by J.M. McCanney
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21 March 2011

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Planet-X, Comets & Earth Changes
by James M. McCanney
Minneapolis, MN: press, 2007

(first published in 2002)
182 pp.

A new model of the Universe

A scientific revolution in the theories of the nature of comets, solar system formation and astronomical phenomena in general is long overdue.


For example, the impossibilities and contradictions inherent in the "dirty snowball comet model" and the "nebular collapse" theory of the origin of the solar system are legion. The theories fall short of explaining observed phenomena, but you'll never hear the scientists promoting them admit as much.


Unfortunately, it seems that in all their mental excavations, the mass-produced scientists of our time have dug themselves into a trench of dreary proportions, carried along by the inertial stream of their cherished professors' naīve opinions. In fact, they can't even tell how deep they are in it, or that their theories are as woefully outdated as the mastodon fossils of which they catch passing glimpses.


And thanks to James McCanney's work over the last thirty-odd years, they find themselves plunged, in the words of Mullah Nasr Eddin,

"into the deepest galoshes that have ever been worn on sweaty feet."

James McCanney is something of a maverick in the scientific community.


Having taught physics and mathematics at Cornell University, he was ousted because of pressure put on University authorities by professors in the astronomy department who didn't like what he was publishing. In that sense, academia is a tad like life in the Mob: "You can't say these things. If you do, we'll ruin you."


But while McCanney may have suffered the fate of any scientist who attempts to go against the grain, his theories continue to hold up, predicting newly observed phenomena without having to resort to the "creeping crud" of widely accepted, bogus theories (McCanney's term for the shameless "revision" of old theories to account for unexpected observations).

McCanney's first book in a series presenting his ideas, Planet-X, Comets & Earth Changes: A Scientific Treatise on the Effects of a New Large Planet or Comet Arriving in Our Solar System and Expected Earth Weather and Earth Changes, introduces his theoretical work on these topics. It's divided into thirteen short chapters describing the scientific concepts in layman's terms, followed by reprints of his original scientific papers published in the early 1980s.


The net result is three-fold:

first he takes apart the current theories, evangelized for decades by inept institutions such as NASA and the NOAA. Then he presents his own theories, accounting for all those pesky "anomalies" ignored or explained away by mainstream scientists.

Besides accounting for these anomalies, as he explains in Part II of his "3-Part Comet Paper", included in Appendix II:

Any alternate theory concerning comet behavior and the origin of the solar system (OSS) must re-explain many observed phenomena in a self-consistent context.


These include the origin of comet nuclei and the reason for the observed "families" of comets arriving from many specific directions in space, comet wandering, sunward spikes, sunward fan tails, occasional separation of the tail from the nucleus, comet splitting, the cause of Type I, II, and III tails, the spiraling of tail material, the stratification in some tails, multiple tails, the shrinking of the coma as the comet approaches the Sun, and the maintenance of meteoroid streams.

In relating the above to the formation of planets, moons and asteroids, the theory must also explain the internal heat and radioactivity of the planets, the orientation of the rotational axes of the planets, the spacing of planetary and lunar orbits, the asteroid belt, the source of planetary atmospheres, the size distribution of celestial bodies, the cause of retrograde orbits of selected moons, and last, but not least, the magnetic fields of the planets.


This must all be done in a context consistent with data (although not necessarily with uniformitarian theory) in other fields such as geology, biology, archaeology, anthropology, etc."

("3-Part Comet Paper" Part II, p. 61)

Following that, he describes what it all means for us living on planet Earth, what has happened in the past and will happen again - effects of which most scientists are either unaware or unable to speak due to signed non-disclosure agreements.


But first, what exactly can't the current theories explain? Surely, there can't be any holes in the "wisdom" parroted about as if it were holy dogma these days, right?


To avoid any excess sarcasm (there's enough of that already, and more to come!), I'll let you guess my answer to that one. I'll just say that these "anomalies" have all either been ignored or the current theories simply modified with "correcting factors" to account for the unexpected data (thus creating even more inconsistencies).

The nebular theory of OSS, for example, has mighty difficulty (without fudging numbers or creating new physical phenomena) explaining the formation of large proto-planets let alone small comet nuclei in terms of gravitational collapse of gas clouds, Saturn's large energy output, Venus' greater energy output than input from the Sun, the moon Titan's high temperature compared to the little sunlight it receives, the maintenance of Pluto's atmosphere, electrical current flow between Jupiter and its moon Io, and various other electrical phenomena observed in space, to name just a handful.


The "dirty snowball comet model" (DSCM), in turn, can't quite wrap itself around the continual renewal of comet coma, their curvature and well defined edges, "sunward spikes" with intense radio signals coming off the nucleus, tail spiraling, etc.


