4/13/20: GRASPING AT COSMIC STRAWS

MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS

Coincidence and synchronicity are always something that have been a blessing and a curse for my show. It helps us with our credibility when we give out information that is a forbearance to the mainstream news. It also is a curse because when people hear the information later from others, we get e-mails asking why we haven’t talked about the topic when it is hot in the mainstream—or in the zeitgeist.

This past week, Richard Hoagland appeared on the show and while most of what he talked about seemed academic for my regular listeners, he gave us a few things to think about when it comes to near earth objects, Oumuamua and COVID-19.

Hoagland appeared again on our Saturday night “Best Of” and today, out of sheer coincidence there was a new story about Oumuamua that I felt was important as it fits in with a prevailing conspiracy theory that has nothing to do with the politics and confusion of COVID-19.

New computer simulations reveal a possible origin story for Oumuamua which again indicates that science still has no idea what the interstellar object is –only to be hypothesized as a comet or a possible derelict alien space craft.

The new origin story is that Oumuamua is the fragment of a planet that may have been ripped to shreds by an asteroid impact or by its home star.  Some of these fragments would have been launched into interstellar space, and millions—perhaps billions of years later, Oumuamua reached our solar system. 

This theory was presented by Yun Zhang, a researcher at the Côte d’Azur Observatory in France and lead author of a study on the simulations published today in Nature Astronomy and her colleague Doug Lin of the University of California, Santa Cruz.

We contacted Harvard Chair Professor of Science, Avi Loeb on the matter since he has been the most outspoken of Oumuamua’s origins and this what he said in a statement:

“Zhang & Lin suggest that `Oumuamua is a fragment of a bigger (kilometer-scale) object, torn apart by the gravitational tide of a distant star. Such a “tidal disruption event” could occur when a giant rock passes very close to a dwarf star (but not a star as big as the Sun!).

The main problem I see with their scenario involves the low abundance of tidally disrupted objects. To account for `Oumuamua as a member of a population of interstellar objects on random orbits, one needs each star to produce roughly a quadrillion (a thousand trillion) such objects, totaling roughly an Earth mass of rocky material per star. It is very unlikely that tidal disruption events will produce so many `Oumuamua-like objects because these are rare events restricted to the region near a star which is tens of millions of times smaller than the size of the planetary system around it. In my view, the statistics of such events makes the proposed scenario very unlikely. Let me explain.

Tidal disruption is effective only when a rocky object passes very close to its parent dwarf star, within a few times the radius of the star. In fact, the disruption is so close to the star that one should worry whether the object would evaporate by being exposed to a very hot environment. But even if the fragments survive, this disruption region is ten million times smaller than the extent of the Oort cloud in the Solar System, so the probability of an object being so close to the star is very small. Also, most objects passing through this tiny region will be depleted shortly after the birth of the planetary system and one would need to replenish them with new objects in order to get a large enough population. It would be extremely difficult to produce a quadrillion `Oumuamua-like objects per star from such a tiny region. Even if one considers all the entire material available in the much larger proto-planetary disk, there is not enough. So when restricting the factory of `Oumuamua-like objects to such a tiny portion of the entire disk, would exacerbate the “not enough material” problem by many orders of magnitude.

This abundance problem (even using all the material available in proto-planetary disks) was demonstrated in recent work by Amaya Moro-Martin (from the Space Telescope Science Institute). To my surprise, Zhang & Lin do not reference these papers or acknowledge the problem. I am surprised that the referees of this paper did not bring this issue to the attention of the authors and asked them to compare the very rough numbers they mention towards the end of their “Methods” section to the careful work done by Moro-Martin. According to her studies, there is no way they can get enough material so close to the host stars and explain the inferred abundance of oddly-shaped `Oumuamua-like objects. This is especially true if one considers white dwarfs that are less abundant than main-sequence stars. On top of that, further reduction will result from the requirement that the speed of `Oumuamua will be low relative to the local standard of rest (which was not taken into account by Moro-Martin but is discussed by Zhang & Lin).

Finally, I should note that we have never seen a comet or an asteroid in the Solar System with the peculiar shape and unusual orbit without detectable outgassing to the levels shown by `Oumuamua. Clearly, such objects were not produced or captured in large abundance in the Solar System.

Also, the most likely shape of `Oumuamua is a pancake rather than a cigar, as explained by the tidal disruption model of Zhang & Lin.

