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Who's Afraid of the Mayan Calendar?
The London Free Press ^ | March 25, 2009 | Thane Burnett

Posted on 03/25/2009 7:23:15 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Did someone mention Doomsday?

For those who miss the good old days of the easygoing 20th century, a shrill reminder of Y2K is back.

At least the mounting fear that an upcoming date could be the death of us all.

Late last week, Prof. John Beddington, the U.K. government's chief scientist, warned a sustainable development conference that a "perfect storm" of food shortages, scarce water and insufficient energy resources will land on the world's doorstep in 2030.

But those souls who can't wait that long to panic, mark 2012 on your armageddon-out-of-here calendar. A growing number of books and blogs revolve around Dec. 21, 2012, when the 5,125-year-long cycle of the Mayans' calendar draws to an abrupt close.

Works such as Michael Drosnin's bestseller The Bible Code predict space meteors may plow into the earth.

Self-described alien contactee and author Riley Martin has theorized a great mother ship could return in 2012.

Author Dannion Brinkley predicts in his book Secrets of the Light that humanity will go through a spiritual transition in the same year the world goes through physical changes.

Some scientists argue an alignment of our entire solar system will take place, though according to the journal Nature, it'll be another 30 million years before that happens.

Others predict a legendary and much-debated heavenly body -- often dubbed Planet X -- will enter our solar system to throw our world for a loop.

Author Lawrence Joseph, whose book Apocalypse 2012 takes a science-based look at the threat of Earth's weakening magnetic field and the part the sun may play as it pelts us with storms, is quickly writing another to feed the public hunger and the mouths of his two young children.

Joseph makes a case that modern science and old beliefs will converge in 2012 and that it could be a cataclysmic or at least pivotal point in human history.

"I am sorry if I've made people afraid," he says from his Los Angeles-area home. "But where there is a genuine danger approaching, the fear has to be mastered."

He says he routinely gets mail from people asking if they should run for the hills, and he tells them: "Don't -- unless you're a person who loves the countryside. Our salvation is in building stronger networks in our community."

The good news is many scientists say foretelling future events in the lifespan of the world is like predicting where the first raindrop will land during a storm.

Canadian-born academic and Maya authority Sandra Noble believes too many people have hijacked an important and triumphant date -- the survival and evolution of an ancient calendar -- and turned it into a foreboding threat.

Any physical anomalies Earth may go through are not related to the end of one measurement and the start of a new cycle, she adds.

"It's just another chance, like Y2K, to publish a book," says Noble, executive director of the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies in Florida.

There even exists a lingering debate about just when the Mayan calendar ends its phase -- possibly two days later, on Dec. 23, 2012.

So, all that December, just relax and party like it's -- in the Mayan way -- "13.0.0.0.0 4 Ajaw 3 K'ank'in".

Though your Visa bill will still arrive in January.


TOPICS: Conspiracy; History; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: doomsday; godsgravesglyphs; maya; tinfoilhat; unpleasantness

1 posted on 03/25/2009 7:23:16 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

December 31, 2012...

Well, it’s gonna suck when Sarah Palin is the President-elect on that date and we never get to see her sworn-in...


2 posted on 03/25/2009 7:25:21 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Er... December 21...


3 posted on 03/25/2009 7:25:42 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: nickcarraway

ping


4 posted on 03/25/2009 7:25:51 PM PDT by unkus
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To: fieldmarshaldj

As long as I don’t have to live under another 4 year obama regime, death is club med.


5 posted on 03/25/2009 7:27:13 PM PDT by max americana
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To: nickcarraway

It won’t matter to Christians who expect Jesus to return every day. We are ready and fervently pray, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus!”


6 posted on 03/25/2009 7:27:39 PM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: nickcarraway

7 posted on 03/25/2009 7:29:02 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: nickcarraway

My calendar ends every year.


8 posted on 03/25/2009 7:30:02 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: nickcarraway

The mayans were such geniuses they couldn’t foresee their own demise. So of course their calendar end of the world is believable. Duh.

Morons.


9 posted on 03/25/2009 7:30:09 PM PDT by Crazieman (Feb 7, 2008 http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1966675/posts?page=28#28)
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To: kittymyrib
We are ready and fervently pray, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus!”

Let's be reasonable. Can't we at least wait until Star Trek X?

