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The Myth of Human Progress

Chris Hedges writes at Truthdig:

Clive Hamilton in his “Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth About Climate Change” describes a dark relief that comes from accepting that “catastrophic climate change is virtually certain.” This obliteration of “false hopes,” he says, requires an intellectual knowledge and an emotional knowledge. The first is attainable. The second, because it means that those we love, including our children, are almost certainly doomed to insecurity, misery and suffering within a few decades, if not a few years, is much harder to acquire. To emotionally accept impending disaster, to attain the gut-level understanding that the power elite will not respond rationally to the devastation of the ecosystem, is as difficult to accept as our own mortality. The most daunting existential struggle of our time is to ingest this awful truth—intellectually and emotionally—and continue to resist the forces that are destroying us.

The human species, led by white Europeans and Euro-Americans, has been on a 500-year-long planetwide rampage of conquering, plundering, looting, exploiting and polluting the Earth—as well as killing the indigenous communities that stood in the way. But the game is up. The technical and scientific forces that created a life of unparalleled luxury—as well as unrivaled military and economic power—for the industrial elites are the forces that now doom us. The mania for ceaseless economic expansion and exploitation has become a curse, a death sentence. But even as our economic and environmental systems unravel, after the hottest year in the contiguous 48 states since record keeping began 107 years ago, we lack the emotional and intellectual creativity to shut down the engine of global capitalism. We have bound ourselves to a doomsday machine that grinds forward, as the draft report of the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee illustrates.

Complex civilizations have a bad habit of destroying themselves. Anthropologists including Joseph Tainter in “The Collapse of Complex Societies,” Charles L. Redman in “Human Impact on Ancient Environments” and Ronald Wright in “A Short History of Progress”have laid out the familiar patterns that lead to systems breakdown. The difference this time is that when we go down the whole planet will go with us. There will, with this final collapse, be no new lands left to exploit, no new civilizations to conquer, no new peoples to subjugate. The long struggle between the human species and the Earth will conclude with the remnants of the human species learning a painful lesson about unrestrained greed and self-worship.

“There is a pattern in the past of civilization after civilization wearing out its welcome from nature, overexploiting its environment, overexpanding, overpopulating,” Wright said when I reached him by phone at his home in British Columbia, Canada. “They tend to collapse quite soon after they reach their period of greatest magnificence and prosperity. That pattern holds good for a lot of societies, among them the Romans, the ancient Maya and the Sumerians of what is now southern Iraq. There are many other examples, including smaller-scale societies such as Easter Island. The very things that cause societies to prosper in the short run, especially new ways to exploit the environment such as the invention of irrigation, lead to disaster in the long run because of unforeseen complications. This is what I called in ‘A Short History of Progress’ the ‘progress trap.’ We have set in motion an industrial machine of such complexity and such dependence on expansion that we do not know how to make do with less or move to a steady state in terms of our demands on nature. We have failed to control human numbers. They have tripled in my lifetime. And the problem is made much worse by the widening gap between rich and poor, the upward concentration of wealth, which ensures there can never be enough to go around. The number of people in dire poverty today—about 2 billion—is greater than the world’s entire population in the early 1900s. That’s not progress.”

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Asteroid Apophis: Scientists calculate the exact date and place of impact

You know it’s not good news when NASA says there is a possibility that a space rock will impact planet Earth, and more when it’s huge. The asteroid that can rush to Earth and that is larger than the Eiffel Tower is called Asteroid Apophis, in honor of the Egyptian god of chaos.

Its trajectory shows that it travels about 31,000 km over the surface of the Earth, and there is a possibility that it will pass near its surface.

To put it in perspective, it is possible that the asteroid will pass near the communication and meteorological satellites in orbit, traveling at more than 40,000 km / h when it passes Earth.

And in the event that the Asteroid Apophis of 27 billion kg hits the Earth, it could create a crater 1.6 km wide and 518 meters deep.

The impact would be equal to 880 million tons of TNT. All very disturbing, right? However, the only person who is not worried is the founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk, who has already announced that if a massive asteroid hits the Earth, we cannot do anything about it. But now a group of scientists has calculated the impact date.