The study of stellar fragments, sweepers and stowaways has always been an interest of mine as I am often reminded that even though major asteroids or comets tend to miss us in a cosmic close shave – fragments of these celestial visitors can actually enter our atmosphere and create a huge burst that can create an EMP or do serious damage through gravity waves triggering major seismic events.”

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 also a possible asteroid strike which throws much of the world into chaos.

I reported that last year was one of the biggest years on record for cosmic close shaves as report after report of near earth objects always gave us a reason to pause and wonder if a near miss or a near hit would somehow send fragments of these space rocks our way creating airbursts and perhaps dangerous impact scenarios.

I admit that I have been a little shell shocked as I was the only live talk show on air the day of the Chelyabinsk air burst in 2013. Even though I was in the United States reporting the events that were happening over Russia – the videos that were coming from there recorded the awful explosion and in one case there was a classroom that was shaken and the shockwave shot shards of glass towards the children and the teacher.

Luckily, none of the children were hurt however, the explosion generated a bright flash, producing a hot cloud of dust and gas that penetrated to 26.2 km (16.3 mi), and many surviving small fragmentary meteorites, as well as a large shock wave.

The bulk of the object’s energy was absorbed by the atmosphere, with a total kinetic energy before atmospheric impact estimated from infrasound and seismic measurements to be equivalent to the blast yield of 400–500 kilotons of TNT (about 1.4–1.8 PJ) range – 26 to 33 times as much energy as that released from the atomic bomb detonated at Hiroshima.

The object was undetected before its atmospheric entry, in part because its radiant (source direction) was close to the Sun. Its explosion created panic among local residents, and about 1,500 people were injured seriously enough to seek medical treatment. All of the injuries were due to indirect effects rather than the meteor itself, mainly from broken glass from windows that were blown in when the shock wave arrived, minutes after the superbolide’s flash.

Some 7,200 buildings in six cities across the region were damaged by the explosion’s shock wave, and authorities scrambled to help repair the structures in sub-freezing temperatures.

The airburst of the meteor happened after it was reported that there was a major earthquake in Russia’s Ural Mountains.

On March 6th of this year, NASA warned that an asteroid capable of causing a violent airburst in the sky would approach Earth. They did not give the location, however they said that NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) identified the approaching asteroid as 2020 DP4. As indicated in CNEOS, database the asteroid measured about 184 feet wide, which made it about as tall as the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.

There was a time table for this asteroid or fragments of it to pass in our atmosphere between March 18th – March 22nd, 2020. While many were saying that the asteroid itself was passing at a safe distance they did not discount the idea that fragments could pass through a gravitational keyhole causing airbursts and seismic disruptions on the planet.

On March 18th, 2020 on the exact window date of the possible fragment contact, the state of Utah experienced a 5.7 earthquake. The epicenter was located on a virtually unknown fault just north of Magna, Utah. The fault apparently ran underneath the Oquirrh Mountains, scientists had no idea that the fault existed.

The Salt Lake Valley hadn’t had a sizable shake since 1962—and most scientists were waiting for the possible big one happening along the Wasatch fault located in the mountains east of Salt Lake City.

After the quake there were aftershocks—many were felt and eventually there were mild ones. There were nearly 700 reported quakes since the initial moderate one.

What would trigger a moderate quake in a virtually unknown fault. This is the mystery that seismologists cannot answer.

On March 28th, just outside of the window of estimated near earth impact, a massive explosion rocked a suburb of the city of Akure, the capital of the southern Nigerian State of Ondo.

According to Nigerian sources, the explosion split Akure-Owo road and inflicted serious damage on dozens of houses, 50 to 100, as well as a schools and churches.

After ruling out an accident or a terrorist attack officials said that the crater was caused by a meteor impact.

The experts led by Adepelumi Adekunle, a professor of geophysics and earthquake engineering at Obafemi Awolowo University, said the meteors impacted the location from “an angle of 43 degrees”.

A circular impact crater with 21m diameter and 7.8m depth was found which suggested a natural phenomenon occurred.

A similar meteor crash happened in Uttar Pradesh, India.

In both cases there were earthquakes reported in areas with no active faults prior to the impacts.

The question now if the earthquake in Utah’s intermountain area had anything to do with a possible airburst created by a meteor fragment that went undetected.

