Hello Mr. Rense
There are many rumors flying around the internet concerning the
deployment of a large number of U.S. military and navy ships.
This is causing all sorts of questions, one being of course why?
Where are they going? Is some big "event" or terrorist
attack about to occur?
Not only that, but, apparently, large numbers of naval fleets from
many other countries are heading out to sea, as well!
Is there anything to this? Have you heard anything or have any
insight to this information?
I appreciate your time and thank you in advance for your reply.
Note - The lengthy, mostly speculative report below is in rather wide
circulation and is causing some interest onilne. We are presenting it as
a point of information only. -ed
Is 'Snowball' A Coincidence?
A supposed intercept of a U.S. military SSB radio transmission on
26 January of this year referred to a mysterious "countdown"
to an unnamed event which (by the countdown) will occur around
June 19 or 20 of this year. In the past few weeks, however, naval
units worldwide have been putting to sea in unusual numbers,
sufficient to cause us to revisit the original message to assess
movements and adopt a watch mode going forward into the June
19-20 date area.
I was not planning on doing a special weekend report but four
things happened that prompt me to share some speculation with
you. The four items?
Historical: I happened to think about the piece on "Snowball Net"
which, if you might recall, was a supposed intercepted radio
communication between U.S. military units that I posted on this
site in March. Click here for the original link and scroll down
to "For the Truly Paranoid..."
http://www.urbansurvival.com/nl03262004.htm Here's what it said:
"Want to be paranoid about something akin to Planet X showing up before
November? Here's a snip which I received by email yesterday - a
bit aged, but interesting nevertheless:
A member of our ham radio club intercepted this transmission and
shared it with a few of us. He made a digital recording of it.
The transmissions took place on 1-26-04 staring at 0:5:00 UTC.
The frequency was 11.176 mhz, USB.
The conversation is between SNOWBALL NET and another station. We
assume SNOWBALL is the network operator.
Here is a transcript:
SNOWBALL NET: Snowball Net comms check. All stations, clock sync, (pause)
impact at minus 146 days, 5 hours UTC. Standby for ACC link
(could have been ACD).
Burst of digital data|
Burrow: SNOWBALL This is BURROW (could be Burro as in donkey). You are
not secure| repeat not secure | go green | go green |
Bursts of white noise follow for approximately 3 minutes.
Copies of this have been posted on several ham boards and have been sent
to Popular Communications Magazine.
OK, so that by itself is curious, although the author may have been
hoaxing (or breaking provisions of the Communications Act of 1933
rules about unauthorized disclosure of third-party traffic, but
we'll assuming hoaxing, right? But now add a second data point to
this, the odd story of British military cavers being trapped in
Mexico reported at
Note: This link was valid at the time posted, but has been purged from
This British military in Mexico caves story has us wondering what the
military guys are doing in caves? And who packs in that much
provisions that 5-days under is no big deal? And what are those
"military notebooks" they are shredding? Say what?
If one was truly paranoid, they would look at the combination of the
two events and synthesize that "Hey, something is causing
governments all over the world to act like they know something
very bad is about to happen to the whole planet and they are
looking for caves (or building underground bases) to be ready to
survive whatever it is that is coming (in June).
Easy enough to write off as a wild "mind game" until we
recall how close the rock Toutatis will be in September (remember
that Earth is within the margin of error on Toutatis orbital
projections) and then there's this one:
http://www.spacedaily.com/news/japan-muses-c-04b.html Unknown, of course, is whether there is something else "out
there" which has been captured by a government "blink
lab" - we'd probably never hear about it if there was.
You don't know what a blink lab is? That's where NASA and other
organizations take a picture of space, then take another picture
of the same point in space a bit later. Whatever has moved (like
a rogue planet or asteroid) can be readily seen by "blinking"
between the two pictures...
No, we're not that paranoid about it, but we have been monitoring the
Air Force 11.175 MHz USB frequency and wonder who the Burrow
is...and no, it's not Barrow (as in Alaska)."
Major Web Traffic Anomaly: The note from my colleague Cliff at
www.halfpasthuman.com says it all:
"Link quote, "JUST WHY IS IT THAT Nearly our Entire Naval Fleet,
have unprecedented orders to leave for the Oceans?
