Rock Prophecy - TIMELINE - Page 5 of 9 pages:
Below is published the Timeline from Rock Prophecy
. This is not the book
, it is a chronological list of events surrounding the creation of Rock Prophecy
. For a brief background and description of the story, and context for the Timeline below, visit the
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July 9, 2001
ABC World News reports, "There was another set back for the Pentagon today in a test at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. Two advanced Patriot missiles were supposed to destroy an unmanned decoy plane and a missile. One missle hit the plane, the other went right by its target."
This report of yet another missile test failure lasted for 15 seconds and was buried near the end of the news broadcast. By contrast, the rigged test described ahead gets hyped by all media.
July 12, 2001
ABC World News continues the missile saga: "The Bush administration today said it's going to begin building a National Missile Defense system within months - much sooner than expected, and before Congress has agreed to pay for it. The administration apparently wants to get something deployed before the end of the President's first term. And the Pentegon admitted for the first time today that the three initial parts of the system that it plans to build will directly violate the terms of the anti-ballistic missile treaty with Russia...One of the Bush administration favorites is the airborne laser being assembled in Witchita Kansas aboard a 747. When completed in about four years this first airborne laser will be the biggest flying weapons systems and one of the most expensive ever built. In theory these planes, positioned off an enemies' coast, will shoot down missiles...from more than 100 miles away."
Defense expert Joeseph Cicerone points out that the aircraft is "a big fat slow 747, it could be shot down with ground to air missiles, with interceptors, or jammed."
But this contradiction is irrelevent when we consider that the laser is being built to fire at asteroids, while the public is being told its target is instead "missiles" from "rogue nations."
July 13, 2001
"Proponents of Missile Defense say urgent action is needed to counter the growing danger from rogue nations and terrorists," notes another ABC News report. "We feel that this is a real and emerging threat that's very serious," said the Deputy Secretary of Defense, "and the country is defenseless against missile attack and we need to do something about it as quickly as possible."
"The huge price tag for the missile defense system worries some in Congress who fear it could divert money better spent training troops and replacing aging ships and planes.
"We're going to go unilaterally into spending $100 billion on deployment of some system that we haven't even tested out fully yet?" asks Georgia Senator Max Cleland, "I think that's insane."
"But the Bush administration says there is no time to delay and that a missile shield should be deployed even if it is far from perfect. "We can afford to debate the threat no longer," Paul warns the Deputy Sec. of Defense, "we are in a race against time and we are starting behind."
What the public doesn't know is that this "race" is against a space rock, and not a "rogue nation."
July 14, 2001
CBS Evening News reports, "After a year of very public frustration, the Pentegon put one in the win column last night, shooting a ballistic missile out of the sky. The landmark test could shore up support at home for President Bush's missile defense shield, but abroad it was met with a chorus of criticism. The target missile, a Minuteman II equiped with a mock warhead, blasted off from a California Air Force base. Then about 20 minutes later, and some 4800 miles away, the interceptor rocketed from a launch pad in the mid-Pacific. 144 miles above the Earth, the so-called kill vehicle slammed into its target. The Pentagon immediately proclaimed the test a technological triumph. It bolsters the president's hopes for a missile defense system and gives his supporters new amunition to push for billions in funding for additional tests."
But on July 24 M.I.T. missile scientist Ted Postol appeared on ABC Nightline and said that this test was so scripted as to be meaningless: "The large balloon is ten times brighter than the warhead and the kill vehicle is essentially programmed," notes Postol, "it knows it's going to see two objects, and it's told in advance to home in on the less bright of the two objects it sees." The problem of multiple decoys, as simple as rocket launched balloons, Postol argues, will ultimately defeat any missile defense. Postol, "Fundamentally the decoy problem is a problem that needs to be solved and there is no technology on the horizon, there is no science that these people have been able to show, has a chance of providing us with this capability, and until they do that, there's no chance of having a missile defense."
July 18, 2001
Four days later The Los Angeles Times uncovers the reality of this so-called test "triumph":
"Despite initial assessments that Saturday's missile defense test was a success, the Pentagon acknowledged yesterday that a prototype radar was unable at first to confirm whether the missile interceptor, or 'kill vehicle,' had destroyed its target. The radar, a critical element of the U.S. anti-missile system, 'locked up' and falsely reported that the interceptor had missed the dummy warhead. The Pentagon, which confirmed the radar problem, downplayed the incident as a computer programming glitch. Some analysts said that they are troubled by the radar's failure to make the initial 'hit assessment.'"
July 24, 2001
The first advertisement for my group, The Jimi Hendrix Tribute Band, hits the stands in the July 25, 2001 issue of Freetime Magazine. This ad for our first performance mentions the "Hendrix/asteroid/Microsoft connection."
Simultaneously, on the same day, the front page news in Rochester reports a massive space rock that streaked over our city at 6:18 p.m. the evening before (notice the multiples of 3 in the time: 6:18 - the book Rock Prophecy contains a chapter titled "Multiples of Three" which chronicles the repeated incidents in the Hendrix legacy of numbers that are multiples of 3.)
And here is an amazing photo of the actual space rock that buzzed over our city just hours prior to the publication of our ad that mentions the "Hendrix/asteroid/Microsoft connection
" - in preparation for the first show from the band that is spreading word of Rock Prophecy
In broad daylight, the Rock was as bright as the Sun, and appears just as Otto Muck describes it in Rock Prophecy. The image is clearly that of the great "snake in the sky" that the Mayans saw destroy Atlantis, Lucifer's Hammer, spiked and glittering.
Something like a great fiery mountain was thrown into the sea...There fell a great star from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of the waters...the third part of the Sun was smitten, and the third part of the Moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise. And I beheld and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the Earth. –
As the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the son of man...The Sun will become dark, and the moon will no longer shine. The stars will fall, and the powers in the sky will be shaken...then shall all the tribes of the Earth mourn, and they shall see the son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
– Jesus (Matthew 24:27-31)
This omen sign of a meteor over Rochester initiates the period now in progress as The Jimi Hendrix Tribute Band distributes Rock Prophecy - The Newest Testament, setting the stage for the massive asteroid that Jimi predicted will obliterate our civilization.
And on this same night, ABC News Nightline broadcasts a program titled, "Shoot To Kill, The Debate Over Missile Defense":
"A real attack would be unannounced, unexpected, and probably involve multiple warheads and even more multiple decoys," notes Ted Kopple, dismissing the rigged July 14 missile test "success." "And why would even a rogue nation like North Korea or Iraq attack the United States in precisely the fashion that would leave the attackers' finger prints everyhere, inviting retaliation? Why not ship the nuclear devise by Fed. Ex. or slip in into the United States by ship, or truck, or backpack? - easier to execute, more difficult to prevent. Nor does any of that even begin to address what concerns several of the joint chiefs: there's only so much money in the defense pie and [missile defense] is not necessarily what they want to spend it on."
"There's a much greater threat," says Sen. Carl Levin, Chairman of the Armed Services Committee. "If North Korea wanted to attack us they could use a truck or a ship or a suitcase, all much cheaper, much more accurate, much stealthier, no return address. Why would they attack us with a missile when it would lead to their own destruction within hours, when their greatest goal in life, according to our intelligence people, is the survival of their own regime? What bothers me is this putting the cart before the horse, when the administration says we're going to deploy, before they have anything that works, before they've negotiated with the Russians - we're going to do it. That sounds more to me like an ultimatium, a conclusion, not based on cost, not based on operational effectiveness, not based on a failure of negotiatins with the Russianans and the Chinese, but just based on an ideological decision: 'We're going to deploy this, come hell what may.'"
"At first Russian President Vladimir Putin took the hard line, warning that his country would simply add more warheads to it's missiles if the United States moves ahead. But on Sunday, after meeting with President Bush in Genoa, Putin seemed to soften, agreeing that the two would talk about tying missile defense to reducing offensive weapons. President Bush's decision to move quickly on missile defense could accelerate a world wide nuclear arms race."
[NOTE: In Genoa the Bush administration revealed to Putin news of the coming asteroid impact and explained that this is why the U.S. is erecting a "missile defense" that's secretly being aimed at the Rock. Reliable sources inform us that George personally introduced Putin to our website.]
