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What modulates our Sun? The majority of science work on the principle that the Sun is self modulating and each solar cycle is a product of a random number generator. There are others that suspect the Sun is modulated by the planets with a special emphasis on Uranus & Neptune. Thanks to Carl Smith who has recently left us we have new knowledge that significantly adds to Jose, Landscheidt & Charvàtovà's work.

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Yellowstone supervolcano could trigger an ice age far faster than anyone thought

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 20:50

“It’s shocking how little time is required to take a volcanic system from being quiet and sitting there to the edge of an eruption,” said Hannah Shamloo, a graduate student at Arizona State University.

When Shamloo and her colleagues studied Yellowstone’s Lava Creek Tuff — a fossilized ash deposit laid down during its last supereruption some 631,000 years ago — they found that new magma had moved into the system faster than anyone had thought possible.

“We expected that there might be processes happening over thousands of years preceding the eruption,” said geologist Christy Till, Ms. Shamloo’s dissertation adviser. Instead, the supereruption may have transpired only decades after an injection of fresh magma beneath the volcano.

During that eruption of 631,000 years ago, the Yellowstone supervolcano expelled more than 1,000 cubic km (239 cubic miles) of rock and ash.

Think about that! — 239 cubic miles of rock and ash!

Can you imagine even one cubic mile of ash and rock? I mean, that’s one mile wide, and one mile long, and one mile high, taller than many mountains. Now picture 239 cubic miles.

Manhattan covers just under 23 square miles. Meaning that that much ash would have buried more than 11 Manhattans — one mile deep.

That much ash would have blanketed most of the United States and plunged the Earth into a volcanic winter — an ice age, in other words. And not your everyday, simple run-of-the-mill ice age.

The ash would have been deeper the closer it fell to the volcano. I remember reading (I don’t remember where) that the ash from that eruption measured more than 7 feet deep in eastern Nebraska, some 800 miles away.

Imagine how much of that ash – with its fine, glassy shards – must have washed into streams, rivers and lakes, and eventually into the oceans, killing almost all of the fish.

By the way, as I mention in Not by Fire but by Ice, that eruption of 631,000 years ago occurred at a magnetic reversal—the Delta magnetic reversal.

Thanks to Gordon Broussard, Benjamin Napier and scsi_joe for this link

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Global warming – “The biggest scam in the history of the world”

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 19:10

“Never forget this next time you hear anyone bleating about Trump doing something sensible like pulling out of the Paris climate accord or scrapping the Clean Power Plan,” says James Delingpole. “The global warming scare is the biggest scam in the history of the world. It cannot be killed off soon enough.”

“Let’s get something absolutely clear about this global warming debate,” says Delingpole. “(I may have mentioned this before but it’s worth restating). Anyone at this late stage who is still on the alarmist side of the argument is either a liar, a cheat, a crook, a scamster, an incompetent, a dullard, a time-server, a charlatan or someone so monumentally stupid that they really should be banned by law from having an opinion on any subject whatsoever.”

“And that’s just the scientists.”

“The parasitic industry profiting from all that junk-science nonsense the alarmists keep pumping into the ether is even worse.”

See entire article, entitled “Delingpole: Man-Made Climate Catastrophe Is a Myth, More Studies Confirm.”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/10/10/delingpole-man-made-climate-catastrophe-is-a-myth-more-studies-confirm/

Thanks to Vance von Raab and Jimmy Walter for this link

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More than one million underwater volcanoes – Oregon State University

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 06:33

And we wonder what is heating our seas.

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According to Oregon State University (OSU), there may be more than one million underwater volcanoes. Here’s how their website puts it:

“If an estimate of 4,000 volcanoes per million square kilometers on the floor of the Pacific Ocean is extrapolated for all the oceans than there are more than a million submarine (underwater) volcanoes. Perhaps as many as 75,000 of these volcanoes rise over half a mile (1 kilometer) above the ocean floor.”

So far so good.

I give OSU credit for admitting that such a huge number of underwater volcanoes may lie hidden below the surface of the world’s oceans.

