Saturday, July 17, 2010




Some knucklehead in HollyWeird comes up with a great idea for a movie, and throws a bunch of junk science in to make it sound credible. And throw in some mambo jumbo about Meso-American Long Count Calendars and then put in a familiar name, that almost everyone has heard of, but nobody really knows what he said -- Nostradamus -- an you have a Class "A" End-of-the-World theory.

According to this theory, the World will end at some time during the ay of 21 December 2012.

If you heard this theory or seen the movie, then you are in the majority of Americans. I haven't seen the movie, not because I don't believe it's true, which I don't. But rather, because I don't get out much these days. But I'm working on that too.  But a couple days ago I saw a TV story about a small family in the prairie states area, who had just recently heard about the 2012 prediction. And after doing some internet research came to9 the conclusion that it is time to prepare for the end of civilization. Their little family is re-learning all the survival skills of our pioneer forefathers & mothers. How to make soap. How to get, clean and store water. Farming, fishing, preserving and preparing.


Don't get me wrong. That type of thinking has its merits. And in case of an economic collapse or infrastructure failure. Those are the people who make it. The next best prepared group are the people with guns. But in the 2012 prediction there is no surviving. All life, even the rats and cock-roaches are snuffed out. And all the canned peaches and dried figs and beef jerky in the world can't save you if the planet is crushed by Nibiru, or swallowed by a black hole, or burnt to a cinder when the Sun goes through the next solar maximum.

Well if you are inclined towards this thinking, I have a deal for you... 
I won't be making anyone rich mind you. But I'll put some of my money in your mouth.  Hit my Email INBOX, with a quit claim deed, that makes all of your real and personal property mine. Effective 0900 PST 1 January 2013. In return I'll send you a crisp $10.00 bill. What's that??? $10.00 isn't much when compared to the value of your home? Well TEN DOLLARS is an enormous sum of money compared to what I get if you are the winner of this bet.

And just for the benefit of those who are sitting on the fence on this, I'll give you the details of the 2012 prediction, as laid out by HollyWierd. And in RED LETTERS I'll tell you why I believe it's all just Movie Advertising having better PR, than the Scientific or the Religious Communities.

Galactic Alignment
At approximately 2300 hours ZULU, on 21 December 2012 (the Winter Solstice), The Earth will be in direct alignment, positioned between the Sun on one side and the center of our Galaxy (The Milky Way). The emense gravitational forces imposed by this alignment, will either rip Earth to pieces. Or cause such huge shifts in the tidal flow, the the Himalayas will be under water. Effectively drowning all air breathers. And leaving the water and marine creatures exposed to the dry air.

Planetary Alignment
Couple this phenomena with the fact that our solar system will be perfectly in alignment. In the Solar System, the planets and the Sun share roughly the same plane of orbit, known as the plane of the ecliptic. From our perspective on Earth, the ecliptic is the path taken by the Sun across the sky over the course of the year.

Cosmic Hokum
The Galactic Alignment occurs once every year. And if it were to have any noticable effect on the Earth, I'd think we'd have noticed it by now. The Planetary alignment occurs on average once every 200 years or so. Again NADA!!! 

But what about them both at once?
Won't that be a big deal?

Actually this happens every 26,000 years. And if you believe the science guestimates of an Earth age of 4.3 Billion years, this alignment has happened 165,384,061 times. Again, NADA.


Mesoamerican Long Count calendar

December 2012 marks the ending of the current b'ak'tun cycle of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, which was used in Central America prior to the arrival of Europeans. Though the Long Count was most likely invented by the Olmec it has become closely associated with the Maya civilization, whose classic period lasted from 250 to 900 AD.  The writing system of the classic Maya has been substantially deciphered, meaning that a corpus of their written and inscribed material has survived from before the European conquest.

In 1988, anthropologist Munro S. Edmonson added that "there appears to be a strong likelihood that the eral calendar, like the year calendar, was motivated by a long-range astronomical prediction, one that made a correct solsticial forecast 2,367 years into the future in 355 B.C." 

In 1966, Michael D. Coe more ambitiously asserted in The Maya that "there is a suggestion ... that Armageddon would overtake the degenerate peoples of the world and all creation on the final day of the thirteenth [b'ak'tun]. Thus ... our present universe [would] be annihilated [in December 2012] when the Great Cycle of the Long Count reaches completion."