As McCanney points out above, any good theory must account for all of those, and more. So what does he offer instead? The "comet capture theory of OSS" and the "plasma discharge comet model" (PDCM), according to which our solar system, and space in general, is not electrically neutral.


Rather, we live in an electric universe.

An illustration of the current "nebular collapse" theory

of solar system formation taught to all students of space science.

Let's start big, like galaxy big.


According to the received wisdom, our solar system formed more or less at one time, four-point-something billion years ago (give or take a day or two). You can read about it on Wikipedia. Basically, in the beginning was the Great Nebular Cloud, which was pretty bored and lonely being a just cloud and so collapsed and flattened into a Really Big Disc, out of which several varied planets and moons gradually coalesced.


If it sounds like a myth, it's because it most likely is. According to McCanney's theory (described in the paper in Appendix I), the picture is pretty different, being both logical and accounting for those aforementioned "anomalies", including the "missing mass" problem, the spiral shape and symmetry of galactic arms, and the surplus of twin star systems observed in our galaxy.


In this model, stars and planets, as well as smaller comet nuclei, are all formed at the same time from cosmic dust continually emanating from and returning back into the galactic center. Basically, the cosmic dust collapses inward toward the nucleus, and condensed material is ejected outward in a "shotgun effect". (Because all these objects are formed in the same way, this means that stars may actually have solid cores, the source of heavy isotopes ejected in supernovae.)

Ejected bodies will naturally stabilize into dual orbiting systems, explaining the observation that over 80% of star systems are actually twin-star systems, the remainder probably also being twinned, although with more introverted companions of the unlit variety (e.g., brown dwarfs or gas giants).


(Incidentally, McCanney believes Jupiter is the Sun's unlit twin, as they alone share the same spin axis among solar system bodies, but we here at SOTT favor the brown dwarf theory, for which Walter Cruttenden gives some evidence in his book Lost Star of Myth and Time.)


As these two bodies stabilize in their orbit of one another, they eject smaller bodies to go out into the world and find their own solar system.

So where do comets come from? Aside from being rudely deflected from the sphere of our stellar young lovers, another source of comets is the material ejected from stellar novae, the small bits flying away at great speeds with the biggest bits staying behind. (This may explain the "families" of comets that appear to come from the same source in space.)


These ejected bodies from the galactic center and supernovae will later be captured into the orbit of one or another of the bodies of an already-paired star system, in the manner in which comets are "captured" into solar systems by large planets like Jupiter, falling into stable orbits over time and accreting mass in the methods described below.


So while stellar pairs may enforce their privacy at first, they can't forestall the inevitability of certain "cosmic accidents".

But before we continue our story of cosmic "Married with Children", we need a few more concepts with which to work, namely, from the plasma discharge model.


McCanney writes:

It has always been assumed that the solar wind contains equal currents of electrons and protons to maintain an electrically neutral solar system. But there is no reason for assuming this is so. It would be impossible to detect the overall current leaving the Sun at any given moment.


The few points at which the solar wind has been monitored can in no way be extrapolated to say that there are equal currents of protons and electrons in the solar wind as has been done by theorists. External characteristics, e.g., comet phenomena and electrical phenomena in Saturn's rings, indicate that there must be an excess current of protons.


In solar prominences are seen composite streamers of similarly charged particles moving in the local magnetic field, so there can be no doubt that the Sun has the ability to selectively eject composite streamers of similarly charged particles.

("3-Part Comet Paper" Part I, p. 25)

Comet Arend-Roland's sunward spike - a high energy electron beam

connecting the discharging comet and the Sun.

Basically, electrons' movement is slightly retarded in the Sun's corona, with solar flares hurling out an excess number of protons.


The excess protons in the solar wind creates a separation of charge throughout the entire solar system - a giant capacitor with a positively charged, doughnut-shaped nebular cloud of dust and gases stretching to the far reaches of the solar system, and the negatively charged the surface of the Sun.


An electrical potential exists between these two poles and any object moving through plasma regions of varying charge density will become charged, depending on its size and relative velocity. When new bodies (e.g., comets) enter this plasma region from outer space, they ignite and begin to discharge the solar capacitor.


The comet nucleus acquires a negative charge, with electrons flowing towards it in the form of a sunward spike. The excess protons and other positively charged ions (including light elements up to sulfur) making up the nebular cloud and zodiacal disc (which contains the heavy elements) flow into and form the comet tail. So the comet tail has nothing to do with water vapor streaming from a melting "snowball", although that's not to say that water can't be a component of a comet tail - quite the contrary.

The Sun is an interesting thing (seriously!).


Compare it with a gas giant like Saturn. Both are surrounded by a plane of stratified, ring-like structures: the familiar rings of Saturn and the Sun's zodiacal disc (the dusty material spanning the plane of the ecliptic) with rings at certain distances, e.g., between Mars and Jupiter. In fact, both Saturn and Jupiter exhibit certain star-like properties and electrical phenomena, leading McCanney to some interesting hypotheses.


Besides rings and satellites, they display interplanetary electrical discharges (e.g., between Jupiter and Io), energetic particles, differential rotation (the equator of the Sun rotates faster than the poles), high temperatures, exothermic radiation, and highly energetic atmospheric lightning.


According to McCanney, this lightning is actually what triggers fusion reactions (the burning of hydrogen and helium) on the Sun's surface, i.e., not in its core. Like the gas giants, the Sun should have a solid core, where radioactive decay takes place.

This brings us back to family matters and unplanned parenthood. If planets can become stars, can comets become moons or planets, and if so, how? Let's follow a comet as it journeys into the solar system and see what happens based on McCanney's comet capture theory. As a small comet enters the solar system, it will be seen to light up, discharging a relatively small and localized region of the capacitor.


Several types of tail may be observed, in addition to the brightly lit coma. These tail shapes vary according to different charge-ratio values (in relation to the Sun) and the stratification of dust and gases in the tail itself. Sudden neutralization of the nucleus can cause what is observed as tail separation, and curved tails form depending on whether the comet is moving "downstream" or "upstream" through the zodiacal disc (i.e., relative angular velocity).


Some comets have been observed to "wander", that is, change their orbital descent (e.g., Hale-Bopp's period changed from 4200 to 2650 years in just one passage).


In McCanney's model, this is explained by the vast amount of material drawn into the comet tail. Comets are attracting these materials, not discharging them through "melting" of nonexistent ice and gas jets. This dusty material produces a gravitational drag, and has the effect of circularizing eccentric orbits, making them more uniform.


As a comet's orbit becomes circular (due to tail drag), it stops moving through the differently charged areas around the Sun, remaining in one region of electrical equipotential, thus losing its visibly charged tail. In essence, it evolves into an asteroid or potential moon in a stable orbit, its fiery early years over.

However, while comets are usually relatively small in size, some are potentially huge, discharging the entire solar capacitor, which can drain much of its energy and cause violent solar storms.


So, how do planets form?


McCanney follows Velikovsky in thinking that Venus is a relatively recent addition to our solar system, entering our solar system as a planet-sized comet that accreted a lot of mass in the process, becoming the young, hot planet we see today. (It will eventually become a water planet, like Earth.) The high temperatures, brought on by electrical heating during its passage through the solar capacitor, can cause the nuclei of large comets to become molten, self-gravitating into the spherical shape common to planets and most moons.


Comets as planets-to-be also may explain the varied axes of rotation of the known planets, as well as the initial formation of their atmospheres.


As light elements up to sulfur have been observed in comet tails, they're the likely pre-existent source of atmosphere in cometary planets captured by star systems. While small comets don't have enough mass to attract and hold the chemical volatiles from space, large comets do, gravitationally attracting the materials into an atmosphere.

So yeah, it seems that comets are actually the seeds of planets. Most get cast onto barren earth, but some may grow to bear fruit. However, as we'll see below, this "childhood stage" of planetary evolution is anything but easy-going. In fact, when a full discharge of the solar capacitor occurs, it's more like the Cosmic Terrible Twos.

To sum up so far, here's the list of theoretical results included in Part III of McCanney's "Comet Paper":

  1. The formation of a "stellar capacitor" around stellar objects undergoing nuclear fusion in their atmospheres (the negatively charged stellar object is surrounded by rings and a doughnut-shaped nebular cloud of ionized dust, molecules, and ions, forming an electrical capacitor which may discharge under certain conditions).

    McCanney's comet model

  2. Comets are asteroidal bodies (not ice balls) which discharge this stellar capacitor, developing a net negative electrical charge. The comet nucleus attracts quantities of dust and ions, forming the visible comet tail. ...

  3. Comet nuclei are captured by the solar system at random time intervals and evolve into the planets, moons and asteroids. Comets are accumulating matter and are not melting away as suggested by the ice ball comet model (IBCM). Only rarely do comet nuclei reach planetary dimensions. The members of the solar system have varying ages.

  4. Gravitational encounters with members of the solar system and the "tail drag" are the primary effects which move newly captured comets into stable non-overlapping orbits. The solar system is a dynamic ever-evolving system.

  5. The gas giants (Jupiter, Saturn and possibly Uranus and Neptune) maintain fusion in their atmospheres. The fusion is ignited by energetic lightning bolts in their turbulent atmospheres, implying that the Sun does the same. Observations of Jupiter and Saturn by Voyagers I and II show the same electrical phenomena as observed around the Sun. Jupiter and the Sun were the original twin stars of our solar system, other bodies being captured one by one at later dates.