I also give them credit for saying that those submarine volcanoes “supply heat and chemicals to some of the Earth’s most unusual and rare ecosystems.” (I think there are more than three million underwater volcanoes pumping heat into the oceans, but at least OSU is on the right track.)

However, the OSU website goes on to say that mid-ocean ridges (underwater volcanoes) produce an estimated 75% of the annual output of magma. This number is so incredibly far off that it is laughable.

Think about it.

According to the USGS there are about 1,500 potentially active above-water volcanoes worldwide, with about 500 of them having erupted in historical time. OSU puts the number at 1,511.

How can more than one million underwater volcanoes be emitting only 75% of the amount of lava produced by 1,500 above-water volcanoes? It makes no sense whatsoever.

One million? Or three million? Whatever it turns out to be, such a huge number of underwater volcanoes must be pumping massive amounts of heat – and CO2 – into the world’s oceans.

That’s why ocean temperatures have been rising. That’s why CO2 levels have been rising.

As I say in Not by Fire but by Ice, it’s not global warming, it’s ocean warming, and it will soon lead us into the next ice age.

http://volcano.oregonstate.edu/submarine

Thanks to Tom0Mason for this link

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Canary Islands – 40 earthquakes in 48 hours trigger fears of eruption

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 21:10

“This could wipe out the East Coast of the USA if the side of the island slips off into the Atlantic,” says reader.
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The Canary Island of La Palma recorded 40 earthquakes in 48 hours over the weekend, raising fears of an eruption.

All of the tremors registered between 1.5 and 2.7 on the Richter scale.

La Palma, a popular holiday destination, last saw a volcanic eruption in 1971

María José Blanco, director of the National Geographic Institute in the Canary Islands, said the island has “never recorded a similar swarm.”

In 2011, an underwater eruption occurred near the island of El Hierro, followed by more than 7,500 earthquakes.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4966466/Volcanic-island-La-Palma-experience-40-tremors-48-hours.html

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/864536/La-palma-tenerife-gran-canaria-volcano-threat-earthquake-warning

Thanks to Benjamin Napier for these links

“This could wipe out the East Coast of the USA if the side of the island slips off into the Atlantic,” says Benjamin.

Benjamin may be referring to fears found in articles such as this, which says: “A wave higher than Nelson’s Column and travelling faster than a jet aircraft will devastate the eastern seaboard of America and inundate much of southern Britain, say scientists who have analysed the effects of a future volcanic eruption in the Canary Islands.”

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Have you ever seen a flock of polar bears?

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 17:54

At least 230 polar bears in one place.

A bowhead whale beached on Wrangell island in the Arctic Ocean, and the opportunistic bears quickly moved in.

From a distance it looked like a flock of sheep, but rangers on the remote island calculated that at least 230 polar ravenous polar bears had arrived to devour the free meal.

“They included single males, single females, mothers with cubs and and even two mothers with four cubs each,” reports the Siberian Times.

I thought polar bears were supposed to be endangered.

See many photos:
http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/features/lunch-arrives-on-wrangel-island-and-230-polar-bears-show-up-for-the-feast/

Thanks to J.H. Walker for this link

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New York Times article “so full of nonsense that it is difficult to read”

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 17:30

Yesterday The New York Times ran an article refuting any ideas that the planet is cooling due to solar activity (or lack thereof). Joseph Kraig provides a wonderful rebuttal.
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New York Times article “so full of nonsense that it is difficult to read”

By Joseph Kraig

This article is so full of nonsense that it is difficult to read.

There is no universal ice melt. Though the article says ice is melting world wide and the oceans are rising, it is simply not true. The oceans are not rising and in places where it was supposed to rise it has actually gotten lower. Greenland saw a faster and larger increase in ice this year than ever recorded. The Glaciers in Alaska and California are both getting larger.

While the sun appears the same day after day it is not. There have been major increases in ultraviolet emissions during the 80’s and 90’s, those emissions are now falling, dramatically.

As long ago as the Maunder Minimum it was known that fewer sun spots cause cooler weather. We are now in a time that is bringing us to a Maunder type of minimum or Grand Minimum.

