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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 ROCK PROPHECY PAGE before reading the Timeline.

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[NOTE: Timeline entries for June 2, 2008 through September 15, 2009 are not yet added to this website blog. We've kept track of all the relevant events and reports during that period, and will add them to this Timeline in the weeks ahead. - First Century Press]

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September 16, 2009:

September 23, 2009:

Just six days prior to publication of the Sept. 23rd NewScientist.com article quoted below, titled "Asteroid Attack," humanity came within 645,000 miles of extinction from a giant asteroid, and media worldwide closed ranks to hide the event. Some of the naive posts listed in the comments section to this article shown below are typical of a totally trained populace whose opinions have been carefully crafted by the elite class that controls media. One of the most bizarre and surreal experiences in life is to point out the facts about the Sept. 16, 2009 near extinction of civilization, describe how information about it is absent from media, and watch almost everyone you tell this to stare at you blankly, unable to comprehend what you've said. Many just rush to condemn you for delusions of "conspiracy theory." This incident alone can serve as verifiable evidence that J. Edgar Hoover was astutely correct when he said "The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy to monstrous he can't believe it exists." Without doubt the average simple-minded "folk" must cling desperately to fantasies of a "superman NASA" that can save us from asteroids, but they don't really have to because chance of impact is so low." That the opposite is true cannot be conveyed to these people - their ability to remain functional is dependent on fantasy thinking that's unaffected by whatever evidence is presented.

"There’s nothing we can explain to them. Most of it is from bitterness. If you start thinking negative, it switches to bitterness, aggression, hatred, whatever." - Jimi Hendrix

Sept. 23, 2009: The NewScientist.com report titled, "Asteroid Attack: Putting Earth's Defenses to the Test"…The U.S. Air Force recently brought together scientists, military officers and emergency-response officials for the first time to assess the nation's ability to cope, should [asteroid threat] come to pass. They were asked to imagine how their respective organizations would respond…after just three days' warning…The exercise, which took place in December 2008, exposed the chilling dangers asteroids pose. Not only is there no plan for what to do when an asteroid hits, but our early-warning systems are woefully inadequate. "As a taxpayer, I would appreciate my Air Force taking a look at something that would be certainly as bad as nuclear terrorism in a city, and potentially a civilization-ending event," said organiser Peter Garreston.

The latest space rock to put the frighteners on us was…first spotted it just 20 hours before impact - at a distance of 500,000 kilometers - and astronomers say we were lucky to get any warning at all…We are nearly as blind to objects big enough to do serious harm. We have barely begun to track down the millions of skyscraper-sized asteroids zipping around Earth's neighborhood, any one of which could unleash as much destructive power as a nuclear bomb on impact…Asteroid impacts are not as rare as you might think…The chance of a [1908 Tunguska-size] impact is about 1 in 500 each year. Put another way, that's a 10 per cent chance of an impact in the next 50 years. "Fifty-meter asteroids scare me to death," says Timothy Spahr, director of the Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. "I could easily see a 50-metre object hitting in three days causing absolute pandemonium. I'm picturing people panicking and driving the wrong way on the freeway, screaming 'Oh my god, it's going to kill us!'"

During the U.S. Air Force planning exercise, the participating scientists explained that with so little warning there would be no hope of preventing an impact…A 50-meter asteroid would weigh hundreds of thousands of tons, requiring an enormous push to change its trajectory appreciably - so much so that detonating a nuke near it in space would not provide a sufficient impulse so late in the game to cause a miss. To deflect an asteroid sufficiently, force would need to be applied years in advance. Realistically, though, the nuclear option would not be on the table in the first place: the nuclear-tipped missiles sitting patiently in silos around the world are not designed to track and home in on an asteroid or even survive for more than a few minutes in space. Instead, we would simply have to brace ourselves for the impact.

To prevent panic and disorganized movement, it is crucial for authorities to develop an evacuation plan and communicate it to the public as soon as possible…[an asteroid] hitting the ocean would cause a giant splash that could smash coastal buildings with high-speed volleys of water. The tremendous damage…led NASA scientists in 2003 to rate ocean impacts by asteroids as far more dangerous than those on or over land.

An asteroid flying out of nowhere and exploding over a sensitive region like the Middle East could be misinterpreted as a nuclear attack…The 2008 U.S. Air Force exercise could barely scratch the surface of the incoming-asteroid problem. It discovered that there is no plan for how to coordinate the activities of NASA, emergency planners, the US military and other parts of government. Further planning exercises are needed…Our chance of having any prior warning at all for an approaching 30-meter asteroid is no better than 25 to 35 per cent with existing sky surveillance…The Sun washes out half of the sky with daylight, blinding us to 50 per cent of threatening objects. Even glare from the Moon can hide unwelcome incoming guests. What's more, two of the world's three leading asteroid surveys are based in Arizona…The region tends to cloud over between July and September.

