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2012 Doomsday , Millions of Chinese, Russians and Americans Believe the End of the World Is Nigh
TMO ^ | 12-8-2012 | DK Matai

Posted on 12/09/2012 10:41:02 AM PST by blam

2012 Doomsday Psychology, Millions of Chinese, Russians and Americans Believe the End of the World Is Nigh

Politics / Social Issues
Dec 08, 2012 - 07:47 AM
By: DK Matai

Panic buying of candles and essentials has accelerated not only in China and Russia, but there has been a simultaneous explosion in the sale of survival equipment, food, fuel and emergency shelters in America in preparation for the Mayan calendar's long count deadline: December 21st, 2012. The precise mechanism for the Armageddon to manifest remains vague, ranging from:

1. Catastrophic celestial collision between Earth and the mythical planet Nibiru, also known as Planet X;

2. Disastrous crash with a comet;

3. Annihilation of the global civilisation by a giant solar storm; or

4. Massive earthquakes and tsunamis caused by planetary re-alignment and expansion.

Nibiru Earth Cataclysm

Rebuttal from National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA)

NASA has been aggressively seeking to dispel doomsday fears. It says there is no evidence that Nibiru exists, and rumours it could be hiding behind the sun are totally unfounded. The space agency has also rejected apocalyptic theories about unusual alignments of the planets, or that the Earth's magnetic poles could suddenly "flip" to cause calamity. Conspiracy theorists contend that the American space agency is involved in an elaborate cover up to prevent panic. Dr David Morrison, a senior astronomer at NASA, said: "At least once a week I get a message from a young person, as young as 11, who says they are ill and/or contemplating suicide because of the coming doomsday. I think it's evil for people to propagate rumours on the internet to frighten children." What Dr Morrison forgot to mention is that it is not such a good idea to frighten adults either!

Debunking the End of the World Myth on 12-12-12 or 21-12-12

As we approach the end of this year, millions of ordinary people around the world appear to have fallen for the myriad experts and self-styled prophets who continue to announce the impending end of the world either on the elegantly symmetric date of 12-12-12 or December 21st, 2012, the date that marks the winter solstice. Some inspired people are equally convinced that these magic dates afford a beautiful opportunity for humankind to begin the process of collective transformation; healing on a personal and global level; and to carry out a shift in the global perspective from Duality towards Unity Consciousness. We could be on the brink of discovering who is right!

Australian and US Government

The Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has filmed a tongue-in-cheek video that says, yes, the Mayans were right and the world is really about to come to an end. In an attempt to exterminate the hysteria, the US Government confirms we will live past 2012 and the USA.gov website has published a blog post stating that "the world will not end on December 21st, 2012, or any day in 2012." The US government's decision to debunk the end-of-the-world myth is a tacit recognition that this issue is now ingrained in the collective consciousness of a vast number of American citizens.

The Cyclical Mayan Calendar

The issue with December 21st, 2012 and the predicted disasters, that some think will happen, probably started with the so-called end of the Mayan calendar. Their calendar does not end on that date; it is just the end of the cycle and the beginning of a new one.

Weibo and the Buying of Candles

"If the Mayans are right, I won’t pay my credit card bill," was one popular post on Weibo, China's version of twitter. The Chinese are now taking the date of December 21st -- the day the world is supposed to end -- seriously, with panic buying of candles across many counties. For example, people in two counties of the south-eastern Sichuan Province rushed to buy candles and matches as a rumour said the Earth would be shrouded in darkness for three days on December 21st when the legendary Mayan Calendar comes to an end. "Candles are selling by the hundreds, with buyers constantly coming to the market. Many stores have run out," according to the West China City Daily newspaper. The source of the panic was traced to a post on Weibo predicting that there would be three days of darkness when the apocalypse arrives.

Hollywood Influencea

China has no history of preoccupation with the apocalypse, and the current wave of paranoia can be traced to Roland Emmerich's 2009 Hollywood disaster movie "2012". While the film received a somewhat lukewarm welcome elsewhere, it was a roaring success in China, as viewers identified with the plot that saw the Chinese military build arks to save humanity and demonstrated that the Chinese culture was ahead of the rest in its forward planning and foresight. Since the beginning of December, the word "Mayans" has trended on Weibo as millions of Chinese speculate that the end is nigh. Alongside "2012", Emmerich's other movies have also contributed to the collective sense of science-fiction catastrophism in global society via "The Day After Tomorrow", "Independence Day" and "Stargate."

