Saturday, November 12, 2011

I Guess There Aren't Enough...

...psychiatrists in the world to look after these people.

Good news! Killer solar flare won't destroy Earth!
"The Mayans' "long-count" calendar is set to expire on Dec. 21, 2012, marking the end of a 5,126-year epoch. This factoid has inspired some folks to start girding up for the coming apocalypse — and to start predicting what may bring it about.

One popular theory is that a huge solar flare could do the Earth in. Some fearmongers have pointed out that the sun's activity is ramping up, implying that a killer outburst could be coming next year.

The sun is indeed building up toward the peak of its 11-year activity cycle. But that peak is expected to come in 2013 or 2014, not 2012, researchers said. Also, countless solar maxima have come and gone over the years, and we — and the Earth — are still here.

But that reasoning is all secondary to the main point, which is that a flare's sizzling heat cannot make it all the way to our planet, researchers said."
There's something rather pathetic about all this doom and gloom that comes from some people.

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Blogger Dave in Pa. said...

This belief in the Mayan stone calendar end-of-the-earth thing is symptomatic of the poor education a plurality of modern Western people have received. People giving any credence to global predictive ability of a thousands of years old pagan altar stone says far more about their ignorance than it does anything else.

November 12, 2011 1:03 pm  

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