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Illustration for 2012 story: chaos in the worldWhile many Americans expect 2012 to be much like the previous year, some predictions for the earth are quite dire. — Photo illustration by Will Gay

Everything 2012
What might we expect in this coming year when the world is supposed to end

Story by Jamie Hazelton
Staff Writer

The Mayan calendar has confounded millions of people throughout the years due to the mysterious end it predicts on Dec. 21, 2012, Winter Solstice.

For some, it marks the beginning of the dreaded apocalypse, and for others it notes the end of one cycle and beginning of a new era for mankind known as The Age of Aquarius. Because each astrological age is approximately 2,150 years long, the Age of Aquarius is the new beginning cycle for the next astrological phase.

The predictions surrounding the end of the Mayan calendar are numerous, intricately woven and largely controversial. To discount the world’s most historical prophets as well as the Bible’s book of Revelation may in fact be ignoring compelling information that should be cause for concern.

Bridget Veauthier, who teaches philosophy at Casper College as well as introduction to religion said, “We tend to be very literal-minded people.”

This means we are able to understand words or ideas only in a basic and obvious way, and not their hidden or more unusual meanings. In her classes, Veauthier tries to approach controversial topics using many different interpretations.

The information being revealed to you in this article can be found on any of 2 million plus websites found on the internet today on this subject along with numerous books some published and some yet to be.

The truth of the matter though is that no one knows with any amount of certainty what 2012 really has in store for us. So what you choose to believe is for you to decide.

One of the most elaborately woven stories on the net regarding 2012 prophecies involves the infamous Planet X also known as Niburu (Sumerian for the destroyer). This planet, said to be a giant magnet four to 10 times the size of Earth, is moving closer each day.

The theory states that Niburu’s movement is affecting the alignment of earth’s poles. Sites such as state that our poles have already shifted by as much as 100 miles.

Theories suggest this shift is responsible for a hole in our magnetosphere, or the area surrounding the earth just outside of our atmosphere. This in turn is responsible for the recent influx of earthquakes.

For every theory someone exists to discount that theory. In 1983 the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS) revealed to the world the finding of Planet X, announcing it was to become a part of our solar system. In 1984, however, that statement was retracted and the cover-up of the story began denying the existence of Niburu with no real explanation as to why. NASA to this day denies the existence of the mysterious Niburu planet.

In response to some of these theories, Veauthier makes a strong point: “How many times has the world been slated to end, and what does that say about us as a people?”

The world has been slated to end hundreds maybe even thousands of times that we know about, including a couple of famous episodes this past decade. And yet, we are still here.

Granted, you could bring up the age of the dinosaurs, for sure, but how many times don’t we know about? As to why we continue to deluge the world with these odd predictions, who knows.

The Web Bot, a human made computer program that makes predictions based off of web chatter, has predicted things with much accuracy in the past. This includes, but is not limited to: the falling of the twin towers, the anthrax attack through the postal service, as well as the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. Because its predictions are based on web chatter and not hard facts, its predictions are not always taken seriously despite its history of accuracy. Eerily, the Web Bot’s predictions for 2012 are that major catastrophic events will unfold.

Another theory calls for a galactic alignment of our planet with the sun and the center of our solar system, which is a giant black hole that will pull us into oblivion. A separate theory states our galaxy is in line to collide with another galaxy or that a giant solar flare will take out the planet. Many of these concepts seem to involve a rare astronomical occurrence.

Some note the Chinese calendar also ended in 2012 but who’s to say the Chinese and the Mayans didn’t just wake up one day and say, “This is boring, let’s quit.”

Besides, would knowing that the world was going to end next year change the way you are living?

According to numerous theories, there’s a good chance it might. Is there really any value to any prophesies spewed forth from some of the world’s most renowned prophets?

This is a topic that leaves a person thinking: Will it be a symbolic end or a literal end?

“I don’t think it’s the end of the world,” Veauthier said.

Quoting from Socrates, she added, “I know one thing and that is that I know nothing.”


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