Dig uncovers Roman invasion coast
An archaeological dig at a Kent fort has uncovered the coastline at the time of the Roman invasion of Britain in 43AD – two miles from today’s shore.
The team was excavating a 295ft (90m) stretch of collapsed Roman wall, when they found a small medieval dock.
English Heritage archaeologist Tony Wilmott said they then found a “hard surface”, in a water-filled trench, which was the Roman beach.
The dig was on previously untouched land at Richborough Roman Fort.
Mr Wilmott said: “It is widely known that Richborough Roman Fort was the gateway to Roman Britain 2,000 years ago.
“But what is really exciting is that we have actually found the Roman foreshore while digging in a deep trench alongside the remains of a Roman wall.
“The bottom of the trench continually fills with water and by trowelling you can feel the hard surface, which was the Roman beach.”
He added: “We have long been curious about this fallen Roman fort wall and now we know there was a Roman harbour sitting out there.”
At the start of the dig, local volunteers helped to reclaim the walls from undergrowth, exposing them for the first time since the 1930s.
John Stossel: ‘Gore creatively misremembers his own movie’ & Climate march is ‘really marching for a left-wing religion’
But so far it’s been good: Over the last century, climates warmed, but climate-related deaths dropped. Since 1933, they fell by 98 percent. Life expectancy doubled.
Much of that is thanks to prosperity created by free markets. But some is due to warming. Cold kills more people than heat.
Carbon dioxide is also good for crop growth. Even The New York Times admits, “Plants have been growing at a rate far faster than at any other time in the last 54,000 years.”
Instead of celebrating Earth Day Saturday, I’ll celebrate Human Achievement Hour. The think tank behind it, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, says Human Achievement Hour pays tribute to “our basic human right to use energy to improve everyone’s quality of life.”
Some ways to celebrate:
—Use your phone or computer
—Drive a car
—Take a hot shower
Good idea! Let’s celebrate progress instead of attacking it.…
Guest essay by Jim Steele Director emeritus Sierra Nevada Field Campus, San Francisco State University and author of Landscapes & Cycles: An Environmentalist’s Journey to Climate Skepticism It is puzzling why the recent 2017 publication in Nature, Global Warming And Recurrent Mass Bleaching Of Corals by Hughes et al. ignored the most critical factor affecting…
From the reason #75 why we don’t subscribe to “Scientific American” anymore department. Back in May of 2016, there was the usual brainless caterwauling over Sea Level Rise caused by climate change, SciAm picked it up: Sea-level rise has claimed five whole islands in the Pacific: first scientific evidence Even The Guardian said the headline was…
In 1990, Tom Karl and the IPCC showed that Earth was much warmer 900 years ago, during the Medieval Warm Period (MWP.)
But by 1995, climate scientists had made the decision to get rid of the inconvenient MWP.
By 2001, Michael Mann and the IPCC followed up on their plans, and eliminated the MWP.
The 1990 IPCC report also had detailed Arctic sea ice satellite data from NOAA, which showed that Arctic sea ice extent was much lower in 1973 than in 1979.
Government scientists also knew in 1985 that Arctic sea ice extent was much lower in the 1940’s and 1950’s than it was in 1973.
The pre-1979 Arctic sea ice data was extremely inconvenient, so NOAA simply made it disappear. They now start their graphs right at the peak year in 1979. I have been trying to obtain the pre-1979 IPCC satellite data from NOAA for over six months, and they have been “unable to locate it.”
In the 1950’s scientists were well aware that the “thin crust” of Arctic sea ice was disappearing, and predicted an ice-free Arctic within a generation.
Scientists were also aware that by 1970 Arctic sea ice was getting much thicker and more extensive.
This prior warmth and subsequent cooling in the Arctic was inconvenient, so NOAA and NASA made it disappear.
In 1985 Phil Jones At CRU showed a large global warming spike around 1940, followed by about 0.5C cooling.
The 1940’s spike was inconvenient for Phil Jones and the rest of his cohorts, so they discussed how to get rid of it.
And that they did. They have completely eliminated the 1940’s blip and subsequent cooling. It no longer exists in the temperature record.
NASA has also removed the inconvenient 1940’s warmth and subsequent cooling, just as scientists discussed doing.
By Julia A. Seymour
Critics gave former Vice President Al Gore grief for predicting in An Inconvenient Truth that major cities including lower Manhattan would be underwater if severe ice melt occurred.
Now Gore is rewriting history to claim his prediction came true in promotion footage of his upcoming film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, which debuted at Sundance on Jan. 19.
In this case, context is the difference between honesty and self-interested revisionism.
In his 2006 film, Gore warned, “If Greenland broke up and melted or if half of Greenland and half of West Antarctica broke up and melted this is what would happen to the sea level in Florida [animation shown with much of the state underwater].”
Immediately, after showing Florida, Gore showed animations of drowning cities and countries: San Francisco, The Netherlands, Beijing, Shanghai, Calcutta and then Manhattan.
“But this is what would happen to Manhattan, they can measure this precisely,” Gore warned as he showed his audience much of the city underwater, including the area where the memorial would be built.
