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Driving on Air and a prophetic 'Stone Age' Technology against Global Warming

Record temperatures, increasing numbers and intensities of storms, floodings, blizzards, wildfires, droughts... How will climate change proceed? And how fast?
After decades of public and scientific debates concerning causes, computer models, or how to respond, the recent trend is speaking for a severe change of the global climate within an alarmingly short time. The atmosphere and oceans are showing signs of an escalation towards deteriorating life conditions on earth. Nobody can stop the accumulating methane gas which is escaping faster and faster from the permafrost regions and seabeds, triggered by the heat-trapping global greenhouse made
of CO2. The greenhouse effect of methane surpasses CO2 by 25 times or more. Though, accurate computer scenarios can't be expected when no one is able to feed them with complete and correct data. When the amount of methane from the dewing permafrost, from livestock breeding, plus the 'natural' CO2 is not fully predictable, no computer can tell the tipover time and the, likely, hyperexponential characteristics of change. The reliability of the climate models has been questioned by the climate skeptics. But what is when global warming is progressing faster than assumed so far. Will earth's nature surprise us with some kind of inbuilt 'mechanism of forgiveness' so that we can, simply, go on with these destructive ways of creating questionable things and harmful situations, just like swarms of termites on Ecstasy? The intricate palette of variables makes it hard to tell the future pace of change. The facts are looking uncanny enough. So where are the true remaining options to avoid mass extinction on earth? Or should we stop searching, rather enjoying the remaining 'bearable' years?

More and more warning voices are leaving the establishment and their traditional economic priorities. Though, the logical concept of new international contracts and rules to enforce the reduction of the greenhouse gas emissions seems not enough to tackle the scary development. It is like scratching on the 'surface of a melting iceberg'...
The question is not anymore, only, how to reduce the greenhouse gases. We have to find an additional way to get down the temperatures because our planet has become a lab for a vast industrial stress experiment that is damaging our natural habitat in the universe, the fauna and flora, the soil, the oceans, and the atmosphere. We are studying and documenting that depressing process in plain detail, so that we can learn about it in the news and science forums. Reports of disintegrating life zones pull a lot of media interest. New revolutionary green technologies, on the other hand, or keen ideas of geoengineering - however weird they may appear - are, rarely, introduced in the mainstream media. Some have been attacked or ridiculed. Many useful inventions or important research findings for a sustainable and happier civilization can't make it to the major market, or it happens very slowly. If there is a 'stop button' for the doom, where is it?
Organic photovoltaics could trigger a revolution to generate electric power in daylight because certain versions could become cheap and lightweight. Photovoltaics can be created also in form of transparent layers. Screens and windows can contain it. Hopefully, we will see highways and skyscrapers coated with photovoltaics. Cheap saltwater batteries could be saving enough renewable energy, but environmentally friendly, and without the expensive hazzle of the power grids that can throw entire countries into darkness when something goes wrong (and it requires insane amounts of materials and construction!). Photovoltaics on cars could, at least, partially, recharge their lithium-Ion batteries. Yet, we are throwing away up to 30 clean free kilometers per car per day, depending on efficiency, sunshine, tare, and payload. Since the nineties, we see active individuals, entrepreneurs, competitions, or academic research engineering teams working on it. Steps in the right direction at an interesting point of history, considering the introduction of the first Solar Cell in 1954(!) by researchers at the Bell Laboratories. And what did we achieve in terms of electric recuperation of the braking energy? Recently, some electric cars are proving that it is well possible, while certain commuter trains were featuring that technology a century ago. But most cars are still using sheer friction to stop the ride, thereby producing millions of tons of unhealthy sorts of dust. 

