Saturday, October 24, 2009


All of a sudden mankind has realized that the year 2012 is going to be the end of this planet. Why? Because of a Mayan "Long count" Calendar that supposedly ends in the year 2012 and is misrepresented now as being the end of the cycle of birth and end of the World. The poor Mayans could not predict that a white European race, with their lust for Gold would come and pounce on them one day, literally exterminating their civilization. The Mayans don't seem to have attached any importance to this, though!

And then we have this bunch of apocalyptic believing religious orders, who wants everyone to think that Armageddon is just around the corner and we should all flock to their houses of worship (with lots of money to give away) in order to save themselves from this planet wide disaster. These guys suddenly put the Mayans on the map, a people whom they had discredited when decimating them in order to uphold their own “superior” religion and free the Mayans from their “primitive barbaric pagan” rituals. So, these "barbarians" had an accurate calendar which is now the focus of attention.

Add another element of these Internet doomsday prophets that make claims about a planet called Nibiru, that unbeknownst to us, will sneak by our planet, jump across and enslave us and use us to mine our planet dry before exterminating us. We have done that already I think, the Nibirans will find an already over mined polluted planet and fly away in disgust. Another claim is that the apocalypse will be due to geomagnetic reversal caused by a massive solar flare. That's a sure fire way of closing up business on this planet, right?

Now, enter Hollywood, with their marketing skills and special effects. Their latest offering is called 2012 from Sony Pictures. Their marketing effort for this film has been so effective that many people have been fearing for their lives literally. They have used all sources of pseudo-science and plain fiction, to reinforce the thought of the World coming to and end. They want all of us to go and watch this movie. I'll watch for sure, it's got some great special effects and some fine acting of people generally screaming and running around. All you have to do is tell the Americans that their gallon of gas is going to be $10 bucks and they'll be screaming louder than they would if it was about the end of the World. They'd scream from now till 2012!

The Internet is often an idiotic source of absurd news, bogus claims of scientific advancements and full of predatory doomsday prophets waiting to take advantage of the millions of gullible browsers. That explains the success of these Nigerian e-mail scams, promise of miraculous cures for diseases and of course the existence of our unfriendly aliens called Nibirans from planet Nibiru. Youtube is filled with Videos of “professorial” looking presenters who, so seriously and with a straight face, talk about this mysterious planet that NASA is hiding from all of us. All of a sudden we have people getting depressed, contemplating suicides and generally apprehensive of what’s going to happen to us in December 2012 when the Mayan long count calendar runs out. I can't believe that NASA is being inundated with people inquiring about this doomsday planet with this doomsday race on it.

So, NASA and Discovery Channel had to come out with statements to make people believe that this movie and the millions of website proclaiming this so-called end of the World in 2012 is just complete hogwash. Read about that in this link.

As for me, I will have a bucket of beer in the cooler on December 21st, 2012, so that when the Nibirans come, we can invite them to the party! Hope they bring the entertainment or they will have to listen to my oft repeated stale jokes. Lets get drunk and happy before we are put to work in the mines for them!


Madhukar - VU2MUD said...

Kaliyuga - the current running period between two cylces of the human race- is said to be 432,000 human years. The current year - 2009 is still the 5110th year - Still a long way to go :)

avdi said...

Yeah.. lets blow all our money and have a wild 2012. Dunno what I will do when 1Jan2013 dawns..

Capt. Anup Murthy said...

Madhukar: Thanks, will save my beer bucket for now! Hope you are right. Hehehe.

Avdi: Jan 2013 whole world recovering from a massive hangover and a certain disappointment that no alien decided to visit us after all. Back into debt and hard work to make it all back. Groan!!!

Namita Chandra said...

some years back there was a prophecy by Nostradamus that the world was coming to an end and so on and so forth. Its become a trend every few years to come up with something like this. The world is full of all kinds of people don't worry about the idiotic ones.

Capt. Anup Murthy said...

Namita: So true! This time around, the entire thing has been packaged so well by Hollywood and the internet has been swamped with stories of the impending doom, many are feeling panicky in the West! There was so much of this bunk, I had to blog about it. Plus the movie is releasing this November World Wide, that's going to have people talking about it from now till the Nibirans land! For me, this topic is a source of amusement.

YOSEE said...

I have lost count of the number of times the world has ended since Chicken Little cried 'Sky Is Falling' ! Without fail, every spotting of Halley's Comet brings on a proclamation of Doom in some corner of the world.
Sad part is ,there's always a steady population of suckers who fall of these Cassandras. I remember the chilling case of a mad preacher in Guyana, named Jim Jones, who prophesied end of the world and promised to ferry his followers to Heaven before that. A dozen foolish people actually took their lives believing him ! This happened long ago, when i was in college. The world has progressed in leaps and bounds since then. But,its distressing to see that people have not become any saner........
Anyway, our investment advisers are not giving the Mayans or Nibirans half a damn. They just sold us a 10-year Fixed Interest Bond !

Capt. Anup Murthy said...

Yosee: Chicken Little! That was hilarious. I too remember that episode with that Guyana incident. I also remember a similar incident in 1997 as I was in the US that time, a religious cult led by a nut committed mass suicide involving 39 people who were to "board" the comet Hale-Bopp which was swinging by our system. The nut job head of the cult had told his followers that a spacecraft was following the comet and they'd all get on board!
Planet Nibiru, in this internet age, has found great following. Any search engine will throw up hundreds of thousands of web sites, a lot of them well presented and highly entertaining Nibiru "facts"!

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Hayley said...

The end of the World comes to us all, for the most part individually.

With that knowledge it's hard to believe that people put so much faith in these sorts of stories.

Capt. Anup Murthy said...

Right said Hayley! I couldn't believe that people were asking about this so much and that there are so many believers of this 2012 thing. I was asked a few times by some people who had doubts. Thanks for your comment and for visiting my blog.

Dew said...

LOL... there are still some fanatics I believe. By any chance did they predict their own future or sumthin ;)

Capt. Anup Murthy said...

Dew! Whew, where have you been? Good to see you online. Thanks for writing in. I am in India, on way to Goa till 7th, for my housewarming ceremony on 5th/6th. I will be on and off line in between.

Swaram said...

Hey Anup! Just dropped in to leave a comment! Wondering u hv been away for too long ;)

Got to know from the comment section abt the house-warming ceremony :)

Warm wishes for the same :) Have a nice trip :)

Indrani said...

These rumors are a great source humor!

Capt. Anup Murthy said...

Swaram: Thanks! That's the nest egg I was talking about in some of my previous posts. Just got back to Mysore from Housewarming and arranging for so many things and it was a hectic week for us. I am back home in Singapore tomorrow night, so it has been a hectic affair. I miss my Goa home already! Weather was perfect, the sea and sand was therapeutic and I even inaugurated the swimming pool in our complex! Whew! Thanks for checking in, will soon be active again on the net.

Capt. Anup Murthy said...

Indrani: Yes indeed, this post was also triggered by a need for me to set explode these myths coz lots of people were asking about this silly rumor. Aside from that, it would excite me if I can meet some real aliens (those that won't enslave me!)