December Doomsdate hyped with nonsense

We previously posted how Russia seems to be taking Doomsdate fears seriously but, apparently, it’s a bit more widespread. This piece is a bit of a mess…

Mayan apocalypse: panic spreads as December 21 nears – Telegraph.

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.

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.”

Rubbish! No astrophysicists believe such a thing will happen on that particular day. The mythology around December 21 is completely made up by New Age speculation and pseudo-archaeological mumbo jumbo.

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 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.

Well, which is it? Are the Chinese freaked out over a movie that was made before the 2012 Mayan thing got really popular? Or is it from on other baseless rumors?

Whatever the reason people are becoming worried about the Dec 21 Doomsdate, what is solid is that there is NO validity to it. It’s a made up story. There is no coming catastrophe from space or from the internal workings of the earth. No spaceships will come. Face it, it’s pretty damn hard to destroy an entire planet. Especially with imaginary agents.

  3 comments for “December Doomsdate hyped with nonsense

  1. December 8, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Decades of government-approved atheism doesn’t equal decades of teaching critical thinking.

  2. Shen
    December 8, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Personally, i can’t wait for the mass disappointment that will result from this *if you think about those that went to France to be saved by aliens, they’ll be sitting on their butts for a long time!*. And ultimatly, a funny post describing the aftermath. People will be relieved and their skepticism toward apocalyptic predictions will hopefully strengthen. But bah… you know how hope is.

  3. Phil
    December 8, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Remember this. To wax political just to make a point. 48% of Republicans think Acorn helped Obama steal the election even though Acorn hasn’t existed since 2010. So people think what they want to think despite evidence. Yes I’m sure you can think of liberal memes as well..

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