By: The Late Mitchell Warren
“Is Google Censoring Nibiru Planet X or is it just more 2012 paranoia?”
On May 21, 2011, much of the world laughed at a man by the name of Harold Camping. Camping was yet another Christian conservative who predicted the end of times, stating that on a fateful Saturday, Jesus Christ would return and rapture would culminate, eventually seeing the death of millions of people through fire and brimstone. The world was scheduled to end later that year on October 21, 2011, at least in Camping’s mind. As a result of his failed prediction, atheists, agnostics and even Christians chuckled in unison. Another doomsday prophet that dared to know the logic of the universe, and define it in human terms.
Now, just weeks removed from Camping’s admission of miscalculation (though he’s far from through making predictions) the world is again quaking in fear, this time because instead of God, “Science” is making a prediction of death and destruction. The supposedly hush-hush conspiracy is known as Nibiru or “Planet X.” Today, people prognosticate the end of the world, creating dramatic YouTube videos featuring footage of natural disasters, while scientists attempt to explain the threat in coherent terms, many of which downplay the imminent danger.
In the midst of this predictable panic of prediction, accusations are being whispered at the expense of the world’s most popular search engine. Is Google covering up Planet X? Is it true that the search engine is censoring results for Planet X in order to prevent wide scale panic? In particular, are they trying to drown out websites that point to a dreadful date in summer 2011 that will supposedly involve the state of California? Let’s first consider what Nibiru is, allegedly and through official confirmation.
Nibiru, or Planet X, refers to a hypothetical encounter between planet Earth and an unidentified but frequently seen planet outside of our solar system. This supposed encounter will result in massive destruction on the earth, whether through a direct collision or a near miss that still would still have deadly ramifications.
Planet X does exist according to scientific evidence…sort of. Actually, Pluto was originally deemed Planet X, as soon as astronomers in the 19th century discovered evidence that there could be another planet beyond Neptune. Based on 20th century astronomer Percival Lowell’s suggestion that there were discrepancies in the orbits of Uranus and Neptune, scientists began investigating Planet X, a ninth planet to explain these discrepancies. By 1930, Planet X was proven to exist by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, and it was renamed Pluto. However, by 2006, the International Astronomical Union reclassified Pluto as a dwarf planet.
Ever since the great mystery of Pluto, mankind has continued looking for a hypothetical ninth planet (since Pluto is no longer considered a true planet), a Planet X, that periodically appears as a riveting new idea.
There are many websites devoted to Planet X discussion, including the origins of the Nibiru name and the Planet X disaster scenario. Most of these sites remain cynical as to the threat, given that the originator of the Nibiru conspiracy, Nancy Lieder of ZetaTalk, claims to have received warnings from extra-terrestrial life forms. Her original prediction stated that Planet X would invade our solar system by 2003, which would result in a “pole shift” event.
Author Zecharia Sitchin inadvertently started many of the Nibiru rumors by speaking of a mysterious 12th planet, referring often to ancient Sumerians who reportedly had a great knowledge of the solar system. Sitchin went on to say that the Sumerians had established contact with an alien race named the Anunnaki who lived on planet Nibiru. The Anunnaki were human-like in characteristics, which seemed to provoke numerous biblical allusions to the bible book Genesis (i.e. the “Nephilim”), and in the opinion of Lloyd Pye, may provide a rational compromise between creationism and evolution, since he credits the Anunnaki with creating “human slaves” in their image.
Sitchin, now deceased, always denied the relevance of the Nibiru return in 2003. However, he did state that the Nibiru has known of earth for over 450,000 years, and that they periodically drop in looking for minerals. (Which could explain mankind’s fascination with harvesting oil, precious metals and various other elements) Sitchin declared Nibiru the 12th planet, following Pluto, the sun and the moon.
From Sitchin’s bizarre concepts to Zetatalk’s derivative exposition, it is easy to see where much of the Nibiru Planet X gossip has come from. According to popular belief, the 12th planet may be a dwarf planet, a full size planet, a comet or even an alien-inhabited brown dwarf star. The consensus is that Nibiru is not currently in the solar system but enters our solar system every 3,600 years because it orbits between the sun and the sun’s dead, dark twin.