Thousands of billions of dollars went in the development of the modern automobiles and their infrastructures. They are running with
mostly one or two persons aboard, emitting greenhouse gases and harmful substances, killing animals, and plants, and humans (e.g. through nitrogen oxides, dust particles, greenhouse gases). The fossil-fueled automobile is pulling ores and oil out of the earth and turns natural rainforests into rubber plantations. After 130 years, the cars are still heavy, thirsty, dirty, and they still can't fly, unseen certain spectacular developments by companies of courageous private inventors and investors. The heavier a car is, the more rubber will be needed to run it safe enough and the more oil will be needed to produce and drive it. The same applies to the easier buildable electric car, at the end of the day. It carries a heavy battery and takes a bit long for charging. Not to mention the economic hurdles and yet it is not all solar-, hydro-, or wind power feeding electric mobility. A situation that is rather 'fueling' the critics of the electric car. Shouldn't they have a photovoltaic coating? Imagine, these huge surfaces of trucks or buses, or even ships and planes... I'm not sure why this has not been identified as a paramount aspect during the ongoing electric mobility discussion. Potential future generations of technology historians will, likely, prove that it could have been done decades before, in various designs and at every scale.

Obviously, forgotten, or nearly unknown: the old and simple compressed air car. When we would combine that super lightweight technology with a smart electric compressor and photovoltaic layer all over the bodywork, the air compression tank could get refilled in daylight. Speed and range are, mainly, limited by the possible air pressure and volume of the
compression tank, and by the design of the motor. Creating these air pressure engines could, perhaps, save parts of the yet existing combustion engine industry. A filling at the air filling station will, obviously, cost a fraction of the price for diesel fuel or petrol, for the same number of miles. The many technical and economic advantages are, hardly, to overlook. The proof of concept is long there, decades. It's just not drinking so much oil, or eating so much ores... Less oil tankers, less drilling rigs, less pipelines, less fuel refineries are required for making and driving that 'boring' thing...  Nearly no inflammables... Little rare earth metals REM... Almost a bit too 'clean' as it seems...

A lightweight compression tank made of composite materials could be integrated in the bodywork, nearby, supporting the structural stiffness. That could become a powerful, spacious, and lightweight vehicle. It could also become a very safe car because the compressed air tank could be connected with an outside&inside airbag system. I
maginable that an outside airbag technology could be helpful when cars get submerged in water. A seldom but very critical type of accident, barely, adressed by the automobile industry, although it has taken the lives of so many people worldwide. And, probably, millions could have been saved from the consequences of road traffic accidents when retrorockets would be an integral part of the safety architecture of every automobile. In a compressed air car, an ejected jet stream could assist emergency braking when the tire traction is not enough. It could work like simple 'water rockets'. Emergency jet assist braking could stop a car fast and effective!

Besides the electric car, the compressed air car could become the most affordable way to go.
It could make the driver, fairly, independent. The engine would not produce much heat. That means the engine parts can be made of lightweight materials. Compressed air cars could have every thinkable design, whatsoever. They can be made for the delivery of Pizza, or they could transport your family. They could work in form of a school bus or as a tractor. When a small tank and a splitter for hydrogen is connected, additionally, besides the compressed air tank, the power of the engine can be boosted, gradually. An inverse method could make sense as well: converting air compression energy into electric power (e.g. with a turbine generator). The air pressure tank will weigh less than any known battery. Charging or 'refilling' at the refilling station takes just a couple of minutes. Autonomous charging will be slow but it happens throughout the day. Further advantages are the higher longtime-efficiency and the least possible complexity to build it. And the toxicity and recycling issues of the batteries? ...Not a problem with a tank, containing dry compressed air, made of composites, living much longer than a battery!

Or will the hydrogen car win the 'green' race in terms of overall efficiency? But there are the big infrastructure and the hydrogen storage issues...  Here is, anyway, the nicest fuel cell two-seater, so far, made by a company in Wales, UK: The RASA is just fantastic, isn't it? Motors in the wheels, four wheel drive, recuperation, the entire car is weighing less than the batteries in some of the best electric cars.

