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The cometary split at Exopolitics May 16, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in Space.
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If you read my blog you might remember a Frenchman named Eric Julien, who predicts that on May 25 fragments of Comet 73P/Schwassman-Wachmann 3 will slam into the Earth causing a massive Atlantic tsunami.

This, of course, is ridiculous, at least in this instance it is.

NASA has publicly stated, numerous times that, “All of the observed fragments in 2006 will pass relatively close to the Earth during the interval May 12 through May 28 but none will pass closer than 5.5 million miles.”

“Bad Astronomer,” Phil Plait has debunked this prediction as well.

But it seems that the story doesn’t end there.

Eric Julien was a member of the Exopolitics Institute, a fringe organization that seeks to investigate the “political implications of the extraterrestrial presence.” What extraterrestrial presence? Yeah.

But Julien’s predictions apparently put him at odds with the Exopolitics folks. Suffice it to say, you have to be way off for the Exopolitics Institute to distance itself from you.

According to this press release from Exopolitics a schism over Julien’s methods and his prediction that a comet fragment would slam into the Atlantic causing massive tsunamis is the reason for the distance by Exopolitics.

Exopolitics founder Dr. Michael Salla states in the release that he “attempted to distance myself from Eric’s prediction of a crash in the Atlantic Ocean and “stated that his prediction of the impact location was based on his own personal experiences and not supported by independent evidence.”

What a first glance seems to be a break over methodology is revealed in this release to be a full scale split between Julien and Exopolitics.

From the above release:

“While it is a fact that comet Schwassman-Wachman will pass relatively closely by the Earth from mid-May until the end of May, and this may cause meteor showers, there are no reliable independent sources supporting Eric’s prediction of a devastating impact which is based on his own extraterrestrial related experiences. Consequently, I publicly disassociate myself with any prediction of a devastating comet strike on or around May 25. Furthermore, I publicly disassociate myself from speculation on a possible link between extraterrestrials and the comet as a punitive action against a possible preemptive nuclear war against Iran. I subsequently will withdraw references to a comet strike as a possible extraterrestrial response from my exopolitics website.”

Anyway, Julien has withdrawn his membership from Exopolitics and no longer participates in their activities. Instead he has devoted time to warning as many people people as he can about his incorrect predictions which he bases on such nonsense as crop circles, visions and communication with extraterrestrials. You can see his website about warning folks at savelivesinmay.com.

This begs the question, why would extraterrestrials come here and warn a former French air traffic controller of impending doom at their hands and not tell anyone else?

Utter foolishness.

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