NASA-funded surveys are limited to watching the skies of the northern hemisphere…Plans are afoot to construct the 8.4-meter Large Synoptic Survey Telescope [LSST] in Chile by 2015, though the project is still raising funds…[but] every ground-based lookout suffers from interference from the Sun and Moon. A dedicated space telescope would fix this problem, but such a mission could cost more than a billion dollars.

While asteroid impacts are much rarer than hurricanes and earthquakes, they have the potential to do much greater damage. "It does warrant some priority in the list of things that we ought to be worried about," warns Johnson, "from what we know today it could be next week." The fastest way to deflect an asteroid away from Earth would be to send a nuclear bomb aboard a spacecraft, though we'd still need several years' warning. The spacecraft would have to be able to home in on the asteroid and to trigger the explosion at just the right distance. Precision is needed to avoid breaking up the hurtling rock while still giving it enough of a nudge to prevent the Earth impact years down the line. That assumes we're already prepared. Designing and building new spacecraft typically takes a few years. With current rocket technology, it would probably take several additional years to reach a threatening asteroid. And since the explosion would need to occur years ahead of the predicted impact in order to make the asteroid miss Earth, we'd need decades of lead time if we hoped to deflect Armageddon. A confounding factor is that nukes in space are forbidden by the Outer Space Treaty of 1967.

- NewScientist.com - Sept. 23, 2009

[NOTE: This notion that nuclear bombs are effective in space is misleading. Here's the reasons why they won't work.]

COMMENTS POSTED TO THE ABOVE ARTICLE AT NewScientist.com:

The idea that the solution to asteroid collisions is to "blast them to smithereens" comes from Hollywood movies. The reality is more complicated. Blasting an asteroid to smithereens is not as easy as one might think, and not necessarily productive. The effects of nuclear weapons in a [space] vacuum are significantly different to the effects in the atmosphere. Contrary to what one might see in Hollywood movies, asteroids would not disintegrate into harmless lights when a nuclear weapon detonates nearby…the major effect of the detonation will be surface ablation…by applying a few centimeters per second of velocity change [to the rock] early enough, you can make the object miss the Earth [but] this requires several years of lead time, and requires accurately tracking the orbits of far more objects than we do at present. But by the time an object is three days away, there's nothing you can do to prevent impact. - Pistachio T Wildebeest

Nuking an asteroid is not a good idea for several reasons. The first is that a nuke would not explode in space like it does in the atmosphere. A nuclear bomb is so destructive on Earth because of the effects it has on the local atmosphere: shockwaves are created due to heating and sudden large expansion of a small mass into a ball of plasma caused by fission/fusion. In space all you would have is heating from radiation, infrared gamma etc…and there would be no atmospheric shockwave. The mass of 2 tons of plasma spreading in all directions is going to have neglible effect on a 500,000 ton ball of spinning metal. This is why nukes are put inside asteroids in Hollywood films, with the idea of splitting them open. Detonating a nuke next to an asteroid will be of limited use…it would be relatively ineffective to detonate a nuke outside the body, unless done several years/billions of miles from the Earth, as the surface evaporation from an unfocused nuclear blast on a few tons of metal would have limited force to push the asteroid seriously off course. Putting a nuke inside an asteroid is also not a good idea. Apart from the technical challenge to actually drill a meter-plus wide hole of up to 50/100 meters depth into a large spinning mass of unknown density at unimaginable distances from Earth, you have 2 scenarios: 1) loose rubble is blown apart by a massive nuke, creating a shotgun effect, the danger of capturing this shrapnel in low Earth orbit, making it is impossible to [launch anything] into space due to space debris trapped around the Earth…each object destroyed, like space ships or satellites, is itself turned into more space debris. That situation would take hundreds of years to solve, all we can do is wait for the debris density to decrease naturally. 2) Throwing current nuclear weapon technology at asteroids and comets is bad science. A suitable nuclear device for this situation, to blow AWAY a dangerous solar body, would have to be able to seriously melt glaciers, with a thickness of a mile or more, from the outside [which means] the energy of an erupting volcano. Our largest nukes can't even scratch huge lumps of ice. - mogg

Nukes are sitting on top of ICBMs, which are suborbital delivery platforms. You might be able to organize for some of them to go off near an object as it entered the atmosphere, but if you think you can lob an MIRV at something that's as far away as the Moon or further with a Polaris or an Atlas, look up the velocity needed for a balistic shot, the velocity needed for orbital insertion, and the escape velocity. THEN let's talk about throwing nukes around. - Mike Thompson

