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NASA fields hundreds of calls from public worried about "Doomsday"
houston chronicle ^ | 12-20-12 | Erin Mulvaney

Posted on 12/20/2012 12:40:37 PM PST by TurboZamboni

The "end of the world" could come from giant solar storms, a meteor barrelling toward Earth, a black out or a mysterious "Planet X" threatening widespread destruction, according to some of the possible doomsday scenarios that have proliferated for the last year. What these predictions seem to agree on is this predicted doomsday apparently will fall on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. NASA is working to dispel fears and debunk the myth - pointing hundreds of concerned callers to the clear-cut scientific facts that promise the Earth will not end Friday. "There are so many scenarios out there, we are trying to wrangle them all in and get the truth out," said J.D. Harrington, a NASA spokesman.

(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: calls; doomsday; moonbattery; nasa
"James Hansen here, yes sir, we are doomed."
1 posted on 12/20/2012 12:40:49 PM PST by TurboZamboni
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To: TurboZamboni

These are apparently the folks who cannot find, or afford, end of the world sex.


2 posted on 12/20/2012 12:47:58 PM PST by LadyBuck (I've read so much about the evils of drinking & smoking that I've given up reading.)
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To: TurboZamboni

“Wow. Thank you you for calling. You are the first and only caller so far. Wow. We’ve been preparing for years! I bet you have,too. Good for you. So, where are you going to have your last meal? We’re going to Florida on the east coast to watch the show. I bet this is going to be spectacular! Have you been using a telescope to watch.....” [phone hangs disconnects]


3 posted on 12/20/2012 12:50:35 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: TurboZamboni

How ludicrous to turn to NASA for comfort when Doomsday looms! Asking a bunch of tunnel-vision evolutionists about the End of Time is as useful as asking a squirrel to do calculus.


4 posted on 12/20/2012 12:56:53 PM PST by txrefugee
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To: TurboZamboni

Obama voters, obviously........


5 posted on 12/20/2012 12:59:57 PM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: txrefugee

LOL!!


6 posted on 12/20/2012 1:03:02 PM PST by homegroan (Veni, Vedi, Velcro and Ranting...since 1998)
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To: TurboZamboni

NASA can’t be bothered with such calls, they are too busy doing muslim outreach.


7 posted on 12/20/2012 1:08:47 PM PST by AmusedBystander (The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next)
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To: AmusedBystander
NASA can’t be bothered with such calls, they are too busy doing muslim outreach.

...and if the twelfth iman pops his head up and sees his shadow that means we'll have six more weeks of apocalypse.

8 posted on 12/20/2012 1:10:41 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Big Bird is a brood parasite: laid in our nest 43 years ago and we are still feeding him.)
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To: TurboZamboni
NASA should ensure them the world really is going to end tomorrow and it will be very painful. Their best bet is to commit suicide before then...

It would raise the collective IQ ten points...

9 posted on 12/20/2012 1:11:35 PM PST by apillar
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To: txrefugee

12.21.12

And the sad fact is, NASA couldn’t get one member of our species off this rock, it they knew damn well IT WAS the end of the world.

But hey, our pet rover might live on...


10 posted on 12/20/2012 1:12:18 PM PST by DoughtyOne (How about a waiting period for putting crazies out on the streets, say a million years or so.)
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To: TurboZamboni
The "end of the world" could come from giant solar storms, a meteor barrelling toward Earth, a black out or a mysterious "Planet X" threatening widespread destruction....,.

...or than big burrito that I had last night. I pity the human race.

11 posted on 12/20/2012 1:19:29 PM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: TurboZamboni

10:17 AM
Friday, December 21, 2012 (NZDT)
Time in Wellington, New Zealand
11:02 AM Chatham Islands (CHADT)

I think they are still there!


12 posted on 12/20/2012 1:24:15 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: TurboZamboni
Here's the real story that most people are missing:

A misleading, and probably heretical, Christian teacher named Harold Camping predicts an end-of-world-as-we-know-it date and he is excoriated mercilessly almost universally by both pagans and Christians.

