“And set a watcher upon her, great and strong Argos, who with four eyes looks every way. And the goddess stirred in him unwearying strength: sleep never fell upon his eyes; but he kept sure watch always.”
[Attributed to Hesiod – from a fragment of an ancient poem entitled “Aigimios”]
ARGOS is a seamless global surveillance system designed to catalog environmental threats and identify issues of non-compliance towards Agenda 21. The ARGOS website describes it as “A Worldwide Tracking and Environmental Monitoring” system. ARGOS, is described by NASA as “the all-seeing 100 eyed giant in Greek mythology“. Sounds good if your allegience is to the United Nations, or GAIA, the earth “goddess” and mother of Argos Panopetes – a.k.a. “The Watcher”.
Have you ever noticed that men reserve the strongest names for lofty peaks, desolate places, and imposing weapons systems? In Greece the highest mountains are all named after various Greek idols. Mt. Olympus is regarded as the dwelling place of the most powerful deities.
Mt. Fuji in Japan is considered, by some, to be the dwelling place of the goddess Sengen-sama. In Tibet, Mt. Kailash is said to be the home of the Hindu deity Shiva. Mt. Kailash is held sacred by no less than four different religions.
Mt. Shasta is the largest volcano by volume in the Cascade range. Shasta is considered a sacred mountain by the Wintu tribe as well as by an eclectic collection of modern New Age devotees who make forays to plant crystals on the mountain’s flanks. In California’s Sierra Nevada range, Scylla, Charybdis, Gemini, the Sphinx, Dragon Peak, and Thor are well known climbing destinations. Numerous other Sierra peaks are named for the forces of nature such as Thunderbolt and Lightning, or after the great scientists and thinkers spawned by the “Age of Enlightenment”, men such as Darwin, Mendel, Huxley and Goethe.
The planets in our solar system are also all named after the ancient Greek or Roman “gods”, as were mankind’s attempts to reach the stars, i.e. the Mercury, Gemini, and the Apollo space programs. The Saturn V rocket is still considered one of the most powerful propulsion systems ever built.
Which leads us to ARGOS [Argus, Arges], “The Watcher”, the ancient multi-eyed Greek deity. In Greek mythology, Argos was the son of the “goddess” Gaia. He was appointed guardian of Io, and was eventually slain by the “god” Hermes at Zeus’s command. But with the help of Gaia’s magical powers, the immortal Argos was transformed into a celestial peacock.
Argos consorted with Electra, the “goddess” from which we derive our term for electricity. Argos never sleeps, always keeping at least some of his multiple eyes open. Argos sees all and remembers all, which makes ARGOS a fitting name for the joint US/French/EU program that provides satellite video surveillance over the entire earth at nearly two billion pixel resolution.
Not only does the ARGOS system see everything that happens on the surface of the planet down to 6″, but it also records everything that it sees. An ARGOS user can go back in time and focus in on what happened days or weeks previously.
“The danger we face in the United States today is that if a particular ideology were to ever gain predominance, a totalitarian state would not be difficult to impose.” [Michael Kleen – What is Totalitarianism?]
the Endangered Species Act, or any uses designed to monitor climate change, any uses that track and record species movement and animal migration, or any application that monitors threats to global security. In other words, ARGOS monitors compliance with national, international and multi-national laws, mandates, norms, and/or expectations. All military uses remain classified, of course.
From the NOAA website:
The Argos Data Collection and location System (DCS) is a data collection and relay program that provides global coverage and platform location. The Argos program is administered under a joint agreement between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the French Space Agency, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES). Additional partners include EUMETSAT and ISRO.
The system consists of in-situ data collection platforms equipped with sensors and transmitters and the Argos instrument aboard polar-orbiting satellites. The global environmental data sets are collected at telemetry ground stations in Fairbanks, Alaska; Wallops Island, Virginia; and Svalbard, Norway; and pre-processed by the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) in Suitland, Maryland. Two CNES subsidiary companies, Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS) in Toulouse, France and CLS America in Lanham, Maryland process the data and deliver it to the end user.
Flying the Argos system aboard polar-orbiting satellites provides worldwide coverage. Additionally, incorporating the Argos instrument on a moving satellite allows for locating an in-situ platform using Doppler shift calculations. This positioning capability permits a wide variety of applications such as monitoring drifting ocean buoys and studying WILDLIFE MIGRATION PATHS.
There are currently more than 21,000 active Argos platforms collecting data for over 1,900 distinct projects in 115 countries. Notably, U.S. applications account for ~65% of total system use, on average; and there are 45 distinct projects being managed by various NOAA offices.
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