There is a separate hypothesis about a twin sun named Nemesis, first proposed by Richard A. Muller in the mid 1980s. Nemesis is blamed by Muller as one significant reason for evidence of mass extinctions on earth. Though no evidence has established Nemesis as fact, theories abound that this reverse sun does indirectly influence our planetary conditions, namely by disrupting the travel of comets and sending them into our solar system.
Others, including Dr. Brad Carter, Senior Lecturer of Physics at the University of Southern Queensland, have reported on a hypothetical second sun, a star called Betelgeuse, which could become a supernova because of a loss of fuel and mass. The result of this collapse could result in two suns being visible from earth—a prediction that is reminiscent of the Planet X prediction.
Despite the similarity of these stories to Nibiru legend, there are substantial differences, which provokes Nibiru enthusiasts like ZeitgeistyReport.com to reply, “Is the Betelgeuse ‘two suns’ supernova story a cover-up for Planet X collision?”
Has Planet X Nibiru Been Debunked?
Science is clearly on humanity’s side and not on the side of the invading Planet X. The Planet X website indicts Mark Hazlewood, James McCanney and YOWUSA.Com as perpetrators of the myth, while Discovery News reporter Ian O’Neill states that the infamous “star with wings orbiting the sun” image is actually the planet Mercury reflecting an abundance of light, which affects the camera’s charge-coupled device. He literally refers to the ominous Planet X image as “a smudge.”
This Planet X discussion states that the very idea of a Nemesis sun is impossible, given that a star in such close proximity to the solar system would already be affecting the orbits of all planets and that the orbit pattern would be altered each time around, and thus never return to the same point. Furthermore, the author cites a problem with differing speeds; he states that according to the Nibiru scenario and the location of the planet as of 2001, the planet moves slowly for years on end and then suddenly “accelerates at warp speed to make the next pass through the solar system.” Granted the authors logic applied to a 2003 arrival date, but the scientific consensus is that gravity is not on Nibiru’s side.
Mike Brown, appearing on the Discovery Channel, did not outright deny the possibility of a twin sun, but discounted the idea that it would have a major gravitational effect on other planets. Nibiru, in his belief, is too small to be solar system rupturing planet, and too far away from the alleged “Kuiper belt” that hides it from public view. With a small size and a faraway location, Brown assures that “At those distances its effects on the earth are pretty much zero.”
The idea of a pole shift is perhaps the most interesting part of Nibiru legend, as it fits in nicely with other scenarios of global shifting, global warming/cooling and many other cataclysmic scenarios. The pole shift theory states that at some point, the crust of earth will slide over the mantle, thus causing a change in where the north and south pole are located. Proponents of this theory suggest earlier pole shifts were responsible for mass extinction, frozen animals and drastic climate changes throughout history.
Planet X’s immense gravity will allegedly stop the earth from rotating, realign the crust, and then gradually resume the same rotational pattern as before. Most scientists agree that such a scenario is unrealistic, citing that changes in precession and in axial tilt take place over long periods of time. In The Journal of Geophysical Research (“Apparent and true polar wander and the geometry of the geomagnetic field over the last 200 Myr”) authors Jean Besse and Vincent Courtillot explain that with the phenomenon known as “True Polar Wander”, a change of 30 degrees has been documented but over a period of 200 million years; however, no evidence of rapid shifts in the Earth’s pole have ever been observed, at least since the days of the ancient Rodinia.
Nibiru is also associated with the comet Elenin, discovered by Russian astronomer Leonid Elenin on December 10, 2010. It is believed by reputable sources that the Elenin comet will pass within 0.233 AU of the Earth, which some are taking a sign to indicate a collision course and perhaps an “extinction level event.” However, Elenin himself suggests the comet is probably three or four kilometers in size, which would make it much less catastrophic than Nibiru.
The majority of scientists and astronomers continue to reject Nibiru as a legitimate scientific belief. In the midst of all the confusion Nibiru has been linked to a number of other doomsday myths and scientific anomalies, such as the dwarf planet Eris, the hypothetical gas planet Tyche, and 2012 paranoia, stemming from the finishing of a great cycle of 13 “b’ak’tuns” according to ancient Mayan civilization.