But a primitive third-world religion can MAKE THE EXACT SAME PREDICTION without anywhere NEAR the condemnation from pagans.

Never mind that these Mayan pagans aren't around anymore to ridicule personally, it is proof of the hatred of the world-view of Christianity by the world. Camping was just an excuse; the world hates the Christian viewpoint, which Camping either rightly or wrongly personified.

13 posted on 12/20/2012 1:26:00 PM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: DoughtyOne
And the sad fact is, NASA couldn’t get one member of our species off this rock, it they knew damn well IT WAS the end of the world.

Beeeep... In case of apocalypse, please press 1). Tranferring now.

Beeep... Zdravstvuj, Baikonur Cosmodrome...

14 posted on 12/20/2012 1:29:29 PM PST by Rinnwald
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To: Rinnwald

LOL, exactly...


15 posted on 12/20/2012 1:33:36 PM PST by DoughtyOne (How about a waiting period for putting crazies out on the streets, say a million years or so.)
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To: fwdude

Maybe. But there are differences between the two situations. And there’s also much ridicule surrounding the supposed Mayan prophecy (even coming from people who might be termed pagans).


16 posted on 12/20/2012 1:38:50 PM PST by x
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To: x
Rep. Hank Johnson and his Constituents are concerned that their EBT cards will not make it to them next week.
17 posted on 12/20/2012 1:48:56 PM PST by DAC21
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To: x
But there are differences between the two situations.

I agree. Camping was more right than the Mayans; there WILL be a culmination of the Age with Christ reconciling the world and destroying the wicked, only the timing was wrong as was the knowing. On this, the Mayans were dead wrong.

And there’s also much ridicule surrounding the supposed Mayan prophecy (even coming from people who might be termed pagans).

Sorry, there is nowhere near the ridicule of the Mayan belief about this apocalypse date as there was of Camping's. The point of the article is that numerous people are calling in to inquired of this Age's high priests, scientists, for answers.

18 posted on 12/20/2012 1:53:04 PM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Not to pick nits, but since the guys making the prediction were Mayan, I would say that 12/21/12 they were referring to would be Central American time...


19 posted on 12/20/2012 1:54:30 PM PST by Crusher138 ("Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just")
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To: TurboZamboni
Dateline 12/22/12:

Mayan spokesperson Tim Ctuliptk says "I see what they did now; they carried the 'phht'. April 6th for sure.

20 posted on 12/20/2012 2:41:19 PM PST by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks like Right-Wing extremism.)
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To: TurboZamboni

NASA Fields Hundreds of Calls from Idiots.


21 posted on 12/20/2012 3:06:57 PM PST by onedoug
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To: fwdude
Thanks for the response. You undercut your own original argument, though. Whatever people think about one particular "end is nigh" preacher, there's a lot more interest on the part of the general public in Biblical prophesies and the Apocalypse than in this Mayan calendar thing.

That's especially true if it can be given a new packaging: the Bible code, the da Vinci code, etc. You might think of all that as heretical, but still, they attracted more people than the Mayan thing.

If you're saying that the media and urban sophisticates believe in or respect the Mayan thing more, I'm not sure. They don't really believe in it. They're just looking for something new to talk about, something that will sell magazines or kill time, but the Mayan end of the world has always been kind of a joke.

Of course, they don't think much of Bible prophecy either. That's also something used to boost circulation. If you're looking for something people really worried about, the Y2K thing fits better. It seems hilarious now, but there was a lot of real anxiety about whether our technology would collapse when the year 2000 came around.

22 posted on 12/21/2012 1:36:49 PM PST by x
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To: x
Good points. And what's being falsely invented about the Mayan apocalypse thing is that it's a world-ending event, when it is really just the end of a Mayan calendar cycle. You're right, this is being capitalized upon by big monied entrepreneurs to make a buck.

But these things always seem to bring out the haters of biblical prophesy. My point is that the same people who denigrate Judeo/Christian eschatology simply substitute their own version and call it "scientific."

23 posted on 12/21/2012 2:15:35 PM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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