  6. Gravity is not the sole force governing the cosmos. Electrical effects generally produce only subtle effects, but occasionally they may dominate the workings of the solar system.

  7. Major Earth-altering events (caused by gravitational and electrical effects) may occur when large comets pass nearby.

    ("3-Part Comet Paper" Part III, pp. 42 - 43)


A quasar connected to a galaxy.

Following current theories, the galaxy is traveling 1800km/sec,

and the quasar 21,000km/sec.

In other words, the galaxy is 107 million light years away

while the quasar is 1.2 billion light years away, an absurdity.


To these can be added the two topics discussed in the third paper itself.


Firstly, red-shift observations have been used to show that comet tails move away from the nucleus; however, this is actually based on an assumption about red-shift. There are other causes of red-shift besides Doppler effects, for example, as a measure of charge (McCanney's calls it "induced electric dipole red-shift").


This not only accounts for red-shift but also bending of light and supports other observations questioning the validity of using red-shift (as in the Hubble constant) to estimate the distances of stars and the age of universe. (In other words, it throws such theories as the Big Bang and the expanding universe into question, as well as General Relativity.)

Secondly, electrical current flow is necessary to explain magnetic fields.


Stellar and planetary magnetic dynamos are not "self-generating", but externally powered by interaction with other charged bodies and their own inner cores and atmospheres.


Only planets with moons have a magnetic field worth speaking of.


While all planets and moons discharge the solar capacitor to one degree or another, moons charge in the manner of a comet (by moving through varying regions of solar wind) and the current flow between them and their planets helps create and maintain the planet's magnetic field. The magnetic field is connected to the jet-stream and plays an important role in Earth's weather patterns too.


Incidentally, a magnetic field (which buffers the planet from high energy particles from the Sun) is necessary for life.


Worlds in Collision, Earth in Upheaval

Anyways, that's the science so far.


But what does it mean for us? For those of us like Sherlock Holmes in the contemporary BBC production Sherlock, what does it matter to us if the Earth revolves around the Sun or vice versa? Or, in this case, what's the difference if comets are dirty snowballs or "hot, radioactive nuclear conglomerates" discharging the solar capacitor?


Well, as McCanney writes:

Today we are finding the remnants of ... ancient societies. There were huge cities in what we now call South America long before the so-called Ice Age or the alleged crossing of the Bering Strait by early hunting tribes. What we are learning is that the history that is being taught as "standard knowledge" is totally wrong.


There is a tremendous effort in numerous sectors of modern society to keep the truth of our real past from being told. The seats of knowledge in our universities, certain religious centers and the governments of western society are doing their very best to prevent this information from reaching the general public.


They fear that this knowledge will set people free from the domination they are currently under.

(p. ix)

Comet Shoemaker-Levy impacts Jupiter,

causing massive explosions.

These ancient societies (just barely) lived through worldwide cataclysms of immense destruction.


They understood their severity and passed on this understanding in the form of legend, myth, and symbol - a warning for the future, us. We have yet to re-experience such an event in recent history, but we are beginning to catch glimpses of just what may occur.


When comet Shoemaker-Levy was heading towards Jupiter in 1994, scientists were still harping on the "ice ball comet" meme, expecting relatively benign "splat" as this harmless ice ball pummeled into the gas giant. Instead, it broke up into several mini "ice ball" fragments and unleashed more explosive power than all the world's nuclear arsenal combined.


But it turns out that a rare direct collision of relatively small comet fragments is the least of our worries (as if that weren't enough).

As long as a comet is discharging the solar capacitor, it doesn't need to collide with Earth for us to experience its effects. Large solar flares triggered by electrical interactions with comets, electrical currents flowing to Earth, and gravitational tidal waves can all take their toll.


This "action-at-a-distance" phenomenon can cause extreme weather and storms, volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, pollution events (e.g., pandemics, plagues, "Black Death", raining fire, etc.), pole shifts, mass extinctions, meteor showers, mountain building, and huge electric discharges between Earth and a large, passing comet.

While certain planetary alignments have the potential to cause solar storms on their own, a period of very high solar activity is most likely an indication of a large comet (or comets) discharging the solar capacitor.


When a large comet nucleus cuts through the solar capacitor's structure, igniting and discharging, it sets up a feedback loop with the Sun, pumping up the Sun's output, which in turn pumps up the discharging comet. When a third body enters into this alignment, the effects are even more exacerbated; for example, when Comet Lee aligned with Earth and Venus causing four major hurricanes to develop simultaneously in September, 1999.


McCanney lists several other examples of this sort in his book.


