Chaostan and the Casey Report

According to some Doug Casey is a very successful investing hyena; his present interest is Khazakhstan, a very large country in Asia that is sparsely populated. Read the article republished by Lew Rockwell here, Haven in Kazakhstan). Doug’s concluding three paragraphs need to be studied:

Although I have no problem with people following any religion they like—it can make for stimulating philosophical discussion—problems inevitably arise when there’s religious activism in a political context. The results are invariably ugly.

In Palestine, for instance, before the Israeli takeover, Jews, Christians, and Moslems all lived peaceably. Their beliefs differed, but it made little more difference than whether they preferred vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry ice cream; cultural and religious variety only created an interesting diversity. The government was only a minor nuisance, manifesting itself mainly with taxes that no one felt an obligation to pay anyway, and people busied themselves mainly with the most benign of all activities, making money. Religion only became an issue when waves of new Jewish immigrants, who took their religion and politics very seriously, set up their own state. The rest is very bloody and troubled history, and that story is far from over.

A variation on that theme could occur throughout Central Asia. Certainly the groundwork is being laid by rabid proselytes from the world’s two major missionary religions. My guess is that religion will become a major cause of bloodshed here in the future. It looks, however, like the Muslims have a considerable lead in the religious sweepstakes.

Doug is too coy – the major proselytising missionary religions are Islam and Christianity to which I would also add Socialism and its green arm the Climateers.  These groups are the principal troublemakers on the planet.

Post Script: The notion that some are chosen seems to be based on the fact that any survivors of some enormous catastrophe, such as what terminated the Roman Period, would regard themselves as being chosen to survive by the terrible prodigy that caused the mayhem and destruction.  The survivors of the WWII atomic blasts assumed this chosen-ness.  And it’s not the first time this attitude appeared among people, since the survivors of the Bronze Age catastrophes also regarded themselves as chosen. For the same reasons and then assumed, arrogantly, that being chosen, they have the divine right to rule the rest of us.  That’s the dominant attitude among the socialists though they may not explain their divine -right in such ways. Rather they would assert that it was history that is propelling them into this situation; the God explanation in other words.

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Hydritic Earth Theory

Hydritic Earth Theory seems another of those fringe theories confronting Plate Tectonics and like the latter suffers from Lyellianism, that:

“In Earth Science, a most fundamental premise is that the chemical composition of the planet is the basis for its internal processes.  These processes themselves are believed to generate both the internal and the external features of the planet.  Geologists considering global tectonics are restricted to the constraints of dynamic systems that are compatible with the most reliable model of Earth composition.  If the “reliable” model is, in fact, incorrect, they will be led on circular paths of mistaken deduction by their incorrect precepts.” (Hydritic Earth, V. Larin, Edited on translation C: Warren Hunt, Introduction)

In other words the theory sticks to the standard model of liberal creation, Big Bang 14 billion years ago, etc, etc, and that the only external influences on the Earth are restricted to the occasional impact from bolides of various sizes.  Otherwise most, if not all, geological phenomena are features of a closed system.

There’s another interesting feature of the theory – its focus on hydrogen, while accurate, is also a little misleading since the inferred behaviour of hydrogen in the core and mantle is actually based on ionised hydrogen, or the proton.  Ionised hydrogen is the chemist’s description while proton the electrical engineer’s. And then to confuse matters a neutron is comprised of a proton and an electron, which makes it hydrogen.  Confusing?

Think on it, (if you know how).

 

 

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Commandments and all that

The well known Judeo-Christian first commandment:

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me”.

Seems totalitarian to me.

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Out of Place Soils

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Figure 1: Chernozem Termite Mound on outcropping granitoids near Halls Creek, Western Australia.

Most of my professional career as a diamond exploration geologist was traipsing over the country sampling soils and drainages for kimberlitic indicator minerals, and successfully too I might add.  Some preliminaries though: The geological profession can be categorised into two major camps, hard rock and soft rock.  Hard rockers deal with volcanics, metamorphic and igneous rocks while soft-rockers deal with sedimentation, geomorphology, and hydrocarbons. Neither camp works on the other’s rocks.  And there’s a small number of geologists who look for diamond deposits, and as kimberlite pipes can be found on cratons and sedimentary basins, our geological experience is a lot wider than our hard and soft rock peers.