A Google, NASA, and Nibiru Conspiracy
Unfortunately for believers, claims that you will be able to “see Nibiru with your naked eye” by 20__ have never been realized. Originators of Nibiru first stated that by 2001 the planet would be visible, and then changed their prediction to 2003. The latest prediction of August 2011 comes from mostly anonymous users on forums and video sharing sites (though CoupMedia.org and GodLikeProductions have attached their names to the controversy)
According to suggested timelines, Nibiru orbited between Jupiter and Mars on February 20, 2011 and broke through the ecliptic plane on March 4. As of March 15, a few of the “twelve planets”, Saturn, Nibiru, Earth, the Sun, Mars, Jupiter and Uranus, become aligned, which create a “gravity trench.” This supposed reaction to Nibiru’s presence leads to an increase in earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes—all of which coincide with Japan’s Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami of March 11, and perhaps various other natural disasters across the earth, including a 2011 outbreak of 1,448 tornadoes (and counting). At this point in time, it is stated that Nibiru would be 2.1 AU (astronomical units) from the earth.
The same source of information made further predictions for 2011. On June 27, Nibiru crosses Mars orbit, and in just a few days (August 3, 2011) the planet crosses earth’s orbit at 1.489 AU away from our planet. The second disaster comes on September 26th, when Nibiru passes between Earth and the sun for a second alignment, and causes a pole shift. By October 17, Planet X is nearest to the earth as it has ever been; 0.232 AU, or roughly 21.57 million miles. By November 22, a pole shirt reversal event happens when the earth, sun and Nibiru come into alignment again. For a time, according to predictions, Nibiru will be closer to earth than the sun, until it draws away around February of 2012.
Ordinarily, most people would write the controversy off to more 2012 paranoia. However, the idea that NASA is censoring Nibiru information in order to prevent a global panic (and as we know, panic leads to looting) is very provocative and gives the Nibiru scandal special importance. Rumor has it that Nibiru is being tracked by NASA, alternately called the “Psyop Leonid ELEnin Comet.”
NASA is viewing this invading “comet” as a threatening dwarf star but is feeding the public false information, or so suggests websites like AboveTopSecret.com. NASA and Google have been working with each other ever since 2005, when NASA announced the two companies would work together “on a number of technology-focused research-and-development activities”, including Google Sky, created in 2007, which allows users to gaze out beyond satellite technology and deep into space.
Users claim that Google (and thus NASA) is blocking out evidence of Nibiru’s presence on Google Sky, and dismissing the threat as a harmless comet. As evidence, users post numerous unsubstantiated photos of an approaching Nibiru. Some conspiracy writers are even trying to connect the mysterious congressional meeting of March 13, 2008 to the forecasted planetary disaster. Supposedly, the coordinates of Nibiru (5h 53m 27s, -6 10′ 58″) are viewable by a NASA orbit diagram but not on Google Sky. NASA and Google’s official comment regarding the “blackout” is that there was a processing error.
Nibiru believers are now urging people to take cover, especially if they live in a coastal city, which explains the threat to California. Danger points include coastal cities (within 100 miles), below sea level cities, cities near volcanoes, fault zones and even certain national attractions (i.e. Yellowstone, Mississippi Valley) in the U.S.
NASA countered these claims with its own Q&A, stating that no “credible scientists” know of any special threat associated with 2011 or 2012. NASA also claims that no planetary alignments are believed to be possible, at least for another “few decades.” Astronomers insist even if alignments were to take place, there would be no catastrophic events on the earth. They cite numerous failed predictions of “a visible planet or sun”, as evidence that Nibiru is a hoax. They also dismiss theories of a reversal of earth’s rotation, and the idea of invading dwarf planet coming any closer than four billion miles. NASA concludes by stating that they are watching the happenings in space through a Spaceguard Survey to identify threats of incoming or nearing asteroids.