The true danger of Asteroid Apophis

NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, has long been warning that Apophis is a potentially dangerous asteroid found in our solar system.

Although the US space agency has predicted the odds of a four-in-a-million collision during its near passage in 2036, some conspiracy theorists believe that the real dangers of this murderous space body have not been foreseen.

Asteroid Apophis: Scientists calculate the exact date and place of impact

As reported by the British newspaper Daily Express, scientist Michael Horn reveals that NASA has been completely wrong in studying the trajectory of the asteroid Apophis, and argues that a possible collision with space rock hazards may occur within the next ten years.

Horn says the asteroid can impact our planet in an area between the North Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Black Sea, located between Eastern Europe and Western Asia

“Apophis will hit Earth on April 13, 2029, or April 2036 if it does not deviate, ” Horn told the Daily Express.  asteroid Apophis, with certainty, will impact the Earth between the North Sea and the Black Sea on April 13, 2029, less within 10 years or on April 13, 2036. I have a lot of information that we have corroborated to date with more than 250 specific examples of what I would like to call prophetically accurate scientific information from the source. ”

Horn also claimed that former NASA aerospace engineer  Matthew Wieczkiwwicz and mathematician Harry Lear are key members of his research team.

Scientific controversy

In 2013, NASA calculated that asteroid Apophis would not impact Earth. They ruled out the possibility of an impact in 2036. They considered that the probabilities of the impact of the great space rock are less than one in a million, so the only interest is purely scientific.

But they also made it clear that on April 13, 2029, the passage of the asteroid Apophis will enter history due to how close the object of our planet will be.

It can be observed with optical telescopes and radar. With radar observations, they can check their surface a few meters in size.

Asteroid Apophis: Scientists calculate the exact date and place of impact

Will NASA protect us using a planetary defense weapon?

NASA constantly tells us that we should not worry about the danger of asteroids, as it has been developing a planetary defense weapon for years to protect the Earth from the threats of space. The main objective of this weapon is to divert the asteroids from their original collision course trajectory so that these space bodies quickly pass Earth without triggering a true apocalypse.

However, some experts believe that this planetary defense weapon will not work when it comes to fighting large asteroids such as Apophis. According to these experts, bombing the asteroid is the only way to protect the Earth if giant space bodies approach. But, attacking the asteroids will cause radioactive rain that will cause another type of devastation.

Do you think that Asteroid Apophis will end up impacting our planet?

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Asteroid Apophis, unlike Nibiru, is a real threat to the Earth.

You can forget about it, carried away by numerous reports of the threatening planet Nibiru. But there is an asteroid Apophis which moves to the Earth and represents a danger with its mass. The asteroid is also known as the doomsday cosmic stone, bearing the name of the Egyptian god of chaos and darkness.

Asteroid Apophis – the name of the space destroyer

In 2013, NASA astrophysicists refuted the possibility of an asteroid colliding with the Earth, and he really passed by. However, in 2029, Apophis will reach a visible magnitude of 3.1 – an asteroid the size of a good stadium will be visible to the naked eye.

In 2004, the international scientific community informed about the discovery of a large celestial body. Astronomers have discovered an asteroid hidden behind the Sun, whose flight path is directed toward the Earth. He was called Apophis 99942 (asteroid 2004 MN4) whose closest approach to our planet will be on April 13, 2029.

After this approach, he will continue to fly, but the orbit of the asteroid will be changed by gravitational attraction. According to professional astronomers, the asteroid Apophis will return in seven years, and despite being close to our planet, he does not threaten a collision.

But according to some forecasts, the asteroid Apophis will hit the Earth on Easter Sunday, April 13, 2036. It will be a 750 megaton impact hit of estimated kinetic energy! An asteroid will kill more than 10 million people in seconds. Without a doubt, this will be a terrible apocalypse on Earth. Moreover, the asteroid has already “tried on” to our planet:

The devastating earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean occurred the day after the asteroid approached in 013. News of the impact of Apophis went unnoticed as the media reported the deadly effects of the tsunami.

