soil?” with the simple answer, “The slaves.”

    Indeed, what we can tell from the scattered stories that have come down to us, from those who came to our planet at the very end of the wave of immigration, is that on Old Earth the largely peaceful revolution that gave that planet a world government also had the effect of reducing more than ninety percent of humanity there to a state of servitude.
    —Jorge y Marqueli Mendoza,
    Historia y Filosofia Moral,
    Legionary Press, Balboa,
    Terra Nova, Copyright AC 468

    Beginning of Chapter 7
    http://www.baenebooks.com/chapters/1439133468/1439133468.htm?blurb

    Also at the end of the second book (Carnifex) there is a nice authors afterword that:

    Warning: Authorial editorial follows. Read further at your own risk. You’re not paying anything extra for it so spare us the whining if your real objection is that it is here for other people to read. If you are a Tranzi, and you read this, the author expressly denies liability for your resulting rise in blood pressure, apoplexy, exploding head or general icky feelings. (I am indebted to my former law partner, Matt Pethybridge, for his contributions to this afterword. Matt joins me in this dissent.)

    There is also the Global Warming…err Climate Change Haiku Duel:

    “Climate change requires
    Solar output be ignored
    Or lose nice funding.”

    Fosa nodded at that one, sipped at his sake contemplatively, then answered:
    “Great fireball in sky,
    How to explain you away
    When moons’ icecaps melt?”

    “Oh, very good, Fosa-san, Kurita applauded. “You’re getting the hang of this.” He then declaimed:
    “Wondrous hockey stick
    Replaces Christ’s wooden cross
    Comes from white noise.”

    [SNIP]

    After he stopped laughing, Kurita gave:
    “Virgin SUV
    Cast into the volcano
    As the faithful dance.”

    At that point, Fosa gave up. The image of ten thousand grass-skirt clad Kosmos, deep in religious ecstasy, sacrificing an innocent automobile to the dark earth gods was too much. No doubt much of his mirth was found in the sake, not the poetry. Even so, Fosa was rolling on the floor laughing when, to cap his victory, Kurita gave his last recital:

    “High Kosmo leeches
    Attend luxury conference
    Always fly first class.”

  51. P.G. Sharrow says:

    @Chiefio; a link you might find of value:

    http://www.topstockanalysts.com/index.php/2012/01/26/this-forgotten-oil-state-could-out-produce-alaska-and-california-soon/

    Good information and a hint of the reason for the halt to the Keystone pipeline that would service this area. At least long enough for the big players to grab up the little guys assets. pg

  52. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-5XwlcBqF0 Still waiting zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  53. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21399-wheat-will-age-prematurely-in-a-warmer-world.html

    That’s why they use 1000-1600ppm CO2 in Greenhouses, CO2 is bad for plants

  54. George says:

    That study was hilarious. Ok, so in the last 150 years or so we have experienced about a 0.5C rise in average global temperatures. Considering the DAILY temperatures can vary 20 times that in many places, biology isn’t likely to notice. Also, since MOST of the change in global average is not due to higher high temperatures but due to a moderation of low temperatures, we are likely to see increased yields as we have less frost damage. But overall, a 0.5 degree change over 150 years is absolutely negligible.

    Secondly, that warming stopped over a decade ago. None since. Ask the people in Romania right now about global warming.

  55. adolfogiurfa says:

    @P.G. Sharrow : The most Holy E.P.A. will surely take care of such an infidel state. They will fulfill the will of their master who has decided to forever forbid the noxious emanations which, as prophet “Al the grown up and immature baby” has declared, causes an abominable heat to coalesce in the atmosphere above the poles and high summits and it is producing the disappearance of such a blessing for Devils called Ice and Cold.

  56. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10150594240577579

    Should get those electric universe guys excited?

  57. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Pentagon Carbon Neutral LOL

  58. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://geology.com/news/2012/black-smokers-on-land.shtml?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Geologycom+%28Geology.com%29 Black smoker on land

    http://www.usgs.gov/blogs/features/usgs_science_pick/u-s-rivers-and-streams-super-saturated-with-carbon-dioxide/ Rivers and streams in the United States are releasing substantially more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than previously thought. These findings could change the way scientists model the movement of carbon between land, water, and the atmosphere.