"All told, since the start of the Cold War, the United States has spent more than $130 billion on strategic defense and still has no workable system. Now the Bush White House is moving ahead with testing what it calls the 'multi-layered program' to shoot down enemy missiles from the air, land, and sea. Next month the Pentagon plans to begin building a permanent missile defense testing site at Fort Greely, Alaska. Each of the ground-based intercept tests costs an estimated $100 million."
"What we're seeing here," argues Sen. Max Cleland, "is an unrealistic, preemptive deployment of a system that doesn't work, isn't needed, is going to cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and will actually weaken our defense by taking money away from projects we know will work."
"The administration's approach is to spend billions on many systems because it's not sure which ones will work, if any. The only sure thing is that the president himself seems hell bent on building something called missile defense, no matter the cost, the threat, or how many times it's been tried before."
Ted Kopple told Deputy Sec. of Defense, Paul Wolfowitz, "Your own Pentagon experts have put out a list of the perceived threats, on a list of 10 perceived threats, they rank [missile attack by a rogue nation] ninth. The only one that they rank lower in terms of probability is an all out attack by Russia or China. We are, in the final analysis, going to have to make decisions based upon the available resources and what you folks over at the Pentagon perceive to be as threats. Again I draw your attention to your own Pentagon's assessment of the rogue nation nuclear threat as being ninth on a list of ten in terms of probability, and yet you are asking Congress in effect to put up a huge chunk of the money that's going to be available for the defense budget in general, for a program that may - in the final analysis - work, or not work."
Wolfowitz, "The reason we invest as much as we do in defense is because it makes a safer world. We are working on systems that will protect us."
[NOTE: Protect us from asteroids. But the Bush administration, like all others, knows that if the public learns the truth, reactions may become "unmanageable." So everyone is instead told we are trying to defend ourselves against missiles from a "rogue nation."]
July 29, 2001
The first performance by The Jimi Hendrix Tribute Band produces a nice recording, as the era of distribution for Rock Prophecy begins.
August 4, 2001
The second show by The Jimi Hendrix Tribute Band yeilds another fine recording and a video as well.
Discovery Channel airs a new asteroid documentary titled Fireballs From Space. This is really an update documentary on the latest major events in the continually unfolding asteroid saga. The program is the first to cover in detail the January 18, 2000 meteor explosion over Canada's Tagish Lake, near Alaska. The second half of the documentary focuses on NASA's NEAR space craft probe of the giant asteroid named Eros. At the end of the spacecraft's mission, NASA was able to achieve a soft landing of the small machine onto the surface of the giant asteroid.
"Fireballs from space were once completely unfathomable, now we're seeing asteroids and comets in entirely new ways," enthuses the contrived optimism of the program narrator, "and we've taken the first historic steps to prevent a catastrophic impact that could threaten our future."
Syrupy music in the soundtrack helps convince viewers that, yes, NASA's tiny little robot can indeed huff and puff and blow away any unspotted mountain size rock plunging surprisingly into Earth's atmosphere at 50,000 mph. So everyone go back to sleep in ease, the "TV" just told us our leaders have everything under control.
Oh yes, the program also reports:
"Astronomers have already found five hundred Earth crossing asteroids half a mile wide or larger. A space rock as large as the one that ended the dinosaurs is out there and can hit us again. 'There are millions of comets and asteroid out there,' said astronomer Donald Yoemans. 'They have a nasty habit of running into us from time to time. The same mechanism that didn't allow them to form into a single planet, because of neighboring Jupiter, pitch them into Earth crossing orbits, and in a real sense we will get hit. It's not a question of if, it's just a question of when.'"
September 11, 2001:
This day was warned about on this Timeline's entry for June 4, 2000: Terror Scenario.
The Jimi Hendrix Tribute Band
continues with the "XP TOUR" of upstate New York, while Microsoft releases the "XP" operating system, named after the (Jimi Hendrix) eXPerience
. Bill Gates announced the name "Windows XP" at Seattle's eXPerience Music Project "Hendrix Museum" on February 13, 2001
, while NASA's NEAR spacecraft made a Valentine's Day landing on the Eros asteroid. The word "Eros" is Greek for Love
- Jimi Hendrix had christened the asteroid that will impact Earth Electric Love
. And while the Windows XP operating system was being developed at Microsoft, inside the company the code name for the project was Asteroid
October 8, 2001:
Space-Frontier.org reports, "an asteroid thought to be between 50 and 100 meters in diameter zoomed by our planet at little more than twice the distance to the Moon -- a whisker by the standards of our solar system's size. The object was first detected just two days prior. Its path was determined only the day before the close encounter."
Incredibly, NO mainstream media covered this event. It was reported only after another big asteroid wizzed by even closer on January 7, 2002.
October 20, 2001:
Piet Hut and Ed Lu at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, host a seminar on deflecting asteroids. Twenty experts on asteroids and propulsion technologies attend. A consensus is reached that low-thrust methods would be the mode of choice for trying to change the orbit of an asteroid on a collision course with Earth. The meeting results in plans for a project to select a near Earth asteroid and change its orbit slightly as a demonstration of the capability. A faction from this seminar led by Clark Chapman, Piet Hut, Ed Lu, and Rusty Schweickart propose the creation of an organization to carry out this program. These plans produce the B612 Foundation, which will be established a year later in October 2002.
October 25, 2001:
Microsoft's computer operating system called "Windows XP" is released on the anniversary of the rockprophecy.com website going online. "XP" stands for Experience, i.e. Jimi Hendrix Experience, and while XP was being developed at Microsoft it was code named "Asteroid."
November 19, 2001:
U.S. News & World Report publishes a feature story titled "Wishing Upon A Star – Why Missile Defense is a Done Deal." This overview of the missile defense saga reports how in 1995 (soon after Rock Prophecy was copyrighted and read in Washington at the Library of Congress) "a core group of Republican believers began talking about rogue nations and terrorists. They found an unexpectedly powerful weapon in a panel of defense experts led by the man who would become defense secretary, Donald Rumsfeld. The Republican-led Congress had created the Rumsfeld commission out of anger at a 1995 'National Intelligence Estimate' which concluded that no country other than Russia or China was likely to develop long-range missiles before 2010. National Intelligence Estimates, which represent the consensus view of the intelligence community, are supposed to provide the basis for national security planning…'I knew, and virtually everybody else knew, that the 1995 National Intelligence Estimate was criticized because it didn't meet the political need to display a threat,' says Lt. Gen. Patrick Hughes, then head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. When the Rumsfeld report was released, its conclusions were alarming: North Korea and Iran could develop long-range missile capabilities in as few as five years and with little warning. The [Rumsfeld] panel blasted the CIA's 1995 analysis."
[NOTE: "The political need to display a threat" is the key observation. When Washington officials learned in 1995 of the information in Rock Prophecy, they realized two things: 1) an attempt had to be made to build anti-asteroid technology, and 2) they could not reveal to the public that a rock was racing towards Earth. The solution was to concoct a story about "rogue nations" secretly building missiles with plans to attack the United States, which in turn compels the U.S. to build a missile defense shield. This way, the public need not know that an asteroid is on its way, while funding goes ahead for a missile defense/anti-asteroid project.]
U.S. News & World Report: "The Launch [of a Korean test missile] on August 31, 1998 revolutionized the missile defense debate. It effectively changed the question from whether to build a missile defense system to how to build it…[but] what enemy needs intercontinental ballistic missiles, critics ask, when he can use commercial airliners as weapons of mass destruction, or can launch deadly attacks by dropping anthrax-laden envelopes into a mailbox?…CIA and Pentagon experts rate the probability of a missile attack against the United States as extremely low. They are far more concerned about a 'backpack bomb', a chemical, biological, or nuclear device smuggled into the country…U.S. intelligence experts have pushed back the timetable on North Korea's missile development over the past two years, although this has not been made public…The scale of the [missile defense] technological challenge, say Bush aides, is the same as that of the Apollo moon landing and the Manhattan Project, which produced the atomic bomb…Preliminary estimates suggest that the cost of Bush's plan will certainly top $100 billion and could easily hit $200 billion – more than the inflation-adjusted cost of the Manhattan Project and the moon landing combined…Critics contend the plan will break the usual rules for government programs by moving ahead with unproven technology to build a system that hasn't been designed yet – all of which is a formula for huge delays and cost overruns…Many Americans believe – wrongly – that the United States already has such a system."
