Watch the sky

July 3, 2006 at 1:48 am (Uncategorized)

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WE INTERRUPT THIS BLOG FOR AN EMERGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT. THIS MORNING, ASTEROID XP14 CHANGED ITS COURSE AND IS NOW EXPECTED TO IMPACT WITH EARTH AS EARLY AS TUESDAY AFTERNOON. COSMOLOGIST TRACKING THE HALF MILE ASTEROID ANTICIPATE IT WILL CRASH INTO NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND AT APPROXIMATELY TEN MILES PER SECOND. SCIENTISTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD WERE TRACKING XP14 AND FEDERAL SOURCES HAVE SAID THERE IS NO RECOURSE FOR DEFENDING THE PLANET. THE COLLISION IS EXPECTED TO CAUSE GLOBAL DEVASTATION, WITH A POTENTIAL FOR DESTRUCTION SIMILAR TO THE COMET IMPACT BELIEVED TO HAVE CAUSED THE MASS EXTINCTION OF DINOSAURS AND OTHER PLANETARY LIFE 65 MILLION YEARS AGO. PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD WERE ADVISED TO BRACE THEMSELVES FOR MASS DEATHS, POLITICAL UPHEAVAL AND DRASTIC CLIMATE CHANGE. THOSE IN NEW ENGLAND WERE ADVISED TO KISS THEIR COLLECTIVE ASS GOODBYE.

If you’re sitting at your table having coffee this morning, consider yourself lucky. The smallest cosmic influence could have rendered the above statement absolutely valid. If you are blissfully unaware of the brush with extinction, here are the basic elements of the dramatic near miss.

AP- An asteroid up to half a mile wide was due to have brushed past the Earth early today, approaching almost as close as the Moon. In astronomical terms, that counts as a near miss, but scientists who had been tracking the path of asteroid 2004 XP14 were not worried as it approached at about ten miles per second. Nevertheless, the body has been classified as a potentially hazardous asteroid (PHA) along with 782 known others.

I spent a good part of the evening staring up into the sky, waiting for the doomsday fireball from above. It’s part melodrama, sure. All of the astronomers stated boldly that the chances of an earth impact are nil. But do I trust them unconditionally with my ass? Nosiree, I don’t. We’re talking about 290,000 miles, for one thing. In terms of the universe, that’s a fraction of an inch. For another, nobody knows what this big ass rock is made of. Who’s to say how vulnerable it is to solar winds or other cosmic forces? A change in orbit just a thousandth of an inch could push that mountain right into our path. We’d be like birds sitting on a railroad track. Your drinking coffee and playing computer solitaire one moment and then WHAP! It’s over, people. See you at the Pearly Gates or whatever is out there for us.

Almost worse, we could survive the destruction. But it would be surviving to live in a state of purgatory at best. The impact would send a cloud of dust into the sky and that cloud would circle the planet, blocking out the sun. We’d live in perpetual winter night. Half the species on the planet would perish. Crops would die, oceans would freeze, survivors would become like primitives, beating each other over the heads with clubs for morsels of rotting dog meat. Even if billions lived through the destruction, societies would crumble and our sense of humanity would be loss. That random rock from deep space would mark first the devolution of humankind and then more likely than not, the elimination of it. And what a short reign it was. The dinosaurs lasted 165 on this planet. Relatively speaking, we just checked in — our primitive bloggers, who wrote their insipid thoughts on cave walls rather than computer screens, only arrived two million years ago.

earth-impact1.jpgWhile you may not be quaking in your shoes just yet, you have to admit it IS something to think about over your latte or Bloody Mary this morning. Everything we’ve achieved as a species (we’re just getting around to Internet porn, for chrissakes!) could go out like a candle. And all because of some cosmic computation that sent a speck of space dust hurtling in our direction.

So it becomes that old party question: if you look up in the sky this afternoon and see that growing shadow bearing down, how will you spend your final hours? And what will you regret the most?

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94 Comments

  1. Martha said,

    HMMMMM.. I was doiing what I always do Sunday afternoon..Sleeping…..

