By Clyde Lewis

"There are three incoming objects. Two of them we know a lot about...but the third one is an unknown...all we know is it is coming and it has a high probability of hitting us."— Made by a fictitious scientist known as "Aussie Bloke"

Back in 1504 Christopher Columbus created what can be called a classic psychological operation. When one of his ships was damaged and he held out in the Caribbean. He ended up in Jamaica and in order for he and is crew to survive they traded things with the natives there.

The sailors in his crew started to get a little greedy and began taking too much food, raping the women and so on and the natives refused to deal with Columbus.

Well, they basically told Columbus that his crew were not welcome and that they would not trade anymore for provisions.

Well that meant starvation for Columbus and his men.

Columbus used his knowledge of astronomy and secretly pre-calculated a lunar eclipse on February 29, 1504

He told them that he had the power of God and that he would remove the moon from the sky if they would not cooperate with him.

The natives at first did not believe him.

The moon then turned to blood and then it began to dim. The natives worried. The moon got very dim and the natives got very worried. Then the moon disappeared. The natives were in a panic and pleaded with Columbus to bring back the moon because they feared that the earth would be destroyed.

Columbus knew precisely when the moon would reappear. He agreed to bring back the moon in due time, if they agreed to give him food. The natives agreed.

The moon of course reappeared.

Columbus saved himself and his crew from starvation. It was a case of using intelligence over ignorance. He used the native’s own fear of annihilation as tool to get them to do what he wanted.

A 600-year-old trick can still be used on a frightened populace. When a critical mass believes that the end of the world is near they begin to do strange things.

Since the attacks on the United States on September 11th, 2001 we have seen how a government uses fear in order to coerce a nation into surrendering civil rights and demanding an open ended war on terror.

There are many people who believe that this war is the beginning of a foretold end of the world scenario in the bible. Others see it in quatrains brought forth from a French seer named Nostradamus. Despite the many failed predictions of Armageddon many people continue to assert that they have the date and time of the world’s horrible end. In the weeks preceding this article my radio show has entertained the idea of a cataclysmic event happening on or around June 20th, 2004. Not that I believed that it would end on that date, I wanted to tell people that there were others out there who were using current events as a means to deduce that a major event was on tap for the days or months ahead.

I do admit that the circumstantial events were compelling and I was thinking about ways I could stock up on a few things in case I was stranded or otherwise cut off from the conveniences of modern life.

I think that people secretly want to see the end of the world. It is kind of a sick thought but I think many people are intrigued by their own desolation. It entices us and makes us feel uncomfortable at the same time. This is why we pay top dollar to see movies like "The Day After Tomorrow" and tune the TV to watch shows like "10.5" which show architectural keepsakes with emotional attachments fall to the ground during catastrophic earthquakes.

We all know that these catastrophes are created in a computer and that they are made to look real so that the terror can be etched forever in our subconscious minds. For a moment we are fooled. For a moment we buy into the horror, and later we breathe a sigh of relief when we are told it was all a big hoax.

What we fail to take into account is that sometimes life imitates art and the catastrophes that we create in Hollywood and the so-called hoaxes can become all too real in the blink of an eye.

The Snowball NET saga is a blaring example of such a story.

While I have detailed the anecdote in a past article, I believe that the time has come to create a short epilogue before the so called "impact time" of June 20th, 2004.

Calling it an epilogue is optimistic especially when there have been many coincidences that may indicate that this story should be called "Snowball’s Penultimate."

On January 26th, 2004 at 5 a.m. a message was broadcast on ham radio. It was a strange message and it’s transcript was posted all over the internet. The frequency was 11.176 mhz.

Network operator BURROW or BURRO intercepted it. A broadcaster called SNOWBALL NET made the broadcast. The message kicked off a worldwide curiosity about a major event that some people thought could lead to a cataclysmic event from outer space:

SNOWBALL NET: Snowball Net comms check. All stations, clock sync.


