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Another Expert Agrees With Dark Comet Theory

Another Expert Agrees With Dark Comet Theory

February 21, 2013 – 11:31 am | No Comment

Astronomer David Asher (from Armagh University) has agreed with Bill Napier and Janaki Wickramasinghe (Cardiff University) that “dark comets” are real and dangerous.
The following quotes are from a paper by Napier and Asher published in Astronomy & Geophysics.
http://star.arm.ac.uk/preprints/2009/539.pdf

We know that about one bright comet (of absolute magnitude as bright as 7, comparable to Halley’s Comet) arrives in the visibility zone (perihelion q<5AU, say) each year from the Oort cloud. It seems to be securely established that ~1–2% of these are captured into Halleytype (HT) orbits. The dynamical lifetime of a body in such an orbit can be estimated, from which the expected number of HT comets is perhaps ~3000. The actual number of active HT comets is ~25. This discrepancy of at least two powers of 10 in the expected impact rate from comets as deduced from this theoretical argument on the one hand, and observations on the other, is …

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River Otter Prepper Arrested

June 23, 2014 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

The two-day manhunt for a Florida man ended Wednesday morning at the FBI office in Tampa, when 55-year-old “doomsday prepper” Martin Winters surrendered to authorities. According to the Tampa Bay Times, a wet, footsore and weary Winters gave up his freedom for the promise of some dry shoes, Gatorade, a couple of cheeseburgers and some French fries. [RawStory]

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I don’t know anything about Mr Winters or the full circumstances of the last few days. However, it does suggest that there are some survivalists out there who are capable of being on the run for very long. Stockpiling weapons is one thing, but keeping dry and safe in the outdoors takes a bit more skill.

According to officials, Winters told an undercover agent he had 50 AR-15 rifles buried on his property and other properties. The agent also said Winters told him he wanted to burn his house down and then shoot agents as they arrived to the scene.

Winters also said he had at least 40 men that were willing to participate in his “last stand,” officials said. [Gawker]

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2012 Obsession Leads To Murder

February 6, 2014 – 2:54 pm | No Comment
2012 Obsession Leads To Murder

I guess we’ll never know, but I’d like to think that the key causes of this murder are alcohol and rage… even if they were arguing about the end of the Mayan Calendar.
Smith said in opening arguments Thursday that Humphreys shot Peterson during an alcohol-fueled rage that was exacerbated by his mother’s recent death and his obsession with the 12-21-12 “Mayan Apocalypse” prophecy that the world would end that day. Humphreys hadn’t slept the night before, waiting to see if the world really would end, a neighbor testified.
Testimony during the trial included neighbors saying they heard the two men arguing the night of Dec. 21, 2012, and Peterson telling Humphreys to go home just before they heard a shot. Both men lived at the Executive West apartment buildings in the 4500 block Ocean Beach Highway. The shooting happened in the doorway of Peterson’s apartment.
[Source: TDN]
Interestingly, the same small apartment block …

The Right Wing 2012 Agenda

January 17, 2014 – 2:39 am | No Comment
The Right Wing 2012 Agenda

I’ve been paying close attention to the post-2012 activities of 2012 activists, and this one caught me by surprise…
Ostensibly an exercise in leveraging a popular meme for profit purposes only, the “official” Dec 21 2012 site has now been revived using the most generic cop out – the change has already begun, you just haven’t noticed….
I think the site’s latest menu speaks loudly:

The last 6 items are fear-based, primarily fear of authority & fear of those who are different. Not bad survival strategies, but not great if you wish to fit into current-day society.
Click on The Racial Divide and you get to read this:
You have the NAACP. You have BET. If we had WET (White Entertainment Television), we’d be racists. If we had a White Pride Day, you would call us racists.
If we had White History Month, we’d be racists.
If we had any organization for only whites to ‘advance’ OUR …

The Bookcover I Forgot About

January 7, 2014 – 11:15 pm | No Comment
The Bookcover I Forgot About

The books, topics, notes and ideas that I didn’t write about in the last 13 years would take me a decade to wade through – which I might just do depending on how much is going on in my here-and-now.
I just found some images I was considering for my Survive 2o12 book cover (and then forgot about). They certainly show that survivalism is a cyclical topic:

The Maya were right about 2012 (possibly?)

November 11, 2013 – 11:17 pm | No Comment
The Maya were right about 2012 (possibly?)

