Safe spot on Dec 21

kimka(Zone 6B)November 20, 2012

There is a mountain top in France that is supposed to be one of the few safe spots from the end of the world depicted by the Mayan calendar. At the moment of destruction, the summit is going to open up and a space ship will come out that will save the nearby believers.

The French police said they expect to keep an eye on the place on Dec 21, but they expect that most of the people who will be there will probably be reporters.

Now imagine it turns out to be true. Where are all of the journalist going to send coverage to?

Now that's frustration with a capital F.

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chase_gw

As long as I'm not in a shopping mall somewhere I'll be safe!

    Bookmark   November 20, 2012 at 4:40PM
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agnespuffin

I can't get anyone to tell me when it starts..

12:01am at the International Date line?

Eastern Standard Time?

Pacific coast time?

We need to be more Factual about these things!

    Bookmark   November 20, 2012 at 7:12PM
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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

Several Mayan priests that live in Los Angeles have stated that the hoopla around December 21 is a media creation and has nothing to do with anything genuinely Mayan. Their comments were broadcast on local public radio (either in one of two programs: Centroamerica sin censura or Nuestra Voz.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2012 at 7:29PM
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hamiltongardener(CAN 6a)

Several Mayan priests that live in Los Angeles have stated that the hoopla around December 21 is a media creation and has nothing to do with anything genuinely Mayan.

Well, obviously they are misinformed.

Paranoid gun-toting redneck survivalists have had teams of their finest minds working on the end-of-the-world question.

Trust me. They know what their talking about.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2012 at 8:17PM
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elvis

Sounds like everything's going to be just fine, as far as the Mayans were (are) concerned, Agnes.

Here's a nice article about this date, from Discovery.com:

Mayan Calendar Discovery Confirms 2012 'End Date'.
Analysis by Rossella Lorenzi
Fri Jun 29, 2012 02:57 PM ET

"An ancient Maya text has emerged from the jungles of Guatemala confirming the so-called "end date" of the Maya calendar, Dec. 21, 2012."

Considered one of the most significant hieroglyphic finds in decades, the 1,300-year-old inscription contains only the second known reference to the "end date," but does not predict doomsday.

"The text talks about ancient political history rather than prophecy," Marcello A. Canuto, director of Tulane University's Middle American Research Institute, said.

Carved on a stone staircase, the inscription was found at the ruins of La Corona, in the dense rainforest of northwestern Guatemala, by an international team of archaeologists led by Canuto and colleague Tom�s Barrientos of the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala.

The archaeologists made the discovery as they decided to excavate in front of a building that had been heavily damaged nearly 40 years ago by looters looking for carved stones and tombs.

"We knew they found something important, but we also thought they might have missed something," Barrientos said.

Indeed, the archaeologists not only recovered 10 discarded hieroglyphic stones, but also something that the looters missed entirely -- an untouched step with a set of 12 exquisitely carved stones still in their original location.

Combined with the known looted blocks, the original staircase had a total of 264 hieroglyphs, making it one of the longest ancient Maya texts known, and the longest in Guatemala.

According to David Stuart, director of the Mesoamerica Center of the University of Texas at Austin, who deciphered the hieroglyphics, the stairway inscription recorded 200 years of La Corona's history.

ANALYSIS: 2012 Mayan Calendar 'Doomsday' Date Might Be Wrong

Bearing 56 delicately carved hieroglyphs, the stone referring to the year 2012 commemorated a royal visit to La Corona (which the ancient Maya called Saknikte�) by the ruler Yuknoom Yich�aak K�ahk� from the great Maya capital of Calakmul on Jan. 29, 696 A.D.

Also known as Fire Claw or Jaguar Paw, Yuknoom Yich�aak K�ahk� had suffered a military defeat the year before, during a war with Calakmul's longstanding rival Tikal (located in modern Peten, Guatemala).

"Scholars had assumed that the Calakmul king died or was captured in this engagement, but this new extraordinary text from La Corona tells us otherwise," said Stuart.