The deflection methods we know about seem futile with objects in this size range, unless we have years of early warning. Nuking such objects would also be futile. Applying a steady thrust orthogonal to its path, e.g. with ion propulsion, would change the orbit, but would be difficult to control, especially at the distances needed to deflect the object enough to miss Earth. And any errors could even aid the object and move it into a potentially more deadly trajectory. We clearly have a lot more to learn about such objects, and the research needs to be increased, not cut back. - Paul

The NEO [near-Earth object] program is currently budgeted at $4.1 million per year for FY 2006 through FY 2012 Global military expenditures are over $1.460.000 million per year! We spend 4.1 to protect life on Earth and 1.460.000 to exterminate life on Earth! I call this STUPID. - Emo

[NOTE: In the 1999 Rock Prophecy book, it is called "Retarded History."]

We should have a world wide plan to handle such an emergency. It's not just our problem and expense, it's everyones's. But we have to first solve the problem of the Islamic countries tieing up our time, and resources, trying to kill us or convert us. We need an early warning system base located far out in space such as on Mars or the Moon, This would give us a better chance of survival as we would have more time to move a big rock or commet. - ronnie

Given enough time, years, a large solar reflector deployed to illuminate one side of the asteroid could deflect it off course away from the Earth. The vaporization and/or sublimation of the surface would provide impulse to alter the trajectory of the asteroid. It's clean. The nuke option is very messy, very uncertain. - Hobart

Governments seem so eager to play God in so many things. It is unforgivable that they do not have a coherent plan for these scenarios. - Scott Quint

Yes, but I suppose they've had this little "heads-up" training course thingy, so they're going to be trying to come up with an action plan should this scenario hold true. - Maddy

Given the fact that preventing an impact is currently impossible, large numbers of survivors from an evacuated city would place an intolerable burden onto the rest of any struggling nation trying to survive the devastating after-effects of an asteroid hit. Would the authorities even try to save anybody? The first most citizens would hear about an asteroid would be when a large light in the sky appears directly above their heads, a couple of minutes before impact. - Chris Kibbey

We need to detect and react to these threats months ahead of time. Species like our own are too busy wasting resources on war to give a damn about what can take us all out. - Mick C. Malkemus

"While our atmosphere is likely to protect us from asteroids smaller than 100 metres across…"

The Tunguska bolide was less than 100 metres across, and our atmosphere didn't protect the forests or animals in the vicinity. We already know pretty well what the probabilities are for any given size bolide hitting us next week, and the chances are quite small that anything noticeable will come our way! - Eric Kvaalen

At Least Worry About The Right Things. On the probability argument about another Tunguska event in the next fifty years, look at the Vela satellite data - nuclear weapon-sized [rock explosions in the atmosphere] events about once a year. About three to five Tunguska-class events took place in the last century, that we know of. - Robert I. Eachus

Although there is little risk of a big asteroid impact within the lifetime of anyone now living, the cost of an impact would be high. There is a low risk of an event that would cause the extinction of humanity, but we can regard the cost of such an event as approaching infinity. Considering both the low probability and the high cost, the risk may be worth considering. It makes more sense to spend big bucks on building an early warning system and a defense shield against asteroids than to spend trillions to prevent climate change. - Fred Colbourne

It would seem this "self-defense" requirement is one reason to accelerate human spaceflight programs. If asteroids could be detected early enough, missions could be sent out to attach small thruster/guidance units to the rocks which would change their orbits enough to either make them miss us or to steer the asteroid into the Sun. This is the sort of technology we will need to mine the asteroids anyway; why not buy a species insurance policy with the money? - James Brinton

Any object in the universe produces a small gravitational field, so by strategically placing a large satellite you could divert the asteroid's path onto any given directional path. - Nick Zak

Yes, we use Jupiter for that. - Bela

[NOTE: This notion of "Jupiter as Protector of Earth" is another commonly held misperception, as this scientific study shows, Jupiter actually flings rocks at us! The inability to comprehend Hendrix is ultimately the cause of human lack of preparation - Jimi's remote view isn't even a factor in any calculations opinion scenario, yet it's the key warning. Had he lived to produce his movie about it the course of history would have changed. Had the book Rock Prophecy not been censored and suppressed by Microsoft's Paul Allen, the issues would've been raised in "1995" - the last point at which we had a chance to avert the coming asteroid disaster. Dimissal of Jimi's warning and persecution of Rock Prophecy by these disgusting mean measly little sheeple leaves no sympathy for the pathetic creatures who're simply sitting ducks waiting for obliteration of this god-forsaken planet. They've brought this upon themselves, their civilization doesn't matter. Offical "risk assessments" for impact are ridiculously rigged and politicized to pacify consumers, as these sheeplized simpletons ahead demonstrate with their misinformed posts…]