For a long time now, I have figured that the major possibilities for a scientific prediction from the ancient Maya (or their predecessors) was either a massive solar storm (via noticing patterns in low-latitude auroras) or the return of a long-period comet.
Following a 2012-recap interview over the weekend, I found myself double-checking comet discoveries of recent times, looking for a match I may have missed. I think I have found a possibility. There’s no way of proving that this is what the Long Count calendar was all about, but it is perhaps the best scientific educated guess.
Kreutz Sungrazers
(from Wikipedia)
The Kreutz Sungrazers Listeni/ˈkrɔɪts/ are a family of sungrazing comets, characterized by orbits taking them extremely close to the Sun at perihelion. They are believed to be fragments of one large comet that broke up several centuries ago…
The three most impressive have been the Great Comet of 1843, the Great Comet of …

Europe’s Nuclear Plants: Not Very Safe

October 27, 2013 – 1:20 pm | No Comment
Europe’s Nuclear Plants: Not Very Safe

I just stumbled across this New Scientist story from a year ago (and presumably the situation hasn’t improved…)
European nuclear power plants ill-set for disaster

It’s just as well earthquakes and tsunamis are comparatively rare in Europe, because the continent’s nuclear power plants are ill-equipped to cope with them, a report has revealed. Commissioned in the wake of the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan following an earthquake and tsunami on 11 March 2011, the investigation by the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group used “stress tests” to assess the readiness of Europe’s reactors for similar events.
Of 145 reactors checked, 121 had no or inadequate seismic instruments to detect earthquakes, and 32 lacked venting systems to prevent pressure build-ups in reactor vessels if the primary cooling system fails. Without these systems, reactors can explode and release radioactive pollution, as happened at Fukushima. Some 81 reactors did not have adequate equipment available …

Islands Can Arrive (and disappear) Overnight

September 27, 2013 – 5:16 pm | No Comment
Islands Can Arrive (and disappear) Overnight

Pakistan’s recent deadly 7.8 magnitude earthquake had a surprising twist – an entire island rose out of the ocean.

 
I think it looks bigger in the photo than it really is, because it is only 600 meters from the shoreline:
The earthquake was so powerful that it caused the seabed to rise and create a small, mountain-like island about 600 metres off Pakistan’s Gwadar coastline in the Arabian Sea. [ABC Australia]
“It’s an oval shaped island which is about 250ft to 300ft (76-91m) in length, and about 60 to 70ft above the water,” he said. It has a rough surface, much of which is muddy and some parts are mostly made up of fine- to coarse-grained sand. [BBC]

So if an island can come into rapid existence, presumably one can disappear just as easily, like Atlantis allegedly did.

When The Shit Hits The Field

August 20, 2013 – 3:33 pm | No Comment
When The Shit Hits The Field

SHTF has been a common name for a global disaster or cataclysm, but the reality is that in many parts of the world it is our own faeces that helps feed us.
Check out these snippets from an article in the South China Morning Post:
You produce some 500 litres of urine and 50kg of faeces a year. Besides water and organic carbon, your annual output contains about 10kg of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium compounds, the three main nutrients plants need to grow – and, helpfully, in roughly the right proportions.
Scale that up and the world’s population excretes 70 million tonnes of nutrients annually. Applied to fields, this could replace almost 40 per cent of the 176 million tonnes of nutrients in chemical fertilisers used by the world’s farmers in 2011.
In India, despite laws banning the practice, an estimated one million people, mostly women and girls from lower castes, are still paid …

Weakest Solar Cycle in 50+ Years

August 6, 2013 – 3:35 pm | No Comment
Weakest Solar Cycle in 50+ Years

Well, it will be the weakest solar cycle in more than 50 years if it doesn’t pull off a double peak. Look at this graph to see how weak it has been compared to the last solar maximum:

Source: SpaceWeather
Solar cycles vary between 10 and 13 years, so cycle 24 should definitely be peaking right now. The previous peaks of 1989 and 2001 were doubles. So, unless we have a lopsided double-peak, it is either a weak double-peak or it has already peaked and that’s all folks.
I’m certainly not disappointed, but the only three 2012 doom’n’gloom experts who had some degree of respectability (myself, Geryl and Joesph) all nominated the Sun as the most likely cause of harm.

Study: Global Warming = Increasing Violence

August 3, 2013 – 2:24 pm | No Comment
Study: Global Warming = Increasing Violence

I opened this news item with my skeptical hat on, given that there are so many parameters that could be used. However, it looks pretty legit*. Climate change (regardless of what is causing it) means more violence – yet another reason to be a prepper and/or shift away from highly populated areas.
The research, which was published in Science, examined 60 previous studies from all major regions of the globe. The results suggest that changes such as drought, flood and high temperatures strongly correlate with spikes in conflict.
Researchers noted examples including increased domestic violence in India and Australia, assaults and murders in the United States and Tanzania, ethnic violence in Europe and South Asia, land invasions in Brazil, police violence in the Netherlands and civil conflicts throughout the tropics.
The biggest culprit: higher temperatures. Out of 27 modern societies studied, all 27 showed a positive relationship between higher temperatures and violence.
[Source: Huff …

Gut Bacteria and Human Evolution

July 2, 2013 – 11:34 am | No Comment
Gut Bacteria and Human Evolution

Gut instinct tells me that cosmic rays are an important factor in human evolution, and that humans have evolved much more recently than scientists can ascertain (they basically only have bones to look at, whereas we are much more than just bones). But it’s not just cosmic rays, but rather a collection of factors that might occur at the same time during and after a global cataclysm:

