Doomsday predicted for May 21, 2011. Do you care?
According to some, Rapture Doomsday is upon us. Earthquakes, fires and floods will spread around the world Saturday (hasn't that already started??), kicking off a five-month descent into the end-of-days. For most of my fellow British Columbians, we will be camping this weekend anyways....so bring it on! We are a hearty bunch and have enough hotdogs and beers to sustain us for a little while. What about the rest of the world?
Well I'm unclear as to whether it's supposed to happen at 6pm US time, or 6pm all over the world in some time defying event. If it doesn't happen till 6pm US time then we've still got time for a night out here in SE Asia.....
Best make it a good one.
HaHa!! The first time I remember doomsday being predicted during my lifetime was when I was around 15. I did feel apprehensive about it then, but didnt fully believe it would happen, and it didnt. Now, I dont pay any attention at all to the many predictions of doomsday that have come and gone, appart from posting an opinion on threads like this.
I was reading something recently about Medieval Europe and the general menatality that was then. People made no distinction between fact and superstition then. Believing in doomsday in my opinion is something we inherited from those days, despite the deluge of information we are constantly bombarded with. Maybe there is too much information for some to take in, so they resort to medieval type processing of it.
Sometimes, I wonder if rumor mondering by cults etc is a way to manipulate the public. I think it worked in Medieval times, so they rehash it to gain attention and maybe influence if a co-incidence happens that makes them look right.
I am glad it did not happen as we had a massage scheduled for Sunday morning and we would have hated to miss that!
Phew! - that was a close one....
Next up - the end of the Mayan Calender - December 21st 2012, I believe.
End of the World
Im also glad that it didnt happen as I spent the day supervising dogs mating...
Since Camping has incorrectly predicted the Apocalypse twice, does he get a third try? Looking forward to laughing at any follow-up interviews with the nut.
@Cindy > I spent the day supervising dogs mating
Just an average weekend?
For those that don't know where this came from - Harold Camping
- 89 year old radio preacher born in Colorado known for, "twice having used Bible-based numerology to predict dates for the Rapture, dates which passed without incident in each case".
I'm not sure why this guy gets so much press. Seems like he has had more than his 15 minutes of fame.
It also makes me laugh when some religious nut proclaims the end of the world at a specific date. Though I still can’t help but stare at the sky which is usually ‘sunny and blue’ and now have been blanketed with gloomy dark clouds. So I anxiously wait if the prophecy comes true. May 21 came and nothing happened. Thank GOD, Harold Camping is just one of those lunatics!
Doomsday is all relative.
According to some, Rapture Doomsday is upon us. Earthquakes, fires and floods will spread around the world Saturday (hasn't that already started??)
It was doomsday in the biblical time of Noah (really depends on one's interpretations). It would have been doomsday for us if we haven’t survived the Queensland Great Flood
just last January. Though it was doomsday for hundreds/thousands of New Zealanders and Japanese who perished in earthquakes and tsunami. And if you put things down into perspective, to some people the world ends for them when the life of their love ones end.
Year 2011 definitely has been the year of natural disasters. Starting with the Great Flood in Australia, earthquakes in New Zealand, earthquake and tsunami in Japan, blizzards, tornadoes and flooding in North America, mudslides in Brazil and so on …
The fact is, doomsday happen all the time to some unlucky people/region/country/continent. Lives perish and their souls ascend to heaven (for the believers who have faith).
Unlike in the biblical time of Noah, we have the technology, knowledge and contingency plans to deal with catastrophe.
[Edited: 2011 May 23 07:51 - josworld:15287 ]
Um LOL Ali - There was a special reason...which has a roundabout link to travelblog. I have a tetraplegic friend, some months ago we had bushfires here and 72 houses burned down including his and his parents who care for him. In the fires they lost three of their dogs and all of their possessions so when their boxer Ruby came into season while we were away they were hoping we would get back in time for the deed to be done. As Kevin my tetraplegic mate is living in emergency rental accomodation just around the corner from my house he has been able to come and visit under his own steam in his chair and has found my travel photos a whole new world opening up. In the time we were away he bought himself an ipad and has become an avid reader of travelblog...we are all helping him see the world :-)
And we made it home in time to allow our boxer Lennox and the lovely miss Ruby to spend an evening together hopefully making new baby boxers.
