A Norwegian Politician and Occam's Razor

 

The following is an excerpt from a chain letter that recently came to my attention:

I am a Norwegian politician. I would like to say that difficult things will happen from the year 2008 till the year 2012.  The Norwegian government is building more and more underground bases and bunkers. When asked, they simply say that it is for the protection of the people of Norway. When I enquire when they are due to be finished, they reply “before 2011”.  Israel is also doing the same and many other countries too.

My proof that what I am saying is true is in the photographs I have sent of myself and all the Prime Ministers and ministers I tend to meet and am acquainted with. They know all of this, but they don’t want to alarm the people or create mass panic.

Planet X is coming, and Norway has begun with storage of food and seeds in the Svalbard area and in the arctic north with the help of the US and EU and all around in Norway. They will only save those that are in the elite of power and those that can build up again: doctors, scientists, and so on.

Read the full letter and follow up postings.

This is the first time I have heard of recent hysteria regarding Planet X.  I do recall that, in May 2003, some proclaimed that Planet X would pass close enough to affect the Earth, flipping it over (aka: pole shift), creating unspeakable disasters and destroying most of humanity in the process.  The magnetic disruption of the Earth’s core and subsequent displacement of its crust was predicted to be the biblical fulfillment of Armageddon.

A search on the subject today will turn up a half-dozen different theories on Planet X, but the most prevalent one is that it will either crash into or just miss the Earth in 2012.  Some theories propose that the Sun has a binary partner, which is a red or brown dwarf (aka Nemesis).  In fact, some people suggest that the Large Hadron Collider is a secret government project to generate a black hole in the hopes of saving us before 2012.  Searching on these few terms opens a Pandora’s box of nonsense, hysteria and conspiracy.

I must admit that I delved into the topic a good deal more than I had any intention of doing – enough that I plan a second article on the history of the Planet X story for those of you who want to read further.  Why rehash it?  Well I found it interesting how the same story can reappear over and over again – each time being given new life with a few twists.  In researching this upcoming article, I invited comments from Andy Lloyd, (author of Dark Star), Project Camelot, Izakovic (of Deep Space 4) and Leo Zagami (a supposed ex-Illuminati and Freemason).  Lloyd was the only person to respond.

However, it’s time to get back to our Norwegian Politician and give him a shave with Occam’s Razor – a tool given to us by 14th-century English logician and Franciscan friar, William of Ockham. The principle states that the explanation of any phenomenon should make as few assumptions as possible and is sometimes explained by the saying, “When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras.”

 

Planet X

I am not an astronomer, but I know a few things about astronomy and astrophysics.  Is it possible that an asteroid will hit the Earth in the not-too-distant future?  You bet your ass; it happens all the time.  Will one of those extraterrestrial objects be something on the scale of Planet X?  Based on my research for the next article, I am extremely skeptical.  The Planet X discussed in the Norwegian letter, as with most Planet X theories, is based on the writings of Zecharia Sitchins.  Sitchins’ books, supposedly based on Sumerian mythology, promote an explanation of human origins involving ancient astronauts from Planet X, or Nibiru.  The Norwegian rehash of this story misses the part of the theories which predicted Planet X destroying the Earth in 2003.  

 

Norway  

Perhaps the Norwegian component of this story has nothing to do with an actual person and more to do with the basis of another conspiracy theory – the Global Seed Vault in Svalbard, Norway.  This real-life facility brought sensational headlines like Doomsday Seeds Arrive in Norway (BBC) and Doomsday Seed Vault to Open in Norway (CNN), to name a few.

From Wikipedia:

The Seed Vault is a secure seedbank located on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen near the town of Longyearbyen in the remote Arctic Svalbard archipelago. The facility was established to preserve a wide variety of plant seeds from locations worldwide in an underground cavern. The Seed Vault holds duplicate samples, or “spare” copies, of seeds held in genebanks worldwide. The Seed Vault will provide insurance against the loss of seeds in genebanks, as well as a refuge for seeds in the case of large scale regional or global crises. The island of Spitsbergen is about 1,120 kilometres (700 mi) from the North Pole. 

The Seed Vault is not a group of underground bases, nor is it much of a secret given that it is clearly described on Norway’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food website.  Yet, let’s be clear.  The Seed Vault was constructed as a backup in case something happens, not in anticipation of something about to happen.

 

Project Camelot

Why would I say that the Norwegian connection is more likely related to a conspiracy theory than reality?  Because the main sources of the Norwegian politician angle is Project Camelot, whose stated goals are:

To provide researchers, activists and ‘whistleblowers’ with access to all forms of media in order to get the truth out with a focus including, but not limited to the following:  extraterrestrial visitation and contact, time travel, mind control, classified advanced technology, free energy, possible coming earth changes and revealing plans that exist to control the human race.  To establish ‘safety in numbers’ and unite these disparate factions under an umbrella of protection for activists and ‘whistleblowers’ who may have concerns for the safety of themselves and their loved ones.  To provide a tribute to all activists in paradigm-challenging fields who have worked for the benefit of humanity… and who have suffered or been silenced for speaking the truth.

