Please post ideas for new threads, tips on relevant and interesting threads elsewhere, and notes about pretty much anything you like here.

The scissors will be wielded to commercial spam, lewd suggestions, and anything else I don’t like. 😎

  1. oldbrew says:

    Link back to Suggestions 30

    [for viewing only please]

  2. oldbrew says:

    No fooling The Guardian 😎

    Burning wood for power is ‘misguided’ say climate experts

    Using biomass instead of fossil fuels may not be the answer to averting global warming

    Who knew? Obviously not the same ‘climate experts’ who claimed it was the answer. Bizarre 🤣

  3. J Martin says:

    I was wondering what the views of Professor Murry Salby might be on Nikolov and Zeller’s graph with the various planets sitting bang on the predicted curve. Does anyone know ?

  4. J Martin says:

    Question. 1. Rog tweeted that Atlantic ocean heat content has been declining since 2005. I googled and can find pretty pictures but no graph over time. Got one you can post ?

  5. J Martin says:

    Question 2. Not long ago there was a blog post or news item that someone has been able to work out the galaxy rotation issue without any need for dark matter of dark energy. Anyone got a link to that ? Or can anyone point me in the right direction ?

  6. p.g.sharrow says:

    @J Martin; try this:

    several articles on dark mater etc. on this site.
    . In my opinion, they are all wrong ;-)…pg

  7. oldbrew says:

    JM – Miles Mathis has a theory, as usual

    How my Unified Field solves
    the Galactic Rotation Problem
    and how the dark matter math is fudged

    To date dark matter has never been observed, despite years of trying.

  8. oldbrew says:

    BBC attempts science…

    How much does Earth’s atmosphere weigh?
    It turns out the phrase ‘light as air’ is a bit misleading…

    2nd January 2018

    Not as misleading as the BBC’s answer:

    Just over five quadrillion tonnes. Air is surprisingly heavy. A cubic metre of air at sea level weighs about 1.3kg and all the oceans only weigh 270 times as much as the atmosphere. We tend to underestimate the mass of air because we spend all our lives surrounded by it, and it presses down on us from all directions equally.
    – – –
    it presses down on us from all directions equally???

  9. oldbrew says:

    Tabby’s Star: 2018 news

    The First Post-Kepler Brightness Dips of KIC 8462852
    Posted: Tuesday, January 2, 2018

    We present a photometric detection of the first brightness dips of the unique variable star KIC 8462852 since the end of the Kepler space mission in 2013 May.
    – – –
    Alien megastructure not the cause of dimming of the ‘most mysterious star in the universe’
    January 3, 2018

    KIC 8462852, or “Tabby’s Star,” nicknamed after Boyajian, is otherwise an ordinary star, about 50 percent bigger and 1,000 degrees hotter than the Sun, and about than 1,000 light years away. However, it has been inexplicably dimming and brightening sporadically like no other. Several theories abound to explain the star’s unusual light patterns, including that an alien megastructure is orbiting the star.

    Read more at:

  10. oldbrew says:

    Tracing Electric Currents That Flow Along Earth’s Magnetic Field

    A new study uses satellite data to examine a worldwide system of electric currents in greater detail than ever before.

    SOURCE: Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics

    The researchers found that many differences between small-scale and large-scale currents—such as their behavior, the dependence of their behavior on local time and solar wind conditions, and how closely their orientation aligns with that of the planet’s magnetic field—are not straightforward. For example, they found that small-scale field-aligned currents potentially contribute a disproportionate amount of heat to regions of the ionosphere and thermosphere (an upper layer of Earth’s atmosphere).

  11. oldbrew says:

    North Korea accidentally hit one of its own cities with a missile, report says

    In its relentless pursuit of nuclear strength, North Korea’s first land target may have actually been itself. The Diplomat reported Wednesday that an intermediate range ballistic missile launched by the regime last spring accidentally hit the city of Tokchon, which has a population of more than 200,000.

  12. oldbrew says:

    Shakedown in Oklahoma: To cut the number of bigger earthquakes, inject less saltwater
    January 5, 2018 by Kea Giles, Geological Society of America

    In Oklahoma, reducing the amount of saltwater (highly brackish water produced during oil and gas recovery) pumped into the ground seems to be decreasing the number of small fluid-triggered earthquakes. But a new study shows why it wasn’t enough to ease bigger earthquakes. The study, led by Ryan M. Pollyea of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, was published online ahead of print in Geology this week.

