Superstition and Other Silliness: May 2003 Archives

May 29, 2003

Jesus was a poof.

An Australian academic claims that Jesus and at least three of his disciples were gay. Dr Rollan McCleary came to this conclusion based on the solid, scientific evidence found in the scriptures, biblical translations and Jesus' astrological chart!

Dr McCleary has just been awarded his doctorate for a thesis on gay spirituality. An Anglican and a qualified reader of astrological charts, Dr McCleary said that Jesus' chart shares an attribute found in the charts of many gay men -- a prominence by the planet Uranus.

A forthcoming book will shed more light on his hypothesis. This is probably an appropriate point to mention The Bible - Polari Edition, as translated by the Manchester Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Jesus was gay, says Australian academic - Gay.com News, 29th May 2003.

May 22, 2003

Still not dead

Today is the second date for Panawave Laboratory's predicted cataclysm. With under three hours of the 22nd left in Japan, so far, all is quiet, even in the press.

May 16, 2003

Not dead yet.

Japan The Panawave laboratory cult have returned to their headquarters in Fukui after nothing happened yesterday. Doomsday has apparently been postponed until next Thursday.

Planet X was also conspicuous by its absence. In an editorial posted yesterday, Jeremy Rogers also decided that the cataclysm could happen anytime in the next week:

Today of course marks the arrival of the provisional date given for the pole shift a few years back. By provisional, I mean the date at which people should be at their safe locations in anticipation of the monumental event ahead. The pole shift was scheduled to occur shortly after today, and definitely within the month of May. Looking out of my window today, you would not guess that a potential worldwide calamity was imminent! Nevertheless, I still urge people to stay vigilant and watch for any possible signs of rapid rotation slowing, which is predicted to take place in 48 hours, anytime in the next week.

No news from Zetatalk, which has been refusing connections for a few days now. The UK mirror is up, though. In the transcript of an IRC session on 10th of May, Nancy Leider assures us that the date is STILL shortly after May 15 for rotation stoppage, with the shift occuring before June 1 but that NO exact date will be given as this will allow the White House to bomb bridges and trap innocents in LA or wherever.

2003 Poleshift: A Revelation to Mankind is a site I've only just discovered, which explains that the events are those described in Revelation and THERE MAY BE LESS THAN A WEEK UNTIL THE GREAT AND TERRIBLE DAY OF THE LORD. Updated today, the author is having doubts about the Zetas, but only in their ability to time God's Will:

Yet there is still that part of us that says to ourselves, the Zeta have not been truthful with us. Many hold this possibility to be remote, yet still find it just difficult to shake. But in the larger scheme of things, think not about one little detail - think rather about the bigger picture. This has, after all, always been something that we were told by Jesus himself that this will occur and it is something that he tells us will come upon us suddenly, like a trap. It's really a time to question just how much faith you really do have. For many of us, whatever decision we make, it should not be regrettable. Most of us that have taken it seriously have prepared to some degree and will be better prepared logistically and more importantly psychologically to deal with the ensuing chaos of coming world events.

Oddly, Planet X did arrive for some Iraqis yesterday, as that's the name commanders of the US occupation forces gave to the operation to arrest them. White cult awaits 'postponed' doomsday at Fukui HQ - Mainichi Shimbun, 16th May 2003; U.S. Forces Arrest 260 in Iraq Raid - ABC News, 16th May 2003.

May 14, 2003

We apologise for any inconvenience caused

The second-in-command of the Panawave Laboratory has said that the cataclysm due to hit the world tomorrow has been delayed by a week:

The high-ranking cultist corrected a prediction that a major disaster will devastate the Earth on Thursday. I think it will be delayed till around May 22.

Still, the group feels it has enough time to initiate legal proceedings against legal authorities over police raids. Police raid bizarre "white cult" - Mainichi Shimbun, 14th May 2003.

May 13, 2003

Two days to go...

