DUMB LUCK OR DIVINE INTERVENTION?
A week ago, Christian televangelist John Hagee showed up on Fox News to tell us all about the blood red moon tetrad and how in no certain terms spelled our doom here on earth. Four blood red moons on the feasts of the Jews can get all sorts of Christians looking for signs and wonders indicating that the second coming is near and that the tribulation is about to begin.
So far, the blood red moon’s influence will carry into the end of April as the Cardinal Cross has formed; this is also an indicator of apocalyptic uproar, triggering natural disasters and other catastrophes on Earth.
Not to be outdone, televangelist and failed presidential candidate Pat Robertson spun a bit of doom of his own by stating that an asteroid – or has he puts it in his “folksy” prose, “a big ol’ hunk of space rock” – could be heading our way sometime next week.
“I don’t see anything else that fulfills the prophetic words of Jesus Christ other than an asteroid strike,” said Robertson on The 700 Club television broadcast last Monday. “There isn’t anything else that will cause the seas to roil, the skies to darken.”
Of course, in the same breath Robertson was plugging his book ‘The End of the Age,’ which asserts a meteor will destroy the Earth.
So far Robertson has not blamed that asteroid on the homosexual agenda or on the scores of people that worship Satan; however, I am told to give him time.
The sad thing about what Robertson is saying or predicting is that he may be on to something because of recent data that suggests a dangerous space event may occur.
While Robertson says that it may happen next week, astronauts, scientists and even the Council on Foreign relations are saying that there is a potential for the reality to transpire.
However, they are not saying next week or next year, in fact, they can’t say or predict anything and even claim that we have been pretty lucky that a devastating space event hasn’t happened due to new data that has been released.
A week prior to Earth Day, there was an announcement by the B612 Foundation that briefly had a number of blogs buzzing about possible nuclear tests that were happening all over the globe. There seemed to be a number of mysterious explosions that were being detected in various areas and they were being detected by the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization. This organization monitors the planet round the clock listening for the infrasound signature of nuclear detonations.
There were also small Earth tremors associated with these explosions and there was plenty of speculation that all of these explosions indicated that various countries were secretly testing nuclear bombs around the world.
According to a press briefing provided by the B612 Foundation, between the years of 2000 to 2013 the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization detected dozens of massive explosions in our atmosphere. Not a single one of those explosions detected were attributed to a nuclear detonation.
They were surprised when they found out that causes of the explosions were asteroid impacts.
Between the years 2000 and 2013 there were 26 reported asteroid impacts on Earth. Once again, these were direct hits to the planet and many of these impacts took place in remote areas of the earth, mostly in the oceans.
The impacts had the power that ranged anywhere from 1 to 600 kiloton explosions.
For comparison, the atomic bomb that exploded and destroyed Hiroshima in 1945 was only 15 kilotons.
Many of the other asteroids that were detected had exploded too high in the atmosphere to damage things too much on the ground. Those that made it through exploded in the ocean.
The atmospheric explosions that were detected were very powerful and caused the sky to hum or even ring in some areas. It is now becoming less rare for these events to happen now and, while any asteroid taking out a major city is still considered an event that happens once a century, the odds are increasing that a space rock could impact earth and cause damage and or death.
We don’t know when or where an asteroid will hit the planet and so according the strategy for predicting and preventing a massive mega-death event is purely “blind luck“.
As Wired writes: “The asteroid that exploded over Chelyabinsk in February 2013 exploded with an energy of around 500 kilotons. Despite having a mass of around 13,000 metric tonnes and measuring 20 metres in diameter, it entered the Earth’s atmosphere undetected.” When it exploded, it caused property damage and injured 1,200 people.
Now, just four days ago near the Arctic Circle, Russians detected another huge meteor that entered into the atmosphere and exploded near the region of Murmansk.
As Newsweek reports, “Footage from a dashboard camera in a car on a snow-lined road in the Murmansk region, north of the Arctic Circle, showed a bright ball streaking diagonally toward Earth, pulsating twice and disappearing behind a building. The time was 2:14 a.m. on Sunday (2214 GMT on Saturday).”
Meanwhile, the frequency of large fireball sightings has increased everywhere across this planet. Many of these fireballs have illuminated the night sky and, in some cases, have created a sort of ‘daylight effect’ because of the brightness.
The meteor that appeared over Chelyabinsk Russia last year was “30 times brighter than the sun“.
A 2013 scientific research paper called, ‘Chelyabinsk Airburst, Damage Assessment, Meteorite Recovery, and Characterization‘, reports:
“Out of the total 1,674 collected internet queries, 374 mention 452 body injuries or inconveniences…
Of those, 5.3% reported sunburn, 48% eyes hurt, and 2.9% felt retinal burns. Because of the shock wave, 6.4% reported a concussion or mental confusion, upset, or exhaustion as a result of excessive stress…
People found it painful to look at the bright fireball, but glancing away prevented lasting eye damage.”
Of 1,113 respondents to an internet survey who were outside at the time, 25 were sunburned (2.2%), 315 felt hot (28%) and 415 (37%) warm…
Mild sunburns were reported through out the survey area…”
After the Russian meteor was seen on February 14, 2013, a quick report was given and said that we would be seeing these types of events twice a decade. Now the new findings confirm that we will be seeing a lot more damaging space rocks entering our atmosphere including those that flash and explode in the atmosphere.
