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Former NASA consultant, climatologist John L. Casey: 'a radical shift in global climate is underway, 30-year cold spell will strike Earth

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With nasty cold fronts thrusting an icy and early winter across the continental U.S. - along with last winter described by USA Today as "one of the snowiest, coldest, most miserable on record" - climatologist John L. Casey thinks the weather pattern is here to stay for decades to come.

In fact, Casey, a former space shuttle engineer and NASA consultant, is out with the provocative book Dark Winter: How the Sun Is Causing a 30-Year Cold Spell, which warns that a radical shift in global climate is underway, and that Al Gore and other environmentalists have it completely wrong. The earth, he says, is cooling, and cooling fast.

And unless the scientific community and political leaders act soon, cold, dark days are ahead. Casey says the evidence is clear that the earth is rapidly growing colder because of diminished solar activity. He says trends indicate we could be headed for colder temperatures similar to those seen in the late 1700s and early 1800s when the sun went into a "solar minimum" - a phenomenon with significantly reduced solar activity, including solar flares and sunspots.

If he's right, that would be very bad news. Dark Winter posits that a 30-year period of cold has already begun. Frigid temperatures and the food shortages that inevitably result could lead to riots and chaos.

Comment: SOTT has been reporting this for years - though now it's becoming mainstream. Here are just a few of the more recent reports:

The Ice Age is coming, and corrupted scientists continue to lie through their teeth: Stronger winds explain puzzling growth of sea ice in Antarctica

Ice Age cometh: Record return of Arctic ice cap as it grows by 60% in a year; top scientists warn of global cooling

NASA stumped: Summer Arctic ice extent among highest this decade, Antarctica "headed toward record extent"

and read Fire and Ice: The Day After Tomorrow to learn about the reality of the situation.

Attention

Unusual groundhog attack causes scare in Hampton, New Hampshire


A groundhog tries to get inside a Little River Road home in Hampton after attacking a man who ran inside. (Courtesy photo)
The McGraths are used to friendly critters stopping by their Little River Road backyard, but a frenetic visit Tuesday morning from their resident groundhog was anything but a welcomed encounter.

Gary McGrath was unloading his truck when the roughly two-foot-long groundhog came barreling toward him. What started out as a comical sight quickly turned into a somewhat scary incident for the 65-year-old woodworker as he watched the plump animal running at a brisk jog in his direction.

"Out of the corner of my eye I saw something move, then it came running," said McGrath. "I kicked it away, but then it got back up and came back at me again. I kicked it away again, and it came right back."

That's when McGrath ran into his garage and shut the door, only to have the groundhog circle around to the other side of the garage and get in through a different open door.
Wolf

Coyote attacks woman and her dog in Greenland, New Hampshire

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Stalking coyote.
A woman and her dog are recovering after they were attacked by a coyote while walking on their property Monday morning, police said. Husband fires gun in bid to scare animal away.

A woman and her dog are recovering after they were attacked by a vicious coyote while walking in a field on their property Monday morning.

The woman was returning to her house on Post Road around 9:15 a.m. after taking her dog out for a morning walk when the two were attacked.

"It came charging across the field and was hell-bent on attacking them," said the woman's husband, who was armed with a gun when he rushed to their aid.

The attack happened in an open field on the property about 100 yards from the house.
Wolf

91-year-old woman fighting for life after her dog attacked

A 91-year-old woman mauled by her own dog is fighting for her life three days after the attack.

Police said the woman suffered serious arm injuries when the dog attacked around 4 p.m. Friday at the victim's home on Judith Terrace in Stratford.

The dog mauled her in the kitchen, and although the victim was gravely hurt, she was conscious and managed to call 911 on her own. First responders rushed her to Bridgeport Hospital, where she remains in critical condition, hospital officials said.

According to her daughter, the victim has owned the black-and-white Keeshond mix for eight years and has never had a problem with the animal. Now she's dealing with skin grafts and kidney failure, and family members fear she is dying.

Wolf

Feral dog pack found to have killed woman on Wyoming Indian reservation

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Feral dogs
On Monday, authorities in Wyoming said a dog pack was behind the death of a Native American woman. The animal attack comes on the heels of a warning last week to the public to be on the lookout for a dangerous predator. With the FBI involved, among other things, members of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe were left a bit skeptical of the pack of dogs revelation, citing a report from the NWI Times.