Everything will depend on how effective, how lightweight, how expensive, and how 'green' the coming generation of batteries, for electric driving and flying, can show. The efforts and costs to get them have become terrific; nevertheless, necessary. However, the simplicity and the low weight speaks for parallel research on the air compression drive technology that is offering a rather simple way of efficient civil mobility. The scalable energy density
profile (per mass and volume) could make it interesting for aviation, too. To build an air pressure tank very strong, safe, and lightweight is possible and, likely, easier than making batteries of comparable energy capacity AND weight. When certain non metal materials can be used to build engine and tank (or the battery), a dramatic weight reduction will be achieved. As long as it is not getting too hot, composites will beat metal in many ways. Also heating and cooling, thermal recuperation, and the compressor technology have improved and could improve further. The claim that a compressed air drive system is technically less appropriate than a fully electric system, is perhaps not (anymore), entirely, true when we consider all the economic and environmental aspects. Certain combinations, e.g. in the form of a hybrid, could, throughout, complete the list of technical advantages and options for a smart, clean, economic, or even independent driving experience. The air compression car is running far behind in the shadow of the electric car while the materials and components could be, in the meantime, greener, lighter, and cheaper than they were decades ago, while the batteries are, desperately, struggling to lose weight. The cost for more research is, likely, a bargain, compared to the planetary scale of devastation, or a long economic or geografic chain of unpleasant dependencies caused by any(!) sort of an environmentally problematic traffic system that is used by a billion people all over the globe!

Here is one example of the compressed air drive technology - The very city-specific design is certainly not showing the limits...

In the near future, the cars could get airborne. Retractable wings could make them flying low level over
green speedways. The 'Ground Effect Vehicle' could become a solution to close the gap between driving and flying because a GEV could have retractable wings and wheels, so that it can drive downtown, right after a foot-level flight over a green intercity expressway (yes, why not with lawn on them). Controlling the traffic safety of airborne GEVs, by modern computers, should be easier than running a classic car, driverless, through the city rush hour. A GEV could be propelled by electric impeller jet drives. The retractable wings can be designed smaller as of a conventional plane, but they would increase the active photovoltaic surface in comparison to a conventional SUV, or so). Interesting is also that they can travel over water, and over snow, and ice, or over sands, or over marshland... Certain versions will even lift off and land vertically (VTOL). 

Time is needed to make tools and toys different or better. But time is running out due to the runaway development of the atmospheric and oceanic parameters. We need a radical reforestation policy asap, photovoltaics, virtually, everywhere. Biopolymers and Biocomposites, wooden materials wherever making sense. Much less burning, mining, and smelting. Instead of the traditional high-energy consuming production of bricks and cement/contrete and iron materials, we should try to melt desert sand into glass bricks using solar mirrors in automated production plants. Everything could be running on WWS (Wind, Water, Sun). There are promising next generation energy resources that are also clean but now it is about speed. Fossil fuels must be stopped asap, as long as the carbon compounds can't be captured and stored, efficiently enough.
Wood is a building material with astounding properties - it's fun to see how it works even with cars - when it is used in the right way. Industrial methods of production should become available, in future. Hopefully, advanced wooden log homes will become popular. Of course, in connection with significant global reforestation campaigns. We have to put Carbon into our building materials (e.g. timber, cellulose) while getting it out of the atmosphere (more and more forests would do that). Storm, earthquake, even fire can not so easily destroy a properly built log home.

Lightweight eco-friendly drives may allow surpassing the traditional paradigm of 'making & moving by burning'. Many sorts of plants, besides cotton, can be used for making superb fibers and textiles with specific properties, e.g. hemp, bamboo, nettle, flax, sisal etc... Some can be used in the form of composites, to create all sorts of durable and lightweight products. And why not eco-friendly wearables made of these natural fibers, instead of petroleum-based chemical textiles? How about silent wind turbines, designed to take advantage of the funnel effect? They could be embedded in the architecture, for charging simple and cheap saltwater batteries, maybe, inbuilt in the structure of your home, nearby improving the thermal insulation, just like the photovoltaic roof tiles on top...

It appears to be a great idea to use recycled plastic materials for building roads. Our oceans, meanwhile filled up with plastic stuff, could become a resource for road materials! (I know, an industrial thinker might say "It's not yet enough plastic in the seas for using it for production...") I am hoping new transport technologies will carry us to the point where we need no roads at all. But we will still need weatherproof landing and parking grounds for aircraft.