There's a bit of scaremongering going on. The next time a bolide comes along and kills 10,000 people is probably thousands of years from now. We have many worse problems to deal with. - Eric Kvaalen

I am reluctant to take this very real problem seriously, simply because it is reminiscent of times in the past when we have been told to "panic." - Matt L

Beyond the entertainment value of "what ifs," this is one problem that is simply not worth worrying about at all. Doing so seriously would indicate a high level of obsessive paranoia, as would worrying about any danger that is so remote. Only an obession about being attacked by sharks in the Tower of London could be worse. - Jonathan Seer

- NewScientist.com - Sept. 23, 2009

[NOTE: Yeah, right, dream on you goofy delusional dominator, you'll soon be a pile of dust orbiting an insignificant little star spinning at the lonely outer reaches of the Milky Way.]

October 8, 2009:

On the anniversary of 1200 Americans being killed by space rocks, one of the most powerful meteor explosions ever observed occurred over Indonesia and media worldwide kept the incident hidden. But a local resident caught the sight on a cell phone cam and posted video online. Three weeks after the explosion, Space.com responded to the video:

"Wall Of Secrecy - 'Almost certainly it was detected and immediately identified as an explosion of a large meteoroid rather than, say, an explosion of a human-made device in the atmosphere,' said Clark Chapman, a noted specialist on asteroids. 'But these satellites are [classified] secret and, in the past, the establishments controlling them have delayed releasing the data, for weeks or months.' Earlier this year, Chapman added, a change in previous policy led the U.S. military to withhold the data from the public. 'Scientists hope that [the Pentagon] will reverse that policy. This event will demonstrate...the wall of secrecy because of the passage of weeks since the [Oct. 8th] event and there has been no decision to release the data promptly." - Space.com - Oct. 29, 2009

It's Top Priority of the global elite that we shrug off the odds of a hit as they make their escape.

October 16, 2009:

"Chaperone" Fragment of Asteroid ST19 Classified As Near-Earth-Object
Space.com reports: "A small asteroid will buzz the Earth late Friday EDT, flying just inside the orbit of the Moon…The space rock, named 2009 TM8, was just discovered Thursday by the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona. It will get within 216,000 miles (348,000 km) of Earth…'There're about 7 million of these objects in near-Earth space; we have discovered only a small fraction of them,' said Don Yeomans of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. While NASA tends to focus on larger asteroid threats, and has found most of the big asteroids that could eventually threaten our planet, monitoring the smaller space rocks is also vital."

[NOTE: "Has found most of the big asteroids" - making this absurd statement as a fact assumes that most readers have no clue about the vastness of our solar system and the constantly changing number of asteroids that fly through it, altering their course in response to other celestial objects near their paths. Just a month earlier, on September 16, 2009, a giant civilization-killer asteroid sneaked up on us undetected. When it was finally spotted by an amateur astronomer all mass media worldwide closed ranks to suppress the news. When it comes to space rocks, we truly "don't know what we don't know." All we can be certain of is that we CAN'T TRUST ANYTHING SAID BY MOGUL CONTROLLED MEDIA/GOVERNMENTS. Human technology is nowhere near developed enough to track all asteroids. That government agencies repeatedly claim otherwise indicates a desperate intent to train us to dismiss the chance of impact.]

COMMENTS POSTED TO THE ABOVE ARTICLE AT Space.com:

They discovered on Thursday that it would pass by on Friday, 24 hours notice for a potential 4kt event if the orbit was slightly off, makes me feel safer already. - CSStein

The space rock was just discovered Thursday? There is no early warning system, to be sure. - Toaster34

- Space.com - October 16, 2009

December 16, 2009:

Wired.com reports: Asteroid-deflection efforts will have to start years before a prospective impact and will have to be essentially international. "Whether or not the international community, within or outside the United Nations, can rise to the demands of such a challenge in advance of an impact," says [Apollo astronaut] Rusty Schweickart, "is problematic."

"Today's society is unable to raise a defense in time to stop the Rock…Hendrix presents a picture of disaster resulting from our inability to organize world resources in time to stop the rock from coming at us." - Rock Prophecy book, 1999

Nuclear weapons have been explicitly outlawed in space since the Partial Test Ban Treaty was negotiated in 1963. Sending a nuclear weapon into space to hit an asteroid would require modifying the treaty, which could have unforeseen negative repercussions…and difficult international negotiation. [Schweickar's organization] propose to bump or tow an asteroid "in a controlled manner" so that it misses Earth. The only problem is that such a process would take time and as the asteroid's trajectory changed, it would be "pointed" at different places along a horizontal plane on Earth called the "risk corridor." That's a major geopolitical problem, Schweickart said, because it requires temporarily increasing the risk to one population. Who gets to decide which way the asteroid is dragged away from an impact with Earth? The United Nations? The United States? Russia? Some independent body of astronomers and space agencies?

