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We're all still here, now what?

We're all still here, now what?

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If you’re reading this, it means the Mayan calendar doomsday prediction was wrong.

Incidentally, every single proclamation that the world would end on a date prior to this very moment — in which your eyes pass over these words — also has been wrong. And there have been many.

While an exact tally of doomsday prophets since the start of mankind may be unknown, one thing is certain: they have a horrible batting average.

Twelve eagles revealed a “mystical number” to Romulus, a character in the Roman foundation myth, that represented Rome’s destruction in 634 BCE, some Romans believed. Baptist preacher William Miller predicted the return of Christ and the end of days would occur in 1844. Radio Evangelist Harold Camping predicted three different end dates. Nothing happened.

Roberta Koch, a senior lecturer of physics and astronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County, said the Mayan calendar doomsday prediction was a misinterpretation.

“To my understanding of the Mayan calendar: it would not cease to exist on Dec. 21, 2012,” she said. “This date simply represents the end of the current cycle or period in the Mayan calendar.”

For comparison, our current calendar ends Monday, and a new one begins Tuesday.

So what do purported doomsday prophets do when their prediction doesn’t come to pass? Many times, they simply amend it.

“The real threat, which is becoming increasingly obvious to the common man, is the passing planet Nibiru, which NASA and the establishment (wealthy elite and politically powerful and even the Vatican) have chosen to deny because they fear panic in the people, or should I say sheeple,” Nancy Lieder, who lives near Baraboo and claims to have communicated with aliens, wrote in an email to the Baraboo News Republic.

Lieder, who founded the website, declined the newspaper’s request for an interview, but provided a lengthy explanation for the failed doomsday prophesy.

Lieder previously predicted a 2003 end date. When that missed the mark, she claimed the aliens had lied to her in order “to make Homeland Security and its counterparts around the world stumble.” Some linked her new prediction with the Mayan calendar end date.

Lieder claimed the planet Niburu — which NASA scientists and astronomers throughout the world say does not exist — would enter our solar system and create a polar shift on earth that will end life as we know it. She claimed NASA was concealing the planet from the public in order to prevent widespread panic.

NASA released a video days before the supposed Mayan calendar end date to assure the public that there was nothing to fear. NASA scientists also addressed Lieder’s claim about the supposed planet Niburu, saying such a conspiracy was implausible.

“Can you imagine thousands of astronomers who observe the skies on a nightly basis keeping the same secret from the public for several years?” said Don Yeomans of NASA’s Near Earth Object Program in a YouTube video.

Koch also questions the claim that there is a secret planet that only Lieder knows about.

“Scholarly astronomers as well as amateur astronomers would be able to see this planet by now and would have been tracking its path for some time,” she said. “NASA would not be able to hide this information from everybody. There are too many eyes gazing upon our beautiful sky.”

In her email, Lieder rejected that her second doomsday prediction already has been proven wrong. She said she never linked the Niburu incident to the Mayan calendar, and that she never predicted life would end on that date.

That may be true. Articles posted on her website in recent years have questioned the Mayan calendar end date. In fact, the articles have alleged the end would come sooner.

A July 19, 2008 article on that addressed a crop circle in the United Kingdom stated: “This circle clearly states that there is ‘something wrong’ with the December 21, 2012 date assumption. The Sun was laid with a clockwise swirl, contrary to its actual rotation direction. This is saying ‘push back in time,’ that the date of the pole shift will come before December 21, 2012, a point we have been consistently making.”

But the best evidence against doomsday predictions may simply be that — despite the fact that many have been made — life on earth continues.

“Yes, indeed, we are still here,” Koch said.


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