15 August 2008

The Hype of Climate Change

The American Southwest, where I reside, has been in the throes of drought since about 1978. Certainly there have been years of normal - whatever that means - or greater moisture, but the trend is drought. The winter of 2007-2008 notwithstanding, we can expect the general climatic trend to continue.

The Northern Hemisphere of this planet is in a normal warming cycle. It began to manifest itself as the preceding cycle, the Mini-Ice Age (1300-1800), wound down about the mid-19th century. However, the coldest period of the Mini-Ice Age were the years 1560-1850. You sharp readers will have noted that the year 1560 happens to coincide with the mid-point of the 500-year cycle, the year that the most intense cold began. Nothing in global climate happens overnight. Each cycle is of about 500-years duration. With that assumption we can say that the midpoint of this warming cycle that we are enjoying will be about 2100. In other words, historically speaking, we can expect the climate to gradually trend toward warmer and dryer for the next 92-years. Then it might get worse, historically speaking that is.

At the same time, some areas of the planet will become cooler and wetter for that is how it all works. You know, the ocean currents and the sun. Why, they may play and even larger part than we do. Think of it. It is mind-numbing, huh?

Now, if the global climate change cycle - Global Warming - is our responsibility, you know carbon offsets, CO2, and whatnot, if we caused this calamity, how do you explain the Medieval Warm Period (800-1300)?

It was warmer in the Northern Hemisphere then than it is now. Perhaps the Vikings, the Greenland Norse people whom I write about caused it with their peat fires, flatulent livestock, and whatnot. Sounds ridiculous, huh? It is ridiculous. They had no more to do with their natural planetary climate cycle then, than we do with ours today.

Entrepreneurs and scientists are playing the well-meaning, misinformed, easily-manipulated, masses of earthlings like the proverbial banjo. Why, you might ask? Because the politics of human-caused global warming offer enormous profit potential.

You are being scammed folks. How does it feel?

07 August 2008

The Viking Propensity To Assimilate

As I have noted in earlier posts, some of the medieval Greenland Norse assimilated with the natives of North America at least as early as the 12th century. I believe it will eventually be proven that this process began soon after the Norse settlements were founded on Greenland in 986 by Eirik Thorvaldsson.

It seems that assimilation with the native peoples also began occurring with their Viking brethren on the European continent by the 11th century. After a couple generations of conflict they stopped returning to the homeland.

They began to permanently settle with the the inhabitants of lands that they conquered and/or traded with from Ireland to Russia, adopting their languages and customs. Researchers at the universities of Leicester and Nottingham, in England, recently found that up to half the DNA from men in northwest England matches Scandinavian genetic types. Raiders or Traders? Andrew Curry, (Smithsonian Magazine, New York, NY, July 2008 - 29).

To check the proliferation of the Norse DNA Haplogroup throughout the medieval world, I recommend clicking on the link to an excellent WIKI article on the subject: R1a1

The Viking Age endured about 400-years. During these centuries the men gradually stopped returning to the homelands at the conclusion of each summer's season of raiding and trading. The distances became too great, the voyages too hazardous as the Mini-Ice Age settled over their areas of influence in the northern hemisphere.

The process of assimilation throughout the Viking World, from Constantinople and North Africa, across the North Atlantic Ocean to Greenland and L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland finally ensured that the sun would set on the young men who had gone iviking.