Look for It the Day Before Election Day!
Ever since that grim day in November 1916 as I twisted and turned in a hotel room in Quito, Ecuador, I have come to the conclusion that something is not right with the universe. I am reminded of Casca’s words in Act I Scene iii of Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar:
A common slave—you know him well by sight—
Held up his left hand, which did flame and burn
Like twenty torches join’d, and yet his hand,
Not sensible of fire, remain’d unscorch’d.
Besides—I ha’ not since put up my sword–
Against the Capitol I met a lion,
Who glared upon me, and went surly by,
Without annoying me: and there were drawn
Upon a heap a hundred ghastly women,
Transformed with their fear; who swore they saw
Men all in fire walk up and down the streets.
And yesterday the bird of night did sit
Even at noon-day upon the market-place,
Hooting and shrieking. When these prodigies
Do so conjointly meet, let not men say
’These are their reasons; they are natural;’
For, I believe, they are portentous things
Unto the climate that they point upon.
What I am referring to is the news that an asteroid might strike the earth the day before the November 3 “fraudulent” election that will confirm Donald J. Trump in his role as dictator for life.
According to CNN, the asteroid is just a shade over 6 feet—the size of our presidential pretender. I cannot help but think that it will land in such a way as to set fire to our great leader’s impressive bouffant hair-do, and possibly burn him to a cinder in his size 12 shoes. If that happened, it would surely show that there is some justice in the universe.
More Obscure Things to Worry About
Today, the notion of destruction from outer space impinged on the news in two separate stories. First of all, at 11:24 am PST, an asteroid named 2012 DA14 came within 17,100 miles of earth over Sumatra, center of the giant 2006 tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands of people. DA14 was approximately the size of two football fields end to end.
Then, the same day, a meteor about the size of an SUV and weighing some 10 tons struck the Ural Mountains of Russia near Chelyabinsk, blowing out the glass of thousands of windows and injuring hundreds if not thousands of people.
The two events were not connected in any way, except insofar as their timing made me think once again of how fragile we are.
If 2012 DA14 had struck the earth, it would have created widespread atmospheric disorders along the lines of the Tunguska meteor or comet strike of 2008 in remote Siberia north of Krasnoyarsk. After more than a hundred years, this event is still shrouded in mystery, as no identifiable pieces of the extraterrestrial object have been recovered to date.
It’s no accident that Russia has seen so many major events of this sort. Despite the secession of some dozen Soviet Socialist Republics (SSRs) when Communism fell around 1989-1990, Russia is still the largest country on earth, constituting some 11.46% of the earth’s total land mass.
It would be nice if events such as the ones described here made us tread a little more lightly over the earth, knowing that we could so easily be atomized by a piece of space junk.