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Is December 21, 2012 the End of the World? Scholars, NASA Say No

Find out what the experts are saying about the Dec. 21, 2012, Doomsday prophesies, the end of the Mayan calendar and their potential impact on our area.

Don’t make any rash decisions: Experts say 12/21/12 is going to be just another typical winter solstice.

Killer solar flares aren’t expected. Another planet isn’t on a collision course with ours. And the Mayan “long count calendar” ending on this date has no real significance – they had to end it somewhere!

What is All the Fuss About?

There are a number of theories and predictions that call for earth’s demise on Dec. 21, 2012. They include:

  • The ending of the Mayan calendar – The Mayans, according to a Sarasota Patch article, kept three separate calendars. The “long calendar” ends on Dec. 21. Some say this constitutes a Doomsday prediction; many do not.
  • Nostradamus – That famed French seer from the 1500s has been credited with predicting several end-of-the-world scenarios that some believe will take place in 2012. The web site December212012.com points to the potential sparking of World War III on this date.
  • The collision of Earth and the supposed planet Nibiru – This supposed space catastrophe was initially predicted to strike in 2003. The planet in question was supposedly discovered by the Sumerians, according to NASA. When the world didn’t end in 2003, the date was moved to December 2012 for the deadly collision with earth.

What are the Experts Saying?

The intrigue created by multiple end-of-the-world predictions has made many scholars and even NASA stand up to make statements debunking the claims. From professors at Tampa Bay’s own New College to the scientific minds at NASA, they’re all saying the same thing: Go ahead and pay that mortgage bill and wrap those holiday presents.

In regard to the ending of the Mayan calendar, New College’s Gabrielle Vail says this, according to Sarasota Patch:

There are many misconceptions about the Mayans. If you look at their calendar alone, the Mayans kept three calendars. The one that has prompted the end of the world predictions was their "long count calendar" — a 5,125 year calendar. The calendar began August 11, 3114 B.C. and ends Dec. 21, 2012.

She said the Mayans wrote about dates beyond Dec. 21, 2012 "well, well into the future, trillions of years." They also wrote about dates before the 5,125 year calendar began.

Here’s what NASA has to say about all of the collective Doomsday prophesies:

The world will not end in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.