Deanne Lynn Coando, 40, of Fort Washakie, was found dead on the Wind River Reservation. The terrain is rugged and bordered by mountains and steep hills. The Fremont County Chief Deputy Coroner, Mark Stratmoen, said the woman's cause of death was from a combination of hypothermia and bite wounds from a dog pack in the Wyoming mountains.
Sun

Thousands of flying foxes drop down dead from trees in heatwave, Australia

Looks like something out of a horror movie. Up to 5000 bats drop from trees during heatwave. http://t.co/JOGW3sQcQ3 pic.twitter.com/8RpTCIIBD7
- lorraine (@lorrainewhat) November 18, 2014
Soaring temperatures sent more than 5,000 dead bats falling to the ground in New South Wales, Australia.

Flying fox bat carcasses littered streets in the town of Casino after the temperature hit 44 degrees Celsius.

Some residents mounted a last-ditch effort to save the remaining bats by hosing them down with water.

A clear-up operation has been launched to remove the decomposing remains by the local council before the stench becomes over-powering.

Photographer Dee Hartin captured the mass deaths. She told Huffington Post UK: "What I saw when I got there was beyond belief. There were hundreds of them all over the ground everywhere I looked.
Bullseye

4 earthquakes felt in central Greece

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The Geodynamic Institute of the Athens Observatory reported that four consecutive earthquakes occurred in the Gulf of Evia shortly after 1am on Tuesday morning, which were felt throughout Attica as reported by To Vima online. The first two earthquakes, which measured 5.2 on the Richter scale were the strongest and occurred about four minutes apart. The third and fourth earthquake measured 3.8 and 3.4 respectively.

According to the President of Earthquake Planning and Protection Organization Efthimios Lekkas, the tremors were also felt in Lamia, Thessaly, western part of central Greece and Peloponnesus. He also added that the four consecutive tremors indicated a de-escalation of the phenomenon, meaning that the main, powerful earthquake has taken place. The Fire Brigade and emergency services have been on stand-by, no damages have been reported.

Comment: In the map below you can see how many Greek earthquakes were recorded by SOTT.net just this past year:



Snowflake Cold

3 feet of snow blankets Buffalo, NY area, forces the closure of a 105-mile stretch of the state Thruway

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John Dowl waits for roadside assistance after going off the 219 in Springville, N.Y., on Nov. 17, 2014.
Parts of New York are measuring the season's first big snowfall in feet, rather than inches, as nearly 3 feet blanketed the Buffalo area Tuesday, forcing the closure of a 105-mile stretch of the state Thruway.

The Thruway Authority says white-out conditions have closed Interstate 90 in both directions Tuesday morning from the Rochester area to Dunkirk, on Lake Erie, 35 southwest of Buffalo. The National Weather Service says a foot to almost 3 feet of snow has fallen on areas south and east of the city.

Other major highways in the area are closed, numerous schools have canceled classes and Buffalo officials have issued a driving ban for parts of the city. Before the storm hit Monday evening, the National Weather Service warned that snow off the Great Lakes could pile more than two feet high around Buffalo and across the Tug Hill region north of Syracuse through Wednesday afternoon. Winds gusting more than 30 mph were making travel impossible along the Thruway. Similar conditions were expected later Tuesday and into Wednesday along Interstate 81 between Syracuse and the Canadian border.

The highest snowfall total early Tuesday was just under 3 feet in Elma, just east of Buffalo, according to weather service meteorologist Tony Ansuini. The storm was dumping 3 to 4 inches of snow per hour, he said.
Bizarro Earth

More strange animal behavior: Seals caught raping penguins in the Antarctic

seal and penguin
© Liam Quinn
Things are heating up in the cold climes of the sub-Antarctic. On a remote, and mostly desolate island, seals have been caught engaging in an extreme form of sexual behaviour.

Specifically, they have been trying to have sex with penguins.

More than one fur seal has been caught in the act, on more than one occasion.

And it's all been captured on film, with details being published in the journal Polar Biology.
Attention

Hyena attack leaves 3 boys injured in Kenya

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A hyena. KWS official has vowed to carry out a medical examination on the hyena to ascertain the cause of the attack.
Three boys were seriously injured and 5 goats killed after a hyena attached Amalo village in Olenguruone division today.

The attacked occurred as the boys were taking their goats to graze in the nearby Greenland field next to Olenguruone town.

Speaking in Molo hospital after visiting the victims, Kenya Wildlife Service warden in charge of Amalo/Olenguruone ward Kipkorir Bernard Tuei said the three boys were attacked as they tried to flee from the hyena after it killed their goats.

"The hyena attacked the goats on the grazing field and killed at least 5 of them and left other goats with injuries. This is not normal and we suspect the hyena may be suffering from behavioral change or a certain disease," he said.

The warden vowed to establish exactly what could have caused the abnormal act after carrying out a medical examination on the hyena's blood sample.
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