While it is true that temperatures have been rising (and falling) since the end of the last glaciation we are at the end or what should be the end of the inter-glacial period. We should appreciate any warming we can get.

The amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is growing. Certainly humans contribute to that growth but the percentage of increase due to human industry is minuscule. In fact the total amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is minuscule. It has never been proven that CO2 is a greenhouse gas. There are much more effective greenhouse gases in our atmosphere such as water vapor and Methane.

There are other sciences discoveries that are changing the way scientist think about Global Warming. Who would have thought a couple decades ago that the stars sending their cosmic rays to us could affect our weather but they do, especially in solar minimums.

Ignorance rules our newspapers and much of society. The truth is out there for all to see but those who don’t like the truth lie and know because of our unwillingness to spend a little time reading that we won’t know any better. I refuse to believe the lies of the Mainstream press apparatus.

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Mexico – Popocatepetl erupts four times in 24 hours

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 21:08

A plume of smoke and steam 1.2 miles (2 km) rose into the sky at 9:04 this morning.

It was the  fourth eruption and the 88th low-intensity exhalation at Popocatepetl Volcano in 24 hours, according to the National Disaster Prevention Centre of Mexico.

Popocatépetl – Wikipedia

The series of explosions and minor eruptions that took place this week have put citizens of the neighboring city of Puebla on alert as ash rained down on the city.

Also, according to rt.com, the seismic activity caused river waters to rise for a period.

After a powerful earthquake struck central Mexico about three weeks ago (September 19), the volcano, located about 43 miles (70 km) southeast of Mexico City, registered two eruptions of steam and gas in the next four days.

http://www.financialexpress.com/world-news/mexicos-popocatepetl-volcano-erupts/887138/

https://www.rt.com/news/406002-multiple-explosions-mexican-volcano-popocatepetl/

Thanks to Ryan and Stephen Bird for these links

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Global cooling – or lack thereof – has nothing to do with solar activity?

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 20:44

Reader interested in feedback

The New York Times refutes any ideas that the planet is cooling due to solar activity (or lack thereof),” says reader.

“In an article today about the Trump administration’s plans to repeal Obama’s greenhouse gas emissions policy, the New York Times included this quick summary about the current scientific assessment of climate change:”

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/climate/what-is-climate-change.html

“Obviously they refute any ideas that the planet is cooling due to solar activity (or lack thereof).

“It’s an interesting read, and I’d be interested in feedback here.”

Terry

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Politicized sustainability threatens planet and people

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 17:52

“The real purpose of ‘dangerous manmade climate change’ is gaining greater agitator and government control over people’s energy use, lives, livelihoods, liberties and living standards.” – Paul Driessen

“It seems nearly everyone wants to advance sustainability principles,” says Driessen. “The problem is, no one really knows what they are. Real sustainability means responsible conservation and stewardship of natural resources. The public relations variety is mostly image-enhancing fluff. Politicized sustainability – the version that’s all the rage on college campuses and among government regulators – insists that we may meet the needs of current generations only to the extent that doing so “will not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”

“The problem with this infinitely malleable definition is that it requires us to predict both unpredictable future technologies and their raw material demands. Even worse, we are supposed to protect those future needs even if it means ignoring or compromising the undeniable needs of current generations – including the needs and welfare of the most impoverished, politically powerless people on Earth today. That’s why this irrational, unworkable, environmentally destructive idea deserves to land in history’s trash bin.”

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Politicized sustainability threatens planet and people

It drives anti-fossil fuel agendas and threatens wildlife, jobs, and human health and welfare

By Paul Driessen

Sustainability (sustainable development) is one of the hottest trends on college campuses, in the news media, in corporate boardrooms and with regulators. There are three different versions.

Real Sustainability involves thoughtful, caring, responsible, economical stewardship and conservation of land, water, energy, metallic, forest, wildlife and other natural resources. Responsible businesses, families and communities practice this kind of sustainability every day: polluting less, recycling where it makes sense, and using less energy, water and raw materials to manufacture the products we need.

