Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Conspiracies, Comets and CMEs

I have always been interested in mysteries, as long as I can remember.  Everything from unsolved crimes to apparently supernatural events, from historical mysteries, to the mysteries of life.  I've always had an open mind - and when I say open, I mean REALLY open.  Not the scientific sort of open mind, which discounts anything that doesn't seem rational before it starts an investigation.

It seems very strange to me, than in an era where quantum physics appears to tell us that something may be where it appears to be, but it may be in several other places too... when the Newtonian laws of physics do not appear to apply to the contents of an atom... and when there is so little known about the dark matter which comprises a large part of the universe, scientists can be so wedded to the idea that there is a version of reality about which they can be sure.  They claim to have an open mind, but it soon becomes obvious, once anyone challenges the status quo, that this isn't true.  In science, as in most other walks of life, there is a strong aversion to risk or to change, and people will vilify someone who breaks rank and tries to establish a new path.  The man who first suggested that BSE could be transmitted from cow to calf was utterly rubbished for a long time, and shut out as a pariah by other scientists, until what he said was demonstrated to be true.

Anyway... I find myself in a middle ground between mainstream scientists on the one side, who appear to me to have only partially open minds until you beat them around the head with incontrovertible evidence, and what I can only describe as the crazies on the other side... people who need no evidence to believe the most outrageous of things, particularly if they involve the government or an elite group of citizens, and a conspiracy.

What I have learned in half a century, is that an open mind may lead you astray, just as a closed one can.  Being open to the idea that UFOs may be visitors from other planets or other solar systems, incorporates a whole encyclopaedia of other stuff, according to the crazy contingent.  Stuff you don't have to bother about if you are determined not to accept the possibility that advanced life exists in other places in the universe.

On the other hand, sometimes, scientific method will not explain something.  Recently the best example I have seen is Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).  This is a system of tapping on acupuncture points.  No-one who has observed the effects on war veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, some of whom have been ill for decades, could claim that it wasn't stunningly effective in treating the symptoms.  If you disbelieve me, watch this video.

The trouble is, I can see that it may be effective, but no one understands why.  For a scientist, it seems that this is the equivalent of it not working at all.  They want to understand the mechanism at work, in order to agree that it is effective.  And they cannot.  Nor can I, but I can look at the effects of it upon the people who have tried it, and take a decision about whether it is effective.

The crazy contingent see conspiracies everywhere.  People who are respected in their community will speak of a government conspiracy to conceal the existence of UFOs, and to keep us from using their technology for free power, in order to protect the oil market, as though that is a proven and accepted fact.  There has always been a certain turn of the century madness, where people have built up to the end of the world, and this effect seems to have been enhanced by the fact that our turn of the century was also the turn of the millennium. 

I follow a number of groups who have been predicting the end of the world and the return of Nbiru for about five years... and they're still waiting.  There is one group which is convinced that a government-funded project called HAARP (google it) is producing unwanted effects in the environment, including earthquakes.  There is another which predicts the end of the world in 2012 according to the Mayan calender and Hopi prophecy, and another group which says that the date is actually 2011. 

What they have in common is a distinct lack of trust in government, and a conviction that the powers-that-be are in possession of the facts, and are refusing to share those facts with the general public, for good motives (to avoid panic) or bad (control and power over the masses).

Now I do not discount the fact that I do not think that governments share all that they think and do, and that there are different levels of knowledge in government.  I think that to a small extent, that may be necessary.  I do not know if it is actually necessary, because I don't have experience of government, and I do not know that the alternative - being completely open about what is done and why - has ever been tried by any government of a large country.  But I have a suspicion that covert operations of one sort or another may be a necessary part of both national security and police investigation, and therefore that there is a need for a level of secrecy in government.

That doesn't mean that I think that the powerful governments are conspiring to keep me in the dark in general, however.  I have always assumed that most governments are too incompetent to conceal anything of substance from the masses. I don't have the sense that I am being fooled or kept in the dark.  Perhaps I am deluded about that, but I find that Americans in particular have a much stronger sense of there being a conspiracy, than people in the UK do.  I find it hard to believe, and I haven't seen any evidence that convinces me, that the US government are concealing big stuff.

However... from time to time things surface on the internet which do compel me to look again.  Firstly, this film, apparently official film from NASA, shows things which are not immediately explainable.  The people who draw attention to them say that Nasa spends a lot of time cleaning up images to remove anomalies, but if they do, why were these released as they were?  On the other hand, if these pictures are real, why hasn't NASA commented on what can be seen in them?

In the last week to two items have given me pause.  The first is that I began to read things about a newly-discovered comet, Comet Elenin.  This was apparently discovered by a Russian astronomer, in December 2010.  It seems strange that it should be discovered so late, but then looking for a comet, particularly one which is hurtling directly towards the centre of the solar system, is like looking for a needle in a haystack.  It has been estimated that this comet has a orbital period of around 10,000 years, which means that this is the first time in recorded history that is has come close to earth.

Of course, the appearance of this comet, now, has started a lot of speculation about the hopi prophecy that in the end times for the earth, we will see a blue and a red object in the sky.  This may be the blue.  Some people predict that the return of a planet Nbiru will be the red.  The interesting thing is, that some people have calculated that the earth, this comet and the sun were in alignment when the Chilean earthquake happened last year.  Someone asked a question on the Nasa website, asking if the alignment around March 11-15 would cause other catastrophes.  As you can see, the person answering the question was somewhat scathing about the chances of the comet affecting earth at all.  However, youtuber 9Nania predicted that there might be an earthquake or similar disaster, saying that she feared it would occur on March 11, two or three days before the Japan earthquake and tsunami occurred.

There are any number of posts on youtube about Comet Elenin, of varying degrees of craziness.  Just like looking at the effects of EFT, I feel that the fact that this alignment apparently occurred at the same time as two very large earthquakes, should give us pause, and lead to some degree of scientific examination.  I fear, however, that scientists are already so convinced that no connection can be possible, that they will refuse to look at it as a possibility, and most information about the Comet will be promulgated by the crazy element.  There are other alginments due in September and October, and of course, the possibility that there may be other earthquakes and disasters ahead is feeding the speculation on 2012 end of times, or 2011 if the splinter group who believes the date of doom is earlier, are right.

It is claimed in one of the videos about Elenin, that if you key in the location of the comet into google skies, the piece of sky containing the comet comes back blank.  I have not tested that for myself.  I can't think why it would be true if it is.  I don't believe it is a conspiracy to keep the truth from us... but I don't know what it is.

The second event to give me pause, is that someone sent me a link to a soho video of a huge coronal mass ejection, apparently recorded on April 3.  According to the buzz on the internet, this image has been pulled from the NASA soho site, they haven't commented on the CME on and there is effectively a news blackout about the CME.  This is very strange.  I usually rely on SpaceWeather to get information about CMEs.  If the images are real, and they look like Soho images, then why should they be pulled from the NASA site, and why didn't report on it?

The government recently set up a special committee to look at how we can protect our power grid from the sort of event that hit Canada in the late 1980s. There is a daily report from youtuber DrKStrong.

The conspiracy theorists predict disasters and mass panic if the government should publicise the event... but I find that hard to believe.  On the other hand...well I am keeping my open mind open, and looking for a good and reasonable explanation of this alleged blackout.

In the mean time, the advice from the sites which have been predicting the imminent arrival of Planet X for years, is to stock up on food, things you need for survival, and to put them all in a handy grab bag, like the Japanese.  I guess that can't hurt, even if the sort of events they are predicting seem on a cataclysmic scale.  Mind you, to collect all that 9Nania recommends, you're going to need a jolly big bag....

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