Earlier this year, the Association of Space Explorers presented a report to the U.N. Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space recommending that some international decision-making bodies be created to evaluate and respond to near-Earth object hazards. The U.N. committee could bring some options before the General Assembly by 2012, although Schweickart has some doubts that people are politically prepared to deal with the tough decisions that humanity could face to deflect an asteroid. "You're going to have to make that decision when the probability is less than one, 10 or 20 years ahead of time," he said. "That's not easy for anyone, let alone the United Nations."

- Wired.com - December 16, 2009

COMMENTS POSTED TO THIS ARTICLE ABOVE AT Wired.com:

If the rock is heading toward the USA, I'm voting that we talk about your treaty later and nuke the thing. - IraMeanwell

They could probably drop a nuclear warhead onto the Sun's surface, at a carefully calculated spot, in order to generate a massive coronal discharge that would obliterate any incoming asteroid. It would be fun to watch the fireworks, and would last about 15 minutes. - driverguy7

We won't have to worry about a significant asteroid for about 1500 years. By then the dragging direction won't matter. - catchersmitt0

There is no need to worry about asteroids hitting the Earth. There are so many aliens here that they can easily deflect one using their anti-gravity technology. By deflecting one from the asteroid-belt to impact Earth, the aliens were able to wipe out the dinosaurs. - JohnStClair

[NOTE: As with most news website "Comments" section postings, we see loads of simple-minded posts, like those above, mixed in with a few insightful remarks, like those below…]

I see a big problem with any of these plans…it's all theoretical! Who knows if any plan we have will actually work? - careydw

We need to come up with a cheap, widely deployable drone ship that we could post at various points throughout the solar system, and activate when an object is near. That way we have a shotgun chance at destroying it rather than a single bullet chance. Funding for this would never survive the political process. - NotAfraidOfRobots

If an asteroid hits the Earth with size enough to take out a nation, it won't really matter where it hits, the fallout and other effects would doom the rest of the world. If we add to the test ban treaty something that says, "It's okay to use nuclear arms in space, as long as you're using them to deflect asteroids that threaten Earth," you end up with nations using that as an excuse to test their arms in space. It will become very difficult for the scientific community to convince hard headed diplomats to take TIMELY action. - robcull

Bureaucrats to save the Earth? We are so screwed! - Zombowski

The chances of us finding it before it hits us are infinitesimally small, we scan very little of the observable sky. Even if found, the speed of the moving object would require that it is found years before it's projected collision with Earth to allow for accurate calculations and preparedness to occur, so people could mount a counter offensive against the threat. A highly porous object can't be just blown out of the way of Earth's orbit, as it will cause the object to fracture into multiple moving objects, or even absorb the majority of the blast, causing little effect at all. We have absolutely no way at this point in time to stop an object that's, lets hypothetically say, 900 kilometers in diameter and moving at 60,000 miles per second. Not gonna happen. - BrantonPlaster

Is there documented proof of humans that have moved a space object that large? If not, any science supporting the possibility is a theory, considered a "maybe" if it has not or cannot be proven by scientific method. Show me documentation that shows that humans have experimented with moving a space object of that size. I love the arrogance of the human race. Are we really that big-headed that we honestly think that if an asteroid were on a collision course with Earth that we would be ABLE TO STOP IT? People really are arrogant. An asteroid that big is probably, what? A few BILLION TONS. Yeah, dream on that we can do ANYTHING to stop an Earth-killer asteroid from hitting us. Dream big people. Dream big. - Unr3a1

- Wired.com - Dec. 16 2009

December 16, 2009:

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory releases a video animation of what the approach of Apophis will look like from the perspective of the asteroid:

COMMENTS POSTED TO THE ABOVE VIDEO AT Wired.com:

What a horrible video. Every frame of it makes it look like it's on a direct collision course with Earth. - phillydrifter

[NOTE: "Look like it's on a direct collision course" - that's because IT IS on a collision course…psst…shhhh…moguls don't us to know…]

Funny. NASA never mentions the margin of error on their calculation. - vq5p9

Why say it is going to miss? I say our astronomers need to get with the program. I am quite sure there is a statistical trick they could use to hide the decline in it's trajectory. It might even make a hockey stick curve to strike the Earth. - query23

The rich elite will just use existing WWIII shelters and let an asteroid hit Earth, confident they can wait out the burning/freezing/starvation, and that there will be too few survivors to not easily enslave or exterminate. - greengestalt

