Category Archives: Natural Disasters, Environmental, and Climate Change

Earthquakes Rumble Midwestern United States Ahead of Elenin/YU55 Asteroid Encounter

ESPN sports analyst Kirk Herbstreit was actually interrupted on the air by one of the Oklahoma earthquakes.

The Midwestern United States is more known for mile-wide tornadoes than earthquakes, and yet a series of tremors shook up things on Saturday, November 5, 2011 in the Oklahoma area.  There was no deaths or injuries, but it was quite unnerving for residents of the state, most of whom had never witnessed an earthquake before.  Cracks in buildings and highways were the extent of the damage in the minor tremors that lead up to a 5.6-magnitude quake that night which actually was noticed during the Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State college football showdown.

The interesting part of the sudden surge of earthquakes in such an unlikely area is the timing.  First of all, the comet Elenin is still out there, and while Common Sense Conspiracy has long pronounced the comet to be no threat to the Earth, there are those that still believe that Elenin could be wreaking havoc on the Earth’s magnetic poles.  Others believe that Elenin was just cover for the coming Nibiru, the huge planet that was excommunicated from the solar system millions of years ago and is now set to re-enter.  However, to make things even more interesting, the Oklahoma earthquakes are coming just ahead of the 2005 YU55 asteroid that is going to pass precariously close to Earth in just a few days on November 9.  It will be so close, in fact, that it will be nearer than the Moon.  A lot of the doomsday predictions that surrounded comet Elenin are simply being passed on to the asteroid.

Scientists say that there is one in 10 million chance that the YU55 asteroid strikes the Earth.  While that is obviously not a great percentage, it does make the average layperson wonder how they cannot be 100% sure.  How can they figure that it has a one in 10 million chance to hit us but still leave that window open with just a sliver of possibility?

Asteroid YU55's historic fly-by will happen Tuesday.

At 1,312 feet wide, the asteroid is not a formidable object in an astronomical conversation.  However, it is still large enough to create a huge amount of destruction were it to strike the Earth, and it is notable that astronomers do agree that this is the largest object to ever pass this close.  At this size, it is hard to make a convincing argument that YU55 could be causing any gravitational disturbances, but that didn’t stop people from panicking when Elenin came along, and we’re sure the chaos and paranoia will continue until YU55 does its thing and heads back on its orbit where it won’t return for many, many years.

Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth — Millions of Viewers?

Al Gore’s much-championed “24 Hours of Reality” broadcast to further expand his climate change agenda was even more championed after it aired on the Climate Reality Project, Al Gore’s personal internet home for pushing the issues surrounding the devastating effects of global warming.  Successful doesn’t really describe it.  8.6 million viewers apparently tuned into the internet marathon of climate change propaganda.  The only problem:  an internet syndicate that estimates traffic for sites says that Al Gore’s climate change bonanza actually received a whopping 17,000 dedicated viewers worldwide during the climate marathon.  A slight discrepancy, Al?  Maybe there were more hits from users on the other Internets, as Al Gore is famous for indicating.

For the record, Common Sense Conspiracy received 115 million hits yesterday.  That’s right.

Just because you say it in a press release doesn’t make it true.  Or does it?

Times Atlas Records False Effects of Global Warming

The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World has long been a gold standard for recording every nook and cranny of our precious Earth in painstaking detail.  However, they are now scrambling to fix the latest edition of the atlas after scientists found that it misrepresented the global warming effects around Greenland.  According to the Times Atlas, Greenland has lost 15% of its ice cover over the last fifteen years.  That would make it decreasing at a staggering 1% per year, meaning in just 85 more years at that rate, it would be gone completely.

Scientists and climatologists were quick to point out that while global warming and climate change are something that deserves attention, the real figure for Greenland’s loss of ice cover is somewhere around 0.1% over the last fifteen years.  While that is still a significant figure in the history of the Earth, it is nowhere nearly as damning as the figures represented by the Times Atlas.

The real interesting part is it is kind of hard for the Times to sell the idea that this was just an accidental misprint when they represented these figures not only in facts in the atlas, but also on the map itself.

Check out all the facts here.  The comparison of Greenland’s ice cover can be viewed below: