The iron-clad secrecy that is planet Nibiru, also known as Planet X, is such that any matter-of-fact mention of it by career astronomers could entail dismissal at best or tactical riddance from the face of the Earth at worst!
Take the case of Robert Harrington, once Chief Astronomer of the US Naval Observatory. Harrington had been assigned charge of the search for Planet X, which quest he launched with colleague Thomas Van Flandern in 1979. In 1990, Harrington took his 8-inch telescope to Black Birch, New Zealand, which is said to be “one of the few viewing points on Earth optimal for sighting Planet X”. There, Harrington came up with a veritable deduction of the existence of Nibiru. On August 30 1990, Harrington invited Zechariah Sitchin, the most accomplished chronicler of the saga of the Anunnaki, to his office at the NASA complex and on camera (you can watch snippets of the interview on the Internet or purchase the full version on Amazon.com at $18) revealed the following to Sitchin: That a planet at least 4 times the size of Earth was heading toward Earth; That the planet had an atmosphere and it was habitable.
Harrington even drew a sketch of the planet’s orbit and much to Sitchin’s glee, the sketch was identical to the one Sitchin had postulated regarding Nibiru in his books dating back to his very first, The 12th Planet, which was published in 1976!
Harrington’s interview with Sitchin was not meant for public consumption yet, for Harrington intended to make public his findings in the fullness of time (Sitchin only availed the interview to the public in 2005). But NASA’s head honchos, when they heard about the interview, were indignant. The price came on January 23 1993, when Harrington died of “oesophageal cancer” after what was described as a “short but determined battle”. The illness was sudden and short-lived: his last medical check-up had given him the all-clear.
“It is extremely unlikely that a man would contract cancer and die within a matter of days, suffering the sudden impact of pain and debilitation characteristic of rapid onset cancer, while miraculously travelling on a physically demanding expedition and performing intensive astronomical operations,” one obituary lashed out.
Following the curious death of his colleague, Flandern developed cold feet: he decided his life was far more precious than a principled but perilous stand on the existence of Nibiru. He suddenly became tight-lipped in what was suspected as a self-imposed gag order. When he came out of his cocoon, it was in 1999 and he had, as expected, “sanitised” his position on our tenth major celestial body. This is what he told Meta Research Bulletin in September 1999:
"Three more trans-Neptunian objects confirm the presence of a second asteroid belt in the region beyond Neptune. This probably indicates that the hypothetical Planet X is now an asteroid rather than an intact planet."
Now, that was some U-turn, which was all the more amazing given that NASA itself had in the same year of Harrington’s death issued this statement: “Unexplained deviations in the orbits of Uranus and Neptune point to a large outer Solar System body of 4 to 8 earth masses on a highly tilted orbit, beyond 7 billion miles (about 11 billion kilometres) from the Sun.”
DISCOVERIES ARE REDISCOVERIES
Throughout his long life, Zechariah Sitchin never tired of pointing modern astronomers and rocket scientists to the Sumerian tablets and cylinder seals, which were in plain display in the world’s leading museums. He kept saying that the day NASA and its ilk ceased regarding the Sumerian records as mere myths, they would make a giant leap forward in understanding both the origins of mankind and the saga of the Solar System. And because NASA was notorious for paying a stubborn, deaf ear to Sitchin, he always had the last laugh.
In 1977, NASA sent a unmanned aircraft named Voyager 2 towards Jupiter and other outer planets. In August 1989, Voyager 2 flew by Neptune and beamed back tantalising pictures of the beautiful planet, which pictures had people riveted to their television sets. In their running commentaries, astronomers said this was the first time mankind had gotten an intimate knowledge of the planet, which was “discovered” in 1846. Sitchin took very strong exception. In June 1989, two months before Voyager 2 entered the Neptune orbit, Sitchin had written articles for several US, European and South American periodicals. In them, he argued that Neptune was not first seen by mankind in 1846. “Neptune was known in antiquity,” Sitchin wrote, “and the discoveries that Voyager 2 will make will only confirm ancient knowledge.”
Sitchin averred that Voyager 2 was going to show that “Neptune is blue-green, watery, and has patches the colour of swamp-like vegetation”. Indeed, when Voyager 2’s pictures were relayed in August, they perfectly dovetailed with Sitchin’s prediction: Neptune was indeed blue-green; was made in great part of water; and did have patches whose colouration looked like swamp-like vegetation! Why was Sitchin so doubly sure of what he said? “It is all there in the Sumerian tablets of 6,000 years ago,” he said with a huge smile on what was ordinarily a mirthless face. And this was not the first or last time that Sitchin had been proved correct courtesy of the Sumerians of old.
In January 1986, the spacecraft Voyager 2 flew by the planet Uranus. It found that the planet was greenish blue – or bright greenish – in colour. That was exactly the way the Sumerians, without telescopes, had described it. The Sumerians called the planet Uranus MASHSIG, which means “bright greenish”. This characteristic Sitchin had already recorded in The Twelfth Planet – ten years before Voyager 2 photographed Uranus! What did this all mean? “It meant,” said Sitchin, “that in 1986, modern science did not discover what had been unknown; rather, it rediscovered and caught up with ancient knowledge. It was therefore because of that 1986 corroboration of my 1976 writings and thus of the veracity of the Sumerian texts that I felt confident enough to predict on the eve of the Voyager 2 encounter with Neptune what it would discover.”
In the Sumerian texts, Uranus was also described as KAKKAB SHANAMMA, meaning “Planet Which Is The Double” of Neptune. In other words, the Sumerians saw Uranus as basically the twin, in terms of features and characteristics, of Neptune. Has modern science confirmed that? Very much so. Writes Sitchin: “Uranus is indeed a look-alike of Neptune in size, colour, and watery content: both planets are encircled by rings and orbited by a multitude of moons … Both have an unusually extreme inclination relative to the planets’ axes of rotation – 58 degrees on Uranus, 50 degrees on Neptune … Neptune’s temperatures are similar to those of Uranus, which is more than a billion miles (1.6 billion kilometres) closer to the Sun.” The two planets also have almost the same day-lengths: sixteen hours for Uranus and seventeen hours for Neptune.
“Planet which is of the double,” said the Sumerians of Uranus in relation to Neptune. “… size and other characteristics that make Uranus a near twin of Neptune”, announced NASA scientists. The two statements were exactly the same but were made 6,000 years apart even though the second one was touted as a “discovery”. “In the case of these two planets, it seems that modern science has only caught up with ancient knowledge,” reiterated Sitchin. Sadly, our big-brained rocket scientists would never bring themselves to admit that the people of 6,000 years ago had a headstart over them in this kind of knowledge. But just who were the Sumerians, the people who had such seamless knowledge of the cosmos that modern science is only beginning to grasp?
THE “GODS” CALLED DINGIR
GENESIS 10:10: And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel and Erech and Accad and Calneh in the land of Shinar. GENESIS 11:2: And it came to pass as they journeyed from the east that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there …
Shinar (Sinar in Hebrew) is the Old Testament term for Sumer. Sumer is the English corruption of “Shumer”. Shumer is an Akkadian term, Akkadian being the parent language of Hebrew, the language of the Jewish people. Shumer means “Land of the Bright Ones”; “Land of the Shining Ones”; “Land of the Pure Ones“; “Land of the Guardians”; or “Land of the Watchers”. In other words, Sumer was the land of light-skinned, phosphorescent beings – “Lords of Brightness” – who watched over and safeguarded … well, who?
The Sumerians did not call their land Shumer. They called it KIENGIR, which means “Land of the Lords of the Blazing Rockets”. The Sumerians referred to themselves as UGSAGGIGGA, meaning "The Black-Headed People". This way, they distinguished themselves from people they called the DINGIR, or the “Righteous Ones Of The Rockets”. These DINGIR were very light-skinned, almost albino-like; blue-eyed in the main; and predominantly blonde-haired. The Sumerians regarded and actually deferred to these people as their “gods”. They revered and worshipped the DINGIR. Why?