Project Camelot, along with Project Avalon, are run by UFO researchers Bill Ryan and Kerry
Cassidy.  Ryan is also the man behind the  Project Serpo website, which reports, in stages, of the alleged disclosure of a US-alien exchange program that took place over 40 years ago.   Cassidy has written two sci-fi screen plays and is responsible for a documentary about UFOs.

That a Norwegian politician would choose to contact Project Camelot, a questionable organization run by two UFO researchers – and seemingly no one else – suggests the dubiousness of this story.  The text of the correspondence confirms it.

From Project Camelot:

“The person who wrote this message to us did so under their own name (which we have checked), and enclosed a number of photographs of them with the Prime Minister of Norway and (separately) with Benazir Bhutto. We are certain of their bona fides, but you will understand that we cannot reveal their real name or publish any photos without consent. “

From the Norwegian Politicians letter:

“…I don’t care any more about myself.

And follow up correspondence between Project Camelot and the Norwegian: 

“I just also want the public to know what the hell is going on. I am not afraid of death or any other thing.”

So, let’s get this straight.  The Norwegian politician has no concern for his death or himself, and yet his identity has to be protected?  He knows that billions of people are going to die in a global catastrophe, and the most that happens is a few postings on some fringe websites?  It gets stranger.  Further correspondence between Project Camelot and the Norwegian lead us to believe that the bases are actually alien bases, and as a bonus, the site includes audio of a telephone conversation between the Norwegian and “Illuminati whistle blower”, Leo Zagami.

Then on May 19, 2008, Project Camelot reports the following regarding Zagami:

“…with regret, we need to make a clear statement that we cannot in any way support his recent public statements, some of his recent actions, or his currently intended modus operandi.”

Interestingly, the politician’s letter included links to the same Wikipedia Seed Vault entry referred to above, as well as a link to author Andy Lloyd’s Dark Star website.  Lloyd kindly took the time to respond to the email I sent him and had the following to say on the subject:

“I can only assume that the link to my website has been added by the webmaster running the page.  I am not directly involved with this story, but my research work is well-known in the so-called Planet X community.  Although I have reason to believe in the existence of a substantial Planet X body, in the form of a ‘Nemesis’ type object more massive than Jupiter, I do not believe that such an object is on its way towards the planetary zone for 2012.”

 

2012

The inclusion of the year 2012 is easily explained.  December 21, 2012 is the “end” of the Mayan calendar and has recently become the basis of countless doomsday scenarios.  The date has been debunked here as well as many, many other places.  

 

Applying Occam’s Razor

In order to accept the story of the Norwegian politician, we would have to accept either the many following assumptions:

  • A Norwegian politician, knowing of the imminent death of billions of people, took decisive action by writing a letter to a fringe UFO research site
  • The letter exists and is not a hoax
  • A number of politicians, at least in Norway if not around the world, are aware of the certain end of the world and have kept it a secret 
  • The seed vault in Norway is a secret underground government/alien base
  • A number of other countries, including Israel, also have alien bases
  • A giant, undiscovered planet is careening towards the Earth for a 2012 rendezvous without comment from the world’s astronomers
  • The Mayans used a milleniums-old calendar technology to predicts the end of the world centuries into the future, which will come to pass in 2012

or this single assumption:

  • A handful of people created this story to bring attention to their misguided cause.

Occam’s razor doesn’t have to be very sharp to resolve this one.

 

A Final Thought

I can not sum it up better than to provide the words of David Morrison, Senior Scientist for NASA’s Astrobiology Institute:

Let me say once again that Nibiru is a hoax promoted by a cult; it does not exist, and it certainly poses no threat to us. It saddens me that people would be taken in by such nonsense.

I’m afraid that our Norwegian politician falls into the same category. 

My thanks to Barry Green for his help in editing this article.

07. January 2009 by Pat
Categories: Conspiracy Theories, Topics | 2 comments

Comments (2)

  1. okay, so you think nibiru is a hoax? explain this….. -6.01931, -91.5903 those are the coordinates to nibiru/planet x why is it covered by a big black square

    • hummm its a google glitch..come on if its true then those coordinats wouldent all ways be the same as im guessing it would move soo that means google wuld have to glitch it alot..plus theres thousends of amature astronomers that wuld see it anyway so im so sorry to u doomsayers but u fail again and on the 21st of this year when 22 rolls over and i open the advent calander with my niece i will spare a thought for u lot of how lonly and sad u must be

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