    Starting around 2009, saltwater disposal (SWD) volume began increasing dramatically as unconventional oil and gas production increased rapidly throughout Oklahoma. As a result, the number of magnitude 3-plus earthquakes rattling the state has jumped from about one per year before 2011 to more than 900 in 2015. “Fluids are basically lubricating existing faults,” Pollyea explains. Oklahoma is now the most seismically active state in the lower 48 United States. [bold added]

    Read more at:

  13. oldbrew says:

    #AskBarnier: Farage to Meet EU’s Brexit Negotiator and ‘Represent’ Brexit Voters
    by LIAM DEACON 5 Jan 2018

    Speaking on a video on Twitter, Mr. Farage confirmed Thursday he had “finally got my meeting with Monsieur Barnier”, before asking his followers to submit questions to put to the EU boss.

    “I want to involve you. I want you to ask your questions directly to Michel Barnier.

    “So, respond: give me your name; give me your hometown; give me one question; use ‘#AskBarnier’ and I’ll pick the best three,” he said.

    One Twitter follower wrote:
    “Hi Michel, do you think it’s acceptable that Remoaners piss their pants daily and have regular hissy fits because they can’t accept that they lost a democratic vote to leave your communist dictatorship?”

  14. oldbrew says:

    Natural Climate Patterns Create Hot Spots of Rapid Sea Level Rise
    One of these hot spots may be developing along the coast of Texas and Louisiana

    By Arnoldo Valle-Levinson, Andrea Dutton, The Conversation US on January 6, 2018

    In summary, we found that short-term accelerations in sea level rise have repeatedly occurred over the last century, sometimes occurring south of Cape Hatteras and sometimes focused north of the Cape. These hot spots can exceed rates of 4 inches in five years, and can occur anywhere along the U.S. Atlantic coast. They form when the accumulated signals of ENSO and the NAO converge, displacing seawater toward the coastline.

  15. oldbrew says:

    Saturn’s moon Titan sports Earth-like features

    Using data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, astronomers have created a global map of Saturn’s moon Titan and found that its geographical features are similar to those seen on the Earth.
    By: PTI | New York | Published: January 7, 2018

  16. You might want to look at this paper suggesting that solar activity has a direct impact on long term climate. It seems to relate periods of low solar activity to the behavior of blocking high pressure systems.

    [reply] thanks

  17. oldbrew says:

    German industries warn against relocation of energy production
    Source: Xinhua| 2018-01-08 22:39:09|Editor: Mu Xuequan

    BERLIN, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) — The president of the Federation of German Industries Dieter Kempf warned against solo efforts by Germany in energy and climate policy, he told German Press Agency (dpa) on Monday.

    Isolated national action would be counterproductive because “production would be relocated to foreign countries and the price of electricity would continue to rise,” Kempf said here, “The principles of the energy and climate policy should not include weakening, but rather strengthening of industrial competitiveness.”

  18. oldbrew says:

    Saturn’s moon Titan sports Earth-like features
    January 9, 2018

    Titan’s three seas share a common equipotential surface, meaning they form a sea level, just as Earth’s oceans do. Either because there’s flow through the subsurface between the seas or because the channels between them allow enough liquid to pass through, the oceans on Titan are all at the same elevation.

    Read more at:
    – – –
    Climate Of Titan

    The climate of Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, is similar in many respects to that of Earth, despite having a far lower surface temperature. Its thick atmosphere, methane rain, and possible cryovolcanism create an analogue, though with different materials, to the climatic changes undergone by Earth during its far shorter year.

    Data for Saturn (same as Titan) and Earth:
    Solar irradiance (W/m2) 14.82 1,361.0 (ratio 0.011:1)

    Earth: Average temperature: 288 K (15 C)

    Fourth root of 14.82/1361.0 = 0.3230329
    288 K * 0.3230329 = 93.033475 K

    Saturn’s satellite Titan is the second-largest in the solar system. Its dense atmosphere is mostly molecular nitrogen with an admixture of methane, a surface pressure of 1.5 bars and a surface temperature of 94K.

    Subsequent observations by the Cassini mission between 2005 and 2010 indicated a mean global temperature of 93.4 ± 0.6 K for that moon [Titan] – Nikolov & Zeller 2017.

  19. oldbrew says:

    Just not there…

    Magnets with a single pole are still giving physicists the slip

    Magnetic poles are seemingly inseparable: Slice a magnet in half, and you get two smaller magnets, each with its own north and south poles. But exotic magnetic particles that flout this rule may be lurking undetected, some physicists suspect.

  20. RoswellJohn says:

    Interesting article on cloud cover cooling:

    [reply] cloud at night is a different matter

  21. p.g.sharrow says:

    oldbrew: “Magnets with a single pole are still giving physicists the slip”

    Kind of difficult thing to find, if it doesn’t exist. Magnetic poles are a result of EMF, not the cause!
    Charge in motion is the basic root cause of everything, even gravity and mass/inertia.
    GOD is not a Mathematician!. K.I.S.S.! Simple things that are the foundation of all things. That which is small and simple to create complexities of all sizes. Theoretical Physics is just an exercise in “what if ” SiFi…pg.