A few days ago, someone enquired via the comments mechanism as to whether the Panawave Laboratory had an e-mail address. Well, I can now confirm that the group has a web site. Alas, it's in Japanese, which is a little harder to guess than Spanish. Still, the acronyms UFO and KGB appear prominently in romanji on the Wellcome page, and the Katakana (the script used in Japanese for foreign words) includes such juicy phrases as 'maindo kontorol'. Tomorrow's Independent assures us that it says the world will end on 15 May with a series of cataclysmic events, including earthquakes and tidal waves provoked by gravity from the unseen planet. The article itself is an interesting discussion of Japanese attitudes to odd cults pre- and post- Aum Shinrikyo, and whether the Panawave laboratory folk are anything like that. So, will the world end tomorrow? - The Independent, 14th May 2003.

May 7, 2003

Oops

New Zealand: A food safety measure designed to prevent the sale of fortified wines in supermarkets and dairies has accidently led to a ban on the sale of that Pagan favourite, mead. The mix-up occurred because the Food Standards Agency appears to have become confused as to exactly what an 'off-licence' is. A glass of sherry is now illegal - Stuff, 8th May 2003.

May 6, 2003

The issue is sealed

Japan: A statement issued yesterday in the name of Panawave laboratory leader Yuko Chino confirms that they are, indeed, awaiting Planet X.

The statement, filled with strange jargon, said the approach of the Nibiru star will be delayed nearly a week from Monday and those who do not listen to this message will face death.

Nibiru is an alternative name for Planet X, which some believe will pass Earth on 15th May this year, causing the poles to shift and massive destruction. The main reason for the Panawave statement was to call for the protection of a particular bearded seal which is significant to the group. Cultists enter Nagano; issue statement about Tama-chanJapan Today, 6th May 2003. See also Separated at birth?Pagan Prattle, 5th May 2003; Annual end-of-the-world post 2003Pagan Prattle, 1st January 2003.

May 5, 2003

Separated at birth?

Japan: Watchers of doomsday cults might have noticed something interesting about the white-clad Panawave group, currently in the news in Japan. Here's one summary of part of their beliefs:

The group claims that electromagnetic waves are causing catastrophic environmental destruction, including a rise in temperature. The damages caused by the waves will ultimately result in the end of the earth, according to the cult. Cult members believe a massive earthquake will occur on May 15, destroying humanity. It claims the domes in Oizumi can withstand any natural disaster.

They also allege that scalar wave attacks are being carried out by communist terrorists who have dispersed around the world following the break up of the Soviet Union.

See that date? 15th May, 10 days from now. Mainichi Daily News also has an interesting photo essay on Panawave with another explanation of what they believe is going to happen:

Cult members are convinced that the human race will be destroyed on May 15 this year because of a dramatic change in the angles of the Earth's axis.

Heard that anywhere before? Back on 1st January 2003, the Prattle looked at end-of-the-world prophecies for 2003, and linked to a site called Prep2003. Go there today, and you will see that we have 10 days remaining, although the site's maintainer has lost faith in the proposed date:

Although Mr. Sitchin has stated that he does not support the 2003 timeline, Nancy and the Zeta's insist that Planet X is due to pass between the Earth and the Sun on or around May 15, 2003 and that this information is being withheld from us by the world governments. Russia caused quite a stir in 2001 with their highly-sourced, very public comment that the country will no longer exist in 2003. After pressure to clarify the statement, the official version is that this will happen if the current economic situation remains unchanged. The Zeta's maintain that this 2003 flyby will cause worldwide death and destruction as the tremendous forces generated by the molten core of our celestial visitor tries to align with the molten core of the Earth and that this tremendous magnetic pull will cause Earth's crust to slip, creating a new north and south pole. In effect, a pole shift is what will happen. Unfortunately, there is an incredible amount of scientific evidence from many sources which supports the theory of recurring, catastrophic pole shifts on our planet! The only real debate left is when this is going to occur!

The origin of the date is almost certainly ZetaTalk, which I note is available in Japanese translation. Could they be related? Perhaps not - Panawave members have been wandering around Japan looking for a safe place, but ZetaTalk warns For Japan, there will be no safe place. It is like asking where in a tornado one should stand to avoid the tearing of the wind!

Kooky cult gets all clear - Mainichi Shimbum, 5th May 2003.

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