  59. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.usgs.gov/blogs/features/usgs_top_story/exploding-lakes-in-west-africa/ The Africa exploding lakes

    Guess CO2 is not released into the ocean much ;)

  60. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-02-humans-decline-african-rainforests-years.html We caused the Savanna to disappear 3000 years ago, it says the word climate change a lot in the article so not sure if it’s really a proper study?

  61. Jason Calley says:

    Wendy McElroy (a brilliant and ethical person, of whom I have a very high opinion) has posted a nice CAGW version of the Rolling Stones song “Mother’s Little Helper” at http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.4514

    Michael’s Little Helper
    (to the tune of “Mother’s Little Helper”)

    What a drag it is getting cold

    Temps are different today
    I hear scientists all say
    But our warming theories need better proof;
    So we’ll use a graphic trick
    To create a hockey stick
    We’ll go plotting the world’s swelter, thanks to Michael’s little helper
    And the IPCC raves, for the world’s theirs to save

    Funding’s different today
    we need grants to pay our way
    and we can’t let down the ones who pay our bills;
    So erase historic peaks, and call modern times unique
    And keep plotting the world’s swelter, thanks to Michael’s little helper
    And our colleagues will all cheer, funded for another year

    Doctor please, we can’t use trees
    For recent trends, the warming ends
    What a drag it is getting cold.

    Laws are different today
    We’ve a new F O I A*
    And some skeptics want to deconstruct our work;
    So some data will get lost, and some emails will get tossed
    No more doubting the world’s swelter, thanks to Michael’s little helper
    And our critics we’ll berate, they don’t care about our fate

    Doctor please, we can’t use trees
    For recent trends, the warming ends
    What a drag it is getting cold.

    Work’s much harder now today
    Climate scientists all say
    No one takes us at our unsupported word;
    Though they weren’t exactly lies, we did win a Nobel Prize
    When we plotted the world’s swelter, thanks to Michael’s little helper
    And those claims we will defend, ’til our sordid bitter end

    * Freedom Of Information Act

  62. Jason Calley says:

    US retail deliveries of gasoline from refineries has dropped by about 25% in the last few months. It is now only half of what it was eight years ago. What gives?
    http://www.oftwominds.com/blogfeb12/gasoline-tanking02-12.html

  63. Jason Calley says:

    @ adolfogiurfa

    Just a heads up on something I saw which made me think of you. I am not sure whether you are familiar with Ray Tomes from New Zealand, but if you are not, I suspect that you, more than most people, will be interested. He has worked for years into the theory of cycles in the universe. Here is his primary web site.
    http://ray.tomes.biz/index.htm
    If you look down the page a bit you will see some videos displayed. I think you might be particularly interested in video #7, the third part of “How To Make a Universe.”

  64. George says:

    @Jason Calley “what gives”?

    1. Fewer people working. The unemployment rate for people who are under 25 has skyrocketed. They don’t have to drive to work because they aren’t working.

    2. The real unemployment rate for the rest of the workforce is over 10%. People aren’t commuting as much because they have no place to which they must commute.

    3. People aren’t taking vacations because they can’t afford it. Recreational driving is falling rapidly. The rising price of fuel isn’t helping, either.

    4. Increases in telecommuting. I work from home nearly 3 days out of 5 on average, sometimes the entire week. I don’t need to use as much fuel as I did before.

  65. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:
  66. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.john-daly.com/topevnts.htm

    `Top Climate Events’
    Linked to Solar Motion Cycle

    by
    Dr Theodor Landscheidt

    Schroeter Institute for Research in Cycles of Solar Activity
    Nova Scotia, Canada

  67. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Buckle up for the False flag to kick off the war

  68. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Praying Mantis in 1988

  69. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:
  70. adolfogiurfa says:

    @S.P.: Time was due for “Dobermann” Pachauri to freeze. :-)

  71. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:
  72. Jason Calley says:

    @ George re “what gives?”

    I have to admit, those are all very good reasons. I particularly like the “many are unemployed and a lot are telecommuting.” While I still go in to work, I can think of at least three people close to me who have began telecommuting in the last couple of years. Big change — and they all three love it!

