WHY IS THE EARTH SPINNING FASTER?
Today is one of those "fun" blogs where I get to display to the world utter craziness in the form of off-the-end-of-the-twig high octane speculation. The article concerned was spotted and shared by "V2", and it's a humdinger, because the basic point of it is that the Earth has been rotating around its axis faster the past few years:
Now, I will leave it to the reader to peruse the article in question, with its fascinating though slightly confusing and somewhat inscrutable excursion into "leap seconds, atomic clocks, and astronomical time," and I will also simply note that atomic clocks and rates of radioactive decay work just fine so long as those rates are assumed to be constant under all circumstances, but that a real philosophical spanner hits the works if the same thing that is producing slow-downs and speed-ups of the Earth's rotation is also affecting decay rates, even if only very minutely.
Which brings us to the problem at hand: after all the "fascinating though slightly confusing and somewhat inscrutable excursions into leap seconds, atomic clocks, and astronomical time" scientists still don't know why the Earth seems to have speeded up its rotation in the last few years, rendering moot the necessity for "leap seconds."
As one might expect, I intend to take this as an opportunity - paraphrasing Mark Twain's observations about the theory of evolution a bit - to derive wholesale returns of speculation from a minimum investment of fact, and have a bit of high octane speculation fun with it. After all, if scientists don't know why this is happening, then in a certain sense my guess - crazy as it is - is as good as anyone's, so here goes:
The fundamental system in question is electro-dynamic, namely, the electro-magnetic dynamo that scientists have theorized exists at the center of the Earth, with molten metal under tremendous pressure and stress, rotating, and producing the magnetic field of the Earth. That magnetic field is in interaction with that of the Sun, and to a much lesser extent, other bodies in the solar system. This system is thus not static, but in constant flux. If one were to play with any major magnetic element of that system - particularly the two major components, the Sun and the Earth - then one might perhaps induce small, almost infinitesimal variations in the electro-dynamics of that system, including the speed of the Earth's rotation, which, in my opinion, is an effect of that electromagnetic dynamo in the center of the planet.
Now, I am also bold to suggest that perhaps we're looking at effects of very strong human-made magnetic fields and perhaps even electromagnetic atmospheric effects - think CERN and ionospheric heaters here - because, again, these toys are not closed physical systems, but open ones, and they interact with natural physical systems.
And to top off this sundae of high octane speculation with a cherry, I further speculate that there are people watching these effects, and correlating data from those technologies with those effects... secretly, of course...
Ok. That's it.
Now you can call me crazy.
...See you on the flip side...
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