Greenland’s Ice Mass Balance 27% above the 1981-2010 mean

Autumn has begun. Time for the Greenland mass balance.

We have digitized the Polar Portal’s graph of the accumulated surface mass balance and have come up with a value of 467 Gt. That’s 100 Gt or 27% above the 1981…2010 mean! Together with the melting of icebergs (assuming the value of the previous year, which was already 10% more than that of 2020 ) this results in approximately the representation below, which was included in the publication until the report 2020.

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Archaeologists in Prague uncover ancient Neolithic structure

 Archaeologists in Prague are currently uncovering a monumental building from the Stone Age. The so-called roundel, built around 7,000 years ago, is located in the district of Vinoř on the outskirts of the city. Experts are hoping that the research will reveal more information about these mysterious ancient structures.

Roundels are large circular structures from the Neolithic period, that were constructed between 4600–4900 BC. That makes them the oldest monumental buildings in Europe, far older than the Egyptian pyramids or England’s Stonehenge.

One such roundel is currently being examined in Prague’s district of Vinoř. So far, research has shown that the structure is exceptionally well-preserved. Archaeologists were surprised to discover intact remains of the palisade troughs into which the central wooden structure was originally embedded.

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Jeff Nyquist on Russia, China, Ukraine, nuclear war, and geopolitics

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Nyquist believes today’s Russia is “the Soviet Union (SU) rebranded” and that the SU formed a pact with China’s CCP before its dissolution in 1991; their aim was to obtain wealth and technology from the West before attacking it with nuclear weapons, which they are preparing to do soon (probably). I believe this is an unlikely analysis but interesting nonetheless. It is good to listen to Nyquist because he understands that nuclear war is more probable than most Westerners think. I myself believe the greatest foreign policy mistake in the world is the West’s failure to form an alliance with Russia or at least very good relations. A deep underlying cause of this failure may be what Nyquist says. Or it may be our own Western cabal itself is hellbent on destroying Russia and China. Lots of KOBK thinking required at these levels of analysis. ABN

Do you want to retract your false allegations that my Hunter Biden report was “rooted in Russian disinformation?”

Do you want to retract your false allegations that my Hunter Biden report was “rooted in Russian disinformation?”

@SenGaryPeters: 😳

Even with proof that Hunter’s laptop is 100% accurate, Democrats won’t admit the truth.

Originally tweeted by Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) on September 14, 2022.

There should be large and significant penalties for genuine, well-known-at-the-time disinformation like this. Do not believe nor pay attention to news outlets, politicians, academics and others who knowingly promote or promoted glaring misinformation on the laptop, on covid, on covid vaccines, on President Trump, the economy, energy, immigration. Further, all who were guilty and refuse to apologize, but run away like Fauci deserve our scorn. Our system only works through punishment. I am very mild about punishing people, but these issues are costing many thousands of lives and trillions of dollars. Ordinary Americans are expected to feel guilty about not wearing a mask or about slavery (from which they themselves also probably descend). So we should demand as much and more from prominent people who knowingly lie and profit from it. ABN

Study shows SARS-CoV-2 progenitor “may have emerged in June-July 2019 and that viruses with mutations characterizing B.1 strain may have been spreading globally before the first Wuhan outbreak”

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As a reference laboratory for measles and rubella surveillance in Lombardy, we evaluated the association between SARS-CoV-2 infection and measles-like syndromes, providing preliminary evidence for undetected early circulation of SARS-CoV-2. Overall, 435 samples from 156 cases were investigated. RNA from oropharyngeal swabs (N = 148) and urine (N = 141) was screened with four hemi-nested PCRs and molecular evidence for SARS-CoV-2 infection was found in 13 subjects. Two of the positive patients were from the pandemic period (2/12, 16.7%, March 2020–March 2021) and 11 were from the pre-pandemic period (11/44, 25%, August 2019–February 2020). Sera (N = 146) were tested for anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG, IgM, and IgA antibodies. Five of the RNA-positive individuals also had detectable anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. No strong evidence of infection was found in samples collected between August 2018 and July 2019 from 100 patients. The earliest sample with evidence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA was from September 12, 2019, and the positive patient was also positive for anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies (IgG and IgM). Mutations typical of B.1 strains previously reported to have emerged in January 2020 (C3037T, C14408T, and A23403G), were identified in samples collected as early as October 2019 in Lombardy. One of these mutations (C14408T) was also identified among sequences downloaded from public databases that were obtained by others from samples collected in Brazil in November 2019. We conclude that a SARS-CoV-2 progenitor capable of producing a measles-like syndrome may have emerged in late June-late July 2019 and that viruses with mutations characterizing B.1 strain may have been spreading globally before the first Wuhan outbreak. Our findings should be complemented by high-throughput sequencing to obtain additional sequence information. We highlight the importance of retrospective surveillance studies in understanding the early dynamics of COVID-19 spread and we encourage other groups to perform retrospective investigations to seek confirmatory proofs of early SARS-CoV-2 circulation.

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