According to the Sumerian records – on clay tablets and cylinder seals that are awash in the world’s leading museums – the DINGIR were the first inhabitants of Sumer, predating the Sumerians by several hundred-thousands of years. These DINGIR were acknowledged by Sumerians and other Earthlings before them as the creators of mankind: the DINGIR themselves were said to have come from another planet, the twelfth member of the Solar System called Nibiru, hence the Sumerians’ reference to Nibiru as “The Planet of the Gods”(In truth; this was their secondary place of origin. Their real origin was the Orion and Sirius star systems.) The DINGIR seemed immortal: they never died.
They did age all right, though imperceptibly slowly, but they just could not die: no one remembered a death of any one of them though history did record their death but only by violence. The DINGIR were by far physically bigger than ordinary mankind. They were at least a third taller and averaged about 12 feet (archaeologists have unearthed skeletons of ancient people measuring up to 15 feet in height). The DINGIR were capable of extraordinary, actually miraculous feats in the eyes of ordinary mankind. They possessed things that could perform wonders – produce light, kill people en masse, fly like a bird in the sky, etc. The things that flew like a bird (and in which the DINGIR rode) the Sumerians depicted, in their pictographic inscriptions, like a modern-day rocket! No wonder they referred to these wondrous beings as Lords of the Blazing Rockets.
The Sumerians lived with and under their gods – physical, flesh-and-blood gods, not imaginary, faith-based ones. They served and worshipped these gods, particularly the preeminent ones (called Patron Gods or Goddesses), in their residences. The residences of the gods were called ziggurats, the pyramid-like temples of those days. The gods lived in these temples, where the Sumerians came to worship them, pay homage, tender gifts, and make animal and human sacrifices to them. In turn, the gods pledged to watch over and safeguard their “people” – pronounce blessings over their lives and land and (naturally, not supernaturally) help them defeat or ward off their enemies in war through the use of sophisticated weaponry, which Sumerians deemed magical or miraculous. But when the people seriously transgressed, the gods punished them accordingly, such as abandoning them to be taken into slavery or captivity by their enemies (as when Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar was allowed to take the Jews into captivity by their god Yahweh in 587 BC).
HEAVEN WAS PHYSICAL
The DINGIR were believed to have come from “Heaven”. The commonplace term for the DINGIR was Anunnaki, meaning “Those Who From Heaven To Earth Came” as per popular interpretation though there is another, much more spot-on meaning we shall go into at a later stage. The Bible refers to the DINGIR as the Elohim, the Nephilim, or the Anakim. The Anunnaki, folks, were the creators of mankind. (Even the Bible, when it is read objectively – especially in its Hebrew original and not in doctored, vested-interest English translations that almost render it fictitious – clearly demonstrate so.)
We did mention at one stage that to the ancients, Heaven was not a spiritual realm of existence where the First Source dwells, the way it is understood in modern-day religion. To the ancients, Heaven was the home of the Mother Goddess primarily. The Mother Goddess, again, was not a spiritual being: she was the Queen of Orion, the most powerful sovereign in the Peshmeten, the 9th Sector of the Shagari stars (that is, the Orion star system together with its subject worlds in neighbouring star systems). Orion was actually Ori-An, with Ori simply meaning “Holy” or “Master Race” and “An” meaning “Heaven”. An was also a title of the Orion Queen. Thus Orion was the abode of the Holy Goddess.
In due course, when the Sirius star system became the companion empire to Orion as opposed to a subsidiary empire, which it was before (a subject we shall explore at an appropriate time), and was now ruled by Kings instead of Queens, the Kings of Sirius also adopted the same title An, or Anu. Consequently, Sirius also came to be known as Heaven, with its King being referred to as the Supreme God. In Sumerian times, the Orion Queen was actually only minimally directly adored: it was the Siriun King, Anu, who was worshipped either directly or through proxies – his offspring who were now directly ruling Earth. The Orion Queen was not completely discarded: she too was venerated but through her offspring too. Just who these were we will dwell upon very soon.
Anu was also by extension the King of planet Nibiru. Although he was based in the Sirius star system, he did spend a great deal of time on Nibiru. Much of the political dynamics Zechariah Sitchin relates in his books in connection with Nibiru actually took place in Sirius, something he was aware of but deliberately swept under the rug or of which he was simply ignorant.
