Fan­tasy or fic­tion?

Dooms­day dead­line shifts again

The Dominion Post - - Front Page -

UNITED STATES: In Septem­ber, to much fame, a man who claimed to have stud­ied as­tron­omy in Ken­tucky and de­ci­phered the Book of Rev­e­la­tions pre­dicted an omi­nous sign would ap­pear on Septem­ber 23 and fore­tell the world’s end.

‘‘It’s a very bib­li­cally sig­nif­i­cant, nu­mero­log­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant num­ber,’’ David Meade told The Wash­ing­ton Post then. A se­ries of cat­a­strophic events would fol­low the omen, he claimed, cul­mi­nat­ing in the ap­pear­ance of a mys­te­ri­ous planet called Nibiru and the end of ‘‘the world as we know it.’’

Meade’s claim sold a lot of tabloids and YouTube ads. When Septem­ber 23 passed with no omens or calami­ties, Meade re­vised his very nu­mero­log­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant date to Oc­to­ber 15, which also came and went un­event­fully.

You might think two con­sec­u­tive mis­fired would quash the Nibiru the­ory. In­stead, it’s sim­ply tran­scended its er­ro­neous au­thor.

Meade isn’t even men­tioned in the lat­est batch of tabloid sto­ries, which quote yet an­other dooms­day the­o­rist to warn that the end of all things not on Septem­ber 23 or Oc­to­ber 15 - but now Novem­ber 19, when Nibiru is sup­posed to set off cat­a­clysmic earth­quakes.

‘‘Novem­ber 19th will see earth­quake Ar­maged­don across huge swaths of the planet,’’ the Daily Ex­press wrote in rep­re­sen­ta­tive tones. The pa­per cited as ev­i­dence un­named ‘‘as­tronomers and seis­mol­o­gists’’ - and an il­leg­i­ble pic­ture of the Earth, cov­ered like pin­cush­ion in quake mark­ers.

Try to pin down the ‘‘as­tronomers and seis­mol­o­gists’’ who sup­pos­edly sup­port this the­ory, and you end up at Plan­, a con­spir­acy web­site that Meade some­times writes for.

The quake-poca­lypse the­ory comes to us cour­tesy of a dif­fer­ent au­thor, Ter­ral Croft. He writes that seis­mic ac­tiv­ity has been in­creas­ing around the world as the mas­sive ‘‘Black Star’’ (Nibiru has many names) wheels around the edge of the so­lar sys­tem, up­set­ting the plan­ets within.

Meade pre­dicted Nibiru would ap­proach Earth, maybe even col­lide with it. But this lat­est ver­sion of the the­ory claims Earth will sim­ply line up with the sun and ‘‘black star’’ on Nov. 19, some­how trig­ger­ing a ‘‘back­side-align­ment quake event.’’

Croft’s ar­ti­cle doesn’t say what, ex­actly will hap­pen then. The tabloids have been happy to fill in the blanks, claim­ing vol­ca­noes will erupt and tec­tonic plates would smoosh into each other.

But like ev­ery other Nibiru dooms­day the­ory (which go back to 2003, as Kris­tine Phillips wrote for The Post) it’s based on an anal­y­sis of pure fan­tasy.

Nibiru, as far as sci­ence can tell us, sim­ply doesn’t ex­ist. ‘‘It would be bright. It would be eas­ily vis­i­ble to the naked eye,’’ a Nasa sci­en­tist wrote sev­eral years ago. ‘‘It would al­ready be per­turb­ing the or­bits of Mars and Earth.’’

In other words, it doesn’t look much like the end times.

Not that any­thing, at this point, ap­pears able to stop Nibiru’s imag­i­nary ad­vances. In fact, the Ex­press had a break­ing up­date yes­ter­day - a new the­ory blam­ing a Vat­i­can coverup for all Nibiru’s ap­par­ent fail­ures to end the world on sched­ule.

"Novem­ber 19th will see earth­quake Ar­maged­don across huge swaths of the planet." Daily Ex­press

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