This is why events such as planetary eclipses, oppositions and conjunctions are of interest in McCanney's model. These planetary alignments appear to provide conductive pathways for the solar capacitor to discharge itself. When a planet suddenly finds itself in the middle of such an alignment, it essentially gets "zapped", or caught between a plasma structure of flowing electric current.


It is interesting to note that astrologers and not astronomers are often the ones more interested in planetary alignments, positions and so forth. Could astrology be the remnant of an ancient science practiced long ago when knowledge of the solar capacitor (and perhaps much more) was widely understood? Also, what other features of planetary position and movement (e.g., transit points, retrograde motion, perigees, etc.) could be of interest in this electric model?


Whatever the answer, McCanney's book focuses on the alignments with comets and planets and their apparent influence on Earth in the form of cyclone and hurricane storms.

On the subject of hurricanes, McCanney writes:

... the reason hurricanes lost power when they approached land was that the powering electrical current from the ionosphere to the cloud tops and to the Earth's surface had no connection (anode) while over the ocean... so it drew up vast surface areas of ionized air from the ocean surface and sucked them up a central column (the spinning vortex was caused by the moist air rising "up the drain")... whereas the land provided a "ground" for the current and therefore it shunted out the storm's power source... the Great Red Spot on Jupiter (and the many smaller storms as well as the "sun spots" on the sun) are nothing more than ongoing hurricanes, but since there are not land masses to "stop them", they keep going on forever, and continue to circle in these giants in their huge stormy atmospheres.


The giant gas "planets" and the Sun [have] many counter-rotating rings of electrical currents that are just like the three "jet streams" that circle Earth.

(pp. 71 - 72)

The cavity between Earth's ionosphere and the ground acts as a capacitor itself, adjusting to maintain a neutral field inside.


So when it is bombarded with intense solar flares and wind, this cavity compresses and seeks to discharge itself through various processes such as lightning storms and hurricanes, but possibly even earthquakes and volcanoes as well. This excess charge does not discharge all at once, but passes down through various material layers about and within the Earth, starting with the ionosphere and ultimately reaching the Earth's core.


To understand how this works, we need to know more about Earth's magnetic field, which acts as a natural buffer between organic life and high-energy particles from the Sun.

McCanney identifies five layers of magnetic field, two permanent and three variable.


Earth's central core (the original comet "seed") maintains a permanent magnetic field, formed as it cooled early in Earth's life. Next is the molten layer in the sub-mantle: the area that geologists today believe is the main driver of Earth's magnetic field. In McCanney's model this layer is only a lesser component, and subject to influence from the layers above.


To top off this layer, there are localized pockets of iron and nickel in the mantle and outer crust, forming more or less permanent magnetic fields, which (on average) align with the field of the core. Some of these magnetized pockets form such large localized distortions of the Earth's magnetic that compass readings are near useless in these locations.


(It should be noted that such regions have also been known for their high frequency of UFO sightings and other anomalous happenings based on the research of John Keel and others.)


The variable layers, starting in the atmosphere going up into space, form the bulk of Earth's magnetic field, even though they are not permanent in structure. These layers include the three current flows in Earth's ionosphere: the three "jet streams" which flow westerly at the equator and easterly at temperate latitudes. Above that are the Van Allen radiation belts, followed by the outer current of solar wind.


The alleged "magnetic tail" flowing from the night side of the Earth is actually a comet tail, with electrons flowing out and positive ions in.


Solar flares activated by comet discharges alter these variable layers of magnetic field by loading them with excess charge, which can in turn lead to hurricanes, ocean heating (El Niņo) and potentially Earth Changes.

Was North America covered in ice

during the last Ice Age because it was then located in the North Pole?

It's a rare time that doesn't see hysterical warnings of imminent "Pole Shifts" among pseudo-catastrophists and doomsayers.


There's a lot of disinformation being spread about the topic. There are actually two types of pole shifts: physical and magnetic. Both depend on external conditions - they don't "just happen".


According to McCanney, magnetic reversals in the variable fields may occur because of electrical interactions, but they are only temporary.


The core keeps its true north, to which the total field re-aligns after the period of disturbance is over. Findings of rocks and metals magnetized in the opposite direction are most likely the result of their cooling (and thus developing their permanent magnetic properties), or actual physical rotation, during the time in which the variable fields were off kilter.


Similarly, the passage of a large comet can have gravitational effects (like the Moon has on the tides), causing massive tidal waves to course through the Earth's mantle and oceans, causing chain reactions of earthquakes and volcanoes. Like the eggshell of a spinning egg, this can cause the more solid outer layers of the Earth to shift over the molten layers below.


(In Atlantis to Tesla - The Kolbrin Connection, McCanney relates that "true north" used to be inhabited by the region just north of New York and Michigan before such a shift occurred several thousand years ago, i.e. a physical movement of 30-40 degrees.)