Coe's apocalyptic connotations were accepted by other scholars through the early 1990s. In contrast, later researchers said that, while the end of the 13th b'ak'tun would perhaps be a cause for celebration, it did not mark the end of the calendar. "There is nothing in the Maya or Aztec or ancient Mesoamerican prophecy to suggest that they prophesied a sudden or major change of any sort in 2012," says Mayanist scholar Mark Van Stone, "The notion of a "Great Cycle" coming to an end is completely a modern invention." In their seminal work of 1990, Maya scholars Linda Schele and David Freidel, who reference Edmonson, argue that the Maya "did not conceive this to be the end of creation, as many have suggested," citing Mayan predictions of events to occur after the end of the 13th b'ak'tun. Stela 1 at Coba, for example, gives a date with twenty units above the b'ak'tun, placing it either 4.134105 × 1028 years in the future, or an equal distance in the past.quintillion times the age of the universe, demonstrating that not all Mayans considered the 5,125-year cycle as the most important. In fact, many different Maya city-states employed the Long Count in different ways. At Palenque, evidence suggests that the priest timekeepers believed the cycle would end after 20 b'ak'tuns, rather than 13. A monument commemorating the ascension of king Pakal the Great connects his coronation with events as much as 4000 years after, indicating that those scribes did not believe the world would end on 


Geomagnetic reversal

 One idea proposed in these films involves a geomagnetic reversal incorrectly referred to as a polar shift by proponents of this hypothesis), which could be triggered by a massive solar flare, one with energy equal to 100 billion atomic bombs. This belief is supposedly supported by observations that the Earth's magnetic field which indicates an impending reversal of the north and south magnetic poles. Scientists believe the Earth is overdue for a geomagnetic reversal, and has been for a long time, even since the time of the Mayans, because the last reversal was 780,000 years ago.

Polar Schmolar

geomagnetic reversals take up to 5,000 years to complete, and do not start on any particular date. Also, NOAA now predicts that the solar maximum will peak in 2013, not 2012, and that it will be fairly weak, with a below-average number of sunspots. In any case, there is no scientific evidence linking a solar maximum to a geomagnetic reversal. A solar maximum would be mostly notable for its effects on satellite and cellular phone communications.

Doomsday theories

A far more apocalyptic view of the year 2012 has also spread in various media. This view has been promulgated by History Channel with the series Decoding the Past (2005–2007), and its segment on the Mayan calendar, based loosely on John Major Jenkins' theories. However, Jenkins has berated the fact that a science fiction writer co-authored the documentary and went on to characterize it as "45 minutes of unabashed doomsday hype and the worst kind of inane sensationalism". The show proved popular and was followed by many sequels: 2012, End of Days (2006), Last Days on Earth (2006), Seven Signs of the ApocalypseNostradamus 2012 (2008). Discovery Channel also aired 2012 Apocalypse in 2009, suggesting that massive solar storms, magnetic pole reversal, earthquakes, supervolcanoes, and other drastic natural events may occur in 2012. (2007),
Evangelical Christian minister John Hagee has also suggested in his book Can America Survive? 10 Prophetic Signs That We Are The Terminal Generation that Earth may suffer a doomsday scenario on 12/12/12 (December 12, 2012).

New Age beliefs

Many New Age thinkers believe that the ending of this cycle will correspond to a global "consciousness shift". Established themes found in 2012 literature include "suspicion towards mainstream Western culture", the idea of spiritual evolution, and the possibility of leading the world into the New Age by individual example or by a group's joined consciousness. The general intent of this literature is not to warn of impending doom but "to foster counter-cultural sympathies and eventually socio-political and 'spiritual' activism". Aveni, who has studied New Age and SETI communities, describes 2012 narratives as the product of a "disconnected" society: "Unable to find spiritual answers to life's big questions within ourselves, we turn outward to imagined entities that lie far off in space or time—entities that just might be in possession of superior knowledge."

Let me start this rebuttal with a statement that "I really like the HISTORY CHANNEL." And it's content is very accurate and usually unbiased. But there are two things wrong here.
First, As Winston Churchill noted "The farther back in history you look. The Further into the future you can see." The problem we have in this situation is: "THERE HAS NEVER BEEN AN END TIME TO REPEAT." So there is no way we can predict anything about the end times, by looking at our past.
And those programs mentioned above rely mostly on the Quatrains written by Nostradamus. And if you've ever read them, you'll know that none, not one prediction made by Michel de Nostredame (14 December or 21 December 1503 – 2 July 1566), was ever accurately fulfilled. 
HRUMPF you say!!!
"He predicted that Hitler would start WWII!"
What Mike really said was:
 Wildmen ferocious with anger, crossover rivers.
   Bestes farouches de faim fleuves tranner.
   The greater part of the battlefield will be against Hister;   Plus part du champ encontre Hister sera;
   In armor of steel they will make the great assault,   En caige de fer le grande fera treisner,
   When the child of Germany shall heed no one.   Quand rien enfant de Germain observera.
The original language it was written in was French. As you can see old NOSTRIL DUMBASS predicted that Hister would be the person we went up against. I'll admit that Hister is pretty close to Hitler. But almost hit it, only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades and Thermo-Nuclear weapons.