- Wired.com, Dec. 16 2009

How about other astronomical bodies between now and 2029 that might be just enough to nudge it slightly off its orbit in a bad way? - ScottontheSpot

- HuffingtonPost.com, Dec. 20 2009

[NOTE: The timing for the release of this video is significant. The world's "rich elite" are setting the stage for "Asteroid President Obama" to make the Big Speech his political campaign was arranged and engineered to deliver. But first the Russian component of this Global Mogul Cartel has to furnish a "competitor straw man" to confront, riling the sheeple to demand NASA launch rockets out to asteroids to counter a "Russian threat"…]

December 30, 2009:

AFP - Dec. 30, 2009

"Russia Plans to Save Earth From Rogue Asteroid" is the headline at Wired.com: "In an interview today with Voice of Russia Radio, Russia's space agency chief Anatoly Perminov said discussions would begin soon over a plan to save the world from a collision with a massive asteroid. Astronomers initially guessed that Apophis had a reasonably good chance of smashing into Earth on its first flyby [Friday the 13th, April 2029]; NASA now reckons that the chances of that have gone from slim to almost none. But despite the lower NASA estimate, the Russians aren't so sure. Perminov said the asteroid 'will surely collide with the Earth in the 2030s.' Asteroid-deflection would demand a lot of international cooperation. And a lot of money. 'People's lives are at stake,' Perminov, said. 'We should pay several hundred million dollars and build a system that would allow to prevent a collision, rather than sit and wait for it to happen and kill hundreds of thousands of people'…Rusty Schweickart [Apollo astronaut] writes in praise for Russia's space agency."

COMMENTS POSTED TO THE ABOVE ARTICLE AT Wired.com:

We need colonies of humans on Mars and the Moon, just in case. I wish some country would go ahead and put those backup plans in motion. To think that we're protected from extinction is stupid and naive. - iZealot777

If there is technology that enables deflection of asteroids on a collision course, couldn't the same technology be used to deflect asteroids to collide with Earth on a chosen location? What would people involved in providing national security think of this? Sounds like it could be the start of another arms race. - SkepticalOptimist

- Wired.com, Dec. 30 2009

Dec. 30, 2009

"Russian scientists will soon meet in secret to work on a plan for saving Earth from a possible catastrophic collision with a giant asteroid in 26 years, the head of Russia's space agency said on Wednesday. 'We will soon hold a closed meeting of our collegium, the science-technical council, to look at what can be done' to prevent the asteroid Apophis from slamming into the planet in 2036, Anatoly Perminov told Voice of Russia Radio. RIA Novosti news agency said the asteroid is expected to pass within 30,000 km [about 18,000 miles] of Earth in 2029 - closer than some geo-stationary satellites - and could shift course to hit Earth seven years after that."

- Yahoo.com, Dec. 30 2009

"Without mentioning NASA's conclusions, Perminov said that he heard from a scientist that Apophis is getting closer and may hit the planet. 'It could hit the Earth by 2032,' Perminov said. 'We should pay several hundred million dollars and build a system that would allow us to prevent a collision'…Perminov wouldn't disclose any details of the project…Boris Shustov, the director of the Institute of Astronomy under the Russian Academy of Sciences, hailed Perminov's statement as a signal that officials had come to recognize the danger posed by asteroids. 'Apophis is just a symbolic example, there are many other dangerous objects we know little about,' he said, according to RIA Novosti news agency."

- AP and Foxnews.com, Dec. 30 2009

COMMENTS POSTED ONLINE ABOUT RUSSIA'S PLAN:

Russia has found itself a new catastrophic cause as a magnet for funding. It's brilliant. Unlike Anthropogenic Global Warming, an asteroid is no one's fault. No finger-pointing, no upheaval of industry, no significant disruption of the economy. All that's needed is steady funding to build something to knock the asteroid off-course. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change should have thought of this in the first place. It would have been cheaper. - sanditon76, Foxnews.com, Dec. 30, 2009

Odds that Apophis will hit are very remote. It's not going to plunge the world into darkness regardless of how many insane conspiracy theories you throw out there stating otherwise. - meelk, Wired.com, Dec. 30, 2009

[NOTE: This assumption that we "know" the accurate path of Apophis is an article of faith to consumers who think it's blasphemous heresy to doubt that "astronomers know" the asteroid will bypass Earth, only delusional conspiracy paranoids would question the experts. But the pinnacle of disinformation from H.I.M.M. is insistence that no one is too blame for future asteroid disaster. That Rock Prophecy describes otherwise and places blame makes that book the bane of dominators and target for billions spent to prevent any mention of it in media. To even suggest this is to incur the ire of those subliminally programmed to persecute you who know we're doomed. It's a situation akin to the plot from Invasion of the Body Snatchers; people who've been "taken over" and diredted to fulfill some sinister agenda. Like an episode of the 1960s TV series The Invaders: hi-jacked brains, occupied bodies, the Alien's Trojan spore gestating in the acidic pit of their lizard innards, hypnotized robotic pods, remotely controlled zombie bombers, the infected "hosts" who've been harvested to carryout Master's Plan. In order to save invaded brains, it has become necessary to destroy invaded brains…]