Doomsday Preppers

Millions of Americans are also quietly preparing for this doomsday date. They are called "preppers", and their numbers have absolutely exploded in recent years. According to a recent newspaper article, there are approximately 3 million preppers in the US alone. Although, some believe that the actual number is significantly higher than that. This movement has become so popular that there are now even television shows being done about preppers. The most popular is probably "Doomsday Preppers" on the National Geographic Channel, which highlights that preppers are:

1. Turning spare rooms into long-term food storage pantries;

2. Planting survival gardens;

3. Converting their homes over to alternative sources of energy;

4. Taking self-defence lessons; and

5. Stocking up on just about anything one can imagine.

People might be living next door to a prepper and never even realise it!

Russian Concerns

Hundreds of thousands of Russians and Ukrainians have been stocking up on survival goods, including canned food, cereals and matches, ahead of the impending apocalypse. Russia saw people in Omutninsk -- Kirov region -- rushing to buy fuel and supplies after a newspaper article by a Tibetan monk confirmed the end of the world. In Tomsk, Siberia, storekeepers are selling “emergency kits” -- for about $30 -- that include food, candles, matches, soap, and even games. Novokuznetsk city faced a run on salt. Near the Altai Mountains panic-buyers snapped up all the torches and thermos flasks. Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov said in a statement, "It has been proved conclusively that global catastrophes take place at intervals of between 10 million and 15 million years,” so there is no need to worry. Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian prime minister, addressed the doomsday situation thus: "I don't believe in the end of the world." Before adding somewhat whimsically: "At least, not this year!"

At least one Russian official took a humorous slant on the doomsday matter: "The end of the world has already started in some regions. There is not so much as a minute of daylight in Murmansk or Norilsk," said Roman Vilfand, head of the meteorological service in Moscow. Failing to clarify that in these extreme northern latitudes, permanent darkness is as normal as the winter solstice in December!

Conclusion

What are all these people so concerned about? Exactly why are there millions of Chinese, Russians and Americans feverishly preparing for doomsday? The truth is that people will never find two preppers that are exactly alike. Some are deeply concerned about the potential for natural disasters and believe that we are now entering into a time when there will be catastrophic Earth changes and others are concerned about the financial markets and the state of the global economy. High levels of anxiety are symptomatic of the rapidly evolving global civilisation in which the population, energy consumption and debt are growing exponentially as indeed is their toxic fallout.

What are your thoughts, observations and views? We are hosting an Expert roundtable on this issue at ATCA 24/7 on Yammer. By DK Matai


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: armageddon; catastrophism; collapse; doomsday; mayan
"The truth is that people will never find two preppers that are exactly alike"

My concerns are of a possible economic/financial collapse and the consequences afterwards. (IAW)

1 posted on 12/09/2012 10:41:13 AM PST by blam
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To: blam

2 posted on 12/09/2012 10:46:15 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: blam

No the world will not end on any in day in 2012.
It will however, start down that path on 1 Jan 2013 when Obamacare and the tax hikes kick in.

It would seem that the Mayans were off by only 12 days.

Not bad for an ancient culture.


3 posted on 12/09/2012 10:48:13 AM PST by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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To: JoeProBono

LOL


4 posted on 12/09/2012 10:49:14 AM PST by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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To: blam
As we approach the end of this year, millions of ordinary people around the world appear to have fallen for the myriad experts and self-styled prophets who continue to announce the impending end of the world either on the elegantly symmetric date of 12-12-12...

Just my luck. The end of the world happens on my birthday.

By the way, I will be 12+12+12+12 on 12/12/12.

That's gotta mean something...or not.

5 posted on 12/09/2012 11:00:00 AM PST by seowulf ("If you write a whole line of zeroes, it's still---nothing"...Kira Alexandrovna Argounova)
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To: txnativegop
ding ding ding ding... we have a winner!!!
6 posted on 12/09/2012 11:00:40 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Kartographer
Bouvet Volcano becoming active? (my title)
7 posted on 12/09/2012 11:02:06 AM PST by blam
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To: blam
What are all these people so concerned about?