And as for the NEW AGE sputum. I say there is answers to man's questions of reason and spirit. It's called the bible. And in my mind it makes way more sense than a bunch of CAMP FIRE, SITTING IN A CIRCLE HIPPIES, Shaking beads and holding hands, predicting man's demise.

And I also remind Pastor Hagee, to recall the words of Jesus, But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels in heaven, but my Father only. MT 24:36

So, now you can't say I took advantage of you. In fact I'm giving you a whole week fudge factor. Get those QUIT CLAIMS IN ASAP. I'm sitting in front of my checkbook, waiting to hear from you.



Adrie Kovic said...

Hey there, glad to see you're still posting! I agree that all of this 2012 is no different that Y2K. Remember how freaked out everyone was back then? The thing is, people LOVE to sensationalize and get people worked up. I'm not the most religious person but I firmly believe that only God knows when the world will come to an end...and didn't He said it'll come when we least expect it? So it probably won't come in 2012 since many people are expecting it :P

Ms. Anthropy said...

Can't tell you how many times I've used that last line, in red, when I get swamped with emails saying the end has been predicted. Whatever ever happens, I hope I know where I'll be, when my time is up!

Jo said...

Welcome back...!

Finally, someone with some common sense. ;-)

I had the misfortune to see that movie "2012" and it was one of the worst movies I have ever seen. Ridiculous...!

We don't live in a static universe, and things go on all the time that we are not aware of. People have been predicting the end of the world for as long as I can remember. When I was a little girl, my next door neighbors used to terrify me with end-of-the-world stories.

Yesterday is gone and tomorrow isn't here yet. We can only live in the today that we are given.

Wrexie said...

I love this quote:
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" ~Mary Oliver

We have absolutely no control over stopping death... whether it takes us one by one, or all at once.

Karen said...

My neighbor stocked water, flour, rice and ammunition when the Y2K hysteria came around...and what happened?... not a single solitary blip on the radar of anything.

We have no idea what's gonna happen, and it could be now, a century from now or never, even though I firmly believe the earth is gonna shake us from her skin once we've abused her enough.

That movie was terrible.

Marnie said...

I just got back from my mini-vacation. I am so glad you are back blogging :0) I was lost thinking "now who am I going to bug?" lol.


Betty said...

We love you, Kurt!!
I interesting post to ponder.
Whatever will be will be..
The future's not our to see
che sera sera!
Have a great Sunday!

A bunch of hugs,

Always great to hear from you and thanks so much for dropping by.

red.neck chic said...

Well.... it's like this. I'm one of the few that hasn't seen the movie - and if I am by chance sitting in front of the TV when something comes on about the "end of the world" I switch it. Not because I'm in denial - but because I think we're gonna bring it all on ourselves, not really any planets aligning or fun stuff like that!

Either way - I'm ready - bring it - send me home. Have I told you that I Love you Today? I do - there. Now I'm ready.

;-) Have a beautiful day dearest Kurt. xoxoxo

(and HECK yeah there's gotta be a cinder block in EVERYTHING! It's a solid foundation. LOLOLOL)

Red Shoes said...

Hell... I feel that I face the end of the world every morning when I get up and go to work to teach economics and finance... :oD

The Mayan calendar does interest me, but I have no fear of the world ending on any given day. The world as my friend, Robert, knew it ended for him almost two weeks ago.

Give me a margarita and I will be just fine!

Glad you are still here, Kurt!


Kelly Combs said...

I just believe Jesus said NO ONE KNOWS THE HOUR OR THE DAY he will return. So if no one knows, than when someone tells me they know - I don't believe it! Cause I believe Jesus. (Matt 24:36)

Loved the Dogma/karma quote. LOL!

My ADHD Me said...

I loved this!

Wouldn't it be great if every "thief in the night" got so much recognition before he came into our homes!