End Times


Mayan Calendar, Carved in 1479 

Mayan Calendar Calculated for 7,000 Years



Some folks say the Mayan Calendar predicts the End of the World on December 21, 2012. 

What might the End of the World look like, you ask? 

Well, perhaps it would look something like this, only somewhat bigger:



Out of a Clear Grey Sky      THE METEORITE FELL on Carancas (Peru) on September 15th 2007, at 11:40:14 precisely. Unlike most, it did not break up in the atmosphere, but landed with an impact one scientist has equated to 3,000kg of explosives, enough to destroy a city block. It sent up a mushroom of smoke that could be seen five miles away, in Desaguadero, on the border with Bolivia.

As soon as the fireball landed, the skies turned dark with a toxic cloud that killed cattle, put many of the villagers in hospital, and left 600 people, including many of the emergency services, with nausea and headaches. One man told me that the cloud made the village smell “like hell must smell—of sulphur and rotten eggs”. The sky rained down with stones hurled up by the meteorite’s landing. The only glass windows in the hamlet, at the health centre, all shattered.

In this case, the residual heat and impact of the meteorite combusted with the water, which the villagers had been drinking for years. Local health officials now realised the water contained traces of arsenic and that, over the long term, this had caused the liver problems and early mortality in Carancas which had always been put down to the hardship of the villagers’ lives. The meteorite had sent up such a concentrated dose of this arsenic that it finally became apparent; some geologists think that this may have combined with the troilite already present in the meteorite to form a dangerous cocktail.




A meteorite could trigger a land slide, as well, and a great flood…. 




Tsunamis in Lake Geneva   …   A millennium-and-a-half ago, Geneva was destroyed by a giant wave. Recent research suggests it could happen again.

The tsunami of 563 started at the opposite end of the lake from Geneva, at the point where it is fed by glacial meltwater carried into it by the Rhône.  …accounts say the wave began with a massive rockfall on what was then called Mount Tauredunum…

Dr Kremer thinks that the rocks crashed down onto soft sediments which had accumulated at the river mouth because of the slowing of the river’s flow when it enters the lake. These sediments form an underwater delta that has several canyon-like channels. When the falling rocks hit the delta they destabilised the sediments and caused the canyons to collapse. It was this collapse that created the tsunami.

Her discovery is a bed of what is known geologically as turbidite. This is sediment that, because it is laid down by rapid water movements, is not sorted by grain size. The turbidite Dr Kremer found is a mixture of sand and silt roughly 10km (6 miles) long and 5km wide. On average, it is 5 metres deep, and it seems to have formed in a single event. By carbon-dating leaves and other organic material trapped within it, she has shown that it is about the same age as the Tauredunum event.

… Dr Kremer’s pinger shows evidence of four layers deeper in the lake bed which also look like turbidite. The formation of these might or might not have triggered tsunamis. But they are a worrying sign.

Though the basin in which Lake Geneva sits is ancient, the modern lake is a product of the end of the last Ice Age. Exactly when it formed is unclear. The whole area was still buried under ice 19,000 years ago. By 13,000 years ago the glaciers had retreated at least as far east as Lausanne. But the age of the current delta is still unknown. That five layers of turbidite may have formed in this time gives a rough sense of how frequently tsunamis might happen. The details will remain obscure, though, until the older beds are examined closely, and core samples taken from them.

Dr Kremer’s work also raises the question of whether other lakes are at risk of generating tsunamis. Some might be. In 1806, for example, a landslide into Lake Lauerz, farther east in Switzerland, triggered a tsunami 20 metres high.




Or is it the Fiscal Cliff? 

On the other hand, perhaps the Mayan Calendar actually predicts our falling off the Fiscal Cliff, on January 1, 2013.

And what might that Fiscal Cliff look like, you ask?

Well, on the Personal level it might look a lot like what happens at the end of January, when all the bills from seasonal gift-giving and partying start to roll in – except without enough money to pay them off. 

Scaled up to the National and Global level, the Fiscal Cliff might look truly terrifying:

Global Debt Clock   …   Looks like a sea of troubles, full of leaky boats.

Canada’s Debt Clock   …   Debt and Taxes:  Our Gifts to Our Children.


How do you break it to children that the World, as they know it, will end all too soon?


O’ Children (Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds)



Sometimes it is best to simply not trouble our minds with such thoughts of disaster.


Don’t Worry Be Happy (Bobby McFerrin)   …   Another fine example of Bobby McFerrin’s work is his soundtrack for The Elephant’s Child (by Rudyard Kipling), with narration by Jack Nicholson.  Great for sharing with Kids. 

Air Pano:  360 Degree Aerial Panoramas   …   Very cool virtual tours of famous sites.  Wow! 

BBC World Service:  Programmes A – Z   …   Feeling starved for news and views?  Tune in and turn on. 

Faces Memory Test   …   Government security agencies employ Super-Recognizers to spot persons of interest.  Could this be YOUR next career move? 

Treasures of the Natural History Museum (UK)

Amazing Mind Reader Reveals His ‘Gift’ 


I trust this finds you well and enjoying the time remaining before the end of the world.

Best wishes for the future….