AS ABOVE SO BELOW THE BELT
MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
The new Avengers: End Game movie opened last weekend and I was very lucky to get the last seat in the auditorium to catch a matinee. I for one believe that film satisfies in every way and without spoilers, true fans and followers of the Avengers know why there had to be a final battle with the Titan Thanos. I cannot in good conscience give away what happens in the film but those familiar with the comics and those who know who Thanos is are very much aware that he has a purpose. He travels from planet to planet wiping out civilizations in order to free up resources.
In the previous Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos eradicated half of all life in the universe with the snap of a finger.
Like 18th-century scholar Thomas Malthus, Thanos believed that the amount of life in the universe was unsustainable and would eventually destroy itself by consuming all resources. In 1798, the philosopher wrote an essay claiming that populations grow much faster than their food sources, and if growth remained unchecked it would eventually lead to societal collapse. Malthus’ opposition to improving the lives of the poor (who he feared they might have more children) provides a clear template for Thanos’ motivations.
Malthus’ theories were proven wrong, as humans have managed to scale food production along with the population. Today, many scientists worry about the effects of population growth on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, though the variables involved are numerous and researchers are still studying the potential impacts.
Today, we have many well-known people who espouse Malthusian ideas.
Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, David Rockefeller, Eli Broad, George Soros, Ted Turner, Oprah, Michael Bloomberg and others have been accused at one time or another as espousing Malthusian population reduction.
In 2009, there was a top-secret meeting of some of the richest elites in the world. Their meeting was about how a growing population can be reduced and what options were on the table with regard to health care, education, vaccines, military incursion, and natural disasters.
Taking their cue from Gates they agreed that overpopulation was a priority—there were also a variety of possible ways that population’s numbers can be lowered in order to maintain resource balance.
A year later another meeting was held by the Rockefeller Foundation which issued a detailed workbook called “Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development.”
The book illustrated hypothetical situations by which governments would have to act quickly to avert a population crisis and to preserve sustainable resources.
It outlined plans for a continuation globalist government after a major catastrophe. The booklet offered a few scenarios that the world would be facing in 10 to 15 years. One of the first scenarios is the resurrection of rare diseases triggering mass pandemics.
On page 34 there is a section entitled, Hack Attack. On this page, there is an outline of disasters and an era of catastrophe called the “Doom Decade.” It illustrates that between 2010 and the mid-2020’s the earth will see some of the worst catastrophes ever recorded.
Now keep in mind the document was released in 2010 outlining scenarios for future doom scenarios. In a paragraph summary it states:
“Not surprisingly, this opening series of deadly asynchronous catastrophes (there were more) put enormous pressure on an already overstressed global economy that had entered the decade still in recession.
Massive humanitarian relief efforts cost vast sums of money, but the primary sources—from aid agencies to developed-world governments—had run out of funds to offer. Most nation-states could no longer afford their locked-in costs, let alone respond to increased citizen demands for more security, more healthcare coverage, more social programs and services, and more infrastructure repair.”
Many catastrophes that were predicted were eco-collapse brought on by catastrophic weather and earth changes caused by solar weather and possible threats from space.
Much of what was predicted in the workbook has conveniently transpired. The workbook predicted mass loss of life in several African countries. The geological upheaval of crust displacement, climate collapse, violent earthquakes, disease outbreaks, and even a possible asteroid strike throws the earth into chaos.
Furthermore, the assessment of the aftermath was clearly painting a picture of how something like a Carrington event or even an asteroid hit would devastate the planet’s eco-system and throw the world into chaos.
“Those who couldn’t buy their way out of chaos, —which was most people—retreated to whatever “safety” they could find. With opportunity frozen and global mobility at a near standstill—no place wanted more people, especially more poor people—it was often a retreat to the familiar: family ties, religious beliefs, or even national allegiance. Trust was afforded to those who guaranteed safety and survival—whether it was a warlord, an evangelical preacher, or a mother. In some places, the collapse of state capacity led to a resurgence of feudalism. In other areas, people managed to create more resilient communities operating as isolated micro versions of formerly large-scale systems. The weakening of national governments also enabled grassroots movements to form and grow, creating rays of hope amid the bleakness.
The document created 15 scenarios of known uncertainties that could wipe out a majority of the world’s population.
In the past we have focused on disease, and the use of ineffective vaccines to reduce the population growth. There has always been the possibility that lives of millions can be snuffed out by war. Famine and scarcity are favorite tools of the elite to eliminate population but what is most curious is that the workbook also has a scenario where a disaster brought to earth from space is a viable scenario that could wipe out billions.