  73. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    Check the word play in Kevin’s reply to the first comment (mine) here

    http://diggingintheclay.wordpress.com/2012/02/05/competition-in-the-meme-pool/#comments

  74. George says:

    Interesting pair of Earthquakes:

    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsus/Maps/US2/37.39.-113.-111.php

    Interesting because they are very near to some fairly recent (in geological time) volcanic activity.

    http://www.volcano.si.edu/world/volcano.cfm?vnum=1207-04-

  75. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/feb/06/bill-gates-climate-scientists-geoengineering

    Ok, so how will this work, will it be via his share in Monstanto? Will they make the giant sulfur volcano.

    Why don’t we just wind back all the sulfur scrubbers on cars and industry, and we’ll get free sulfur dioxide again and acid rain? Why do they have to milk the tax payer? How cold does Europe have to get?

  76. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.smh.com.au/business/world-business/china-fades-as-europes-saviour-20120211-1sycj.html China’s vertical growth which could never falter looks like it’s ending ;)

  77. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    Apart from the mike too close to the speakers I’ve met another “positive forcing”.

    Try grading a track with a bulldozer.

    The cutting edge is in front of the track system. So when the front of the tracks rises on something the blade rises more. And when the track system comes over whatever caused the rise and tilts down, the blade edge tilts down more. And when the front of the tracks meets this amplified rise – - .

    Meet the dozer woopsies!

  78. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://demonocracy.info/infographics/eu/debt_greek/debt_greek.html Greece Debt

    Bye bye soon, UK just 50 billion pounds into the economy, not long now for Greece?

  79. Jerry says:

    This is a bit of a long read that starts out as a science fiction plot but picks up a little plausibility toward the end. Premise is that it is not the voices in you head that make you do crazy things – but it is the wee creepy crawlies speaking to your brain in its own tounge. :)

    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/03/how-your-cat-is-making-you-crazy/8873/?single_page=true

  80. TIM CLARK says:

    Scarlet Pumpernickel (06:42:09) :

    http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-02-ultraviolet-molecule-yields-secrets.html UV plant protector found

    From your article:

    The interface connecting these two subunits is spanned by the component amino acids of the protein—including pyramidal structures made of tryptophan amino acids, which serve as the primary sensors of UV-B light. “The absorption of UV-B photons by these tryptophan pyramids leads to the weakening of the electrostatic force that holds the two UVR8 subunits together,” said Christie.

    And:

    Researchers first found evidence of UVR8′s protective function in 2002, when they knocked out its gene in the wild mustard plant Arabidopsis, the standard experimental model for plant biologists.

    and:

    Getzoff and her colleagues now intend to find out more precisely how the absorption of UV-B causes the disassociation of the UVR8 dimer, and then how the separated subunits interact with other proteins and chromosomes in the nucleus to switch on protective responses in the plant.

    Another source:

    However, laser scanning confocal microscopy revealed quercetin derivatives lining the tonoplast of diphenylboric acid 2-aminoethyl ester-stained Arabidopsis seedling tissue and floral papillae, and Norfluorazon induced oxidative stress decreased the most lipophilic of HPLC purified quercetin derivatives. Its potential involvement with lipophyllic oxidative phenomena may warrant further study.

    From

    http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0031-9422(00)00235-1

    …….these flavonoids absorb in the 280-315 range……

    Perhaps the most striking evidence supporting the idea that flavonoids are important in UV-B protection is that obtained in Arabidopsis thaliana where mutants can be produced which lack the epidermal flavonoids of the wild type plant. These mutants become very sensitive to artificial UV-B radiation (Ormrod et al., 1995)

    I don’t think the trytophan absorbs the photons directly. Who wants to bet that flavonoids are embedded in the membrane passing energy. Remember, they are Zwitterionic, whereas tryptophan isn’t.

  81. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

  82. Sabretoothed says:

    [...] ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft has discovered that our cloud-covered neighbour spins a little slower than previously measured. [...] Over its four-year mission, Magellan was able to watch features rotate under the spacecraft, allowing scientists to determine the length of the day on Venus as being equal to 243.0185 Earth days. . However, surface features seen by Venus Express some 16 years later could only be lined up with those observed by Magellan if the length of the Venus day is on average 6.5 minutes longer than Magellan measured. [...] http://www.esa.int/esaMI/Venus_Express/SEM0TLSXXXG_0.html

  83. http://anhonestclimatedebate.wordpress.com/predictions/14/ According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”.