Our evil usurper's dictatorship and the rapid increase of liberal morons throughout the world.

8 posted on 12/09/2012 11:03:34 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: blam

The following is a report of a man in AZ, who is going to jump off a cliff at Bell Rock (Sedona), on December 21,2012.

http://redstarfilms.blogspot.com/2011/05/madness-of-peter-gersten.html


9 posted on 12/09/2012 11:21:17 AM PST by yorkie
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To: blam

Though no one knows the day or the hour of Jesus’s return to judge humankind, Christians always pray, “Even so come quickly, Lord Jesus!”


10 posted on 12/09/2012 11:23:52 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: blam

High levels of anxiety are symptomatic of the rapidly evolving global civilisation in which the population, energy consumption and debt are growing exponentially as indeed is their toxic fallout.


So we all get to be right for different reasons.

In reality it is usually never just one thing that does us in. It is several things coming at the same time.


11 posted on 12/09/2012 11:27:29 AM PST by PeterPrinciple ( (Lord, save me from some conservatives, they don't understand history any better than liberals.))
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To: blam

“Millions of Chinese, Russians and Americans Believe the End of the World Is Nigh”

Proving that the Chinese and Russians know nothing more than we do.


12 posted on 12/09/2012 11:31:03 AM PST by Beowulf9
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To: blam

I just watched a movie called “Melancholia” about a planet on a collision course with Earth. Beautifully filmed, with Kiefer Sutherland and Kirsten Dunst - recommended viewing.


13 posted on 12/09/2012 11:43:14 AM PST by dainbramaged (My dog can talk - but she's a liar.)
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To: seowulf

I would suggest that you buy a lottery ticket but
I don’t think you can pick 12, 6 times.


14 posted on 12/09/2012 11:57:38 AM PST by super7man
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To: blam
I know Asians are thought to be quite smart, however, if the earth ends, what the hell are they going to do with a candle?
15 posted on 12/09/2012 12:28:44 PM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: seowulf
“By the way, I will be 12+12+12+12 on 12/12/12.

That's gotta mean something...or not.”

That is seven twelves or 12/7.

Now if you work 12/7 it is half your total life.

Half must be the hidden key to the meaning.

Well, half the time working and half the time not.

Half and half.

If you are half and half, the only logical answer is you are bisexual or borderline gay.

For you it would be no great loss if the world ends, your life is pretty effed up anyway.

16 posted on 12/09/2012 12:42:15 PM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: dainbramaged

And Alexander Skarsgard. It’s in my DVR playlist. I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s nice to hear a good review! Now I’m looking forward to watching it.


17 posted on 12/09/2012 1:01:19 PM PST by surroundedinCT
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To: JoeProBono

Hey, don’t put the Mayans down. They were pretty smart people. They were pioneers in open heart surgery!


18 posted on 12/09/2012 1:21:36 PM PST by navyblue (<u>)
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To: Beagle8U; blam

What would McGuyver have done?


19 posted on 12/09/2012 1:32:27 PM PST by carriage_hill (Don't whiz on the electric fence. Awwwww-yeah!)
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To: carriage_hill

I have no idea since I don’t know who that is.


20 posted on 12/09/2012 1:39:35 PM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: blam
On the bright side, we can drink plenty of egg nog and eat lots of Christmas cookies, pies and cakes. With the coming end of the world, no need to worry about cholesterol or gaining weight.

Also, run up those credit cards. Might as well!

21 posted on 12/09/2012 1:45:43 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: Beagle8U

It was a TV series in late-80s/early-90s, featuring a guy who could do anything with a paperclip/toothpick/thread/pencil (grab any available item).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacGyver

http://www.tv.com/shows/macgyver/

So implausible, it was wildly popular for 7yrs. I watched it 2-3x.


22 posted on 12/09/2012 2:23:07 PM PST by carriage_hill (Don't whiz on the electric fence. Awwwww-yeah!)
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To: txnativegop
It will however, start down that path on 1 Jan 2013 when Obamacare and the tax hikes kick in.

