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Another Day in Paradise
« on: December 20, 2012, 08:29:37 PM »
21 December 2012 is here: 'Apocalypse'

Published: 20 December, 2012, 18:17
Edited: 21 December, 2012, 09:08

Front of the "Gran Jaguar" Mayan temple (AFP Photo / Johan Ordonez)

The much-anticipated date for the end of the world is finally coming, as predicted by the Mayans, and we’ve got the latest updates on how the globe is dealing with 'Armageddon.'

­04:35 GMT: Bolivian president Evo Morales said that December 21 is not the end of the world, but a ‘new beginning.’ President Morales will spend the day on the Island of the Sun on Lake Titicaca, celebrating the start of a ‘new era of peace and love.’

­03:35 GMT: Chickens: the key to salvation? A widespread rumor in Malaysia has cost a man to lose his chicken farm as the hoax said that placing cockerels and hens in one coop might prevent them from being engulfed by a huge tidal wave on doomsday. Those who believed the recipe for salvation stole the farmer’s 13 chickens. The rumor was part of a series of text messages that also told people to stock up on food and candles ahead of the end of the Mayan calendar today.

03:18 GMT: ­#EndOfTheWorldConfession hashtag is trending on Twitter as millions make their final funny, romantic and occasionally frightening confessions.

­02:41 GMT: Several Michigan schools have closed, giving thousands of students a few extra vacation days, amid rumors of violence related to the Mayan “doomsday.”“We are not taking the chance, and we are not willing to be dismissive about student safety – especially in the wake of Connecticut. It was an easy decision,” said Matt Wandrie, superintendent of Lapeer Community Schools. Due to the recent massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, there have been numerous rumors of possible “gun violence” circulating in the district.

­01:53 GMT: With three hours until doomsday hits the East Coast of the US, many Americans are searching online for end of the world sex. “Looking for some fun tonight with a good looking girl before the world ends! :),” wrote one man in New York City. “Feeling adventurous? We can try things you always wanted to try but never had,” writes another. Women are also searching dates and hookups on Craigslist and the online dating site OkCupid, the New York Post reported.

­00:20 GMT: “Smile, you are being abducted,” reads a sign on a mock UFO carrying alien dolls in Alto Paraiso de Goias, central Brazil. Locals are in humorous spirits ahead of the looming end of the world. Alto Paraiso de Goias is considered a mystical city, and has attracted many Brazilians and foreigners seeking refuge from the upcoming events.

AFP Photo / Evaristo SA

­23:59 GMT: Big Ben to strike end of days?

23:55 GMT: Iceland freezes in anticipation of the Armageddon.

23:40 GMT: Houston, is there a problem? International Space Station crew prepares for doomsday.

­23:37 GMT: Police in France have blocked doomsday believers from a ‘mystical mountain’ in the tiny village of Bugarach, southern France, where they believe a garage for UFOs is located. The mayor of the village, home to just 189, has declared the zone a no-go area and appealed to the world not to come to Bugarach. “This is no laughing matter,” he said. “If 10,000 people turn up on December 21, our village will not be able to cope."

23:00 GMT: 'Armageddon' hits Spain: a surprise block to Catalonia's independence bid?

22:10 GMT: ­Dutchman Pieter Frank van der Meer has prepared a lifeboat in his garden in the central Netherlands village of Kootwijkerbroek, which lies around 20 kilometers from the sea. The boat is capable of saving 50 people during floods brought on by the Mayan-foretold doomsday. He bought the totally enclosed lifeboat for €13,000 and installed a toilet, a sink and a child's car seat inside. Some 35 people have reserved seats in the boat.

AFP Photo / Robin Van Lonkhuijsen

AFP Photo / Robin Van Lonkhuijsen

­21:20 GMT: Smart tip to bypass the apocalypse: Fly from Los Angeles to Australia on Thursday night, skipping Friday and landing on Saturday.

­20:00 GMT: Red square welcomes the winds of doom

Screenshot from user BuzzFeed

­18:20 GMT: The Canadian Red Cross has urged people to review their readiness for a disaster in light of the looming end of the world. "The Red Cross urges Canadians to be ready to take care of themselves and their families for 72 hours in any emergency," said Denis Dion, the national director of disaster management.

