Imagine the power of something thousands and thousands of times greater than the force of a nuclear bomb; a blast heard ‘round the world and reverberating across endless miles of ocean.
Something that size seems almost incomprehensible, but it happened—courtesy of a small, seemingly insignificant dot in what is now Indonesia.
In 535 AD, that dot erupted—and changed the course of the world. I’ll spare you the nitty-gritty (you can read more here and listen to a fantastic podcast about it here), but here’s the bottom line: the Krakatoa mega eruption was so powerful that its impacts are reflected in geological samples taken around the world and conclusively point to an apocalyptic event that year that changed history. Its power literally “caused world-wide climatic destabilization that started the complex chain of events bringing about the Dark Ages.” As another source puts it, “ancient England, Rome, China, Turkey, and Japan all reference apocalyptic weather changes at that time.” The resulting weather patterns and other factors are actually thought to have played significant roles in the onset of the Dark Ages.
Krakatoa erupted again on August 26th, 1883, and to this day it is the loudest sound… ever. How loud, exactly? Well, it sent “shock waves 10,000 times that of a hydrogen bomb,” –and was “heard clearly almost 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles) away and by people across 50 different geological locations around the world.”
(Oh and P.S.—volcanologists believe that something even worse is supposedly brewing under Yellowstone. Sweet dreams!)
While Democratic presidential candidates spent seven (yes, seven) hours speaking on the urgency of man-made climate change on CNN this past Wednesday night, some 10,000 miles away sits a quiet (sort of) little unassuming dot of land between Java and Sumatra that changed the course of the weather (and history) for YEARS—twice.
Krakatoa is hardly a first. Our recorded history (which is far longer than we’ve been tracking “weather” in the sense that we do today) is absolutely packed with natural events like this one that change the course of history and impact our climate dramatically—that have absolutely nothing to do with how humans get from A to B or what they use to drink their beverages.
I realize I’m simplifying this a bit. But frankly, our would-be presidents are simplifying things in a dangerous way.
And I, for one, am sick and tired of being spoken to like a child. Our world has lived through, recovered from, and gone on to thrive despite eruptions, droughts, fires, floods and countless other calamitous events—and we have to sit here and listen to potential presidents (and current members of Congress) talk about gassy cows and anecdotal observations of weather.
And for the sake of an election, and the pure, unadulterated hatred for Donald Trump, I’m to sit here and believe that the straw in my soda will destroy the world? That the cars we drive, the food we eat, and the way we travel will have an impact incomprehensibly bigger than say, a volcanic eruption that changed weather on every continent?
I’m not saying that because the world survived Krakatoa—that we ought to close the books on researching the effects that mankind’s inventions have on our world. That would be … unscientific. What I am saying is that anyone with a brain between their shoulders ought to look at events like Krakatoa, contrast that with the end-times hand-wringing on display by politicians who arbitrarily pick dates (again, and again, and again) and claim the world WILL END by that point if we don’t elect THAT person to make government bigger.
Doesn’t it make you want to question their motives? Just a little?
Doesn’t anyone else feel even the slightest bit as though we’re being had? That our intelligence is being insulted on the daily? The science is THERE for a resilient earth that has weathered (no pun intended) catastrophe after catastrophe. The settled science is NOT there for a man-made climate change that negatively impacts the world. It’s not.
To paraphrase Rush Limbaugh’s point on his Thursday show, it certainly would make political sense to latch on to things that are patently “unfixable,” (i.e., shifts in the weather) to then constantly promise some kind of messianic fix. And, given our globe’s history of ebbs and flows in weather and climatic events, it makes for a never-ending source of material.
Mary Ramirez is a full-time writer, creator of www.afuturefree.com, and contributor to The Chris Salcedo Show on KSEV 700 Radio in Houston, and on Newsmax TV. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org; or on Twitter: @AFutureFree