COMMENTS POSTED AT Space.com ABOUT RUSSIA'S PLAN:

Did it occur to anyone that Russia would then have an Ultimate Weapon? Apophis is not big enough to end life as we know it, but its more than big enough to seriously hurt another country. And Russians would be the only people capable of controlling it. They would have an unstoppable weapon, and I pity the country they use it on. - Fallingstar1971

If they are calculating it passing the Earth within 18,300 miles now, then it is a serious problem because a lot can happen to the trajectory before it gets here. 18,300 miles is only an estimate because it is not an exact science, we don't know what is going to happen to disturb its trajectory - so if it is off plus or minus 20,000 miles - bingo! Likely it will be the one we don't see that will eventually get us. - majoraward

18,300 miles is rather a close pass for a space rock with this potential of destruction. Any number of situations could alter its orbit so as to change that uncomfortably close shave to a rather nasty Friday the 13th for many people. Making the Russians look like a bunch of trigger-happy publicity starved morons doesn't alter the fact that if something unforeseen happens, the fate of Hawaii and the West Coast are at stake, never mind Japan and all the rest. And yet, in the USA, nothing is being done about this. Some of the posts making fun of the Russians makes me think of that saying about ignorance and bliss. - optronics48

What are they really proposing? Flying a satellite into the asteroid's side sounds like playing pool with a ping pong ball instead of a cue ball. A gravitational "tugboat" sounds like going whaling with ten pound test in your reel. Strapping an engine to the side requires a soft landing with a full tank of fuel. I don't think that has been done ever. - orienteer

To really do away with Apophis as a threat, we would need to slow it down enough to change its orbit so that it is completely within the Earth's orbit and thus never a threat again. According to NASA, it's mass is about 27,000,000,000 kg or 27 million tonnes. To change its speed by even one km per second would take about 27,000 gigajoules of energy imparted with 100% efficiency. That's about 7.5 gigawatt hours of energy. In practice, even a VASIMR rocket engine is nowhere near 100% efficient. I have no idea how much fuel a chemical rocket would take. At best I think we may change its direction slightly, but to significantly alter its speed is a huge task. But even if it is slight, it takes a huge amount of energy. I am stunned by peoples' lack of comprehension of what is involved. Beyond the fuel needed to do the job of moving it, there is the fuel needed to launch that off the Earth into space, then the fuel needed to get to the candidate, then the fuel needed to slow down and rendezvous with it. To launch a payload into space takes many times the mass of the payload in fuel and to achieve escape velocity, many more times that as well. Then, once there, it would be like towing a large barge with a row boat. Chemical rockets would require the most mass to be launched, but an ion engine would either need to be extremely powerful or work for a very long time. The idea of using a "tug boat" in the form of a large mass to gravitationally pull it in a new direction is very far fetched in practice. It would need a huge mass to be launched and guided into the right position, and then a huge amount of energy expended over time to do the job. Too little and it would simple fall toward the asteroid, too much and it would just fly away into space. The closer it is, the more effect it would have, but then its propulsion would have to be diverted to miss the object, so as to not push back on it in the opposite direction to what is desired. It would be like trying to tow a car with a bicycle using a piece of string as a tow line. Pull too little and do nothing. Pull too hard and snap the string. The only benefit to that method, over planting a rocket on the object directly, is that ["tug boats"] could be used on a spinning object. Many of these ideas sound great in theory, but in practice are close to ridiculous. Usually the amount of energy involved is deceptively huge. We'd be as well off hoping to one day have a Star Trek-like warp drive and tractor beam, both of which may be a VERY long time coming. I hope the Russians learn something from the effort, and I rest assured it will be pretty well ineffective, and I am further sure that by having an inconsequential effect on it, it won't change the chances for a collision in the least. - John_with_a_B

I cannot estimate if the risk is low or high since I expect that all authorities would play down risks and declare "it would be so easy" to start counter measures. Maybe, but that's just a theory. The Russian space agency was just chosen to announce this, in order to play down the risk. Who knows? - svenlittkowski

