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Here are the pictures – and so far nobody knows what they are!
They were found in an Arizona desert. Here are some possibilities:
Darlene Buhrow, director of marketing for Tucson Botanical Gardens said that after speaking to a botanist learned that, if the spheres are naturally occurring, they could be a slime mold or jelly fungus.
Other suggest they are a product, like Deco Beads which are small, colored, water-filled balls designed to keep plants hydrated. Though that does little to explain why thousands of them would have been put in the desert.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2272296/Theyre-world–Mysterious-purple-spheres-desert-spark-speculation.html#ixzz2K5fXRFm5
I’m not convinced that sinkholes are anything more natural occurrences that occasionally get a kick-start from human activities. Certainly the apparent rise in the number of sinkholes worldwide seems to be merely an increase in reporting. Still, you never know!
A massive sinkhole in Guangzhou, China, swallowed up buildings and knocked out power to thousands of residents. According to Shanghaiist, the sinkhole is about 3,230 square feet and plenty deep. A video shows a crowd milling about the sinkhole before it expanded, causing a building to crumble as if it were detonated.
Story at Yahoo.
Insane is probably too harsh. And I doubt the study accounted for race or culture, or even age. Still, it has been demonstrated that people are generally optimistic, and revise their opinions much more readily when given good news rather than bad. Or, in other words, if someone tells an optimist the world might end in 2o12, they pretty much cover their ears.
In a study published October 9 inNature Neuroscience, researchers at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at UCL (University College London) show that people who are very optimistic about the outcome of events tend to learn only from information that reinforces their rose-tinted view of the world.
80% of people were optimists, even if they would not label themselves as such.
…Each was asked how likely 80 different “bad events” – including a divorce or having cancer – were to happen. They were then told how likely this was in reality. …
I’m still not sure if there is any signifiance to all these sinkholes that are making the news these days. And this one, well it’s in a mining area. But you’d think that the mining 600 metres below wouldn’t cause a sinkhole, although perhaps explosions could? Anyway – I wouldn’t want to be living in one of the nearby homes. Full story at MessageToEagle.com
These were found at Andrey Eroshin’s blog:
10.02.12. Massive sinkhole a diameter of 25 meters and a depth of 40 meters was formed in the middle of a field of three communities Buen Abrigo, Coyote and Los Ángeles near the city of Matamoros.
09.02.12. Near reservoir Nanshan in province Zhejiang after the sudden collapse was formed hole with a diameter of about 15 meters and a depth of about 40 meters.
Very wet rain events are the trigger. The heavy rain induces thousands of landslides and severe erosion, which removes ground material from the Earth’s surface, releasing the stress load and encouraging movement along faults.
…found a strong temporal relationship between the two natural hazards, where large earthquakes occurred within four years after a very wet tropical cyclone season.
The two countries that were used to demonstrate the connection are Taiwan and Haiti – avoid these places after a very wet cyclone season…
Two sunken islands almost the size of Tasmania have been discovered in the Indian Ocean west of the Australian city of Perth.
…the two islands that now are covered by about a mile (1.5 kilometers) of ocean water.
“The sunken islands charted during the expedition have flat tops, which indicates they were once at sea level before being gradually submerged,” Whittaker said in a statement. The rocks retrieved from the islands also surprisingly …
According to Vivos, the American company that constructs the bunkers, “about two dozen” Brisbane residents are among “hundreds” of Australians enquiring about spots in massive underground bunkers that can house 1000 people for up to a year to ride out Hollywood-style disasters.
In the Brisbane Times Vivos suggests that the Blue Mountains would be a more suitable survival spot, as high ground near Brisbane is too close to the coast to survive a mega-tsunami. Vivos have cranked up the publicity machine recently, including a (fake) video of President Obama talking about the 2012 disaster. While I agree that Brisbane is not a place to survive, I would argue that a little more inland than the Blue Mountains you’ll find places that have more survival qualities. Also, I’m not sure if Vivos realize there are no missile silos that can be retrofitted in Australia.
Meanwhile I am saddened to learn …
This is a photo from National Geographic, of a volcano you perhaps have not heard of: Nyiragongo. It is in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is 2 miles high, and is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. This is unfortunate for the 1 million people who live at the base of the volcano in the city of Goma. In 1977 several hundred people were killed by lava travelling at 60 mph, while in 2002 it destroyed 14,000 homes.
Both eruptions were mere grumbles, though, compared with the fury Nyiragongo is thought capable of unleashing …there is no question the volcano will erupt again, potentially transforming Goma into a modern Pompeii. “Goma,” he says, “is the most dangerous city in the world.”
Online forums have been busy discussing Comet Elenin, and how it supposedly triggered earthquakes. In terms of gravitational pull, that would be impossible, but it is possible …
I’ve not expressly promoted other websites or blogs until today, because most that belong to the 2012 meme do not get my approval.