Canada's Red Cross also recommended an emergency survival kit for every household, which includes – in addition to food and water – some cash in small bills, extra car and house keys and a manual can opener.

­16:40 GMT: Meanwhile, across the globe, people have come up with a variety of ideas of how to survive in the event of Armageddon. For instance, a Chinese villager has created giant, reportedly tsunami-proof survival pods, made using a fiberglass casing over a steel frame. The cost is $48,000 each, and the pods are equipped with oxygen tanks, food and water supplies. They also come with seat belts, which is essential for riding out storms.

Farmer Liu Qiyuan posing with survival pods that he created and dubbed 'Noah's Arc', in the village of Qiantun,
Hebei province, south of Beijing (AFP Photo / Ed Jones)

Farmer Liu Qiyuan sits inside one of seven survival pods that he has also dubbed ′Noah′s Arc′, in a yard at his
home in the village of Qiantun, Hebei province, south of Beijing on December 11, 2012 (AFP Photo / Ed Jones)

­Another Chinese man built a copy of Noah’s Ark, spending all his life savings to protect from the ‘apocalypse.’

The unfinished boat built by Lu Zhenhai, a man from Urumqi, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, afraid that
his home would be submerged in a doomsday flood in 2012. (AFP Photo)


The inner view of the unfinished boat built by Lu Zhenhai, a man from Urumqi, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous
Region, afraid that his home would be submerged in a doomsday flood in 2012. (AFP Photo)

Marina Mendelson wedding agency sells Last Day sets in Tomsk. (RIA Novosti / Yakov Andreev)

­Doomsday merchandize is also offered in Russia and Ukraine and includes survival kits. In the Siberian city of Tomsk, such items for "meeting the end of the world” include ID cards, notepads, canned fish, a bottle of vodka, rope, a piece of soap. The packages are said to be popular with customers, more than 1,000 kits have been already sold, according to the company.

16:00 GMT: 'Armageddon' day begins in Hong Kong.

15:36 GMT: Argentina has closed Uritorfco Mountain over fears that Armageddon-watchers will commit mass suicide.

View of the Uritorco hill, near Capilla del Monte in Cordoba some 800 km northwest of Buenos Aires on
December 18, 2012 (AFP Photo / Mariela Atia)

­15:10 GMT: Moscow residents are shelling out $1000 for tickets to a ‘Doomsday Party’ in a Cold War-era bunker about 60 kilometers underground.

Tourists sit on a Mayan temple at the Tikal archaeological site in Peten departament, 560 kms north of
Guatemala City, on December 19, 2012 (AFP Photo / Johan Ordonez)

Tourist are seen at a Mayan temple at the Tikal archaeological site in Peten departament, 560 kms north
of Guatemala City (AFP Photo / Hector Retamal)

­14:51 GMT: Guatemala has welcomed ‘doomsday’ with a special ceremony.

14:43 GMT: In the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky in Russia’s Far East, ‘Apocalypse Day’ has begun.

14:32 GMT: There are now more journalists than residents in the southwestern French village of Bugarach, as mystic
groups arrive amid rumors that the town will be the only place to escape the ‘Mayan Apocalypse.’

French Gendarmes patrol in a street o where mobil-homes parked, on December 20, 2012, in the French
southwestern village of Bugarach, near the 1,231 meter high peak of Bugarach – one of the few places on Earth some
believe will be spared when the world allegedly ends according to claims regarding the ancient Mayan calendar, on
December 21 (AFP Photo / Eric Canabis)

14:30 GMT: Thousands of mystics, New Age dreamers and devotees of pre-Hispanic cultures are coming to Mexico in the hopes of seeing something amazing when ‘the end of the world’ dawns on Friday.

14:07 GMT: December, 21 comes to Japan.

14:06 GMT: Russia's Emergency Ministry warns the residents of the Moscow region of abnormally cold temperatures on the 'Apocalypse' night. Thermometers are set to show -26 degrees Celsius overnight, and rescuers highly recommend not to use cars and not to go outside.

14.05 GMT: A new trend has appeared in Russian Twitter: #TomorrowIsTheEndOfTheWorldAndIHaventYet, with the users coming up with their ideas of what they haven’t ever experienced, as the end of the world is nearing. Among the things that haven’t been done: a Justin Bieber concert, a trip to Hogwarts, a visit to a grandmother.

