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The 10th Planet

Benson C Saili

The region of space in which we dwell is known as the Solar System. It is a family comprising of  the Sun and nine planets. The planets are in two categories. Those closest to the Sun are known as the inner planets. The furtherest are known as the outer planets.

The inner planets are, in order of their orbital positions, Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars. The outer planets are Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. Of course Pluto was in 2006 stripped of  its status as a planet but that was sacrilegious: the ancients, who had a better grasp of cosmology than we do today, trust me, called it a planet. That’s what we too ought to.    

The Sun and its 9 planets – the familiar version – are called the Solar System (or Sun System) after the Sun itself. “Sol” is the Sun’s astronomical name.  Sun Systems are frequently forming in the universe. Our Sun System was formed about 5 billion years ago. That makes it a young, middle-age system. In 2010, a group of NASA astronomers discovered a newly formed star, as suns are also known, in the Perseus region of the universe,  about 800 light years away from the
Milky Way Galaxy.  They called it L1448 IRS 2E.

However, the 9 planets are what we can call native planets in that they are direct offspring of the Sun. For the fact of the matter is that there is actually a 10th planet in our Solar System. This planet is an immigrant from some other region of our cosmic neighborhood. It joined the Solar System fold   4 billion years ago. Among the UFO community, it is best known as Planet X. The Sumerians, however, called it Nibiru. They also referred to it as “The Imperishable Star”. The Babylonians referred to it as Marduk. The Egyptians called it “The Planet of a Million Years”. In the Bible, it goes by several names – Olam, The Star of Jacob,   and most notably “The Lord”.  Christians do not know how often the term “Lord” in the Old Testament actually refers to Nibiru. Even our own African cousins, the Zulus, knew about Nibiru. The legendary Zulu Shaman, Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa, says they called it “Mushoshonono”.

The Old Testament for one is replete with overt and covert references to Nibiru. The great Jewish Rabbi Gamaliel, a contemporary of Jesus who also trained the apostle Paul, made tell-tale hints about it.   Even the iconic scientist Isaac Newton was familiar with its existence and this was four centuries before the Hubble Telescope was invented.  And at least three to five Earth-born humans have been to it, some even settling there permanently!

What is ironic is that although NASA knows about Nibiru, they have never directly come to acknowledge its existence. Hints have been given all right but they have not been matter-of-fact. Some of the hints have in fact been withdrawn the day after being made. Why have official astronomers chosen to keep the existence of the planet under wraps?  

The planet Nibiru  has existed since days immemorial and is older than the Sun. In our day, the foremost illuminator on the planet’s existence no doubt has been my departed friend Zechariah Sitchin. Indeed, if it hadn’t been for the pioneering works of the Azerbaijan-born Israeli Sitchin, yours and my knowledge of Nibiru would be greatly diminished. In fact, it would border on zero. Sitchin, who was only one of a handful of experts in the ancient language of Sumer, devoted practically all his adult life to the study of myriads of Sumerian tablets. In these millennia-old clay tablets is etched the saga of the Anunnaki – the Nibiruian spacefarers  who created us.

In 1976, Sitchin published a book titled The 12th Planet, the first in a slew of more than a dozen that were to follow. In it,  he made the case that contrary to popular belief, the Solar System was not a family of only nine planets. There was a tenth planet called  Nibiru. Nibiru, Sitchin declared, was not a lifeless planet. It was an inhabited planet, and its inhabitants were a race of technologically advanced human-like beings the Sumerians, the world’s first-known civilisation that thrived in modern-day Iraq 6000 years ago, called the Anunnaki  and who fashioned mankind here on Earth about 300,000 years ago. It is these same Anunnaki  who the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) for the most part addresses as “God” – Jehovah or Yahweh.