  2. Mainetarr said,

    I am going to be sooooooooo pissed if it happens this afternoon, because we have tomorrow off. Dammit, can’t it wait unti we are on a long stretch of work with no vacation time left? Geesh, talk about shitty timing.

    But…..if I did see it coming, I suppose at ten miles per second it would be too late to do much of anything. But if I had a week, I would go to Vegas, baby!

  3. jarheaddoc said,

    Man, we all gotta go sometime, so does it really matter how it happens? Why should the cosmos avoid Earth? Humanity is the most destructive species in the history of this planet and mother nature would be right to wipe us out and start again.

    And what if I fart and the world blows up? Jesus Christ, we’d all be just as dead!

  4. brenda said,

    A natural cosmic event brings the world to an end? That’s a refreshing idea- they’ve been saying the end is coming, for so long…..
    well, here I am, left behind! what? The world didn’t end?
    The religious fanatics are planning to bring the end of the world asap- it’s their prophesy & they will fulfill it……

  5. brenda said,

    from an LA Times article:
    For thousands of years, prophets have predicted the
    end of the world. Today, various religious groups,
    using the latest technology, are trying to hasten it.

    Their endgame is to speed the promised arrival of a
    messiah.

    For some Christians this means laying the groundwork
    for Armageddon.

    With that goal in mind, mega-church pastors recently
    met in Inglewood to polish strategies for using global
    communications and aircraft to transport missionaries
    to fulfill the Great Commission: to make every person
    on Earth aware of Jesus’ message. Doing so, they
    believe, will bring about the end, perhaps within two
    decades.

    In Iran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has a far
    different vision. As mayor of Tehran in 2004, he spent
    millions on improvements to make the city more
    welcoming for the return of a Muslim messiah known as
    the Mahdi, according to a recent report by the
    American Foreign Policy Center, a nonpartisan think
    tank.

    To the majority of Shiites, the Mahdi was the last of
    the prophet Muhammad’s true heirs, his 12 righteous
    descendants chosen by God to lead the faithful.

    Ahmadinejad hopes to welcome the Mahdi to Tehran
    within two years.

    Conversely, some Jewish groups in Jerusalem hope to
    clear the path for their own messiah by rebuilding a
    temple on a site now occupied by one of Islam’s
    holiest shrines.

    Artisans have re-created priestly robes of white
    linen, gem-studded breastplates, silver trumpets and
    solid-gold menorahs to be used in the Holy Temple —
    along with two 6½-ton marble cornerstones for the
    building’s foundation.

    Then there is Clyde Lott, a Mississippi revivalist
    preacher and cattle rancher. He is trying to raise a
    unique herd of red heifers to satisfy an obscure
    injunction in the Book of Numbers: the sacrifice of a
    blemish-free red heifer for purification rituals
    needed to pave the way for the messiah.

    So far, only one of his cows has been verified by
    rabbis as worthy, meaning they failed to turn up even
    three white or black hairs on the animal’s body.

    Linking these efforts is a belief that modern
    technologies and global communications have made it
    possible to induce completion of God’s plan within
    this generation.

    Though there are myriad interpretations of how it will
    play out, the basic Christian apocalyptic countdown —
    as described by the Book of Revelation in the New
    Testament — is as follows:

    Jews return to Israel after 2,000 years, the Holy
    Temple is rebuilt, billions of people perish during
    seven years of natural disasters and plagues, the
    antichrist arises and rules the world, the battle of
    Armageddon erupts in the vicinity of Israel, Jesus
    returns to defeat Satan’s armies and preside over
    Judgment Day.

    Generations of Christians have hoped for the Second
    Coming of Jesus, said UCLA historian Eugen Weber,
    author of the 1999 book “Apocalypses: Prophecies,
    Cults and Millennial Beliefs Through the Ages.”

    “And it’s always been an ultimately bloody hope, a
    slaughterhouse hope,” he added with a sigh. “What we
    have now in this global age is a vaster and
    bloodier-than-ever Wagnerian version. But, then, we
    are a very imaginative race.”