Sand dams are a clever and well proven rural irrigation strategy. They can create oases in desert conditions, performing almost like a miracle. Quicker to set up are the fognets that are catching water out of thin air. At the moment we have quite a lot of arid land on earth! We could perhaps learn to survive on a, slightly, warmer rainforest planet, but not on an overheated planet with raging superstorms and flooding. 'Terra Forming' is a term meant for the future exploration of other planets, though, besides settling on Mars or so, we might be well advised to launch a Terra Reforming project on Earth. We need to concentrate on improved organic/renewable ways of production, transport, and distribution or the planet will get rid of that flimsy layer of life that is covering him. We need to rethink what politics and economy should do and what it should not do to man and nature. We did not make it. We are not the owners. We are a part of it. And we have no right or mandate to destroy it.

Once we were told that a significant rise in the sea level could happen in 500 years or so, then in 100 years... It is getting obvious that the global warming process will be threatening, presently, living generations (especially in the likely case of an 'Abrupt Global Warming' scenario). Meanwhile, severe weather is raging in many places on earth, noticeably, more often and more intense. The shrinking of the glaciers is progressing, evidently, exponentially. We have expected it but not as fast as we see it occurring. Though, yet, we're burning oil and coal as usual. So many ingenious people have presented great ideas over the past decades, but the breakthrough seems obstructed by an distorted understanding of how our blue planet works. The concern of earning less seems outweighing the fear of sitting at an empty table in a storm-damaged home, attacked by flooding and lightning, with a car in the garage that cannot even swim. Still, some people claim that it's not all coming from mankind's carbon emissions, or that it is, mainly, the solar factor changing the climate etc... Looking at the graphs, however, it could be too late for that discussion.

We need an Air Conditioner for Planet Earth!  

My utopian novel A TIME OF GOLDEN SKIES features a pretty strange fictional concept. The protagonists/adventurers learn that the Great Pyramid of Giza has been identified as a gigantic gun. A secret thermodynamic system of gas ex
plosion chambers, created to push gold through the upper two diagonal 'airshafts', liquefying it and ejecting it so fast that it will be gasifying (due to the heat resulting from air friction) on the way high up in the sky. It shall surpassing the top layers of the atmosphere and then re-entering for further transformation into gold gas to cover great areas of the dry earth surface with gold particles. Just like a global molecular confetti rain or so. The entire process shall enhance the infrared reflectivity of the planet whilst reducing the average temperatures of the, otherwise, heating up atmosphere, oceans, and soil. The Great Pyramid - a divine/alien/human installation to prevent extinction on Earth?! Yes, that is an initial element of my Christian science fiction adventure story, inspired by a mysterious prophetic text in the Bible, a little ball of stone, and further historical sources. However, the longer I was pulled into that overwhelming and overused "pyramid stuff" topic, the more I had to wonder: "Could it even be true?"

In the meantime, a senior professor, of a German Institute of
Thermodynamics, has roughly calculated (scalable) the necessary pressure to around 3500 bar to occur in the 'King's Chamber' for escalating a 10kg liquid mass (yes, I know, these numbers sound even more ridiculous as the idea, but read on...) of gold to fly into near earth space, pushed through the northern and southern s.c. 'Air Shafts'. That is a similar pressure occurring as in certain Common Rail Diesel motors. A highly inflammable gas mix from the so-called 'Grand Gallery', containing hydrogen, methane, and other rising gases (to be generated by pyrolysis and decomposition, inside the deepest chamber, the 'Subterranean Chamber') shall be compressed into the Kings Chamber. An initial gas explosion in the 'Queen's Chamber' and in the adjacent access corridor (without pre compression), shall produce enough sudden pressure to push a huge piston on a sled, diagonally, upwards whilst running on roller bearings inside the sloping 'Grand Gallery'. It shall compress all the air/gas from the GG into the KC... But while trying to understand the 'pyramid bang', we should first have a look at a few fundamental considerations...

