Comet ISON — Let Your Conspiracy Be Your Legacy!

Posted: December 15, 2013 in conspiracy, science
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Writing this on December 15, Comet ISON seems so passé now. Which, in itself, is a testament to what an unfortunate “dud” it was. But, just as comets did thousands of years ago, this one had its own conspiracy and interpretation of doom attached. Though not nearly as much as Comet Elenin back in 2011.

To recap for those of us who have forgotten, Comet ISON was discovered very roughly a year ago, and it was quickly determined to be a new comet, meaning that it had likely not entered the inner solar system before. For some reason, people were predicting that it could be the Comet of the Century, putting on a fantastic display, visible to the unaided eye even in daylight. If it survived its very close passage with the sun, a passage over the US holiday of Thanksgiving that would take it within a solar diameter’s distance of our closest star.

Comets are notoriously difficult to predict, defying most expectations and predictions. Many people were optimistic, yes. I was not. I said as much in Episode 75 of my podcast. For the few weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, ISON was not living up to the predicted brightness. A first bummer. And then, over Thanksgiving, it appeared as though ISON had broken up during its passage around the sun, then it started to brighten like a zombie coming back to life, but that was short-lived and now it’s pretty much dead, not to be resurrected for a Christmas miracle.

What was weird from my point of view as how little the conspiracy-mongering was. Even Richard C. Hoagland, who made a laughable prediction, using numerology, that Elenin was a spaceship, was pretty quiet on this one, saying it was nothing, until he was pushed and then claimed without explicitly claiming that it was also probably a spaceship. But all things considered, very few conspiracies.

Until it died, didn’t, then did. Two WND stories were out about this, the first on November 28 (“‘We Have Never Seen a Comet Like This’“) and the other on November 29 (“Hope Still for ‘Dead’ Comet ISON“). The first got 12 ratings (3.75/5) and 10 comments, and the second received 3 ratings (4.33/5) and 6 comments. And both times in that sentence, I first wrote “commets.” I need a nap.

“HiSword1” has the highest-rated comment on the first post, with 14 up-votes and 0 down-votes. And it’s about the Bible:

There are 7 comets are in our sky all at once right now: ISON, LOVEJOY, LINEAR, ENCKE, NEVSKI, BORISOV, and P5 (Comet P5 has 6 tails by the way).

One comet is fairly frequent, two comets are a little rare, and 3 comets are extremely rare. We have SEVEN comets in the sky right now—seven is a Biblical number!

“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21)

Yuppers, when you believe in a bronze-age religion, your fear of celestial objects is similar to those from the bronze age.

A young-Earth creationist chimed in, “w w,” with 0 up and 2 down votes: “what freeking ort cloud ? Is this bs what passes for science today?” Fortunately, several commenters blasted him for it, namely “Town Crier” and that plucky guy “Arch.”

In the second story, “HiSword1” repeated the trend in the earlier one with some Bible verse, but he also brought in the conspiracy:

Comet Ison SURVIVED its ‘fatal’ sun dive and is now headed towards Earth. You will soon be able to see this comet just before sunrise in the eastern sky.

But the real question is why was Comet Ison quickly declared dead by all of the major news networks after only 20 minutes behind the Sun? Why did they WANT it gone? Could this be the sign in the sky of the Lord’s return?

“and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man” (Matt 24)

I…Son, dead and risen again.

His comment got a meager 3 up-votes and 0 down-votes. “Bryan Taylor” also had some Bible “wisdom” to share, though he got no votes: “How about we give you scientists ‘3’ days before you say the comet is resurrected from death… should that be sufficient for making a sign in the heavens that all people should recognize?”

“Bastille_day” brought in the Hopi blue star prophecy: “My wife believes that Ison is the “blue star” that the Hopi Indians are waiting for.” He/she got 2 up and 0 down-votes on it.

Meanwhile, “tony” from possibly the Electric Universe crowd chimed in with, “Comets are not ice…” (I say he may be from the EU crowd because they are typically the ones who advocate, quite vocally, about this.)

And finally, I’ll end with “FauxScienceSlayer”‘s comment (zero votes up or down) because it’s just a head-shaker — one of those where you just don’t know how to respond, where to even start.

Comets, meteorites, moons, planets and galaxies all contain Hydrocarbons, proving that these natural, organic building blocks for Carbon life forms are NOT a finite residue of past life on Earth….but are a precursor to life. See “Fracturing the Fossil Fuel Fable” at and reject another of the Carbon frauds forced by the Demonic Warlords.

Edited to Add (December 22, 2013): WND did another short snippet on this on December 11, titled, “Brush with Sun Kills ‘Comet of the Century.'”


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