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Please Explain About the Petrified Wood
NASA says world won't end in 2012 despite Mayan calendar ... We're less than a month away from the so-called end of the world, but NASA says you don't have anything to worry about. Earlier this month, NASA posted a list of frequently asked questions about why the world won't end in 2012, like some believe the Mayans calendar indicates. The post explained that Earth has been getting along fine for the last 4 billion years and there is no threat to our planet this year. – NewsNet5
Dominant Social Theme: NASA wants you to know that things are going to be okay.
Free-Market Analysis: The voice of reason speaks. There are plenty of things wrong with NASA, which is a boondoggle of an agency any way you define it. Now NASA is speaking out on end-of-world prophecies.
In fact, one could characterize NASA as a kind of elite meme all by itself. Its simple existence as the government entity that has sent people to the moon and robots to Mars puts the lie to the idea that government is inefficient.
We're firmly on record as doubting some of NASA's accomplishments. In fact, in a way we believe NASA is nothing but a big hype machine. Some of its actions defy belief. The agency has never explained how a piece of petrified wood turned up in its collection of "moon rocks." And the retouching of recordings of humanity's seemingly most significant moment, when astronauts walked on the moon, remains an unbelievable occurrence. Here's an excerpt from a Reuters article mid-2009:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The original recordings of the first humans landing on the moon 40 years ago were erased and re-used, but newly restored copies of the original broadcast look even better, NASA officials said on Thursday.
NASA released the first glimpses of a complete digital make-over of the original landing footage that clarifies the blurry and grainy images of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walking on the surface of the moon.
The full set of recordings, being cleaned up by Burbank, California-based Lowry Digital, will be released in September.
Now NASA speaks in comforting tones regarding the end of the world, as reported by NewsNet5:
"The story started with claims that Nibiru, a supposed planet discovered by the Sumerians, is headed toward Earth. This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012 and linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012 – hence the predicted doomsday date of December 21, 2012," NASA said.
But just as your desk calendar ends on Dec. 31 and world keeps going on, the same goes for the Mayan calendar, NASA explained. Just before [sic] you run out of pages doesn't mean life as we know it will cease to exist.
"For any claims of disaster or dramatic changes in 2012, where is the science? Where is the evidence? There is none, and for all the fictional assertions, whether they are made in books, movies, documentaries or over the Internet, we cannot change that simple fact. There is no credible evidence for any of the assertions made in support of unusual events taking place in December 2012," NASA said.
You see? NASA is the calm voice of scientific reason. The logical folks at NASA count on you forgetting that they erased and retouched the recordings of humanity's most incredible achievement (or so it is said).
Conclusion: Hey, NASA, as long as you're explaining, please explain about the petrified wood.
Editor's Note: We should point out that NASA has come up with an explantion for the petrified wood in the moon rock collection, as follows (via Wikipedia):
An investigation showed that United States Ambassador J. William Middendorf II had presented Drees with the "moon rock" on October 9, 1969. The Apollo 11 astronauts were visiting the Netherlands at that time on a goodwill tour. Drees' grandson speculates that his grandfather formed the mistaken impression that the "moon rock" he received was from the Apollo 11 mission. When Drees' "moon rock" was received by the Rijksmuseum in 1992, the museum phoned NASA to verify its provenance and was told over the phone, without seeing the piece, that it was "possible" it was a moon rock.
So the explantion is that the sample was a "moon rock," but not a NASA moon rock. Now NASA should explain why it lost the tapes of men landing on the moon, then found them again and then declared it had retouched them ...
Posted by Tolstoyan on 12/05/12 12:20 PM
Please also explain how rodents made it to Mars.
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Posted by Danny B on 12/04/12 11:49 PM
The Mayan calendar thing has gotten blown way out of reality. Niburu is going to be a no-show but, in February, we are going to get a close buzz from another rock.
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Reportedly, it will miss by 17,000 miles. Somewhat close.
There are also plenty of claims for our passing through the "photon belt". Then, there are claims of 3 days of darkness. I suspect that there are going to be a lot of disappointed people.
Posted by dkmeller1 on 12/04/12 09:39 PM
Governments, their bureaucracies, their lawyers, and their "journalists" lie about EVERYTHING, and when they are caught, whether about Pearl Harbor or the Kennedy and King assassinations, whether about Global warming or WMD in Iraq or Iran, whether about government (and criminal banks) pyramiding of debt actually boosting economic productivity, they LIE about everything, and when their lies are discovered, they don't retract or tell the truth, but cover up with more lies, and more lies after that!