Impact at minus 146 days, 5 hours UTC. Standby for ACC link

(Digital Data Burst Recorded)

BURROW : SNOWBALL This is BURROW. You are not secure repeat not secure go green go green.

The message could have been a hoax, but there were many indications that pointed to the possibility that the broadcast had accidentally been leaked because of the frequency band in which it was left.

The Department of Defense Emergency Action Message System broadcasts on a frequency of 11.176MHz. The Broadcasts are heard 24 hours a day seven days a week on upper side band.

A message speaking of an impact event on a department of defense channel had the radio and internet community scrambling to figure out what was going to happen 146 days after SNOWBALL was told to shut down and move to a secure channel.

There was in effect a scenario that was narrowed down to three pre-events followed by a major event on January 20th, 2004 that would usher in a "crisis" putting the United States and other countries under martial law.

There were circumstantial coincidences that were happening after the broadcast that seemed to be puzzle pieces to a greater picture.

The greater picture it seemed, was a major event either extra terrestrial or man made that would stun the world.

Some of the coincidences were:
  • After a major Earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale hits Iran, a large bolide meteor falls from the sky destroying several neighborhood units. The tremor that it caused could be felt up to one kilometer away. The meteor’s impact was in a rural area of Babol.

  • Meteor fireballs were seen by hundreds of people across Spain from the east coast of Valencia to Santiago de Compostela. From the accounts, a large meteor may have exploded and sent fragments to earth. The sightings were around 6:00 PM (1700 GMT).

  • A strange story appears in the Guardian about a small village in Italy that is believed to be possessed by the devil. While religious clerics claim a supernatural event, there are others that are baffled as to why a small village that has been without electricity for three weeks is experiencing the spontaneous combustion of washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators, electricity meters and cables. Electrical charges and balls of fire are observed coming from a clear sky.

  • In February of 2004 it was reported that President George W. Bush was notified on January 13th, 2004 that an object, estimated to be about 30 meters later designated 2004 AS1, had a one-in-four chance of hitting the northern hemisphere within 36 hours. Ironically bush was about to make his pitch for a new Moon Mission and later a Mission to Mars.

  • The BBC reports that British archeologists and members of the Military are trapped in underground caves in Mexico. Flash flood waters nearly drown the men and Mexican authorities are called in to rescue them. The British refuse the help of Mexican authorities and demand to be rescued by their own Military. Mexican President Vicente Fox was unaware that any members of the British Military were in his country and he needed answers. Were the men looking for underground shelters in case of a large asteroid impact?

  • A man calling himself "Aussie Bloke" begins posting messages in a blogger claiming to be an Australian scientist named Dr Grant Gartrell. Aussie Bloke says that the end of the world is about to happen. He claims that the Snowball NET broadcast was a broadcast intended to inform the military and others that three major events were going to take place, with a final cataclysmic event to take place on June 20th, 2004. He informs the internet audience that there will be a darkness over the planet during the first week in June and major extra terrestrial threats every week until the proposed date for the extinction level event.

  • A department of a major corporation in the NYC area, with close ties to Tom Ridge, issued warnings to employees to expect "something big" in NY this summer. They are instructed not to ride the subways and trains during rush hour, and to avoid the tunnels.

  • The credit card fraud division of a major bank in the Western US received a visit from the Treasury Department warning them of a startling increase in credit card fraud that funnels large amounts of cash to certain individuals. This same pattern occurred 3 months prior to 9/11.

  • The money supply in the United States consists of three figures. M-1 is money that can be spent immediately. It includes cash, checking accounts, and NOW accounts. M-2 consists of assets invested for the short term: money-market accounts and money-market mutual funds. M-3 consists of big institutional deposits and money movements: money-market funds and cross lending agreements among banks. The Federal Reserve has confirmed that a Stock Market Crash or major business collapse is due because they have raised the M-3 Money Supply by crisis proportions. It is now up another 46.8 billion dollars.