On the rare occasions that Anu came to Earth on a state visit, he came not directly from Sirius but via Nibiru. As such, the ancients referred to Nibiru as “The Lord”, amongst other names. This denoted, first and foremost, that Nibiru was the seat of the god Anu. Secondly, it exalted Nibiru as the most prominent planet of the Solar System. In the event, Nibiru too became known as Heaven, which simply meant the abode of the god Anu.
Seventy-seven years ago, on the evening of December 2, 1943, the Germans launched a surprise air raid on allied shipping in the Italian port of Bari, which was then the key supply centre for the British 8th army’s advance in Italy.
The attack was spearheaded by 105 Junkers JU88 bombers under the overall command of the infamous Air Marshal Wolfram von Richthofen (who had initially achieved international notoriety during the Spanish Civil War for his aerial bombardment of Guernica). In a little over an hour the German aircraft succeeded in sinking 28 transport and cargo ships, while further inflicting massive damage to the harbour’s facilities, resulting in the port being effectively put out of action for two months.
Over two thousand ground personnel were killed during the raid, with the release of a secret supply of mustard gas aboard one of the destroyed ships contributing to the death toll, as well as subsequent military and civilian casualties. The extent of the later is a controversy due to the fact that the American and British governments subsequently covered up the presence of the gas for decades.
At least five Batswana were killed and seven critically wounded during the raid, with one of the wounded being miraculously rescued floating unconscious out to sea with a head wound. He had been given up for dead when he returned to his unit fourteen days later. The fatalities and casualties all occurred when the enemy hit an ammunition ship adjacent to where 24 Batswana members of the African Pioneer Corps (APC) 1979 Smoke Company where posted.
Thereafter, the dozen surviving members of the unit distinguished themselves for their efficiency in putting up and maintaining smokescreens in their sector, which was credited with saving additional shipping. For his personal heroism in rallying his men following the initial explosions Company Corporal Chitu Bakombi was awarded the British Empire Medal, while his superior officer, Lieutenant N.F. Moor was later given an M.B.E.
Remember: bricks and cement are used to build a house, but mutual love, respect and companionship are used to build a HOME. And amongst His signs is this: He creates for you mates out of your own kind, so that you may find contentment (Sukoon) with them, and He engenders love and tenderness between you; in this behold, there are signs (messages) indeed for people who reflect and think (Quran 30:21).
This verse talks about contentment; this implies companionship, of their being together, sharing together, supporting one another and creating a home of peace. This verse also talks about love between them; this love is both physical and emotional. For love to exist it must be built on the foundation of a mutually supportive relationship guided by respect and tenderness. As the Quran says; ‘they are like garments for you, and you are garments for them (Quran 2:187)’. That means spouses should provide each other with comfort, intimacy and protection just as clothing protects, warms and dignifies the body.
In Islam marriage is considered an ‘ibaadah’, (an act of pleasing Allah) because it is about a commitment made to each other, that is built on mutual love, interdependence, integrity, trust, respect, companionship and harmony towards each other. It is about building of a home on an Islamic foundation in which peace and tranquillity reigns wherein your offspring are raised in an atmosphere conducive to a moral and upright upbringing so that when we all stand before Him (Allah) on that Promised Day, He will be pleased with them all.
Most marriages start out with great hopes and rosy dreams; spouses are truly committed to making their marriages work. However, as the pressures of life mount, many marriages change over time and it is quite common for some of them to run into problems and start to flounder as the reality of living with a spouse that does not meet with one’s pre-conceived ‘expectations’. However, with hard work and dedication, couples can keep their marriages strong and enjoyable. How is it done? What does it take to create a long-lasting, satisfying marriage?
Below are some of the points that have been taken from a marriage guidance article I read recently and adapted for this purposes.
POSITIVITY Spouses should have far more positive than negative interactions. If there is too much negativity — criticizing, demanding, name-calling, holding grudges, etc. — the relationship will suffer. However, if there is never any negativity, it probably means that frustrations and grievances are not getting ‘air time’ and unresolved tension is accumulating inside one or both partners waiting to ‘explode’ one day.