10 posted on 03/25/2009 7:30:17 PM PDT by exist
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To: nickcarraway
The Barackolypse will beat the Mayans to it.


11 posted on 03/25/2009 7:33:06 PM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.......)
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To: nickcarraway

You mean who’s afraid of the big bad wolf.


12 posted on 03/25/2009 7:35:11 PM PDT by BrianE (The Republican party may not exist 40 years from now-host Fred Flannigan WKRS 1220 am on Oct. of 04)
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To: cripplecreek
If you buy one of these, you will never die because it *never ends*.


13 posted on 03/25/2009 7:36:45 PM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.......)
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To: Salamander
Scary. Do you have Barack in Westworld?
14 posted on 03/25/2009 7:39:37 PM PDT by nickcarraway (Are the Good Times Really Over?)
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To: nickcarraway

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dx3XJpL3wTo


15 posted on 03/25/2009 7:40:16 PM PDT by EBH (The world is a balance between good & evil, your next choice will tip the scale.)
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To: Salamander

The Winchester Mystery calendar?


16 posted on 03/25/2009 7:40:34 PM PDT by nickcarraway (Are the Good Times Really Over?)
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To: nickcarraway

Which brings me to one of my hobby horses:

We already agree that our calendar is wrong, off by anywhere from 2 to 16 years, depending on who’s doing the reckoning, and further in error because of the absence of a year zero.

The more fundamental point is that God did not intend us to mark His years by the birth of Jesus.

If He had intended this we would have a Biblical fixing of the date.

Further, the day of Jesus’ birth is unremarkable as all men are born.

However, very few return from the dead, that event is remarkable, and it is the defining moment of Christianity, the very moment of proof that his sacrifice was not in vain. And the Bible gives a precise reference for when this happened!

Clearly this was the date the calendar was supposed to start!

For extra points, this makes our calendar off by anywhere from 17 to 30 years. That makes this something like Holy Year 1988 to Holy Year 1975, giving us anywhere from 12 to 25 years to get our affairs in order before the real end of the millennium...


17 posted on 03/25/2009 7:41:05 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 65 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: exist
Can't we at least wait until Star Trek X?

Why? Nemesis sucked! (And it was on the ridiculously named AMC tonight.)

I think you mean Star Trek XI ;-)

18 posted on 03/25/2009 7:41:10 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: Crazieman

Yes, I agree. Their magic calendar didn’t foresee the fact that for practical matters, they would become extinct.

People who give these ghost stories any mind are silly.


19 posted on 03/25/2009 7:42:36 PM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: Crazieman
"The mayans were such geniuses they couldn’t foresee their own demise."

But we are so smart today we still don't know what happen to them. That space guy that helped them may have known something.

20 posted on 03/25/2009 7:45:00 PM PDT by AGreatPer (Obama is not my president until we see his birth certificate. A real one.)
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To: buccaneer81

you’re right. too bad your football team sucks. jk my football team sucks even more. if we could hold off on the apocalypse until the 49ers are good again— that would be much appreciated. just need, 20-30 years.


21 posted on 03/25/2009 7:46:29 PM PDT by exist
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To: Salamander

Maybe the Mayans foresaw Odumbass? Four years of him and his merry band of imbeciles just might end the world.


22 posted on 03/25/2009 7:47:25 PM PDT by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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To: nickcarraway

Never occurred to me to try that....>:-]

[Caligula was on the list next, actually]


23 posted on 03/25/2009 7:47:36 PM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.......)
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To: Ted Grant
People who give these ghost stories any mind are silly.

The people who promote the end of the world theory of the Mayan calendar are being deceptive. The Mayan calendar is cyclic just like ours, they just counted on a very long timeframe and it ends and begins again just like our years.
24 posted on 03/25/2009 7:48:20 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Er... December 21...

Got to remember not to waste my money on Christmas shopping that year!

25 posted on 03/25/2009 7:49:56 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: nickcarraway

LOL!

Naaah...it’s just one of those annoying folk art things where you shift the months and numbers blocks around.

My mom has one and I mess with it every chance I get.


26 posted on 03/25/2009 7:50:33 PM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.......)
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To: exist
too bad your football team sucks.

Well, they won a Super Bowl once in my lifetime, so I'm fairly satisfied. I mean, imagine being a Browns or Lions fan. But your boys have a storied history.

