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Japan’s Pana Wave cultists aren’t the only ones waiting for the 12th Planet to arrive. Mark Pilkington unravels the background to the current wave of planet panic sweeping the world.

If you’re reading this, you can be reasonably sure that life on Earth was not extinguished in a screaming fireball during mid-May 2003, nor even as a result of the more sublime, but equally dreaded, Pole Shift.

The initial date set for humanity’s extinction was 15 May 2003. It had been announced in 2001 by un-named extraterrestrials from the Zeta Reticuli star system, via their channel on Earth, Nancy Lieder, who lives in California and speaks to the world via her website www.zetatalk.com, as well as a book and a video.

The shape of our doom was to be thus: a rogue planet, known to readers of the series of epic books by Russian-born ancient astronaut author Zechariah Sitchin as Nibiru (see panel on next page), and to astronomers as the elusive Planet X, at least four times the size of the Earth and, according to the Zetas, visible between the constellations of Orion and Taurus, was on the stretch of its alleged 3,600 year orbit that would bring it perilously close to our own planet. While a collision was unlikely, the effects of such a close encounter would still be deadly: “All the cataclysms expected will occur during this pass,” stated the Zetas, “tidal waves, earthquakes of a magnitude 15 Richter point, and a cloud of volcanic dust that will make the atmosphere dense as dusk for decades.”

As we passed into the planet’s “tail” of debris, the Earth would be showered with red dust. Then, darkness, as our civilizations crumble and only the ones who listened to Nancy, the hybrid Zeta-humans created by the Zetas’ abduction programme, and those members of the Grand Conspiracy who knew about Nibiru all along, can set about rebuilding the future. This is called the Aftertime, which will be surpassed about a century later, by our planet’s transition to “4th Density”, along with the Moon and all the plants and animals currently living in 3rd Density. 4th Density, for those who are wondering, is much like 3rd Density, only colder.

Appropriately enough, the early hours of 16 May saw a spectacular lunar eclipse take place, visible across most of the world, in which the Earth’s shadow turned the Moon a bloody red. Could this have been the vision of a “red planet” seen somehow by Nancy, or was our atmosphere really choked with red dust? Perhaps she, or the puckish Zetas, had cynically chosen this date precisely because of the effect the eclipse would have.

Impressive as the eclipse was, however, it was not the end of the world. Following a revised announcement made some weeks earlier, this was now to come a few days later than scheduled, beginning on 20 May when the Sun would be seen to set two hours later than predicted. Then, on 21 May, the Earth would gradually stop rotating, coming to a complete standstill before 1 June, when our magnetic poles would invert to catastrophic geological effect. The Earth’s crust would slip and slide, tidal waves and earthquakes would engulf whole cities as the skies were choked with dust and the screams of the dying. Just like every other apocalypse then. At the time of writing, none of the above has taken place.

The Zetas began broadcasting through Nancy – who describes herself as “Joan of Arc and Mother Theresa in essence” though is usually described by others as simply “grandmotherly” – in 1995 when she began popping up on various UFO and amateur astronomy newsgroups to proclaim her message about the impending disaster. From there she made appearances on Jeff Rense’s Sightings radio programme – a politicised paranormal talk show in the Art Bell mould – and achieved considerable notoriety in the online amateur astronomy community by denying the existence of comet Hale Bopp, despite the fact that people were looking at it through a telescope outside her front door. Eventually the Zetas were forced to concede that NASA was using another comet, sharing the mythical Hale Bopp’s trajectory, to lure people’s telescopes away from the real story – Planet X! NASA, you see, are an integral part of the Grand Conspiracy – about which you will learn a lot on the Zetatalk site. The real leaders of the world are determined to conceal the truth about Nibiru from hoi polloi, who they can’t wait to be rid of anyway.

The sheer density of information on Zetatalk is at first overwhelming, becoming gradually more so as you dig deeper and deeper into its strata. The Zeta are clearly fascinated with our Earth ways, making predictions and passing comment on everything from Osama bin Laden (“alive and well”) to The Blair Witch Project (definitely based on a true case), the 2000 US Election (Gore would win – well he did… didn’t he?). Not all of these predictions have been proved correct; however these don’t tend to be left up on the website for long. Perceptive Zetawatchers, however, have been keeping a log of them. For example, in 2001, live on a New York radio show, the Zetas stated that Chandra Levy, the intern who went missing while working for Congressman Gary Condit, was somewhere in Mexico, suffering from amnesia. Her long-buried body was finally found in a Washington DC park in May 2002.