    [reply] sounds fair

  22. oldbrew says:

    Earthquakes as a driver for the deep-ocean carbon cycle
    January 10, 2018

    An international team led by geologist Michael Strasser has used novel methods to analyze sediment deposits in the Japan Trench in order to gain new insights into the carbon cycle.

    Read more at:

  23. oldbrew says:

    Fact Check: China’s Modern Climate Change Evidence

    Fact Check: As these two studies from China indicate, modern industrial/consumer emissions from fossil fuels are not a major component of climate change.

    This research adds to the huge compilation of prior peer-reviewed studies that confirm modern climate change is not out of the ordinary, and highly likely due to natural causes, not human-induced as speculated by many.

  24. oldbrew says:

    Little-known deep sea volcanic eruption that took place just 600 miles from New Zealand was the world’s largest in 100 years

    The findings have been described as a ‘scientific goldmine’ and could increase our understanding of how magma rises from the earth’s crust to the surface

    Read more:

  25. Paul Vaughan says:

    Theory and liberty are antonyms.

    “[…] astronomers had […] good idea […] what to expect […] or so they thought.” “”Our ideas were totally wrong”” “Strangely [..] mysterious physical force […] haven’t been able to identify. […] hundreds of times stronger […] no apparent reason.” “scratching […] heads […] mind-boggling” “scientists did not expect […] to look as weird and chaotic” “I’m not sure that anybody on my team was ready for Jupiter to look like that. We were just startled.” “Bolton ended his lecture with a message to grad students: […] “Don’t believe your professors.“”

    Reflection: They captured AND TETHERED imaginations. Magic — conjuring arts.

    ““[…] look back at people who influenced us […] how did that happen? […] Where else are we being deceived or influenced to think in a particular way?””

    “The use of persuasion and deception […] politics […] marketing […] film […] art […] warfare […] neuroscience […] History, Music, Psychology […]”

    ““the […] process of perception and deception. […] every aspect of our lives […] involves […] exactly that””

    Theory is the stake. Theoretical “logic” is the TETHER. Institutional magicians deter liberty. A great purge of the liberty resistance campaigns based along the major western fault begins with the simplest dismissals.

  26. oldbrew says:

    Flashback to 2015…’Pluto and Charon Shock NASA Scientists With the Unexpected’

  27. oldbrew says:

  28. oldbrew says:

    Dr. Pielke Jr. mocks new claim: ‘A magic force field’ is now preventing land-falling hurricanes? – Warmists scramble to explain lack of extreme weather

    Climate contortionists attempt more after-the-fact theories to cover the lack of evidence for man-made warming.

  29. oldbrew says:

    Small Asteroid Is Earth’s Constant Companion

    Asteroid 2016 HO3 has an orbit around the sun that keeps it as a constant companion of Earth

    Animation of the orbit:

  30. oldbrew says:

    Decreasing cloud cover drives the recent mass loss on the Greenland Ice Sheet

    Science Advances 28 Jun 2017:
    Vol. 3, no. 6, e1700584
    DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1700584

    Satellite observations reveal that there have been significant reductions in summertime [June-July-August (JJA)] optically thick cloud cover. Observations from AVHRR (Fig. 1A) recorded reductions in cloud cover of more than 84% of Greenland’s area over the time period 1982–2009. Over the same time period, MAR shows a reduction of more than 82%. During the period 2002–2015 (Fig. 1B), observations from MODIS show a cloud cover decrease of more than 77% of Greenland’s area, compared with 68% from MAR.

  31. oldbrew says:

    Scientists expecting chaos, find order…

    Gyroscopes lead scientists to unusual state of matter in a disorganized structure
    January 15, 2018, University of Chicago

    Two years ago, the team observed an odd behavior in their gyroscopes: at certain frequencies, they could set off a wave that traveled around the edges of the material in one direction only. This was strange, but had some counterparts in other branches of physics. It’s a behavior characteristic of a recently discovered state of matter called a topological insulator.

    But next, trying to find which conditions were truly essential, they modified the pattern of the gyroscopes. Where before the gyroscopes had been neatly lined up in equally spaced rows, like the lattice pattern in a crystal, Irvine and team scattered the points randomly around.

    They turned the gyroscopes on, and still saw the waves.

    This is exceedingly strange. Traditionally, the lattice order is very important in physical properties. It’s a bit like if every time you tossed a handful of puzzle pieces on the table, it still made a recognizable image.

