As you know, the world is scheduled to end on 21 December, which is only two months from now. You can read all about it at the NBC website, which has this headline: 2 months ’til doomsday? Mayan apocalypse set for Dec. 21 . That story informs us:
[H]umanity can expect a mere two months left of existence before the Mayan apocalypse hits Dec. 21.
Sunday starts the two-month countdown toward doomsday, according to an interpretation of the Mayan calendar that has taken hold in some New Age and spiritualist communities online.
Some people, understandably, are in denial. The NBC story says:
Not all apocalypse believers think the Mayan apocalypse will bring fire and brimstone, or extinguish life on Earth. According to John Hoopes, a scholar of Maya history at the University of Kansas, many believers see the day as a time of spiritual transformation.
Your Curmudgeon — always a realist — is planning for the worst. Nevertheless, we intend to keep blogging to the end. It’s our service to humanity.
Other people — less well informed — see the end coming in totally different ways. For example, the PhysOrg website has this item: German woman fails to prove atom-smasher will end world. It says:
A German woman who feared the Earth would be sucked into oblivion in a black hole failed Tuesday in her court bid to stop the work of the world’s most powerful atom smasher.
The higher administrative court in Muenster, western Germany, rejected her claims, ruling there was no evidence the work of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) posed a danger to public safety. “The plaintiff … was worried that the experiments could produce so-called ‘black holes’ which could eventually lead to the destruction of all life on Earth,” the court said.
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