The End Is Nigh, Just Not Yet

Sarah Connor (Terminator)
My Soldier In The End Of Days

So some really ridiculous religious fanatic (Harold Camping) was trying to convince the world (and his semi literate followers) that the world was going to end on 21 May. What is awesomely funny given that today it’s 22 May and that the Family Radio website had this counter telling you how many days till the Rapture hit. God (literally) dammit! Harold and his super brainy congregation must be so disappointed by the whole thing. I’d like the think that they were so convinced of this inevitability that they blew all of their earthly savings on frivolous shit or gave their money away to relatives who have no intention of returning it and will now spend the rest of their lives penniless and without spiritual direction.

I can’t feel sorry for such dumb people. They take the bits out of the bible that supports their theory then apply it so friggin literally to then estimate an end-day based a bunch of ridiculous assumptions. I”m guessing old Harold noticing that the number 21 appears,  I don’t know say 5 times, maybe on page 2011. Creepy. I don’t really want these type of people circulating with the rest of us. If they have a death wish, they should do what ever other decent fanatical cult has done in years past A) lock themselves (excluding children and pets please) in a house and burn it. And preferably not a nice house or B) on the day and time in question, gather together and we find them about a week later, dead from self consumed poisoning.

The sad thing is that there’s always the next group hell bent on getting ready for predicting our collective death. I’ve heard that we’ve gotta watch out for some time on November this year. I think it’s the Mayan prophecy which formed the basis for worst John Cusack film I’ve ever seen, 2012. John Cusack? In some of my favorite and most loathed movies (kind of like Nick Cage). Weird.

Anyway, I thought that we were all quite clear how the world was going to end:..

– Computers become self aware, realise they do all the hard work then fire nukes at opposing superpowers. Then terminator type robots with Bavarian accents start killing all survivors and one very hot but hard to take down Linda Hamilton.

– Or some mad professor build a time machine out of a sports car and young American teen travels back in time but screws out something in the past altering the space-time continuum, then tries to resolve by traveling forward in time and meets his future self hence causing disruption in space/time (or something like that) resulting in the world blowing up.

– and if we were to go biblical, isn’t there supposed to be some signs of mass destruction before everything goes dark? You know plagues, floods, locusts and some scary dudes on horses (look out for the one on a pale horse) messing things up a little. If this is the way it goes down, looks like we’ll get ample warning. Watch the Seventh Seal with Demi Moore and the super underated Michael Biehn.. it explains the whole thing nicely.

Let’s finish this one with a passage from the book of Kardasian. Kim “I’m confused, why does everyone think the world is gonna end today?” Only God can determine that!” Khloe “Amen, Kimmie!”. Maybe I’m wrong about those two..  they have some much to contribute.

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Obsessed With Disaster (don’t live round here)

Animation of 2004 Indonesia tsunami Source: NO...
End is nigh?

I’m glued to the TV watching our 24/7 news station broadcasting the horrific devastation caused by the Japan earthquake/tsunami yesterday afternoon. I get sick watching a wall of water essentially sweeping up cars, trees, buildings and no doubt countless bodies in a complex mess of debris, mud and water. They say 98 have already been killed (this is a 1.00am AEST), I’m sure this will go up by some astronomically sickening amount which may leave the sentiment of this post, greatly under stated. I say killed as opposed to 98 people have died… why? It’s like they’ve been murdered really, you know, unexpected, completely for no good reason whatsoever, and senseless. Mother nature is the biggest fucking mass murderer of all time. While I’m typing I hear in the background that 200 to 300 bodies have washed up on a beach in Sendai.. the toll rises. And again, another update indicating that possibly 10k are missing. It’s going to be really bad. I visited Japan a few years back and came back feeling 2 things, one, it was the only place other than my city of birth that I could ever imagine living in (specifically Tokyo) and two,  I’m still yet to meet people more accommodating and friendly that continuously went well out of their way to help out a stupid tourist who always managed to get lost and read badly from a $10 Japanese phrase book. This makes me sadder.

This part of the world has truly been victimised in recent times. By recent, I don’t mean the past few year.. we’re talking like days/weeks.

Australia is just recovering from its cities and towns disappearing underwater, killing over 30 people with another 9 or 10 missing. Again, no reason… just rain, then dams break and families drown. I heard this story about a mother with a baby in arms, trying to hold on to her other young child, who gets washed away in front of her – I don’t think you come back from this type of trauma. This part of the world has essentially be transported into the Stone Age and recovery (at least physical), will take years. When did this happen 10 Jan 2011

Christchurch, an earthquake not as strong as the one yesterday in Japan.. but, it goes right through the 2nd most populated city in NZ, during working hours, ensuring maximum carnage. It could have happened at 2am and not taken out so many people.. but it didn’t. I’m watching this again on live 24/7 news channels while eating lunch at a cafe. Everyone stops eating, some people cry, one girl desperately grabs her phone with great speed and nervously punches in a number which I’m guessing is an attempt to call friends or family. I overheard her talking, and she broke down after successfully making contact with what appears to be her mother. Meanwhile on TV, I’m watching a woman who was the rooftop of a building during the earthquake, she’s hysterical obviously and I later find out is one of only a handful of survivors from a completely populated office building, that now looks like a stack of pancakes. Most disturbing I hear the broadcast update…  “we’ve just been informed that there are no more available ambulances in Christchurch”, more cries emanate from the cafe. This is evident by the fact that most people helping out in the rescue effort don’t have EMT, police or fireman uniforms but are regular people in business suits, construction gear, students etc pulling the living and the dead from debris. Death toll over 166 and expected to be over 200. And 33 killed in a cathedral – I guess no place is safe. Occurred 22 Feb 2011.

If you still don’t believe living in the Asia-Pacific region isn’t bad for you health…. the below happened in only the last 7 years.

2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami – 230k killed, on Boxing Day… right
2008 Cyclone Myanmar – 146k killed, especially after their government ignored warnings days earlier
2008 Sichuan (China) earthquake – 87k killed
2005 Kashmir earthquake – 79k killed

.. still obsessed with death (toll) I guess… saddened mostly.