NASA kicked off their Planetary Defense Exercise, where hypothetical Near Earth Object impact scenarios are being reviewed for a possible asteroid or meteor strike.
Although this scenario is realistic in many ways, it is completely fictional and does not describe an actual potential asteroid impact, at least that is what the website says in order to divert any panic.
World governments have been concerned for decades about a potential asteroid collision and the chaos that would ensue upon Earth. Now, the information of what the different agencies would do about it is being shared with the public for the first time ever on social media.
Though the drill is run every two years by asteroid scientists around the world, the European Space Agency has decided to share the event publicly so everyone can see what would happen and what actions might be taken to mitigate the damage.
The asteroid scientists who take part in the drill are doing so as part of the 2019 Planetary Defense Conference, which is put on by NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office and the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency. The scientists will be assigned different roles, such as “space agency,” “astronomer” or “national government,” and will work off what each other is doing, the ESA added in the statement.
In 2016, NASA formalized the agency’s prior program for detecting and tracking Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) and put it inside its Science Mission Directorate.
Though there are 20,000 asteroids (and counting) whose orbit brings them near Earth, NASA has been expanding its protocols for how to take action from a potential collision.
Last June, NASA unveiled a 20-page plan that details steps the U.S. should take to be better prepared for NEOs such as asteroids and comets that come within 30 million miles of the planet.
In addition to enhancing NEO detection, tracking and characterizing capabilities and improving modeling prediction, the plan also aims to develop technologies for deflecting NEOs, increasing international cooperation and establishing new NEO impact emergency procedures and action protocols.
The drill is part of the “National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan.”
NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office, which leads the drill, is the federal entity in charge of coordinating efforts to protect Earth from hazardous asteroids.
It’s responsible for finding, tracking and characterizing potentially hazardous objects heading toward Earth and issuing warnings about possible impacts, should there be an actual threat.
NASA has participated in six of these impact exercises – three at Planetary Defense Conferences (2013, 2015, 2017) and three jointly with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Deflecting an asteroid on a collision course with Earth would have to be done years before the predicted impact. The two most promising techniques NASA is investigating are the “kinetic impactor” striking an asteroid with an object to slightly slow it down and the “gravity tractor” gravitationally tugging on an asteroid by placing a large mass near it.
A study in 2017 found the deadliest effects of an asteroid impact would be ferocious winds of up to 1,000 mph and intense shock waves.
In USA Today, it was reported that no known asteroid poses a significant risk of impact with Earth, they claim that the quote came from an official statement from NASA.
However, that does not match up to what NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a recent statement. Bridenstine said that we can expect a major asteroid impact event in our lifetime.
In his speech at the International Academy of Astronautics Planetary Defense Conference, Bridenstine opened his keynote with a warning about what’s to come.
“We have to make sure that people understand that this is not about Hollywood, it’s not about movies,” he said. “This is about ultimately protecting the only planet we know, right now, to host life and that is the planet Earth.”
Bridenstine acknowledged that a large asteroid colliding with Earth is met with a sort of “giggle factor,” a false sense of security brought on by countless Hollywood films that have perhaps desensitized us to the carnage it would cause. But you don’t have to look far to see the kind of damage an asteroid collision creates.
In 2013, we were on the air when a 65-foot meteor exploded over the city of Chelyabinsk. Traveling more than 11 miles per second), the meteor exploded some 14 miles above the Earth’s surface, according to NASA.
It wreaked major havoc. The meteor reportedly damaged thousands of buildings and sent more than 1,500 people to the hospital — most from the debris caused by the shockwave.
Bridenstine noted that according to one model, we should expect a collision once every 60 years.
The 20th century featured three such impacts: one in Tunguska, Russia, in 1908, and another in Brazil in 1930. The Tunguska event leveled more than 2,000 square kilometers but caused no human casualties.
But NASA is working on a fix. Currently, the agency has an ambitious goal of tracking 90 percent of asteroids 140 meters and larger — an asteroid large enough to wipe out a small country. And while meteors lose a significant portion of their mass upon entering our atmosphere, it’s worth noting that the rock responsible for the Russian event in 2013 was merely one-seventh the size of those NASA is tracking.
These are the devastating ones that slip through the cracks and explode in the sky causing a concussion wave and a loud boom.
NASA recently announced it had contracted SpaceX, paying the company $69 million to help solve the problem. In its first joint mission, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), SpaceX will send a rocket on a collision course with a Near-Earth object, an asteroid in this case.
If successful, the rocket will steer the object away from Earth.
However, NASA and JPL are confused as to why this is happening.
JPL made a statement in response to Bridenstine’s dire warning:
“NASA knows of no asteroid or comet currently on a collision course with Earth, so the probability of a major collision is quite small. In fact, as best as we can tell, no large object is likely to strike the Earth any time in the next several hundred years.”