[NOTE: The major spin in this article is on when "rogue nations" like North Korea, Iran and Iraq will have deployable intercontinental nuclear missiles. Whereas the "intelligence community" estimates that time in decades, the Bush administration needs the public to believe the threat is imminent, less than five years away. All the while President Bush's real concern is the asteroid racing towards us, but he can't allow the public to learn this, so officials have created the deception of a "rogue nation" missile threat on the U.S.A.]
U.S. News & World Report : "U.S. News has learned that a confidential State Department study prepared for the agency's senior leadership last year concluded that the [existing U.S. nuclear] arsenal would in fact deter rogue leaders [from attacking the U.S. with a missile]. Much of the intelligence community agrees...A missile launch would provide an instant 'return address' [allowing the U.S. to retaliate against whoever launches such an attack. However,] a nuclear warhead could be slipped into the country aboard a cargo ship and detonated [this more likely attack would leave no 'return address']…focusing so heavily on a missile shield is like building a $100 billion lock for the back door when there's no wall on the back of your house…If rogue states with a handful of missiles are the sole threat, many experts question why the Bush missile defense plan is so ambitious and expensive? 'You can't justify the full range of what they're doing with the rogues alone,' says Barry Blechman, a defense expert and former member of the Rumsfeld commission. Many suspect an additional factor. Kurt Campbell, the Pentagon's top Asia expert during the Clinton administration, argues, 'I think there is an unstated third emerging threat that the system is being developed for.'"
[NOTE: In case anyone is still wondering, the "UNSTATED THIRD THREAT" IS AN ASTEROID. And this threat will remain "UNSTATED" because world governments truly can't handle a public that's panicked over imminent impact.]
U.S. News & World Report concludes, "Bush's flexibility in negotiating with Russia has been limited by his ambitious timetable…the rush is to deploy something by 2004 so there is no turning back…Critics of missile defense argue that the technological hurdles are simply too great for the system ever to function reliably."
Humans today are racing against time that ran out long ago. In the remaining years left for this fated civilization, Rock Prophecy explains Retarded History, how dominators have routinely brutalized, let die, and silenced all seers who tried to warn us of consequences for the inequality that was allowed to hold humanity back. Dominator inequality has sealed the fate of civilization.
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November 23, 2001:
The journal Science publishes a study led by William Bottke of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. "For eons our planet has dwelled among giant boulders that occasionally smack into it with catastrophic results. Why do the killer stones orbit nearby? According to a new report, the Sun could be to blame. The hordes of rocks, known as Near Earth Objects, most likely originated from a stable dense reservoir of gigantic, spinning rocks between Mars and Jupiter. But scientists have had a hard time explaining what might have dislodged many of them from the generally stable asteroid belt and sent them into the neighborhood of the Earth. A new U.S.-Czech study theorizes that an unexpectedly subtle cause could be responsible, the absorption and re-absorption of sunlight over millions or billions of years. The slow process could gently nudge asteroids into new orbital zones, where they become vulnerable to the gravitational forces of the planets, which kicks them into paths that cross that of the Earth. Like a sunlit sidewalk, a tumbling object in space would be expected to heat up slowly and re-radiate the energy back into space. Because radiation carries some momentum, the re-radiated energy could slowly push the asteroids, similar to an effect first described by Russian engineer I.O. Yarkovsky a century ago. Computer models used to study numerous asteroid belt bodies…lent support to the idea that the heated bodies experienced altered orbits, the researchers said. Many of the fragments seem to have been swept into narrow chaotic zones known as resonances, where tiny gravitational kicks produced by nearby planets such as Mars, Jupiter, or Saturn can push asteroids out of the asteroid belt."
[NOTE: The book Rock Prophecy asserts that when the Shoemaker-Levey 9 comet smashed into Jupiter in 1994, a chain reaction was set in motion. The immense impact caused the giant gas planet's jello-like layers to convulse and wobble radically and forcefully. The nearby asteroid belt hovers close to Jupiter, in fact it is the gravitational pull of Jupiter that keeps these millions of mountain-sized rocks stable in their orbits. When Jupiter lapsed into spasms from the Shoemaker-Levey 9 collision, the massive planet's vibrations lashed out into space and blasted neighboring rocks right out of the asteroid belt, sending thousands of them careening in towards the Sun and into the path of orbiting Earth, where today's civilization awaits its fate.]
December 4, 2001:
The Associated Press reports a "successful" test missile defense rocket: "The fact that the interceptor got precise location data from the dummy warhead before launching makes the test unrealistic." In other words, honing beacons were placed in the test's incoming warheads to help guide the "kill vehicles" to hit their targets. Beacons in the missile help guide the interceptor. All of the military tests have contained several artificial elements, and the tests have not included missiles with multiple decoys or chaff. This December 4 "success" is yet another rigged test from the defense department, a charade designed to train and public and set the stage for Bush's withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russia.
But incredibly, no media reported that this test was also yet again another actual failure. A week after the test, on December 14, 2001, the PBS McLaughlin Group debated Bush's withdrawal from the ABM treaty and during the debate, Newsweek columnist Eleanor Clift revealed: "Where is the money? This is billions of dollars. And the latest test of the booster rocket just failed this week. This is fantasy technology."
The media has become completely blatant in their censorship and manipulation of all information about the missile defense project and the asteroid issue. To read a transcript of Ms. Clift's courageous revelation, click the link below:
December 13, 2001:
President Bush announces the United States will withdraw from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joseph Biden, D-Delaware, admonished the White House on the Senate floor after Bush informed congressional leaders of his plans. Biden said the move would cause an arms buildup not just in Russia but also in Pakistan and India, increasing tensions in southern Asia. Biden called Bush's priorities "out of whack." He said America should be more worried about terrorists with weapons of mass destruction than countries with long-range ballistic missiles. "September 11 indicated our country is vulnerable," Biden said. "The thing we remain the least vulnerable to is an intercontinental ballistic missile attack from another nation."
Then again, "intercontinental ballistic missile attack from another nation" is not the real reason Bush withdrew from the treaty. Bush plans to race ahead with his (asteroid) defense plans.
January 1, 2002:
The Comet and Asteroid Information Network (C.A.I.N.) is launched and managed by the International Spaceguard Information Center in Wales. CAIN pools information and research efforts of 9 universities and institutions, including the Armagh Observatory.
And the British government announces that in spring 2002 it will open an Information Center on Near Earth Objects (NEOs). This governmental center will operate out of the National Space Science Center in Leicester to educate the public about comets and asteroids.
January 7, 2002:
"Earth Escapes Brush With Killer Asteroid" is the CNN headline today. "The Near Earth Object '2001 YB5' brightened enough for even simple telescopes to spot just before it raced past our planet on Monday. Many scientists classify it as a close call. 'The impact would be quite tremendous,' said Benny Peiser of the Royal Astronomical Society in Great Britain...In the year 2027, an asteroid between one kilometer and a mile in length is expected pass even closer...later on, either asteroid could pose risks to the planet, along with countless rocks lurking in the shadows that have yet to be identified, astronomers warn...What particularly troubles Peiser is that scientists only first spotted 2001 YB5 in early December. What if it had been heading on a collision course? 'That's not enough time for any initiatives for deflection. If we had 20 or 30 years' time, then we could develop a technology to deflect an object. With our current lack of preparedness, we are helpless,' he said."
This CNN report contained an actual picture of the asteroid. The rock was visible to millions of people on Earth, so there was no way any government could suppress or whitewash and minimize the threat of this event. Instead, the editors of all major media simply reduced every mention of the asteroid into tiny little blurbs buried deep inside newspapers. Here are typical examples:
The article in USA Today is equally microscopic:
This obvious ploy to minimize the event and train the public to shrug shoulders and ignor the threat prompted a sarcastic article from a perceptive journalist in Florida:
And MSN's report on their website is a column followed immediately with a report about the Missile Defense Agency, appearing almost as if the Missile Defense report is part of the asteroid story (which it actually is, but is never stated as such by any news media. String-pullers who run news organizations have all agreed with government orders to deny any connection between asteroids and Missile Defense and pretend Bush's missile project is instead being built as protection against "rogue nations").
