End of the world as we know it

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    With the end of the world approaching in 15 days, Jose Rodriguez converted his basement into a doomsday shelter. Complete with over 300 gallons of filtered water and close to an entire year worth of dehydrated meals, Rodriguez is prepared to fight for the preservation of existence.

    A recent google search of “end of the world December 21, 2012” produced over 3 billion results. The mythology behind the nationwide mystery focuses on the Mayan calendar, a Mesoamerican system that ends on Dec. 21, 2012.

    Many believe that since the calendar stops midway through December, time after the event does not exist. “There has to be a reason why [the Mayans] didn’t continue their calendar,” said Rodriguez. “I’m not sure [the prediction] is completely true, but I don’t want to take my chances either.”

    Dec. 21 represents a day of prophetic change for the year 2012 for numerous reasons. According to NASA, the date also coincides with the winter solstice, when the sun reaches its most southerly point, and a predicted “galactic alignment,” which occurs when our solar system passes directly through a galactic equator.

     Independent researcher Dr. Robert K. Sitler said, “The winter solstice of the year 2012 in the northern hemisphere will mark the culmination of a cycle spanning approximately 5,126 years in the ancient Mayan calendar known as the long-count.”

    Rodriguez feels that these events are more than a coincidence. “In 2006 the world began its destructive process,” he said. “Disasters like the tornado outbreak in Atlanta during 2008, and Hurricane Irene last year, are just all a part of the processes. All of this is happening for a reason, including the galactic alignment.”

    According to the NASA website, “The world will not end in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.” NASA goes on to explain the Mayan calendar ends on Dec. 21, 2012 because that is the end of the Mayan long-count period, “just as your calendar begins again on January 1 — another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar.”

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