Public Relations Sustainability mostly involves meaningless, superficial, unverifiable, image-enhancing assertions that a company is devoted to renewable fuels, corporate responsibility, environmental justice, reducing its carbon footprint – or sustainability. Its primary goal is garnering favorable press or appeasing radical environmental groups.

Politicized Sustainability is the untenable, even dangerous variety. It relies on ideological assertions and theoretical models as an alternative to actual outside-our-windows reality and evidence. Like “dangerous manmade climate change,” its real purpose is gaining greater agitator and government control over people’s energy use, lives, livelihoods, liberties and living standards. It reflects an abysmal understanding of basic energy, economic, resource extraction, manufacturing and human rights realities.

The most common definition is that “we may meet the needs of current generations” only to the extent that doing so “will not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”

Among other alleged human wrongdoing doing, Political Sustainability thus reflects the assertion that we are rapidly depleting finite resources. Therefore, we must reduce our current needs and wants in order to save those resources for future generations. At first blush, it sounds logical, and even ethical.

Ignoring or compromising the undeniable needs of current generations

However, under sustainability precepts, we are supposed to predict future technologies – and ensure that today’s resource demands will not compromise the completely unpredictable energy and raw material requirements that those completely unpredictable future technologies will introduce. We are supposed to safeguard the assumed needs of future generations, even if it means ignoring or compromising the undeniable needs of current generations – including the needs, aspirations, health and welfare of the most impoverished, malnourished, disease-ravaged, energy-deprived, politically powerless people on Earth.

For thousands of years, mankind advanced at a snail’s pace. Then, as the modern fossil-fuel industrial era found its footing, progress picked up rapidly, until the speed of change became almost exponential. How today is anyone supposed to predict what might be in store ten, fifty or a hundred years from now?

Moreover, as we moved from flint to copper, to bronze, iron, steel and beyond, we didn’t do so because mankind had exhausted Earth’s supplies of flint, copper, tin and so forth. We did it because we innovated. We invented something better, more efficient, more practical. Each advance required different materials.

Who today can foresee what future technologies we will have … and what raw materials those future technologies will require? How we are supposed to ensure that future families can meet their needs, if we cannot possibly know what those needs will be?

Ignoring or compromising the pressing needs of current generations

Why then would we even think of empowering activists and governments to regulate today’s activities – based on wholly unpredictable future technologies, lifestyles, needs and resource demands? Why would we ignore or compromise the pressing needs of current generations, to meet those totally unpredictable future needs?

“Resource depletion” claims also fail to account for new technologies that increase energy and mineral reserves, reduce their costs – or decrease the need for certain raw materials: copper, for instance, because lightweight fiber optic cables made from silica (one of Earth’s most abundant minerals) can carry thousands of times more information than a huge bundle of copper wires that weigh 800 times more.

In 1887, when Wisconsin’s Hearthstone House became the world’s first home lit by hydroelectric power, no one could foresee how electricity would come to dominate, enhance and safeguard our lives in the myriad ways it does today. No one could envision the many ways we generate electricity today.

120 years later, no one predicted tiny cellular phones with superb digital cameras and more computing and networking power than a big 1990 desktop computer. No one expected that we would need so much cadmium, lithium, rare earth metals and other raw materials to manufacture thousands of wind turbines.

No one anticipated that new 4-D seismic, deepwater drilling and hydraulic fracturing technologies would find and produce so much oil and natural gas that today we still have at least a century’s worth of these vital energy resources – which “experts” had just told us we would run out of in only a few more years.

Ignoring the clear needs of current generations

And yet, we are still supposed to predict the future 50 or 100 years from now, safeguard the assumed needs of future generations, and ignore the clear needs of current generations. We are also supposed to presume that today’s essential natural resources have to last forever. In reality, they only have to last long enough for our creative intellects to discover real, actually workable replacements: new deposits, production techniques, raw material substitutes or technologies.

Of course, all of this is irrelevant to Politicized Sustainability dogma. That doctrine focuses on ridding the world of fossil fuels, regardless of any social, economic, environmental or human costs of doing so. And regardless of whether supposed alternatives really are eco-friendly and sustainable.