MSN report: "Had it been on a collision course, it would have created 'one of the worst disasters in human history,' said Steven Pravdo, the Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. 'What could we have done about it? The answer is, not much,' Pravdo said...As astronomers discover more and more near-Earth asteroids, they seek a standardized way of alerting the public to the hazard they might pose."
Immediately beneath this report, MSN published the following column:
"The Pentagon says the organization in charge of developing a national missile defense system has been given a new name befitting its higher status: the Missile Defense Agency. The agency was previously known as the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization. The agency will require 'expanded responsibility and authority' in order to develop a workable missile defense system, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in a memo dated Wednesday. The Bush administration has elevated the priority for developing such a system, saying that the United States faces a growing threat from missile-equipped rogue nations."
Placing these reports back-to-back has the effect of connecting for readers the issues of asteroids and Missile Defense. Editors at these news organizations are aware of the connection, and this MSN report shows the limits to what they're allowed to explain.
January 28, 2002:
Space.com reports, "Prompted by a close brush between Earth and an asteroid in early January, scores of top researchers who often don't see eye-to-eye have made a joint political plea for help in saving the planet. While a coordinated asteroid search program is underway in the Northern Hemisphere, none exists south of the equator, creating a blind spot that equals nearly a third of the heavens. So 91 international astronomers and prominent space activists -- including a who's who of asteroid experts -- sent a letter asking the Australian government to rejoin the asteroid search seven years after the country dropped out. The voices range widely, from renowned asteroid hunter Carolyn Shoemaker, of the Lowell Observatory, to Ann Druyan, wife of the late Carl Sagan.
"The scientists also sometimes disagree over how their findings should be presented, or not presented, to the public. Some have called for full disclosure at times. Others have suggested a more guarded release of information only after public risk, or lack of it, has been well established. One thing they all agree on, however, is that the threat is real...about 30 percent of the sky has never been surveyed...'Had it been on a collision course, there is little that could have been done to prevent possibly millions of casualties when an area the size of Tasmania would have been devastated,' the signatories agree. A similar asteroid flyby occurred last October, when a rock thought to be between 50 and 100 meters in diameter zoomed by Earth at a similar distance. The object, big enough to destroy a city, was first detected just two days prior."
March 8, 2002:
On March 19, 2002, almost two weeks after Earth was nearly pulverized by a rock named asteroid 2002 EM7, CNN finally reports, "A sizable asteroid zipped near our planet this month without anyone noticing because it traveled through an astronomical blind spot, scientists said. The space boulder passed Earth within 288,000 miles - or 1.2 times the distance to the moon - on March 8, but since it came from the direction of the sun, scientists did not observe it until four days later. The object, slightly larger than one that flattened a vast expanse of Siberia in 1908, was one of the 10 closest known asteroids to approach Earth, astronomers said.
"'Asteroid 2002 EM7 took us by surprise. It is yet another reminder of the general impact hazard we face,' said Benny Peiser, a European scientist who monitors the threat of Earth-asteroid collisions. If it pierced the atmosphere, the approximately 70-meter-long rock could have disintegrated and unleashed the energy equivalent of a 4-megaton nuclear bomb, researchers said. 'If it were over a populated area, like Atlanta, it would have basically flattened it,' said Gareth Williams, associate director of the International Astronomical Union Minor Planet Center in Boston, Mass… Astronomers maintain that constant surveillance is necessary to identify more killer rocks in our neighborhood and ensure that none take our planet by surprise, in particular those traveling near the blinding light of the sun. 'If one comes from the direction of the sun, we're not going to see it,' Williams said. According to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 2002 EM7 could smack into Earth in 2093."
"If a comet should appear from behind the Sun, we might only have a one or two year warning."
- Carolyn Shoemaker, McNeil/Lehrer News Hour, PBS 7/23/94
This 2002 EM7 saga highlights the case of The Incredible Shrinking Asteroid News Story. Our managerial class of editors (are they really all the same person?), for almost all media, prevented any mention of this incident. In fact, it was only after lengthy surfing through internet search engines that I stumbled across this lone CNN report buried deep within CNN's "Space" news archives. Without question the men who control media have ordered their lapdog editors to keep as many people as possible in the dark about potential asteroid impacts.
March 13, 2002:
"World's Largest Insurer Warns Of Meteor Threat," the Financial Times of London reports. "Munich Re, the world's biggest reinsurer, on Wednesday urged insurers 'to think the unthinkable' and examine seriously the threat of a meteorite impact on the Earth. In a warning reminiscent of a Hollywood science fiction blockbuster, the Munich-based group said a meteorite impact near a densely populated area could cause losses 'of previously unknown dimensions.' It said insurers had to 'rethink future loss potential'…and study the possible effects of 'bombardment from space.' British scientists concluded in a study two years ago that meteorite strikes could cause an explosion millions of times more powerful than an atomic bomb. Munich Re said insurers were underestimating the risks of such a catastrophe…the world's insurance industry had yet to fully appreciate…'insurers will have to react in future'…Munich Re says insurers will have to consider the 'potential for maximum losses'…It argues that meteorite impacts, of which about 100 were documented last century, are capable of causing massive damage…One of the best known events involved a 50 metre 'projectile' which came down over Siberia in 1908. 'It exploded a few kilometres above the ground...flattening 2,200 sq km of forest, equal to the size of Mexico City."
April 4, 2002:
World media again reports predictions of an asteroid aimed at Earth. The significance of this report is that it's another of the "approved" perspectives from NASA and government, designed to persuade us that the threat is way off in the future, out of sight/out of mind, and of little concern to civilization today.
1) The rock aimed at Earth will not be "spotted" very much in advance by the tiny network of astronomers and amateurs that search the skies in our time.
2) Contrary to today's benign report, news of any asteroid that is aimed to hit Earth within the next century will be concealed by the men who control media. Any astronomer who tries to announce an imminent impact will find our government creatively re-calculating the rock's trajectory to "discredit" the astronomer who breaks ranks and tries to communicate directly with the public.
3) This report is aimed to portray asteroids in a non-threatening way. Our ruling class wants us to remain in denial, while we're manipulated into supporting the Defense Agency's "anti-missile" system.
Also of note regarding today's news is the quote from NASA asteroid expert Steven Chesley, who says "future generations will have enough knowledge and technology to deflect it" - the implication/admission is that such knowledge and technology is lacking among today's generations. And as Rock Prophecy points out, that knowledge and technology will
not become available to us before a Rock knocks the lights out on this civilization. (And a final footnote is the fact that, like news of the Jan. 7, 2002 rock that nearly hit Earth, today's announcement was also conspicuously ignored by The New York Times.)
May 18, 2002:
The Q supercomputer is activated at Los Alamos, Nevada. Q's first task is to simulate the effect of a comet striking the ocean.
June 9, 2002:
CBS News reports, "Citing national security, the Bush administration plans to keep key information about it's anti-ballistic program secret, according to today's Los Angeles Times
. Critics charge that the move is meant to stifle public debate over the program. The 1972 anti-ballistic missile treaty with Russia expires on [June 13, 2002], six months after the U.S. announced its unilateral withdrawal from the treaty. The expiration clears the way for more comprehensive tests at a new and remote facility…With the end of the ABM treaty, they say they can make the so-called Star Wars missile defense shield a reality…now that the restraints are off. Over the next weeks a new test facility will spring to life at Fort Greely, Alaska. There will be underground silos for defensive missiles and beefed up radar systems…Missile defense is far from being operational. Fort Greely won't be active until 2005 at the earliest, and that is just a test facility. The real thing, with ground-based missiles and systems up in space, is many, many years away."
"Even if you can spend the hundreds of billions of dollars that it would take to get it to work, is it easily defeated with a decoy or a counter measure?" asks Carl Levin, Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, "And the answer is that it is probably quite easily defeated with a decoy."
