It’s 12.21.12, and the world didn’t end

I’m sticking to my End of Days theories: today is just the “end of days” in a 5125-year-long calendar. Did you buy your new Mayan calendar? It’ll be the last one you ever need.

It’s 10.22.11, the world didn’t end, again.

If you’re reading this the world did not end – again. Sorry Harold.

In other news, I’m still going to HighEdWeb 2011 tomorrow.

It’s 5-22-11, the world didn’t end [UPDATE]

Maybe it’s because “Macho Man” Randy Savage stopped Jesus from initiating the Rapture. Randy, a professional wrestler, died Friday, May 20, in a car accident in Florida. He had the means and the opportunity. Just saying. If they can predict the end of the world, then Randy could stop it (or delay it) – one theory is just as crazy as the other.

We haven’t heard from Harold Camping or Family Radio about why we are still here. Maybe they left us behind. Maybe they went first on purpose or accidentally. Until we hear from them we’ll never know. The Lord works in mysterious ways. Maybe He took Harold and his followers and left the rest of the Christians as a sort of Darwin Award for Harold.

UPDATE:

OAKLAND, Calif. – A California preacher who foretold of the world’s end only to see the appointed day pass with no extraordinarily cataclysmic event has revised his apocalyptic prophecy, saying he was off by five months and the Earth actually will be obliterated on Oct. 21. Source: news.yahoo.com

I’m starting to think this was a publicity stunt. So mark your calendars (again) on October 21, 2011, the world will be obliterated. Note to self…try to get back all the worldly possessions I gave away, at least for the next 5 months.

Calendar Daily Bible Mashup

Three weeks ago I wrote about using a little technology to help me keep on track with reading the Bible in a year. Well, I went one step further and made a mashup of a PHP calendar with a daily verse list (it was XML), linked each verse to its mobile version of the NIV Bible, and voilà – a calendar with links to Bible verses.

End of Days

In January, 2009, I watched a television program on the History channel that talked about the End of Days. I’ve since searched and read about other people that watched this program and blogged about it. Below is what I wrote in my blog with an addition about Nostradamus. I added the bit about Nostradamus after watching another History channel program on September 6, 2009.

The Mayan calendar predicts that December 21, 2012, is a significant day, maybe the end of days. Nostradamus also predicted (or so modern people say) that the end would occur during the winter solstice of 2012. We call it the predictions of the Galactic Alignment.

But what about computers you ask. The financial apocalypse may occur on January 19, 2038. That represents Unix Time value of 2147483647 or 3:14:07 GMT.

And now, in 2009, Hollywood is getting in on the act (profiting) with the movie, “2012” which is set to open November 13, 2009.

In my opinion, the Galactic Alignment is the apex of gravitational pull and probably magnetic and other radiations. It may trigger catastrophe on the earth, but (all things being equal on either side of the apex) in 2042 we should see environmental conditions that we saw in 1982. In other words it’s part of a cycle. Like the seasons, environmental affects come and go and come again; two words “ice ages.”

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How World War Three (Almost) Started Over a Cartoon

Here’s a story that didn’t fall between the cracks – it’s still going; no hidding this one in the forest.

The Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, in September of 2005, published 12 cartoon depictions of Mohammed, founder of Islam. Last week Muslims around the world began protesting Denmark and the cartoons. At the same time, western European countries began vocalizing their support for freedom of press. Some have even republished the article and sparked more protests.

Personally, I could care less if anyone publishes anything. I do care that they be allowed to publish it though. I agree with both sides. Western democracies enjoy nearly boundless freedoms including freedom to publish editorial content. As a member of one of those democracies I support freedom of press.

However, I also respect the culture and relious beliefs of others. Having a cartoon created and printed because journalists were afraid that they were self-censoring themselves does not respect relious beliefs or cultures. I don’t believe they deserve death-threats, but they should know they will piss people off by printing what they did.

Having said that, I return to the first belief, freedom of press. I do not wish to offened anyone. this page does contain reprints of the images that enraged thousands of people. If, however, you are here because you are curious as I was about what caused so many problems then proceed at your own risk.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_Drawings

[An image of the news paper page that has the cartoons of Mohammed on it.]

But, don’t think this is a one way street. Muslims (ok one guy) can fight back with pictures too. They can fight church battles with pictures.

Source: Brussels Journal http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/287

From the desk of Paul Belien on Thu, 2005-09-22 21:39

“Contrary to what Ben Chikha says there are things that one had better not laugh at, such as Islamic religion for instance. Some time ago a Dutch artist showed the backs of naked women with verses from the Quran written on them. This was considered blasphemy. A Muslim extremist ritually slaughtered the artist, Theo van Gogh, in broad daylight. That, certainly, is a cultural difference worth noting.”

“Ben Chikha need not fear being murdered in the street. On the contrary, his play is being subsidised by the Ministry for Culture. After the performances in Brussels it goes on a six-month tour through Flanders. The government encourages schools to attend.”

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Source: Brussels Journal http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/287

[Two pictures from Jyllands-Posten. The one on the left is the front of a play bill showing the mother Mary with an exposed nipple holding a child and a cup of blood. The one on the right is of a middle eastern woman with quotes from the Quran written on her bare back.]

This is not isolated to one European country either:

Source: Christian Science Monitor http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0206/p01s02-wogi.html

By James Brandon / Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor

“LONDON – As controversy escalates over the publication in Europe of 12 controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, Muslims from Saudi Arabia to Britain are decrying what they see as but one more installment in a worldwide attack against Islam.”

“‘This is a revival of the Crusades of old,’ says Anjem Choudary, spokesman for Al-Ghurabaa, a radical Muslim group that organized protests in London this weekend.”

Source: ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=1585267

“KABUL, Afghanistan Feb 6, 2006 (AP)— Afghan security forces opened fire on demonstrators Monday, leaving at least four dead, as increasingly violent protests erupted around the world over published caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. European and Muslim politicians pleaded for calm.”

And if the Dutch weren’t in enough hot water with muslims as it is:

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=1584837

[Reprint of a AP News story.]

“BRUSSELS, Belgium Feb 6, 2006 (AP)— A sculpture of a tied-up Saddam Hussein floating in a water tank was banned by the mayor of a western Belgian town because it was deemed too controversial, an official said Monday.”