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The end is near! Or is it?

The world as we know it will end tomorrow at 6:11 a.m. in a catastrophic cataclysm of misfortune and upheaval caused by the Earth’s magnetic field swapping poles, solar flares scorching near-space, the planetoid Nibiru pulling a cosmic face slap as it slides by us at celestial spitting-distance or all of the above.

Or not.

“If the world is supposed to end on Dec. 21 — which is what, [tomorrow?] — by some celestial object, we would have been tracking it for at least a decade and you would be able to look up in the sky and see a bright object something like the moon and you would be saying, ‘what the heck is that?’ But there’s nothing up there,” said Dwayne Brown, of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, an agency filled with real-life rocket scientists.

Nibiru, the rogue planet some consider Earth’s impending doom, is not lurking in the cosmic closet, Brown assured.

“The world is not going to end,” he said. “We have satellites that are watching the sun. We have satellites that can see other planets. If there was something out there, if there was any science to this, we would have known a long time ago.”

Even though the world may not end, it may change.

“I don’t think it has anything to do with the world as we know it coming to end,” said Jim Ward, who for 16 years has published “Echo,” a local monthly newspaper that focuses on spirituality, alternative health issues and ways to holistically build a stronger community. Ward’s paper recently devoted its December edition to Dec. 21, making him somewhat of a reluctant expert.

“It involves the Mayan calendar, which measures a long period of time and [tomorrow] reflects the end of a time period,” Ward explained. “That means there are changes that will begin to occur that will take place over another long period of time. It’s not like we’re going to wake up in the morning and everything has changed.”

Ward said changes are expected to be subtle and internal, affecting human relationships and spiritual thought more than buildings and rocks.

“As I understand it, it has more to do with a change in the energy, from a negative energy to more positive that will affect how people respond to each other,” he said.

Although Ward is reassuring and NASA awfully sure, others disagree, especially on the Internet where sites too numerous to mention send warning messages to stock up or give up amid predictions of chaos and descending disaster.

Like most events involving spirituality and prophecy, tomorrow’s predicted End of Days depends on personal belief. For some it will be a cataclysmic event. For others, it will begin a series of events in which society collapses and people are left without food, shelter and power, much like the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Sandy but for years rather than weeks and months.

For some it will mean aliens coming to Earth and taking away the worthy.

“We’ve taken this seriously because we are getting phone calls and emails every day for more than a year from people are upset and children who are scared,” Brown said. “We’ve looked into these claims. We’re public servants and we want to serve the public.”

The problem, of course, is that science cannot calm fears unfounded by science.

“Science can neither confirm nor discredit the validity of many religiously or prophetically deemed judgment days of the future, the soonest of which will be arriving December 21, 2012, the final day of the Mayan Calendar,” states, which bills itself as the date’s official website and provides links to a multitude of theories regarding the last date listed on a the Mayan “long count calendar.”

There are nearly as many reactions as theories. According to the Associated Press and major news networks, some people are hoarding food and stocking up on ammunition. Others have run bravely away to other locales considered safe from impending doom.

In France authorities have closed off access to the small mountain town of Bugarach where die-hard believers in doomsday predictions have holed up for safety and local landowners have cashed in by renting homes for nigh unto $2,000 a night and mountainside tents for $500 a day.

In Turkey, the 600 residents of Sirince are expecting nearly 60,000 new friends in the community, which many believe has “good energy” and others believe is the location where the Virgin Mary lifted off to Heaven.

In both locations, local vintners have prepared special Doomsday wines.

So by what mechanism will disaster come? One explanation is the Mayan Pole Shift theory wherein the Earth’s magnetic field switches polarity so that the North Pole and South Pole take on new charges, one aspect that adherents believe has resulted in global warming. It is expected to cause a series of dreadful earthquakes, tsunamis and such.

Solar flares are expected to blow off the sun’s surface and devastate the Earth as its magnetic field is fluxing between the poles, causing blackouts and power outages across the planet.

Another theory involves lining up of the planets and celestial bodies with a big, honking black hole at the center of the galaxy that cause tide changes and massive flooding along with mega storms and a variety of natural disasters.

NASA, however, pooh-poohs those notions. Actual rocket scientists there say the so-called dark rift in the Milky Way, the planets, and a huge black hole in Sagittarius will not create earthly chaos.

“The claim for 2012 links these two pieces of astronomical fact [black hole and alignments] with a third — the position of the sun near the galactic center on Dec. 21, the winter solstice for the Northern Hemisphere — to produce something that makes no astronomical sense at all,” NASA officials said.

“The sun is not at its peak until later in the year. There are no blackouts coming. The alignment isn’t anything out of the ordinary and there are no planets or asteroids that are on a collision course with Earth,” Brown said.

For Ward, it’s a matter of keeping an open mind and accepting change.

“I think the key is to keep a good sense of humor about the whole thing,” he said, noting that the date is supposed to mark a shift toward positive thought. “If you take all of this too seriously and you lose your sense of humor about it, you’re going to miss the whole point, aren’t you?”

Source: Daily Progress

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