After the outer layers settle down, they will resume rotating in the direction of the core, which, just as it retains its magnetic field, retains its own direction of rotation. However, such gravitational effects can cause a slight precession of the core's rotation, offsetting true north (i.e., Polaris will no longer be the North Star.)

McCanney also hypothesizes a "recombination zone" around the comet nucleus where the electrons neutralize incoming positive ions from the tail, making the region a "chemical factory" where elements are blended into molecules like water and hydrocarbons.


The tarry-black color of comet nuclei is most likely the result of the intense electron beam from the Sun burning hydrocarbons onto their surfaces. The fact that comet tails are attracting materials and not dispersing them is made all the more clear by the fact that while Shoemaker-Levy's fragments were seen to be trailing water prior to entering Jupiter's atmosphere, when they finally did so, the water tails quickly transformed into sulfur dioxide, i.e., they began attracting the new surrounding elements.


Incidentally, this fact may have some important implications for evolution.


Comets contain all the necessary ingredients for evolutionary processes to work with (not necessary already-formed life-bearing molecules):

A newly-formed planet may burn hydrogen for some time before it cools. The new planet passes through a super hot radioactive phase, followed by a chemical stage (Venus is presently in transition between these stages) allowing the free combination of elements, after which comes the cascade of biological evolution at temperatures below 200F and evidently from a perfectly sterile medium.


Thus, all planets begin with approximately the same chemicals in the same proportions and one should expect biological systems to reflect this.

(p. 73, Part II)

Immanuel Velikovsky, demonized in his time,

was more right than wrong, according to James McCanney.

In a giant comet, the materials formed in the tail and recombination zone provide the source for massive pollution events afflicting Earth.


The body with the greater "surface gravity" will pull in the volatile elements from the atmosphere of the smaller body. McCanney follows Velikovsky in concluding that just such an event occurred when a cometary Venus stripped Mars of its oceans and atmosphere (explaining their almost identical chemical compositions) and then dumped Earth with massive amounts of water and burning hydrocarbons.


This explains why Mars has so many features of a water-bearing planet that are still visible and have not eroded away significantly. In other words, this passage of Venus may have been a relatively recent event in cosmic terms.


Besides attracting dust and gases, the short-range "induced dipole effect" of comets can be stronger than gravity, especially with smaller objects, thus explaining how comets can attract meteoroid streams following and maintaining their orbit. The ancients would have observed and experienced (as they passed on through myth and legend) mass flooding and "fire and brimstone" (meteoroids and hydrocarbons) ignited by the snake-like extension connecting the comet to Earth.


This is the real source of the world's oil reserves. They rained on the Earth during close encounters, killing and burying whatever lay beneath. And to top it all off, the lack of sunlight during such events would lead to a net cooling of the Earth, triggering a mini-Ice Age.

To sum up, here's a list of possible effects that can occur months and years before the actual close passage of a Planet-X-type object, summarized from McCanney's supplement pamphlet Surviving Planet X Passage (2003, pp. 20 - 25):

  • Violent storms with excessive lightning, wind and water (drawn in from space in the manner comets do)

  • Degradation of complete elimination of infrastructures and facilities

  • Groups of cyclones, destroying housing

  • Torrential rains and mudslides, causing mass flooding


    Surviving Planet X


  • Surviving Planet X Passage by J.M. McCanney

  • Strong winds and land hurricanes, tearing up Earth and vegetation (which will later form coal)

  • Erratic weather, like snow in the tropics

  • Influx of chemicals such as water, ammonia, and hydrocarbons

  • Contaminated water supplies

  • Visible electric discharges between planets and moons

  • Colorful auroras, trumpet- and whistle-like sounds caused by discharging

  • Frequent magnetic reversals allowing radioactive particles to enter our atmosphere, causing gene mutations and new species

  • Blotting out of the Sun leading to mini-Ice Age

  • Meteor stream impacts

  • "Plagues" as electric currents force insects and vermin out of the ground

  • "Pillar of fire" as Earth forms an electrical connection with Planet X, scorching the Earth and producing deafening noise

  • If the object is larger than Earth, the loss of atmosphere and oceans; if smaller, massive pollution events

  • Physical pole-shift, displacing continents and causing the flash-freezing of animals (e.g., the Wooly Mammoths) and causing earthquakes and the eruption of old and new volcanoes

  • The above resulting in an altered orbit, rotation, and tilt of the Earth, requiring a re-calibrating of our calendar (for which McCanney gives practical instruction in the pamphlet)

That's the picture painted by early humanity.


Whether it's some or all, that's what is coming.



