A few weeks ago I posted an article about the LHC—Cern’s Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, the most expensive (and maybe the deadliest) scientific project in history.
In that article we considered how other-worldly sabotage—or in this case, hmm, baguettage?—might be underway to obstruct the completion of this dangerous project.
(The word sabotage comes from the Netherlands in the 15th century, when workers would throw their sabots (wooden shoes) into the wooden gears of the textile looms to break the cogs, feeling the automated machines would render the human workers obsolete. A few months ago, a baguette somehow got tossed into LHC wiring to shut down the entire operation!)
A series of bizarre accidents (along with the mystery baguette) have perplexed the scientists and engineers on the LHC project. Also, a series of earth-shaking catastrophes are happening around the world as the collider starts ramping up with its high-energy collisions of subatomic particles… and there might be some connection.
Well, since posting that February 13 article, more accidents and more catastrophes have occurred, which deserve our attention. But before we get into those, here’s the general plan at Cern, to give you an idea of what to expect: 1) Starting this spring, run the LHC at 7 TEV (trillion electron volts) for about 18 months (that’s 3.5 TEV for each beam that’ll be colliding). 2) Shut the system down for another 18 months to get it ready for full-bore operation. 3) Start the collisions at the target rate of 14 TEV (or 7 TEV per beam).
And that, according to the detractors (I among them), is when things could really start shaking… starting in early 2013. So for the next year and a half, until probably next fall, the LHC will operating at half-speed… and even then I expect to see some destabilization of the Earth’s crust. It might already be underway.
Here’s what’s been happening in recent weeks, in terms of Cern glitches and worldwide shake-ups, since my last article on the subject,.
2/27. Beams were circulated but had to be halted to fix cryogenic systems that help regulate the superconducting magnets.
3/4-22. LHC experienced four shutdowns and restarts to continue repairing glitches and fine-tuning the system. If you’re interested, there are online progress reports and schedules for LHC’s ramp-up toward full operation posted here… and here… where you can see in exhaustive detail what’s being done to thwart the obstructions, toward a full-speed-ahead future of massive microcosmic destruction.
3/8. Glenwood Canyon here in Colorado had to close traffic due to a massive rockslide.
3/20. Tennessee experienced another massive rockslide, the latest in a record series of seven big rockslides in five months in the state.
3/30. Meanwhile, back at Cern, more problems…. An automatic protection system “quenched” (lost superconductivity in) a magnet and dumped one of the beams, but scientists worked hard to re-establish a ring of 3.5 TEV protons in the affected collider…. To solve the problem, they then tweaked the system to make it less sensitive… hm-m-m.
3/30. The LHC began half-scale operation. From the Cern press release: “Beams collided at 7 TeV in the LHC at 13:06 CEST, marking the start of the LHC research programme. Particle physicists around the world are looking forward to a potentially rich harvest of new physics as the LHC begins its first long run at an energy three and a half times higher than previously achieved at a particle accelerator….” (One aspect of that new physics might involve watching a planet quickly destabilize.)
4/2 and 4/5. Mine disasters occurred in China and West Virginia within days of each other.
4/6. Volcanoes started acting up all over the place, from Iceland and Alaska to Japan and Montserrat. (This may be a little misleading… I researched volcanic activity on the Smithsonian website, which lists 67 eruptions worldwide in 2009, but has no reports available yet for this year… except for a weekly USGS report of volcanic activity (3/31 to 4/6) that seems to have no accompanying archives for comparing past weeks… so we might want to keep an eye on the Smithsonian site once they start posting eruptions starting in 2010. Since there’s no easily available access to current volcanic activity in relation to past activity, I’m allowing myself some leeway here with that “acting up all over the place” comment, okay?….)
Then, from an online LHC diary:
4/5. Beams quietly colliding… then an unplanned maintenance shutdown.
4/6. Start of ramp… stable beams… then beams lost… then start of ramp… then beams lost….
4/7. Beam back… stable… lost cryogenics… beam back… trips lost.
4/8. Recovery… beam back overnight.
4/10. Stable beams until 3pm, and then….
So, let’s stay tuned to see what happens in the coming weeks, not just at Cern, but around the world!
Meanwhile, in my earlier post I also went back to the beginning, tracing similar earth-shaking technologies to a time long ago when a paradise world called Eden was destroyed, leading to the proverbial “Fall of Man” (based on what I consider to be highly credible and reliable ITC contacts), up to recent times when Nikola Tesla’s oscillator experiments shook up Manhattan.
I forgot to include, in that earlier post, the fate of Atlantis, which (again, according to ITC reports) employed some of the advanced technologies left over from Eden, and put most of our world into geologic chaos and destroyed their civilization several thousand years ago.
Atlantis, we were told, had its king’s capital called Basilae, located near modern-day Helgoland, off the coast of Germany… a mere hop, skip, and jolt from the present location of the LHC…. Go figure!