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The Interacting Universe Is Alive And Watching

By James Donahue

How insignificant the mighty affairs of man become when stacked up beside the actions of our living universe.

While our leaders wrestled with terrorism, threats of nuclear war, an overpopulated planet, loss of natural resources the economy and environmental pollution, the Mother Earth flexed a muscle on Dec. 26, 2004, and sent out a massive earthquake so strong it unleashed one of the worst tsunamis to sweep the Indian Ocean in history. Over 240,000 people died.

Everybody on the planet knows about the Christmas quake, but what they may not know is that exactly 44.6 hours later, gamma ray telescopes orbiting the Earth recorded the arrival of the brightest gamma ray burst ever recorded.

What is spooky about that gamma ray burst is that astrologers determined it originated from SGR 1806-20, a neutron star located about 45,000 light years away from Earth in our own galaxy. Traveling at a speed of a fraction slower than the speed of light, scientists estimate that it took this blast of energy 44.6 hours to reach the Earth.

In other words, that gamma ray blast on the neutron star on the other side of the galaxy occurred at exactly the same moment the Earth was hit by a colossal earthquake measuring an almost unprecedented 9.3 on the Richter scale.

A coincidence you might say? We might better look at these two spectacular and almost unprecedented galactic events as a warning shot across the bow. The Universe clearly demonstrated to us on December 26, 2004 that it is alive, and is angry about what is going on among the foolish humans now strangling the life out of our great Mother.

We suggest that the snuffing of 240,000 lives throughout  overpopulated islands in the Southeastern corner of the planet is but a taste of things to come if we don’t learn damned quickly to shake off our false gods and start showing reverence to the planet from which we sprang.

That blast from a gamma ray from distant space was a warning that the entire universe has its eye on us, and the Mother is not going to be alone in her fight for survival. She is a living, sentient being, just as are the Sun and all of the other moving, vibrating and exploding objects in the universe.

That gamma ray blast, the first ever recorded from a star in our galaxy, was 100 times more intense than any burst previously recorded. It equaled the brightness of the full Moon, but radiated most of its energy at gamma ray wavelengths. It had enough power to temporarily change the shape of the Earth’s ionosphere, distorting transmissions of long-wavelength radio signals.

Frightening too is the fact that this little neutron star, only 20 kilometers in diameter, released more energy in a tenth of a second than our Sun emits in 100,000 years. Other more powerful gamma ray bursts have been detected, but all of them originated in other galaxies tens of thousands of times farther away. Thus we have a picture of an extremely active and dangerous universe that has the capability of spewing forth powerful energy bursts capable of destroying us all and without warning.

Dr. Paul LaViolette, in his 1983 doctoral dissertation, examined the potential of cosmic ray superwaves from Galactic core explosions deep in space. He noted that such waves would be signaled by a high intensity gamma ray burst. He also theorized that such waves also might be preceded by a strong gravity wave that travels through space at a superluminal speed.

LaViolette’s thesis is that such gravity waves could induce substantial tidal forces on the Earth during their passage. These forces, he said, could cause earthquakes and polar axis torquing effects.

In his book, Earth Under Fire, LaViolette gives evidence that a superwave passed through the solar system about 14,200 years ago and triggered supernova explosions. These are still observed today as the Vela and Crab supernova as beautifully captured in pictures by the Hubble space telescope.

Had the Dec. 26 gamma ray burst been any closer, based on LaViolette’s calculations, its force would have destroyed the Earth’s protective ozone layer. That would have caused the quick destruction of all life on the planet.

That the disaster was no larger than it was is an indication that the Universe was only sending a warning shot. We have been given a second chance. Failure to act, however, may bring something much more severe.