McCanney's theories turn contemporary science on end, throwing almost all of our currently accepted theories into question, including,


We do not have to fight a war in the mid-east for oil, as it is found the world over and in abundance. It is not the result of millions of eons of decaying plant life.


If it were, where were the fern forests that grew under the oceans?! I have yet to see any chemist show how dirt decays and transforms into crude oil and natural gas. There are literally oceans of oil all over the Earth.


It ARRIVED ON Earth as part of multiple large-scale pollution events from passing large comets. It is not a rare or limited commodity, and it is not the rare substance controlled by just a few elite people. There are better ways of powering our need for energy (e.g. tapping into the solar electric field as Tesla was doing for free).


The real reason we should cease using oil is because it pollutes the environment.

(p. 64)

If practically everything we "know" is wrong, it becomes clear that the scientific/university system is not set up for free-thinkers.

The reality of the Ph.D. educational system today is that if you truly were a free thinker, you could never possibly get a Ph.D. in astronomy or space science ... since you would know about this history [of science] ... and when you brought it up and pushed for the truth, you would have been led to the door and another eager, unsuspecting young mental athlete would have taken your place.


Getting a Ph.D. is based on one's ability to pass tests and regurgitate what you have been told.


Questioning it is not part of the process. And once you get that Ph.D. and get your first post-doc position and then your first tenure track position, you are well trained in the art of not questioning the axioms of astronomy.

(p. 41)

Indeed, in his books and on his shortwave radio show, McCanney refers to the mass of "tier-two science", i.e., the disinformation science that is necessary to prevent people from knowing the truth.


Because, the truth will set you free, literally - free from the slavery of economic and political control.


Just as psychopathic politicians need bogus psychiatry and psychology to prevent an accurate diagnosis of the problems of pathocracy, the same dynamic plays itself out in physics, astronomy, history, and just about any other field of science you can think of. Who can make money if energy is free? Who can maintain their positions of affluence when people are able to live self-sustaining lives?


The entire edifice of political control in our times needs people to be ignorant. And NASA plays a big part in making that so.


McCanney relates that when he covered the Hale-Bopp controversy on his website in the 1990s,

Much of the internet traffic which was trapped by originating addresses of the visitors ... saw a large volume of the traffic coming from astronomy and astrophysics departments of universities as well as continual traffic from NASA, the Department of Defense, Staff of the National Labs, the NSA, CIA, and other letter agencies of government.


If comets were just silly little insignificant snowballs then it sure is unusual to see all the interest in someone saying they were not.

(p. 44)

The NASA news release system is strict and comes only from designated NASA news distribution points in Goddard and JPL. Individual scientists are under strict non-disclosure agreements not to disclose anything individually.


All news outlets must go through designated channels. These scientists are equally restricted under the NSA decree that they cannot discuss or admit publicly to any event or situation that might cause public alarm.


That is why the data regarding a new arrival like Planet X will not be allowed from the halls of NASA. They are under strict contract not to tell the public.

(p. 49)

Behind the tier-two science are the scientists who have a clue, only they're doing their work under strict, private (as in "black budget" private) and government contracts.


These scientists are aware of what's really going on in our solar system, and they've got the tools to see the signs. (According to McCanney, NASA knows of one such Planet X-type object approaching from south of the solar system, from data produced in the 1990s. It is only viewable in May from observatories very low in the southern hemisphere.)


They are exploited by the pathocrats who run the show, and we never see their work. They are the ones "in charge" and they intend to keep it that way. If the public were to know the truth about what is coming to humanity, do you really think these men and women would be able to keep hold of their positions and come out on the other side unscathed?


Neither do they, so they plan on saving themselves and leaving the rest of us to the fate of dinosaurs.

As this book goes to print, all the major observatories of the world are being taken off line. Astronomers are being told not to discuss "Planet X" with the public. As with [Hale-Bopp], NASA has shut the door on release of information.


They are positioning their scientists to become part of the nightly national weather programs, and to be in position to defray any public awareness of what is truly happening with the Sun and our planetary system.

(p. 84)

The truth is that NASA, the NSA, and other government agencies are prohibited by law from disclosing to the public anything that would cause a national panic. So too they will try to prevent dissemination of my theories about comets because it might cause a public to redirect its allegiance as a new and potentially dangerous comet comes into the solar system.


While the government officials are using tax dollars to build safety caves for their "shadow government" in case of "major disaster", they are leaving the public out to dry with no forewarning or protection.

(p. 83)

But as McCanney points out in Surviving Planet X Passage, even this will most likely fail (and if it doesn't, they'll have all those "left behind" to deal with when they eventually crawl out of their holes):

The governments of the world have built extensive cave cities using nuclear powered tunneling machines that leave a glass liner as the heat of the nuclear reactor motor melts the shell of the cave as the tunneling machine passes through.


