Mayan Apocalypse: Panic Spreads As December 21 Nears

Mayan Apocalypse: Panic Spreads As December 21 Nears

Dec 14

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• Twelve ‘Any Time, Any Place’ Survival Tips (v3.2)

NASA Website: Beyond 2012: Why the World Won’t End

• David Spangler: Apocalypse Porn
• National Geographic: Doomsday Preppers
• Is The End Of The World Nigh?
• French Hamlet Of Bugarach Promoted As Safe Haven From 2012 Apocalypse
• New Agers Expecting World To End In December Head For French Mountain
• Now Available Online: The Occult Obsessions Of Sir Isaac Newton
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• Ooops: World Doesn’t End On May 21st, So How About October 21st?
• World To End This Saturday
• Harold Camping & His Doomsday Prediction(s)
• Doomsday Predictions (Including December 21, 2012 & May 21, 2011)
• Wikipedia on Harold Camping
• Harold Camping Website

• A Brief History of the Apocalypse
Frontline’s “Apocalypse!” (& Related Links) (12/27/1999)
• Earth Changes & Millennium Fever (10/10/1997)
• NHNE Earth Changes Composite Map (01/1997)

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MAYAN APOCALYPSE: PANIC SPREADS AS DECEMBER 21 NEARS
By Nick Allen in Los Angeles, Malcolm Moore in Beijing, and Tom Parfitt in Moscow
The Telegraph
December 7, 2012

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Fears that the end of the world is nigh have spread across the world with only days until the end of the Mayan calendar, with doomsday-mongers predicting a cataclysmic end to the history of Earth.

Ahead of December 21, which marks the conclusion of the 5,125-year “Long Count” Mayan calendar, panic buying of candles and essentials has been reported in China and Russia, along with an explosion in sales of survival shelters in America. In France believers were preparing to converge on a mountain where they believe aliens will rescue them.

The precise manner of Armageddon remains vague, ranging from a catastrophic celestial collision between Earth and the mythical planet Nibiru, also known as Planet X, a disastrous crash with a comet, or the annihilation of civilisation by a giant solar storm.

In America Ron Hubbard, a manufacturer of hi-tech underground survival shelters, has seen his business explode.

“We’ve gone from one a month to one a day,” he said. “I don’t have an opinion on the Mayan calendar but, when astrophysicists come to me, buy my shelters and tell me to be prepared for solar flares, radiation, EMPs (electromagnetic pulses) … I’m going underground on the 19th and coming out on the 23rd. It’s just in case anybody’s right.”

In the French Pyrenees the mayor of Bugarach, population 179, has attempted to prevent pandemonium by banning UFO watchers and light aircraft from the flat topped mount Pic de Bugarach.

According to New Age lore it as an “alien garage” where extraterrestrials are waiting to abandon Earth, taking a lucky few humans with them.

Russia saw people in Omutninsk, in Kirov region, rushing to buy kerosene and supplies after a newspaper article, supposedly written by a Tibetan monk, confirmed the end of the world.

The city of Novokuznetsk faced a run on salt. In Barnaul, close to the Altai Mountains, panic-buyers snapped up all the torches and Thermos flasks.

Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian prime minister, even addressed the situation.

“I don’t believe in the end of the world,” before adding somewhat disconcertingly: “At least, not this year.”

In China, which has no history of preoccupation with the end of the world, a wave of paranoia about the apocalypse can be traced to the 2009 Hollywood blockbuster “2012”.

The film, starring John Cusack, was a smash hit in China, as viewers were seduced by a plot that saw the Chinese military building arks to save humanity.

Some in China are taking the prospect of Armageddon seriously with panic buying of candles reported in Sichuan province.

The source of the panic was traced to a post on Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, predicting that there will be three days of darkness when the apocalypse arrives.

One grocery store owner said: “At first, we had no idea why. But then we heard someone muttering about the continuous darkness.”

Shanghai police said scam artists had been convincing pensioners to hand over savings in a last act of charity.

Meanwhile in Mexico, where the ancient Mayan civilisation flourished, the end time has been seen as an opportunity. The country has organised hundreds of Maya-themed events, and tourism is expected to have doubled this year.

Nasa has been aggressively seeking to dispel doomsday fears. It says there is no evidence Nibiru exists, and rumours it could be hiding behind the sun are unfounded.

“It can’t hide behind the sun forever, and we would’ve seen it years ago,” a Nasa scientist said.

The space agency also rejected apocalyptic theories about unusual alignments of the planets, or that the Earth’s magnetic poles could suddenly “flip.”

Conspiracy theorists contend that the space agency is involved in an elaborate cover up to prevent panic.

But David Morrison, an 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.”

Mayans themselves reject any notion that the world will end. Pedro Celestino Yac Noj, a Mayan sage, burned seeds and fruits to mark the end of the old calender at a ceremony in Cuba. He said: “The 21st is for giving thanks and gratitude and the 22nd welcomes the new cycle, a new dawn.”

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U.S. GOVERNMENT: APOCALYPSE NOT DESTROYING THE WORLD IN 2012, SO STOP SCARING THE KIDS
By Nick Wing
The Huffington Post
December 4, 2012

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Won’t somebody please think of the children?

That’s the message the U.S. government is pushing in a new blog post attempting to dispel rumors about the rapidly approaching end of the world.

“Unfortunately, these rumors have many people frightened, especially children,” reads the post at USA.gov. “The world will not end on December 21, 2012, or any day in 2012.”

David Morrison, a planetary astronomer and senior scientist for NASA, tells USA.gov that “at least a 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.”

According to the government, there is no impending Mayan calendar-predicted apocalypse that will take place this month (that theory has already been debunked), no comet ready to blast the world into oblivion (sorry Bruce Willis, NASA has been trying to beat this one back for a while), and no hidden planet sneaking up on Earth to screw up its polarity (NASA recently gave a detailed breakdown of this claim). The post also tamps down doomsday predictions more broadly, declaring that “many other” theories are also wrong.

The U.S. isn’t the only nation that has had to directly address prophecies about the end of the world. The New York Times reported over the weekend on Russia’s effort to keep people from getting too worked up over the panicked speculation:

Its minister of emergency situations said Friday that he had access to “methods of monitoring what is occurring on the planet Earth,” and that he could say with confidence that the world was not going to end in December. He acknowledged, however, that Russians were still vulnerable to “blizzards, ice storms, tornadoes, floods, trouble with transportation and food supply, breakdowns in heat, electricity and water supply.”
NASA handled the situation similarly last month, saying the planet was more at risk from the dangerous effects of climate change and human impact than it was of some apocalyptic event.

“The greatest threat to Earth in 2012, at the end of this year and in the future, is just from the human race itself,” Mitzi Adams, a heliophysicist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, told LiveScience.

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1 comment

  1. Steve

    it makes you wonder how many insane people there are in this world…..

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