There’s a new conspiracy theory winging around the Internet, and it’s a doozy.
It is claimed Obama and U.S. elites are converging on Denver, Colorado, this week in an effort to escape some impending catastrophe by seeking shelter in that rumored huge underground military base beneath the Denver International Airport.
So what’s this big doomsday catastrophe that is supposed to strike America this week?
I’ve seen two “theories”.
The first is that the comet Elenin will strike Earth!!!
This is what Wikipedia says about Elenin:
Comet C/2010 X1 (Elenin) is a long-period comet discovered by Russian amateur astronomer Leonid Elenin on December 10, 2010 […] At the time of discovery, the comet had an apparent magnitude of 19.5, making it about 150,000 times fainter than can be seen with the naked eye. The discoverer, Leonid Elenin, estimates that the comet nucleus is 3–4 km [1.86 to 2.5 miles] in diameter. […]
C/2010 X1 made its closest approach to the Sun on 10 September 2011 at a distance of […] 44,840,000 mi). Assuming it has not disintegrated, will make its closest approach to the Earth on 16 October 2011, at a distance of […] 21,730,000 mi […] at a relative velocity of [53,438 miles per hour].
Happily, Elenin is or has already disintegrated. On August 29, 2011, UniverseToday reports that:
Astronomers monitoring Comet Elenin have noticed the comet has decreased in brightness the past week, and the coma is now elongating and diffusing. Some astronomers predict the comet will disintegrate and not survive perihelion, its closest approach to the Sun.
On August 19, a massive solar flare and coronal mass ejection hit the comet, which may have been the beginning of the end for the much ballyhooed lump of ice and dirt.
“We’ve been following it in the STEREO spacecraft images and a number of amateurs have been following it in their telescopes,” said Australian amateur astronomer Ian Musgrave, author of the Astroblog website. “Shortly after the coronal mass ejection the comet flared up and you could see some beautiful details in the tail, with the tail was twisting about in the solar wind. But shortly after that Earth- bound amateurs reported a huge decrease in the intensity of the comet. We think it may presage a falling apart of the comet.” […]
Elenin’s mass is smaller than average and its trajectory will take it no closer than 34 million km (21 million miles) of Earth as it circles the Sun. It will make its closest approach to Earth on October 16th, but be closest to the Sun on Sept. 10.
Australian amateur Michael Mattiazzo has been taking images of the comet (see his website, Southern Comets) and he has noticed that the nucleus appears to be elongating. When that occurs, usually the comet disintegrates or splits apart. Below is an animation Mattiazzo created from images he took of Comet Elenin on August 19, 22, 23, 27 & 29.
The second “theory” is that the elites “know” that there’ll be a massive earthquake in the Central USA — the famous New Madrid faultline.
Animation of 5 images taken Aug 19,22,23,27,29 displaying the nucleus of Comet Elenin in the process of disintegrating. Credit: Michael Mattiazzo.
As George Ure
, who loves catastrophes because they help to sell his web-bot predictions, puts it: The New Madrid quake will be bigger than the 1812 quake! That quake will simultaneously or “shortly after trigger the long-worried La Palme/Cumbre Vieja undersea landslide which could wipe out a good portion of the US Eastern Seaboard.”
What gives so many conspiracy theories a looney-tune reputation is their lack of or utter resistance to empirical verification. If U.S. elites really are going to Denver, surely there must be some way to confirm or disconfirm that.
Yes. Obama indeed will be in Denver tomorrow, after his campaign appearances in California. He is in Silicon Valley today.
What about the members of Congress?
In 2006, the Sunlight Network
launched the Punch Clock Campaign
in an effort to get members of Congress to post their daily schedules online. Several members, either as a result of the campaign or independently, now post schedules online. According to SourceWatch.org
, these are the Representatives and Senators who post their schedules online:
I clicked on the link for John Boehner, but it brought me to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s website, which shows that the calendar for this month, September, has this entire work-week (Monday-Friday, Sept. 26-30) as “Constituent Work Week,” which means the Congress-critters won’t be in D.C.
Congresswoman Kathy Castor (D-Fla)’s website shows nothing for the entire month of September.
Congressman John Yarmuth (D-Ken)’s website shows his last schedule to be Friday, Sept. 23. Nothing for this week.
Same with Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla): the last activity on his schedule was for last Friday, Sept. 23.
Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont)’s website shows “no public events” for today, Sept. 25. 2011.
Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont)’s Daily Schedule website shows his schedule for next Monday, October 7, but nothing for this week.
I couldn’t access the websites of John Doolittle, Kirsten Gillibrand, Denny Rehberg, Jan Schakowsky, while Congressman Alcee Hasting’s (D-Fla) website is woefully dated because it only shows his schedule for 2009!
So the mystery deepens….
No matter. If a big catastrophe is coming, it’s too late for us to find underground shelter anyway.
At least we won’t have to wait long to find out. LOL
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