1) We won't know just how feeble this missile defense effort really is because the Bush administration is now hiding from us all failed test results.
2) The missile program is unconcerned with "decoys" anyway. The program is aimed at asteroids, not "rogue missiles" surrounded by decoys.
June 14, 2002:
Asteroid 2002 MN nearly collides with Earth. All world media suppresses this story until five days later when CNN finally reports, "An asteroid the size of a football field passed extremely close to Earth last week but it remained undetected until days later, according to astronomers. The space rock missed our planet last week by only 75,000 miles (120,000 km), about one-third the distance to the moon, making the near collision one of the closest ever recorded. Cruising at 6.2 miles (10 km) per second, the big boulder could have unleashed some major firepower had it struck, according to the NEO (Near Earth Objects) Information Center in Leicester, England. The destructive force might have been comparable to an asteroid or comet that exploded over Siberia in 1908, which flattened 77 square miles (2,000 square km) of trees, according to the NEO…The asteroid, designated 2002 MN, was first spotted on June 17 by scientists with the Lincoln Near Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) project in Socorro, New Mexico, three days after it gave the Earth a close shave."
"We have calculated its orbit several decades into the future," said Donald Yeomans, head of the Near Earth Objects program office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. "and it does not threaten Earth."
"We only know a small fraction of the [asteroids] that exist, and...those particular ones are not going to hit any time in the next 100 years or so, which is about as far as we can reliably calculate the orbits."
- Clark Chapman, Planetary Science Institute, PBS Nova "Doomsday Asteroid" 10/31/95
"If an object is on a collision course with Earth, due to hit in say a half a century or a century...we won't really know that until we get within perhaps a decade of the collision."
- Steve Ostro, Radio Astronomer, NASA JPL - Science of the Impossible - TLC 7/12/98
This incident is the THIRD (known) near miss of Earth by asteroids in the past six months.
July 9, 2002:
NASA launches the Contour space probe designed to chase comets around the Sun over the next four years.
July 24, 2002:
Exactly one year ago an asteroid was photographed blazing over my hometown, Rochester, NY, on the same day that the first ad was published for the Jimi Hendrix Tribute Band . My band's ad included the phrase "Hendrix/asteroid/Microsoft connection."
And now, one year to the day later, world media is again consumed with news of an asteroid aimed at Earth. The July 2001 rock over Rochester was a prelude preparation for this Earth threatening event 365 days later on July 24, 2002:
ABC News announces, "You might mark February 1, 2019 on your calendar. That's the day scientists say a mile wide asteroid could collide with the Earth, and the impact could destroy a continent. They just discovered this asteroid and they'll know more after observing it longer."
[NOTE: Notice the clincher in this article: "astronomers will probably be able to rule out any chance of impact." This statement is the foregone conclusion that ALL modern reports of asteroids are required
to conform to. All astronomers associated with NASA and the US Government are ordered
to "creatively re-calculate" the orbits of ANY asteroid or comet on a collision course with Earth. The intent is to pacify us all and nullify any cause for concern. Scientists are today engaged in cooking the books, all news of space rocks is Enron-ed & Worldcom-ed
. The interesting thing about news of 2002 NT7 is that it was leaked to media from England before
NASA had the chance to water down the rock's trajectory calculation. The astronomer who reported this asteroid did not conform to NASA's requirement to "prove" that the rock is not a threat to Earth. NASA's smoke and mirrors routine whitewashes all asteroid reports, the agency's become the government's front, ordered to feed our deep need to deny the threat of impact. Below is another report designed for this purpose:]
The Associated Press and CNN report, "Astronomers are carefully monitoring a newly discovered 1.2-mile-wide (2 km) asteroid to see whether it is on a collision course with Earth. Initial calculations indicate there is a chance the asteroid - known as 2002 NT7 - will hit the Earth on February 1, 2019. But scientists said Wednesday that the calculations are preliminary and the risk to the planet is low. 'The threat is very minimal,' Donald Yeomans, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, told British Broadcasting Corp. radio, 'as we get additional data I think this threat will go away.'
"The object was detected on July 9 by the Lincoln Near Earth Asteroid Research Project in New Mexico. It orbits the Sun every 837 days, and NASA scientists predict its path could intersect with the Earth's orbit. But they say more observations over the coming months will help them plot its course more accurately…the discovery has provided more ammunition for those who say humans should take the risk posed by space objects more seriously. 'There's a good chance this particular object won't hit us, but we know that a large object will hit us sooner or later,' said British lawmaker Lembit Opik, who has long warned of the danger posed by asteroids. Last month an asteroid the size of a soccer field missed the Earth by 75,000 miles - less than one-third of the distance to the moon in one of the closest known approaches by objects of its size."
July 26, 2002:
PBS's McLaughlin Group debates the asteroid news:
John McLaughlin: "NT7 is described by Dr. Benny Pieser, an anthropologist at John Moore's University in Liverpool. He's an expert on the effects of an asteroid hitting the Earth: 'This asteroid has become the most threatening object in the short history of asteroid detection. In a worst case scenario, a disaster of this size would be global in its extent, would create a melt down of our economic and social life, and would reduce us to Dark Age condition. NT7 could wipe out 25 percent of the world's population and cause major climate change, tidal waves, floods, nuclear winter and wide spread forest fires…'
Elenore Clift: "I think the Bush administration ought to get that missile defense shield up and running so it can handle the asteroid."
Lawrence Ludlow: "That's what I was thinking."
Elenore Clift: "Because the asteroid is a real threat, we know it's out there, and these other threats [rogue nations with missiles] are not as real as that."
John McLaughlin: "This could be a very serious matter. If the degree of certitude increases…I think we ought to start looking for a lunar base…Why are you minimizing the importance of this phenomenon?"
[NOTE: This historic televised discussion represents the very first instance where media has directly connected America's Missile Defense Agency with an anti-asteroid effort. But it makes no difference at this point. The human race must institute equality among all people in order to direct enough resources toward the decades-long effort to build anti-asteroid systems. Modern civilization remains incapable of understanding the need for equality in this regard, and specifically because of this single issue our planet will be smashed by an asteroid, exactly as Jimi predicted.]
July 26, 2002:
MSN reports from Moscow: "If a massive asteroid threatens Earth, a powerful space-based laser could be used to destroy it, a Russian space executive said Friday. The scientist spoke in the wake of reports about an asteroid that posed a small potential risk of hitting Earth in 2019. Boris Kartogin, general director and designer at rocket producer Energomash, was quoted by Itar-Tass news agency as saying the asteroid could be thwarted, using a powerful laser installation based in space. 'Defenses for the Earth can be designed,' Kartogin told a news conference. Lasers in space were hugely controversial during President Reagan's terms in office in the 1980s. His scheme to shoot down Soviet nuclear missiles was dubbed "Star Wars," after the science fiction film series. The 1.2-mile-wide (2-kilometer-wide) asteroid, designated 2002 NT7, was first detected earlier this month by the LINEAR sky survey program…They stress that further observations are likely to eliminate the risk - as has happened in the wake of past asteroid alarms. But they also say earthlings will eventually have to do something about truly threatening near-Earth objects. Kartogin said the laser defense scheme would require the assembly of 10 to 12 platforms in Earth's orbit, which would then be equipped with powerful, chemical lasers capable of destroying the approaching asteroid. He added that 'a laser of such power does not yet exist, but the international community is already seriously talking about the need to create one.' Energomash is carrying out work on laser technology."
[NOTE: This is yet another confirmation from leading world scientists that today's civilization remains absolutely vulnerable to impact disaster, and we will remain vulnerable for the next several decades at least. Also, notice our managerial class of editors at work here, trying to keep us believing that there's no real danger by using phrases like "further observations are likely to eliminate the risk" and "earthlings will eventually have to do something, " and "a small potential risk."
1) The risk is neither "potential" nor "small" (our ruling class just insists that we believe it's small).
2) "further observations" are likely to be skewed and manipulated by lapdog astronomers who are ordered by our ruling class to manufacture orbit calculations designed to "eliminate the risk" or, in other words, COOK THE BOOKS to make it look to the public like the risk has been eliminated.