The 'King's Chamber', located centrally inside of an artificial mountain of rock, is certainly solid enough to withstand a far higher gas pressure as in a Diesel motor. Theoretically, it could push significant masses of a precious metal very high, into the northern and into the southern skies and countries. It would have to be transformed into a liquid and then into the gaseous form, spread by the jet streams, the Coriolis force etc... The diagonal angles of these remarkable shafts, could throughout indicate the intended technical function as acceleration-channels or gun-runs, with their over 60m
(!) effective lengths. That would be enabling unprecedented long ballistic trajectories of a liquidizing dense metal material (becoming a gas during its hypersonic flight). The air friction, at such multiple supersonic velocities, will be furtherly heating up the, partially, liquid metal (the core of the charges could be yet solid while exiting the shafts). It will transform into the gaseous state while being trapped in the slipstream behind an (assumed) shock-burned ceramic lump of clay... The liquefying charges will be pushed by the gluing/sealing clay (or plaster) inside the shafts, or, maybe, through special embedded tubes. The inner walls of the shafts (or tubes) will catch a thick gilding layer, reducing the friction. Specs and details may become subject to thorough research, but I hope, the physical principles hinted herein appear, basically, plausible enough to consider that roughly presented, seemingly, 'absurd' suggestion of a new alternative pyramid theory (after the initial laugh has calmed down). Someone attempted or rather planned ahead for the eons of human civilization to come, enabling rescue of life and nature on earth. Someone who ruled or influenced the deep ancient past (at least) and, who, obviously, could see sharply into the future!

Vertical rail-grooves exist in the 'Antechamber', an access room made of granite, leading to the KC. Apparently, this room is designed for a huge 'high load' valve system consisting of three massive bulkheads, or portcullis, running in steel rails, fitted into these grooves of the granite walls, left and right. Presumably, these bulkheads - to be built from steel - shall be pulley-connected with the titanic sized sled-piston system in the Grand Gallery. Also that sled has to be a rust-resistant steel construction to stand the dynamic forces, the big range of temperatures, and the humidity. The vertical steel rails enabling the three bulkheads/portcullis to shut and open will have to be anchored in these grooves carved in by the ancient masons. Presently these grooves are partly damaged but, certainly, repairable. That triple portcullis valve system will be defining how much gas pressure the red granite block lined King's Chamber can take. Thus, how far the gold gas can fly in the slipstream. Inside the GG, there are two rows of small, rectangular niches,surely, made to contain imbedded roller bearings for supporting the piston sled in the GG. These small niches had been carved into the ledges in a regular distance to each other, 26 on each side. It should be a feasible job to cement suitable roller bearings into these niches whilst aligning them by using a construction laser beam. Much of these essential interior installations and surfacial repair works could be completed by mortal humans of today, with stuff that is to find in a building materials & hardware store.

The mysterious five 'Relief Chambers', stacked on top of the King's Chamber, will as well contain inflammable gases. Their reaction shall dampen AND increase the pressure in the KC, at the same time! Their counteracting
cascade-like reaction will happen in a prompt succession, within a fraction of a second, ignited by the piezo effect occurring between the stone beams on top and below each chamber. Between the ceiling beams, the gas can flow in and out since they had not been made airtight, fully intentionally! The countless quartz particles will produce sparking, due to the sudden change of static pressure in all the contact points. The resulting firing cascade will stretch the duration and the maximum gas pressure in the KC. Splashing water, contained in the 'Stone Sarcophagus', has now enough time to steam up thereby increasing the, already, insane gas pressure inside the KC, even more! The highest attainable pressure will finally release the clay-sealed gold charges, pushing them through the upper two shafts, to let them whizzing high into the northern and into the southern sky (there is still an important mechanism to ensure the synchronicity but it would take too much space to tell, here).

It is, of course, a good question, how high the gold charges will have to climb. When you look at the map, you will find a lot of mainland in the north (east of Europe and west of Russia) and even more in the south of Giza (the entire African land mass down to the Cape). Interestingly, the, somewhat unequal angles of the two upper shafts could match the two different ballistic requirements to reach and cover as much as possible of these landmasses, before AND after the reentry. Some of the precious metal gas will be leaving the flying charges while ascending, the rest will come down from orbital space, later. About like a
kind of global sprinkler system. The extreme density of the ballistic flight mass will be penetrating the air, highly efficiently. The gaseous gold will be spreading out an invisible veil of gold on that same globe that our species had sprinkled with blood and deprivation for thousands of years.

