This is very short notice, but we just saw this headline in London’s Daily Mail, a British tabloid: Will the world end on Sunday? Conspiracy theorists claim mysterious planet Nibiru will trigger apocalyptic earthquakes. They have over 2,000 comments. Here are some excerpts from the news story, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Nibiru was meant to destroy Earth on September 23 after a Christian numerologist claimed it was about to collide with our planet. After the prediction flopped, some have claimed Nibiru will instead trigger apocalyptic earthquakes on November 19 that will obliterate our planet.
That’s tomorrow! As expected, the government is trying to avoid a panic. The Tabloid reports:
In response to the rumours, a top Nasa scientist has said the planet can’t exist because its gravitational forces would have already stripped Earth of its moon. Dr David Morrison, an astronomer at Nasa Ames Research Centre, said if the system made it into the inner solar system, it would disrupt the position of the all planets, and ‘eject the moon from Earth’s orbit.’
Yeah, yeah. That’s what they always say. Then the Daily Mail tells us:
So-called Nibiru truthers claim Nasa is part of a conspiracy to ‘hide the truth’ from the general population while the ‘global elite’ escape to the safety of secret underground bunkers.
That’s what you’d expect from a bunch of government clerks. The news continues:
Dr Morrison’s comments were made during a podcast released by the Search for Extraterrestrial Life Institute (SETI) website. … When asked what would happen if Nibiru entered the solar system, Dr Morrison said: ‘If a big object was coming into the solar system its gravity would perturb the orbits of the planets, and we would have detected that long before it came close to the Earth.” … However, Dr Morrison said it was pointless describing what would happen as ‘Nibiru does not exist.’
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, right! Let’s read on:
Back in September, Nasa was forced to publicly state that Nibiru does not exist in an attempt to quell doomsday fears. ‘The planet in question, Nibiru, doesn’t exist,’ the space agency said in a statement. ‘Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an internet hoax. There is no factual basis for these claims. If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye. Obviously, it does not exist.’
They sound desperate. Another excerpt:
After Nasa’s predictions rang true when the apocalypse didn’t come on September 23, ‘Christian numerologist’ David Meade, who first claimed Nibiru was on its way in a series of YouTube posts, clarified his story. Mr Meade, who also writes for Planetxnews, said that the apocalypse has in fact been delayed, and was never predicted to arrive on September 23. Speaking to the Washington Post, Mr Meade said the date only marks the beginning of the end of times. ‘The world is not ending, but the world as we know it is ending,’ he said.
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