    On July 18, Hagee plans to lead a contingent of
    high-profile evangelists to Washington to make their
    concerns about Israel’s security known to
    congressional leaders. More than 1,200 evangelists are
    expected for the gathering.

    “Twenty-five years ago, I called a meeting of
    evangelists to discuss such an effort, and the
    conversation didn’t last an hour,” he said. “This
    time, I called and they all came and stayed. And when
    the meeting was over, they all agreed to speak up for
    Israel.”

    Underlining the sense of urgency is a belief that the
    end-times clock started ticking May 15, 1948, when the
    United Nations formally recognized Israel.
    Hagee’s message is carried on 160 television stations
    and 50 radio stations and can be seen in Africa,
    Europe, Australia, New Zealand and most Third World
    nations.

    By contrast, Bill McCartney, a former University of
    Colorado football coach and co-founder of the
    evangelical Promise Keepers movement for men, which
    became huge in the 1990s, has had a devil of a time
    getting his own apocalyptic campaign off the ground.

    It’s called The Road to Jerusalem, and its mission is
    to convert Jews to Christianity — while there is still
    time.

    “Our whole purpose is to hasten the end times,” he
    said. “The Bible says Jews will be brought to jealousy
    when they see Christians and Jewish believers together
    as one — they’ll want to be a part of that. That’s
    going to signal Jesus’ return.”

    Jews and others who don’t accept Jesus, he added
    matter-of-factly, “are toast.”

    Meanwhile, in what has become a spectacular annual
    routine, Jews — hoping to rebuild the Holy Temple
    destroyed by the Romans in AD 70 — attempt to haul the
    6 1/2 -ton cornerstones by truck up to the Temple
    Mount, the site now occupied by the Dome of the Rock
    shrine. Each year, they are turned back by police.

    Among those turned away is Gershon Solomon, spokesman
    for Jerusalem’s Temple Institute. When the temple is
    built, he said, “Islam is over.”

    “I’m grateful for all the wonderful Christian angels
    wanting to help us,” Solomon added, acknowledging the
    political support from “Christians who are now
    Israel’s best lobbyists in the United States.”

    However, when asked to comment on the fate of
    non-Christians upon the Second Coming of Jesus, he
    said, “That’s a very embarrassing question. What can I
    tell you? That’s a very terrible Christian idea.

    “What kind of religion is it that expects another
    religion will be destroyed?”

    But are all of these efforts to hasten the end of the
    world a bit like, well, playing God?

    Some Christians, such as Roman Catholics and some
    Protestant denominations, believe in the Second Coming
    but don’t try to advance it. It’s important to be
    ready for the Second Coming, they say, though its
    timetable cannot be manipulated.

    Hirschfield said he prays every day for the coming of
    the Jewish messiah, but he too believes that God can’t
    be hurried.

    “For me,” he said, “the messiah is like the mechanical
    bunny at a racetrack: It always stays a little ahead
    of the runners but keeps the pace toward a redeemed
    world.

    “Trouble is, there are many people who want to bring a
    messiah who looks just like them. For me, that kind of
    messianism is spiritual narcissism.”

    But some Christian leaders say they aren’t playing
    God; they’re just carrying out his will.

    Ted Haggard, president of the National Assn. of
    Evangelicals, says the commitment to fulfilling the
    Great Commission has naturally intensified along with
    the technological advances God provided to carry out
    his plans.

    Over in Mississippi, Lott believes that he is doing
    God’s work, and that is why he wants to raise a few
    head of red heifers for Jewish high priests. Citing
    Scripture, Lott and others say a pure red heifer must
    be sacrificed and burned and its ashes used in
    purification rituals to allow Jews to rebuild the
    temple.

    But Lott’s plans have been sidetracked.

    Facing a maze of red tape and testing involved in
    shipping animals overseas — and rumors of threats from
    Arabs and Jews alike who say the cows would only bring
    more trouble to the Middle East — he has given up on
    plans to fly planeloads of cows to Israel. For now.