Now, if such a planet indeed did exist, why hadn’t 20th century cosmology detected it? Anticipating such a question, Sitchin pointed out the reason why, which had to do with its elongated, comet-like orbit that sent it much deeper into outer space for the greater part of its around-the-Sun journey.    Nibiru, wrote Sitchin, took 3,600 years to make one complete revolution around the Sun. In other words, one year on Nibiru – which the Sumerians termed a shar – was equivalent to 3,600 years on earth. Taking the average lifespan on earth as 100 years, it meant Nibiru could be seen only once in 360 generations.     

Nibiru, Sitchin continued, had further peculiarities beyond an elongated orbit (as opposed to a generally circular one that typified all the other planets in the Solar System). It revolved around the Sun clockwise – like a comet – when the other planets save for Pluto  did so anticlockwise. Further, Nibiru generated its own heat through brisk volcanic activity to  compensate for its bleak weather conditions: it, for the greater part of its circuit,   languished in the cold and pitch darkness such was its distance from the Sun. .      

Sitchin went on to assert that although he was arguably the first to outrightly point the modern world to Nibiru’s existence, he wasn’t its discoverer: the planet was well-known by the Sumerians of  6,000 years ago. They wrote about it, depicted it, sang and recited venerational poetry in its honour, generally revered and extolled it. Modern cosmology  was way behind that of the Sumerians of yore. The likes of NASA, with their superfluously educated cadre of rocket scientists and their outsized IQs,  had precious much to learn from the Sumerians.   The 12th Planet was a bold statement indeed.       

Although Sitchin’s book overnight shot to the acmes of the international best seller list, the scientific community received it dismissively and even contemptuously. Charges flew thick and fast that his  was a shot in the dark, that as a mere researcher and not a trained astronomer or cosmologist Sitchin had no business poking his lay nose in a territory way beyond his ken. Even his acknowledged mastery of the Sumerian language now became the butt of unbridled vitriol. But was Sitchin as black as he was being painted? Was he nothing more than a cheap sensationalist whose only agenda was to make a quick buck, to reap where he did not at all sow?


It turned out that  unbeknown to most of the world, America’s scientific establishment had been searching for the tenth planet from as early as 1968. In that year, the National Security Agency (NSA) in a study of UFO phenomena pondered the possibility and aftermath of  “a confrontation between a technologically advanced  extraterrestrial society and an inferior one on Earth”, that is, us, to put it more bluntly. Would we stand a chance? Maybe it was time Earthlings launched a quest for just such a society lest we be taken unawares and dealt a preemptive, crushing blow. The starting point was south of the furthermost planets, Neptune and Pluto.

The sought-after  planet was dubbed “Planet X”, which epithet at once denoted its mysterious nature and its status, potentially,  as the Solar System’s tenth planet.  But why did Zechariah Sitchin call it the 12th planet?      Well,  Sitchin termed it as such in deference to the Sumerians. In the Sumerian cosmogony, there were ten literal planets and two putative   planets. The ten planets were the nine we know today plus Nibiru. The putative planets were the Sun and the moon. The Sumerians  knew the Sun was the Solar System’s parent star and the moon was simply a satellite of  planet Earth. But they banded the two with the ten planets because of the cosmic eminence of the  number 12 (which eminence we will explore in future). Hence, Sitchin’s preference for the term “12th  Planet”.

Now, are you getting the photo folks? The Sumerians knew, 6,000 years ago – before astronomy’s greatest luminaries like Galileo, Copernicus, and Kepler were born – that our Solar System comprised of  ten planets. Modern man actually only came to know about the nine  planets gradually. Whereas Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn have been known since no-one-knows-when (they can be seen with the naked eye as guises of  big bright stars),  Uranus was discovered in  1781, Neptune in 1846, and Pluto in 1930. Yet the Sumerians had knowledge of  all the nine  planets plus an extra one – Nibiru. Where did they get the knowledge from, the knowledge that even today we are yet to master in its fullness?

