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Project Thor

THOR, the thunderer, Odin’s eldest son, is the strongest of gods and men, and possesses three very precious things. The first is a hammer, which both the Frost and the Mountain giants know to their cost, when they see it hurled against them in the air, for it has split many a skull of their fathers and kindred. When thrown, it returns to his hand of its own accord. The second rare thing he possesses is called the belt of strength. When he girds it about him his divine might is doubled. The third, also very precious, is his iron gloves, which he puts on whenever he would use his mallet efficiently. From Thor’s name is derived our word Thursday.” [Thomas Bulfinch, The Age of Fable, 1855]

It is Mjölnir (weighs as much as a herd of 300 billion elephants) that strikes interest. Thor’s divine thunder weapon, capable of leveling mountains, and made of the Asgardian metal called “uru” (neutron star matter and/or metallic hydrogen), emits mystical blasts of energy. [https://news.ncsu.edu/2013/02/wms-mjolnir/] Odinson’s sledgehammer purges the user of toxins in his system and is lethal to the undead. So who wants to possess the power of the “Grinder” (Mjölnir)? The American government apparently: kinetic bombardment [https://sites.psu.edu/conspiracytheories/2017/02/10/project-thor/] Not the first attempt:

“In April 1948, the Johns Hopkins University, Institute for Cooperative Research was asked to undertake, as a research project, the statistical analysis and evaluation of approximately 70,0000 fragment strikes resulting from the Aberdeen experiment. Thus, Project Thor came into existence under the joint sponsorship of the Philadelphia Ordnance District, Department of the Army, and the Ballistic Research Laboratories of Aberdeen Proving Ground.” [http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/074877.pdf]

The God of Thunder’s war hammer, circa Cold War: “For the BRL experimental data, compact steel (SAE 1020) fragments in the shape of short cylinders and cube-on-cylinders were used in single-shot firings. These fragments varied in size from five to 475 grains. Striking velocities as high as 12,000 fps were obtained using light-gas guns. Conventional powder guns were used for the low velocity rounds. Residual velocities were obtained, in general, by the use of break-wire screens and Potter counter chronographs.” [The Resistance Of Various Metallic Materials To Perforation By Steel Fragments; Empirical Relationships For Fragment Residual Velocity And Residual Weight (U), Project Thor Technical Report No. 47, April 1961; http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/322781.pdf]

Kinetic bombardment. If such weaponry and tactics come to pass: “see as in a lightning flash a world beaten to its knees, hopeless, ravaged and scarred—a world where courage might again be born—a world that would still be a world of men.” [Charles Willard Diffin, The Hammer of Thor, Astounding Stories, March 1932]

Science fiction only? Odin’s eldest son is an icon: “Thor is the God of natural force, the son of Earth. Two of the episodical poems deal with his contests with the giants. Thrymskvida, the story of how Thor won back his hammer, Mjöllni, from the giant Thrym, is the finest and one of the oldest of the mythological poems...an example of Eddic poetry at its best. Loki appears as the willing helper of the Gods, and Thor’s companion. The Thunderer’s journey with Tyr in quest of a cauldron is related with much humour in Hymiskvida: Hymi’s beautiful wife, who helps her guests to outwit her husband, is a figure familiar in fairy-tales as the Ogre’s wife.” [Winifred Faraday. The Edda, Vol. 1: The Divine Mythology of the North, Popular Studies in Mythology, Romance, and Folklore, No. 12. London: Published by David Nutt, at the Sign of the Phœnix, Long Acre, 1902]

So much so that along with the Presbyterian Cross, Bahai Nine-Pointed Star, Catholic Celtic Cross and Druid Awen, among others, the Hammer Of Thor is counted No. 55 of the available emblems of belief for placement on government headstones and markers, as determined by the National Cemetery Administration of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. [https://www.cem.va.gov/cem/docs/emblems.pdf]

Keep in mind as well the source of names for the week: “We have some English names to remind us of those old tales of our forefathers, for we have Tuesday named for Tyr, or Tiu, the brave god who gave his right hand to save his friends; Wednesday, or Wodensday, named for Odin; Thursday, for Thor, the thunder-god; and Friday, for either the goddess Frigga, or Freyja, or for Frey, the god of summer, who ruled the fairies.” [Mary H. Foster and Mabel H. Cummings. Asgard Stories: Tales from Norse Mythology. NY: Silver, Burdett And Company, 1901] Other items of interest this week:

(1) History of anti-Fascism vis-a-vis Operation Anubis, conservative Madrid’s stance, and a Spanish judge-issued international arrest warrant for Carles Puigdemont i Casamajó (President of Catalonia): “The estates of the big pro-Fascist landlords were in many places seized by the peasants. Along with the collectivization of industry and transport there was an attempt to set up the rough beginnings of a workers’ government by means of local committees, workers’ patrols to replace the old pro-capitalist police forces, workers’ militias based on the trade unions, and so forth. Of course the process was not uniform, and it went further in Catalonia than elsewhere. There were areas where the institutions of local government remained almost untouched, and others where they existed side by side with revolutionary committees.” [George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia, 1938]

(2) On the centenary of the Great Socialist Revolution, or Veliky Oktyabr’ (“Great October”). “The resistance of the capitalists and the high-ranking employees will be smashed. Not a single person will be deprived of his property except under the special state law proclaiming nationalisation of the banks and syndicates...Be watchful and guard like the apple of your eye your land, grain, factories, equipment, products, transport—all that from now onwards will be entirely your property, public property...we shall go forward firmly and unswervingly to the victory of socialism—a victory that will be sealed by the advanced workers of the most civilised countries, bring the peoples lasting peace and liberate them from all oppression and exploitation.” [V. Ulyanov (Lenin), Chairman of the Council of People’s Commissars, “To The Population,” November 5, 1917, Petrograd]

(3) Matthew Effect. As the rich get richer. “The Paradise Papers is a global investigation into the offshore activities of some of the world’s most powerful people and companies. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and 95 media partners explored 13.4 million leaked files from a combination of offshore service providers and the company registries of some of the world’s most secretive countries.” [https://www.icij.org/investigations/paradise-papers/about/]

“An axe age, A sword age, Shields oft cleft in twain; A storm age, A wolf age, Ere the earth met its doom.” [Annie Keary and E. Keary. Chapter IX: Ragnarök, Or The Twilight Of The Gods. The Heroes of Asgard: Tales from Scandinavian Mythology. Norwood, Mass.: Berwick & Smith Co., 1909]
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