    In the meantime, some local ranchers have expressed an
    interest in raising their own red heifers for Israel,
    and fears of hoof-and-mouth disease and blue tongue
    forced Lott to relocate his only verified red heifer —
    a female born in 1993 — to Nebraska.

    Cloning is out of the question, he said, because the
    technique “is not approved by the rabbinical council
    of Israel.” Artificial insemination has so far failed
    to produce another heifer certified by rabbis.

    “Something deep in my heart says God wants me to be a
    blessing to Israel,” Lott said in a telephone
    interview. “But it’s complicated. We’re just not ready
    to send any red heifers over there.”

    If not now, when?

    “If there’s a sovereign God with his hand in the
    affairs of men, it’ll happen, and it’ll be a pivotal
    event,” he said. “That time is soon. Very soon.”

  6. Martha said,

    Some of the people quoted apparantly have some knowledge of scripture.. some not much.

  7. Linda said,

    A direct hit from an asteroid would be a pretty exciting way to go. Imagine looking up and seeing it coming — might not have time to go to Vegas, but you could make a few choices about how to spend the time. Bring it on!

    Less fun: having it hit a different part of the earth and getting the slow suffocation.

    “Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice.”

  8. Martha said,

    Scripture says it will end in fire. So I’ll vote for that.

  9. AO said,

    I’d say that if JD farts, we’re all in trouble.

  10. Bobbie said,

    I have a meteorite in my change jug. Multiply that quite a few times and you get the size of the asteroid that just missed us. I’m glad that I don’t have the larger version in my change jug-I’d never get the sucker filled!

  11. Bobbie said,

    How true, AO!

  12. don't worry, be happy said,

    superman returned & pushed the asteroid back out to space.
    ayup

  13. LaFlamme said,

    The old Superman, the 80’s Superman, or this new guy?

  14. LaFlamme said,

    Copernicus was the first to suggest we are not the center of the universe and that there is nothing unique about humankind or its epoch. Thus, I have named this incoming rock Asteroid LaFlamme. Or Laflammeroid.

  15. Mainetarr said,

    I would rather be struck by an asteroid that be exposed to a JD fart, ewwww.

  16. Mainetarr said,

    astermark. Sounds like punctuation.

  17. LaFlamme said,

    Yeah. LaFlammeroid just sounds like… well. Some sort of burning ailment.

  18. Mainetarr said,

    Preparation H anyone?

  19. AO said,

    LaFlammeroid sounds like it could be a real pain in the ass.

  20. Mainetarr said,

    Ha! Good one AO. He would have to get his pants let out, too.

  21. K2 said,

    Personally, I was hoping for a meatier topic. But, is this crater what? LaFlamme, you rock!

    Martha, scripture also says it is disgraceful for a woman to speak out in church (1 Corinthians 14:34-36) and that if she has any questions, she should wait till she gets home and ask her husband. (You have no husband, and probably no questions, either.) Scripture also says that a man who rapes a virgin should buy her from her father (Deuteronomy 22:28-29) and marry her. Now that’s Old School.

  22. K2 said,

    Cripes, maybe the meteor hit and I’m the only one left. Roopers, here I come.

  23. LaFlamme said,

    Screw that, how about Wal-Mart? They have the booze, the food, and woman’s clothing to prance around in. If you’re into that sort of thing, I mean. Forget I said anything.

  24. AO said,

    K2, we’re all just hanging out in the fall out shelter. Hope you get something better than Miller High Life!

  25. Bobbie said,

    Someone in the fall out shelter please have a Singapore Sling for me. I’ll enjoy it vicariously today.

  26. K2 said,

    Fuck that, I’m off to Bed, Bath and Beyond. . . .

    Phew. Glad to hear I’m not the only one left. We will have to procreate, you know, for the specie’s sake. *Gulp* Boy, that ‘gulp’ could be taken in a lot of ways. And ‘could be taken in a lot of ways’ could be taken in even more ways. Basically, just wink if you want a some post-apocalyptic nookie. I decree that our race shall be saved. What females are with me?!? (Ummm . . . that’s a rhetorical question.)