For example, mandated U.S. ethanol quotas eat up 40% of this nation’s corn, grown on over 36 million acres of cropland, to replace 10% of America’s gasoline. Corn ethanol also requires billions of gallons of water, and vast quantities of pesticides, fertilizers, tractor fuel and natural gas … to produce energy that drives up food prices, damages small engines, gets one-third fewer miles per gallon than gasoline – and during its entire production and use cycle emits just as much carbon dioxide as gasoline.

Imagine replacing 100% of US gasoline with corn ethanol. How would that in any way be sustainable?

Producing expensive, intermittent, unreliable electricity

Mandated, subsidized wind energy requires millions of acres for turbines and ultra-long transmission lines … and billions of tons of concrete, steel, copper, rare earth metals and fiberglass. The turbines’ subsonic noise and light flicker create chronic health problems for susceptible people living near them, and kill millions of birds and bats annually – to produce expensive, intermittent, unreliable electricity that must be backed up by dozens of fossil fuel generators or billions of (nonexistent) land- and resource-intensive battery arrays.

Meanwhile, American and Canadian companies are cutting down thousands of acres of forests and turning millions of trees into wood pellets that they truck to coastal ports and transport on oil-fueled cargo ships to England. There the pellets are hauled by truck and burned in place of coal, to generate electricity … so that England can meet its renewable fuel targets. How is this sustainable – or “climate friendly”?

Why not just build the fossil fuel power plants … mine for coal and frack for natural gas to fuel them – or build more nuclear power plants – and forget about the ethanol, wind turbines, wood pellets and other pseudo-renewable, pseudo-sustainable false alternatives … until something truly better comes along?

Meanwhile, more than 1.2 billion people still do not have electricity. Another 2 billion have electrical power only sporadically and unpredictably. Hundreds of millions get horribly sick, and five million die every year from lung and intestinal diseases that are due to breathing smoke from open fires … and not having refrigeration, clean water and safe, bacteria-free food.

As Steven Lyazi has noted, these people simply want to take their rightful, God-given places among Earth’s healthy and prosperous people. Instead, they’re being told “that wouldn’t be sustainable.” They’re being told they must be content with a few wind turbines near their villages and little solar panels on their huts – to charge cell phones, pump a little water, power a few light bulbs and operate tiny refrigerators.

Politicized Sustainability is irrational, unjust, inhumane, eco-imperialistic and environmentally destructive. It is especially harmful to the world’s poor. It’s time to rethink and overhaul this insanity.

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org), and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power – Black death and other books on public policy.

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Up to 14 inches of snow for the Rockies

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 14:12

Winter storm warning. Well-below freezing temperatures expected by Monday night.

Oct 8 2017 …WINTER STORM WARNING FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 3 PM MONDAY…

* WHAT…Heavy snow expected. Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Monday. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches, with localized amounts up to 14 inches, are expected.

* WHERE…Rocky Mountain National Park and the Medicine Bow Range, The Mountains of Summit County, the Mosquito Range, and the Indian Peaks, The Northern Front Range Foothills and The Southern Front Range Foothills.

* WHEN…Snow will develop from north to south this evening and become heavy at times overnight. Snow will decrease by Monday afternoon.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times.

… time to prepare for winter`s return. Check car tires and ensure your emergency kits, flashlights, blankets, ice scrapers etc. are in place and all ready to go. Drain outdoor sprinkler systems to protect them from the well below freezing temperatures expected by Monday night.

http://www.weather.gov/bou/

Thanks to Kenneth Lund for this link

 

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I am in such a predicament, says reader

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 17:02

“Expect more blizzards moving forward,” says reader Lee Holsen, quoting a recent article on this site. “This is just a taste.”

“I am in such a predicament,” Holsen continues.

“As a snowskier, I want more snow. As a current resident of Houston where it’s still hitting 90 in October, I want below average temps all the time. And as a “climate denier”, I want to have a real cooling period start and show all the alarmists that man isn’t squat compared to the sun.

“BUT I know if a real cooling period starts; it’s going to wreck growing seasons for food so bad that worldwide starvations and wars over food could start.

“Luckily, I do believe the sun is in charge and it really doesn’t matter what I want; it’s going to be the decider and my wants are not going to be at fault.”