People will WISH it would end.
23 posted on 12/09/2012 2:23:33 PM PST by crosshairs (Hurricane Barry is 1000 times more destructive than Hurricane Sandy.)
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To: crosshairs

Yes they will, we are in for a rough row to hoe for the next few years.


24 posted on 12/09/2012 2:30:39 PM PST by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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To: navyblue
Hey, don’t put the Mayans down. They were pretty smart people. They were pioneers in open heart surgery!

You're bad, very bad,... But I'm laughing! They were efficient people. No tax system, just work you to death. You follow the party line and give straight from the heart.

25 posted on 12/09/2012 4:25:08 PM PST by roadcat
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To: blam

Says a pack of cannibals.


26 posted on 12/09/2012 6:18:57 PM PST by onedoug
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To: blam
I don't think there are more than a dozen Americans who believe the end of the world will come on 12/12/12 because of Mayan predictions.

People in the country are mostly prepping because of the coming economic collapse that is almost inevitable. Not comets, but riots are on the way.

27 posted on 12/09/2012 6:21:13 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dainbramaged

Excellent movie. The anxiety leading up to the end was almost unbearable.


28 posted on 12/09/2012 6:26:48 PM PST by fivecatsandadog (Reality ruins everything.)
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Chinese Fire Drill link to a related topic:

Mayan apocalypse: panic spreads as December 21 nears
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2966771/posts


29 posted on 12/09/2012 8:07:38 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; Avoiding_Sulla; ...

Thanks blam. Whackadoodle doo ping.


30 posted on 12/09/2012 8:09:03 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: seowulf
12+12+12+12 =48

In "mystic addition" 48=12 {4+8}

You're definitely doomed. ;o)

31 posted on 12/09/2012 8:14:22 PM PST by DeFault User
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To: blam
with due respect to Blondie

"The End Is Nigh"

The end is nigh but I'm holding on
I'm gonna be your raptured one
I'm not the kind of guy who gives up just like that
Oh, no

It's not the things the Martians do that probe and hurt me bad
But it's the way they do the things they do

I'm not the kind of guy who gives up just like that
Oh, no

The end is nigh but I'm holding on
I'm gonna be your raptured one
Raptured one, raptured one

Every quix wants you to be the horseman
But I'll wait my dear 'til it's my turn

I'm not the kind of guy who gives up just like that
Oh, no

The end is nigh but I'm holding on
I'm gonna be your raptured one
raptured one, raptured one

[Repeat and ad lib until fade]

32 posted on 12/10/2012 1:29:24 AM PST by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: blam
"2012 Doomsday , Millions of Chinese, Russians and Americans Believe the End of the World Is Nigh"

And, many, many, more Millions don't Believe the End of the World Is Nigh.

Heh, Heh.

33 posted on 12/21/2012 8:12:30 AM PST by hummingbird
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To: seowulf
"By the way, I will be 12+12+12+12 on 12/12/12."

How cool is that! My birthdate is also 12/12/12 but the age doesn't line up!

34 posted on 12/21/2012 8:16:32 AM PST by hummingbird
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To: txnativegop
Yes they will, we are in for a rough row to hoe for the next few years.

What's Sandra Fluke got to do with it?

Oh, h-o-e! Nevermind...

35 posted on 12/21/2012 8:31:20 AM PST by COBOL2Java (kak-is-toc-ra-cy: Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens. See: GOP-e)
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To: txnativegop
"Not bad for an ancient culture."

Not too shabby at all!

36 posted on 12/21/2012 8:32:11 AM PST by hummingbird
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To: COBOL2Java

LOL


37 posted on 12/21/2012 8:38:50 AM PST by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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To: dead
People in the country are mostly prepping because of the coming economic collapse that is almost inevitable. Not comets, but riots are on the way.

Most Preppers are good at multitasking. Comets, EMP, zombies, economic collapse, riots, etc.

38 posted on 12/21/2012 8:43:40 AM PST by Starstruck (Washinton is presently building a diving board on the fiscal cliff)
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To: hummingbird
My birthdate is also 12/12/12 but the age doesn't line up!

Happy belated birthday; and Hey! We're still here! At least until the next end of the world.

39 posted on 12/25/2012 6:13:51 PM PST by seowulf ("If you write a whole line of zeroes, it's still---nothing"...Kira Alexandrovna Argounova)
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