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Betting Against the End of the World
The Atlas Society - The Center for Objectivism ^ | May 17, 2011 | Edward Hudgins

Posted on 05/18/2011 1:24:23 PM PDT by Ed Hudgins

Throughout human history and especially in recent centuries, cults of all kinds have predicted the end of the world. You’ve probably noticed that they’ve all been seriously wrong.

The latest such silliness has come from 89-year-old Harold Camping’s Family Radio network of 66 stations. Based on his study of the Bible, Camping calculates that doomsday will be on Saturday, May 21, 2011.

Christianity is particularly prone to such nonsense. After all, the Book of Revelation is all about doomsday, though with details from a clearly delusional mind. The “son of man” appears out of the clouds with a two-edged sword coming out of his mouth: that makes it tough to eat and talk! He has seven stars in his hand: a star is a million miles in diameter and a million degrees at its core, making things pretty hot and crowded on the Earth. You get the picture.

American history is full of cults that saw no future for the world. Starting in 1843, William Miller and his followers predicted a dozen doomsdays. One would think that after the first few predictions failed, followers of the cult would disappear. Remarkably, more such cults and followers followed.

The problem is not only found in fringe Christian sects. The landscape of the twentieth century is littered with the failed predictions from a plethora of mystic and New Age groups. The members of the Heaven’s Gate flying saucer cult, to get ahead of the game, all committed suicide.

Rich Suckers

What is perhaps most disturbing about the adherents to cults that make such failed predictions or, more generally, are as crazy as March hares, is that they are not just the most poor, ignorant, or downtrodden in society.

(Excerpt) Read more at atlassociety.org ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: armageddon; doomsday; endoftheworld; judgementday
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To: ArrogantBustard

Wow! What an insightful critique!


51 posted on 05/19/2011 3:44:52 PM PDT by Ed Hudgins (Rand fan)
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To: dadgum

So did he take your offer?


52 posted on 05/19/2011 3:46:34 PM PDT by Ed Hudgins (Rand fan)
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To: Ed Hudgins

Nope.
Big surprise.


53 posted on 05/19/2011 4:35:03 PM PDT by dadgum (Overjoyed to be a Pariah)
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To: Ed Hudgins
After all, the Book of Revelation is all about doomsday, though with details from a clearly delusional mind. The “son of man” appears out of the clouds with a two-edged sword coming out of his mouth: that makes it tough to eat and talk!

YOU wrote this crap?? No wonder you cut off in mid sentence. I'd have been ashamed to post it all, too.

54 posted on 05/19/2011 4:40:55 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Ed Hudgins; humblegunner; Eaker; Allegra; TheMom; TheOldLady; 50mm; Larry Lucido; ...

Got us a live one here. Brags about double-pimping.

I’m sure Ayn Rand would have been proud of his willingness to abuse his welcome on another site.


55 posted on 05/19/2011 4:47:26 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: DManA; Ed Hudgins
Why did you post this same story twice?

Because a pimp wants hits. It's what pimps do.

56 posted on 05/19/2011 4:52:52 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Ed Hudgins
the Book of Revelation is all about doomsday, though with details from a clearly delusional mind.

You wrote this trashy article? Sad.

57 posted on 05/19/2011 4:56:46 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: Ed Hudgins

58 posted on 05/19/2011 4:57:22 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: Larry Lucido

I’m tempted to sarcastically say, “Ah, the religious mind at work.” But there have been religious thinkers—Aquinas come to mind—who were serious and subtle. There’s not much of a mind here to address, just impotent, unfocused lashing out. Sad.


59 posted on 05/19/2011 7:20:01 PM PDT by Ed Hudgins (Rand fan)
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To: Larry Lucido

I’m tempted to sarcastically say, “Ah, the religious mind at work.” But there have been religious thinkers—Aquinas come to mind—who were serious and subtle. There’s not much of a mind here to address, just impotent, unfocused lashing out. Sad.


60 posted on 05/19/2011 7:20:10 PM PDT by Ed Hudgins (Rand fan)
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To: Larry Lucido

The MODs have spoken.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2722423/posts


61 posted on 05/20/2011 12:05:16 AM PDT by Salamander (I'm your pain.)
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To: Ed Hudgins
Why the Dinosaurs Disappeared
62 posted on 05/20/2011 5:01:17 AM PDT by SC DOC
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To: SC DOC

Love it!


