This Is My Last Blog Post

Unless, you know, I’m not Raptured tomorrow and boy will I be dissapointed if I’m left behind.

How Harold Camping marketed the Rapture

Some Americans have extreme plans this weekend. A religious leader named Harold Camping has convinced them the end of the world starts at 6 p.m. ET Saturday.

Most of the world’s faithful do not believe the date is Judgment Day. But as CBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker reports, it seems just about everyone’s seen the signs about the end of the world.

“May 21st, 2011 is the day of judgment,” a Family Radio ad says. It’s a prophecy aggressively peddled by 89-year-old Harold Camping, a civil engineer and self-taught Biblical sage.

“You and I are living at the time of the end of the world,” Camping says.

He claims to have discerned the date from numerological calculations revealed by his reading of the Bible. He spread his prophecy around the world through broadcasts on his Family Radio network in 84 languages, on RV caravans and on 1,200 billboards around the country.

See also:
Predictor of May 21 doomsday unwavering
Harold Camping: Who is he and how did he calculate the end of the world?
Harold Camping predicts biblical judgement day may be May 21st
The end is nigh, says Family Radio’s Harold Camping
It’s the End of the World as We Know It
Judgement Day May 21, Harold Camping In Oakland, CA
Theologian: Harold Camping Lost the Gospel, Christ
Is Judgment Day on Saturday? Some believe, others scoff
If the end of the world is not on May 21, what will Camping’s followers do?
Jeffrey Weiss: Entrepreneurs poised to cash in on rapture
So how much would Doomsday cost?
End of the World 2011: What Hour Is It, Exactly?
Harold Camping

Of course, any fruitcake with a nut loose can do some mumbo jumbo numerological calculations, based on information that’s not actually found anywhere in the Bible, and come up with a date for Doomsday. It’s happened hundreds, if not thousands, of times over the centuries. But where do you get the 6 p.m. ET? That seems to be a bit of gratuitous icing on the freak cake.

/anyway, I suppose I’ll top off the cats’ food and water, just in case, I wonder if R.E.M. will get a little something extra in their royalty checks because of this?

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E.T. No Phone Home

Now space aliens can call Earth all they want, no one’s listening anymore.

SETI Shutters Search For Alien Life

Diminished funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the state of California has shut down the SETI Institute’s search for extraterrestrial life.

The institute has taken its Allen Telescope Array (ATA) offline while it seeks other sources of funding, it said in a letter to donors last week. In operation since 2007, the 42-radio antenna array–housed at the University of California Berkeley Hat Creek Radio Observatory–scans space for signs of extraterrestrial life.

See also:
SETI Institute suspends search for alien signals
SETI Institute to shut down alien-seeking radio dishes
Search for extraterrestrial life faces setback with SETI telescope ‘hibernation’
SETI shelves search for intelligent life
SETI puts E.T. on hold
Budget Cuts Shutter SETI’s Search for Aliens
SETI hunt for alien life put on hold
Alien finding institute Seti runs out of cash to operate telescope
SETI Search Halted as Allen Telescope Array Lacks Funding
Budget Cuts Shutdown SETI’s Alien-Seeking Telescopes
SETI Institute to shut down alien-seeking radio dishes
SETI Institute
SETI Institute

SETI Institute has been in existence for over 25 years and, so far, haven’t found any evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence. California has enough of a gigantic budget shortfall without having to spend money on, arguably, frivolous programs like SETI. If private donors want to pay for it, fine, more power to them, just leave the taxpayers’ public teat out of the funding equation.

/let’s hope E.T. doesn’t now suddenly decide to phone home and then get pissed off at us when there’s no answer