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Betting on HIGH, or LOW?

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 16:51

Many, many years ago I owned a summer home just 10 miles from Show Low, which made this article more fun for me.
– Robert
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Betting on HIGH, or LOW?

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Just in case you are wondering what this about, it’s about the small town of Show Low in Arizona with a population of around 10,000. If you want to read up on more details, see http://www.showlowaz.gov/517/City-Profile .

Some years ago, we were visiting the place and had a pleasant experience. What intrigued me though was the name of the town. Our waitress explained that it stemmed from a long-ago poker game, where the LOW card(s) were going to win, NOT the HIGH card(s).

As in any game of luck that has a 50/50 chance of being right or wrong, the former owner of that tract of land (some 65 square miles of it, I believe) lost out and the new owner renamed it in memory of his call and win.

Place Names

As we speak of place names, there certainly are some quite unusual ones, at least in the Americas.  Just think of place names like “King of Prussia (Pennsylvania),” “Medicine Hat (Alberta),” “Scratch Ankle (Alabama),”  ”Cut and Shoot (Texas),” “Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!  (Quebec),” or “Get out if you can! ([Salsipuedes], Chile)” for settlements.  Unusual names for lakes, rivers, and other natural sites like “Whiskey Lake (Ontario)” or ”Extortion Lake (Minnesota),” and “Christmas Island (Indian Ocean)” are quite common as well. That’s just a small sampling of unusual place names.

Good “ol” Wiki has several lists of such names at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Unusual_place_names and Reader’s Digest has its own list “24 of the Funniest Town Names in America,” though none of them appear to mention “Show Low.” Perhaps it’s the name itself that causes its lack of recognition; who would want to bet on a “LOW” show when everyone is always expecting MORE (not LESS), or BETTER, or HIGHER of whatever?

And who does not want to gamble a bit, at least a little, on the side? After all, as the nearby graph will show, it’s a thriving business.

Past and projected future gambling activities; source: Agora Financial, September 25, 2017.

Gambling

Gambling has been a past time activity that’s known in many cultures since ancient times. Even the tribal communities on this continent are well known to have engaged in it. From the Inuit communities in the far north to those in the far south, all had some games of chance. The only difference being the “assets on the table.” The graph above is part of a recent article entitle “Absolutely Insane Growth” by Louis Basenese, Chief Investment Strategist, True Alpha. No doubt about that, gambling is a big industry and growing. If you don’t believe that, just travel across the country, in the middle of the night, and you will find gambling casinos that are open 24/7, even in places you didn’t know to exist.

I like to visit them – not for the gambling (except, perhaps for a dollar or two) – but for the food. In order to keep the players coming, they commonly provide some good food at reasonable prices. Of course, non-gambling customers like me are not particularly welcome but oddballs or no-good moochers and are just part of the cost of doing business and to run the system.

There you have it; we are just little cogs in the wheel of fortune that seems to drive the world to greater heights.

Heights of Excitement

Whenever one of the many lotteries is having a run of no-wins of the grand prize the excitement grows exponentially with the stake. Who would want to wager for a mere “$X”-million if one could win “$XX”-million instead? At such times, every corner-store is trying to sell even more tickets for the next draw than ever before.

Of course your chance of winning does not increase with the total number of tickets sold, only with the fraction of the total that you actually hold. So, people are willing to spend more, often much more, accordingly. Of course, nearly every habitual player does that and, in the end, the odds of you winning are still the same, sort of infinitesimally small.

Besides, really, what would I do with triple-digit millions? I have no idea other than trying to do some good for others.

But with miniscule chances of ever winning the jackpot, I use my own system of winning, every week:

Betting on “LOW” and not playing at all.

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Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser is a professional scientist with a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Technical University, Munich, Germany. He has worked as a research scientist and project chief at Environment Canada‘s Canada Centre for Inland Waters for over 30 years and is currently Director of Research at TerraBase Inc. He is author of nearly 300 publications in scientific journals, government and agency reports, books, computer programs, trade magazines, and newspaper articles.