The idea is remote, unless there were witnesses to a possible flash or maybe even an explosion in the atmosphere miles above the area. The earthquake was felt in many Western states.

Unusual for a small fault line to shake many western states.

After the COVID-19 Pandemic was officially declared a health emergency in the United States there were several independent news groups that were quick to point out that last year there was a tabletop exercise called Event 201 where The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and John’s Hopkins University created a fictitious event where CAPS, a novel coronavirus would cripple world economies.

Coincidentally, the world experienced the real threat of COVID-19 which of course stirred a lot of speculation about the elites knowing full well that this was certainly going to happen before the fact.

It is also necessary to point out that NASA kicked off their Planetary Defense Exercise, where a hypothetical Near Earth Object impact scenarios were being reviewed for a possible asteroid or meteor strike.

The 2019 Planetary Defense Conference, was put on by NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office and the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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.

So far, there have been no reports of direct threats to the planet from asteroid impact this year, however there have been many so called so called conspiracy watchdogs who are speculating that this may be the next catastrophe that is coming and that the COVID-19 shelter in place exercise is a prelude to a possible deep impact scenario.

While the mainstream news finds a way to discredit conspiracy theorists there have been some circumstantial activities happening that have been alerting people to the possibility that authorities are planning on a possible near earth impact scenario.

Now, I must emphasize that correlation is not evidence –but with strange earthquakes shaking up unknown fault lines in Utah and other western states, two major near earth impacts in both Nigeria and India the new speculations about what is happening are worth looking into.

According to Astronomy Magazine it was reported that due to the COVID-19 outbreak at least more than 100 telescopes have been shut down.

What started as a trickle of closures in February and early March has become an almost complete shutdown of observational astronomy. And the closures are unlikely to end soon.

Observatory directors say they could be offline for three to six months — or longer. 

So if all of these telescopes stop observing then there is a gap in observations that includes all Near Earth Objects.

This brings observational astronomy to a standstill.

Another correlating coincidence is that days ago a disaster film called, Greenland, released their international trailer online. The movie stars Gerard Butler and Morena Baccarin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7wI5Ll6Q20

The movie is about a family that has to fight to get to bunkers in Greenland to avoid a Near earth collision with fragments of a Comet plummeting to earth.

The trailer was out one day before it was inexplicably pulled offline.

Firstshowing.net gives one clue as to why the trailer may have been pulled. That reason can easily hide behind the obvious other coronavirus-related one – the June U.S. premier will be delayed by the lockdown.

However other websites that talk about fringe topics are speculating that there is something more sinister afoot.
Many are reporting that Comet ATLAS has been showing signs that it is breaking apart and that many of those fragments could be coming uncomfortably close to earth and so the trailer was pulled so that people would not panic if this happens.

It was also reported that Comet Borisov is now breaking apart and may not make it out of the solar system at all.

While these comets are too far away for any of their pieces to strike the Earth, the already terrified and confused world doesn’t need much to push it completely over the apocalyptic edge to suspecting their government is hiding the truth about these two comets in addition to the coronavirus – it doesn’t take many connected dots to see this picture forming.

Meanwhile it has been reported that a large Near Earth Object is expected to pass over the planet on April 29th, 2020.

According to NASA many websites have been passing misleading information in order to get clicks online.

But they do admit that the asteroid named (52768) 1998 OR2 will make a close approach to Earth – but they are certain that it will pose no threat to earth.

The space rock has an estimated diameter of 1.1 to 2.5 miles (1.8 to 4.1 kilometers), or about the width of the island of Manhattan. 

NASA usually is able to spot asteroids like this and warn of dangerous trajectories – but now with the closures of vital telescopes there is now way to measure gravitational anomalies or whether or not this rock could wind up in the keyhole zone.

Not to mention that NASA neglected to report that 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.

No one detected a flash – but the waves were reported by an infrasound detector.

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.

These booms can trigger major earthquakes, triggering virtually unknown or dormant fault lines.

Even though we are being assured that the planet is in no danger there are certainly some coincidental events that have you grasping at cosmic straws.

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.

We never imagined the extent of how government agencies, and other health agencies would revoke constitutional rights in the face of a pandemic, but here we are and now we have to deal with trying to rebuild after a devastating world wide shut down.

If this virus can cripple the world, you can imagine how the world would react to something coming at us from space.

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