3) This isn't a case of earthlings having to "eventually do something" - our window of opportunity closed in 1995 when Microsoft's Paul Allen stopped me from delivering Jimi's prediction in Rock Prophecy to the millions of people who were reading my work.]
July 29, 2002:
And here comes the "official" DENIAL:
From Pasadena, California the Associated Press reports, "Astronomers said Monday they have determined that a newly discovered 1.2-mile-wide asteroid will miss the Earth in 2019. Last week, preliminary calculations of the orbital path traveled by asteroid 2002 NT7 suggested the space rock had about a 1-in-250,000 chance of plowing into the Earth on February 1, 2019. Such an impact would cause devastation on a continental scale. Follow-up observations during the weekend showed the asteroid and the Earth won't meet -- at least for now, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Astronomers initially calculated at least seven potential impact dates beginning in 2019. Only one -- February 1, 2060 -- has yet to be ruled out, but astronomers expect to dismiss that threat as well after more observations of the asteroid are made."
[NOTE: Of course "astronomers expect to dismiss that threat" - that's what these lapdogs are ordered and paid to do. Since Rock Prophecy was copyrighted in 1995, every single one of over a dozen reports of asteroids aimed at Earth have been dismissed by "creative re-calculations" cooked up at the government's Minor Planet Center in Massachusetts.]
August 15, 2002:
The Contour space probe is lost in space as NASA loses contact with the craft designed to chase and study comets. Another set back for our efforts, centuries delayed, to prevent the impact that will soon wipe out this civilization.
August 18, 2002:
On the anniversary if Jimi Hendrix's concert at Woodstock, world media covers the approach of asteroid 2002 NY40 as it passes within 330,000 miles of Earth, slightly more than the distance of the Moon. This half mile wide rock comes close enough to be seen through small telescopes or binoculars. It is unusual for an asteroid to be so bright. Don Yeomans, who manages NASA's Near-Earth Object Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said, "Asteroids are hard to see because they're mostly black like charcoal." Yeomans then babbled the standard dominator lie-for-the public by claiming that "fly-bys like this happen every 50 years or so." The reality is that they happen several times per year. See our Past Impacts & Future Approaches list.
CNN reports that "Scientists plan to…'ping' it with radio waves…the radar observations can help determine whether the asteroid, whose orbit ranges from the inner solar system to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, will pose a threat to Earth in the future. "At present, we know there's little risk of a collision with 2002 NY40 for decades," said Jon Giorgini, a JPL radar researcher. Afterwards, "we'll be able to extrapolate the asteroid's motion hundreds of years in the past and into the future." It's so important for these scientists to repeatedly and falsely insist that they're able to accurately track asteroids. Space rocks change trajectories often. And our planet's vulnerability to them is highlighted by the fact that astronomers first spotted 2002 NY40 only a month ago on July 14, using the one-meter Lincoln Near Earth Asteroid Research telescope in New Mexico.
September 22, 2002:
ABC TV re-broadcasts the 1998 movie Armageddon.
September 28, 2002:
The season premier of NBC's prime time series Touched by an Angel is all about an asteroid on course to smash Earth. This program is aimed at grandparents and their 7 year old grandkids, and this episode features a 14 year old brat who turns to smoking cannabis to deal with his asteroid anxiety! The show refers to the news in June about asteroid 2002 MN nearly colliding with Earth, and to the news in July about asteroid NT7's approach slated for the year 2019. There are scenes in this dreary TV drama that convey the real threat we all live under.
October 3, 2002:
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Simon Worden warns that an asteroid exploding in the atmosphere could trigger a nuclear war. The bizarre thing about this report pertains to an episode of the TV series In Search Of about asteroids, hosted by Leonard Nimoy. This episode aired more than a quarter century ago in 1979 or 1980, and it features Eugene Shoemaker explaining exactly the same scenario that Gen. Worden describes today. That In Search Of program is more evidence that the entire asteroid issue is not new at all. The only thing "new" about the recent wave of reports listed in this website Timeline is that today's media launched a blitz of asteroid stories after Microsoft's Paul Allen learned of the Hendrix prediction in Rock Prophecy and ordered his media empire to overexpose the asteroid issue over the past seven years.
October 6, 2002:
The nationally syndicated newspaper cartoon series B.C. features this asteroid comic strip:
October 7, 2002:
Residents in Utah, Colorado and southern Wyoming saw a fireball, which some said had a long tail of green, orange and purple flames that raced across the night sky.
"People said it had a 500-foot tail and it was huge, a meteor," La Plata County, Colorado, sheriff's dispatcher Kristy Lee said.
The fireball was seen Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
"It was probably a meteor burning up in the atmosphere," said Peter Wilensky, meteorologist with the National Weather Service/Colorado Basin River Forecast Center.
No man-made objects fell from space Sunday night, said Maj. Ed Thomas, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which tracks satellites and space debris.
"We don't have a mission to track meteorites, but that's got to be what it is," Thomas said.
The Weber Area Consolidated Dispatch Center in northern Utah received about 50 calls, with some callers saying it looked like a plane that crashed. About 10 officers from three counties responded to the calls and at one point searched for wreckage, said Weber County sheriff's Sgt. Jeff Lasater.
The fireball was spotted in Pueblo, Colorado, about 100 miles south of Denver, and in Rawlins, Wyoming, about 180 miles northwest of Denver.
October 7, 2002:
Clark Chapman, Piet Hut, Ed Lu, and Rusty Schweickart establish the B612 Foundation (proposed a year ago)
with the goal to "significantly alter the orbit of an asteroid in a controlled manner by 2015." The Foundation's mission statement explains, "We are a group of professionals, primarily scientists and other technical people, who are involved in and concerned about the current lack of action to protect the Earth from the impact of near Earth asteroids (NEAs). While the probability of a highly destructive impact in the immediate future is slight, the consequence of such an occurrence is extreme, and mitigation efforts should begin now.
"The reality of concern to us, among others, is that the discovery of a NEA headed toward an impact with Earth could be announced at any time by the Spaceguard program. If this were to happen the public would be extremely concerned and demand to know what is being done about it. Unfortunately the answer is 'nothing'. This, it seems to us, is intolerable and could cause widespread alarm. For this reason the B612 Foundation, recognizing that national governments feel (to the extent that they have considered the matter) that they are not in a position to spend public money on mitigation, are taking the initiative now to begin this process with the use of private funds. We believe that there are adequate numbers of intelligent and concerned people to support the critical initial planning work that needs to now be done."
[NOTE: The Foundation's belief in "adequate numbers of intelligent and concerned people" is real pie-in-the-sky naievete, especially when we consider the elaborate efforts that dominator propaganda media is making to persuade everyone that the situation is under control and the odds of impact very low.]
October 10, 2002:
The PBS documentary series Frontline exposes the missile defense debate in a program titled Missile Wars:
Gen. GENE HABIGER, Cmndr, Strategic Command 1996-1998: Some things are just beyond our technological capability. We have many more things to worry about than the very unlikely probability of a missile from a rogue state coming across the horizon.
NARRATOR: But the question has long been: Is building a shield against missile attack possible?
JOSEPH CIRINCIONE (House Armed Services Committee 1985-1991): The proponents of missile defense have sucked billions in defense dollars out of other needed programs towards this illusion of missile defense, and more importantly, have diverted us from the real threats that we face. And they say that it'd be irresponsible for the president not to provide protection, if we could. And of course, there's the rub. Can we? Is it really feasible? Can you really do this? And after a good 40 years of trying and over $100 billion, we still don't have an answer.
Gen. GENE HABIGER: There's a great leap of faith between being able to build a missile and being able to build a nuclear warhead to go on that missile…If I were the military adviser to Saddam Hussein or the leader of North Korea and they wanted to know best how to inflict great pain on the United States, a missile would be the last thing I'd recommend. There'd be a spotlight on that missile launch, so that our decision-makers are going to know exactly where that missile came from. You can't hide the infrared plume that's generated from a missile. A nuclear device that you put in a trunk, a travel trunk, that's what causes me to lay awake at night, not an incoming missile.