So as a diamond geologist I tend to observe things my peers don’t, such as unusual occurrences of chernozem or black soil termite mounds on granitic outcrop in the middle of a paddock observed near Halls Creek in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia.  This occurrence was one of those WTF ????? moments.

 

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Figure 2: Chernozem Termite Mounds, Halls Creek, WA

Some close ups follow:

 

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Figure 3: Closeup Chernozem Termite Mound on Granitoid, Halls Creek, WA.

The problem is that in this area there are no chernozems or black soils, and the question then is how?  This mystery was compounded when I was working for South Star diamonds during 2005 and following up some previous De Beers results west of Cue on Meka Station in the Northern Goldfields region where I encountered a similar “black-soil” termite mound sitting on granitoids and other felsic rocks.

Mention these observations to one’s peers and the reaction is one of BS and dismissive mirth, leaving you with the feeling you had uttered a profanity. Profanity because such things, in terms of mainstream, settled geology, cannot exist. Well they do. Geomorphologists will probably go back to the pub and try to forget this termite provocation by intellectually numbing themselves with copious spirits and liquors.

Except we diamond explorers to make sense of the heavy mineral distribution on the land surface need to understand the erosional history of the areas we are working in.

As for the black-soil or chernozem termite mound remnants, the only plausible explanation is that there was a very recent widespread erosional event that stripped most of the regolith away leaving isolated outliers of bedrock with, I presume, isolated more resistant remnants of termite constructions.

When did this erosional event occur? According to geomorphologist Hugh Pringle who I encountered, with his PhD student, at Wooleen Station in the Murchison Region of WA, the erosional event occurred shortly after the introduction of sheep to the region by the British settlers, or some 150 years ago.  This seems to be borne out by a remark Australian ABC documentary personality Jack Absolom recounted by aboriginal explanations for the various salt lakes dotted in southern Western Australia as being caused by the introduction of sheep, in one of his weekly editions on TV.

I should mention that in the Murchison District De Beers noticed all of the kimberlites they located in that region had zero indicator minerals on top of them. Pringle explained that this was caused by the once-only erosional effect caused by the introduction of sheep which resulted in a short downslope movement of the residual soil into the drainages, leaving denuded outcrops with small pedestals of bedrock as left-overs.

 

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Figure 4: Granitoid Pedestals, Mileura Kimberlite, Wooleen Station, Murchison District, Western Australia.

It seems there are a few keys missing from the Lyellian toolbox of the present and the past, especially the very recent past.

Update: There were no sheep near Halls Creek.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gender Neutral Glaciers ???????

Climate Depot has posted details about an academic paper focussing on a search for a gender neutral glacier????

What the academic retards will do to ensure their funding continues and if that’s what’s coming out of Western Universities, then heaven help us

‘In search of a gender neutral glacier’ – ‘Paper proposes a feminist glaciology framework’
in search of a gender neutral glacier’

A critical but overlooked aspect of the human dimensions of glaciers and global change research is the relationship between gender and glaciers. While there has been relatively little research on gender and global environmental change in general (Moosa and Tuana, 2014; Arora-Jonsson, 2011), there is even less from a feminist perspective that focuses on gender (understood here not as a male/female binary, but as a range of personal and social possibilities) and also on power, justice, inequality, and knowledge production in the context of ice, glacier change, and glaciology. Through a review and synthesis of a multi-disciplinary and wide-ranging literature on human-ice relations, this paper proposes a feminist glaciology framework to analyze human-glacier dynamics, glacier narratives and discourse, and claims to credibility and authority of glaciological knowledge through the lens of feminist studies. Feminist glaciology asks how knowledge related to glaciers is produced, circulated, and gains credibility and authority across time and space. Glaciers, gender, and science: A feminist glaciology framework for global environmental change research, Mark Carey, M Jackson, Alessandro Antonello, Jaclyn Rushing – Progress in Human Geography 1–24, January 10, 2016 thanks to David Hanig

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Quartz Sand Silliness

I was checking up on the meaning of the phrase “Granite-wash” that is the source rock for natural gas in Oklahoma and Texas.  It seems that some deep drilling was done years ago and the hole stopped in molten sulphur at depth, and somehow the conclusion made that the drilling bit melted due to being immersed in the liquid sulphur.