[Edited: 2011 May 23 07:44 - littlewing:163970 ]
In response to: Msg #136867
Year 2011 definitely has been the year of natural disasters
I was listening to a BBC podcast a short while back, a discussion about incidents of natural disasters - are the number of disasters increasing?
The key point made was that throughout history natural disasters have occurred probably at about the same frequency, but we live in a much more crowded connected world now. Disasters that would have in the past affected a few thousand villagers now threaten millions in metropolises.
Due to our global connectedness we can now be alerted to any disaster globally in minutes, within 30mins my colleague was receiving tweets about the Japanese earthquake.
We've always had a fascination with the end of the world, every religion I can think of has this as some kind of end game, judgement day or apocalypse. Science also agrees that one day the end of our planet will inevitably arrive, either by asteroid collision or the dying expansion of our sun becoming a red giant.
I hope what ever end does arrive, that it's something out of our own control, and not due to our collective greed and irresponsibility.
Ps. Cindy - that's an awesome reason - fingers crossed for puppies 😊
I read an article in TIME about a protestant pastor who said its not gonna be on the 21st of May but it is near. He thinks so because a famous scientist had said that when all the bees die the world will end in four years. Many beekeepers have lost 95%!o(MISSING)f their bees last year. I thought that was interesting. Save the bees people! Stop swatting!
[Edited: 2011 May 23 09:59 - only i exist:122933 ]
I spent the day supervising dogs mating...
Yeah, I suppose that would need supervising. You couldnt just give them a copy of the Kama Sutra and and tell them to do their own research. 😉
LOL Mel..we put on a dvd for them, lit some candles and burned some incense 😉 Ruby was ahmm..quite the floozy, Lennox slept for two days when he came home 😊
Harold..thats actually true. Its called colony collapse disorder and is HUGELY worrying. Without bees the human race will be in serious trouble. Without insects we will last four years. Without Bees to pollinate we soon run out of not only fruits and vegetables but grains needed to feed meat animals - and there is no way we can pollinate at a scale bee's do to sustain the ecosystem.
At the other end of the scale - without flies as decomposers we will basically suffocate under our own waste within a four year timeframe.
The Raptures arent a suspected cause of CCD - its looking like a mite that is killing the bees.
As Ali raised the issue of natural disasters and our awareness of them due to media and technology - I watched the tsunami on TV less than 15 minutes after the warning signs went off. These events always happen, its just with an increased population density in areas likely to be affected we are seeing death tolls and having them beamed live to our homes and phones. Population density increases, land squeeze means we live where we are at greater risk of encountering events which are likely to cause loss of life and damage. Without going all scientific we possibly are entering a period of heightened seismic and climactic "disasters" as we are overdue for a polar reversal ...however....these periods do occur on a fairly regular basis.
If you are bored at all have a google around and find the explanations for the seven biblical plagues from a modern day scientific viewpoint - very possibly caused by the eruption of Thera.
And im hoping for Puppies too Ali, and Kevin is very happy to have found travelblog....he commented today he had read some blogs about places where Nat Geo Doco's would never be filmed.
Forget the millions the old dude's company made (upwards of $80 million) from his "prediction" and the wall-to-wall media coverage that helped him out a wee bit. (Try to get that same press if you start ranting about climate change or peak oil, for example)
What does it say about us, or the media, that we give such nonsense any consideration whatsoever? Does the thought of impending death (even in a somewhat light-hearted way) force us to think about our mortality,our existence?
Or maybe we should give him one last shot. Third time lucky;-)
P.S. Isn't it mobile phones that are killing the bees?
Harold Camping apologizes
to the World's media and those who gave him all their money.
Says he feels terrible in fact, but that we shouldn't be worried because the world will now end on October 21st after "hell on earth for five months".
As I side note, Bernard Madoff is serving 150 years in jail for his own 'unprecedented' fraud, maybe he was in the wrong business?
Okay, well October 21st it is! And if that doesn't come to fruition....Dec 21, 2012...those Mayans are probably wiser anyway.
All I know is I will keep on truckin'