Sunday, August 12, 2012


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Kashima Controls NAMAZU

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 Yesterday we reported that a floating "slick" of volcanic pumice roughly the size of Belgium was observed in the ocean off of New Zealand. After observation by the New Zealand Navy, scientists determined that the positively buoyant rock particles did not originate with a recent known on shore volcanic event but must originate from a sub sea volcanic eruption. Namazu you may remember is the name of the giant mythological Japanese catfish associated with coastal earthquakes and tsunamis. Kashima is the minor god who controls Namazu with a rock, but occasionally lets his guard down, the giant fish wiggles and Japan experiences earth quakes and tsunamis. Your basic pagan god has never been all that reliable. 

 We introduced our readers to Namazu a while back in a discussion of climate change that described all of the natural ways that climate can change suddenly and drastically. Earth axis wobble, orbital drift, sun spots, volcanic activity, meteor strikes, and ocean current changes and any number of combinations of these elements have caused sudden and drastic climate change here on the home planet and all of the Kashima types on the planet collectively failed to stop the Namazu like consequences. So we named our school of climate change after the great catfish. Our school of discussion is not focused on the current debate of are we or are we not causing climate change with our carbon emissions. We are soliciting ideas on what to do  to be ready as a society, particularly an urban society, when not if, sudden and drastic climate change overtakes us.

 The "pumice slick" found by the New Zealand Navy recently measured 250 nautical miles long by about 30 nautical miles wide , or roughly 10,000 square miles (26,000 square kilometers) . The material is basically white and refracts light, looking much like ice when observed upon a calm sea.. The undersea volcano blast that produced it must have been enormous. 

 Now consider what could happen if several under sea blasts of similar magnitude happened in close proximity to a few major Mt. St. Helen type shore side eruptions. Ash would enter the atmosphere in sufficient quantity to refract a great deal of sunlight back into space, while mirror like reflectors in the form of these pumice slicks the size of nation states reflected even more radiant energy out; you'd have sudden catastrophic cooling.  Probably for several years whole crop belts would fail to yield the expected crops. What should we have done to prepare for such an event? How do we extricate these large urban populations from a food chain that is global in length? That is the subject of the Namazu school. 

 On this occasion of the appearance of the pumice slick the size of Belgium we ask our readers again to send us comments with anything that you would like to add to the discussion of how do we prepare for sudden drastic climate change. This sudden change has happened in the past, and can happen at any time without warning. Blame it on sun spots, volcanic activity, solar flares or the wiggles of good old Namazu, it's going to happen again; and the Kashima and all the Kashima's men will never put Humpty Dumpty together again. We need to be ready. 

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