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Posted: 13 March 2009 10:50 AM   [ Ignore ]  
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How?  I have so many friends buying into this crap.  It was really picking up steam when it was a viral internet sensation, but now that the mainstream media is whoring it out I have noticed people back tracking downplaying their expectations.  It reminds me of that Documentary “Doomsday Cult” or the Y2K scare. 

It is such a perfect example of how people think wrong and look for evidence in the wrong places and ignore anything contrary to what they want.

I guess what bothers me is non religious people wanting the world to end.

Anyone else know any people buying into this load?

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Posted: 13 March 2009 02:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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We have a few more years for it to reach critical mass. I think most people underestimate how seriously this will be taken, and how much damage it can do.

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Posted: 13 March 2009 11:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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Real catasrphes tend to strike when everyone least expects-regular work days and such. Everyone was wound up about Y2K, but no one expected 9/11.

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Posted: 14 March 2009 04:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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Sex may sell; but, fear motivates. You must warn people that their children are in danger if you want them to watch the evening news. Their are too many jobs at risk in the entertainment/news industry to let something like mature, rational thought stand in the way of ratings.

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Posted: 14 March 2009 06:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]  
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Beam - 14 March 2009 08:48 AM

Sex may sell; but, fear motivates. You must warn people that their children are in danger if you want them to watch the evening news. Their are too many jobs at risk in the entertainment/news industry to let something like mature, rational thought stand in the way of ratings.

My advice, free of charge as always, is to stop watching the evening news: you will learn something.

Stop watching TV altogether and your quality of life will improve significantly.

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Posted: 14 March 2009 06:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]  
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Sander - 14 March 2009 10:01 AM
Beam - 14 March 2009 08:48 AM

Sex may sell; but, fear motivates. You must warn people that their children are in danger if you want them to watch the evening news. Their are too many jobs at risk in the entertainment/news industry to let something like mature, rational thought stand in the way of ratings.

My advice, free of charge as always, is to stop watching the evening news: you will learn something.

Stop watching TV altogether and your quality of life will improve significantly.

Thank you Sander. It is always good to get sage advice from my favorite Dutch uncle.

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Posted: 14 March 2009 09:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]  
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This is actually the first I’ve heard about this 2012 thing. Maybe it’s because ever since TV went digital on 2/17, I haven’t watched any (my converter does a piss-poor job on my old TV).

I did some googling. I found the site for the movie as well as the Institute for Human Continuity website, which is all in Flash (prevents easy copying/pasting).  They base the end of the world on the Mayan prediction, apparently, yet buttress their credibility with alleged scientific specialists, names that, when googled, were linked only to IHC and no other institutions.

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Posted: 14 March 2009 10:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]  
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Aaron - 14 March 2009 01:34 PM

This is actually the first I’ve heard about this 2012 thing. Maybe it’s because ever since TV went digital on 2/17, I haven’t watched any (my converter does a piss-poor job on my old TV).

I did some googling. I found the site for the movie as well as the Institute for Human Continuity website, which is all in Flash (prevents easy copying/pasting).  They base the end of the world on the Mayan prediction, apparently, yet buttress their credibility with alleged scientific specialists, names that, when googled, were linked only to IHC and no other institutions.

Yeah the movie is trying to hype it up.  If you want a good review of all the idiotic ideas check out the 2012 (not the film) wiki page.  Its pretty funny how in one paragraph they describe what each different group of people thinks and discount it too.

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Posted: 14 March 2009 10:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]  
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I don’t think the question will be for instance, Are people going to evacuate from their coastal habitations in fear of natural disasters related to the end of the world?

but

How many people will?

I think people should be concerned about their neighbors believing the world is ending. Do you have doubts that this could easily sway an election in the United States? Do you doubt the compatibility of this increasingly popular EotW belief with the religious beliefs of our world?

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Posted: 14 March 2009 11:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]  
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Grow up or die. -Bill Maher

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Posted: 16 March 2009 06:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]  
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I’ve been waiting for a thread on this apocalypse in 2012 based the ending of the Mayan calendar bullshhit. Do the link. It’s a total scam.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/science/01/27/2012.maya.calendar.theories/index.html

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Posted: 16 March 2009 07:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]  
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Jefe - 16 March 2009 11:10 AM

Why is it that humanity so often seems to have a propensity to embrace doomsday predictions?


It’s the cool special effects in the shows and movies about them, man!

Byron

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Posted: 16 March 2009 07:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]  
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Self fullfilling prophecy of a majority superstitious fuckwit culture? It’s not that it will happen that matters, it’s that a lot of people want it to happen, so they believe it and loof for ways to believe it.

Just a guess on my part though.  wink

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Posted: 16 March 2009 08:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]  
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Entertainment value only.

Word.

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Posted: 16 March 2009 09:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]  
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Beam - 14 March 2009 03:28 PM

Grow up or die. -Bill Maher

The problem occurs when large enough masses believe in an otherwise silly proposition, it becomes deadly even for the grownups.

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Posted: 18 March 2009 09:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]  
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My Palin 0 12 campaign ad suggestion:

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