“We learnt all we know from the Anunnaki,” the Sumerians repeatedly and emphatically stated in the treasure trove of their clay tablets and cylinder seals.  The popular meaning of the term “Anunnaki” is, “Those Who From Heaven to Earth Came”. We will stick to this version for now. So what the Sumerians were saying was that they learnt all they knew from people who came from “Heaven”,  people they called their gods. By “Heaven”, they did not mean the spiritual dwelling place of God,  the First Source: that is a modern interpretation. To the ancients, Heaven was any place in outer space that housed their “gods” or “Goddess”, that is, the Anunnaki or the Orion Queen. In the main, Heaven was the Orion star system, the Sirius star system, and the planet Nibiru.  Nibiru means “The Planet of the Crossing”. Why they called it so we will explain in due course.  

Planetary bodies exert a force on each other called perturbation. Perturbation largely arises from the gravitational effect of one planetary body (such as Jupiter) on the other (such as Saturn). When the perturbation is much pronounced, it results in making the path of the neighbouring planets more erratic than steady.  In other words, the planets will from time to time veer from their regular orbit.     

Astronomers have used the phenomenon of perturbation to detect the existence of another planet hitherto unknown. For instance, Neptune was discovered  because of  perturbations in the orbit of Uranus, and Pluto’s existence had long been suspected  because of  the perturbations in the orbits both  of  Neptune and Uranus.      But when Pluto was discovered in 1930, it turned out to be too small to cause marked disturbances in the orbits of Uranus and Neptune. The orbits of  Uranus and Neptune are the most irregular in the Solar System. The two planets from time to time actually cross each other’s paths. So astronomers wondered thus: if Pluto was not responsible for perturbations in the orbits of Neptune and Uranus, what alternative force was?        

It was not until 1972 that astronomers came up with a definitive hypothesis. In that year, Joseph L Brady of the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in California discovered as he worked on the anticipated trajectory of  Halley’s Comet that the  comet, which is seen only once in 75 years (it last appeared in 1986)  had a perturbed orbit. This and the perturbations in the orbits of Neptune and Uranus led him to suggest, by mathematical computations, the existence of one more planet beyond Pluto.   The planet was designated “Planet X” to denote both its unknown status and its tenth position in the Solar System. The search for Nibiru had in earnest begun.

In 1979, the US Naval Observatory’s two scientists Robert Harrington and Thomas Van Flandern joined in the search for Planet X, and in June 1982 NASA came on board too. NASA’s statement on June 17 1982 said: “Persistent irregularities in the orbits of  Uranus and Neptune strongly suggest that some kind of mystery object is really there – far beyond the outermost planets”.  NASA said it would use the infrastructure of the Pioneer spacecraft, which had been in orbit since 1958, to look for Planet X.    In September of the same year, the US Naval Observatory announced that they were seriously pursuing the search for Planet X, with Dr. Harrington saying   according to their observations, Planet X was “moving much more slowly than any of the planets that we know”. In other words, the planet had already been located. Meanwhile, Russia had silently joined the search: its cosmonauts aboard the Salyut space station were busy scanning the skies for the mysterious planet. NASA’s Pioneer-based search for Planet X was to be augmented by the all-sky searching Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS). IRAS was to trace Planet X by sensing the heat it had lost to space in the form of infrared radiation.

A joint US-British-Dutch venture, IRAS was launched into orbit 896 km above the Earth at the end of January 1983. It was equipped to sense a planet the size of Jupiter at a distance 277 times that of  the Earth from the Sun, or 277 Astronomical Units (AU).

On January 30, 1983, The New York Times, quoting Ray Reynolds of the Ames Research Centre,  reported that  “astronomers are so sure of the 10th planet that they think there’s nothing left  but to name it”.  The bold astronomers (the official response from NASA was still that no tenth planet had been found) characterised Planet X thus: it was the size of the planet Neptune; it had an elongated, not a circular orbit; and that it moved in a retrograde orbit, that is,   clockwise, not anticlockwise as the other planets did. Now, that is exactly the way the Sumerian clay tablets described Nibiru 6,000 years ago!  

