According to thousands, maybe even millions of human beings, the end of the world has been coming for just as many years. The first populace to predict the end of the world was the Romans. The year predicted was 634 BC. Many Romans feared that the city would be destroyed in the 120th year of its founding. There was a myth that 12 eagles had revealed to Romulus a mystical number representing the lifetime of Rome, and some early Romans hypothesized that each eagle represented 10 years.
Since that time, it seems every fraction of the world, culture and religion non-withstanding has its own doomsday prophecy. The 2011 prediction by Ronald Weinland stated Jesus Christ would return on that day. He prophesied nuclear explosions in U.S. port cities by July of 2008 as the blowing of the Second Trumpet of Revelation. He later changed the date for the return of Jesus Christ to May 27, 2012. That day also passed without Weinland’s predicted apocalypse. In a blog posting dated May 26, 2012, Weinland acknowledged that “nothing has begun in the world that would signal the need or purpose for…Christ’s return”. He urged his followers to “move forward”, and suggested that God had been, and continued to be, merciful to his people. He later stated that the end of the world had indeed begun on May 27, 2012, but would take “one year to become fulfilled”. Weinland asserts that Christ will now return on May 19, 2013.
We have all heard the stories and by now most of us don’t pay attention. The date comes and goes, life moves on.
Recently I watched a program researching all of the predictions surrounding December 2012. People are paying a little more attention to this particular prediction, as it is said the Mayan calendar seemingly ends. According to the Mayan experts this is nonsense and just a scheme to make money like 2000 and Y2K.
Since Calendar Round dates repeat every 18,980 days, approximately 52 solar years, the cycle repeats roughly once each lifetime, so a more refined method of dating was needed if history was to be recorded accurately. To specify dates over periods longer than 52 years, Mesoamericans used the Long Count calendar.
The Maya name for a day was k’in. Twenty of these k’ins are known as a winal or uinal. Eighteen winals make one tun. Twenty tuns are known as a k’atun. Twenty k’atuns make a b’ak’tun. – Wikipedia
There are a handful of predictions about the last half of 2012 making me sit up and pay attention. I don’t believe in coincidence, and science is a little more reliable. The first is a public warning from NASA relating to the dangers of severe solar storms which could potentially (in extreme cases) threaten the global long-term use of electricity.
The other prediction, which is the one prompting this blog post, is concerning Web Bots or Internet Bots. Internet bots monitor news articles, blogs, forums, and other forms of Internet chatter. Words in the lexicon are assigned numeric values for emotional quantifiers such as duration, impact, immediacy, intensity, and others. The lexicon is dynamic, and changes according to shifts in emotional tension, and how humans communicate those changes using the Internet.
These little bots were originally developed to predict stock market trends but eventually evolved into a prediction machine. Web Bots are said to have predicted September 11th 2001 and the 2003 Northeastern United States blackout. However, many believe the predictions are vague and, at best, pseudo-scientific.
Here’s the thing, the prediction is not exclusively for Armageddon, but rather a drastic worldwide change. In addition, and this is the part that gets me, current Web Bot technology states there is absolutely nothing between December 21, 2012 and May 30, 2013! No chatter, nothing, a complete data gap. They say it could be a solar flare, an electromagnetic pole shift (aka the NASA warning) but what gets me is that there is nothing there to even predict. Dead silence and then a reboot on May 30th, 2013??
That is a little too vague, don’t you think?
181 days and counting…
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