Dr. Kaiser has been president of the International Association for Great Lakes Research, a peer reviewer of numerous scientific papers for several journals, Editor-in-Chief of the Water Quality Research Journal of Canada for nearly a decade, and an adjunct professor. He has contributed to a variety of scientific projects and reports and has made many presentations at national and international conferences.

Dr. Kaiser is author of CONVENIENT MYTHS, the green revolution – perceptions, politics, and facts
convenientmyths.com

Dr. Kaiser can be reached at: mail@convenientmyths.com

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French wine output lowest since 1957 – Italy wine output even lower

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 11:12

“The drop in production will be mainly on account of the hard spring frost,” the French Agriculture Ministry said. 

Wine volume in France will fall 19% to this year, to about 4.9 billion bottles (36.9 million hectolitres ), the ministry forecasts.

That’s the lowest production in 60 years, since 1957, when a spring freeze also destroyed flower buds.

The situation is far worse in some parts of France. In the Bordeaux region, which was hardest hit by frost in late April, production is falling 39% to 3.55 million hectolitres.

For Italy, the numbers are confusing.

According to bangkokpost.com, Italy’s vineyards suffered less damage from frost and drought, and yet, the same article says that the country’s wine volume is forecast to fall 24% to 47.2 million hectolitres.

That looks to me like more damage, not less.

Either way, it would be hard to say that global warming is the culprit.

https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1337991/french-wine-output-lowest-in-60-years?utm_source=bangkopost.com&utm_medium=homepage&utm_campaign=most_recent_box

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Video – Record-breaking snowstorm caused by sunspot cycle?

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 20:48

“Expect more blizzards moving forward. This is just a taste.”

Why would a record-breaking snowstorm hit Montana this early in October? The creator of this video blames the sunspot cycle.

 

“We had a huge amount of blizzards in the 1890s during the Dalton Minimum.”

“We had a huge amount of blizzards in the Glassberg Minimum.”

“And now, we’re having a ton more blizzards moving into the Modern Minimum.”

According to the National Weather Service in Great Falls, Montana, this storm was effectively a blizzard in the Havre area, especially considering the severe impacts.

Elsewhere, Zortman, Montana set a new one day record for October with 14 inches of snow reported Tuesday morning.

The heaviest estimated snow amount from this storm was 30 inches in Rocky Boy, Montana. Drifts in at least one location were estimated to be eight feet high, and many areas in Montana, Colorado and Wyoming received a foot (30 cm) or more of snow.

A blizzard occurs when the following conditions are met for at least three consecutive hours: sustained winds or frequent gusts to at least 35 mph and considerable falling and/or blowing snow that frequently reduces visibility to less than a quarter mile.

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Montana Indian Reservation Digging Out After Heavy Snowstorm – Video

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 12:39

5 Oct 2017 – The Chippewa Cree Tribe on Rocky Boys Indian Reservation is slowly digging out after being buried by heavy, wet snow.

The Montana Department of Transportation is clearing the roads, crews are digging out people with medical needs, and the local electric company has restored power to all except about ten homes.

Chippewa Cree Tribal Water Resource Director Dustin White is asking residents to be patient as crews slowly work through the heavy and wet snow.

(According to Wikipedia, the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation, located in northeastern Montana about 40 miles (64 km) from the Canadian border, is reported to have 6,177 enrolled members.)

http://www.krtv.com/story/36523896/rocky-boy-slowly-emerging-after-snowstorm

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Earthquake Swarm at Yellowstone Supervolcano Second Longest Ever Recorded

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 12:46

Over the past 3½ months, almost 2,500 earthquakes have been recorded in Yellowstone National Park.

The ongoing earthquake swarm, which started on June 12, now rivals a swarm in 1987, the longest swarm ever recorded at the massive supervolcano. During that swarm, more than 3,000 earthquakes struck the area in three months.

But don’t worry. “The swarm in no way signals an impending eruption,” reports newsweek.com

See more:
http://www.newsweek.com/yellowstone-supervolcano-earthquake-swarm-longest-ever-recorded-677387

Thanks to Vance von Raab and Gordon Broussard for this link

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Poll shows Trump approval rating at 45 percent

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 12:01

This despite massive media attacks.