Why the Human Race Loves Extinction
Regardless of whether you accept the possibility of a Nibiru cover up, it’s hard to deny that the human race loves making predictions of death and extinction. From the Lost City of Atlantis, to Noah’s Ark, to the missing dinosaurs, we always look for destructive patterns, which could explain sudden and frightening demise. All of these mysteries can be connected to a Nibiru conspiracy, and the 3600 years rule. It’s fairly easy to connect any event with a theme going so far back in time, to an age where supernatural occurrences were commonplace according to our historical and religious books.
Despite all evidence opposing the idea of a Nibiru threat in 2011, the conspiracy still remains plausible, even if it is stuffed into the back of our minds, for six main reasons:
- A distrust of government, since one would have to fully trust NASA’s statement saying they are monitoring possible threats and faithfully keeping us apprised.
- A lack of confidence in scientists and astronomers who regularly misjudge and underestimate cataclysmic situations (most recently, seismologists who were taken aback by the location of the quake/tsunami as well as its power)
- A deep trusting of mother nature, including its vengeance, over the powers that be (the same ones who assure us that although global warming, oil spilling, and the spread of radiation are occurring, we’re not really in serious danger)
- A logical perspective that suggests that if the government knew we were in serious danger, they probably wouldn’t tell us, since wide scale panic is bad for economy)
- A longing to understand and rationalize the stubbornly unexplained, including total extinctions, universal clockwork, and the idea that our modern lives are only transient in comparison to the big picture
- Our longing to believe in something greater than us, if not God, than in super intelligent alien life forms (and as absurd as these proposals may seem, the possibility of intelligent alien life is scientifically valid)
Perhaps the most telling reason for our death paranoia is the fact that, as a species, we are gravely afraid of death and have a profound sense of guilt for our sins against nature. Perhaps mankind, regretting years of murder, genocide, rape, oppression, and willful extinction of plant, animal and fellow humans, has come to accept the culpability they would have in an “end of the world scenario.”
The idea of a post apocalyptic world is even appealing to some, the ones who detest the commercialism and the opportunism that creates paradise for the rich and misery for the poor. Psychologists define thanatophobia or necrophobia as the abnormal fear of death, often associated with death anxiety. In the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (“The fear of death and religious attitudes and behavior”, Kahoe, R. D., & Dunn, R. F.), the doctors proposed a link between the fear of death and religious attitudes. The hypothesis is that “fear motivates religious commitment, including the reassurances of an afterlife.” The doctors conducted studies on individuals who had a very firm conviction in their faith (including regular church attendance) and the majority of these subjects reported not being afraid of dying.
On the other hand, according to studies, the people who had a very “loose” view of religion, were discovered to be the most anxious. Is it possible that masses of humankind are suffering from a guilty conscience and thus looking for patterns in all sorts of random events? A counselor or psychiatrist might suggest to an anxious person (particularly in dream interpretation) that death anxiety is not related to the fear of nonexistence, but rather to the significance and accomplishment, one has in life. The fear of massive death may very well be the motivation we need to make positive changes in our lives.
The fact that many scientists are so quick to dismiss Nibiru conspiracy theories is concerning. We usually scoff at creationist predictions, while taking scientific hypothesis (however inconclusive) as firm logical foundations of fact. Nevertheless, the idea of an invading dwarf planet (not entirely impossible) seems to provoke even the most intelligent among us, who insist that earth could not be in serious danger based on scientific facts. Nevertheless, in 2011, we have seen disturbing physical evidence that science is not keeping us safe, and that rationality is not preventing unpredictable destruction.
So while we may dismiss the idea of Nibiru Planet X conspiracy as nonsense, how quick are we to dismiss the idea of the earth being in danger—if not from intergalactic threats—then from our own mismanagement of earth’s resources?
A Google Investigation
There is only one point left to pursue, and that is the alleged conspiracy of Google censorship. As far as any rumor about Google blocking Planet X websites, this is completely untrue, as Google was used to research practically all of the cited references in this article.