The NASA moon shots are just one more set of endless frauds and deceptions carried out by the criminal regime headquartered in DC and their Wall St. allies and masters...
The more that things change, the more that they remain the same!
PEACE AND FREEDOM!!
Posted by piolenc on 12/04/12 06:54 PM
Politicians screw up - or get slipped a ringer when they demand a moon rock to give away. Agencies lose things - years ago, I made a significant fraction of my living selling government documents to the government agencies that originally issued them. Proof of what we already know - namely that government doesn't recruit the brightest lights if it can avoid them. Hardly proof of fraud in the moon landings - plural, remember? One day, for fun, I tried to reckon the number of different people who would have to be in on the scam to pull off a fake moon landing, then keep the secret forever. Then I tried to find out how many research institutions had received samples of minerals from the moon, and failed to detect that they were really from Arizona - or is it Colorado. Face it, guys - it happened and not just once. Government can do things, given enough of other people's money and enough outside help.
Posted by StevenVandervelde on 12/04/12 05:52 PM
I am really fed up with this kind of crap. NASA merely acted as the air traffic controller and supplied the pilot. The hardware was all built by private enterprise. You only make yourself out to be a crack pot every time you claim or imply that they did not walk on the moon. This article only discredits the Daily Bell as a pack of nut jobs.
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In this article we simply pointed out that NASA lost the moon landing tapes, found them again and then decided to retouch them. Writing about this makes us a pack of nut jobs?
Posted by IndyLyn on 12/04/12 05:36 PM
LOL ... liars, liars, pants on fire!! I guess perhaps two generations have now lived with the NASA myth, so probably too many millions learning the facts might be psychologically destructive... maybe. But I do believe... the truth would be freeing, and really a lot more interesting.
Posted by CelticFire69 on 12/04/12 04:46 PM
Read Dark Mission. Some great insights into NASA.
Posted by pragmatico on 12/04/12 03:51 PM
I have no special affection for NASA, especially since I'm pretty convinced one or more of the earliest Apollo "landings" were cold war hoaxes. But it might be premature to brand NASA as incompetent for supposedly passing on a piece of petrified wood as a moon rock.
The reason is: what if it was? Our current cosmological paradigm views the moon as a barren sattelite, but was it always barren? Could NASA simply be embarassed about the rock because they don't know how it got into the collection?
I would invite others to start thinking about ancient Indian texts that describe very advanced flying technology that predates our current thoughts on civilization on this planet. I won't go into it any more than to say that some of those texts, still in Sanscrit, describe nuclear war on the moon. That would be enough to render things barren. Here's a starting link for those with curiosity:
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And as a final note about lost civilizations, The recent book by Edward Malkowski, ANCIENT EGYPT 39,000 BCE, provides a fascinating, well-researched new look at the role of the major Egyptian pyramids ... and their purpose wasn't to bury pharaohs! It appears the pyramids served an agricultural role and were built with very advanced engineering. This means the civilization that built the pyramids (which the author calls Civilization X) seems to have far predated ancient Egyptian history. The author does a bang-up job of laying everyhing out. It's a break-through work, in my estimation, and the scientific theory makes extraordinary common sense, engineering wise. Just saying.
Posted by Friend_of_John_Galt on 12/04/12 02:45 PM
I once was a manager with a contractor to NASA. I can assure you that NASA is incredibly inefficient and bureaucratic -- just like any other Federal Agency. Our contractor staff fulfilled several "production support roles" for NASA. The government employees we worked with primarily pushed paper around but did nothing truly productive (in our area). The contractor staff did the actual functions (that is, operating those functions we were contracted to perform).
I do have some respect to the science staff -- the researchers that often manage to generate some very good scientific data -- although many are actually contractor staff (such as the researchers at JPL in Pasadena) rather than NASA employees (working directly for the Federal Government).
In some sense, NASA is more efficient for their use of private industry contractors (some programs use up to 80% contractor staff). However, many of these contractors are drawn from the "beltway bandits" who inhabit the towns located on the beltway freeway that surrounds Washington D.C. Of course, the multitude of regulations only make these contractors less efficient.
Much of what NASA does would be better done in the private sector -- or decentralized and spread around to various universities, etc. Like most Federal Agencies, NASA manages to squander taxpayer dollars at a prodigious rate.