  27. AO said,

    Ha. K2, you’re a funny guy. 😉 that was a rhetorical wink!

  28. Omnius said,

    I would call someone on the phone, someone who I love and does not know it, and tell them. Then I would get inebriated one last time, and kill myself. If there is an after-life, I’m not waiting in line with everyone else.

  29. Bobbie said,

    You can add my rhetorical wink to the group as well, K2. Don’t feel like messing with the stupid emotcons today.

    Omnius,
    Here’s a good one for you to consider: when all of those people died on 9/11, was there a traffic jam at the Gates of Heaven?

    A little girl asked a pastor that and the pastor couldn’t answer her. I don’t know what I’d do with the last few minutes (or more) left before an asteroid hit. Have to think about that one.

  30. LaFlamme said,

    I want my last words to be “what th…”

  31. Mainetarr said,

    I want my last words to be “Mark, you bastard, the really was an asteroi….”

  32. Mainetarr said,

    ooops, I mean “there really was an asteroi….”

  33. LaFlamme said,

    Ha! “I told you s… ouch.”

  34. K2 said,

    I don’t think the meteor’s gonna hit. . . . .

  35. AO said,

    What’s that up in the sky? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Um…WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?? WHAT THE HELL IS….

  36. LaFlamme said,

    “Holy shit! I won the lottery! I won the friggin lot…”

  37. AO said,

    Isn’t it ironic?

  38. lisa said,

    hmm, and I always figured we were going to be destroyed by some virus..yeah, not looking forward to it at all.
    If there’s no way to avoid the asteroid, I’d rather not know about the damn thing.

  39. LaFlamme said,

    You mean like a superflu, “The Stand” style? That’d suck. Slow, hacking death as opposed to a big kaboom. It would be a world sized mausoleum, stinky and rotting for the few survivors. Yummy, man.

  40. LaFlamme said,

    Of course, with the asteroid, you’d have Burgess Meredith wandering around out there alone, all the time in the world to read but his glasses busted.

  41. jarheaddoc said,

    Or he found the world’s biggest cache of booze and doesn’t have an opener

  42. jarheaddoc said,

    And ten thousand years from the time it happened, alien archeologists would find the remnants of the human race living undergrond, albino and blind, like those fish in the caves, and still trying to kill each other

  43. Marie said,

    “Where’s the sun? How come it’s so dar….”

  44. Wilma Flintstone-laying out in the sun said,

    “Fred, you fat fuck, your blocking the su…”

  45. Betty Rubble said,

    “Barney, where’s Bam Ba…”

  46. Dino said,

    “Woof Woof Woof wooooooooo………”

    Famous cartoon character’s last words

  47. LaFlamme said,

    You know what alien archeologists will find when they visit our blasted planet a million years after the end? Stop signs. Everywhere stop signs. Those things will last forever and what will they make of them?

  48. AO said,

    Yeah, stop signs and Twinkies. Can’t kill a Twinkie.

  49. "The Weasel" said,

    I hope it’s not just me, but Brenda is FUCKING NUTS!!!!!!!!!!

    Confirmation Code……. Five Islands

  50. LaFlamme said,

    Confirmation confirmation: Lobsters and clams. With corn. But sadly, no Pabst.

  51. Mainetarr said,

    Confirmation code: Trans Am, Handlebar Moustache.

  52. LaFlamme said,

    Uh oh. That does not compute.

  53. jarheaddoc said,

    Those aliens will certainly understand our demise upon finding a Slim whitman record

  54. "The Weasel" said,

    I’ve taken some time to review the photo again. I believe he had what appeared to be a feathered back mullet. Classy, the way it covered half his ears. The porn stash really gives his large nose some dignity. The abrasions to his left cheek and furrowed eye brow really give him character. I’m using the photo as my background on my monitor. LOL

  55. "The Weasel" said,

    By the way Flammer…. I told you that it was BYOB you dumbass

  56. LaFlamme said,

    Yeah, yeah. I thought it was a set up.

