Permanent Human Settlement of the Earth, Space and Ocean Frontiers

Friday, February 20, 2009

The Winds of Destiny

It has never happened in all of human history before. Not even one time.

But one day soon, a group of pioneers will depart the slivers of land on this ocean planet and venture forth into a completely alien world, with no intention of ever returning to live on land.

In the past, we have gone there for voyages, but our hearts and our homes have always been on the shore – dry and relatively safe. Here, all crowded together on our continents where nearly seven billion people have crowded together, struggling and often fighting one another. But there are a few of us who today look outward on a vast and quite empty domain waiting for us. Here on land is a place where we have had no worry about air to breathe or choking on our own waste gasses. We have ventured to other slivers of land to stay. We have ventured to space, but not yet to stay. When the Atlantica II pioneers depart the pier of a small central Florida community in a few years hence, it will be the very first time in all of history, out of a 100 billion living souls, that any have dared to venture into a completely alien world - to stay.

It will be the cultural equivalent of a new epoch of mankind. From that small pier we as human beings will finally leap out of the cradle of civilization that has held us for more than 5,000 years. There we will find ourselves in a world where we have to master not only our shelter but also our air and wall-to-wall protection from a place outside that is totally alien and hostile to our lives.

I have thought about it hundreds of times. What it will be like to board that boat on that pier, surrounded by a small band of pioneers and point our boat due east. About 15 or so miles from shore, the skipper of that boat will help us to board the Dan Scott Taylor submarine waiting for transport to the Challenger Station – the hub of the fist human city on the ocean floor.

After having thought about it countless times, I can only imagine what it will be like to take in the last breath of fresh sea air, watch the sun climb high in the sky over us, and then bid it all goodbye. Our destiny is not here, but down in this vast frontier below. It will be the cradle of a totally new civilization of men and women and children and families. I have thought about the submarine rolling in the swells over the Community of Atlantica below. I have imagined what it will be like to slide into the submarine and close the heavy hatch after me, spinning its wheel and locking it into place.

It is not really difficult to imagine that, since the submarine is already in our possession and since I have made that trip in and out of her many times. And that is what makes this dream so electrifying. It is not a dream. We are holding and building the hardware. It is a reality that is slowly turning into the wind and about to catch the winds of destiny.

I fully plan to skipper the DST II down to the undersea community and dock her safely. There we will exit to our new human community. And there we intend to grow and prosper, commanding the planets greatest resource treasures – a place mostly unknown and seriously underappreciated today, a three dimensional world of vast importance to tomorrow’s generations. Many of them will be born here – the descendants of a new empire of men and women dedicated to the freedoms of our culture and the stewardship of this brave, new world of which we have only made a casual acquaintance.

This describes the voyages and the enterprise of the Atlantica Expeditions. You can read about it in detail in the book, Undersea Colonies. If you are reading these words, please consider joining us!

Dennis Chamberland

Atlantica Expeditions Leader

Written in the New Worlds Explorer Habitat

February 2009

Thursday, February 12, 2009

When The Greatest Invention Of Man Goes South

When asked which was the greatest invention in all of history - Albert Einstein replied: "Compound Interest". He wasn't exaggerating. But as in all things great - it is also horribly complicated. Just ask Albert.

The economy is far more complex, it turns out, than quantum physics itself and that must have been what The Great One was alluding to. In fact, it is difficult to find ANYONE who admits to understanding it, even though last week, President Obama said, "Nowadays, everyone thinks they're an economist." And that defines the problem. Although everyone tries to represent themselves an expert - in reality, it seems no one really is. The question that was left conspicuously hanging after Obama's complaint is whether he ever found a "real" one. It is like Diogenes casting about the proverbial wilderness in search of one honest man. Our president has yet, it seems, to find one knowledgeable economist, even though one would hope than in the very center of world power, the President could locate at least one or maybe even two after weeks of desperate casting about. It appears he is still at it. So today, when we find the world's economic base is teetering on disaster, it is NOT comforting to find that those in charge don't have much of a clue and can't seem to find anyone who does. Here are two videos that demonstrate that. They are very much worth the less-than-10-minutes it will take to watch.

On the first video features Pennsylvania lawmaker Paul Kanjorski who is the second-ranking Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee. He says he was present last September when the United States and the world almost totally melted down. He then goes on to add that nobody really gets it even today, that things are getting worse instead of better and that they are even looking to private citizens for some hints and help! One has to appreciate the transparent candor of Rep. Kanjorski - a truly refreshing approach to the actual truth - whatever that may be.

These are truly some "can't miss" videos on the seemingly altogether vapid science of economics in real world practice. Fasten your seat belts for these.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Google Earth Opens Aquatica!

Google earth is one of the most remarkable web applications ever. But it has become even more remarkable – if that is even possible! The Google folks have just released Google Earth 5.0 – which includes undersea 3D bathymetry which allows users to submerge beneath the sea and zoom along the ocean floor.

Google earth has already been a fantastic tool to the Atlantica Expeditions. Using Google Earth as our primary desktop exploration tool, we were able to quickly find candidates for the upcoming 90 day undersea mission. But by using the tool; we saved countless hours of frustrating, expensive and time consuming surface mounted searching in boats. By the time we had selected three potential sites from our desktop, it required only three boat trips to directly sound out and verify the final candidate site for the Atlantica I Expeditions! All because of Google Earth!

Today I have already used the tool to begin exploration offshore central Florida and look around the possible Atlantica II sites that we will explore by boat and submarine. Already, after just a single day using Google Earth 5.0, I have generated more information about the potential sites than in many previous months of research. It is truly a remarkable new tool available for free for any desktop environment!

Click here for a review.

Click here to download it on your desktop!