NARRATOR: In Washington, Republicans derided Clinton's limited defense as a political ploy and waited for the results of [a new] commission they had created to critique the CIA. This time it was headed by Donald Rumsfeld…head of Bob Dole's 1996 presidential campaign, and a long-time advocate of missile defense. Based on briefings from U.S. defense contractors about their own capabilities, Rumsfeld's commission concluded that a country like North Korea could deploy an ICBM "within about five years of a decision to develop" one. But to reach that conclusion, the commission lowered the intelligence standard from what was likely to happen to what was merely possible.
The Rumsfeld commission had produced the threat that advocates of missile defense had been seeking. But the commission had addressed the threat, not the merits, of missile defense. The 1999 National Intelligence Estimate [an NIE] adopted the Rumsfeld commission's standard for measuring the threat: instead of what was likely to happen, to what could happen.
JANNE NOLAN (Nat'l Security Studies, Georgetown U.): The "It could happen" National Intelligence Estimate was quite a shock. Judged against that kind of notion, there's very little that you can rule out. You could be hit by a meteorite.
PHILIP COYLE (Assistant Secretary of Defense, Director, Test & Evaluation 1994-2001): The missile defense programs that the Department of Defense is pursuing today are the most difficult thing they have ever tried to do. There are artificialities in these tests, and critics have pointed out that they certainly look like cheating. For example, the [missile] target, the surrogate enemy target, has a sort of a beeper on it, a beacon that tells you where it is. It also has a Global Positioning System on it. Obviously, an enemy wouldn't tell you with a beeper, "Here I am!" It's a surrogate for an early warning radar that we didn't have in the tests at that point and probably won't for many years.
NARRATOR: The kill vehicle also needed help in the single most critical technology of mid-course defense. It must be able to distinguish between a warhead and the swarm of decoys almost certain to be launched to disguise it. It is a task the kill vehicle will have 100 seconds to accomplish.
STEVEN WEINBERG (Nobel Prize, Physics 1979, National Medal of Science 1991): We've been trying to develop methods of discriminating decoys in warheads for many years. I worked on that in the mid-1960s. And it was hard then, and it's just as hard now. We won't know what the offense will be. We may know the nature of the nuclear warhead, but we will not know what other things are sent along with the warhead in the form of decoys that will exhaust our defenses. I don't see how that problem can ever be solved.
PHILIP COYLE: These tests were leading to a deployment decision, perhaps, by the president, years before the program would ever be ready for realistic operational tests such as most military equipment has to go through.
Gen. RON KADISH: We were trying to do something that the president and the Congress had asked us to do…Four presidents and many Congresses have asked us to do this job.
NARRATOR: Six weeks after the July 2001 test, Coyle's Office of Test and Evaluation issued a devastating 67-page critique. It detailed how the tests had been simplified to ensure the perception of success.
PHILIP COYLE: We basically concluded that, in our view, the program was not ready for deployment and wouldn't be for many, many years.
NARRATOR: On June 27, 2001, Secretary Rumsfeld submitted an $8.3 billion request for missile defenses, the largest single weapons program in the Pentagon budget. On September 7, 2001, the Senate Armed Services Committee tried to move $600 million into anti-terrorism efforts instead. Rumsfeld threatened a presidential veto. Two days later, September 11th.
JOSEPH CIRINCIONE, Dir. Non-Prolif., Carnegie Endowment: I think the proponents of missile defense have a lot to answer for, in terms of why we were so unprepared for September 11th. Even when the heads of our intelligence agencies would come to Congress, as they did in February 2001, and say that their greatest concern was the threat of a terrorist attack against the United States, or United States interests - that might result in mass casualties - the political agenda was skewed in another direction.
NARRATOR: To push the crash deployment, secretary Rumsfeld cancelled the usual yardsticks measuring the progress of a new weapon. Missile defense will now be "capability-based." And that means technology, not the threat, will determine what is funded.
Gen. GENE HABIGER: We have many, many more things to worry about than the very unlikely probability of a missile from a rogue state coming across the horizon.
RICHARD GARWIN, Sr. Fellow, Council on Foriegn Relations: I think that the ICBM threat from those three so-called rogue states is negligible, which means I can ignore it.
CONGRESSMAN: Would you be able to say in 2004 that you'd be able to shoot [a missile] down 10 percent of the time?
Gen. RON KADISH: I don't know.
CONGRESSMAN: Twenty percent of the time? If the North Koreans were to launch one missile, after giving you a week's notice of where they were going to launch that one missile from, and also informing you that there would be no decoys, just one missile - after $60 billion - what is the probability that you could shoot that one missile down?
Gen. RON KADISH: Zero, as of today.
STEVEN WEINBERG: In trying to develop a missile defense system, which would have only a very dubious capability against threats which are not very plausible, and which, on balance, would hurt our security more than help our security, it seems to me that the administration is pursuing a program of missile defense carried on for its own sake, rather than for any application that it might have in defending our country.
NARRATOR: The Bush administration has now prevailed. Congress has approved another $8 billion for missile defense, even though the chiefs of the military have testified they were not consulted on the matter. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the expanded system will eventually cost at least $200 billion. And the Pentagon has thrown a veil of secrecy over future tests. "The devil is in the details," complains one member of Congress, "and the details are now classified"
Gen. GENE HABIGER: Since 1985, the United States has spent $65 billion on National Missile Defense - $65 billion. But we've received absolutely nothing for that $65 billion. Can we, as a nation, as we're fully engaged in the war on terrorism, afford $200 billion additional on a very unlikely threat? Doesn't make any sense. I think former senator Sam Nunn has said it best. National Missile Defense has become a theology in the United States, not a technology.
Gen. RON KADISH: I think most of us would say, if we got a shot, we ought to take it. And hopefully, it will be effective enough. And we're going to work as much as we can, as hard as we can, with as best talent as we have in this country to make sure we solve the problem.
[NOTE: The "theology" of missile defense is Rock Prophecy. Rumsfeld and his "managerial class" realize an asteroid is coming and, like managers everywhere, they strive to conceal information to manipulate us in the interests of a "special class." But it's the low prole Ron Kadish who unwittingly encapsulates our dilemma when he specifies that they will try "with as best talent as we have in this country" to develop the technology - because the point always was that the physics we need appear in the minds of those left to die on the garbage heaps of a so-called "third world." The technology we need will never be revealed to any civilization based on ineqality. All expanding matter in the universe seeks a state of equilibrium. Notions of "deserving" more than others because of dominator delusional hallucinations about "merit" is odious to nature and an affront to Creation's Way. The result is a civilization obliterated by impact, just like it's societies so negatively impacted millions of victims - our so-called "untouchable outcasts" - leaving us all with Retarded History - defenseless against the Rock.]
October 10, 2002:
Rollingstone.com publishes this report titled:
Hendrix Family Feud Rages - Jimi's Brother, Stepsister Fight Over Estate.
November 5, 2002:
CNN reports, "An asteroid photographed by a passing deep space probe proved twice as large as expected, according to NASA scientists, who on Tuesday released the first image of the encounter. After the Stardust craft passed within 2,000 miles (3,300 km) of asteroid 'Annefrank,' mission researchers determined that it is about 5 miles (8 km) in diameter. The crater-pocked, oddly shaped boulder turned out to reflect much less sunlight than originally thought, which accounted for the error of the earlier size estimate. 'It was a challenge for the navigation camera to see Annefrank during approach,' said Stardust scientist Ray Newburn of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Added Mike Wang, optical navigation specialist at JPL: 'Annefrank was not cooperating. It was just too dim.'"
[NOTE: This incident is yet more evidence that scientists are decades, if not centuries, away from being able to protect Earth from asteroids, much less even detect the Rock that will destroy our civilization. Annefrank is just one of millions of rocks for which we don't know their true size, and don't even know where they are.]
CNN concludes, "The Stardust robot ship…performed…a dress rehearsal for its primary mission, an encounter with a comet in 14 months, NASA said. Launched in 1999, Stardust should return to Earth in 2006 with samples from comet Wild-2 as well as interstellar dust particles near the asteroid belt. The mission is the first designed to return with materials from beyond the Moon."