14.03 GMT: New Zealand and Australia were the first countries to welcome 'Armageddon Day.’
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« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2012, 09:15:21 PM »
Something happened when I woke up this morning though.  It wasn't just another day.

It feels like a new era!  ;-)

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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2012, 09:33:42 PM »
Yep, a new beginning, or something has just begun very slowly, and quietly.

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« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2012, 09:48:09 PM »
Yep, a new beginning, or something has just begun very slowly, and quietly.

Would you believe me if I told you that more than 6 years ago I resolved that, if nothing (serious) has happened in the world by this date, that I would stop being afraid of it?  i.e. SHTF

However, in the words of incogman, just because the world doesn't end doesn't mean there isn't some serious sh*t going down.
e.g. The dollar is still doomed.  The U.S.A. still has a serious jew problem.

But it's time to stop being afraid.

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« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2012, 10:24:14 PM »
Some folks must have made a lot of money on all this Armageddon hoopla.
That there is and has been some serious sh*t going on is nothing new.

Mayan Apocalypse nears, doomsday prophecy may "Not Be Real"

Reuters / Phuket Gazette

PHUKET: The Mayan calendar that ends tomorrow has prompted discussion of a possible Apocalypse but according to the ancient people's fabled date may not hold any weight.

Yahoo is reporting that the "prophecy," does not come from the Mayans or even from thousands of years ago, but rather from two New Age books in the 70s and 80s.

According to Yahoo the two books predict outcomes as surreal as an "upgrade" to human consciousness predicted by a spirit from the seventh century. The date itself comes from a prophecy based on a magic mushroom trip.

"December 21 will be just another Friday morning," said Andrew Wilson, Assistant Head of Social Studies at the University of Derby.

"A hippy guru called Jose Arguelles associated the date with the Mayan calendar in a book called The Mayan Factor in 1987. But it's an obsolete form of the calendar, which had not been used since the year 1100AD."

Wilson claimed to be channeling various spirits, including the spirit of a Mayan king from the seventh century. He predicted a 'shift in human consciousness' - mass enlightenment." The actual date of December 21 first appeared in an earlier work - a 1975 book by Terence McKenna, a writer known for his descriptions of "machine elves" seen while under the influence of drugs according to Yahoo.

This fascination with end of the world and especially this date has prompted people around the world to look for signs and prepare themselves for what they call "end."

RT News in Russia once reported that authorities had to respond to people after they were hysterical about the Doomsday predictions. has also reported that towns around the country are selling doomsday survival kits (with vodka included) as well as tours to heaven or hell. While in America sales of survival equipment and shelters are on the rise.

According to the in France believers of the doomsday prophecy are preparing to journey to the summit of a mountain where aliens will save them from the apocalypse.

The media outlet reports that panic has also hit China especially in the Sichuan province. Claims there say that there will be three days of darkness when the Armageddon happens, and stores have seen a flux of candle and lighting sales.

The news site also reported that, despite all the panic, Mexico has seen a boom in tourism with the nation staging numerous Mayan themed events to capitalize on the moment.

For students of ancient Mesoamerican time-keeping, December 21, 2012 marks the end of a 5,125-year cycle in the Maya Long Calendar, an event, one leading U.S. scholar said in the 1960s, that could be interpreted as a kind of Armageddon for the Maya.

Academics and astronomers say too much weight was given to the words and have sought to allay fears that the end is nigh.

Ethnic Maya unmoved by 'Armageddon' hysteria
Mexico's government forecast around 50 million tourists from home and abroad would visit southern Mexico in 2012. Up to 200,000 are expected to descend on Chichen Itza tomorrow.

"It's a date for doing business, but for me it's just like any other day," said drinks vendor Julian Nohuicab, 34, an ethnic Maya working in the ruins of the ancient city of Coba in Quintana Roo state, not far from the beach resort of Cancun.

Watching busloads of white-haired pensioners and dreadlocked backpackers pile into their heartland, Maya old and young roll their eyes at the suggestion the world will end.

"We don't believe it," said Socorro Poot, 41, a housewife and mother of three in Holca, a village about 25 miles (40 km) from Chichen Itza. "Nobody knows the day and the hour. Only God knows."
"At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed all right-thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to state this or that or the other, but it is "not done".
...Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with.