“Let not some men among you laugh at others: it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): nor let some women laugh at others: it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): nor defame nor be sarcastic to each other, nor call each other by (offensive) nicknames.” (49:11)
We all have our individual faults though we may not see them nor want to admit to them but we will easily identify them in others. The key is balance between the two extremes and being supportive of one another. To foster positivity in a marriage that help make them stable and happy, being affectionate, truly listening to each other, taking joy in each other’s achievements and being playful are just a few examples of positive interactions. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “The believers who show the most perfect faith are those who have the best character and the best of you are those who are best to their wives”
Another characteristic of happy marriages is empathy; understanding your spouses’ perspective by putting oneself in his or her shoes. By showing that understanding and identifying with your spouse is important for relationship satisfaction. Spouses are more likely to feel good about their marriage and if their partner expresses empathy towards them. Husbands and wives are more content in their relationships when they feel that their partners understand their thoughts and feelings.
Successful married couples grow with each other; it simply isn’t wise to put any person in charge of your happiness. You must be happy with yourself before anyone else can be. You are responsible for your actions, your attitudes and your happiness. Your spouse just enhances those things in your life. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers.”
Successful marriages involve both spouses’ commitment to the relationship. The married couple should learn the art of compromise and this usually takes years. The largest parts of compromise are openness to the other’s point of view and good communication when differences arise.
When two people are truly dedicated to making their marriage work, despite the unavoidable challenges and obstacles that come, they are much more likely to have a relationship that lasts. Husbands and wives who only focus on themselves and their own desires are not as likely to find joy and satisfaction in their relationships.
Another basic need in a relationship is each partner wants to feel valued and respected. When people feel that their spouses truly accept them for who they are, they are usually more secure and confident in their relationships. Often, there is conflict in marriage because partners cannot accept the individual preferences of their spouses and try to demand change from one another. When one person tries to force change from another, he or she is usually met with resistance.
However, change is much more likely to occur when spouses respect differences and accept each other unconditionally. Basic acceptance is vital to a happy marriage. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “It is the generous (in character) who is good to women, and it is the wicked who insults them.” “Overlook (any human faults) with gracious forgiveness.” (Quran 15:85)
COMPASSION, MUTUAL LOVE AND RESPECT
Other important components of successful marriages are love, compassion and respect for each other. The fact is, as time passes and life becomes increasingly complicated, the marriage is often stressed and suffers as a result. A happy and successful marriage is based on equality. When one or the other dominates strongly, intimacy is replaced by fear of displeasing.
It is all too easy for spouses to lose touch with each other and neglect the love and romance that once came so easily. It is vital that husbands and wives continue to cultivate love and respect for each other throughout their lives. If they do, it is highly likely that their relationships will remain happy and satisfying. Move beyond the fantasy and unrealistic expectations and realize that marriage is about making a conscious choice to love and care for your spouse-even when you do not feel like it.
Seldom can one love someone for whom we have no respect. This also means that we have to learn to overlook and forgive the mistakes of one’s partner. In other words write the good about your partner in stone and the bad in dust, so that when the wind comes it blows away the bad and only the good remains.
Paramount of all, marriage must be based on the teachings of the Noble Qur’an and the teachings and guidance of our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). To grow spiritually in your marriage requires that you learn to be less selfish and more loving, even during times of conflict. A marriage needs love, support, tolerance, honesty, respect, humility, realistic expectations and a sense of humour to be successful.
The past week or two has been a mixed grill of briefs in so far as the national employment picture is concerned. BDC just injected a further P64 million in Kromberg & Schubert, the automotive cable manufacturer and exporter, to help keep it afloat in the face of the COVID-19-engendered global economic apocalypse. The financial lifeline, which follows an earlier P36 million way back in 2017, hopefully guarantees the jobs of 2500, maybe for another year or two.
It was also reported that a bulb manufacturing company, which is two years old and is youth-led, is making waves in Selibe Phikwe. Called Bulb Word, it is the only bulb manufacturing operation in Botswana and employs 60 people. The figure is not insignificant in a town that had 5000 jobs offloaded in one fell swoop when BCL closed shop in 2016 under seemingly contrived circumstances, so that as I write, two or three buyers have submitted bids to acquire and exhume it from its stage-managed grave.