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Friday, October 19, 2012

It Ain't Over Yet

I've been a little busy this week, and since I've been a little busy this week, the site has been on automatic pilot since Sunday afternoon with each day's post set to go off at a predetermined time.

Have no fear.

Spontaneity has been restored, and the timely observations on all things December 21, 2012 that you've come to rely on will now continue.
At least until morale improves or we all bite the big one.
Or December 22nd.

Whichever comes first.

We have managed to get through the last 5 days without a civilization ending event (unless you count our inexorable march towards extinction that's omnipresent. After all, "Nothing gold can stay, Ponyboy") and I also haven't noticed any new mental abilities like mind reading or pyrokinesis, so I think I picked the right time to step away from the day to day grind.

Here are a few things that should have been brought to your attention sooner:

Did you know that the president of the United States is a black guy?

Well, it's true, and that's cause for concern among a certain subsection of Mayan end time aficionados, and as it turns out, a large cross section of everyone else.
From the land of conspiracy theories and bad science fiction comes this gem which suggests that an alien intelligence is manipulating us from afar.

Specifically, orchestrating the upcoming election as a means of weaving our doom, and at the same time taking care that their actions mesh with our fairy tales, or more accurately, the interpretation of fairy tales by those who are stupid and hateful.

Something so ridiculous should be funny, but as long as there are people out there who actually believe this crap(there are plenty) the laugh factor is eclipsed by the creepy quotient.


Just for the sake of fact, here is a representation of what the Mayan Long Count Calendar looks like. It is a mechanical clock, with moving parts, and your active participation is required to mark the passing of days.


From the land of reality the news is not quite as dark.

Solar Activity
That big yellow thing that makes you sweat has continued a multi billion year streak of benevolence with it's steadfast refusal to eject a fountain of fire that would incinerate us all in the blink of an eye.

In fact even the prospect of a magnetic pulse strong enough to fry your DVR and plunge the world into 1987- appears to be at a minimum.

National Solar And Heliospheric Observatory

As always, don't take my word for it.
Get over to SOLARHAM and read the raw data with your own 2 eyes.
Disclaimer: The sun may yet eject a fountain of fire that would completely incinerate the planet in the blink of an eye. This could happen tomorrow or at some point in the next 5-7 billion years. Either way the space currently occupied by our planet will one day be filled with the sun.
Act accordingly.

If you're going to be traveling to Vancouver or you're there already then you could visit a haunted house that has a Mayan themed scare over a year in the making.

It was another week without a super volcano eruption, but the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer did happen to fly over the Pagan volcano just after it sent an ash cloud into the sky, and it managed to catch this image of the plume.
Just wait until there's a High Def Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer.
Those pictures will be really good!

For the latest on the fire down below visit VOLCANO DISCOVERY.

One of these days an asteroid large enough to cause significant problems is going to slam into the earth.
It's happened before and it's just a matter of time until it happens again.
The difference between the last time and the next time is that we've become smart enough to do something about it.
Whether or not the technology will be in place before the inevitable occurs is so far an unanswered question, but the Russians are among those striving to prevent "doomsday by rock" with a mission to nudge an asteroid and change it's path.
Or at least they're talking about doing something about it.

The key to this strategy of asteroid avoidance - which I believe holds the most promise out of any of the ideas I'm familiar with, is to see it coming when it's as far away as possible and start working on the object's trajectory long before it would interrupt our orbit.
But then again, I'm not a rocket scientist, so you don't wanna know from me.
I think it could work though.

Overall we appear to be in pretty good shape as far as surviving the end times is concerned.

I'll keep looking for the first sign of our doom and will let you know when to start panicking, so be sure to return as often as possible.
At least for the next 62 days.

After that you're on your own.

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