  57. Mainetarr said,

    He doesn’t listen Weasel. He’s a tortured artist, too busy planning his next novel in his head. You would think, though, BYOB would be something that would stick, but no. He Pabst on that thought. I heard it was a nice place, sounds beautiful.

  58. LaFlamme said,

    Pabst on that thought! Hey, I got one!

  59. "The Weasel" said,

    GN all. Have to spend the day working at the 4th festivities

  60. David Burke said,

    Did I hear PBR? The best friggin’ beer for the proletariat that has ever been invented!

    F*&( Heineken – Drink Pabst Blue Ribbon!

  61. Mainetarr said,

    GN Weasel. HAve fun at the festivities and give the Weaselettes little kisses from me.

  62. LaFlamme said,

    Whoa! So YOU’RE the other PBR fan.

  63. Mainetarr said,

    The ONLY other PBR fan, no doubt.

  64. Bobbie said,

    Are we talking beer or rodeo? If it’s the latter, you’re not the only other fan out there, MT.

  65. K2 said,

    David Burke, I see you’re a ‘Blue Velvet.’ fan. Just say NO2.

  66. Mainetarr said,

    Ooooo, I hate Pabst Blue Ribbon, but LOVE Professional Bull Riders!!

  67. brenda said,

    thanks for the acknowledgement anyway, weasel. Maybe you think I’m nuts but I think it’s nuts to live in a world where people actually are getting together and planning to end the friggin world- on purpose! Just to prove their religion is real? And no one’s stopping them? We just watch on the news, there’s this war in the middle east (involving the very religions & places mentioned in the prophesies ) and it would be unpatriotic to question it, meanwhile congress changes the laws so they can put oil rigs on the coasts of our continent, and undoing the environmental laws, so they can log & mine the remaining forests of this continent; and passing laws criminalizing harmless laborer/ migrant farmworkers- and sending troops to the border to stop them- has it occurred ro anyone the real agenda might be oil? Controlling the Gulf Coast & Baja Calif, for those oil rigs they plan to set up all along to coastlines….
    and how is it that the same people who are planning to bring the end of the world are the same people who emphasize that the bible says for Man to “have dominion & subdue” the Earth are the same people who are getting rich on oil?????? since they plan to end the world, no need for environmental protection… but I ask, why do you need all that oil & money then, if Jesus return is imminent & the world is about to end?

    That’s what’s friggin scarey. This stuff is happening and you say I’m nuts?

  68. brenda said,

    I forgot to mention the Navy doing sonar testing in the Pacific Ocean, killing the whales, dolhins and other water traveling beings….

  69. Martha said,

    Seems I just read the Navy is not using their sonar for that very reason.

  70. brenda said,

    i just read that in the news a few minutes ago- there’s a temporary restraining order until July 18th

  71. jokester said,

    A man in Topeka, Kansas decided to write a book about churches around the country. He started by flying to San Francisco and worked east from there. Going to a very large church, he began taking photographs and notes. He spotted a golden telephone on the vestibule wall and was intrigued by a sign which read: “$10,000 a minute.” Seeking out the Pastor he asked about the phone and the sign. The Pastor explained that the golden phone was, in fact, a direct line to Heaven and if he paid the price he could talk directly to God. The man thanked the Pastor and continued on his way.As he continued to visit churches in Seattle, San Diego, Chicago, Greensboro, Tampa and all around the United States, he found more phones with the same sign and got the same answer from each Pastor.

    Finally, he arrived in Texas. Upon entering a church in Dallas, behold, he saw the usual golden telephone. But THIS time, the sign read: “Calls: 35 cents.” Fascinated, he asked to talk to the Pastor.

    “Reverend, I have been in cities all across the country and in each church I have found this golden telephone. I have been told it is a direct line to Heaven and that I could talk to God, but, in the other churches the cost was $10,000 a minute. Your sign reads 35 cents. Why?”

    The Pastor, smiling benignly, replied, “Son, you’re in Texas now… It’s a local call.”

  72. K2 said,

    Wow. L-A-M-E. The Mormons have the same joke, and it’s fortuntely a much shorter version. If you call god from the Vatican, it’s long distance. From Salt Lake, it’s a local call.

    jokester, some fresh material, please.