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Thursday, October 05, 2017

Today’s Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll shows that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-four percent (54%) disapprove.

When you consider that you can’t turn around without seeing or hearing some new media attack on the man, this is an amazing accomplishment.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/trump_administration/prez_track_oct05

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Russia – Record cold in South Ural region

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 11:45

On October 3, the mercury plunged to -7.3C in the city of Magnitogorsk, easily breaking the previous record of -5,0C set in 1955.

In other parts of the Urals, the temperature is running 6-8 degrees below the norm.

Magnitogorsk, a city of 440,000, lies about one thousand miles east and slightly south of Moscow.

http://www.meteo-tv.ru/news/Kommentarii-sinoptika/Na-Urale-rekordy-kholoda-na-Dalnem-Vostoke-dozhdi-i-veter/

Thanks to Alexey Parkhomenko for this link

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Snowfall disaster in Russia – Crops buried under more than a foot of snow

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 10:44

Emergency declared in three regions of Khakassia. Harvesting of feed and grain crops temporarily suspended. 

Russia 4 Oct 2017 –  “The bread went under the snow.” For agrarians, snow on top of unharvested fields is a real disaster.

At first came the heavy rains so harvesting couldn’t begin. Then came the frosts and snow, from 10 to 40 cm (4 to 16 inches) deep. Under the snow is the harvest of 2017 … A real disaster.

“The bread went under the snow.”

“Barley is completely laid down, the snow is wet, heavy, I do not know whether the ear will rise after melting snow or not. Here 120 hectares, there is a wedge of 150 hectares, and more oats. Only 480 hectares went under the snow,” complains Vasily Aprelkov, a farmer from the Bograd region.

“We have in some territories 5-10 cm, in others up to 40 cm fell. But the total area of grain and fodder crops remaining under snow is enormous, “says Valery Sulekov, deputy head of the Ordzhonikidzevsky district.

According to preliminary data, 3,000 hectares were affected in the Bogradsky region, 18,000 in Shirinsky and 22,000 in Ordzhonikidzevsky. Only 43,000 hectares of grain and forage crops. At first glance, the damage amounts to 120 to 150 million rubles.

“For agrarians falling snow on unharvested fields is a real disaster,” said Alexander Bashkov, the head of the Ministry of Agriculture.

http://www.krsk.aif.ru/society/hleb_ushel_pod_sneg_v_hakasii_iz-za_pogody_obyavlen_rezhim_chs

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Record-breaking snowstorm – “effectively a blizzard” – hits Rockies

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 16:59

Sets record not just for the date, but for the entire month of October – and it’s only October 3.

The heaviest October snow in Montana in more than 100 years has caused widespread power outages and downed trees in parts of Montana and Colorado. All of Havre, Montana, a city of 9,800, lost power.

With 37.6 cm (14.8 inches) of snow as of late Monday night, Havre experienced what was effectively a blizzard, NWS Great Falls said.

 

Havre, Monana, 3 Oct 2017 Photo courtesy Ann Kulczyk #mtwx via National Weather Service

“The current October record high snow is 21.8 cm (8.6 inches) set on October 4, 1914,” the NWS said. (Again, note that that record is for the entire month of October, not just the day).

The NWS Great Falls said the storm total snowfall for Havre from Monday through this morning is 39.4 cm (15.5 inches).

The heaviest estimated snow amount from this storm is 76.2 cm (30 inches) in Rocky Boy, Montana.

According to the Weather Channel, some areas had as much as 2 feet (60 cm) of snow on the ground.

Eight-foot (2.4m) snowdrifts were estimated in at least one location.

https://watchers.news/2017/10/03/havre-montana-record-breaking-snowstorm/

http://billingsgazette.com/inches-of-snow-in-havre-as-storm-blankets-hi-line/article_b5495309-898d-5cc0-b979-17f70f371919.html

See video:
https://weather.com/storms/winter/news/rockies-snow-montana-colorado-wyoming-early-october-2017

Thanks to Guy Wilson, Clay Olson and Tom0Mason for these links

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