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Excellent content piling up on the Younger Dryas Impact Event

The Tusk recalls keeping the YDIE a secret in 2006 and 2007, so as not to threaten the publication of what became the seminal paper in 2007. Today the secret is most assuredly OUT.

Hundreds of hours of podcasts, videos, and plain old lectures are spilling forth from people all over the globe who are fascinated by the profoundly important and increasingly mainstream discovery.

In no particular order, here are some recent jewels:

Kosmographia, The Randall Carlson Podcast, is simply brilliant. On paper, the podcast follows the same enlightening but tedious approach as Martin Sweatman, going through the published papers one-by-one and discussing their relative merits and contributions. But rather than grueling a solo trek, Randall is joined by an intellectual entourage of veteran pod snakes, Russ and Kyle Allen; his longtime sidekick and fellow traveler, Mr. Bradley Young; and Silent Mike, a man of few but valuable words.

I’ve posted one recent show above, but make sure to check out dozens more in the series. See also Randall’s brand new website. He keeps getting better.


This weekend a YDIE fan on Twitter posted a brand new, old fashioned lecture from an old fashioned scientist — way ahead of his time. James Lawrence Powell, who recently authored a don’t miss book on nothing but the Younger Dryas Impact, walks us through the whole story here in an authoritative manner befitting a two time college president.

In true Tusk fashion, Powell reveals in horrifying detail the willful ignorance and anti-science tactics employed by the most persistent critics. Todd Surovell and many others will cringe at the indictment from this prosecutor. But more importantly, he speaks to the clear progress of the science, and explains it very well in a short time.


Finally, podcast powerhouse Wondery has produced a superb mainstream series, “The Tides of History.” Since late summer, “Tides” has engaged it’s audience in a multipart, detailed overview of the science behind — and consequence of — the Younger Dryas climate crash. This is the kind of show that would have disappointed the Tusk a just few years ago, by waving off the impact hypothesis. Not this year, the host, Dr. Patrick Wyman of USC, gives the YDIE a thumbs-up and includes the theory in this segment beginning above at 20 mins 50 secs.


4 Responses

  1. You were keeping it a secret?

    I was defending Firstone et al.’s first book on the meteorite list, dealing with the nation’s top impact specialists, sorting out the data, while using one hand to type (typing is still very difficult for me), along with dealing with the crazies as well, who were latching on. I should also mention defending Hibbens as well at that time.

    Where we are at now is identifying the impact structures from the Holocene Start impact events, and yes there were two of them, as is shown by gamma ray and 14C production. The usual place to start is from the outflows from the ice sheet, and while Steve Garcia has identified an impact crater in Greenland, the flows do not match up with it.

    As far as the structures in the Carolina’s goes, I am more interested in the Great Dismal Swamp. In any case, the geology of that area supports an impact tsunami in the Atlantic Ocean, of still unknown date, but possibly around 1100 BCE.

    Regardless of the outcomes of the elections, both Democrat and Republican legislators are aware of the impact hazard, and NASA Administrator Bridenstine is as well, along with most of the scientific community now.

    I hope someone somewhere will remember my pioneering work in this field of study.

  2. Well, well, well.

    The Nobel Prizes have been announced for this year , and once again yours truly was overlooked While it is true that there is no Nobel for anthropology. there is one for physics, and spotting the production of gamma rays in large hyper-velocity impacts should have put me in contention.

    How can I look my physicist friends in the eye again? Who ia going to want to talk with me at the wine receptions at Berkely, or Princetion, or John Hopkins? How much more shit am I going to have to put up with before my genius is accepted and widely hailed?

    So come on, Physics Committee If you do not get your scene together quickly, I’ll be dead and gone, with nothing more that the smile left behind.

  3. I have given my problem with the Nobel Prize committee some more thought.

    Yes, a couple of million dollars would be nice, but the real goal here is the sherry and cheese receptions at nearly every physics department in the nation. It will not take a Nobel to do them, but a minor prize would do quite well. And have I mentioned the real joy of not having to interact with the less gifted?

    And so my research task has been defined: locate minor prizes in nuclear physics. Who gives them out?

    Between my long time female friend’s recent death, and now a small case of the regular flu, I am pretty beat. But I can find solace in a couple of decades of solid work on the impact hazard . But it does not buy anything at the 7-11.

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