63 posted on 05/21/2011 6:32:26 AM PDT by Ed Hudgins (Rand fan)
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To: Larry Lucido; humblegunner; Eaker; Allegra; TheMom; TheOldLady; 50mm
Well 6:00pm local time in New Zealand has come and gone and my friends down there report no Rapture, earth collapsing under their feet, sky opening with fire and brimstone or the like. One was planning to ask Jesus to do the water into wine trick but now is forced to procure a bottle for dinner from his own stash.
64 posted on 05/21/2011 6:39:52 AM PDT by Ed Hudgins (Rand fan)
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To: Ed Hudgins; humblegunner; Eaker; Allegra; TheMom; TheOldLady; 50mm; Larry Lucido; ...

It is written: “Verily, until the last blog is pimped, I shall not release the kittens of destruction. And I will then strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know I am the Overlord when I lay my vengeance upon you!” Ezekiel, I think.

May the 4th, er, may the 21st be with you.


65 posted on 05/21/2011 7:08:58 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Ed Hudgins

Do not ping me.


66 posted on 05/21/2011 7:27:14 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Ed Hudgins; All

67 posted on 05/21/2011 7:49:22 AM PDT by Bean Counter (If Obama is the answer, how stupid was the question??)
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To: Larry Lucido
So it turns out that Harold Camping’s prophecy was just pulp fiction!
68 posted on 05/21/2011 7:50:53 AM PDT by Ed Hudgins (Rand fan)
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To: TheOldLady

LOL


69 posted on 05/21/2011 7:57:46 AM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: Larry Lucido; humblegunner; shibumi; TheOldLady; Bean Counter; paulycy
Lol. Here's another one:

"And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a pimp rise up out of the sea, having seven blogs and ten threads, and upon his threads ten excerpts with blog links, and upon his links the name of the blasphemous blog.

If any man have an ear, let him hear

And he deceiveth them that dwell on Free Republic by the means of those excerpts which he had linked to his blog in the sight of all; saying to them that dwell on the Free Republic, that they should click on his link, which would take them to his blog, and give him hits.

Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the blog: for it is the number of a pimp; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six."

From Revelation somewhere I think. :-)

70 posted on 05/21/2011 9:51:29 AM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: Bean Counter

Stolen. ;-)


71 posted on 05/21/2011 9:52:04 AM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

72 posted on 05/21/2011 9:54:30 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
"And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a pimp rise up out of the sea"

And the rangemaster declared the line to be hot, and we did
then joyously blow him away before he had cleared the water.

73 posted on 05/21/2011 9:57:20 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner
Heh heh. Good one.

Here's an alternate ending:

"And I saw the pimp, and all the blogpimps of the earth, and their supporters, gathered together to make war against Jim Robinson and FRee Republic, and against the Pimpbusters.

And the pimp was taken, and with him the blog that wrought hits for him, with which he deceived them that dwell on Free Republic, and them that supported his pimping. These were cast alive into a lake of zot burning with brimstone."

74 posted on 05/21/2011 10:22:26 AM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis; humblegunner

That’s good work right there!


75 posted on 05/21/2011 1:13:25 PM PDT by Eaker (The problem with the internet, you're never sure of the accuracy of the quotes. Abraham Lincoln '65)
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To: Eaker

:-D


76 posted on 05/21/2011 2:29:06 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: TheMom; shibumi; Larry Lucido; TheOldLady; 50mm; Eaker; Allegra; Salamander; ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-ckrqXquvM

Early protests to the evil rapture, DIE DIRTBUCKET.. die!


77 posted on 05/21/2011 2:42:57 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner; shibumi; Larry Lucido; TheOldLady; 50mm; Eaker; Allegra; Salamander; ...

Well, it’s 6PM EST and I’m not raptured, so I guess I’m stuck with you guys for the bad times to come. WooHoo!


78 posted on 05/21/2011 3:12:26 PM PDT by 50mm ( I don't use drugs, my dreams are frightening enough.)
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To: 50mm

I’m waiting for about another hour to get my new Yamaha Raptor!


79 posted on 05/21/2011 3:21:10 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Ed Hudgins
Apparently you missed the multiple posts where the owner of Free Republic, Mr. Jim Robinson, states that "Free Republic is pro-God".

Blogpimping, in and of itself is boorish behavior, but pimping your blog and and insulting the belief system of the website's owner is exceptionally bad form.

80 posted on 05/21/2011 3:23:03 PM PDT by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: humblegunner; shibumi; Larry Lucido; TheOldLady; 50mm; Eaker; Allegra; Salamander; ...