At the same time, space agencies reject the dangerous influence of Apophis. Meanwhile, on April 13, 029, at an altitude of about 30,000 km above the Earth’s surface, an asteroid with a diameter of about 325 meters will pass. It will become as bright as the stars of the constellation Ursa Minor.
This will be the defining moment when the asteroid touches the Earth. According to Russian scientists, an object can pass through a gravitational castle, which will change its trajectory so as to cause a collision in a future passage in 2036.

What happens if the asteroid Apophis falls to Earth?

Asteroid Apophis will enter our atmosphere with a capacity of 750 megatons of kinetic energy. For example, the Tunguska event in 1908 ranged from 3 to 10 megatons, and the largest ever exploded hydrogen bomb – only 57 megatons.

If the asteroid Apophis falls to Earth, the result will be real apocalypse on earth. An object about 400 meters long will cause more than significant damage. Simulations carried out to date suggest that more than 10 million people will die as a result of the impact.

If this happened on land, an asteroid impact would destroy an area of ​​about 80 kilometers and leave a crater about 5 kilometers wide and another 5 kilometers deep.
If the fall occurs in the ocean, it will cause a huge tsunami, which will rush tens of hundreds of kilometers into the coastal territories.

Today, even options are mentioned for the “withdrawal” of a large asteroid from its trajectory. For example, launching rockets with explosives in order to gently push away the cosmic rock, and thus change the trajectory of the asteroid.

Although since astrophoid Apophis was discovered in 2004, experts predicted the probability of impact on the Earth in 2029 at 2.7%. Subsequent changes in the calculations excluded this probability, though a gravity lock can change its trajectory.

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This is the largest asteroid that will probably hit Earth, the NASA Impact System warns

NASA’s impact monitoring system has detected the largest and most dangerous asteroid that could hit Earth. If this asteroid collides with Earth, it could cause an event of extinction partial on the planet.

The dangerous asteroid has been identified by NASA as 29075 (1950 DA). This asteroid is currently being tracked by Sentry, which is the automated asteroid impact monitoring system of the POT. With an estimated diameter of approximately 1,320 meters, 29075 (1950 DA) is currently the largest asteroid on the list of Sentry that has the possibility of hitting the Earth.

According to NASA, 29075 (1950 DA) is classified as an Apollo asteroid, which means it has a wide orbit that surrounds the Sun and Earth. Occasionally, the asteroid’s orbit intersects with Earth’s when the planet cycles around the giant star.

Asteroid orbit 29075 (1950 DA)
Asteroid orbit 29075 (1950 DA). Credit: NASA

Due to its natural orbit that crosses the Earth and its gigantic size, 29075 (1950 DA) has been labeled as a potentially dangerous asteroid.

NASA explained in a release:

Potentially dangerous asteroids are currently defined based on parameters that measure the potential of the asteroid to make threatening approaches to Earth. Specifically, all asteroids with a minimum orbit intersection distance of 0.05 astronomical units or less and an absolute magnitude of 22.0 or less are considered (potentially dangerous asteroids). ”

More than 17,000 near-Earth asteroids remain undetected in our solar neighborhood
More than 17,000 near-Earth asteroids remain undetected in our solar neighborhood. Credit: NASA

Unlike the other asteroids that are on the list of Sentry, only a potential impact on Earth was detected for 29075 (1950 DA). Depending on the monitoring system, this impact event could take place on March 16, 2880.

Sentry He noted that if the asteroid ends up hitting Earth on this date, it could do so with a speed of more than 64,374 kilometers per hour. The speed of the asteroid, combined with its massive size, indicates that an impact event in 29075 (1950 DA) would cause high levels of destruction on Earth.

Although this asteroid is smaller than the one that caused the extinction of dinosaurs millions of years ago, 29075 (1950 DA) is still large enough to completely eliminate entire cities and even states. The energy that will be released from its impact could be powerful enough to cause extreme environmental effects.

As we have already said, the question is not: will an asteroid collide with the Earth? The question is when will it do so?

Source: IBTimes 

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