Before the Internet, Nancy would perhaps have had to restrict her audience to those people to whom she handed leaflets in the street or, if she was really organised, sent magazines, but the Web has given her an audience of thousands, many of whom, it has to be said, seem to regard her as nothing more than another channel for “netainment”. But she has her followers. As Planet X was looming and said to be visible to the naked eye, photographs flooded in to her site purporting to show the planet – sometimes tiny, sometimes huge – during the day and night. Some photographs were admitted hoaxes, others were clearly lens flare, dust, or other weather phenomena like sundogs – “twin suns” which appear to bracket our own when sunlight is bent by ice crystals in the air.

She may just be another net kook amongst many, but Nancy’s influence has been felt all over the world. In early May, global news agencies carried photographs of the Japanese Pana Wave group covering roads and vehicles with white sheets and huge mirrors. These were supposed to deflect electromagnetic radiation from their “dying” leader. Pana Wave were also preparing for the arrival of Planet X and the resulting apocalypse. Perhaps the lof-fi deflectors would somehow protect them from the geomagnetic side effects of the Pole Shift?

Shrill, persistent and often incoherent, Nancy’s ravings have nevertheless managed to worm their way deep into the online consciousness, with several astronomy sites and even NASA feeling it necessary to denounce her claims and reassure visitors that Planet X was nowhere to be seen.

The Zetan announcements created a kind of media feedback loop: the closer we got to world’s end, the more Nancy’s name and voice popped up on web sites and radio programmes, mainly in the USA.

Whether she was deliberately courting controversy, or genuinely cracking up remains to be seen, but her statements grew increasingly outrageous as the hour of our darkness approached. Speaking on Los Angeles’ KROQ 106.7 radio about a week before N-Day, Nancy claimed to have had her 18-month-old German Shepherd dogs put down to save them from further suffering during the Pole Shift. “The puppies are in a happy place,” she told gasping presenters, ”to them it wasn’t anything different to a rabies shot.” Proving that she is, above all, a pragmatist, she later added: “What are you going to feed those dogs (after the Pole Shift)? You know, a dog makes a good meal.”

At the time of writing, it seems fair to predict that none of the events announced by Nancy and the Zeta will come to pass. So what will happen to her? Will she fade into obscurity and reappear some years in the future with another message – like Heaven’s Gate leader Marshall Applewhite – or simply postpone the apocalypse once again with another convoluted turn of her paranoid universe? On KROQ 106.7 she made her own prediction of what would happen to her if none of the Zeta prophecies came to pass, though made in jest, it may yet prove ominous: “I’m dead, I’m gone…I’ll be in 20,000 little pieces from all the people who will come and shred me.”

We have to wonder what drives someone like Nancy. While these are undoubtedly uncertain times for the world, and for Americans particularly, they have not, thankfully, spawned a nation of Nancys. It seems likely that her prophetic mania has its roots in an apocalypse of a more personal nature.

Not much is known about Nancy’s private life: she appears to live alone and used to work in personnel management for a business consultancy, but stopped that at some point in the past few years to concentrate on Zetatalk. It’s worth noting that Zetatalk was born in 1995, at the height of a resurgent interest in alien abductions and UFO phenomena. Was she merely hoping to cash in on this interest, or is she genuinely what is now termed an “experiencer” – an “alien” abductee, with all the spiritual, psychological and perhaps neurological baggage that the label entails?

Whitley Strieber, author of Communion and, as he would be the first to point out, no stranger to apocalyptic thinking, had this to say in a piece about Nancy, whom he believes to be an experiencer like himself. “The visitation of these impossible and overwhelming presences creates a catastrophe of mind… (they) overturn our understanding of what the world is and how it works. ... It feels like the world is ending. What it actually means is that the mind, as we once knew it and lived it, is ending.”

Whatever happens to Nancy Lieder – or the rest of the world for that matter – in the next few weeks, she represents a very modern manifestation of an ancient urge. She is not the first, nor will she be the last. We are all doomed. Always.

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Mark Pilkington edits Strange Attractor Journal and is a frequent contributor to FT. He also performs as part of the Tesla-inspired sound/art project ‘Disinformation vs Strange Attractor’, which uses mains electricity, EM fields and antique laboratory equipment in its live shows. Their CD Circuit Blasting is out now on Adaadat Recordings.

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