Meanwhile, US papers were in January 1983 agog with the discovery of Planet X. Here is a sample of  the front page headlines: Mystery Body Found in Space; Heavenly Body Poses a Cosmic Riddle to Astronomers; At Solar System’s Edge, Giant Object is Mystery; Giant Object Mystifies Astronomers. The opening paragraphs of The Washington Post read thus:   “A heavenly body possibly as large as the giant planet Jupiter and possibly so close to Earth that it would be part of this Solar System has been found in the direction of the constellation Orion by an orbiting telescope called IRAS … When IRAS scientists first saw the mystery body and calculated that it could be as close as 50 billion miles (80 billion kilometres) there was some speculation that it might be moving   toward Earth.”  

Zechariah Sitchin, who in  The 12th Planet  had persuasively put forward the case for the existence of the 10th planet was waltzing on cloud nine.  His phone rang non-stop as friends, fans and admirers tripped over each other to congratulate him.  On January 30, 1983, Sitchin wrote the following letter to the Planetary Society in Pasadena, California:

“In view of very recent reports in the press concerning the intensified search for the 10th planet, I am forwarding you copies of my exchanges on the subject with Dr. D. Anderson. According to The New York Times of this Sunday (see enclosure), ‘astronomers are so sure of the 10th planet they think there’s nothing left but to name it’. Well, the ancients had already named it: Nibiru in Sumerian, Marduk in Babylonian; and I believe I have the right to insist that it so be called.”

Sitchin never received a reply.  The rocket scientists, with their surfeit of grey matter, would never come to admit that lay, ordinary men 6,000 years removed knew something that they, the best brains of the modern world,  were just beginning to grapple with now. This Earth, My brother …



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Export Processing Zones: How to Get SEZA to Sizzle

23rd September 2020
Export Processing Zone (EPZ) factory in Kenya

In 2005, the Business & Economic Advisory Council (BEAC) pitched the idea of the establishment of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) to the Mogae Administration.

It took five years before the SEZ policy was formulated, another five years before the relevant law was enacted, and a full three years before the Special Economic Zones Authority (SEZA) became operational.

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Egypt Bagged Again

23rd September 2020

… courtesy of infiltration stratagem by Jehovah-Enlil’s clan

With the passing of Joshua’s generation, General Atiku, the promised peace and prosperity of a land flowing with milk and honey disappeared, giving way to chaos and confusion.

Maybe Joshua himself was to blame for this shambolic state of affairs. He had failed to mentor a successor in the manner Moses had mentored him. He had left the nation without a central government or a human head of state but as a confederacy of twelve independent tribes without any unifying force except their Anunnaki gods.

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23rd September 2020

If I say the word ‘robot’ to you,  I can guess what would immediately spring to mind –  a cute little Android or animal-like creature with human or pet animal characteristics and a ‘heart’, that is to say to say a battery, of gold, the sort we’ve all seen in various movies and  tv shows.  Think R2D2 or 3CPO in Star Wars, Wall-E in the movie of the same name,  Sonny in I Robot, loveable rogue Bender in Futurama,  Johnny 5 in Short Circuit…

Of course there are the evil ones too, the sort that want to rise up and eliminate us  inferior humans – Roy Batty in Blade Runner, Schwarzenegger’s T-800 in The Terminator,  Box in Logan’s Run,  Police robots in Elysium and  Otomo in Robocop.

And that’s to name but a few.  As a general rule of thumb, the closer the robot is to human form, the more dangerous it is and of course the ultimate threat in any Sci-Fi movie is that the robots will turn the tables and become the masters, not the mechanical slaves.  And whilst we are in reality a long way from robotic domination, there are an increasing number of examples of  robotics in the workplace.

ROBOT BLOODHOUNDS Sometimes by the time that one of us smells something the damage has already begun – the smell of burning rubber or even worse, the smell of deadly gas. Thank goodness for a robot capable of quickly detecting and analyzing a smell from our very own footprint.

A*Library Bot The A*Star (Singapore) developed library bot which when books are equipped with RFID location chips, can scan shelves quickly seeking out-of-place titles.  It manoeuvres with ease around corners, enhances the sorting and searching of books, and can self-navigate the library facility during non-open hours.