Punctuated equilibrium
Epigenetics
Cosmic Rays – they certainly cause genetic mutations in humans, and a mass influx of cosmic rays could accelerate mutations

The problem with human genetic mutations is that they are random. And if everyone has different mutations, that won’t lead to evolution. If everyone mutated in similar ways, then that would be different.
Until now I figured that our DNA repair mechanisms were the solution. I won’t go into it deeply here, but there is evidence that our DNA not only has the ability to repair damage, …

New Chambers at Teotihuacan

July 1, 2013 – 11:47 am | No Comment
New Chambers at Teotihuacan

What I love about archaeology is that new things are being unearthed all the time. And when you are someone like me who makes crazy declarations that “pyramids are bunkers”, then each time  a new subterranean chamber is opened, it could contain evidence that supports my position.

A small robot has discovered three possible burial chambers under a temple in Mexico’s pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan, a find that may reveal secrets about funeral rituals in the ancient site.
The robot, dubbed Tlaloc II-TC, located the chambers in the last section of  a 2,000-year-old tunnel tucked under the Temple of the Feathered Snake,  surprising archeologists who had expected to find just one room.

The National Anthropology and History Institute said the find could shed  light on the burial rituals of the rulers of Teotihuacan, which is some 40  kilometers (25 miles) from Mexico City.

The mystery-filled ancient city is known for its majestic pyramids of …

Tunguska was a Meteorite

June 28, 2013 – 10:07 am | No Comment
Tunguska was a Meteorite

For a long time Tunguska has been a mystery – was in a comet or a meteorite or something else (Tesla anyone?).

To my knowledge, this is the first time the mystery has been solved using facts rather than speculation:
An icy comet would evaporate on impact, which could explain the lack of any observable evidence. But a study in the journal Planetary and Space Science provides, for the first time, evidence that the impact was not caused by a comet. Researchers collected microscopic fragments recovered from a layer of partially decayed vegetation (peat) that dates from that extraordinary summer.
Victor Kvasnytsya from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and his colleagues used the latest imaging and spectroscopy techniques to identify aggregates of carbon minerals—diamond, lonsdaleite, and graphite. Lonsdaleite in particular is known to form when carbon-rich material is suddenly exposed to a shock wave created by an explosion, such as that …

Mayan Pyramids Discovered in Chactun

June 24, 2013 – 10:11 am | No Comment
Mayan Pyramids Discovered in Chactun

Incredibly, ancient cities are still being discovered, with large & intact buildings. Some jungles really are extremely impenetrable! Two weeks ago one was found in Cambodia, and now a Mayan city has been located in Mexico:
The city was recently spotted in aerial photographs that had been snapped some 15 years ago by the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity. A team of archeologists then spent about three weeks cutting a 10-mile path into the opaque jungle to reach the site marked on their aerial map.
So far, the archeologists have found in the 54-acre stretch some 15 pyramids, one of which is about 75 feet tall, as well as ball courts that indicate the city was likely a prominent one in the empire.
Every pyramid and structure provides new possibilities for writing to be discovered, and perhaps clues to why the Long Count calendar was set to end last …

I Happily Admit I Was Wrong (ish), But Zero Regrets

June 21, 2013 – 2:50 pm | No Comment
I Happily Admit I Was Wrong (ish), But Zero Regrets

For years now I have been saying that it is unlikely that an ancient culture could have predicted a natural event (I highlighted the return of a long period comet or a massive solar storm) accurate to a day or even a week.
My (unique) take on the 2012 meme was that Dec 21 was chosen by the ancient Maya (or a prior culture) symbolically, because as the winter solstice it is the darkest day of the year. Consequently I determined that 6 months either side of that date was the time frame in which any event they predicted was most likely to happen.
That year has just ended, and obviously nothing happened.
Big grin, because nobody want any doom event to occur.
However, terrible events (natural and man-made) have occurred in the past and will again, and the sane response is to be prepared.
2012 has turned me into a prepper. When this journey …

Vivos Still Trying – New Site in Kansas

June 15, 2013 – 4:34 pm | No Comment
Vivos Still Trying – New Site in Kansas

Robert Vicino, CEO of The Vivos Group, received a lot of media attention leading up to 2012 – promoting the idea of buying a berth in a bunker. His plans were grand, and relied on hundreds of people providing up-front money. Although many reasons were cited, my guess is that the Barstow missile silo was never purchased because too few people had paid a deposit.
While I am sure he would get customers if the facility was already built, it is hard to ask people to believe in what would be the first commercial bunker of such a scale.
Still, Vivos now has plans for a new silo bunker in Kansas:
Dubbed the Vivos Survival Shelter & Resort, it’s hoped the complex will accommodate more than 5,000 people “for a minimum of one year of autonomous survival,” be able to store DNA and gamete cells of thousands frozen within a series of cryovaults, …