Gold is, effectively, covering extremely large surfaces with surprisingly tiny masses so that a very thinly gilded surface can be reflecting highest levels of infrared radiation. That's why it is used by the space industry to protect spacecraft from radiation, mainly from the heat of the sun. A gold coin is enough to gild a full-size sculpture of a rider and his horse! We need, of course, not a, visibly, closed gold coating of the earth's surface. Just a transparent, invisible veil of gold particles is enough. The gold gas could be orbiting the planet and, partially, falling back down covering the dry land. It will remain as an active reflector as long as it occurs in the sky or in the upper layer of the dry surface of the earth. Every single gold atom, in the low orbit, in the atmosphere, or on the ground, will be fighting Global Warming whilst increasing the infrared reflectivity (Albedo) of our planet!

Yes, that 'Stone Age' mega-monument is meant to gild our planet, to halt or to interrupt the Global Warming spiral for a certain time. Long enough, so that we can have the opportunity (mercy would be the better term) to 'clean' our motherland in space, rethink our technical haste and greedy habits, our questionable ways of transport and food production, and our bizarre social-economic concepts of wealth distribution. Perhaps, we can finally end political or racial unfriendliness and cruel traditions, replacing them with a deeply engraved desire for love and peace in our hearts and minds... Hopefully, humanity will opt for life before running out of time and options because no human technology of geoengineering will come, remotely, close to the efficiency of this, in prehistoric times hermetically sealed and, kindly, deposited gold spray machine!  

Many Ancient Alien theorists are expecting a powerful alliance, or a delegation of alien astronauts, coming back to earth in an unknown future. Certain ancient cultures, traditions, and religions were praying for the return of their gods, an inevitable core element of their belief concept. That wish, hope, faith, or fear remained immanent in ancient depictions, rites, texts, and buildings, reaching back to the stone age. Pyramids and temples have, mainly, to do with the expected God-given eternal life, or the belief in it, like the expectation in something that will happen
, indubitably, in the future. Interestingly, during the "age of reason" when it became - scientifically seen pure 'nonsense' or 'supersticion', the ancient dream of immortality made it on the discussion board of modern science ethics. In an age of supercomputers, artificial intelligence, and 3D printing of lung tissue, liver, kidneys, veins, or bones, you will scratch your head and think again... Perhaps you may ask your local Pastor concerning the future of mankind. What will he say when you allow him one single sentence? When he is leading a Biblically oriented congregation, he might say something like: "The Son of Man and His Kingdom of Heaven will return to bring eternal life, removing fear and terror forever, but it will make a difference if He will find us looking up, or running away."

Could the Great Pyramid made of 6.25 million tons (estimated total mass) of seamlessly set 2.5 tons heavy stone blocks (average), take such a high pressure in her red granite block armored King's Chamber, for propelling the, instantly, liquifying Gold so high into the sky? Perhaps, daily, during the coming decades, or even centuries? Could she distribute the gaseous gold towards the northern and the southern hemisphere, reaching far out, thus covering the globe with a super thin golden layer that shall be reflecting more and more of the infrared radiation of the sun? Could that ancient enigmatic monument be meant to interrupt the terrible dynamics of Global Warming caused by our (obviously expected by the ancient builder/s) industrial societies of the modern age? Can it give us enough extra time to overcome mankind's economic think barriers, destructive habits, and harmful technologies? Could it make us sometimes giving to each other instead of selling, receiving instead of buying? Could we still learn to become a human family of love and peace? Could we, eventually, connect to potentially existing interstellar or intergalactic networks out there? Can we even become a new building block of that Kingdom of Heaven? Or will we choose to live on as economic conquerors and warriors, ruining our blue house in space?  

Obviously, the Great Pyramid of Giza is, in addition to her other functions, a planetary life rescue apparatus, to say it in a nutshell. Her many mathematical, numerological, and geometrical references reflect
the character of a divine memorial. It's a preeminent monument that proves the serious intention and power to fix the endangered life conditions on earth! Certain incorporated sacred numbers and features are, without doubt, indicating Biblical connections as several researchers had noticed, already centuries ago. Possible that yet hidden chambers, in the Great Pyramid, are containing the essential parts and components to complete her true destination. The Giza Pyramids were built to perform things surpassing everything a Hollywood filmmaker could dare to dream.

