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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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Bear Grylls Survival Kit

Submitted by on September 2, 2012 – 12:42 pmNo Comment

I used to really enjoy watching Bear Grylls on the TV – but after a while it got a bit repetitive (no problem with that, means that basic skills work in numerous scenarios). What really ruined it for me is how it was all a little bit fake. Unless they specifically stated that he spent all night sleeping in a carcass – he didn’t. And just because you only saw Bear constructing a bivouac, that didn’t mean he was without help. The show’s disclaimer states that some situations were created/staged rather than arrived upon.

So with that in mind, we have survivalist products with the brand of Bear Grylls on them. How good are they?

One Amazon reviewer makes an excellent point:

the Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Pack with Multitool, Flashlight, and Fire Starter is not intended for extensive use and I would not trust it in a survival situation. Chinese quality manufacturing and a gimmick namesake does not make for any sort of confidence in this product. Considering that you can buy a Leatherman 831426 Wingman Multi-Tool for $25, a Gerber 22-80012 Infinity Ultra Task LED Flashlight $15, and a SE 2″ X 3/16″ Flint/Fire Starter w/ Lanyard for $3 your only paying $60+ for the Grylls name.

I haven’t had my paws on this product, but I would expect to agree with the reviewer. Even at a much reduced Amazon price of $55.50, I’ve managed to purchase a Leatherman multi-tool and torch set for the same price. And similar fire starters can be found for a couple of bucks. I can’t see these China-sourced Gerber products being better or more reliable.

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