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2012: Now the Movie

By November 13, 2009

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The 2012 question keeps popping up. Now, we have a full theatrical release of 2012: The Movie. I wonder how many of these we will be exposed to before December, 2012.

Roland Emmerich, director of such notable disaster films as "Independence Day," and "The Day After Tomorrow," strikes again with his latest offering, using the 2012 prediction to draw ticket buyers.

The film stars John Cusack, Danny Glover, and Amanda Peet. The North American debut was November 13. You can see a trailer and start dates at the official 2012 site linked above. If any of you choose to see the end of the world depicted on the big screen, let us know what you think about it.


November 13, 2009 at 2:24 am
(1) earthman says:

Nice graphics of impending disaster, but it’s all a bunch of bull**** as far as I”m concerned. I read the book “The Mayan Prophecies” back in 95 when it first came out..Seems in reality that they were talking about a galactic cycle and not the end of the earth. Makes me wonder why Hollywood is feeding us all this negative crap.

November 13, 2009 at 5:51 am
(2) SUZIE says:

received this message about a Mayan Elder dispelling the hype and disinformation about “2012″.
Carlos Barrios, Mayan elder and Ajq’ij (a ceremonial priest and spiritual guide) of the Eagle Clan, initiated an investigation into the different Mayan calendars circulating. He studied with many teachers. Carlos along with his brother Gerardo studied with many teachers and interviewed nearly 600 traditional Mayan elders to widen their scope of knowledge.
Carlos found out quickly there were several conflicting interpretations of Mayan hieroglyphs, petroglyphs, Sacred Books of ‘Chilam Balam’ and various ancient text. Carlos had some strong words for those who may have contributed to the confusion —
Carlos Barrios: “Anthropologists visit the temple sites and read the inscriptions and make up stories about the Maya, but they do not read the signs correctly. It’s just their imagination. Other people write about prophecy in the name of the Maya. They say that the world will end in December 2012. The Mayan elders are angry with this. The world will not end. It will be transformed.”
“We are no longer in the World of the Fourth Sun, but we are not yet in the World of the Fifth Sun. This is the time in-between, the time of transition. As we pass through transition there is a colossal, global convergence of environmental destruction, social chaos, war, and ongoing Earth Changes.”
He continues: “Humanity will continue, but in a different way. Material structures will change. From this we will have the opportunity to be more human. We are living in the most important era of the Mayan calendars and prophecies. All the prophecies of the world, all the traditions are converging now. There is no time for games. The spiritual ideal of this era is action.”

Elder Barrios says what the Lakota/Dakota Elders I have worked with say and what Hopi Elder Grandfather Martin says.
While Earth and Human society are in the process of being transformed, this transformation is not on automatic pilot. It requires hard work by all of us.
Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work. There is no “magic date” we have to wait for.

November 13, 2009 at 8:08 am


November 13, 2009 at 10:52 am
(4) Arlene says:
November 13, 2009 at 11:44 am
(5) Slowhand33 says:

How many times do we hear the Earth will end in ****? Everyone is a prophet! The most credible end is with our current administration and the one world government. That will cause the war of wars….

November 13, 2009 at 5:34 pm
(6) D. Akroyd says:

i will sm up all this 2012 hysteria with one comment:

i was at circle k and they were advertising a:

“2012 kids combo meal deal!”

and ya know, it just struck me how the big multi-corporations just smell $$$
anytime something like this 2012 thing comes along!

they just love to ca$h in!

donte get me wrong, i luv movies like this, but im not gonna go all bunker dweller over it! lol

no no this whole 2012 thing is TOO EASY!

i am one of those who believes that prophecy is encrypted until the appointed time…

November 14, 2009 at 8:22 pm
(7) JJinAustin says:

Just saw the movie this afternoon. Entertaining and lots of light, funny moments alongside the usual escape from disaster by the skin of your teeth kind of action sequences you come to expect from these kinds of movies. But there really is only a tiny mention of the whole Mayan calendar thing.

I think it (the Mayans) was thrown in there so they wouldn’t have to really explain why all these disastrous things were happening all of the sudden (sort of like “Hey, the Mayans said the world was going to end in 2012 so that’s what’s happening… move along now and let the earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis begin.”) — well, there was some mention of solar flares and the galactic alignment — but blink and you’ll miss it. It wasn’t really a big part of the movie.

The 2012 thing was really just an excuse to make an action / disaster movie with cool special effects that (when not destroying cities) mostly focuses on the human aspect of how we (individually and as nations, etc.) deal with impending doom no matter what the reason for it.

November 15, 2009 at 5:52 pm
(8) Redwine says:

Are you unaware that the LHC may create either a miniscule black hole or a strangelet. It will take several years for either to travel to the Earth’s core and start devouring the planet or transforming it into an observable “ice-nine”. Timing seems just about right ;)

November 16, 2009 at 12:47 pm
(9) Alien Pizza says:

We have a calender that needs to be replaced every year with another one. They have a calender that they can use for 5,000 years before making a new one. Who’s idea is better? When I was a kid in the 50′s, we were told to survive the Communist atom bombs by hiding under our desks. Yeah, right, I wasn’t the only kid who could see through that sort of logic. In the 60′s we were told it was the Age of Aquarius, free love and no more wars. If the world is going to end, what is anybody going to do about it, become the CEO of a big company and rip-off as much money as you can to host $5M toga parties? It’s been done, try flapping your arms and yelling Y2K, it’s easier. Personally, I keep a pitcher of tea in the fridge, in case of a sudden onslaught of guests.