    “Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he said.

  84. tckev says:

    Just noticed that the Canadian are selling Uranium to China -

    http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Uranium+deal+with+china+important+Saskatchewan/6130462/story.html

    And Iran is China favored customer
    http://www.iranwatch.org/suppliers/

    just click the link “see list of suppliers” to see who.

  85. Sabretoothed says:

    http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/why-gillards-uraniumtoindia-policy-is-dangerously-wrong-20111211-1opki.html Australia also sells Uranium to nonproliferation non signature

    India OK, Iran not OK?

  86. Sabretoothed says:

    http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=C8103CF932330F50C3517F90AD81CBAB Why don’t we green the deserts instead of the BS windmills. We have all these BS studies that CO2 crashed because too many plants were around and then we got cooling so why don’t we green the sahara? There is lots of water underground, same with Australia…

  87. Sabretoothed says:

    http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-02-circadian-rhythms-insects.html Plants use Circadian rhythm to defend insects.

    Most things people like are actually insecticides, Caffeine, Tobacco, coca, etc…

  88. Jason Calley says:

    @ Sabretoothed “Most things people like are actually insecticides, Caffeine, Tobacco, coca, etc…”

    Don’t leave out capsicum! Yes, and in addition, many of the nerve gases developed for warfare are very close to insecticides. I am guessing that humans like to have their nerves, uh, tickled!

  89. This is an awesome video!
    Volcano!

  90. @Jason Capsicum has active ingredients as well. But we seem to like concentrating insecticides and using them to tickle us.

    For eg in USA, Nicotine is used as a very effective insecticide to spray on crops.

    So next time you think coffee or cigarettes or Cocaine is good for you, remember your just consuming a pure version of insecticide ;)

  91. Looks a bit Ice Free in 1940

    Interesting video of the past

  92. check out this melting area from geothermal!!! Whats happened to that today?

  93. E.M.Smith says:

    Iran doesn’t need to buy Uranium (though might, if the stuff is cheap enough):

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/world/iran/mines.htm

    Since 1988, Iran reportedly opened as many as 10 uranium mines, including the Saghand uranium mine in Yazd province, as well otherwise unspecified locations in Khorassan, Sistan va Baluchestan, and Hormozgan Provinces, and in Bandar-e-Abbas and Badar-e-Lengeh Provinces along the Gulf. The Director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Reza Amrollahi, announced in 1989 that the expected reserves of these deposts was in excess of 5,000 tons.

    Uranium resources of Iran were not considered rich. The results of the AEOI exploration activities had shown proven reserves of about 3,000 tons of Uranium so far. According to the discovered indices (more than 350 anomalies) and the results of the field discoveries, the expected resources of Iran could be at the range of 20,000-30,000 tons of U3O8, throughout the country. Therefore Iran’s domestic reserves might be sufficient enough to supply the raw material for needed nuclear power plants in future.

    Yeah, “only” 3000 tons found SO FAR. But probably about 20,000 tons total.

    Oh, and that ignores Thorium. Most places have about 2x to 3x as much of it (and you can make ‘bomb stuff’ from it too…)

    So I’d see no reason not to sell them more. Preferably already fabricated into fuel rods for Light Water Reactors…

  94. Jason Calley says:

    @ SP “For eg in USA, Nicotine is used as a very effective insecticide to spray on crops. ”

    Nicotine sulphate used to be on the shelf in every garden store, but seems to be less common these days. I know that there is a whole family of recent insecticides called “neo-nicotinides”. I am assuming that they are slightly modified nicotine, changed enough to be patentable.

    Also, just FYI, the neo-nicotinides have been implicated in causing honeybee colony collapse disorder. There are probably multiple causes, but I would not be surprised if the insecticides were one factor. Their use has been outlawed in much of Europe.

  95. Jason Calley says:

    @ E.M. “Iran doesn’t need to buy Uranium (though might, if the stuff is cheap enough):”

    Very true. If they want yellow cake, they have it within their borders. Unfortunately (for them) they cannot just pass some governmental legislation that orders their mining industry to find the deposits and mine them. After all, you can’t have your cake and edict too.