What do you think? Is the world ending in a few days or are you making sure those bill payments go out on time? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Despiser of Obama December 20, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Thanks for your input bluebird, but I don't care for Obama at all. He's not my type of Christian , which he claims too be. As far as the elderly they aren't idiots , but fall into the category of senility or dementia that make things Irrational to them, it's part of the aging processes. People with sound minds or are supposedly sane and think the world is ending tomorrow, their minds are are in left field.
BUTCH December 20, 2012 at 09:58 PM
The constitution allows free speech and this forum allows Vera and his her cohort lunatics and sociopaths the right to be heard or read what a waste of our short time! Vera and her-his wacko haters are as bad as the looney Westboro Baptists they have the same fundy beliefs it is a diversion their predators pound into empty skulls to divert the conversation, when do we think his-her will say they hate Obama BECAUSE HE IS killing innocents and terrorists alike by Drones? Nah that would open the conservation on the Plutocrats and Oligarchs or the same CORP that bankrolled TWIT`are paying for his INAUGURATION!
bluebird December 20, 2012 at 11:36 PM
I do not know whom you believe "Vera" to be. But the level of conversation in this forum has taken some strange turns. We were supposed to be discussing the Mayan calendar--an interesting thing in itself--but that faded from view long ago. This happens often in conversations. You hardly recall where things started. I don't think anyone but you would connect "the looney Westboro Baptists" with what has gone on here. I tried watching an online sermon by the head of the Westboro church--and the only reason I lasted eleven minutes was because I was trying to get a grasp of the point the man was making. That is a small church made up solely of family members--recessive genes coming out--and amounting to about 40 people total. The fact that they meet apart from other churches and outside all denominations should tell you something. And from here we go to Obama killing both innocents and terrorists with drones? Before we know it, we will be exchanging recipes for your grandson's birthday cake. (Yes, I am being silly.)
Despiser of Obama December 21, 2012 at 12:48 AM
I like the drones and they kill the enemy with a few innocent people as collateral damage , which unfortunately will happen from time to time. That's war.
BUTCH December 21, 2012 at 03:02 AM
That's because VERA and her-his are to talk about recipes if u like as long as he-she can be raunchy and add her-his arsenic to the narrative stick around if u can stomach it!
Despiser of Obama December 21, 2012 at 03:35 AM
BUTCH are you prepared for the world to end in a few hours? Not.
BUTCH December 21, 2012 at 05:21 AM
VERA , I was in Istanbul in Dec 1999 when all of the 1% Banksters and Illuminati were at a Black sea resort on a island to observe their NEW AGE planet X or something like this in 2,000, TWIT'S and his partners were there along with BUSH 41 and the Euro and some other ARAB royals awaiting ?? if the MAYA'S are right I will see u in hell in 40 minutes! ho ho
bluebird December 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM
wel...it did not happem at Y2K either. And whether you are in hell in 40 min is up to you. But the world will not end....at least not because the Maya said it wiould.
Despiser of Obama December 21, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Wow BUTCH the world didn't end! Let's hear from the idiots again with their predictions in a few years. And BUTCH I think I would have gone to purgatory first.
Tractriciously December 21, 2012 at 04:01 PM
The example of Troy is a great example of my point. We know Troy existed - actually, multiple versions of Troy. And the Greeks and Trojans existed, just as many of the places and people named in the Bible existed. But I no more believe that the Iliad, Odyssey and Aeneid are factual accounts of events related to those gods, peoples and places than I believe in the literal words (translated and re-translated) of the Bible, Koran, Talmud, Bhagavad Gita, or Scientology tracts.
Despiser of Obama December 21, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Shucks what happened we all are still here.
The Sentinel December 21, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Geez Butch. I wish you wouldn't sugar-coat things like this. LOL
The Sentinel December 21, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Well, physically, anyway.
BUTCH December 21, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Sentinel I think I'll stickn around with u to the end, Bluebird u mention Moses as one of he educated who WROTE the book of Moses? Was that after the Book of Enoch? What version of the good book was it in? VERA I did purgatory in a earlier time sort of like going to a BEARS game, me thinks the real idiots or Bear fans will be screaming for Lovie to be sent to HELL after the Red birds not (bluebirds) kick their butts again!
The Sentinel December 21, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Thanks Butch but my end isn't far off. Docs give me about a year, maybe.
Despiser of Obama December 21, 2012 at 11:15 PM
There should be a new club called "We are absolute idiots that predicts the end if the World"
The Sentinel December 21, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Vera, how about you moving on. The day passed and we're all still here. Now you're beating a dead horse. Try to have a nice Christmas.
bluebird December 21, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Nice to see that everyone is still around!! If by the "book of Moses" and "book of Enoch," you are referring to those texts with which the LDS church is affiliated, then you will have to ask an LDS person. That would not be me. The Book of Enoch which some say heavily influenced the NT writers, esp the writer of the Book of Revelation--is dated between 200 BC and 50 AD. This is long after the t ime of the authors/editors of the Pentateuch, and I do not know if it is the same as the LDS Book of Enoch.
Despiser of Obama December 22, 2012 at 12:21 AM
My Christmas will be a great one with the celebration of the birth of baby Jesus.
The Sentinel December 22, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Well, amen to that.
