End of the World

SONY DSCYes, many are preparing for the end of the world tomorrow, Dec 21, 2012, which is when an important phase on the ancient Mayan calendar terminates.

Russians are taking the end of the world very seriously indeed, and have been stocking up on the essentials for weeks now.

Vladstradamus: Putin knows when world will end, not afraid of apocalypse

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin holds the first major press conference of his third term in power in Moscow, on December 20, 2012 As frenzied doomsayers around the world prepare for the apocalypse on December, 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin put his trust in science, saying at a yearly Q&A that the earth won’t end for another 4.5 billion years, when the sun goes out.

China is another country that has embraced the doomsday hysteria wholeheartedly, something that is historically and culturally unusual for the country.

Mayan Apocalypse 2012: Chinese Man Uses Life Savings to Build Ark

A man in China has cashed out his life savings to build an ark in preparation for the so-called Mayan apocalypse.

If you’re feeling a little uneasy about the impending apocalypse, and don’t have an underground nuclear bunker to hide in, head over to France.  Or, more specifically, the village of Bugarach high up in the Pyrenees. This sleepy rural community is, apparently, the only place that will be safe on December 21.

French Mayor Blocks Access to Mountain Pic de Bugarach Eyed as Means of Escape

A French official is blocking access to local mountain believed by some to provide an escape from the predicted day of doom.  Many reportedly believe that the mountain’s Pic de Bugarach in the town of the same name hides space aliens at its base who are awaiting Earth’s destruction before leaving and, according to the U.K. Telegraph, taking a few humans with them.

The Mayan doomsday is the daddy of all apocalypse predictions, and some Americans are taking it very seriously.  Underground bunker manufacturers have reported a boom in sales recently, with one firm claiming to have gone from selling one a month to one a day.

NASA Again Dispels Doomsday Fears

Talk about the supposed end of the world associated with the Mayan calendar seems to be growing in Internet circles, but NASA scientists have once again released a video explaining why doomsday fears are unfounded.

According to Don Yeomans, head of the Near-Earth Objects Program Office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, such beliefs, as the mysterious planet Nibiru, believed to be the hidden “12th planet” of the solar sytem that swings by Earth every 3,600 years and causes widespread damage, are absurd.

 Nibiru is called the 12th planet, but not by NASA – it was first mentioned in a book called The 12th Planet written in 1976 by Zechariah Sitchin, which tells of the ancient Sumerian legends of a planet with a comet-like orbit that comes into the Earth’s area of the solar system every 3,600 years.

Yeomans insists that there is no evidence whatsoever for the validity of such claims.

David Morrison, a planetary astronomer at NASA Ames Research Center and senior scientist at the NASA Astrobiology Institute, explained that he receives five emails a day about the potential of Nibiru striking Earth, and claimed there are over two million websites that are concentrated on the theory – a number that is only likely to grow in 2012.

So, what about in Mexico, where the ancient Mayans flourished? Are they worried about the end of the world? Not a bit! In fact, most of them are having a party. 1

But why stock up on canned goods and underground bunkers if the world’s going to end?

Diplomacy, Jurassic-Style
I thought that this was hilarious.  Obama sounds so much like our President.  I’ve just put in the first few paragraphs.  Click on the link to read the rest.

“The small, insect-eating lizard was discovered in the badlands of northeastern Montana — its fossil preserved in an area called the Hell Creek formation … Some 65 million years ago, it went extinct. And now, it is named for the 44th president of the United States: Obamadon gracilis.” — The Boston Globe, Dec. 10

Good afternoon, everybody. Please take a seat. Folks, we are facing a crisis. I’m not talking about climate change or meteor showers or a distant supervolcano. No, the challenge that we face is one of principles and resolve, and whether we can put our differences aside and unite for the good of everyone. That requires compromise. But mostly, it requires that some dinosaurs — and I don’t want to point fingers here — but some dinosaurs are going to have to stop eating other dinosaurs.

Yesterday I met with representatives from the stegosaur and diplodocus communities. Today I’m having a box lunch with the pterodactyls. Everyone has different priorities and viewpoints, but what we can all agree on is the need to come together, and also the need not to worry that the moment we turn our backs or doze off that the opposition is going to eat us…
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/16/opinion/sunday/diplomacy-jurassic-style.html?_r=0

1http://news.cheapflights.co.uk/mayan-doomsday-how-are-countries-preparing-for-the-end-of-the-world/
2http://www.wickedlocal.com/lexington/news/x1581724972/Lexington-natives-modern-dance-show-explores-ancient-wisdom#axzz2FcI14t6K

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2 Responses to “End of the World”

  1. Ralph Says:

    First off I want to say superb blog! I had a quick question
    that I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing. I’ve had trouble clearing my mind in getting my ideas out.
    I truly do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually wasted simply
    just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or tips?
    Thanks!

    • notesfromthewest Says:

      I have a degree in English and taught it for five years at the high school level, so I’ve had a bit of practice. Tips: when I write about something I do it as if I were talking to a friend (which is how this blog started, emailing friends when I was out of town). I also love to google, so I’m always looking things up, which is why I have so many internet quotes.

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