by Joe Shea
January 7, 2011
THE HUMAN DIE-OFF
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Back in late 1979, when I was writing a story called "Notes On the End of the World" for the L.A. Weekly, then in its first year of publication, I interviewed a UCLA professor of astrophysics, who made a statement to me I have never forgotten: "Nothing in nature," he said, "ever moves in a straight line."
We were talking about the findings a few months earlier by a Goddard Space Center satellite that found that Earth's magnetic field had declined from full strength to just 20 percent of strength at that time. I had asked him if the decline was going to be consistent, and his reply startled me.
Did that mean that at some point the field begins dropping dramatically, I wondered? The report from Goddard suggested it could decline to zero at the rate it was falling - the straight line - in about 1,000 years. But if the rate of decline changed, as the astrophysicist was carefully hinting, it could come much sooner.
I am proud of the article, which the Weekly was reluctant to publish. It was the first, so far as I know, ever to mention in the so-called popular press that some sort of global warming seemed to have begun. The world might end in six billion years, it concluded, when the sun turns into a red dwarf that burns us away. But in between, I noted, there might be some catastrophic events, including a reversal of earth's magnetic field, and possibly even a geomagnetic reversal of the poles, meaning the world would capsize on its axis.
When Earth's magnetic field declines to zero, it goes through a period of roughly 5,000 to 30,000 years, scientists believe, when there is no magnetic field. Then, slowly, the poles re-emerge at opposite ends of the Earth and start the process all over again.
A geomagnetic reversal was what was described in the movie thriller 2012, which opened with the die-off of birds. Magnetic reversal doesn't necessarily involve the catastrophic georeversal, at least as far as most earth scientists believe. A long, well-researched 1976 novel by Allan W. Eckert called The HAB Theory, which was re-issued in 2000, explores the idea in fascinating depth, though.
All of this is revealed in streams of lava that flow up from undersea volcanoes onto the ocean floor, where it is harvested by marine scientists. In the lava of these ancient structures, astrophysicists can read the rise and fall of the strength of the magnetic fields, of their disappearance and eventual re-emergence. The current state of the field, they say: Magnetic reversal is about 780,000 years overdue, and should happen in about 2,000 years.
The last time it happened, too, something else happened of some moment: the Great Extinction. Countless numbers of species disappeared from the planet. Since geomagnetic scientists don't compare notes with extinction scientists, they have never made that connection; I did. But I'm not a scientist, just a reporter, and I can't prove there is any relationship at all. It may be pure coincidence.
Lately, we've all read of large bird and fish die-offs in different parts of the planet. Argentina, as we noted on our home page in the Briefs, has just reported the largest die-off of whales, mostly young ones, in its history. Just last night, I learned of the die-off of millions of fish in the Chesapeake Bay, following the sudden death of 100,00 drum fish in a river in northwestern Arkansas, about 125 miles away.
The 5,000 Red Wing Blackbirds that died on New Year's Eve and the die-off of birds in Sweden a few days later were autopsied, of course, and in both die-offs the birds suffered body trauma, with internal bleeding a characteristic in both cases. A lot of things can make that happen, but no environmental or viral factor has yet been determined to be the cause.
One thing birds and fish also have in common, I learned in my research, is a nanocrystal called biomagnetite. Studies have been inconclusive about its existence in humans, but its presence in many homing species is now irrefutable; back when I did my research (and came to these conclusions) it was still a very limited field. There were only a handful of articles published in any scientific journals at the time. Now there are many.
Scientists believe that Earth's magnetic fields and the nanocrystal biomagnetite resonate with one another. Moreover, like some other crystalline structures, the latest research indicates that the nanocrystals have an information storage function.
I personally believe they can store information contained in waves of infinitely small particles called tachyons that move faster than the speed of light. Since the tachyons would move across the continuum of time from future to past as they gather speed in their flight across the Universe, it may be they impart some sort of information to the nanocrystals that then is stored there. Computer scientists have been using crystals for experimental memory storage for a few years now, but that doesn't prove my thesis, by any means.