But I digress and ‘granite-wash’ ? It’s a sediment derived from the erosion of granite and consisting of sand sized particles, hence sandstone, ahem. Problem.

Chemically weather granite as observed in Western Australia and you end up with clays but no sand. I’ve drilled enough holes in granite looking for gold to make that statement as fact. So to get quartz grains and presumably feldspar grains as well, requires a non-chemical or slightly chemically eroding process to yield distinct crystals of quartz and feldspar to act as the primary source of the sandstone to be deposited elsewhere. It is assumed the granite is a topographic high since you need a gradient to move the released quartz grains, etc., down the drainage systems to allow comminution of the grains to reduce them into sand sized particles.

And if a large quartz crystal is going to be reduced in size by attrition, then the products of this process need to be accounted for as deposits of, say, siliceous material such as chert?  In other words quartz crystal ==> smaller crystal + siliceous dust or smaller qtz crystals.  And if it is a fluvial environment in which the water coats the quartz grains (quartz is hydrophilic) then the grains are actually protected from collision by a liquid coating, so fluvial transport actually does not have the ways and means of attritioning quartz into smaller particles. While this can be done in a standard metallurgical mill, where steel balls are used to grind the rock into smaller size fractions, no such mechanisms exist in nature; rivers are not ball-mills.

And I know from extensive personal experience that the bed-loads in sand choked drainages also do not move downstream but stay in place in the channel depressions over which the active bed load, usually as lag gravels, travel.  Totally counter intuitive but a fact none the less.

A distraction. Some years back I edited some scientific papers for a Russian scientist on kimberlite genesis, published in the New Concepts of Global Tectonics Newsletter, now a journal, and he was a little apprehensive about my theoretical stance as a former De Beers geologist and my assumption that kimberlites were deep seated mantle originated rocks.  The Russian observation was that kimberlites seemed chemically to be near surface phenomena, akin to a variation of acid volcanics, and not deep sourced as we in De Beers assumed.

The Russian view was that kimberlites were near surface phenomena produced by external electrical effects of by-passing bolides or meteors. Or as I now understand it, near surface plasma effects.  I should point out that I no longer accept the idea that kimberlites are initiated at depth but are first formed at the Earth’s surface and then tunnel downwards towards the mantle, where pressure release then results in an uprush of kimberlite magma, and if one is lucky, the occasional diamond. In addition I suspect that electric discharge also has a role and the source of the kimberlite might be more shallow as the Russians suggest from chemical characteristics. Here the increased electric field strength may push the diamond-graphite stability boundary upwards to zones of less confining pressure, if such a situation exists at all.

The other problem is no one has seen a kimberlite erupt, so it’s all educated guessing.

So let’s cut to the chase and muse that the “granite-wash” isn’t a sediment produced by fluvial action, but a volcanogenic sediment emplaced by a fluidic process derived from the plasma machining of gneissic and granitic rocks.

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Solar Gravity ? And Science Marches on

It seems NASA has been busy studying the Sun with the latest technology and imagery enhancement to conclude that the solid sun is comprised of a calcium-ferrite core 4,500 km underneath the photosphere as described in great detail here. There you can read all the latest knowledge we have of the sun.

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Calcium ferrite is a compound of Ca(FeO2)2 and has a boiling point of 100 degrees Celsius, and a molecular weight of ~215.77. Density estimates range from 2 to 3.3 gm/c3 (published here).

The density of the Sun is about 1.4 gm/cm3. This is half the density of it’s interpreted mineralogy and chemistry and supports the electric-gravity theory.

Given the boiling point of calcium-ferrite of 100 Degrees Celsius, one suspects a lot more work needs to be done to figure out what the Sun is actually made of chemically and mineralogically, but one thing it certainly isn’t is a hot ball of hydrogen and helium, and nor does it host a core of a neutron star, another one of the impossible things many seem to believe in before breakfast.

(H/T THX1138)

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