Happy New Year Everybody! I hope you have a marvellous year and head into 2013 with all your resolutions met and a lot more money in the bank. I hope you spend the year focussing on the important things in life; your family and friends, activities that fill you with enthusiasm and passion, and the way the sunshine filters through clouds in those really pretty columns.
What I hope you don’t do this year is worry about the world ending on the 21st of December, at around 4:30 in the morning, CAT*. I won’t be, and I’m pretty sure that anybody who doesn’t have his head so far up his arse he can smell his own tonsils also won’t be. Because I will say it loud and clear, the world is not going to end on the 21st of December, 2012.
News24, however, is obviously in the habit of employing journalists and editors with an uvula impression on the fronts of their noses. Today, I read an article in their travel section entitled “End of the world: 21-12-2012” and the journalist, Clare Louise Thomas, offers up the Mayan Calendar version of the end of the world with all the naivete of a six year old.
She actually suggests that readers refer to John Edward (actually, she suggests we ask John Edwards, but he’s a different person) for help and links to December212012 as an authoritative source. She should have provided a warning though, because that site is so full of crackpot rubbish that it is actually hard to tell whether or not it is a parody. They have pulled together every crazy idea they can and tried to shoehorn it into the idea of the world ending in December.
Planet Nibiru? Sure, that could cause the end of the world.
Galactic alignment? Why the hell not?
Let me quote from that site to show exactly how ludicrous it is:
The alignment of Sun, Moon and the earth on December 21, 2012 is significant because gravitational release of hidden asteroids can take place.
Yeah, because every other time the three bodies have been aligned it was ok. Now all of a sudden “hidden” asteroids are going to be released? From where?
And, to top it all off, apparently the Bible Codes predict a holocaust in 2012 as well. This website is impossible to take seriously and should not be used as the basis for any kind of understanding of the way the universe works. Seriously.
And in a tour de force of mind shattering stupidity, Thomas actually makes reference to Graham Hancock and quotes him as saying (the bad grammar is hers):
this is something “we can’t afford to dismiss it.”
There is no reason to believe that this end-of-the-world prediction is any more accurate than Harold Camping’s claim that the Rapture would suck all the good guys into the sky on the 31st of May 2011 AND the 21st of October of the same year. Neither of which happened.
Predictions for the end of the world based on holy books, calendars and planetary alignments have been made for centuries and every single one has been wrong. Every time. This is no different.
*Actual times of end of world may vary