- Space.com, Dec. 30 2009

[NOTE: "The Russian space agency was just chosen to announce this" - that's exactly right. Moguls are following a decades-old script of contingencies from those who have world media/governments under total control. Today's Russian ruse is preparation for the upcoming announcement that America's "Asteroid President" was ushered and puppeteered into office to make. Sheeple are now trained to say, "Look, we have to compete with the Russian threat…" Hundreds of trillions of dollars are today being sidetracked and siphoned out of world economies in a desperate attempt to deflect asteroids, while suppressing any mention of the Hendrix vision that warned us, and condemns us…]

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The asteroid story can't be taken any further by media. A similar thing happened with the Hendrix story. Several dozen "Hendrix books" have been published and in a sense they're all "the same book" because they follow a narrow menu range of concepts about Hendrix, ideas that the media elite approve of and permit/finance. Statements about Hendrix that don't fit into this narrow litmus test list of concepts are weeded out, left unpublished.

We are in a period where the same thing has happened to the "asteroid story." The media elite have defined the "dozen high concepts" that published reports about asteroids follow. Ideas like those expressed in Rock Prophecy are excluded. But the blitz of asteroid stories and reports listed in the Timeline above, and triggered by Rock Prophecy, now set the stage for a text of revolutionary context surrounding the asteroid issue. Rock Prophecy is a philosophical horror story - what the anti-equality unfree elitist media is most concerned to obstruct and crush.

When the book Rock Prophecy is read from beginning to end, come back to the listings above and gauge for yourself whether or not my manuscript influenced wealthy string-pullers who set an agenda for asteroid issues in mass media. Was my manuscript studied at the LOC by paid consultants for someone? In response to the contents of Rock Prophecy strategies were devised to use media to influence the public's attitude towards asteroids. The reports listed above all appeared after my research was sent to the Library of Congress.

Co-opting the asteroid story and overexposing it in mass media has the effect of distancing the issue away from Hendrix. Left out of all media reports about asteroids are the implications that Jimi's Prophecy holds for world history and religions. Those implications are explained in Rock Prophecy.

Because stories about asteroids were relentlessly reported during 1996 and 1997 and 1998, this book has been made to appear like an example of what The New York Times calls "bandwagoneers whose sudden interest in asteroids was excited by the smell of money." But the 1995 copyright date of my manuscript proves that the opposite is true: Rock Prophecy was NOT inspired by stories in the media, rather, the men who control media were inspired by my research. What the ruling class seeks is this: when the asteroid is finally discovered coming towards Earth, the men who control media can now say, "This is not a Hendrix Prophecy! Many people were predicting an asteroid disaster and reporting the threat, if Hendrix was on to this too, it's just a meaningless coincidence."

Keep in mind the following:

1) No one anywhere understood Jimi's Prophecy until I deciphered his writings and copyrighted the explanation on June 5, 1995.

2) More than four decades ago Hendrix envisioned an asteroid disaster. He was not just aware of the threat, he predicted in 1969 that "in about thirty years" we'll see what he means.

3) The escalation of asteroid stories that appeared in the media, starting in October 1995, five months after Rock Prophecy arrived at the Library of Congress, suggests that my writings are being monitored at the LOC.

4) A third of Rock Prophecy explains Jimi's prediction. The rest of the book explains how and why men have designed world religions to control women and maximize access to sex. Throughout history it's been these beliefs and customs that have brutalized half our race and stifled human advances that otherwise would have surfaced. Technology has been impeded. We are left defenseless against random impacts from space.

Our ruling class of dominators will arrange to confiscate all copies of Rock Prophecy. They aim to erase every trace of this book. As the asteroid approaches and civilization nears its end, dominators intend that during our final years the unjust monied, so-called "rich," will enjoy access to underserved privileges in unlimited amounts. Rock Prophecy reveals what Jimi tried to communicate: dominators have enslaved humanity and left us prone to a catastrophe that need not have been.

EstablishMENt think tanks have monitored the world's network of Hendrix researchers since before Jimi's death in September 1970. When the connections in Rock Prophecy start to circulate beyond dominator censorship, the men who control media will condemn this book and obstruct publicity about it. Resist by spreading word.

Anyone who can help, please contact First Century Press .

One final thought. Over a century ago, in 1898, German and French astronomers Gustav Witt and A. Chalois discovered one of the largest known near-Earth asteroids (21 miles wide) and named it "Eros." The word Eros is defined in the Random House Dictionary as the Greek word for Love. Eros is the "god of Love, son of Aphrodite, identified by the Romans with Cupid...a winged figure...representing the power of love...physical love and sexual desire."

Eros is the asteroid that inspired the name Jimi gave to another Rock that he saw hurtling towards Earth. Hendrix kept a statue of Cupid in his apartment. Part of the figure's wing was missing...

"That's the groovy thing about him, he can fly with a broken arm." - Jimi

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