My co-author on Grid of the Gods and for an upcoming book we're working on right now, Dr Scott de Hart, sent me the following very interesting article:
What intrigued me here was Vladimir Putin's comments - ambiguous to be sure - that Russia plans to expand its Arctic presence, for what purpose, we're not sure. Also intriguing to me was Putin's veiled references to hold-over Soviet-era ecological legacies in that region.
One possibility that presents itself is a military and geopolitical one. The Arctic region was long home to some of the Soviet Union's most sensitive projects, including the detonation of the monster "Tsar Bomba" in October 1961 on the Arctic island of Novaya Zemlya, a monster hydrogen bomb of approximately 57 megatons yield. The test was of an actual deliverable weapon whose designed yield was a whopping 100 megatons. Even Stanley Kubrik got in on the act in his dark comedy Dr. Strangelove, where the Soviet ambassador hinted that the "doomsday weapon" was hidden somewhere in the Arctic. The Arctic was to the Soviet Union was the Nevada test range and Area 51 was to the USA.
Now let's speculate wildly, and I do mean wildly.
Development of the Arctic would give Russia certain economic advantages and an ability to live and prosper in cold environments. This raises interesting implications, for some recent articles have suggested that the Sun is entering a period of declining activity, heralding not a new era of global warming, contrary to the favorite sacred environmental cow of the western elites, but on the contrary, a new "ice age." Russia, of all the nations on the earth, has had the longest and most experienced history in dealing with such climates and with developing the region. Perhaps this orientation heralds Russian awareness of a rather different scenario than that championed in the West.
Then too, there is a possibility that Russia has found new energy reserves, and the region needs to be developed for that reason. Perhaps - speculating even more wildly - Russia has found something new in its ongoing "pyramid power/torsion" research that requires, in its view, a vastly expanded presence in that region. All sorts of scenarios come to mind - pole shifts, magnetic pole reversals - everything.
The bottom line is this. The Russians are chess players. They think several moves ahead of the game, and regardless of what wild and woolly scenario one might wish to propose, Prime Minister Putin's announcement during a party convention and election bid deserves to be watched.