DRUG-COMPOUNDING ROBOT Automated medicine distribution system, connected to the hospital prescription system. It’s goal? To manipulate a large variety of objects (i.e.: drug vials, syringes, and IV bags) normally used in the manual process of drugs compounding to facilitate stronger standardisation, create higher levels of patient safety, and lower the risk of hospital staff exposed to toxic substances.

AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY ROBOTS Applications include screw-driving, assembling, painting, trimming/cutting, pouring hazardous substances, labelling, welding, handling, quality control applications as well as tasks that require extreme precision,

AGRICULTURAL ROBOTS Ecrobotix, a Swiss technology firm has a solar-controlled ‘bot that not only can identify weeds but thereafter can treat them. Naio Technologies based in southwestern France has developed a robot with the ability to weed, hoe, and assist during harvesting. Energid Technologies has developed a citrus picking system that retrieves one piece of fruit every 2-3 seconds and Spain-based Agrobot has taken the treachery out of strawberry picking. Meanwhile, Blue River Technology has developed the LettuceBot2 that attaches itself to a tractor to thin out lettuce fields as well as prevent herbicide-resistant weeds. And that’s only scratching the finely-tilled soil.

INDUSTRIAL FLOOR SCRUBBERS The Global Automatic Floor Scrubber Machine boasts a 1.6HP motor that offers 113″ water lift, 180 RPM and a coverage rate of 17,000 sq. ft. per hour

These examples all come from the aptly-named site    because while these functions are labour-saving and ripe for automation, the increasing use of artificial intelligence in the workplace will undoubtedly lead to increasing reliance on machines and a resulting swathe of human redundancies in a broad spectrum of industries and services.

This process has been greatly boosted by the global pandemic due to a combination of a workforce on furlough, whether by decree or by choice, and the obvious advantages of using virus-free machines – I don’t think computer viruses count!  For example, it was suggested recently that their use might have a beneficial effect in care homes for the elderly, solving short staffing issues and cheering up the old folks with the novelty of having their tea, coffee and medicines delivered by glorified model cars.  It’s a theory, at any rate.

Already, customers at the South-Korean  fast-food chain No Brand Burger can avoid any interaction with a human server during the pandemic.  The chain is using robots to take orders, prepare food and bring meals out to diners.  Customers order and pay via touchscreen, then their request is sent to the kitchen where a cooking machine heats up the buns and patties. When it’s ready, a robot ‘waiter’ brings out their takeout bag.   

‘This is the first time I’ve actually seen such robots, so they are really amazing and fun,’ Shin Hyun Soo, an office worker at No Brand in Seoul for the first time, told the AP. 

Human workers add toppings to the burgers and wrap them up in takeout bags before passing them over to yellow-and-black serving robots, which have been compared to Minions. 

Also in Korea, the Italian restaurant chain Mad for Garlic is using serving robots even for sit-down customers. Using 3D space mapping and other technology, the electronic ‘waiter,’ known as Aglio Kim, navigates between tables with up to five orders.  Mad for Garlic manager Lee Young-ho said kids especially like the robots, which can carry up to 66lbs in their trays.

These catering robots look nothing like their human counterparts – in fact they are nothing more than glorified food trolleys so using our thumb rule from the movies, mankind is safe from imminent takeover but clearly  Korean hospitality sector workers’ jobs are not.

And right there is the dichotomy – replacement by stealth.  Remote-controlled robotic waiters and waitresses don’t need to be paid, they don’t go on strike and they don’t spread disease so it’s a sure bet their army is already on the march.

But there may be more redundancies on the way as well.  Have you noticed how AI designers have an inability to use words of more than one syllable?  So ‘robot’ has become ‘bot’ and ‘android’ simply ‘droid?  Well, guys, if you continue to build machines ultimately smarter than yourselves you ‘rons  may find yourself surplus to requirements too – that’s ‘moron’ to us polysyllabic humans”!

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