  96. adolfogiurfa says:

    @SP: So did God make all of this in one day ;)?
    It happened, certainly, in one single event:
    A Chicken “discharging”(laying) an egg, emitting a “discrete amount” of energy: A “Quanta”, a coalesced EMF which will last as long as the field preserves its local field among the surrounding fields. The same in the case of a woman giving birth to a child:”emitting”, discharging through a “gap” in its octave, a “discrete amount” of energy: A “Quanta” called a “Baby”.
    Then, if you want to see a “He universe” just go to the nearest mirror and look at it.
    In the book of TAROT you can see the nature of the Cosmos (Universe):
    http://web.eecs.utk.edu/~mclennan/BA/PT/M21.html
    There you see that there are “she” and “he” universes….

  97. tckev says:

    While cleaning-up some old links, collected data etc. I came across a link that reminded me of how I got here 2 years ago.
    Surprisingly the link is still good. So I thought it was worth another airing as power people are trying to tell me how good electric vehicles are -

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2362173/posts

    The good stuff is in the comments at about
    “7 posted on Thursday October 15, 01:13:14 GMT+0100 2009 by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned….)” and below…

  98. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.coopext.colostate.edu/4dmg/VegFruit/organic.htm Don’t worry, Nicotine is “Organic” so it’s safe to use around bees ;)

    Its like pyrethrin its marketed as this super safe “natural” insecticide you can spray all over everything lol.

  99. George says:

    @E.M. Smith

    It’s time to start worrying if you live on the coast in Oregon (off Coos Bay). Just had our 3rd 5+ quake in a month or so in the same general region. The quakes are on the spreading area, though, not on the subduction fault so it’s hard to know what to make of it.

  100. E.M.Smith says:

    @George:

    I just added the particulars to the quake posting. There was a 6.0 just today.

    I agree it’s not too worrying that it’s on the spreading zone, but… what spreads in one place has to subduct in another…

    So good time to check the bugout bag, water buckets, gas the car, but extra groceries, …

  101. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:
  102. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/226807.html Greece has NO OIL now LOLOLOL!!!!

  103. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Deniers destroyed by society

  104. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/feb/12/starwatch-mars-hubble-space-telescope?newsfeed=true

    Mars close

    http://mms.rice.edu/realtime/forecast.html

    Space Weather

    Will the DOW CRASH Now? Greeky looks finished now with no Iran Oil?

  105. adolfogiurfa says:

    @SP: The greater portion of Japan must go into the sea
    Jess Stearn, “Edgard Cayce,the Sleeping Prophet”, pp.37

  106. boballab says:

    Cascadia is still rocking with a 6.0 on the south end and 4.2 on the other:

    Magnitude
    6.0
    Date-Time
    Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 03:31:20 UTC
    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 07:31:20 PM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location
    43.536°N, 127.381°W
    Depth
    10 km (6.2 miles)
    Region
    OFF THE COAST OF OREGON
    Distances
    256 km (159 miles) W of Coos Bay, Oregon
    293 km (182 miles) WSW of Newport, Oregon
    302 km (187 miles) NW of Brookings, Oregon
    380 km (236 miles) WSW of SALEM, Oregon
    Location Uncertainty
    horizontal +/- 19.7 km (12.2 miles); depth +/- 6.2 km (3.9 miles)
    Parameters
    NST=205, Nph=211, Dmin=282.8 km, Rmss=1.15 sec, Gp=180°,
    M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=6
    Source
    Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID
    usb00080ib

    Magnitude
    4.2
    Date-Time
    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 22:54:40 UTC
    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 02:54:40 PM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location
    49.214°N, 128.751°W
    Depth
    10 km (6.2 miles)
    Region
    VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION
    Distances
    191 km (118 miles) SSW of Port Hardy, British Columbia, Canada
    235 km (146 miles) W of Ucluelet, British Columbia, Canada
    268 km (166 miles) WSW of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
    405 km (251 miles) WNW of VICTORIA, British Columbia, Canada
    Location Uncertainty
    horizontal +/- 25 km (15.5 miles); depth +/- 2.7 km (1.7 miles)
    Parameters
    NST= 33, Nph= 33, Dmin=268.3 km, Rmss=0.65 sec, Gp=212°,
    M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=9
    Source
    Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID
    usb00080ej

