World Ends in 2 Months — Free Fire Zone

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.

If the impending end of the world is too depressing a subject, that’s okay. Your Curmudgeon understands. It’s quite all right if you don’t want to talk about it. As with all our free-fire zones, we’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.

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20 responses to “World Ends in 2 Months — Free Fire Zone

  1. As you know, the world is scheduled to end on 21 December, which is only two months from now.

    As long as it ends in December, rather than November, I’ll take that as good news. It means that the Mormon won’t win the election.

  2. “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.”

    Bless you Curmudgeon!!!

  3. Speaking of the end of the world, something called Kelowna Capital News of Kelowna in British Columbia reports: NASA computer specialist to give two lectures. They say:

    A former computer specialist with NASA’s jet propulsion laboratory will give two lectures in Kelowna on Monday, Oct. 29. David Coppedge will speak on the topic of evidence for a young solar system at the UBC Okanagan campus at 11:30 a.m., in room 206 of the arts building. He will return to the lectern that evening, 7 p.m. in the Fipke building, room 204, for another talk about the art and science of “baloney detecting.”

  4. The recent spectacle of Felix Baumgartner’s free-fall to earth of course brought back to mind our Curmudgeon’s bold (but recently, I fear, rather neglected) campaign, Down with Gravity

    Therein, our Curmudgeon correctly noted

    The wicked, atheistic doctrine of gravity is poisoning the minds of our children, and leading them to Darwinism. Turning our children into faithless, scientific robots is a step-by-step process, and gravity is the first step.

    And – if I may expand on this by folding in the deeply original insight of Richards and Gonzalez in their seminal tome, Privileged Planet, I would invite you all to consider, with awe and reverence, the great foresight of the Intelligent Designer (Blessed be He/She/It!) in creating us on a specially-designed planet with exactly the right amount of gravity for us! Had the earth a fraction more gravity, we would be obliged to slither about like loathsome snakes, but a fraction less gravity, and we would have floated away in a condition of Premature Rapturation.

    But – and I hate to rain on anyone’s parade here, yet unpleasant facts must be faced – return your thoughts now to Mr. Baumgartner hurtling toward the ground at a speed in excess of Mach 1. And consider, with Luskin-like quasi-scientific jargon if need be, just how much extra gravity Mr. Baumgartner must have used up in that 10-minute feat! Surely, he must have burned far more gravity than is required to simply keep him scampering happily for the rest of his appointed days over our privileged planet as God The Intelligent Designer intended.

    And Baumgartner’s feat is merely symptomatic of our great collective sin in wantonly wasting gravitational energy, which we thoughtlessly squander with every plane trip and every elevator ride. Gravity is non-renewable energy, once it is gone, it’s gone, my friends, and it’ll be the stratosphere for humanity.

    Provided I can secure the necessary funding from the Discovery Institute, I fully intend to lead a major initiative to spread the word and encourage mankind to conserve gravity by levelling all multi-storey buildings and outlawing all aircraft.

    I hope I can count on the support of the Curmudgeon and his dear Readers in this worthy campaign!

  5. Megalonyx says: “I hope I can count on the support of the Curmudgeon and his dear Readers in this worthy campaign!”

    You have my full support. Your cause is the cause of all mankind. Let us not forget, it was the gravity-defying Tower of Babel that brought confusion to mankind. Alas, we never seem to learn.

  6. Alex Shuffell

    I don’t mean to brag, but I’ve already survived about 5 end-of-the-world type situations. If I survive this one I might start doing it professionally. With the extra data I collect from 21st December I may be able to figure out how I have been doing it.

  7. Alex Shuffell reports

    I’ve already survived about 5 end-of-the-world type situations

    So where are you going to be on 21 December, and can I hang out with you then, please?

  8. Megalonyx says to Alex Shuffell: “So where are you going to be on 21 December, and can I hang out with you then, please?”

    Don’t try to wiggle out. It’s too late for that. Face the end bravely. Look on the bright side — you won’t have to do any Christmas shopping.

  9. When will you people get it. The world ended a year ago today, just as Harold Camping predicted. It’s up to you to prove otherwise. :p

  10. The web site of Les Lane makes for some interesting browsing:
    I’m glad he is on our side.

  11. retiredsciguy

    Curmy: “Look on the bright side — you won’t have to do any Christmas shopping.”

    Yeah, and I was just getting ready to write my letter to Santa. Guess I can save myself the bother.

    Is it just a coincidence that the End occurs on the Winter Solstice, or was that the beginning/end of the Mayan calendar?

  12. retiredsciguy asks: “Is it just a coincidence that the End occurs on the Winter Solstice”

    Solstice, schmolstice! What do I know? Ask a Mayan priest.

  13. retiredsciguy

    SC: “What do I know? Ask a Mayan priest.”

    Oh? I thought you were.

  14. SC,
    A thought occurs. (A rare event granted). What similarities are there between cargo cults of the Pacific and Luddites?

  15. retiredsciguy

    Megalonyx: “(Blessed be He/She/It!)”

    Personally, I like the sound better when you put ladies first and say it fast — She/He/It. Gives a Southern expletive tone to it.

  16. What ends first the world or the Coppedge trial?

  17. Do we really think that a culture who sacrificed humans to appease the gods somehow knew the date that the world is going to end on. Maybe we need to start sacrificing people so we can become as smart as the Mayan’s.

  18. The standard argument why the CERN collider is safe is that cosmic rays hitting the earth over the past 4 billion years have generated more super high energy collisions than the collider will, even in 20 years of running. But if the earth is only 6,000 years old then it could be that the collider will make a “thingie” that has never existed before, (at least on earth) and who knows what it might do! (Gasp!) So the question of the destruction of the entire earth hinges on the evolution/creation debate! Note that if the old age “theory” is correct, then we are perfectly safe, while if the Bible is correct we are doomed, DOOMED!

  19. Jim Thomerson

    I spent some time in Belize (Buy the book, we need a few more dollars to get a royalty payment). First trip I traveled, last link on a truck/bus, to Columbia Forestry Station to meet our class. This little Maya guy came out to help me with my luggage. I expected to speak Spanish with him, but he addressed me with a wonderful British accent. “Welcome, Sir, we are so glad you could join us.”

    Later we were driving up to Mountain Pine Ridge, and stopped to photograph a blooming Agave. The sun was just right, and we could clearly see that an overgrown mountain in the near distance was an undiscovered Maya Temple. We never told anyone about it. I wonder if the present owner of the lodge at Mountain Pine Ridge has ever noticed it.

  20. There are plenty of nukes pointed at major population centers worldwide. The Dec 21 prophecy while a liky inaccurate guess, begs the question.