Google Sky blocking Planet X’s existence remains the subject of hearsay. Obviously, there has been a lot of controversy in the way Google handles its searches, particularly after the Google Panda algorithm update. Google has admitted its aims to have “trustworthy” search results returned for broad searches, meaning that smaller websites, individual author pages, and advertising-heavy pages would probably lose high search rankings in favor of national publications, popular websites and government sponsored information. Google is also very picky about which sites they include on Google News, as professional quality and referenced sources are prerequisites (touches that many amateur truth-saying sites may lack).
Google is not merely a database “dump.” Much effort goes into post-processing, and it’s well known that the search engine uses human editors. A site may be penalized, or a certain story removed from top search rankings, if there is special reason to do so. While the item is not completely removed from the Google index, it can be buried underneath numerous other web pages (and most users will not search beyond 20 results) or even removed from display altogether.
The question of “How much do you trust the government?” has to be reiterated in this case, as the U.S. government is slowly but surely making efforts to control the Internet. Google has already cooperated with Internet censorship in China, and it’s entirely possible that they can do the same thing in the United States. The Huffington Post covered a rather suspicious meeting in June of 2010, in which government officials met with Internet and technology powerhouses to discuss “net neutrality.” A similar dinner event was held in 2011, with the founder of Face Book, Mark Zuckerberg, included as a VIP. It is clear that anything that gets as popular as Face Book and Google will get the attention of the government sooner or later.
In fact, getting the attention of the government in this modern age doesn’t necessarily require a monumental Internet achievement. According to this YouTube presentation, the government now has the right to detain suspected terrorists—foreign or American—and this could easily lead to abuses of power and repression of freedom of speech.
It’s entirely plausible that Internet freedom, or indeed any sort of whistle blowing or public warnings, could be suppressed in the interest of preventing panic or eliminating dissent. Julian Assange (the founder of WikiLeaks and an Australian citizen) is already being eyed by the U.S. Government for daring to share confidential government information that implicates wrongdoing by government and or military personnel. In fact, since the U.S. has the right to censor anything that is perceived as promoting terrorism, treason, or disrupting the common interest (that of a capitalist state), the idea of removing references to controversial events is not far-fetched in the slightest.
Worse yet, the U.S. government is already taking action to oversee and control the spread of information, with an upcoming “net censorship bill.” Wired reports that search engines will soon have to block any and all websites that “threaten economic creativity, endanger the public health, or allow theft of intellectual property.” While the intent of the bill was an altruistic notion, (preventing online theft by limiting dealings with questionable foreign sites, and stopping illegal foreign purchases of pharmacy products), ultimately the bill is far too broad to be taken lightly by truth seekers, whistle-blowers or anyone that didn’t vote in 2008. Its true intent is clear—to combat foreign sites that are outside of U.S. Jurisdiction.
The U.S. is also putting pressure on web hosting companies, domain registries, payment processors and ad networks to stop dealing with “infringing websites.” If the government so chooses to label a page (any individual page) as infringement, or as something dangerous, it can force the site to be buried through national peer pressure. COICA as it called, is not merely a new bill, but an expansion of an earlier bill. The new expansion of powers has been called the Protect IP Act.
As of June 2011, the evidence suggests that Nibiru and Planet X talk is not being suppressed. Whether the government’s lackadaisical response to the conspiracy is a muted and strategic reaction to impending doom, remains anyone’s guess. Comparing the search results of Google with the anti-Google searcher “Gibiru” (an alternative and “anonymous” search engine) revealed different results, but practically all of the sites that came up on Gibiru were also listed on Google. The fact of the matter is that most supposedly objective search engines on the Internet utilize Google’s “custom search feature”, which could very well nullify the Google-censorship argument.
The threat of Nibiru remains imminent according to hearsay, even while no evidence shows of impending civilization wipeout. Similarly, we all await the ramifications of the Project IP Act, even while seeing no apparent government censorship as of yet (even WikiLeaks is still accessible through Google), despite the huge potential for state-sanctioned interference.
Inevitably, humankind waits for the next big catastrophe.
Govert Schilling. The Hunt For Planet X: New Worlds and the Fate of Pluto. Copernicus Books. p. 111. ISBN 0387778047.
Govert Schilling. The Hunt For Planet X: New Worlds and the Fate of Pluto. Copernicus Books. p. 111. ISBN 0387778047.
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