These do, and they might even be pivotal if something eventful unfolds. I regularly find amazing information at these sites, and I recommend them for your perusal and subscription:
Laura Knight-Jadczyk and the Dot Connector
The Daily Grail
and of course Signs of the Times, also from Laura Knight-Jadczyk
Not a comprehensive list, but enough to keep you busy!
This time the sinkhole is in Germany, measuring 30 meters across, and 20 meters deep. Six houses were evacuated. Photo over at a News Corp site.
Author John Perkins (Confessions of an Economic Hit Man) has posted his thoughts on 2012 at the Huffington Post. He explains how the 2012 meme has become, proven by his numerous forthcoming speaking engagements, a “tidal wave of change that is flooding human consciousness“. And he quantifies his positive thoughts by referring to how the Popul Vuh describes how “people overthrow an egotistical regime characterized by exploitation and deception and replace it with an enlightened and compassionate one“.
The Association of Space Explorers, has prepared a report on the threat asteroids pose for Planet Earth. The UN is studying the report, which includes plans to detect and deflect any objects in space that might threaten us. The Canadian Space Agency plans to launch a $15-million …
Numbers can be presented in many ways. But given that the movement of the magnetic north pole is in a singular direction, all that matters is the speed. This graph is compelling:
Unlike climate change data, this is the entire available data, no selective windows here.
This photo is doing the rounds:
It looks photo-shopped to me. And it looks bigger than anything of such uniform shape would be. And I figure South Pole folk would immediately recognise whatever is was. Still, has an un-spammy source:
Meanwhile TV physicist Michio Kaku was interviewed by CNN, where he mentions the 10-inch ground swell at Yellowstone, which may or may not be indicative of an eruption in the near future. When Yellowstone blows, it will kill with a 500 mile radius, and his advice to people is “run”.
I was quite OK with the LHC when experts explained that cosmic rays cause the creation of harmless mini-black holes in our atmosphere all the time. Now I don’t know what to think!
Otto Rössler is the professor who sued and failed in his attempt to halt the Large Hadron Collidor. Over at Lifeboat.com he lists 10 solid reasons to be concerned about the LHC. The primary argument is that those mini-black holes in our atmosphere are moving very fast, and will zip through Earth without harming us. A black hole created by the LHC will move slowly, and will eat us up before it departs! He calculates the process will take a few years to reduce our planet to 2cm in diameter – that’s too cosy for my liking!
Although it is still a pathetic amount, relative to the risk, NASA has seen its annual budget for near-Earth object observations quadruple …
This CNN video lets us know that there are lots of Chinese folk living in old, underground shelters. The question – is this a sign that the Chinese Govt. deems shelters unnecessary, or is it true that they plan on evicting the residents?
The Large Hadron Collider was due to shut down at the end of this year, so that scientists could prepare it to operate at full power. This has now been changed, and the LHC will continue operating in 2012, still only using half of its capabilities. For some people this will be a relief!
Few have heard of the Mzora stone circle, so the article about it at Heritage Action is worth sharing around. Found in remote Morocco, it has many similarities to Celtic circles, including the use of the “megalithic yard”. It could end up being an important clue in discovering the origins of megaliths, especially when combined …
A woman who claimed the world was going to end in an apocalyptic earthquake Friday was arrested in the Marin Headlands on allegations of abducting four people off the streets of Berkeley and San Francisco, a federal spokeswoman said.
Lark Ann Freeman, 36, of Fairfield was booked into Marin County Jail on suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment, evading police, reckless evasion, resisting arrest and violating a red light into a one-way tunnel. At the jail, she described her occupation as “save the world.”
…Authorities were still investigating what Freeman intended to do with the people in the truck. She told police she thought the world was going to end in an earthquake at 11:11a.m. and she “wanted to be prepared”.
Sounds like a 2012er who got the date wrong! Hopefully there will be a trial so we can get the full details. This is a worrying trend, given the murder of a policeman …
Nanodiamonds Discovered in Greenland Ice Sheet – adding weight to the theory of a cometary or asteroid impact event roughly 13,000 years ago.
Did volcanoes wipe out the Neanderthals? If so it would be a neat solution, but not one that explains how our forefathers survived (given that we were not as robust nor smart…)
Not well known is that our seas have been rising ever since the end of the last Ice Age. All the time we are hearing that “global warming” is causing the seas to rise, but few ask whether the rise would be happening regardless of human activity… Fortunately someone has looked into the numbers and discovered some disinformation:
By looking closely at the records, it turns out that the much advertised rising sea levels in the South Pacific depend on anomalous depressions of the ocean during 1997 and 1998 thanks to an El Nino and two tropical cyclones.