Saturday, June 7, 2008

The Beginnings of Real Terror

As put by geophysicist Philip Chapman, a former NASA astronaut-scientist and former president of the National Space Society, “It is time to put aside the global warming dogma, at least to begin contingency planning about what to do if we are moving into another little ice age.”The sun, of late, is remarkably free of eruptions: It has lost its spots. By this point in the solar cycle, sunspots would ordinarily have been present in goodly numbers. Today’s spotlessness — what alarms Dr. Chapman and others — may be an anomaly of some kind, and the
sun may soon revert to form. But if it doesn’t – and with each passing day, the speculation in the scientific community grows that it will not – we could be entering a new epoch that few would welcome.

Sunspots have been well documented throughout human history, starting in the fourth century BC, with written descriptions by Gan De, a Chinese astronomer. In 1128, an English monk, John of Worcester, was the first person known to have drawn sunspots, and after the telescope’s arrival in the early 1600s, observations and drawings became commonplace, including by such luminaries as Galileo Galilei. Then, to the astonishment of astronomers, they saw the sunspots diminish and die out altogether.This was the case during the Little Ice Age, a period starting in the 15th or 16th century and lasting centuries, says NASA’s Goddard Space Centre, which links the absence of sunspots
to the cold that then descended on Earth. During the coldest part of the Little Ice Age, a time known as the Maunder Minimum (named after English astronomer Edward Maunder), astronomers saw only about 50 sunspots over a 30-year period, less than one half of 1% of the sunspots that would normally have been expected. Other Minimums — times of low sunspot activity — also corresponded to times of unusual cold.

A spotless sun. An unknown phenomenon to the inhabitants of the interglacial. You don't appreciate what you had until nature takes it away.

It's all fun and games sitting around on Oprah talking with all the metrosexuals about what sort of natural textiles they are wearing in order to offset their queer carbon footprint and such.

Then the Sun gets snuffed out like a candle being pinched between the fingers of God ... and all the consumer units begin to feel the first pangs of what mortal terror is like.

Globo-warmthink was the best idea the sheeple could field about the changes we have seen in recent years. It was the apocalypse according to gay men.

Then there is real life. That isn't something you discuss in easy chairs over lattes on Oprah's set.

A new Ice Age means babies, the other white meat. The mall may remain closed for some time. The takeout window dark and locked up at McDonald's.

Do you think that some people are at least getting synchronized with Vault-Co? Wrong. We're still about a million steps ahead of these guys in seeing the implications.

World War is going to rage across the planet long before the glaciation begins anew and the superstorm hits. Resource wars will soon tear this little blue orb to pieces. There ain't enough to go around for both Asia and the West. The Chinese have two choices:

1. Be civil and perish quietly

2. Destroy the West and then take their stuff - food, fuel, women and agricultural territory


Anonymous said...

Itz coming alright,Tex. The sun goes to sleep and world temps react accordingly,oil price goes thru the roof and millions are beginning the road to starvation. Meanwhile the globowarmers are still preoccupied with banning beach bonfires and the like in order to save us all. Sheesh.Even I as a spoilt Westerner have noticed the food price rises: my usual brand of rice has gone from £3 to £6 in a coupla weeks. Seems its too late to 'pack it',there's none left.

Anonymous said...

I could not be remembred of the Nipponese flag: a plain red sun on a snow-white field.

Just a coincidence, but it connected somehow in my disturbed mind :-P

BTW: I'm preparing a new cooking book, the best recipe so far is "Long pig roasted on woodflooring embers". Yummie! :-P

Anonymous said...

Excellent post, as usual. - Sasha

Tad said...

Not so fast. Chapman is wrong when he says the sunspots have gone away, and he has never done research on solar physics or climate.

We are in the midst of solar minimum, which happens every 9-13 years, and there is nothing abnormal about it. Average daily sunspot number for the month of April was 4.9, and May was 5.7.

Sunspots are COOLER areas on the sun, not warmer, and the sun doesn't put out any more energy at sunspot cycle peaks than it does at any other time.

Regarding any correlation between sunspots and climate, check this out:

And Chapman's original piece, in the Australian, was followed up a week later by this, from a climatologist:


Anonymous said...

Short correction: Chapman was never President of the National Space Society; rather, he was head of the L5 Society. Thank you.

Alex Supertramp said...

Last night I dreamed that the sky was full of missle contrails. Hundreds of them. I woke up in a panic. Then I read this.