  73. LaFlamme said,

    Somewhere in the distance, the solemn cry of a loon.

  74. AO said,

    Norman. The loons! The loons!

  75. Mainetarr said,

    The loons are all here, in the blog, the blog, Norman. LOL!!

  76. brenda said,

    what? A bunch of critics? You have high standards for jokes around here?
    well, June….. how is June these days?

  77. AO said,

    June has changed her name to July.

  78. Mainetarr said,

    no standards. None at all.

  79. Nadine said,

    Relax everyone…the end of the world is not due until dec 20th 1012 when the shift in the poles change. We will become the next Atlantis. Just check out the Orion Prophecies and the teachings of the Eqyptian prophecies.

    I normally wouldn’t believe this, but seeing as these two societies predict the same date yet are 1/2 world away from each other — I tend to believe. No sense in preparing yourselves — there is no escape. Embrace the imevitable.

  80. LaFlamme said,

    You mean the magnetic poles? I thought that wasn’t due for like 400,000 years. Damn, where does the time go.

  81. Omnius said,

    Bobbie:

    “Omnius,
    Here’s a good one for you to consider: when all of those people died on 9/11, was there a traffic jam at the Gates of Heaven?

    A little girl asked a pastor that and the pastor couldn’t answer her. I don’t know what I’d do with the last few minutes (or more) left before an asteroid hit. Have to think about that one. ”

    Since I’m an atheist, I’d have to say ‘No.’ Assuming there is a heaven, I’m still a cynic so I’d still have to say ‘No.’ Assuming they all got in, 3,000 deaths is a rather small hiccup, and probably wouldn’t slow down the God Machine anymore than ordering a few Big Mac meals at the McDonalds.

  82. Nadine said,

    Oops, I meant 2012 — but I assume you all got that!

  83. Mainetarr said,

    We heard you Nadine. So, where is that pic of you in the NIN garb? Hey, I even posted my e-mail for the world to see. Where is it Nadine?

  84. Nadine said,

    Ok, Ok, MT…check your email! 🙂

  85. brenda said,

    Mark, what do you mean, 400,000 years? the reversal of the magnetic poles is supposed to happen within this century according to something I read in the textbook for a science class at CSUSB. But no one would talk about it or explain what the effect of that would be?
    The religious fanatics who are anticipating the end of the world will have a heyday.

    I remember reading all this weird stuff, I wish I had brought my books with me.

  86. Nadine said,

    I’m tellin’ ya Brenda, read The Orion Prophecies — it’s all there! 12/20/2012 — we got 6 more years folks! Live it up!

  87. brenda said,

    tonite’s late nite news, I just found out that there’s a loon cam & a loon egg is hatching. That’s what you’re talking about. I thought you were calling me a loon.

  88. LaFlamme said,

    I gotta read up on the Orion thingy. Last I heard, scientist were debating whether we’re due for a magnetic flip or if it’s already underway. I think the idea is that at some point during the reversal, the magnetic field will be weakened and no longer able to protect us from solar crap. In which case, the atmosphere will burn up, as well everything on the planet, including beer.

  89. Nadine said,

    Well, according ot the prophecy, it is not possible for the magnetic flip to be already underway. Apparently it happens so fast that we will not even know it is happening until it happens — so, build a big boat and stock it with beer.

  90. lost shoe said,

    prophesy, ok. But what about science? Isn’t the North Pole already moving? I mean- true North isn’t where it used to be. So maybe it’s a gradual process, like tectonic plates’ movement . We can see that there’s been movement but we don’t often actually see rapid movement- except for events like major earthquakes.

  91. Nadine said,

    Oh yes, the Orion Prophcies are COMPLETELY based on science. It is only titled “prophecy” because it hasn’t happened yet but is expected to…we just cannot prove it.

  92. oxymoron said,

    completely based on science =/= just cannot prove it

  93. s said,

    s

  94. LaFlamme said,

    S right back at ya.

  95. Nadine said,

    Not all scientific THEORIES have been proven…sheesh

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