  • An unprecedented total of seven aircraft carrier strike groups have deployed simultaneously during the month of June allegedly for "training/readiness" exercises. The official story is that all of these carrier groups are participating in "Summer Pulse 04," through August, conducting joint exercises and international exercises with allies from the Americas, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia. However, skeptics point out that this is strange given the heavy commitments of ships and forces in the Middle East, the dwindling spare parts inventory and the already scare fuel resources being consumed by our military forces. While most of the carriers are powered by nuclear energy, each strike group has 10-12 support and defensive ships that burn tons of diesel fuel.

  • China and Russia are also conducting major exercises during this same time period. China’s war games are aimed at "taking control of the Taiwan Strait," according to official sources, and will include some 18,000 troops, over a hundred ships, and amphibious landing craft. Taiwan is responding with live firing exercises in a show of force of its own.

  • George Tenet resigns from his position as president of the CIA on June 3rd, 2004.

  • In the early morning of June 3rd, 2004 many people in the Northwest United States were awakened by what looked like bright sunlight. At about 2:44 Am KIRO-TV in Seattle reported that witnesses along a 60-mile swath of the Puget Sound region from the Tacoma area to Whidbey Island and as far as 260 miles to the east said the sky lit up brilliantly, and many reported booms as if from one or more explosions. It was later reported that a bolide meteor the size of a small car, trash can, or computer monitor exploded near Olympia Washington. No one could determine the size, but surveillance cameras showed that the impact caused a "daylight event" at 2:44 A.M.

  • On June 5th, 2004 an early morning broadcast on KFI radio in Los Angeles features a story about explosions being seen at LAX and the report of a possible plane going down in a heavily wooded area. Walt Jackson reported the story just after 2:00 AM Pacific time. His report said that the fireball and possible downed plane was reported to have been near the Sepulveda pass along Interstate 5 north of highway 210. Police checked the area and no plane was found.

  • President Bush Meets with Pope John Paul II even though the Pope has openly criticized Bush over human rights issues and prisoner torture in Iraq.

  • A group calling themselves "Blind Skies" claims that "Aussie Bloke" is a hoax. While they say that what they did was not a Psy-op, they do claim to be affiliated with the government. Later Dr Grant Gartrell, a very real Australian Scientist comes forward and claims that he has been the victim of Identity theft. Coincidentally Gartrell is an author of an extensive article on meteors which appeared in the Australian Journal of Physics in 1975.

  • Ronald Wilson Reagan passes away on June 5th, 2004. The only President that commented at least four times that "extra terrestrial threats" may be the only thing that would unite the world. After a state Funeral he is laid to rest on June 11th, 2004.

  • USA Today reports that Military officials are testing a system for jamming signals from navigational satellites an experiment that could disable boaters' GPS devices and force them to rely on dead reckoning. This test is expected to go on until June 20th, 2004

  • An explosion and bright light was seen in the skies over New Zealand. Witnesses in Kotemaori, south of Wairoa, to Mahia Peninsula in the north and Lake Waikaremoana inland claimed that the sky lit up like noonday and an explosion was heard shaking the ground.

  • A rock fell from the sky on an Aukland New Zealand home on June 12th, 2004. The rock believed to be from a larger meteorite crash landed through the home of Brenda Archer. The rock weighed about three pounds.

  • On June 12th, 2004 it was reported that 27,000 pelicans have disappeared in Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge in North Dakota. Now officials say another 2,000 are gone, leaving behind hundreds of chick carcasses and eggs on an island.

  • On June 14th the Palo Verde Nuclear Power plant shuts down unexpectedly. It was the first time that all three units at the plant shut down and even one of the two diesel backups did not seem to want to work properly. The disruption caused 65,000 residents to lose power for about an hour. There were also some people affected in New Mexico and Northern California. It was reported later in the week on KPHO Television that amateur photographers caught on film balls of electric arcs and explosions. There was also some footage of strange balls of light in formation near the plant.