In the wake of the defeat, the Maya ruler visited La Corona and perhaps other trusted allies to allay their fears after his defeat.

According to the archaeologists, the 2012 reference would have been a political move by the Calakmul king, who wanted to reassure the peoples of La Corona after the stunning defeat.

ANALYSIS: Mayan Ruins Describe Dates Beyond 2012 'Doomsday'

The key to understanding the reference to 2012 is a unique title that the king gave himself, said the archaeologists.

In the text, he calls himself the "13 K�atun lord" -- the king who presided over and celebrated an important Mayan calendar ending, 13 K�atun calendar cycle, in the year 692.

In order to vaunt himself even further and place his reign into an eternal setting, the Maya king connected himself forward in time to when the next higher period of the Maya calendar would reach the same 13 number -- December 21, 2012.

NEWS: Never Mind the Apocalypse: Earliest Mayan Calendar Found

"This was a time of great political turmoil in the Maya region and this king felt compelled to allude to a larger cycle of time that happens to end in 2012," Stuart said.

The discovery is consistent with the only other reference to the 2012 date in ancient Maya inscriptions -- Monument 6 from Tortuguero, Mexico.

"What this text shows us is that in times of crisis, the ancient Maya used their calendar to promote continuity and stability rather than predict apocalypse," Canuto said.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2012 at 8:21PM
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Bothell

Geez Elvis - you mean the world isn't ending on 12/21? Then I'd better get busy and figure out what to cook for the holidays!

    Bookmark   November 21, 2012 at 12:24AM
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kwoods(Cold z7 Long Is)

Guess I better buy batteries for my flashlight and a few gallons of water.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2012 at 12:32PM
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labrea_gw

Times Square!

    Bookmark   November 21, 2012 at 12:44PM
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rob333

I'm ready whenever it is!

    Bookmark   November 21, 2012 at 1:00PM
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elvis

Me too.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2012 at 8:20PM
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don_socal

Planetary alignment that will take place Dec 3, 2012 is dead-on alignment with the Pyramids at Giza.

PLANETS INLINE: MERCURY / VENUS / SATURN

Image Source: www.sun-gazing.com

    Bookmark   November 21, 2012 at 9:37PM
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chase_gw

Yowza ! That looks like a candidate for 100 Doors.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2012 at 9:52PM
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vgkg(Z-7)

Too bad that the coming of Comet ISON next Nov/Dec 2013 isn't occurring this year. It's predicted to be Huge and even visible during the day time stretching half way across the sky. If ISON were just getting going now it could add some fearful fuel to the Mayan fire leading up to Dec 21st. Probably 99% of the world's population has never seen a decent eye-popping comet, it'll send shivers up many a spine.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2012 at 9:43AM
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TxanGoddess

Damn, and I was going to skip out on my December bills ...

It's a fun game to play, "Where would you go if the apocalypse went down?" sort of on par with the "Would you do X for a million dollars?" game, but there's far too many immediate worries for me to start getting serious about stuff like this.

Every once in a while, I get a little deeper and think about how interesting the world would be if everyone was made more equal in such an immediate manner though.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2012 at 9:58AM
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momj47(7A)

This will save us a lot of money this Christmas! LOL

Kids, the Mayans say no Christmas this year

    Bookmark   November 22, 2012 at 3:54PM
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jodik_gw

I put no stock in anything but the here and now... and what information science has to tell us... information that is, incidentally, constantly changing as theories are tested, retested, and either proved or disproved...

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 4:09AM
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agnespuffin

Remember all the hoopla about Y2K?

And all the disappointment when nothing happened!!!

We had one small congregation here, that actually bought land w-a-a-a-y up in the mountains and as the magic date of 1-1-2000 approached, they started the trek to their new home. Their little church lost a lot of members as it seemed that the minister and his family were the only ones that belived. I don't know if they ever came back to town.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 3:39PM
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