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Just when you thought it was Armageddon, someone comes around and ruins it for you

Call them the anti Debbie Downers.. a group has released findings that they say conclusively shows natural disasters are at a 10-year-low.

But South Carolina flooding?
But California drought?

But ...

The executive summary from AON said that 2014 was a below average year for catastrophe..

That doesn't mean awful stuff did not happen, but on a pure number, it was less than other years when compared..

When United States citizens armed with Bibles proclaim that the end times are near because of US disasters, it's interesting to look at the most high profile and expensive 2014 events: The US only made two of the ten, with May storms and a yearlong drought being the costliest..

Another fact the report points out on page 10: The population of the world is soaring.. and with it, a migration of people to locations that see natural disasters on a more regular basis. Or at least bad weather..

Get this: 44% of the world's citizens (that's a lot, 3.2 billion) live within 95 miles of a coastline. That's more than the entire population of the world in 1950.

I noticed something that happened when this report was issued. Numerous anti-global warming sites like Climate Depot and others began linking news about this report and focused squarely on the ten-year-low 2014 saw, disaster wise. But there's more news they should have paid attention to--important facts that they chose to ignore because, as usual, people see headlines and neglect to read actual reports. Imagine! the information age! and we only read headlines..

Page 12 of the report details that 2014 was a continuation of the trend of much above normal global temperatures .. As a matter of fact, 2014 was the warmest year on record!

The rest of the report is a good read.

The old fashioned me actually printed it out and will study it through. IT was prepared a bit ago, but as said before, other anti-global warming sites alerted me to it by only writing up quick posts about  it now.

The devil is always in the details.

So while Armageddon may look a bit off because of the lower than average disasters, it's hard to imagine further problems aren't in the future when you see warming like we are and the endless barrage of temperature increases--coupled with 3.2 billion people within 95 miles of a coastline that may vanish eventually..



STRANGER THINGS 2 looks incredible

The newest STRANGER THINGS 2 trailer hit on Friday the 13th .. amazing timing as always with the fine people at Netflix..

The excitement over this program is incredible. Not only are people re-watching and re-binging the first season in preparation, but there is an equal amount of re-watching and analyzing of the newest trailers..

Before discussion.. take a glance:

My initial thought: This is actually the weaker of the teasers and trailers for season 2.. Yes, I am inclined to wonder why Eleven is more androgynous  .. why she has more hair now and no one shaved it. why she is out of the upside down and eating Eggos in the normal world..

So many questions about her. But the trailer didn't pay much attention to her--I think on purpose. Instead we glimpsed into the post-pubescent boys and now new friends of another gender planning something, just as the world is being taken over by giant squid creatures from the upside down.

Not viewed at all? Mike's mom and dad. Barb..

Forgive me…


Yes, indeed.. a hurricane-ish type storm is about to hit Ireland..

Hurricane Ophelia is the 10th consecutive hurricane to form in the Atlantic basin this year. According to University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy, the last time ten consecutive storms became a hurricane was 1893. While a very interesting factoid, the "elephant in the room" is that Ophelia is headed to Ireland. It is rare, but not unprecedented.

There are a few interesting things about this.. First off, there have been really rare occasions that storms of this nature made it as far as Ophelia may..

Actually there have been only a handful in the past years since about, oh, 1851..

From 1851 to 2010, only 10 extratropical storms, typically the tail ends of tropical cyclones, have hit within 200 miles (322 kilometers) of Ireland....Hurricane Debbie was the only tropical hurricane to make landfall in that area, clipping the far northwest of the British Isles in 1961.

But this is 2017--the year that mayhem on …