Countdown to the END on December 21?

The other morning, I watched with great interest a news report on the upcoming, much hyped, “End of the World”. Of course, I have played into the hype in my own miniscule way – note the countdown clock on the right hand side of your screen. The date in question, December 21st, 2012, is the end of the Mayan Long Count Calendar. Some say the world will end that day in some sort of global cataclysm. According to the news report, NASA is besieged with inquiries. People want the down-low on the END, and who best to answer that question than the space guys themselves. Assuming the END will come from out of the sky with our little planet taking it head-on with an asteroid or comet, then the NASA guys are the ones who ought to know. The Near Earth Asteroid Tracking (NEAT) team, under the auspices of the U.S. Air Force has been tracking nearby asteroids and comets for years. The last time I checked, the only civilization altering object in our neighborhood, an asteroid scheduled for a flyby in 2028, has now been re-categorized by NEAT, and now poses no danger at all to us.

According to the news reports though, some folks are not convinced. They’re stocking up on provisions – food, medical supplies, and most importantly ammunition. Some people don’t want to be caught under a five hundred foot tidal-wave unless they are well armed.

Besides creating a group of paranoid adults, the December 21st date is causing countless school-children (much more understandably), to lie awake nights worrying about the END, instead of focusing on Christmas 4 days later.

Perhaps the children would feel better about things if they were told that the Mayan Long Count Calendar consists of a timekeeping system started (roughly) around 3114 B.C.E. Since we know that it is impossible that the earth was formed at this early date we must ask ourselves if these Mayans are all that reliable in the first place. They seem to know when it all ends, but they have no idea when it started – no creditability I say.

The Mayan Calendar is divided into 394 year periods called baktuns. On, or around, December 21st of this year, the calendar will have completed its 13th baktun. While the number 13 held special significance to the Mayans, there is still little evidence that the calendar ends on December 21st  because after that time we shall have no more need for calendars!

Listen to the Mayans themselves. Present day Mayan priest, Miguel Angel Vergara, says the December 21st date is not to be feared. Instead he says, we should welcome the end of the Mayan calendar. According to Mr. Vergara, on or somewhere around, December 21st, we will be entering a time of great spiritual transition as mankind throws off the shackles of “greed and darkness”. Ah…so that’s what all this hokey-pokey is all about.

So you see…it may not be that bad.

Personally, I’m not so sure that I buy into the fact that shaking the shackles of greed and darkness is any more likely than getting struck by an errant comet.

Still, you never know. On November 26, New York City reported, for the first time in as long as police can recall, no one was murdered, shot, or stabbed during a 24 hour period. There was, as I understand, some sporadic gunfire but apparently nobody was hit.

It is a start.

I swear off politics (for now) – my niece visits – I dust off my tin-foil hat

I am through blogging about the United States Presidential elections, at least for now. I need a break after taking a verbal beat down for remarks I made about Clint Eastwood’s appearance at the RNC last week – not only in this blog but on some other social media sites as well. I feel like it’s the morning after my fourth night in Vegas – I need to take a step back so I can catch my breath and recover. What a whirlwind. With the real campaign getting into gear, I’ll have to keep my strength up.

To take my mind off tongue lashings that I have received of late, I decided to turn my attention back to one of my favorite hobbies – researching conspiracy theories. The other day my niece Julie came down from Philadelphia to spend a few days with us in Florida. She knows of my affinity for a good conspiracy theory, so the first night she was here she asked me what my favorite conspiracy theory of all time was. I didn’t have to think long, as I have always had that one of the tip of my tongue.

“Does the name Gene Cernan mean anything to you?” I asked her. Before I continue, I have to say that my niece is a very intelligent young lady. She is 18 years old, and though Gene Cernan is not exactly a household name, the name Neil Armstrong is, and she immediately recognized Neil Armstrong as being the first person to ever set foot on the moon.

“Gene Cernan,” I told her, was the last man to set foot on the moon. And that was on December 14, 1972. It was a long time before my niece was born. I was 18 years old then, and it seems very far in the past.

Why haven’t we been back?  Did we abandon the moon? Did the moon abandon us? Weren’t we supposed to be colonizing the moon by now? Why were we so gung-ho during the 60s/70s but the effort totally lost momentum — fast? Good questions. If we are to believe the United States government, the cost of going to the moon was far too high. In fact this may be true. Some feel that the risks involved were not worth the returns, and eventually a true disaster would occur that would doom space missions forever.

But there may have been another reason. Some evidence points to the fact that we may have been ‘waved off’. By this I mean by other moon colonists – aka aliens. As far fetched as this may seem, astronauts from the Apollo missions seem to have a lot to say about space aliens, including Dr. Edgar Mitchell of the Apollo 14 mission. Dr. Mitchell  has been very outspoken on this subject and has voiced his first hand knowledge of contact with alien crafts while traveling in space.

Could there be a reason that we have not returned to the moon in the last 40 years, although with today’s technology it would be much easier than it was in 1972? When you consider that, then the wave-off theory becomes even more plausible. Will we return to the moon in 2020 as politicians are promising – or will it be moved back until 2030, or 2040 as the date approaches?

I will be writing more about this as time goes along. Do you perhaps have a conspiracy theory that you would like to share? If so I would like to hear about it. Next blog is going to be about Mr. English…stay tuned…