Isaiah, a prophet of the Old Testament, had announced an 'altar of stone', important enough to become a 'sign and a witness to the LORD of hosts'. A written prophecy, obviously, expected to be met in a remote future. That 'altar of stone' shall be located in the 'midst of the land of Egypt' and 'at its border'. 'Border' translates into "Giza", the elevated frontier point between Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt. It is not believed that Isaiah had seen or known the Giza Pyramids, or if he even knew more about their specific technical functions. I guess that God had let him use prophetic words, hinting Giza but, concurrently, protecting it as long as necessary because, otherwise, the monument site would have become a focus of worse destruction and seizure, like countless other significant places of conflicts in the human history. The specified location, however, and the term 'altar' is fitting, perfectly, because it could hint an elevated place to sacrifice something of value.

A second object of stone that is mentioned in Isaiah 19:19, the 'stone column' or 'pillar of stone', is still standing in a place that is, Biblically, named 'Ir-Ha-Heres', the 'city of destruction'. Once, it was known as 'Heliopolis' (Sun City) in ancient Greek, or 'IUNU' in Egyptian language. Huge temples had been destroyed and then removed from there. Today it is a district of Cairo. One single obelisk survived, miraculously, still pointing skyward, to be found in a little park, illuminated at night...

Will A TIME OF GOLDEN SKIES remain science fiction or could it even be?
Could the Great Pyramid of Giza become the last way out to halt Global Warming, nearby mitigating those notorious warmongering attitudes of certain nations and individuals, finally helping the leaders to see and feel how precious the gift of nature and human life, actually, is before everything fades? Has the 7th World Wonder been defying time for so long, to bail out mankind? ...Inviting us to invest (or sacrifice) into a future of life, and can we fix that ancient prophetic monument to let it embrace our (yet) blue planet with its miraculous arms of gold?

As it appears, we can still do something against Global Warming. It will require getting humble, forgiving, wondering, learning, and looking up to the skies & heavens...


What would we actually need to protect life on our planet, John? I mean, from a technical point of view?” Elijah was asking, still sleepy, still with a scratchy voice.

A controllable spherical heat shield would help. A reflecting shield that covers the whole planet. Certain portions of the sunlight should be reflected back into space before it can heat up earth's atmosphere and oceans. Nothing short of it is what it takes to protect the remaining habitats and food chains. That's the only way how the accumulating thermal energy in the global greenhouse could be, gradually, reduced...”

...Come on, John, please..., slowly..., maybe... now... finally to the point...”

Sarah was woken up and began with some mild bed gymnastics. Her injured leg had reduced the swelling, but it was itchy and she hated it, not being able to sit in her airplane, rehearsing the new routine. From her parachute she was fed up. The whole situation was chastening. Just Elijah's love was a solace. So far, they had missed the first two air shows of the season. Not good. However, Eli gave her warmth and closeness. “...But now, crazy John and his fancy speculations, and just no way in sight to get rid of him this afternoon,” she thought.

Elijah was listening with growing attention. He had developed some interest in Asian cultures. As a professional adventurer and mountaineer, he could throughout imagine to clamber around in a secret mountain cave or in a tomb, discovering hidden treasures, and when possible, why not a formula or equipment to save the world, about like a comic hero in the cinema, or so...

OK, Sarah, it's the pyramid... I mean, the Great Pyramid of Giza, ...of course!” John pushed it hastily behind.

Aaah, wow! How original is that?! Thanks, John... Very interesting... Though, you know... That's actually enough for me, today... Bye, John!”

Sarah lounged relaxed at Elijah's side and closed her eyes again.

Elijah persisted. “Wait a minute. What, exactly, do you mean with 'Great Pyramid'? I thought you're talking about a mysterious machine, or so? In the pyramids, there are no buttons to press, or?” 

He would have preferred going to explore a secret treasure cave. Pyramid climbing was somewhat outside his spectrum of interest.

Button not, ...no, ...although, ...almost! ...Something like that. A ball! It's a ball. When you think it through it's, actually, pretty close to a switch or a lever. Though, it's just a ball... Seems unimpressive, but it surpasses everything Indiana Jones could ever dream of. It appears so, strangely, simple that no one came up with it, not even in our modern times where rolling balls are considered as something self-evident... I mean, when you think of soccer, of tennis, ...or bowling, ...or billiards, or so... Everything is rolling, or?”