27 posted on 03/25/2009 7:51:15 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: nickcarraway
Self-described alien contactee and author Riley Martin has theorized a great mother ship could return in 2012.


I remember this nut on the Howard Stern Show(regular radio). What a loon.....
28 posted on 03/25/2009 7:51:16 PM PDT by GQuagmire (Who is EveningStar?)
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To: null and void

“That makes this something like Holy Year 1988 to Holy Year 1975”

Does this make me 16 again?

/crossing fingers


29 posted on 03/25/2009 7:53:33 PM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.......)
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To: a fool in paradise
I luv, I luv, I luv
My Calendar Girl
Sweet Calendar Girl
Every day of the yearrrrr!


30 posted on 03/25/2009 7:54:02 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Salamander

“The horror... The horror...”


31 posted on 03/25/2009 7:54:10 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: cripplecreek

Yes, true. Very dishonest.


32 posted on 03/25/2009 7:58:41 PM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: nickcarraway
"Who's Afraid of the Mayan Calendar?"

...pagans, of course.


33 posted on 03/25/2009 8:01:12 PM PDT by familyop (combat engineer (combat), National Guard, '89-'96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote, http://falconparty.com/)
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To: Crazieman

Of course this is all bogus, but I think I read somewhere that they did predict their own demise. I remember that from something I read as a child so take it for what it is worth. :)


34 posted on 03/25/2009 8:02:32 PM PDT by WildcatClan (Iam fimus mos ledo ventus apparatus)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

LOL!

[ya gotta admit...the analogy *so* fits]....:)


35 posted on 03/25/2009 8:02:39 PM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.......)
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To: nickcarraway
Some scientists argue an alignment of our entire solar system will take place, though according to the journal Nature, it'll be another 30 million years before that happens.

People are no doubt making such arguments. I think calling them scientists is inappropriate.

Kooks and weirdos is probably more appropriate.

36 posted on 03/25/2009 8:10:55 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Everyone has a right to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.)
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To: nickcarraway

If the Western Civilization and culture were as strong and confident today as they were 100 years ago, this Mayan Calendar nonsense would be a joke restricted to the likes of the WEEKLY WORLD NEWS. The End of Times, indeed!


37 posted on 03/25/2009 8:14:43 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Salamander

I wonder how long it’ll be before they slaughter the water buffalo on the WH grounds... maybe 12/20/2012 ?


38 posted on 03/25/2009 8:27:07 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Hmmmmm.....is that *really* a “garden” Mo is making out back?


39 posted on 03/25/2009 8:30:20 PM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.......)
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To: nickcarraway
Dec. 22, 2012, is when I'm going to start my Christmas shopping, just in case they're right I don't want to go through the hassle of shopping if it's going to end on the 21st. lol..
40 posted on 03/25/2009 9:05:07 PM PDT by NRA2BFree
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To: Revolting cat!

“I luv, I luv, I luv My Calendar Girl...”

but Yma Sumac is Incan.


41 posted on 03/26/2009 11:14:16 AM PDT by a fool in paradise ("I certainly hope he (Bush) doesnÂ’t succeed" - Democratic strategist James Carville 9-11-2001)
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December 20, 2012

42 posted on 03/26/2009 6:45:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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43 posted on 03/26/2009 6:46:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: nickcarraway
"Works such as Michael Drosnin's bestseller The Bible Code predict space meteors may plow into the earth."

I know that Drosnin was into wild assertions, but "The Bible Codes" makes no such claim.

44 posted on 03/26/2009 6:49:22 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (The beginning of the O'Bummer administration looks a lot like the end of the Nixon administration)
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To: null and void
"We already agree that our calendar is wrong, off by anywhere from 2 to 16 years, depending on who’s doing the reckoning"

All that has been ironed out in recent years, and the calendar error has been fixed at approximately two years. By our calendar, Christ was born on September 29, 2 B.C. (The Feast of Tabernacles fell on 9-29 that year)

"...and further in error because of the absence of a year zero."

Did you have a hard time with algebra?

A year zero would really foul up our number system. Zero is a place, but not a year. It is the beginning of the first year, A.D. and the ending of the first year B.C. This makes the calendar work perfectly with our number system.

45 posted on 03/26/2009 7:10:23 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (The beginning of the O'Bummer administration looks a lot like the end of the Nixon administration)
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