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(Outside Online)   The tiny town of Bugarach, France is the safest place to be on December 21, as aliens will emerge from a nearby mountain to rescue humans from the Mayan apocalypse   ( outsideonline.com) divider line
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2012-12-04 03:43:37 PM  
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2012-12-04 03:01:36 PM  
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Because if I was an alien with a FTL ship looking to "think green" and save a doomed primitive species from a catastrophe, I know that my specimen gathering strategy would be to make a single trip and just grab whoever was standing around a random village in France the day of.
2012-12-04 02:42:35 PM  
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2012-12-04 02:07:04 PM  
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Sybarite: Obliteration or anal probe? It's a tough choice. I get the feeling once they've got you up there it's not going to be just the once either.

I know I'm hot and all, but I don't understand what intelligent beings who have mastered interstellar travel would find interesting about my anus.
2012-12-04 11:30:54 PM  
1 vote:
The Mayan calendar cycle has ended several times withou incident. It's based on the same astronomical cycles (such as the 19-year-year Moon cycle) as other calendars but the Mayans worked out an extremely accurate (if complex) calendar.

The problem with astronomical calendars is that astronomical cycles don't sync well. There aren't 12 lunar months in a year, there are 13 (the Zodiac actually crosses 13 signs--the snake handler was tossed out of the official Babylonian Zodiac to make the numbers nice and round and also in order to suppress snake worship in favour of newer gods. The extra god of the extra sign was literally demonized and became that Great Serpent, the Devil.). Twelve months or thirteen, you end up with a 364 day year if you insist on round numbers. The 360 day calendar became a 364 day calendar (plus leap days when needed) and tthen a 365 day year, which was better but you still need to add a day every four years, skip it in years divisible by 100, but add it in years divisible by 400. Meanwhile the Roman Emperors screwed with the number of days per month, stealing from February to enrich July (Julius Caesar) and August (Augustus Caesar).

If you don't add leap days the seasonal holidays such as the Spring planting festival (aka Easter, Passover, May Day, etc.) wander through the year as the planets and stars wander through the sky.

In fact, even the days don't cooperate. It takes the Earth 23 hours and 56 minutes to rotate on its axis, which means that each night the stars and planets slip by four minutes (give or take, seeing as the Earth's orbit around the Sun isn't a perfect circle).

The math becomes too complicated for simple sheperds and farmers and then you get priests--and taxation, tithes, theocrats, kings, debt, etc. And, of course, the longest cover-up in the history of the world, namely the existence of the 13th Sign of the Zodiac.

The Mayans were good but they weren't perfect because there will always be a bit of wobble--the Earth wobbles, the orbits of the planets wobbles--it's a chaotic system that works for long periods and then goes wonky in exciting and dangerous ways.

The likelihood of global catastrophes on December 21, 2012 is about the same as any other day of the history of the world. There is neither scientific nor theological reasons to suppose that the day this calendar rolls over is any different from the Christian New Year, Chinese New Year, or any other New Cycle of time-keeping. We make all this calendar crap up to organize the unorganizable cycles of nature.

You can even find the traces of the astrological-astronomical underpinings of religion in the first chapter of Genesis. Only the Roman Catholic Church fiddled the days of Creation when they switched from celebrating the Sabbath on Saturday to the Lord's Day on Sunday.

Each of the Days of Bibilical Creation reflects the signs of the Zodiac, their titulary god or goddess, and the domains over which each of them ruled.

Sunday--creation of light (the Sun and Moon are created on Wednesday, the day of Mercury, or Nebo, the god of astrology, astronomy, and the messenger of gods and men).
Monday--the Moon god or goddess. Creation of the sea (and tides) and dry land. Day and Night.
Tuesday--Mars, the god of war and of cattle, hence the creation of green grass (pastures for the flocks).
Wednesday, Mercury, the messenger, priest, astrologer and astronomer of the Gods.
Thursday (named after Thor in English, Jove in Latin) ... and so forth.

And on Saturday, the Sabbatth, God rested from his work. Saturday is named for Saturn, the God who reigned before Jove, god of time the devourer of all things (and the God who ate Jupiter's siblings and would have gotten Jupiter himself if a trick hadn't been played on him).

The Babylonian system underlies the Hebrew, the Greek, the Roman and even the Christian stories. Same basic planets, gods, time keeping, etc.
2012-12-04 09:15:19 PM  
1 vote:
Th most ironic thing about this Mayan calender theatrics is that it is actually a CYCLE! Dec 21, 2012 is the end of a very long cycle!!! CYCLE by it's very definition means it is perpetual otherwise it wouldn't be called a farking cycle!! One cycle ends and the next begin! like a farking monthly cycle! December ends and January comes next!

If you truly believe the Mayan calender than by it's very definition means that you should definitely NOT believe in the end of the world.. even more so than folks who do not believe.
2012-12-04 04:22:05 PM  
1 vote:
I've been reading this thread and it occurred to me, "hmm, well at least the Farkers have common sense because they seem to unanimously agree that this is all bs." Then it hit me. "The Farkers unanimously agree on something? Surely that's a sign of impending apocalypse!"
2012-12-04 03:39:51 PM  
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I'm currently traveling on business, and some of the coworkers here at the site I've traveled to were having a little conversation about the Mayan Apocalypse.

I've never actually facepalmed in reality before, but after hearing that the apocalypse is caused by the Sun, the Earth, and the black hole at the center of the Universe aligning, I couldn't resist. I literally slapped my palm against my forehead in astonishment.

Sometimes people wonder why I'm so anti-social. I never wonder.
2012-12-04 03:17:36 PM  
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I've seen some otherwise intelligent, well educated people lately (in real life) who, even if they don't believe it fully, have some inkling of doubt that just MAYBE the world could possibly end on December 21st.

I don't come out and actually call them a dumbfark to their face, but I tell them in no uncertain terms how ludicrous the idea is for a number of reasons, and that is is no different than the countless other prophecies that come to be famous and never pan out.

One guy, who has an advanced degree in mathematics and who is also a programmer, simply replied "Oh, you're such a skeptic."

I don't understand how people get wrapped up in this horseshiat. And when December 21st passes, some retard out there will claim "Oh, it was off by six months, they carried the 2 wrong," and then some people will keep clinging onto it, then someone will say "Oh, they were off by four years," and so on.
2012-12-04 03:01:59 PM  
1 vote:
I'm not worrying about the Mayan Apocalypse. I'm not Mayan.

Also, I think they already had theirs...
2012-12-04 03:01:22 PM  
1 vote:
Full disclosure. The actual Mayans think this whole apocalypse thing is silly. Just Funnin'.
2012-12-04 02:42:12 PM  
1 vote:
I hope there will be some world wide tremors before the big day. Just think how easy it would be to get laid before the world ends?
2012-12-04 02:34:44 PM  
1 vote:

Your_Dog: The Sun has video of a "jellyfish-like object" zipping around over said mountain...


scroll down for vid.

How in the hell did you make it past Kate Upton's squirting boobies??
2012-12-04 01:49:54 PM  
1 vote:
Star children on the black road to salvation
Children of the forest, child of the Woodstock Nation
You've gotta care for the needs of your planet
Catch the dawn that once was there
First-born atomic generation
Open the door, don't you know that's what it's for
Come on and join us ... on the other side of the Sun
2012-12-04 01:32:50 PM  
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It's been done.

2012-12-04 01:30:04 PM  
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O little town of Bugarach
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The glowing saucers fly...
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