AND, they aren't alone. At least parts of Iran, Australia, China,
France, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
and Vietnam are going too. Makes me want to find out where the
British Navy is holing up these days. And what of the Russians?
hmmm.... Does anyone ever stay home and protect their own borders
anymore? Isn't that what they are supposed to be doing? Something
is very, very fishy here!"
It turns out the Brits are putting to sea, too. More on that in a
Contemporary Events: The pattern of navies putting to sea actually became
evident in earlier this week when I casually mentioned that a
naval force of most ships and more than 6,000 sailors was putting
to sea from San Diego. I remember thinking at the time of
coverage (last Monday, May 24,2004) "My how strange, to put
6,000 people to sea for what was reported as "training
maneuvers" or action in the Gulf War, given how expensive
fuel is and how much such things cost...not to mention how thin
reserves are stretched."
Personal: It was decided on Friday that because the business acquisition I
am working on is at a 3-4 week hold while final details are
ironed out, I've been given the "green light" to head
back for Texas till sometime between July 1 and August 1. At that
time I will presumably come back to L.A. and work on a permanent
rather than week to week consulting basis. Why is this
significant? Because usually, when the Universe wants to take
care of me in some way I'm not bright enough to figure out for
myself, odd doors open up...and this door gives Elaine & I a
chance to finish off numerous projects at the ranch in the East
What Pieces Would Fit?
If it happened - out of some bizarre circumstance that there was
indeed something "real" about the supposed radio
interception - then what would we look for prior to an event such
as an impact from something falling out of space? Here's my list,
which you can compare with your own ideas about how you would
prepare for such an event:
I'd move as many ships out of port, with as many of America's finest
on them, as I could. It's a know fact that a tsunami at sea is
much easier to deal with than a tsunami that is running up
against a relatively shallow area, which might include the outer
continental shelf if the impact were large enough, or it might be
big enough to literally empty the big bays of either coast (Puget
Sound, San Francisco, San Diego) before running back in with a
killer wave hundreds of feet high which would ruin urban areas.
From the NOAA web site, here is a short introduction to the
field, which I'm posting here because the student of tsunamis is
well documented while the oceanic impact of boloid/meteor impacts
* Source: http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/seg/hazard/tsuintro.shtml
Tsunamis, commonly called seismic sea waves--or incorrectly, tidal
waves--have been responsible for at least 470 fatalities and
several hundred million dollars in property damage in the United
States and its territories. These events are somewhat rare. Major
tsunamis occur in the Pacific Ocean region only about once per
decade. Therefore, it is important to learn as much as possible
from the relatively short history available.
The preparation of this history was undertaken because of the evident
need for an up-to-date and comprehensive compilation. The
previously available history of tsunamis in the United States and
environs was scattered through several regional catalogs,
research papers, and unpublished works. The continued research of
several people has improved these now-dated catalogs. The present
history incorporated all works known to the compilers into a
single, comprehensive volume.
"Tsunami" is a Japanese word meaning "harbor wave." It is a water
wave or a series of waves generated by an impulsive vertical
displacement of the surface of the ocean or other body of water.
Other terms for "tsunami" found in the literature
include: seismic sea wave, Flutwellen, vloedgolven, raz de mare,
vagues sismique, maremoto, and, incorrectly, tidal wave. The term
"tidal wave" is frequently used in the older literature
and in popular accounts, but is now considered incorrect. Tides
are produced by the gravitational attraction of the sun and moon
and occur predictably with twelve hour periods. The effects of a
tsunami may be increased or decreased depending on the level of
the tide, but otherwise the two phenomena are independent.
Although there are warning systems for tsunamis occurring around the
Pacific, including local and regional warning systems in Hawaii
and Alaska, the risks from future tsunamis are still not fully
known. Some events, such as that in Prince William Sound, Alaska,
in March 1964, can be devastating over large distances. Even over
short distances along a coast, the heights of a tsunami wave will
vary considerably. An important part of the risk assessment is to
gain a clearer understanding of the effects of past tsunamis.