These are likewise provisioned with 50 years of food, medical supplies and every sort of amenity that we live with today. Some are under minor mountain ranges while others are burrowed into the sides of massive granite mountains.


These caves will actually be the worst place to be since the gravitational waves will turn these man-made caverns into fractured underground death chambers.

(p. 40)

What is the real purpose of underground bases

With psychopaths in power, it's the natural scenario to expect to be played out: using tax-dollars to create vast, secret underground bases and leaving the rest of humanity to its fate.


As astrophysicist Victor Clube wrote, this official control of information has happened before (see also Clube's and Napier's description of how leaders have promoted a non-catastrophic worldview throughout history in order to cement control, in their book The Cosmic Winter):

Confronted on many occasions in the past by the prospect of world-end, national elites have often found themselves having to suppress public panic - only to discover, too late, that the usual means of control commonly fail.


Thus, an institutionalized science is expected to withhold knowledge of the threat; a self-regulated press is expected to make light of any disaster; while an institutionalized religion is expected to oppose predestination and to secure such general belief in a fundamentally benevolent deity as can be mustered...


The Christian, Islamic and Judaic cultures have all moved since the European Renaissance to adopt an unreasoning anti-apocalyptic stance, apparently unaware of the burgeoning science of catastrophes. History, it now seems, is repeating itself: it has taken the Space Age to revive the Platonist voice of reason, but it emerges this time within a modern anti-fundamentalist, anti-apocalyptic tradition over which governments may, as before, be unable to exercise control...


Cynics (or modern sophists), in other words, would say that we do not need the celestial threat to disguise Cold War intentions; rather we need the Cold War to disguise celestial intentions!

(The Hazard to Civilization from Fireballs and Comets)

So you can add insane "leaders" to the list of problems facing humanity now and in the time to come.

Why is all this important? As George Gurdjieff wrote, the "terror of the situation" is such that it's enough to drive a person into depression and hopelessness. But that's not the purpose.


The purpose of knowing that such things have happened before and will happen again is just that - to know - and act based on that knowledge. How would you live your life knowing that tomorrow may be your last day? Pretty differently, I think. The shock and realization of death has a way of focusing priorities. As we like to say,

Life is religion. Life experiences reflect how one interacts with God. Those who are asleep are those of little faith in terms of their interaction with the creation. Some people think that the world exists for them to overcome or ignore or shut out. For those individuals, the world will cease. They will become exactly what they give to life.


They will become merely a dream in the 'past.' People who pay strict attention to objective reality right and left, become the reality of the 'Future.'

And, as for the current state of the planet and the Earth Changes it has been experiencing recently, we're of the thought that the cycle of catastrophes reflects the experiential cycle of humanity. Simply put, we're making a mess of this planet and Nature is shaking things up as we do it.


As McCanney writes:

Petty wars and the use of resources to fight these wars can have only one possible result... and nature in its own time and manner will repay those species... collectively... who fail to control their leaders who promote these wars.

(p. 103)

This shows nature's plan of radical change through violence as with floods, forest fires, etc., and must be her way of assuring the continual mixing of the elements by random events allowing life to flourish and change.

("3-Part Comet Paper" Part III, p. 49)

So what can we do?


Whether it be living a sustainable lifestyle, networking with like-minded individuals, fostering healthy interactions with those close to us, learning about and spreading knowledge about what's really going on in the world, or finding and getting in touch with our true purpose in life, we need to change the way we live, the way we see and interact with the world around us.


And above all, if our way of life can have any type of mitigating effect on what we may face, we need to stop giving our support to useless, endless wars and categorically say no to the torture and murder of other human beings.



The following papers by McCanney are reproduced in his books (the last three in Atlantis to Tesla - The Kolbrin Connection) and should be read for the complete scientific arguments, references, and equations:

  • 1981, "Continuing Galactic Formation", Astrophysics and Space Science 74, 57 - 64

  • 1981, "Saturn's Sweeper Moons Predicted", The Moon and the Planets 24, 349 - 53

  • 1983, "The Nature and Origin of Comets and the Evolution of Celestial Bodies (Part I)", KRONOS IX-1, 17 - 39

  • 1984, "The Nature and Origin of Comets and the Evolution of Celestial Bodies (Part II)", KRONOS IX-3, 60 - 85

  • 1985, "The Nature and Origin of Comets and the Evolution of Celestial Bodies (Part III)", KRONOS X-2, 42 - 53

  • 1986, "Dynamics of a Small Comet"

  • 1987, "Currents Induced by Foreign Bodies in Non-Uniform Plasmas"

  • 1987, "CP/MPS: Contained Plasma Magnetic Propulsion System - An Advanced Propulsion Concept"