Now, he’s twisted his original words to make it appear his prediction about Manhattan came true.
“Ten years ago when the movie An Inconvenient Truth came out, the single most criticized scene was an animated scene showing that the combination of sea level rise and storm surge would put the ocean water into the 9/11 memorial site, which was then under construction. And people said, ‘That’s ridiculous. What a terrible exaggeration,” Gore claimed in a newly released clip from An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. [Emphasis added]
In that clip, Gore then shows “Superstorm Sandy” footage of water flooding lower Manhattan, including the memorial site and a quote from Gov. Andrew Cuomo blaming climate change, to prove true Gore’s claim from 11 years ago.
But his original prediction was not about extenuating circumstances of a storm like Sandy slamming into New York or any “storm surge” at all. It was about the sea level rise that would be generated as (he predicted) ice melt in Greenland and Antarctica escalated dramatically.
The latest maps show that Greenland still has ice 11 years after Gore’s prediction of catastrophic melt due to global warming.
What’s worse than Gore’s rewrite of history is that online media not only aren’t exposing it, they’re perpetuating the distortion. EcoWatch reported on Jan. 23, “Al Gore’s Prediction Came True.” SlashFilm.com …
Skeptic reviews sequel: ‘Gore abandons science in favor of tired global warming talking points…It’s shameless’
An Inconvenient Sequel to Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth premiered Thursday night at Sundance.
I joined the crowd at the film festival’s Eccles theater where my reaction ranged from bored, to emotional, to appalled that I let this film manipulate my emotions even for a moment.
The film is not aimed at thinking people. If there’s a legitimate case to be made for global warming, this is not it. It doesn’t even try. Instead Gore abandons science in favor of tired global warming talking points that have long been debunked. It’s shameless.
It’s also all about Gore, whom the film portrays as someone anyone can walk up to and chat with in depth. He tries to come off as an average person with a heroic passion. Sadly for Gore, whenever his climate advocacy gets momentum he hits barriers: A satellite he didn’t get to launch, the Bush administration, the terrorist attacks at Paris’s Bataclan, India abandoning renewables for coal, and now Trump. If you’re not careful you actually feel sorry for him.
The film did a good job of taking the famously stiff Gore and (when he’s not showing PowerPoint slides) presenting him as likable, funny and tireless. Not, however, humble. Gore is the hero of his own film, which works hard to chalk up any gains the warming campaign has made to Gore himself. We see Gore after the UN adopted its Paris climate agreement walking down a hall alone in a way that implies that he has just accomplished the great feat of his life. He loosens his tie as if to say, “I did it and now I’m going home.”
In scenes where Gore’s eyes start to water, you could hear and see sniffling and tears in the audience. A man of at least 6 foot 3 sitting in front of me began to cry while his lady partner rubbed his back. Of course (excepting me and few others) this was an audience of true believers. It remains to be seen whether this film can gain a mainstream audience and whether they will be similarly affected.
In scenes where Gore whips outs his iPhone and starts talking to various people in an attempt to coax India away from from coal, you can clearly see that his phone’s screen is black. I’ve had an iPhone for six years and my phone’s face
Dan Rather smears Trump, pitches ‘erecting a monument’ for ‘climate deniers’ to showcase their ‘stupidity’
Former CBS news anchor Dan Rather has come out swinging at the “stupidity” and “folly” of “climate change deniers” and wants to “erect a monument built from materials impervious to the elements and list the names of all the elected officials and others in positions of power today in the U.S. who refuse to stand with the science on climate change.”
The former CBS newsman took direct aim at President Elect Donald Trump for “casting doubt on climate change.”
“When I see him appoint climate change deniers to key posts in his cabinet, I am deeply worried,” Rather wrote.
Rather wants this “monument” for “climate deniers” to be “on the coast – say off Miami – and have its base equal to the lapping waves of high tide. As sea levels rise, the monument will begin to be submerged, at increasingly greater depths. It will become a symbol of the cynicism, stupidity, and folly of our age.” Rather wrote about his proposed monument on his Facebook page on December 13.
[Note, it is Rather himself who has to confront his “denial.” See: Dan Rather Still in State of Denial Over CBS Departure]
Rather declared he will be on a crusade fight back against “climate change deniers” by promoting those who voice man-made climate change fears.
“I am determined to bring these voices of reason to light,” Rather wrote.
Rather recently condemned what he believes is “fake news.” See: “Dan Rather on fake news”:
“First a few people, and then a lot of people said, ‘You know what, you can put out completely false things and, especially the way the Internet works, it’ll go viral and worldwide,’” Rather said in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle. “And the truth has no chance of catching up with it,” he added. “Many journalists, including myself, when we get together over an adult beverage, we talk about ‘What the hell happened here?’” (Also see: Dan Rather: Trump Response to Climate Change ‘Alarming’)
Climate Depot’s response:
Dan Rather in his retirement seems to have failed to keep up with climate change claims and the latest science.
Sea levels have been rising since the last ice age ended more than 10,000 years