I’m the first to admit it: I’m a grouch and skeptic when it comes to “sports.” Damn time-waster, if’n you ask me.
Think of it this way: If someone came along this morning and said “Hey! Let’s invent a new industry which will cause people to waste money. Let’s build television networks around it, make it contentious in marriages, charge outrageous prices, mass market the hell out of anything connected with it. And, for a capper, let’s not offer any return to the consumers. Let’s just bilk ‘em!…” Do you really think you could sell that to rational investors?
Of course not! Yet that’s what we have today: A mish-mash of stupid time-wasters very much in keeping with the Bread & Circuses genre of ancient Rome. People wear ridiculous sports paraphernalia including, most stupid of all team branded clothing.
I mean it’s bad enough that I can’t seem to find shirts without advertising logos on ‘em (horses, polo players, alligators, and other animals) but when I see young people wandering around malls with that glazed look, a sports jersey and pants hanging at the knees….well, don’t get me started.
But since we have, the global edition of the sports hype phenomena is kicking off in three days time in London. The city has been turned into an armed camp with more than 1200 soldiers involved now… This is on top of thousands of security personnel since mass gatherings of “athletic supporters” (a bad but proper pun on sports nuts…oops! Another, sorry!) like this are a prime terrorist target.
So what are the odds of terrorism at London? You tell me.
Our now and again contributor, G.A. Stu Stewart (whose website The Age of Desolation is best of class in the unwinding of Nostradamus’ predictions, as well as his books which you can get from Amazon) is somewhat worried:
Nostradamus Quatrain X-74
The year of the great seventh number accomplished,
Appearing at the games of slaughter:
Not far from the millennial age,
When the buried come out of their tombs.
By the way, if you like number games, Quatrain X-74 also works out like this using the rules of casting nines:
7 + 4 = 11
X = 10 = 1 + 0 = 1
11 + 1 = 12 = (2012)?
7 x 4 = 28
9th of Av = 7/28/12
Are these coincidences intentional?
Just thinking outloud…”
Of course the problem with Nosty is that his predictions can be made to fit nearly any period of history…or not…depending on your preference.
The year of the seventh number accomplished is clear enough.
The “games of slaughter” is an interesting one since it could cover anything from ancient Roman gladiator type events to all kinds of modern analogs and might be the kind of thing which would pop out of headlines, but that’d be speculative.
Still, we are not far from the millennial turn but the part which is most bothersome is the “dead come out of their tombs” which is a mental image which had been gaining incredible traction in the past year or so.
Including descriptions of the Aurora shooting suspect who was described in some press accounts as “sitting zombie-like” during his court appearance.
But it doesn’t end there: “Undead Zombie Walk in Birmingham” caught my eye, and there’s so much Goth / Zombie material on the net that it sets an old man’s brain spinning.
Suppose, for a moment, that Nosty really did get certain things right – his Hister versus Hitler quatrain is hotly debated – and that however it was he got stoned and saw into the future, what would he pull back into the time (circa 1560) when he was writing. How would he have described the front of the Drudge report and phrases like “zombie-like” and accompanying imagery?
We know from Clif’s work that there are difficulties with the mind-word-mental picture way humans process things. Given not just months or years, but rather 450+ years, how well would that linkage work out, especially because “seeing” would be primarily visual/graphical in nature, since when you’re in “that” place where the future can be sensed, words fail and imagery rules, and Nosty would not have any words for things like the ‘net and bling, just to name a couple.
So the ponder is this:
Was Nostradamus writing about a different event (perhaps one fulfilled by the 1972 Munich Massacre at the Games) or is there one still pending?
If we make it through all the Olympics from now to 2028 with no bloodshed at Olympic games, then the prediction may have been alluding to the ’72 Games. But for now? The PTB aren’t taking chances on one level and we wonder what goes on at the other levels.
Readers Writes and Rads
This email is typical:
“Well, I haven’t yet got rich or broke even but your column denying that radiation levels are up, asserting that the measurements are just better now, is silly beyond belief and demands comment. We’ve been watching radiationnetwork.com since well before Fukushima, and in our area at least, the levels are up, up and away- far beyond what was established as a baseline before FUKU. Measurements are taken the same way as before. Some of us who did survive the Western states aboveground nuclear testing in the fifties are still paying the price, as do our siblings and as did our parents. Thankfully Dr. Linus Pauling was able to make enough people understand the impacts of such testing, leading to the moratorium and eventual ban on it, despite the military’s ‘expert’ testimony that ‘it’s all good’. Don’t think there weren’t ramifications of that testing, and don’t think there won’t be thyroid problems, cancers, miscarriages, mutations and painful deaths from Fukushima. BS is BS, no matter how ‘expertly’ wrapped the package in which it arrives.”
And Clif sent a note:
“George the word is now out. So far Number 3 and Number 4 reactors have put out more Cesium 137 than was released in all above ground tests ever. AND there is more Cesium 137 left in Number 4 than has existed ever above ground from all sources, tests, medical, et al… Cesium 137 causes heart muscle damage leading to heart attacks within short order. FYI.”
That led to a good chunk of Monday being spent on PubMed trying to figure out how this C137 stuff works and yes, does accumulate in muslces, such as the heart.
But I also asked our reactor engineer dude about how severe the risk is and what’s real and what[‘s FOS:
“Hi George, He is a little right and little FOS.
I can’t confirm the Cs-137 release is more than all the bomb tests + Chernobyl. That said, even if the release from Fukushima is not as big as the bombs + Chernobyl, it was still enormous in terms of activity released, so there is no real need to quibble over a few hundred curies here or there. Much of that Cs-137 went into the sea (migrating with the winds over the ocean, water releases from the reactor buildings draining to the sea, etc.) and, while that could be bad in potential hot spots near the coast and possibly nearby fisheries, the dilution effect is highly significant and has dropped the specific activity of the Cs-137 to parts-per-billion levels or less.
We have detected Cs-137 in seawater collected from off the West Coast, so we know it is out there, but it is in extremely small amounts, about an order of magnitude below the radioactivity found in a single banana.
That said, the second part is one of those sort-of-true types of statements people like Arnie Gunderson are famous for. Yes, there are vast quantities of Cs-137 in the fuel in Reactor 4 (and in the fuel in all the other reactors and spent fuel pools on site).
That said, the fuel is made up of ceramic pellets (uranium dioxide is the base form of power plan fuel). This ceramic form is very durable (though some did melt during the accident) and the matrix holds fission products like Cs-137 in place. We would have to posit a universe where the ceramic matrix disappears totally to get the Cs-137 out.
Plus, with the reactor (partially melted fuel and all), in cold shutdown, even if we have another massive earthquake, there won’t be the massive heat to drive off the Cs-137 or other volatiles like we saw after the earthquake and tsunami last year.
It is like saying that there are massive amounts of gold out there and you should avoid buying it because the price could get crushed – once someone figures out how to miracle it out of seawater all at once. So, no, this isn’t necessarily inaccurate, but it is a limited view and a bit misleading, in my opinion. ”
In the end, what to do? Like Global Warming, Peak Oil, and a lot of other issues, this is likely to be one where the Truth is somewhere between the extremes….which doesn’t make life simpler, does it?
Fortunately we have friends so we can develop independent data:
“George, You’ll like this, used car/home air filter testing for free from us here at ki4u.com. – Shane”
Good one today: Hit Google and you’ll see a plane doodle commemorating what would be Amelida Earhart’s 115-th birthday.
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