Monday, October 17, 2011

Doomsdays of Yesteryear: Toutatis Threatens Totally, 2004

From my column Psychic Vibrations   in the Skeptical Inquirer, 

Volume 28.4, July / August 2004

Toutatis Threatens Totally

Heads up—the End of the World is coming again! This time it’s the asteroid 4179 Toutatis, which, according to no less an authority than the celebrated Swiss UFO contactee Billy Meier, is in danger of slamming into Earth on September 29, 2004 (see Billy Meier’s Warning of a Catastrophic Impact Event Threat). According to NASA, Toutatis will make a close approach to Earth on that date, passing within approximately one million miles, which is nothing on a cosmic scale (see 4179_Toutatis/toutatis.html).

 But Meier is in contact with the space people from the Pleiades (he calls them “Plejarans”; I suppose that “Pleiadeans” sounds too unwieldy). And according to Michael Horn, who says he is the officially authorized media representative of Meier in the United States (which so far as I know Meier has never disputed), the Plejarans have warned that when Toutatis is closest to Earth, it will suddenly veer off course and head straight toward us. Horn says that it will require a “pre-emptive nuclear strike” to keep this multi-kilometer-sized asteroid from slamming straight into Earth. Before you dismiss this prophecy as the ravings of a demented man, be forewarned that Meier claims a long list of successful predictions (no doubt selectively culled from a much longer list of unsuccessful ones—Meier reportedly has written thousands of pages of predictions). Horn says that Meier predicted back in 1987 that Islamic fanatics would destroy the World Trade Center in New York. If true, this information will be of great interest to the current Congressional investigation into the September 11 attacks: What did Meier know, and when did he know it?
Others are also starting to sound alarm bells. The Web site of the conspiracy-oriented radio host Jeff Rense carries similar warnings (see There is even a claim of a secret government missile program to save us from disaster on September 29. And the biblical prophecy expert Arnie Stanton suggests that the encounter with Toutatis indicates that the Second Coming will be just a few months away. Stanton also warns that a larger, as-yet undiscovered asteroid will definitely smack into Earth sometime in 2006.
This is the first time to my knowledge that the world is ending in 2004. The world most recently ended in May of 2003, when a mysterious Planet X, inhabited by Zetans, was reported to be on its way to a disastrous close encounter with Earth, moving the poles and flooding entire countries. The Web site is still there. It talks a lot about the disasters expected in 2003 but says nothing about there being a year 2004; as near as I can tell, their claim is that a disastrous planetary encounter did occur in 2003, but was covered up by NASA. Before that, the “planetary alignment” of May 5, 2000, was threatened as a trigger for all manner of earthly havoc. And of course, society as we know it ended on January 1, 2000, when every major computer system in the world not only failed, but became contagious, infecting even computers that did not suffer from the Y2K bug. The next scheduled major world-ending is in 2012, when, according to a number of reliable experts, the Mayan Calendar simply “runs out,” apparently making it impossible for time to continue.


  1. "...indicates that the Second Coming will be just a few months away. "

    Isn't it always?

  2. Since October 21 arrived without catastrophe, it appears Mr. Camping miscalculated yet again. So, the Mayan 2012 doomsday prophecy is up to bat next.

    I look forward to your analysis of the 2012 end times prediction. Perhaps you will be so kind as to explain in simple terms how our world is scheduled to expire precisely at that time while the Mayan civilization itself collapsed several centuries earlier.

    On December 22, 2012, I predict that we will witness an impressive display of human ingenuity as the next new profit-making book/documentary/lecture series emerges to tap a lucrative and never ending demand.

  3. Tyler,

    I have already posted a long and detailed, three-part analysis of the hoo-hah over the supposed ending of the Mayan calendar. See my posting of Feb. 10, "Peter Gersten's Leap of Faith" ( ), and the two following posts.

    Oct 21 has indeed arrived, but it has not yet ended, so Camping still has a few hours to go. While it is already Oct. 22 in Australia and most of Asia, it's still Oct. 21 in much of the world, including Britain (UT is still Oct. 21). So we'll give Camping a few more hours before we razz him unmercifully.

    Actually, I think there are one or two minor world-endings to go before the Big Enchilada next year. Something to do with good and bad aliens. If I can get more info on this I'll write it up.

  4. There's a kook I argue with who claims the Qur'an states (cryptically!) that meteors will pummel the earth in early 2012 and thensome.

  5. Thge world keeps on ending and I keep on missing it - damn, I must sleep too much.

  6. Read Billy's own words about this....

    Then something else: For about a year now I have been bombarded again and again by all kinds of frightened people with questions about the asteroid Toutatis. Through the idiotic fear-mongers, such as channelers, alleged contactors, psychics, sectarians and other lunatics, their followers and believers are being told that the asteroid will crash down to Earth on the 29th of September 2004. Especially from the USA I already had the first inquiries about a year ago, which have been increasing more and more up to now, and for quite some time now also from Germany, Austria, England, South America and Switzerland. Now Quetzal already told me in the eighties, like you some years ago, that this asteroid of little more than 4x2 kilometres in size, which is constantly returning on its orbit through the SOL system, will come again into harmless proximity to the Earth on the 29th of September 2004 and will pass it at a distance of about 1.6 million kilometres, which corresponds to about four times the distance Earth-Moon. I also explained this to the frightened people who asked me about it and who were reassured by it. In this distance the asteroid really can't do any damage to the earth and therefore doesn't mean any danger. It could have been completely different in the last years, because several smaller asteroids, which had a size of some hundred meters, whizzed past the earth up to 90 kilometres, but no fuss was made about it. Only small reports came in the media, and that was that. Now, however, because of Toutatis, a real fuss is being made and it is even claimed that in the last hundred years no asteroid has passed so close to Earth as the coming space vagabond did.

    66. This is nonsense, of course, because in recent years alone several larger objects have passed much closer to Earth, some of them even touching the outermost layers of the Earth's sphere.

    67. Although they were not as large and massive as Toutatis, if they had fallen to Earth, a major catastrophe would have been inevitable.

    68. However, the coming asteroid on the 29th of September does not pose the slightest danger to the Earth and terrestrial humanity.

    69. The machinations of fear-mongering regarding this asteroid by irresponsible elements of any kind should be stopped and the fallible ones should be brought to account.


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