Worldwide Occurrence of Tsunamis Tsunamis have been reported since ancient
times. They have been documented extensively, especially in Japan
and the Mediterranean areas. The first recorded tsunami occurred
off the coast of Syria in 2000 B.C. Since 1900 (the beginning of
instrumentally located earthquakes), most tsunamis have been
generated in Japan, Peru, Chile, New Guinea and the Solomon
Islands. However, the only regions that have generated
remote-source tsunamis affecting the entire Pacific Basin are the
Kamchatka Peninsula, the Aleutian Islands, the Gulf of Alaska,
and the coast of South America. Hawaii, because of its location
in the center of the Pacific Basin, has experienced tsunamis
generated in all parts of the Pacific.
The Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas both have small subduction
zones, and have histories of locally destructive tsunamis. Only a
few tsunamis have been generated in the Atlantic and Indian
Oceans. In the Atlantic Ocean, there are no subduction zones at
the edges of plate boundaries to spawn such waves except small
subduction zones under the Caribbean and Scotia arcs. In the
Indian Ocean, however, the Indo-Australian plate is being
subducted beneath the Eurasian plate at its east margin.
Therefore, most tsunamis generated in this area are propagated
toward the southwest shores of Java and Sumatra, rather than into
the Indian Ocean.
Tsunami Characteristics Most tsunamis are caused by a rapid vertical
movement along a break in the Earth's crust (i.e., their origin
is tectonic). A tsunami is generated when a large mass of earth
on the bottom of the ocean drops or rises, thereby displacing the
column of water directly above it. This type of displacement
commonly occurs in large subduction zones, where the collision of
two tectonic plates causes the oceanic plate to dip beneath the
continental plate to form deep ocean trenches. Most
Subduction occurs along most of the island arcs and coastal areas of the
Pacific, the notable exception being the west coast of the United
States and Canada. Movement along the faults there is largely
strike-slip, having little vertical displacement, and the
movement produces few local tsunamis.
Volcanoes have generated significant tsunamis with death tolls as large as
30,000 people from a single event. Roughly one fourth of the
deaths occurring during volcanic eruptions where tsunamis were
generated, were the result of the tsunami rather than the
volcano. A tsunami is an effective transmitter of energy to areas
outside the reach of the volcanic eruption itself. The most
efficient methods of tsunami generation by volcanoes include
disruption of a body of water by the collapse of all or part of
the volcanic edifice, subsidence, an accompanying or preceding
the eruption. Roughly one-half of all volcanic tsunamis are
generated at calderas or at cones within calderas. Submarine
eruptions may also cause minor tsunamis.
Locally destructive tsunamis may be generated by subaerial and submarine
landslides into bays or lakes. Lituya Bay, Alaska, has been the
site of several landslide-generated tsunamis, including one in
1958 that produced a splash wave that removed trees to a height
of 525 m. It also caused a tsunami of at least 50 m in the bay.
The 1964 Prince William Sound earthquake triggered at least four
submarine landslides, which accounted for 71 to 82 of the 106
fatalities in Alaska for the 1964 event. However, it is tectonic
earthquake-generated tsunamis (those produced by a major
deformation of Earth's crust) that may affect the entire Pacific
Other possible but less efficient methods of tsunami generation
include: strong oscillations of the bottom of the ocean, or
transmission of energy to a column of water from a seismic
impulse (e.g., a deep-focus earthquake that has no surface
rupture); transmission of energy from a horizontal seismic
impulse to the water column through a vertical or inclined wall
such as a bathymetric ridge; strong turbidity currents;
underwater and above-water explosions. Several mechanisms
commonly are involved in the generation of a tsunami (e.g.,
vertical movement of the crust by a seismic impulse or an
earthquake, and a submarine landslide).
Our knowledge of tsunami generation is incomplete, because the
generation phenomena has not been observed nor measured directly.
However, studies of tsunami data suggest that the size of a
tsunami is directly related to: the shape of the rupture zone,
the rate of displacement and sense of motion of the ocean-floor
in the source (epicentral) area, the amount of displacement of
the rupture zone, and the depth of the water in the source area.