    Those happened int he last 24 hrs and doesn’t include that 5.6 just south of there:

    Magnitude
    5.6
    Date-Time
    Monday, February 13, 2012 at 21:07:02 UTC
    Monday, February 13, 2012 at 01:07:02 PM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location
    41.143°N, 123.790°W
    Depth
    28.2 km (17.5 miles)
    Region
    NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
    Distances
    9 km (5 miles) SW (234°) from Weitchpec, CA
    28 km (17 miles) NNW (343°) from Willow Creek, CA
    29 km (18 miles) ENE (67°) from Westhaven-Moonstone, CA
    50 km (31 miles) NE (38°) from Eureka, CA
    349 km (217 miles) NW (326°) from Sacramento, CA
    Location Uncertainty
    horizontal +/- 0.4 km (0.2 miles); depth +/- 1.2 km (0.7 miles)
    Parameters
    Nph= 47, Dmin=20 km, Rmss=0.27 sec, Gp= 72°,
    M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=8
    Source
    California Integrated Seismic Net:
    USGS Caltech CGS UCB UCSD UNR
    Event ID
    nc71734741

  107. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9qHGZgQ0JE&feature=player_embedded Instead of Carbon Change Hoax we should be Terraforming Mars

  108. adolfogiurfa says:

    @boballab It seems something big is coming. It looks like the day before the Japan 9,0 quake.

  109. Gerlach, T.M., 2011, Volcanic versus anthropogenic carbon dioxide: Eos Trans. AGU, v. 92, n. 24, p. 201-202.

    Gerlach, T.M., 1991, Present-day CO2 emissions from volcanoes: Eos Trans. AGU, v. 72, n. 23, p. 249 and 254-255.

    http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/volcanowatch/2007/07_02_15.html

    http://www.agu.org/pubs/pdf/2011EO240001.pdf

    This guy needs to be debunked. Seriously, this is USGS’s only main pillar that’s holding up the volcanoes don’t produce much CO2 myth (esp the 3million underwater ones…

    http://www.agu.org/pubs/pdf/2011EO240001.pdf

    Like this article, where is the material and methods? And why does it specially attack Ian Plimer? Whats the point, it’s a journal article is it not?

  110. david says:

    Another interesting item that was tucked into the ObamaCare bill that no one read before voting on.
    http://freebeacon.com/the-kerry-kickback/
    “”Massachusetts hospitals are poised to receive a $3.5 billion windfall in federal funding over the next 10 years thanks to a little-known provision Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) inserted into the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act, also known as “Obamacare.”
    The increased funding—$367 million a year in the form of Medicare reimbursement payments, according to the Federal Register—would not only come at the expense of hospitals in the 49 other states, but would also directly benefit an organization that has given generously to Kerry’s campaign.
    The obscure policy change was formally approved by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in July 2011. It was prompted by a small, 15-bed hospital located on the upscale island of Nantucket, a popular vacation spot for wealthy New Englanders where Kerry and his wife own a $9 million waterfront home.”

  111. bruce says:

    Wondering what a novel by EMS would be like. Would there be a finite number of pages?

  112. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

  113. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/audio/2012/feb/13/science-weekly-podcast-climate-change Joke of the day. But will the cooling stop them then???? :P

    But seriously, why didn’t any big eruptions occur in the 20th century then?

    More occurred during the little ice age!

  114. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-16/gillard-urged-to-follow-bernanke-with-australia-loans-mortgages.html Yippppeeee lets transfer the worse property bubble on earth to the tax payer !!!

  115. P.G. Sharrow says:

    @EMSmith; Here is something that might bring a smile. A brand new henge in Ireland:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17034637

    Also that pumper nut above has brought this thread to almost a halt on my computer. pg

  116. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:
  117. E.M.Smith says:

    @Bruce:

    It would be about 200 pages long, probably too technical, and with formulaic interpersonal plot devices and relationships….

    @P.G. Sharrow:

    Thanks! I like Irish Henges ;-)

    We’re at 188 comments now, at about 200 I’ll sprout T4 ….