November 20, 2009 at 10:53 am
(10) Outofthisworld says:

Not sure about the Mayan prophecy. I know some psychic people talk about it as that something will happen but they are not sure what. I personally believe in the Christian faith and it’s message to the people. I personally dislike movies about end of the world stuff…if a large asteroid hit the earth i would rather not know about it as we wouldn’t be alive anyway. This one world government thing linking the current United States Administration to an Orwellian one world government system is pretty scary and the Bible does prophecy this One world government and the terrible impact it will have for all of us on the earth. I was hoping i wouldn’t see it in my life time but..here it is upon us. Yuk!!!!!

November 24, 2009 at 4:19 am
(11) SUZIE says:

2012: Beginning of the End or Why the World Won’t End?

Scenes from the upcoming film 2012. Courtesy Columbia Pictures.Scenes from the motion picture “2012.” Courtesy Columbia Pictures. Remember the Y2K scare? It came and went without much of a whimper because of adequate planning and analysis of the situation. Impressive movie special effects aside, Dec. 21, 2012, won’t be the end of the world as we know. It will, however, be another
winter solstice.

Much like Y2K, 2012 has been analyzed and the science of the end of the Earth thoroughly studied. Contrary to some of the common beliefs out there, the science behind the end of the world quickly unravels when pinned down to the 2012 timeline. Below, NASA Scientists answer several questions that we’re frequently asked regarding 2012.

Question (Q): Are there any threats to the Earth in 2012? Many Internet websites say the world will end in December 2012.
Answer (A): Nothing bad will happen to the Earth 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.

Q: What is the origin of the prediction that the world will end in 2012?
A: The story started with claims that Nibiru, a supposed planet discovered by the Sumerians, is headed toward Earth. This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012. Then these two fables were linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012 — hence the
predicted doomsday date of December 21, 2012.

Q: Does the Mayan calendar end in December 2012?
A: Just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012. This date is the end of the Mayan long-count period but then — just as your calendar begins again on January 1 — another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar.

Q: Could a phenomena occur where planets align in a way that impacts Earth?
A: There are no planetary alignments in the next few decades, Earth will not cross the galactic plane in 2012, and even if these alignments were to
occur, their effects on the Earth would be negligible. Each December the Earth and sun align with the approximate center of the Milky Way Galaxy but that is an annual event of no consequence.

“There apparently is a great deal of interest in celestial bodies, and their locations and trajectories at the end of the calendar year 2012. Now, I for one love a good book or movie as much as the next guy. But the stuff flying around
through cyberspace, TV and the movies is not based on science. There is even a fake NASA news release out there…” – Don Yeomans, NASA senior research scientist
Q: Is there a planet or brown dwarf called Nibiru or Planet X or Eris that is approaching the Earth and
threatening our planet with widespread destruction?
A: Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an Internet hoax. There is no factual basis for these claims. If Nibiru or Planet X were real and
headed for an encounter with the Earth in 2012, astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye. Obviously, it does not exist. Eris is real, but it is a dwarf planet similar to Pluto that will remain in the outer solar system; the closest it can come to Earth is about 4 billion miles.

Q: What is the polar shift theory? Is it true that the earth’s crust does a 180-degree rotation around the core in a matter of days if not hours?
A: A reversal in the rotation of Earth is impossible. There are slow movements of the continents (for example Antarctica was near the equator hundreds of millions of years ago), but that is irrelevant to claims of reversal of the rotational poles. However, many of the disaster websites pull a bait-and-shift to fool people. They claim a relationship between the rotation and the magnetic polarity of Earth, which does change irregularly, with a magnetic reversal taking place every 400,000 years on average. As far as we know, such a magnetic reversal doesn’t cause any harm to life on Earth. A magnetic reversal is very unlikely to happen in the next few millennia, anyway.

The Blue Marble: Next GenerationEarth, as seen in the Blue Marble: Next Generation collection of images, showing the color of the planet’s surface
in high resolution. This image shows South America from September 2004.

Q:Is the Earth in danger of being hit by a meteor in 2012?
A: The Earth has always been subject to impacts by comets and asteroids, although big hits are very rare. The last big impact was 65 million years
ago, and that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs. Today NASA astronomers are carrying out a survey called the Spaceguard Survey to find any large
near-Earth asteroids long before they hit. We have already determined that there are no threatening asteroids as large as the one that killed the
dinosaurs. All this work is done openly with the discoveries posted every day on the NASA NEO Program Office website, so you can see for yourself that
nothing is predicted to hit in 2012.

Q: How do NASA scientists feel about claims of pending doomsday?
A: For any claims of disaster or dramatic changes in 2012, where is the science? Where is the evidence? There is none, and for all the fictional
assertions, whether they are made in books, movies, documentaries or over the Internet, we cannot change that simple fact. There is no credible evidence for any of the assertions made in support of unusual events taking place in December 2012.

Q: Is there a danger from giant solar storms predicted for 2012?
A: Solar activity has a regular cycle, with peaks approximately every 11 years. Near these activity peaks, solar flares can cause some interruption
of satellite communications, although engineers are learning how to build electronics that are protected against most solar storms. But there is no
special risk associated with 2012. The next solar maximum will occur in the 2012-2014 time frame and is predicted to be an average solar cycle, no
different than previous cycles throughout history.

Addition information concerning 2012 is available on the Web, at:

* NASA Astrobiology Institute: “Nibiru and Doomsday 2012″
* Bad Astronomy: “The Planet X Saga: The Scientific Arguments in a
* Sky and Telescope Magazine: “2012: The Great Scare”

December 1, 2009 at 12:20 am
(12) teacher_ai says:

If it’s the end, then what can we do? Nothing is really permanent in this world.. Eventually, we will all die sometime.. The world will end too. But when? We don’t really know. We just have to keep the faith that in the future, everything will fall into its rightful place. ^^

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