Thursday, January 05, 2012

2012 Apocalypse Grab Bag

Note: Cross posted from Rubble.


From 2011-11 (Nov)

 2012 Apocalypse FAQ: Why the World Won't End | 2012 Doomsday Theories & End of the World | Dec. 21, 2012 |

Just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012. This date is the end of the Mayan long-count period but then — just as your calendar begins again on January 1 — another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar.

10 Failed Doomsday Predictions | End of the World & Apocalypse | LiveScience:

Most prophets of doom come from a religious perspective, though the secular crowd has caused its share of scares as well. One thing the doomsday scenarios tend to share in common: They don't come to pass.

Here are 10 that didn't pan out, so far:

End of the World? Top Doomsday Fears | May 21 Doomsday, 2012 Doomsday | Apocalypse Scenarios | LiveScience:

With more and more technologies able to wreak mass destruction, a greater knowledge of what cosmic threats our planet faces, and more forms of media capable of trumpeting Armageddon, it seems as if there is more hype than ever about one supposedly impending apocalypse or another in 2012, despite all the failed doomsday predictions over the years.

Here are 10 apocalyptic scenarios that have raised fears about the end of civilization, in alphabetical order.

The Draw of Doomsday: Why People Look Forward to the End | Apocalypse & Armageddon | May 21 Judgment Day & 2012 Doomsday Hype | LiveScience:

According to DiTommaso, the apocalyptic worldview isn't uncommon. At the extreme end are people like Camping or Aum Shinrikyo, a Japanese doomsday cult that carried out sarin gas attacks on the Tokyo subway in 1995. But doomsday appeals to the secular and well-adjusted as well, through books such as Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" (Knopf, 2006) and movies like "The Terminator" (1984). Meanwhile, economic hard times and crises like Japan's earthquake and tsunami have spiked interested in survivalism and "prepping," or stashing food and supplies in preparation for a coming collapse.

Apocalpytic beliefs have been on rise for the past 40 to 50 years, said DiTommaso, who has been researching doomsday believers for an upcoming book, "The Architecture of Apocalypticism." What ties these disparate groups together is a sense that the world's problems are too big to solve, DiTommaso said."

 A brief history of doomsdays

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Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Is the GOP really this anti-Romney? Now they’ve got a little Santorum on their shoes…

Yep.  It’s Rick’s turn…

Here is a scary one. Unfortunately, embedding is disabled: Rick Santorum Argues With Student Over Gay Marriage

Source: via Aaron on Pinterest


Urban Dictionary: santorum

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Another one bites the dust: Bachmann Out

Another bullet dodged, several more to go... Sanatorum? Really?

There’s Something About Michele | TPM2012:

Now that Michele Bachmann has dropped out of the presidential race, TPM took a look back at a memorable candidacy and compiled our favorite moments:

Some more winning moments...

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Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Obama Mail: Today’s Republican Talking Points

Just a quick cut and paste job on my end here…


Friend --
The Republican National Committee just unrolled their new strategy for beating President Obama this fall. They're calling it "Obama vs. Obama," and the idea is to say President Obama hasn't made good on his campaign promises.

But there's a hitch in their talking points: They're (prepare to be shocked!) not true.

For every day they try to weave a false tale about the President, we'll fight back with the facts about his record.

Check out our first piece: a video showing President Obama's victory speech in Iowa from four years ago today, along with a rundown of the promises he's kept. Take a look -- and then make sure you share it with your friends.

The bottom line here is simple: This is a President who does what he says he's going to do.

Other presidents and lawmakers tried for 70 years to pass health reform -- but this president took on the insurance industry and got it done. When President Obama took office, nearly 150,000 troops were deployed in Iraq; in December, the last American troops there left. The middle class was under assault for decades, and this administration worked to make the tax code more fair and give all working families the tax cuts they deserve. And since taking office, President Obama has taken the most significant federal action ever to reduce greenhouse gases and our dependence on foreign oil -- almost doubling our fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light trucks.
These aren't talking points. These are facts.

It's 2012. More and more people are going to start paying attention to this race, and fast. But the Republicans have apparently decided to make this easy for us -- because when the other side's strategy is to distort the record, all you need to push back with is reality.

Watch the video, get the facts, then pass it on:

Thanks, and happy caucus day,
Stephanie Cutter
Deputy Campaign Manager
Obama for America

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Monday, January 02, 2012

2012: On the end of the world…


This comic sums up my thoughts on this subject perfectly.

And here is a nice essay on the subject…  It wanders a bit, but has some good points.

Revelations and Revolutions « What They're Feeding Me:

For thousands of years, people have been predicting the end of the world. People in the Middle Ages were certain, 100%, that bad weather was a sign of the end times. Credit cards were the mark-of-the-beast. Rock and roll was the end of morality. Americans, a few at least, have called every President since Washington the Anti-Christ. Technocrats believed that Y2K would shut all the lights out for good.

The current apocalypse du jour involves the Mayan Calendar ending on December 21st, 2012. As Todd Armstrong puts it in his comedy routine, if the Mayans could predict the future, why couldn’t they see the Spanish coming?

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