What do you mean with 'a ball', John? What are you talking about?” Sarah lost her patience, yet not her humor. Her voice came from beneath of her blanket where she had disappeared again.

So many journalists and scientists have been researching around there for centuries. They've written thousands of books, John. You're not the first one who is paying attention to the Great Pyramid.”

Yes, I know it sounds like a B-movie tale, but in reality, it's a huge apparatus. It's a technical device and it, precisely, addresses the two most serious threats on Earth which are global warming and the wickedness amidst the nations. Both separates humanity from a vibrant future. It's like a boundary between life and death. And, indeed! 'Frontier' or 'border' is a term into that 'Giza' can be translated quite literally! Interestingly, the name 'Cairo', of the neighboring mega city, translates into 'Mars'. Mars was also the name of a Roman god who was associated with war. In Greece it was Ares, yet before that age. You could interpret 'Giza' as the 'border' point or 'borderline' between peace and war, or between life and death. It's possible to consider Giza also, geographically, as a border between Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt! But that's not yet the full picture. Based on a certain cartographic system, it's located at the geometric mass center of the dry land masses on the whole planet!”

Ooookay, more details please!” Sarah became visible again. “Please, John, what for a border? What for a ball?! What are you talking about?”

...Hang on! Think, I've read about something like that... somewhere, sometimes...” muttered Elijah in between.

Right! ...The Dixon Relics... They're called 'Dixon Relics'... Once, they were almost discarded because they appeared so insignificant from a classical studies point of view. For some time, they were even disappeared completely. Today, they are exhibited in the British Museum, in London.”

John had regained the attention of the two stunt pilots. Sarah got a twinkle in her eyes as if she would start the Lycoming of her Edge 540. Elijah was wondering how to turn on a gigantic pyramid with a ball, for whatsoever...

In 1872, a Scottish railway engineer named Waynman Dixon, and his friend, Dr. James Andrew Sandilands Grant, a physician with influential relations, practicing in Cairo, titled as Honorary Grant Bey, discovered two small shaft openings behind thick limestone walls, in a chamber that is located below the famous King's chamber. In their cross-section, these shafts are about the size of a shoe box...”

“How could they discover shafts covered by stone walls?” asked Sarah.

Similar shafts were known and accessible in the King's Chamber. Their mentor and client, Charles Piazzi Smyth had suspected similar features in the Queen's Chamber, underneath. Dixon had moved a candle flame along the walls, putting attention to the finest air movements. Then he pushed a wire into a tiny gap and knocked off the walls for potential resonance. Finally, when he was sure enough of hollow sounds, he chiseled them carefully out. And bingo! The gentlemen found indeed two, previously, unknown shafts... Same position and orientation as above. Their entrances were at the north wall and right opposite at the south wall of the room. They had a similar dimension as those in the King's Chamber. On the outer surface of the pyramid, however, they are closed. They don't show exits, at the outer walls, as the upper two shafts do. The virtual exit points in their geometric extension are not marked externally.”

John was unpacking a huge technical drawing. He eagerly rolled it out, right on Sarah's sickbed, in front of both astonished faces. It was depicting the Great Pyramid in her cross-section.

...Dixon, of course, he expected to bring home exotic, hopefully, valuable treasures, or a mummy at least. But there was nothing like that. Instead, a nearly fist-sized stone ball rolled out there... Guess that could have rumbled pretty uncanny in the stuffy dark room. Certainly, a frightening experience when you've just opened a pyramid shaft, after thousands of years, with a torch and a chisel in your hands... and then a stone ball is tumbling out there, like on a bowling alley or so. Furthermore inside was a wooden rod and a funny little double-sided hook made of bronze. Except for the wooden artifact, those things landed in the British Museum in London via complex detours including an intermediate shelf life in the Museum of Aberdeen in Scotland.”

OK, John, and what should we think about this very interesting stone ball and that extraordinary double-whatsit-hook?” asked Sarah, noticeable getting a little bored again. <


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