Mother Nature doesn’t seem to be very happy with Nepal. This morning’s earthquake – the second in two weeks in Nepal – has us contemplating the possibility that the exceptional strains around the Pacific Plate and the Indo-whatever-it-is will have to have some balancing – and that bodes poorly for either the West Coast or Hawaii.
As you know, we had recently discussed some of the work of G.A. Stewart (see his website The Age of Desolation here) and we’ve mentioned that May 10 has been a day of concern for some time, but there’s this little matter of calendar adjustments that keep the mega quake window open until the end of the month, or so.
One of these days, a longer investigation of calendar reform is in order, although Wikipedia has a fine start on it over here. The idea of the can of worms this “accuracy of calendar” opens begins to reveal itself as we read:
The calendar was a reform in 1582 to the Julian calendar. It was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII, after whom the calendar was named, by papal bull Inter gravissimas dated 24 February 1582. The motivation for the adjustment was to bring the date for the celebration of Easter to the time of year in which it was celebrated when it was introduced by the early Church. Although a recommendation of the First Council of Nicaea in AD 325 specified that all Christians should celebrate Easter on the same day, it took almost five centuries before virtually all Christians achieved that objective by adopting the rules of the Church of Alexandria (see Easter for the issues which arose).[
Without getting too deeply into it, the basic idea of the calendar not being “nailed down” with high precision fasteners, has to be considered any time you look at historical data.
What we can say with some certainty is that yesterday was yesterday and tomorrow is likely to be tomorrow, but much beyond that, religion and government have been conspiring for a good long while and the constant re-write of history books – in the era before moveable data or moveable facts (as opposed to simply moveable type) – has a fair degree of importance.
For one, we can’t say with very high precision what happened from about 1700 and earlier.
One of the champions of pointing this stuff out is a Russian mathematician by the name of Anatoly Fomenko.
He went through all the best information available on the Middle Ages and came to the conclusion that a lot of it was simply made up. A good starting point if you’re interested in the possibility that even relatively recent history was just “made up” can be found in Fomenko’s History: Fiction or Science? Dating methods as offered by mathematical statistics. Eclipses and zodiacs. Chronology Vol.I which is but the first of several books on point.
Then problem is that Fomenko worked history backwards through referenced historical events and came to the conclusion that Christianity may have been largely made up.
The problem with Fomenko’s work is two-fold. First, it doesn’t make Christians very happy because it opens the door to the possibility that a competing religion (Islam) may not be the newer religion by as much as is claimed.
The other point that’s debatable in Fomenko is whether or not the Earth’s rotation or even our position among the planets more recently is as “stable” as we’d like to think. Science has be moving slowly toward Velikovsky’s cosmological model of colliding worlds and that really upsets everything.
The result, for Fomenko was being branded in places like Wikipedia as a “Historical Revisionist:
“Fomenko is a supporter of drastically revising historical chronology. He has created his own revision called New Chronology, based on statistical correlations, dating of zodiacs, and by examining the mathematics and astronomy involved in chronology. Fomenko claims that he has discovered that many historical events do not correspond mathematically with the dates they are supposed to have occurred on. He asserts from this that all of ancient history (including the history of Greece, Rome, and Egypt) is just a reflection of events that occurred in the Middle Ages and that all of Chinese and Arab history are fabrications of 17th and 18th century Jesuits.
He also claims that Jesus lived in the 12th century A.D. and was crucified on Joshua’s Hill; that the Trojan war and the Crusades were the same historical event; and that Genghis Khan and the Mongols were actually Russians. As well as disputing written chronologies, Fomenko also disputes more objective dating techniques such as dendrochronology and radiocarbon dating (see here for an examination of the latter criticism). His books include Empirico-statistical Analysis of Narrative Material and Its Applications and History: Fiction or Science?.”
When the term “pseudo-scientific” gets applied, you have to be doubly careful because humans have a way of gathering to vote on what reality is and often as not, prejudice is shown toward the view held by prevailing authority. And in the case of Middle Ages research, the church (Vatican) was the unquestioned authority and was doing it’s own ideological housecleaning in the Middle Ages. Or should we not discuss The Inquisitions?
By the way, apparently Fomenko has additional volumes of work. My friend J.B. Slear over at www.fortwealth.com has been trying to get Volumes 5 and onward, but so far without success.
All of which gets us back to the point about remaining on alert for the coming week, or two, until we get to the end of the month.
G.A. Stewarts work, on decoding Nostradamus is impressive.
But even more impressive is the body of work left behind by Nostradamus himself which (after Earthquakes and such) gets around to “whole world ending badly” in a major way.
So what’s badly? Oh, how does global thermo nuclear war sound?
Stu pointed out an article in the German paper Spiegel in February of this year, where the possibility of nuclear war was termed “greater than ever.”
And that’s how my own work in economics paints things, as well. It all comes crashing down.
This is not so much an apocalyptic outlook, so much as sober review of historical data in an attempt to nail down common tendencies of economic macro cycles.
Every 50-years, or so, historically, people were being killed in large numbers and it kept the population of the world at somewhat manageable levels.
The advent of modern economic warfare has made it possible to accrue the same economic stimulative effects, but without the killing of so many people. And that has been a good thing (if you’re a people) and a bad thing (if you’re a planet with fixed carrying capacity).
There is no reason why the world can’t carry on for another decade, or maybe three. But somewhere along the line, the last fish will be stripped from the oceans by the long-liners, the last bit of tree cut down, and that will complete the resource stripping of the West Coast, which has the terrifying possibility of creating the West Coast’s second major desert. (*for the other see southern Peru).