I don't want to belabor this, but some of that information, processed over time by the brain in very small units that slowly consolidate under the influence of lysine vasopressin, the long-term hormonal memory storage molecule, may be the basis of what we call ESP, or extrasensory perception. It's probably a universal thing but is only available to the unconscious. Those who find a means to explore the unconscious are most likely to experience it, I think. But I am drifting like the poles.
On Tuesday of this week, our nearby Tampa International Airport announced that they were closing Runway 6 because its magnetic orientation had changed. The magnetic north has drifted, they explain, towards Russia. It was the synchronicity of these events that startled me.
Magnetic north has been drifting northeast towards Russia over the past 160 years before the recent die-offs, and is thought to be due to the growing South Atlantic AnomalyBut remember, nothing in nature moves in a straight line. I think that extinction of the magnetic field is near, and that several things may happen to the biomagnetite nanocrystals in our brains and in those of birds and fish and other homing species, including some large mammals like whales.
First, however, let me mention HAARP, the U.S. Navy's extremely high-powered, extreme low-frequency signals that allow it to communicate instantly with our nuclear-armed submarines thousands of miles undersea. Extreme low-frequency electromagnetic waves can disrupt not only brain waves in insects, for instance, but also in the brains of birds and possibly of fish. The probability, as I read it, would be that cells containing biomagnetite nanocrystals are heated by the waves, pretty much as microwaves heat food. That may be an easy explanation.
The more difficult and probably less plausible explanation, however, is my own, dating back to the L.A. Weekly story in 1980, and now 31 years old.
I think two things are going on.
First, since the Earth's magnetic field has fallen dramatically since the 1979-80 Goddard MagSat satellite recordings - enough to cause a major runway at a big airport to shift its basic orientation, a decline once expected in a thousand or few thousand years may end in reversal much sooner.
During that time, it is reasonable to expect that sporadic die-offs will occur as animals, birds and insects - bumblebees, for instance - lose the ability to orient themselves to their ancient migratory paths.
Second, whatever affects the mammals, fish and birds with respect to biomagnetite will also affect us.But how? Will there be human die-offs? Will we all become like John Wheeler, the defense official videotaped wandering aimlessly through a Newark, Del., parking garage and found in an outside Dumpster last week?
That's highly unlikely, but a degree of disorientation now attributed to the onset of Alzheimer's and dementia may in part be due to burned-out or "detuned" nanocrystals that have fallen victim to both earthly sources of deterioration like the abundant strong electrical fields in our environment - from microwaves to a million other kinds of electromagnetic radiation - plus the decline of the magnetic field surrounding our planet. Some studies say more than half of people over 85 have Alzheimer's, and the death rate from it has increased 50 percent between 1996 and 1999 from 21,000 to 31,000, according to various government statistics.
But there is little evidence that this widespread prevalence of Alzheimer's existed hundreds of years ago, when the magnetic field's decline was less rapid. Of course, many other things have also changed, and it may be purely coincidental that brain disease is on a dramatic rise as the magnetic field is in a dramatic decline. Today, Alzheimer's is said to be due to the build-up of plaque on neuronal networks, sort of the way plaque builds up on teeth and causes gum disease.
And by the way: when the magnetic field undergoes decline, ice ages begin - and very suddenly. I had a dream back in 1982, where like an ancient Greek seers I had reached into my own entrails to find and read the stones; suddenly a dream within the dream burst open.
I saw a blind herdsman standing protectively beside my great love of the time, with a herd of mastodons behind him; and in the dream I recognized the tableau as the sign of an approaching ice age. I had a piece of paper with a poem on it in my hands, and I began reading it with such black, angry force that it burst into flame, and everything went black. When I recovered a moment later, I looked again. The mastodons were a little further away, and there were some black rocks and a brown patch of grass on the ground. That dream became part of a poem, which read in part
I see the future come
It's a mysterious world we live on, and in, and no one can predict exactly what will happen in years to come. If we don't die of wave-fried nanocrystals, or in a coming ice age, nations large and small are perfectly capable of blasting us to smithereens. Maybe I should worry about that.
AR Correspondent Joe Shea can be reached at email@example.com.