BUTCH December 22, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Sentinel keep the faith, Bluebird the books of and dogmas of the various sects and cults were not after all decided at NICEA or MILAN! I am no believer in any of the mythologies and certainly not VERA'S religion that the predators are selected by revelation, in it's history and inquisitions of the RC CHURCH that led to more schism's and National churches based on civil and rights of inheritance which had nothing to do with the input by god nor the selection of the Pope himself. The pagan solar gods of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, Rome and transit of the planet are also celebrated by more former Christians and pagans who were never members of the big three or four and all of this means there are fewer predators are on the pulpits we hope! The Church has more than their share of secret lodges that range from MASON p3 to OPUS DEI and mucho more run by schizo Plutocrat's whose idea of heaven on earth is a 99cent a hr child-slave labor camp in heathen RED CHINA. i was referring to your" Book of Moses in the bible" REPLY and was attempting to be humorous since I did not know of either Books and now i am more confused on authorship! U say it was BRIG YOUNG or JOE SMITH back her in Illinois or at the SALT LAKE?
bluebird December 22, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Butch.....You run from thought to thought, and your thinking is based on presuppositions that are not mine. You have brought up a lot of issues which take a longer time than I want to take right now. You also seem to hold onto various conspiracy ideas that I do not hold onto. I am not Catholic and I am not LDS and I will not condemn or discuss either. But "predators" are in all sorts of places, not just in pulpits....and not every nun or priest--or even the majority (I am trying to be fair)--is a closet pedophile. Similarly....not every "pagan" or worshipper of another religion is a saint. Chrisitanity has brought literacy, health education, and other good things to many parts of the world....regions that worshipped "pagan solar gods" or some other deity that just told people their situation was a product of something in their past lives---so endure! And this is not to say that every Christian has behaved wonderfully. And yes, the LDS church holds a number of books sacred which orthodox (small "o" orthodox) Christianity does not accept. The Muratorian Canon of about 150 A.D. had essentially the current list of canonical New Testament books in it. The Book of Revelation, however, has always been controversial--and its interpretation still is. But I did answer your original query about the date of the Book of Enoch. Merry Christmas!!
BUTCH December 23, 2012 at 12:32 AM
i don't think every priest, Bishop or nun are preadators only the one's who support Tparty candidates like Dolan of NY who was the paymaster who paid 20,000 to each predator priest! Along with the BAIN original investors the ARENA PARTY and murderers of Arch Bishop Romero and the Maryknoll nuns back when Bain was a idea they made it happen, do u think they are on the side of the Angels? As for a conspiracy agenda it is far worse than that, I don't drink anyone's KOOL AID, TODAY I am curious about the visit of POPE BEN to the ILUMINATI MAFIA jail to personally fire his household servant for LEAKING embarrassing Vatican sworn to secrecy documents and info on a variety of subjects like the assassination of a Pope and the Billions of PETER'S PENCE looted and secured by worthless derivatives that goes back to the CICERO PRIEST and his Swiss as in TWIT and friends like Shelly Adelson and the Red Chinese Triad associates and the SUSPICIOUS suicides on London bridge of other VATICAN BANKER ASSOCIATES, but that's not for this forum i am just reminding VERA we're here, u are must too serious for VERA TO APPRECIATE.
Despiser of Obama December 23, 2012 at 02:19 AM
BUTCH who gives a crap about the crap that you spew. It's all irrelevant and baseless in this day and age we live.
bluebird December 23, 2012 at 01:40 PM
D,O,O,...Better to leave things be here, I think. Fifteen or sixteen years ago, I was a taxi driver and picked up a man going on a long taxi ride from Elmhurst to the Wheaton courthouse and then Batavia, etc. I asked him what he did for a living, and for literally an hour and a half the man did not shut up. He made crowns for people's teeth and Mother Earth Gaia was this and that and he got a kick of of watching Yuppies with cell phones to their ears getting cancer and you can get signals from space through your teeth and his rotten B of an ex-wife wanted him to --blah blah blah---and the pus in meat and he just LOVED Hershey bars and did you know---?.....you get the idea. On and on and one subject to another and sensible only to him. It's his world, and best to leave it there. Butch's too--although he may be more fluent in person. Not everyone is verbal in print.
BUTCH December 23, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Well Bluebird is a upgrade from VERA'S last cohort who closed the thread with his potty mouth ,what do u do in yer present day job bluebird besides editing primitive Latin fragments? Vera goes to shopping malls wearing her disgusting T shirts anti abortion rallies where disciples of charlatan christian Pat Robertson the crackers Pope and Billionaire,hold hands with the former enemy RC protestors of the beloved the Cardinals George the predator protector and DOLAN the predator paymaster, I can't forget 2000 one of the reasons for the election result was the RC BISHOPS endorsement of DUBYA along with the Supreme court and then the unholy Bishops and the Pope had second thoughts after the invasion of IRAQ, tough to be the leaders of the oldest Christians on the Planet who are victims of massive bombings(collateral l as Vera said" so what" it is war for Helliburton-blackwater and the entire 1% stooges of the TPARTY,so we engage in ove fests of hate that VERA is the master of and u get the IDEA? Actually bluebird I could care less on yer opinion of being Articulate, yer good manners and defense of VERA is admirable especially if u are still driving a cab and read a lot of mythology or disinfo on the OT as well as NT. Vera just hates it when the dot's and t's are connected such as Sheldon and ARENA = drugs-prostitution -money laundering= CAYMANS-SWITZ and TWIT with a DEM rather than moderate GOP in the WH and AG it would not be possible how's that for a conspiracy?
Despiser of Obama December 23, 2012 at 09:39 PM
BUTCH disgusting T shirt ? No one has the gonades to stop me or can even doing anything about it.
The Sentinel December 23, 2012 at 10:09 PM
I see the spirit of Christmas is alive and not-so-well here.
BUTCH December 24, 2012 at 04:58 AM
Make that Vera models inappropriate TSHIRTS for transsexual predators who share her views on genocide, child -slave labor and murdering Latin American Archbishops, nuns and a million Chinese who share her faith. HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all and to all a good couple of nights.
BUTCH December 24, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Sentinel a story on YAHOO NEWS on the real Apocalyptic lesson has to do with climate change, drought famine and the same thing we are beginning which comes at the end of their calendar or simply it was misinterpreted by the conquistadors who came up with the end of the world mumbo jumbo, How they seen the future that the same thing would occur in 2012 from their crystal ball is more Food for thought !

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