This is Friday, 16 November. According to the ancient Mayan prophesy, the world will end on 21 December — a mere five weeks from now. And the 21st of December is also a Friday — how’s that for a coincidence?
As the realization begins to sink in, people are reacting in very predictable ways. Old men are exposing themselves at bus stops, young women are skirt flashing, and creationists are babbling their usual nonsense, but with what seems like increasingly frenzied incoherence.
So we went to the NASA website to see what we could learn. Those are the guys who got us to the Moon, so surely they have something useful to say at this time of global concern. We found Beyond 2012: Why the World Won’t End.
It looks like they’re trying to avert panic by saying there’s nothing to worry about, but whatcha gonna do if they’re wrong? If you think they’re lying, it’s too late to sue them. By the time your lawyer negotiates a settlement there won’t be any time left to spend it. So if NASA is right, that’s fine; and if they’re wrong, it doesn’t matter any more.
Go ahead and check it out for yourself, but the way we see it, NASA is trying to tell us that:
The world will not end in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.
Nibiru, a supposed planet discovered by the Sumerians, is headed toward Earth. This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012 and linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012 — hence the predicted doomsday date of December 21, 2012.
Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an Internet hoax. There is no factual basis for these claims. If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth in 2012, astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye. Obviously, it does not exist.
That’s a lotta links about something that’s supposed to be nothing. Do they think they can fool us? NASA is desperately trying to keep the lid on, but as the terminal date gets closer, we don’t think they can handle it. Unlike the wussies at NASA, however, your Curmudgeon can handle it. With nerves of steel, we’ll continue to blog until The End.
If the impending end of the world is too depressing a subject, that’s quite all right. Your Curmudgeon understands if you don’t want to talk about it. Treat this post as one one of our free-fire zones, where 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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