No rapture here, and there seems to be a lot of people left on the TV, too. I wonder if there are people left on the radio?

FReep on!


81 posted on 05/21/2011 3:25:44 PM PDT by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: paulycy; humblegunner; shibumi; Larry Lucido; TheOldLady; 50mm; Eaker; Salamander; ...

Well, we still have about forty minutes before the Rapture here, so we’re grillin’ pork ribs in honor of that pedophile Mohammed.


82 posted on 05/21/2011 3:30:06 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: paulycy
I wonder if there are people left on the radio?

I think Air America is defunct.

83 posted on 05/21/2011 3:31:56 PM PDT by 50mm ( I don't use drugs, my dreams are frightening enough.)
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To: humblegunner; shibumi; Larry Lucido; TheOldLady; 50mm; Eaker; Allegra; Salamander; ...

Apparently the crew is still around.

Can’t believe gunner is still here.


84 posted on 05/21/2011 3:32:49 PM PDT by Eaker (The problem with the internet, you're never sure of the accuracy of the quotes. Abraham Lincoln '65)
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To: paulycy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIRG0QOEkyM


85 posted on 05/21/2011 3:35:50 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: 50mm
I think Air America is defunct.

I'm not quite sure they were scheduled for rapture anyway.

86 posted on 05/21/2011 3:36:08 PM PDT by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: Eaker; humblegunner

We got half an hour...we need to blow some stuff up.


87 posted on 05/21/2011 3:37:50 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: Eaker
Apparently the crew is still around

Guess so. ;-)

88 posted on 05/21/2011 3:37:53 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: paulycy

Hehehehe. Lol


89 posted on 05/21/2011 3:38:12 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: Ed Hudgins

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHCdS7O248g


90 posted on 05/21/2011 3:41:21 PM PDT by Bean Counter (If Obama is the answer, how stupid was the question??)
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To: Allegra

You should sing this one sometime yourself.


91 posted on 05/21/2011 3:42:14 PM PDT by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: Allegra

I just started the dishwasher and used soap instead of gun powder.

Damn it!


92 posted on 05/21/2011 3:43:12 PM PDT by Eaker (The problem with the internet, you're never sure of the accuracy of the quotes. Abraham Lincoln '65)
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To: Allegra

Make sure you take video and post it.


93 posted on 05/21/2011 3:53:12 PM PDT by 50mm ( I don't use drugs, my dreams are frightening enough.)
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To: 50mm; humblegunner; shibumi; Larry Lucido; TheOldLady; Eaker; Allegra; Salamander; ...

I thought I’d wait a little longer just in case that old nut bucket was wrong about the time, but I’m still here, and it’s after 9:00.

But then again, I have no neighbors, so I’d have no way of knowing if the Rapture happened or not. Sigh...


94 posted on 05/21/2011 6:04:17 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Allegra; humblegunner

Yeah, gunner’s bragging about those ribs inspired me to buy some baby backs for tomorrow night’s dinner. Hubby is pleased that we weren’t raptured, and so won’t miss the nice barbecue tomorrow.


95 posted on 05/21/2011 6:07:14 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

If you can read this there has not been a Rapture because
I am surely the most humble follower of Christ on FreeRepublic!

Here goes..................


96 posted on 05/21/2011 6:14:32 PM PDT by right way right
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To: right way right

Oh, phew! I dodged one that time. Better watch my P’s and Q’s from now on.


97 posted on 05/21/2011 6:39:40 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Eaker; humblegunner; shibumi; Salamander; 50mm; Larry Lucido; TheOldLady; Allegra; thackney; ...
Can’t believe gunner is still here.

Are we *sure* that it's really gunner, though? Maybe he was taken before he could log off....

98 posted on 05/21/2011 7:04:57 PM PDT by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: FourPeas; humblegunner; shibumi; Larry Lucido; TheOldLady; 50mm; Eaker; Allegra; Salamander; ...
The   ~OVERLORD~   got taken in the Rapture and the rest of the Pimpbusters were Left Behind?

Oh, dear.

99 posted on 05/21/2011 7:11:38 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady; Allegra; paulycy; All
"Necessita 'l ci 'nduce e non diletto"

"Necessity brings him here, not pleasure"

Inferno, XII, 87



In a famous painting, humblegunner defeats yet another blogpimp while the bodies of his previous victims litter the ground around him. AdMinnMod hovers on his black wings in the background while Pauley and Allegra view the vicious yet necessary attack...


100 posted on 05/21/2011 8:50:36 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Did I dig deep on this one, or what...??)
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