And that will cause people to move, more trees to be cut, and less rain to fall, except in places like (hmmmm…where have we been talking about excessive rains, lately?) and that is when governments are most likely to begin external adventurism. Those tend to end in war.
And we know this how?
Other than a casual read of history, the theory spelled out in Report from Iron Mountain is that people will not accept the law of government willingly. They need to be threatened and coerced at the macro level.
Fortunately, the hangover from the last economy cycle bust has pretty much worn off. We’re no longer running around talking about “killing the Hun” or those “dirty Japs” but that’s how history rolls. We won’t (as a country/The U.S.) like to think too much about this kind of thing, but it’s what we really did: We make scapegoats of our enemies. Makes them easier to harvest.
With the planet up around 7-billion, there’s a lot of backed up harvesting to be done, and I think all of the world’s major governments have figured that out. Oh, sure, there are a lot of resource-rich places out there, but China with a newly emergent middle class is nailing down whatever hasn’t already been claimed in Africa and South/Central America.
So we’re on a timed fuse until something goes wrong.
And, I think, it just has. Although it may not be apparent for a while.
I refer to my dream about an Obama/Putin Summit that I published on May 8th. If you didn’t catch it, flip over to here. The whole theme of that report was of a what? SUMMIT.
And what fell apart for Obama a mere three days later? We are swimming in “Summit” references. Not that’s it’s meaningful, but temporally I find it just very damn interesting.
Personal Grounding – Barefoot Living
That brings me to the second point of this morning’s report (first was cycles tend to end their bottoms with wars, so set a four or five year timer to flash goggles).
I spent yesterday doing the twice annual lube, oil and filter at the doctor’s office. Since they were running late, I had a couple of hours to wolf down a new (to me) book called Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever! – 2nd edition.
If you haven ‘t heard of it, the principle is simple: We are fundamentally electrical beings at some level and we live on a planet which is seriously “ungrounded.” The way to “ground” yourself if to walk barefooted on the earth. If you don’t do enough of that, you will loose balance as excessive electrical impulses take their toll on the old bod over time.
A good place to start is by reading the Barefoot Living website over here.
They don’t get into the medical benefits of living barefoot, but there is something to it…I can tell you that much from personal experience. When you go for a barefoot walk, on a sandy wet beach, for example, you’ll think clearer and feel more grounded. It’s why people go to the beach and walk to “work out their problems.”
Another important thing not to miss: Chi masters generally don’t wear shoes. Part of the discipline is grounding through your feet – which is energetically called “growing a root to Earth.”
So in this age of insulated shoes, how do you get there?
Well….glad you asked. The effect (of grounding) lasts for a day, or longer, so being interested in improving my already useful quality dream work, I decided to pop for an Earthing half-sheet.
You don’t need to sleep in a 100% grounded bed – the basic effect is said to be noticed when you have even part of your body connected to ground…the longer the better.
The Earthing Half Sheet Kit will set you back $140 from Amazon, but since dream work is so important to me, I have ordered on and will give you feedback on it in due course. Likely next week, or so.
People have made all kinds of remarkable claims about the sheet, but having read several books on electrical effects and relations in the body, I get it.
The one thing I am not too keen on is the idea that most people don’t live in homes that are get up right for personal grounding. While the kit (if I read the details right) comes with an adapter so you can use the grounding prong of a grounded electrical outlet as your grounding point, I’m much happier with a serious 8-foot grounding rod driven into the ground.
So between now and when the half sheet shows up, one of my projects will be to put in the ground rod and that will involve cutting down a hunk of copper drill rod (www.mcmaster.com is the ultimate home science wonk parts resource for such things) and I’ll be using high quality stranded wire.
If you’re going to do something, might as well over-do it…so also on the shopping list is a search for well-insulated Litz wire.
“Litz wire is a type of cable used in electronics to carry alternating current. The wire is designed to reduce the skin effect and proximity effect losses in conductors used at frequencies up to about 1 MHz. It consists of many thin wire strands, individually insulated and twisted or woven together, following one of several carefully prescribed patterns often involving several levels (groups of twisted wires are twisted together, etc.). This winding pattern equalizes the proportion of the overall length over which each strand is at the outside of the conductor.:
The key thing about Litz wire is that higher frequency alternating currents (like radio wave frequencies) are subject to something called the skin effect.
We used knowledge of this effect to make hugely effective HF radio antennas back in my sailing days: The best possible ground for radio is a “low inductance ground” and because of surface effect, you want to use wide copper foil, or on my boat, half a dozen #12 stranded wires all bonded at the through-hulls and at the radio feedpoint.
Yeah, yeah, totally overboard (electronically speaking) but if there is a real effect from this personal earthing (including turning back disease, reducing aches and pains dramatically) I am not going to rely on a crummy ground which is what house AC wiring present. I’m going totally “george” on it.
We shall see…
Thank you FAA!
In what may be record time, once we figured out the maze through the bureaucracy, we are now the proud owners of an AMOC in response to an AD on our old beechcrate.
For non-flying heathens that is an Alternative Means of Compliance for an Airworthiness Directive and it’s transferable. So another bit of over-engineered (george’ed) should take wing this week.
And that should set us up for more flying adventures to report on as the summer progresses.
Unless, or course, my grounding/earthing experiments pay off. The whole point of those is to start dreaming out of the money stock options and making a fortune.
Oh, did I fail to mention that part? (You didn’t think I was totally altruistic in my research, did you? Or that I was a fool, perhaps???)
Peoplenomics® tomorrow deals with Personal Process Engineering…and that should be a very useful report, indeed.
Write when you break-even (yeah, the old sign-off is back, sorry if you’re offended. Majority rule here…unlike in some capitols…)