November 10, 2002:
Nationally syndicated comic strip series "Non Sequitur" depicts the cause of the Dark Ages as a result of meteor impacts. Did the writer get this scenario from reading our Past Impacts/Near Misses web page?
November 19, 2002:
In this next report we learn that nuclear missiles will have little or no effect on an asteroid aimed at Earth. The i>New York Times article is titled "Armageddon Can Wait: Stopping Killer Asteroids"...
"It is becoming clear that a longtime assumption of many scientists - and of Hollywood filmmakers - that a nuclear weapon is the best way to save the planet from a threatening asteroid is no longer in such favor…A nuclear detonation, some scientists say, could break the asteroid into several large pieces, increasing, rather then eliminating, the threat. And a blast some distance from the asteroid, designed to shove it into a slightly different orbit, might not work either; the asteroid might soak up the energy like a sponge. "I'd say forget that," said Dr. Keith Holsapple, a professor at the University of Washington who studies the effects of simulated nuclear explosions…Most of the alternative approaches would build up force gradually, gently nudging, rather than shoving the asteroid…given enough time, could shift an asteroid's orbit enough to change a hit into a close call.
"To move an asteroid, Dr. Joseph Spitale, a scientist at the U. of Arizona, says just change it's color. This approach would change how much sunlight it absorbs, and how hot it gets…Changing the amount of heat would change the force, affecting the orbit…There are, of course, logistical problems with this and other alternate technologies - getting buckets of paint to an asteroid, for instance, is no sure (or inexpensive) thing.
"Few scientists are arguing that society should be developing an asteroid-deflection system, given the extremely low odds of an impact any time soon. 'A major technological effort at this time is probably ill conceived because our children will be so much better at it,' said Dr. Alan Harris of the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo. Rather, most scientists say that any money available should go into detecting asteroids and investigating them to better understand the potential threat."
[NOTE: This assertion that an impact on Earth has extremely low adds of happening is delusional. Officials can keep brain-training the pubic to think the risk is small because our state/corporate/media suppresses publicity about the American asteroid disaster 131 years ago in Peshtigo, Wisconsin. At least 1200 Americans perished in Pestigo from exploding space rocks. Likewise, government officials also re-write history to conceal from us the fact that the "Dark Ages" resulted from impact winter following an asteroid
collision nearly 15 centuries ago. If we include these events in the assessment of "risk probability" the odds of disaster in the near future shift from unlikely to certainty.]
"…a NASA-sponsored workshop on asteroid hazards in September near Washington that 'pretty much sent the nuclear weapon idea home packing,' said Dr. Erik Asphaug, a professor at the U. of California at Santa Cruz…But any asteroid with a chance of hitting Earth would cross the planet's path many times before it actually hit, so it would probably be detected decades in advance."
[NOTE: This is a false and arrogant assumption. Asteroids constantly change direction because of many factors in space - they bump and crash into one another and veer off on a new trajectory as a result. To insist that 1) we will detect an asteroid in advance, and 2) that it will be an asteroid that has repeatedly crossed Earth's path in the past, are irrationally optimistic. But then, our ruling class sustains itself by training the public to agree with irrational optimism.]
"There is no current detection program for smaller asteroids, of which there are perhaps half a million down to about 50 meters in diameter, the smallest size capable of penetrating Earth's atmosphere…And there is no systematic survey for potentially hazardous comets, which come out of…left field. 'So we would either very likely have a lot of warning or none at all,' said Dr. Clark Chapman of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder. No warning time means no options. A short amount, on the order of a decade or two, might leave a nuclear blast as the only choice…'We would want to seek out every alternative to a nuclear weapon before turning to that technology,' Dr. Chapman said.
"Many [asteroids]…are rather loose agglomerations of stony fragments that have stuck together…[and] such porous objects would be hard to obliterate or move with a nuclear blast, even one some distance from the surface…Porosity might prove to be a problem even for some of the alternative methods, however. A mass driver, for instance, would have to be firmly attached to an asteroid in order to work, as would a small rocket engine…It might not be possible to anchor such equipment to a popcorn-ball [like] asteroid.
"Dr. Spitale's idea [of changing the color of the asteroid] would not be without other difficulties. For one thing, a lot of paint would be required…[and] asteroids have very little gravity, so it is unclear that paint or dirt would stay in place…Some other experts find Dr. Spitale's ideas largely impractical. 'I guess I consider that approach kind of quirky,' Dr. Chapman said…Still…while it may not be easy, along with the nuclear option it is the only approach that appears technically feasible at this time. 'If we are faced with the problem today,' Dr. Spitale said, 'this is one of maybe two approaches where we could say, 'Well, we could do this.'"
[NOTE: No, the only choice we once had was to produce a civilization based on equality, so that those who have the insights to develop the physics needed for anti-asteroid technology can survive instead of dying in violence provoking poverty while some "special class" lives in luxury.]
November 22, 2002:
"Satellite Study Establishes Frequency of Megaton-sized Asteroid Impacts," SpaceDaily.com writes, "Earth is threatened by enormous asteroids. New research at The University of Western Ontario establishes a better baseline for the frequency of large impacts that may cause serious damage on the ground. Based on these new estimates the average chances the Earth will be hit by an asteroid impact capable of causing serious regional damage (roughly one megaton TNT equivalent energy) is close to once per century. The study, led by Peter Brown, Canada Research Chair in Meteor Science and Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Western, appears in the November 21 issue of the prestigious journal Nature…The revised estimate suggests Earth's upper atmosphere is hit about once a year by asteroids that release energy equivalent to five kilotons of TNT. The object that exploded above Tunguska, Siberia in 1908 was considered 'small' (30 to 50 metres across), yet its energy was big enough to flatten 2,000 square kilometres of forest. It would have completely destroyed a city the size of New York…'It seems likely there is also a non-random component to the impact flux at these smaller sizes which would suggest our estimates are lower bounds to the true impact risk,' says Brown."
November 27, 2002:
With the 60th birthday of Jimi Hendrix, the decade of the 60s - the real thing - begins today...
December 5, 2002:
The Jimi Hendrix Exhibition that I proposed and developed for the Hendrix company comes to my hometown of Rochester New York, and not a single media outlet reports anything at all about it! After the lawsuit instigated and paid for by Microsoft's Paul Allen resulted in the Japanese American woman, Jane Fujita, taking over my job at the Hendrix company, Jane re-named my traveling Hendrix show the "Red House" exhibition and replaced the exhibits I developed with the most stupid and uninteresting displays imaginable. It's no wonder this dumbed-down side show is ignored by media everywhere, it's a reflection of the low prole sensibilities of plain Jane, yet another example of how she's driven the Hendrix company into the ground.
December 12, 2002:
USA Today reports, "The Pentagon's latest test of a missile-defense system went awry. An interceptor rocket launched from Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific failed to strike and destroy a Minuteman II ballistic missile…it missed its target by hundreds of miles…The $80 million test was the third failure since 1999."
December 14, 2002:
ABC TV airs the 1998 movie Armageddon in prime time yet again. Has anyone noticed how frequently this film about a rock is being shoved down everyone's throat? This is because it's a low brow goof-humor flick that convinces us our "space boys" are able to save Earth from an asteroid.
December 17, 2002:
Associated Press reports, "U.S. Sets Missile Defense Deadline - President Bush said Tuesday that he has ordered the deployment of a missile defense system by 2004, but several experts said they doubted the technology would be ready by then…To date, test results from the program have been mixed, with three failures, including one last week. Pentagon officials readily acknowledge that the successful tests have been conducted under highly unrealistic conditions…Serious technological problems and delays have dogged the testing and devolopment of missile defenses, and numerous scientists and other experts doubt they will ever work…George Lewis, associate director of the Security Studies Program at M.I.T. said…'You are going down a path to building a large, complex, expensive system that is never going to work.'"
[NOTE: In a similar article published by USA Today, Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said deployment of the missiles "violates common sense." Our leaders of inequality are desperate at this point, knowing that a rock is aimed at Earth, and deciding they have to conceal it from us. It's their own system of enforced inequality that's brought everyone to this situation - no defense against asteroids - and we're at this point specifically because inequality itself "violates common sense."]
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