Exposing PseudoAstronomy

February 18, 2012

Podcast Episode 23: The Fake Story of Planet X, Zecharia Sitchen, Part 1


Ah, modern medicine. As in antibiotics from the pharmaceutical industry (which is NOT an easy word to spell – thank you Google auto-complete!). As in not prayer, therapeutic touch, vitamin mega-doses, yoga, meditating, acupuncture, chi manipulation, homeopathy, exorcisms, magnets, nor any of that other crap. Good ol’-fashioned tested, repeatable, proven drugs.

This episode is late, though back-dated, because I did not get better, I got worse, in my sore throat. To the point of having a fever and noticing white splotches towards the back of my mouth, so I went to the doctor for the first time in almost 8 years, and the first time in over 15 due to an illness (my mom made me get a checkup when I turned 21). I’m surprised that it took so long, but I guess I’ve been lucky to be generally healthy; but when a sore throat lingers for 2 weeks and gets worse and is accompanied by increasing fatigue and fever and chills and white spots in your mouth, I figured it was a good idea to see a doctor. After a day.5 of antibiotics, I’m already feeling much better, though of course I will take my full prescribed 5-day course, and hopefully that’ll be the end of this.

Anywho, the topic of the podcast for (ahem) two days ago is the Fake Story of Planet X. In other words, all that stuff you hear about Planet X being Nibiru, Zecharia Sitchen’s ideas, brown dwarf stars, a 3600-year-long orbit, it approaching from the sun or the south pole so we can’t see it except for the gummament … all that stuff, and why it’s hooey.

The puzzler this time – because I couldn’t think of something else – is more straight-forward math, and it contains two parts — a main question and then a bonus.

I think I’m going to start soliciting puzzlers from people: The next odd-quarter episode, due out March 1 when I’ll be flying to DC, is going to be about the Magnetic Pole Shift. If you can think of a good (decent, half-decent, or passable) puzzler related to that, please e-mail me.

8 Comments »

  1. Am I missing the link to the podcast

    Comment by placidstorm — February 18, 2012 @ 8:20 pm | Reply

  2. It is fine to know, that it is getting better, Professor; courage!
    Good work; it ist clear, that all those people, who sell fear to other people, have a rich but sick imagination.

    Comment by Jennifer D. — February 19, 2012 @ 1:25 am | Reply

  3. I did not know the Asteroid belt was so stable . The way you put it in perspective is such that even a goat farmer can understand it . I have always liked the pseudo science , it makes for great comics . I have never had the ability or desire to categorically pummel what they spout , but you do and thats what makes the place so good . For me its good ’nuff to just say ” That dawg don’t hunt .” If they’d just put it out in a graphic novel I would think it would solve the need for being in the spotlight and make more money too .

    From dummy to PhD Good job

    Comment by Tony Barnes aka Placidstorm — February 19, 2012 @ 10:05 am | Reply

  4. Haven’t heard the podcast yet, but I’ve never understood why Sitchen has so many believers. Coast to Coast AM even had Michael Heiser on who has openly criticized Sitchen’s ‘work’ and had even attempted to debate him. Sitchen never wanted to debate him, obviously. Art Bell was always happy to set conversations like that up, though with Noory in that practice has seemingly been discontinued as his favorite guests and people are always right in his eyes. Having them criticized or questioned is tantamount to blasphemy. It seems obvious that Sitchen felt comfortable writing whatever he pleased knowing that the vast majority of the public would be unable or unwilling to check his findings for themselves.

    Comment by Aaron H. — February 21, 2012 @ 7:06 am | Reply

  5. hahaha so good! thanks for another epic podcast^^ you make real science more entertaining than fantasy bs … which is pretty cool

    Comment by Walter Walkie — February 23, 2012 @ 4:25 am | Reply

  6. Jason Colavito (Someone else who might be worth interviewing.) did a post on the latest mutations of the late Sitchins work, namely being used to promote ‘free love’ as a way to fight the Annunaki since monogamy was another of those ‘slave tendencies’ programmed into the human race when we were ‘created’

    http://www.jasoncolavito.com/1/post/2013/09/new-age-sex-therapists-push-polyamory-to-fight-back-against-the-anunnaki.html

    Comment by Graham — September 8, 2013 @ 6:36 pm | Reply

    • Looks like standard Sitchin stuff. I’m trying to remember where the Galactic Federation stuff came from. I don’t think Sitchin ever went there, but I’m pretty sure Nancy Lieder does.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — October 5, 2013 @ 11:41 am | Reply


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