It is also observed that long-period tsunamis are generated by
large-magnitude earthquakes associated with seafloor deformation
of the continental shelf; while, shorter period tsunamis are
generated by smaller magnitude earthquakes associated with
seafloor deformation in deeper water beyond the continental
Once the energy from an undersea disturbance has been transmitted to
the column of water, the wave can propagate outward from the
source at a speed of more than 1,000 km per hour depending on the
depth of the water. Because the height of the long-period waves
in the open ocean is commonly 1 m or less and their wavelength is
hundreds of kilometers, they pass unnoticed by observers in ships
or planes in the velocity of its waves is reduced, and the height
of each wave increases. The waves pile up on shore especially in
the region of the earthquake source, producing a "local
tsunami." Some dramatic examples of such local tsunamis
include those generated by landslides or by volcanic eruptions,
which have caused "runup" heights of 30 to 50 m in some
"Runup" is the maximum height of the water observed above a reference sea
level. Two other terms may be determined from the runup value:
(1) tsunami magnitude, which is defined (Iida and others, 1967)
m = log2H and (2) tsunami intensity, which is defined (Soloviev and
Go, 1974) as
I = log2(21/2 * H), where H in both equations is the maximum runup
height of the wave.
If the energy produced by the generating disturbance is sufficiently
large, such as that released by a major deformation of the crust
in a trench area, the resulting tsunami wave may cross the open
ocean and emerge as a destructive wave many thousands of
kilometers from its source. The severity of a tsunami of this
type--called a "remote-observed and perhaps cause damage
throughout the Pacific Ocean Basin (e.g., the Chile tsunami of
Radiation of a remote-source tsunami from the focus of an earthquake is
directional, depending on the geometry of the seafloor in the
source region. The source region for major tectonic earthquakes
is usually elliptical, and the major axis is as much as 600 km
long and corresponds to the activated part of the fault. The
major part of the tsunami energy is transmitted at right angles
to the direction of the major axis, both toward the near shore
and along a great circle path toward the shore on the opposite
side of the ocean. Thus, tsunamis in Chile have severe impact on
Japan; and those in the Gulf of Alaska on the west coast of North
America. Hawaii, which lies in the central Pacific Basin, is
vulnerable to remote-source tsunamis generated both in the North
Pacific and along the coast of South America.
The velocity (V) of a tsunami in the open ocean is expressed as the
product of the square root of the depth of the water (d) and the
acceleration of the force of gravity (g).
V = (dg)1/2 Because the speed of the tsunami depends on the depth
of the ocean basin, the waves decrease in speed as they reach
shallower water. The wavelength is shortened, the energy within
each wave is crowded into progressively less water, increasing
the height of the wave. The tsunami may increase in height from 1
m in the open ocean to more than 20 m during runup. Also, if
underwater ridges are present, they may act as collecting lenses
and further intensify the tsunami.
If the tsunami encounters a coastal scarp, the height of its waves
increases. Because the long-period wave can bend around
obstacles, the tsunami can enter bays and gulfs having the most
intricate shapes. Experience has shown that wave heights increase
in bays that narrow from the entrance to the head, but decrease
in bays that have narrow entrances. Shores of islands protected
by coral reefs commonly receive less energy than unprotected
coastlines lying in the direct path of an approaching tsunami.
Islands in a group may "shadow" one another reducing
the tsunami effect. Small islands may experience reduced runup as
the tsunami waves may refract around them.
A tsunami wave may break on the beach, appear as flooding, or form
a "bore"(violent rush of water with an abrupt front) as
it moves up a river or stream. When the trough of the wave
arrives first, the water level drops rapidly. Where this occurs
the harbor or offshore area may be drained of its water, exposing
sea life and ocean bottom. This phenomenon may be the only
warning to residents that a large tsunami is approaching.
Fatalities have occurred where people have tried to take
advantage of this situation to gather fish or explore the strange
landscape. The wave returns to cover the exposed coastline faster
than the people can run. Although there may be an interval of
minutes--or perhaps an hour--between the arrival of waves, the
second, third, or later waves can be more destructive than the
first. Residents returning too soon to the waterfront, assuming
that the worst has past, represent another kind of preventable
While the NOAA site focuses on the idea of tsunamis being caused by
undersea slippage of earth, the impact from a large scale
extraterrestrial object would probably be similar, although the
front of the wave would be "sharper" and move at a
* I'd stash things in caves
* I'd plan to get world leaders out of low-lying areas around event