  • On June 17th, 2004 it is reported that a bolide meteor reported to be the size of a house fell near the top of a hill in Bulli Australia. While a meteor of that size would have left a huge crater, some witnesses say that the meteor exploded over an area on the NSW south coast. Witness accounts have varied and now scientists are saying that the size may have been exaggerated. The Sydney airport first backed up the report about the large meteor, and then retracted their statement.

  • On June 19th, 2004 another ball of fire and another explosion in Missouri. Witnesses claim that a ball of fire shot over the house causing the windows to shake.

  • On June 20th, 2004 a report out of Oklahoma claims that the Green valley Disposal facility goes up in flames. Witnesses claim that a fireball touched off the blaze. Others say that huge bolts of lightning could be seen in the area and that it triggered a huge fire. The 12-tank salt water disposal facility capable of holding 4,750 barrels of liquid oil field waste was quickly reduced to black oily rubble.
These are some major coincidences. On June 20th, 2004 I was on the air taking jabs from irate callers who told me that the world didn't end and that I was fooled.

The truth is that I never said the world would end. I simply pointed out that there were all kinds of odd events that appeared to be earmarks for an end of the world type of event. Since June 20th, I have received numerous phone calls calling me a liar and a creep. I have also received e-mails telling me that I have made up all of the stories that I shared with my audience during the month of June.

None of these stories have been made up. None of them have been exaggerated and most of them have somehow escaped the grasp of the mainstream media. I believe that these fireballs and anomalies form space may be the precursors to something far more threatening.

I am not the only one who is thinking this way either.

On June 22nd, 2004 the Maui News published a story headlined "Earth-asteroid collision inevitable, but preventable" written by Harry Eagar and in it, James Heasley a professor at the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy is quoted as saying:

"There's no question that there's a huge asteroid speeding through space somewhere with Earth's name on it, but it's the most preventable disaster mankind might ever face"

In Chapter two for H.G. Welles book "War of the Worlds" a star falls from the sky in the early morning hours over Winchester England. The fireball moves eastward leaving behind a line of flame in the upper atmosphere. It left behind a greenish streak and many who witnessed the event said that the bolide made a hissing noise as it moved quickly through the sky.

In the early morning an impact point had been found. An enormous hole had been made where the projectile had hit and earth was pile all around it. The brush nearby was on fire and blue smoke was rising up from the impact point.

This was the beginning of a fictitious encounter with extra terrestrials that would soon lay to waste an entire planet.

For the past four weeks I can’t help but think that I have been thrust into something that feels similar to that chapter in Welle’s classic. Much like the Radio show that came in the 1930’s. The "Aussie Bloke" saga had many people talking about some sort of major event coming from space.

Well, hoax or not it needs to be reported that many events have taken place and one has to wonder why these huge fireballs have been reported by news generating organizations but have escaped the popular news programs. These events are far more intriguing than some terrorist event or war story.

I recall that when the radio show "War of the Worlds" was broadcast many people thought that the play about the invasion from Mars was real. They secretly worried that perhaps a threat loomed over the horizon and that is why they panicked when Orson Wells broadcast that an invisible threat had taken over Grover’s Mill New Jersey.

That didn’t mean that a threat didn’t exist.

There really was an enemy preparing to attack. History eventually shows that after the broadcast a more earthbound enemy was found in Nazi Germany and Japan.

It was a coincidental metaphor, a preemptive sounding of the alarm. It may have been a hoax, but the world eventually faced a real war.

Does life imitate art? Or is it part of the trixter’s cosmic joke?

It seems that the times we live in seem to reflect the writings of the visionaries and we all wonder if perhaps the story book scenarios that haunt us are becoming reality.

We have heard that we live in the times spoken of by the biblical John the revelator, or the futurists Aldous Huxley and George Orwell.