    (that ought to be in about 2 hours ;-)

  118. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Author David Talbott suggests that all of human history can be seen as just two stories. First, came the story of ancient mythology, when towering gods were said to have ruled the world. Then came the story of science, emerging from a growing distrust of the myths and a new emphasis on direct observation and reason. But a third story is possible, according to Talbott, one that sees the underlying provocation of the myths in extraordinary electrical events occurring close to the Earth. That discernment will lead to a new perspective on modern science as well. Today, a third story IS possible. But it requires a reconsideration of both human stories—that of myth and that of “settled science”—seeing both through the fresh lens of the Electric Universe.”

  119. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    The lost city of Cahokia: Archaeologists uncover Native Americans’ sprawling metropolis under St Louis

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2082113/The-lost-city-Cahokia-Archaeologists-uncover-Native-Americans-sprawling-metropolis.html#ixzz1mu5zxCPa

  120. Another Ian says:

    E.M. Just got this in an email –

    ” Fw: Wise words from a stockbroker!!!

    I called my stockbroker and asked him what I should be buying.

    He said, “If the current government is in office much longer -

    tinned food, a generator, water and ammunition, are your best bets.”

  121. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    You know if the computer models are so good, why don’t we replace the government with Computer models, looks like they are already trying LOL

  122. adolfogiurfa says:

    @SP: The solar system is alive!..and, contrary to the theories of the famous astrophysicist Prof.Fred Flintstone, it is not made out of just dead and round “pebbles” driven only by the holy “gravity” of Saint Newton.(that guy who saw the apple and forgot the apple tree)

  123. adolfogiurfa says:

    @Scarlet Pumpernickel (13:33:00) : Any time soon the commanding “elite” will realize that their old servants/butlers are not useful anymore and they will replace them by CHEAPER computers!!! LOL!!!

  124. George says:

    M4.0 in the New Madrid zone:

    16 km (9 miles) ESE of Sikeston, Missouri
    27 km (16 miles) SW of Cairo, Illinois

  125. tckev says:

    E.M.
    I’m sure you know how it feels to have a niggle that something ain’t right and you need to get to the bottom of it, well that’s where I’ve got to. Unfortunately I work for a living and have still got a job(just), so not much time to sort all these problems out. Well…
    I know I’ve mentioned before about the effect of population rise affecting those infamous CO2 level. Well I was thinking, ‘what’s the easiest way to show I was going in the right direction?’
    I’ve ended up looking at it this way (hope you can make sense of it, I’m an idiot at HTML)

    Date..Population….CO2 ppm (approx)
    1800..1 billion.
    1927..2 .
    1960..3………………318
    1974..4………………332
    1987..5………………352
    1999..6………………372
    2011..7……………….391

    So for each billion increase in population the CO2 goes up by 20ppm.

    Population approximation from
    UNFPA – United Nations Population Fund estimate 31.10.2011
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Population_growth

    CO2 trends from NOAA
    http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/ccgg/trends/

    Now I need to equate this data to the approximation the everyone expels about 1000 lbs of CO2 per year.

  126. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    This thing about owning genes seems to be in the spotlight again

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/drug-company-defends-gene-mutation-patent/story-e6frg8y6-1226276389707

    Most of the human body is already owned. Hepatitis C is actually owned, why there is no cure for it, as you have to pay to study it.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/13/opinion/13iht-edcrichton.4579767.html

    But we are already owned from birth

  127. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTSxubKfTBU There is more carbon in the vegetation of earth then in the atmosphere, so we have to understand the vegetation not the atmosphere. We know nothing about the vegetation.

    http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2012-044 Just starting now

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203646004577213244084429540.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_carousel_3 Concerned scientists also replied

  128. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    You know, China is very smart. Most of the “warming” has occurred since 1850 because of worldwide deforestation. The solution is simple, just plant some trees. The “Green” countries like USA, UK, Australia and europe have no plans like these, only taxing people and building Windmills out of magnets that make radioactive waste.

    http://www.china.org.cn/environment/news/2009-03/12/content_17427454.htm

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/cif-green/2009/mar/11/china-forests “Green left” Guardian gets scared when a real solution is placed in front which threatens their fake gravy train

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004-03/12/content_313964.htm

    http://www.chinaodysseytours.com/news/tree-planting-day-china.html

  129. E.M.Smith says:

    The New Improved (and emptier) T4 pages is now here:

    http://chiefio.wordpress.com/t4/

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