But does that include the smaller sweeper meteors or asteroids that come from out of nowhere and cause damage?
Since November of 2018, there have been reports of many close calls. This year alone, there have been scores of fireballs that have lit up the night sky. There have been three in the month of February that exploded or made impact and have caused damage and injury.
This year, NASA neglected to report that last year a giant fireball hit at 2350 GMT on December 18th, 2018 over the Bering Sea, a part of the Pacific Ocean between Russia and Alaska.
The meteor was 10 meters in diameter, had a mass of 1400 tonnes and impacted with the energy of 173 kilotons of TNT.
The explosion was detected by infrasound stations around the world, which pick up low-frequency acoustic waves inaudible to humans. These stations were initially set up during the cold war to detect nuclear explosions.
A similar event happened in 2016.
On February 6, 2016, a chunk of what has been called Unknown Interplanetary Material, plunged into Earth’s atmosphere and exploded about 19 miles above the Atlantic Ocean. The explosion was detected 600 miles outside of Sao Paulo, Brazil. It was moving at over 9.6 miles per second. It had a diameter of 23 feet and the energy released was equivalent to the detonation of 13,000 tons of TNT.
Once again, it was detected by its sound — it was not seen.
Many of these infrasound explosions are connected to many of the so-called “booms” that have been felt around the world.
Just last night a huge boom rumbled through Virginia Beach. The rumble was also felt in Central Ohio and southern Georgia.
A large fireball, that some have concluded was a UFO was seen over Gray’s Harbor Washington, shook the area last year.
The anomaly appeared to travel Northwest over Washington and landed about 14 miles off the coast. Scientists tracked the bolide with seismographs, weather satellites, and other NASA equipment; some registering readings as far away as Manitoba, Canada.
The bolide was allegedly the size of a minivan and crashed into the ocean according to scientists.
A large meteor fireball exploded in the sky over Costa Rica on April 23, 2019, at 9:09 pm. People reported seeing flashes in the sky. Others reported hearing loud booms and feeling rumblings. On the same evening, a rock fell from the sky, making a hole in a roof in Aguas Zarcas, San Carlos, Alajuela.
The woman who found the space rock in her house explains she heard a loud rumble, went to the back of her house, discovered the hole in the roof and found the warm rock on the floor.
The Space Force has been charged along with NASA to eliminate any and all space threats. However, The Space Force has been under scrutiny for integrating the proposed department’s joint warfighting functions in the solar system; however, the planetary defense department has made some quick moves to explore the threat of Apollo or Apollyon (Extinction level) class asteroids that could impact the planet.
In the past, NASA has admitted there are many Apollyon class asteroids lurking in places where they cannot always be seen and many times they have to rely on amateur astronomers to get the word out. By then, it may be too late.
NASA and The United Nations have also proposed the use of nuclear weapons to destroy incoming threats from space.
At the UN, they have created a program in infancy called The International Institutional infrastructure to detect and respond to asteroids. As part of all this and in line with an increasing scientific opinion there is also a notable focus at governmental and intergovernmental levels on the use of nuclear weapons as our best hope. The US and Russia have even mooted working together on a nuclear planetary defense initiative.
However, at the intersection of nuclear non-proliferation law and space law, various Cold War-era treaties would appear to rule out nuclear planetary defense.
The relevant law was drafted with the superpower arms race in mind, after all, not asteroids. But if a collision-course NEO was identified, it can at least be said that a proposed nuclear response would be very likely to violate international law.
For example, Article IV of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty prohibits stationing nuclear weapons in space, which would apparently rule out nuclear NEO defense, at least if a nuclear defense system was located in space (rather than being launched from Earth).
However, if we were facing extinction I really don’t think that diplomacy and treaties would matter.
We know that the law shouldn’t be a global suicide pact. Indeed, one nuclear power, Russia, has already indicated that, if that asteroid appeared, it likely would opt for “launch first, litigate second”.
But ignoring the law is always a dangerous business, and it’s not hard to envisage nuclear powers using the vague threat of “asteroids” as a pretext for developing new warheads, or even for launching nukes into space.
After all, isn’t this what Werner Von Braun indicated when he told his secretary Carol Rosin that one of the major threats that would prompt the weaponizing of space would be the asteroid threat but a lot of conspiracy theorists only remember what the last card would be and that would be an alien threat.
If the powers of the world opted to commit an unapologetic violation of international law, they’ll also circumvent all the checks and balances that the law can provide. That threat is maybe more worrying than the threat of some hypothetical alien or space rock.