    “Everything up to this point was engineered. We thought you had to build a particular lattice, and that determines where the wave goes,” said Irvine. “But when we asked what happened if you took away the spatial order, no crystal plane, no clear structure…the answer’s yes. It just works. [bold added]

    Read more at:
    [with 15 sec. video demo]
    – – –
    Physicists observe particles acting coherently as they undergo phase transitions
    January 15, 2018 University of Chicago

    The conventional wisdom was that the atoms should evolve incoherently after the transition—a hallmark of older “classic” rather than quantum models of physics. “In contrast, we found strong evidence for coherent dynamics,” said graduate student Lei Feng, the first author on the study. “In no moment do they become classical particles; they always behave as waves that evolve in synchrony with each other, which should give theorists a new ingredient to include in how they model such systems that are out of equilibrium.” [bold added]
    – – –
    Galaxies Show Order in Chaotic Young Universe
    By: Monica Young | January 15, 2018

    Astronomers expected that most galaxies living among this early chaos would be turbulent masses themselves. But new observations have revealed two surprisingly mature galaxies when the universe was only 800 million years old. Renske Smit (University of Cambridge, UK) and colleagues report in the January 11th Nature that these two galaxies have already settled into rotating disks, suggesting they evolved rapidly right after they were born. [bold added]

    It’s as if they know what they need to do 😉

  32. Paul Vaughan says:

    Endless use of “surprising”, “strange”, “weird”, etc. in science press releases builds up an image of language and learning failure plus a loop between the two where expression of imagination is limited by language and language is limited by imagination failures. Culture slams minds shut.

  33. oldbrew says:

    Rates of great earthquakes not affected by moon phases, day of year
    January 16, 2018, Seismological Society of America

    After matching dates and lunar phases to 204 earthquakes of magnitude 8 or larger, Susan Hough of the U.S. Geological Survey concluded that there is no evidence that the rates of these great earthquakes are affected by the position of the Earth relative to either the Moon or the Sun.

    In fact, the patterns that some observers see as linking large earthquakes with specific parts of the lunar cycle “are no different from the kinds of patterns you would get if the data are completely random,” Hough noted.

    Read more at:

  34. oldbrew says:

    From a ‘lukewarmer’s viewpoint…

    Roy Spencer on the Unsettled Science of Climate Change: A Primer
    By Robert Bradley Jr. — January 17, 2018

    My Global Warming Skepticism, for Dummies

    So, here’s a list of [19] basic climate change questions, and brief answers based upon what I know today. I might update them as I receive suggestions and comments. I will also be adding links to other sources, and some visual aids, as appropriate.
    . . .
    Skeptics advancing alternative explanations (hypotheses) for climate variability represent the way the researcher community used to operate, before politics, policy outcomes, and billions of dollars got involved.

  35. oldbrew says:

    Norway aims for all short-haul flights 100% electric by 2040
    January 17, 2018

    In the near future, Avinor plans to launch a tender offer to test a commercial route flown with a small electric plane with 19 seats, starting in 2025.

    Norway, the largest oil and gas producer in Western Europe, is paradoxically a leader in the field of electric transport.

  36. Paul Vaughan says:

    OB linked to “Rates of great earthquakes not affected by moon phases, day of year”

    Fascinating. Past USGS studies concluded differently and were based on orders of magnitude more sensible assumptions (e.g. “lunar phase” was not manipulatively misrepresented as univariate). The major western fault is becoming increasingly intent on controlling beliefs by adjusting assumptions. Prediction: The claw-back of free speech will intensify. It’s beginning to show how frustrated they are with how difficult it is to control public beliefs. They are going to more and more extreme lengths to harass and suppress expression of completely free thought. It’s remarkable how threatened they are by simple ideas. They’re so reactive: “We can’t have people thinking that!!” They assume they have the moral high ground because of their professed beliefs in freedom and democracy, but their controlling course of of action conveys a totally different message.

  37. oldbrew says:

    NASA team studies middle-aged Sun by tracking motion of Mercury
    January 18, 2018
    by Elizabeth Zubritsky, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

    “Mercury is the perfect test object for these experiments because it is so sensitive to the gravitational effect and activity of the Sun,” said Antonio Genova, the lead author of the study published in Nature Communications and a Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher working at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

  38. oldbrew says:

    Black holes – still a puzzle…

    New research challenges existing models of black holes
    January 19, 2018

    As matter is broken down around a black hole, jets of electrons are launched by the magnetic field from either pole of the black hole at almost the speed of light. Astronomers have long been flummoxed by these jets.

    These new and unique observations of the jets and estimates of magnetic field of V404 Cygni involved studying the body at several different wavelengths. These tests allowed the group to gain a much clearer understanding of the strength of its magnetic field. They discovered that magnetic fields are much weaker than previously understood, a puzzling finding that calls into question previous models of black hole components. The research shows a deep need for continued studies on some of the most mysterious entities in space.

    “We need to understand black holes in general,” Packham said. “If we go back to the very earliest point in our universe, just after the big bang, there seems to have always been a strong correlation between black holes and galaxies. It seems that the birth and evolution of black holes and galaxies, our cosmic island, are intimately linked. Our results are surprising and one that we’re still trying to puzzle out.” [bold added]

    Read more at:

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