As we have realized by what happened with the Russian incident, there are as of yet space rocks that go unchecked that could do significant damage if they impact or explode above the Earth’s surface near populated areas.
It is a fact that over 300 objects intersect Earth’s orbital trajectory each year. They range in size from a soccer ball to the size of Manhattan. It is only a matter of time before we arrive at the wrong place at the wrong time.
After glancing at the Sentry Risk Table, maintained by the NASA/JPL Near-Earth Object Program. There are only a few potentially hazardous space rocks that rank on the Torino Scale of level 1 or higher. They are not scheduled or planned to get anywhere near us on a dangerous level until the 2030’s or even the 2040’s.
However, it doesn’t take a very large rock to ruin your day as the tables indicate that objects ranging from 5-10 meters wide impact Earth about once per year and deliver as much energy as the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. They usually go unnoticed because most of Earth’s surface is uninhabited, and the energy is usually released high in Earth’s atmosphere.
Many of these so-called “space dangers” has raised concerns with groups like the Council on Foreign Relations. They’ve issued a report, seemingly in tandem with that Earth Day announcement, saying that it is critical to act now against the threat of extra-terrestrial dangers that could trigger wars or international crisis.
According to the CFR website, there needs to be an emergency meeting to discuss the space capabilities of many nations of the world and their ability to help in deterring a potentially dangerous space event.
According to the CFR’s ‘Dangerous Space Incidents: Contingency Planning Memorandum No. 21‘, “tactical warning indicators would suggest that a dangerous space event is forthcoming.”
However, there is no date suggested for the event, only that such a space event would trigger a worldwide crisis including a resource war.
Dangerous or potentially dangerous space events also include EMP or electromagnetic pulse detonations brought on by nuclear blasts in the atmosphere in the event of a war or attack.
According to the report issued by the Council on Foreign Relations:
“Tactical warning indicators tend to be more overt. They include significant changes in the alert status or operational readiness of military units associated with China, North Korea, or Iran’s missile or space programs; the unexpected announcement of the closure of airspace to civilian aircraft over the territory of previous space launches; or preparations for missile tests from satellite launching stations which are usually detectable days, if not weeks, in advance. Space launches from road-mobile missile units, although closely monitored, would likely occur with less warning, if any. Additional indicators include specific space-related warnings or rhetoric, or the declaration of an anti-satellite or ballistic missile defense test, although no warning would be issued. The 2007 Chinese ASAT test that destroyed an LEO (Low Earth Orbit) satellite was not preceded by any specific warnings.”
Furthermore, Contingency Planning Memorandum No. 21 also states:
“The United States has three primary national interests in preventing or mitigating the dangerous space contingencies detailed above, which would threaten U.S. or allied space assets and produce mass space debris, imperiling assured access to space.
Strategic warning indicators include statements of intention to interfere with or develop the capability to interfere with space operations of other powers during a crisis or wartime; evidence of such intent, including research and development or budget indicators, organizational changes, or intelligence collection; noticeably increased efforts to disrupt space communications using lasers or jammers against satellites or ground-based transmitters; or the sudden and unexplained launch of additional satellites into LEO, accompanied by an increase in aggressive or potentially hostile maneuvers.
Certain indicators are suggestive of potential military escalation or onset of conflict. These include a heightened diplomatic crisis involving the United States and China, North Korea, or Iran that could result in terrestrial military escalation and trigger a crisis-related interference in space; militarized tensions or direct conflict between one of the three countries and the United States, a U.S. treaty ally, or a non-U.S. ally with known space capabilities, such as India or Russia; or an internal power struggle among governing elites in China, North Korea, or Iran, prompting space activities intended to consolidate domestic power or stoke nationalism.”
The Council on Foreign Relations is now urging the United States China, North Korea, and Iran to mitigate or prevent dangerous space incidents and limit the multiplication of space debris that threaten space assets of all countries involved.
It is interesting to note that back when Ground Zero was investigating the possibility that space debris or perhaps an asteroid was responsible for downing Malaysian Flight MH370, a potentially dangerous fireball shower was seen all over eastern Asia at the time. There was also a study that was released and it indicated that more than 38 large debris objects have re-entered the atmosphere since the beginning of 2012.
In 2013, the Cayman Compass reported in their article, ‘Aircraft Face Hazard From Space Debris‘:
“Washington’s Federal Aviation Administration, the Office of Commercial Space Transportation and the US Department of Defence have developed aircraft vulnerability models, concluding that a fragment as small as 300 grams would prove “catastrophic” to aircraft, particularly if penetrating the fuselage or fuel tank.“
It seems that the attitude about the rarity of such events is changing and, while astronauts are giving us chilling findings about potentially hazardous near-earth objects, the CFR is confirming that the United States needs to leverage its influence to develop a foolproof contingency plan to prevent a space danger from occurring in the very near future.
The question is: Are we going to continue to rely on ‘blind luck’ to keep us safe?
Or are we looking towards divine intervention to prevent the extra-terrestrial threats that will soon present themselves?
Either one seems to be a worthless endeavor.