If the sky falls we run like chicken littles to our bunkers and blow the dust off of the quatrains by Nostradamus to see if perhaps his creepy haikus give any indication that we are living in strange and wondrous times.

We all know that we are.

Who knows why we are so quick to think that the end is near and that the countdown to extinction has begun?

Perhaps we are all wired into believing that a major catastrophe is looming over us. It is a frightening thought that the majority of breathing humans believe that our time here is nearing its end.

At the end of Bill Clinton’s New Book "My Life" the former president writes about the lessons he learned in his life. He speaks of letting go of his anger forgiving those that have persecuted him. His words trail off into some philosophical narrative about death and dying.

He said that in the many black churches he has visited he has heard funerals referred to as "home goings."

"We're all going home," he wrote, "and I want to be ready."

It seems similar to the same statements that were made by President George W. Bush about the future when he spoke to reporter Bob Woodward.

"History, we don't know. We'll all be dead."—George W. Bush

In contrast, we have just put to rest our former President Ronald Reagan. During his lifetime he was known as the great communicator and regardless of what you thought of his policies, and even though he showed the wear and tear of a man whose golden years had passed him, his quotes about the future gave us hope.

"While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future."—Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan was slowly fading away into his elder years ravaged by Alzheimer’s disease and still managed to keep a positive outlook on the future.

It is troubling to hear our leaders of today speaking as if there is no future.

Many politicians and leaders before them have spoken about the future and about how our outlooks can be hopeful. They spoke of growth and prosperity and blessings bestowed upon our nation if we uphold our values and keep the faith.

I suppose that people like Clinton and Bush have no values and know that their actions have probably sealed our fate as a nation. They speak as if we are all doomed because their efforts to put us closer to our own demise have been evident.

I know I joke about doomsday from time to time, and many people chide me about being a doomsayer, but now I have to keep saying to myself that I could be kidding, and at the same time I couldn’t be more serious.

It is business as usual in the apocalypse and while June 20th was not the magical date for an apocalyptic cataclysm you can take heart in knowing that in nature what a little caterpillar thinks is the end of the world a butterfly knows is only the beginning.

I believe that we have not seen the end of these space anomalies and that when we look up into the sky we will understand just how small we are in comparison to the universe and all of it's unknowns waiting to reveal themselves to us here on earth.

I also believe that when someone infers that the end is near and there is a date given, there will be a number of people who will invent a prepackaged scenario of how it is supposed to be.

When the SNOWBALL NET broadcast was made and the statement of "impact" was given it allowed over active imaginations to employ an end of the world thought form.

This is normal.

The unfortunate thing is that there have been so many self styled seers and prophets that use doomsday as a means to gain followers and to sell an idea that the only way to survive the "end times" is to surrender to some half baked philosophy or dogmatic religious practice.

Most of their predictions have been wrong.

However in my opinion the predictions of impact events in June were fulfilled. Most of them were downplayed and virtually ignored by the mainstream media.

The question is why?

It is especially troubling that NASA reported back in March of 2004 that an asteroid flew past Earth and that it was so close that it nearly entered the orbital halo where weather satellites circle the earth. The Asteroid was spotted on March 15th. Scientists say that while there was no threat there are still hundreds of thousands more where that one came from.

Still there is no major news story or overwhelming public demand for safety from extraterrestrial threats. Money is thrown around for the war effort and people demand justice for some criminal activities being committed by a small group of fanatics and yet they will barely burst a blood vessel worrying about the possible impacts of asteroids and comets on the planet.

In case you didn't know, there is no established chain of command to the White House in relation to possible asteroid impacts, nor is there any plan for what government agencies should do regarding possible evacuations or emergency preparations if a big one is seen heading toward the earth.

This may be why our leaders are speaking about "going home" and how "we will all be dead." With this type of mindset it is evident to me that they know exactly what is coming next.

The end.


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