While all this hacking and cyber warfare and geopolitical "tectonic shifts" have been going on "down here" on terra firma, there has been some off stuff going on "up there", not the least of which has been another meteor over Russia, and an obsolescent US satellite breaking up in orbit. These stories were shared by so many here I cannot mention them all, but I want to talk about these two stories in conjunction with each other in our daily dose of high octane speculation:
Now, before we turn to this story and to the Russian space news this week, recall the strange context of space news over the past few weeks:
(1) Major General Igor Konshenkov, commander of Russian forces in Syria, stated that the anti-missile and air defense systems in that country were now fully operational, and that their range would be a "surprise" against any and all "unidentified flying objects", a carefully chosen phrase that could mean either (a) unidentified human aircraft entering Syrian airspace, or (b) the more commonly accepted idea of "UFOs";
(2) The Iraqi transportation minister, a fan of the works of Zechariah Sitchen, stated in a press conference that Iraq was home to "alien space ports" thousands of years ago;
(3) A Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman stated that continued US meddling in the Middle East would have "tectonic" consequences, a choice of language that, like Konshenkov's, could be taken either in a prosaic sense of rhetorical hyperbole, or in a literal sense as implying the existence of "tectonic" weaponry, i.e., earthquake weaponry and warfare;
(4) the Wikileaks release of strange emails that included correspondence allegedly between former Apollo astronaut, the late Edgar Mitchell, and John Podesta, about "space wars," a story closely followed by
(5) the recent "release" of a strategy study allegedly done for the Clinton campaign by the Benenson group, which included, strangely, a reference to staging a mock alien invasion in order to support the Clinton campaign. While I am strongly inclined to view the story as a hoax, it is nevertheless "out there" in cyberspace, and notably, no less strange than the very real statements of General Konshenkov, the Iraqi transportation minister, and the very real Wikileaks emails. Thus, contextually, these might argue for the authenticity of the Benenson story.
With this backdrop and context in mind, let us now look at the satellite story:
A third U.S. Air Force weather satellite that launched more than 20 years ago has broken up in orbit, Air Force Space Command disclosed Monday evening.
Air Force officials confirmed the breakup of the long-retired Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Flight 12 satellite (DMSP F-12) after the Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, detected an additional object orbiting alongside the 22-year-old satellite.
There seems to be an attempt here by the Joint Space Operations Center to connect the breakup of the old weather satellite to the presence of this "additional object orbiting alongside the 22-year old satellite," without coming right out and saying this explicitly. If so, then there are three basic ways to interpret the statement: (1) the "additional object" was American, and thus, the breakup of the satellite was intentional, and meant to demonstrate an extraordinary American anti-satellite warfare capability, or (2) the "additional object was not American, but some other great power demonstrating its capability against an obsolscent American satellite. The problem with this view is that this would be an act of war, and would demand some form of American retaliation. The powers that be might be inclined to keep such an event secret, and retaliate "in kind" at some future date. Nonetheless, this interpretation remains problematic. Finally, there is the third possibility: (3) the "additional object" was either from some unknown terrestrial group, or from some "ET" presence. Again, this possibility means that the destruction of the satellite could be construed as an act of war, or as a demonstration of "capability."
Which brings us to the second strange space story of the past few days: the Russian meteor:
While there is much about this incident that reminds one of the Cleyabinsk meteor incident, what is intriguing here is that the event took place on October 25th, during the same period during which Russia staged the second massive aerospace attack drill:
This caught my eye, and fueled my high octane speculation, for a very simple reason: while most of the western press - including its alternative media - have been hyping the drill as a demonstration that Russia is drilling for a nuclear war in fears of a Darthillary victory in this month's election, I strongly suspect that the Russian drills had and entirely different sort of attack in mind: either "rod of God" attacks from space-based kinetic weapons of some terrestrial power, or an "attack" from a "rogue meteorite" that perhaps had been deliberately pulled and directed to Russia. If that sounds far-fetched, recall two things: (1) one prior to the Chelyabinsk meteor incident, then Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev indicated Russia should establish its own asteroid defense system, which asteroids could be taken out by Russian thermonuclear weapons or "other means" which Mr. Medvedev left notably unstated, and (2) the Russian government subsequently to the Chelyabinsk incident not only began to build out that system, but more recently combined the Russian air and space forces into one service branch, the "aerospace" forces, a fact that puts General Konshenkov's statements about "unidentified flying objects" and a "surprising" range of Russian air defense systems into an even more intriguing context.
Thus what I am suggesting is that the recent Russian drill, which occurred in the same time frame as the latest meteor incident over Siberia, was not only about drilling for nuclear war, but was also actually a drill testing its space defense system and planning, and "conveniently" enough, a meteor shows up to reinforce the point, and like the Chelyabinsk meteor, appears to have been exploded in flight. This is, of course, the highest octane of high octane speculations, but it raises other chilling prospects: (1) did the Russian space defense forces stage the meteor event as a demonstration of capability" or conversely (2) did they detect the meteor long ago, and capitalize on the event, again as a demonstration of capability?
And those tectonic shifts that Russia warned about? Recall that last Thursday I talked about Italy's role as "point man" in the EU for Russia. With that in mind, I find it equally highly curious that Italy, always earthquake prone, has recently suffered some strong earthquakes.
Whether those quakes are relevant to the speculation being advanced here time alone can tell.
But there's no denying that the space news this week is odd, and occurs within a context of other space-related stories that have appeared recently, and that give one pause, for in the context of these stories - the strange Benenson "leak", the "Wikileaks" emails, General Konshenkov's statements - it would appear that Russia is trying to send someone strong warnings, and that "someone" might not be just the USSA alone.
See you on the flip side...