Astronomical events can still cause the overly religious to go nuts.

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Source – Wikipedia

There was a Blood Moon a couple of nights ago which you probably heard about because news shows and publications had been talking it up for the better part of a week. If you’re not sure what it is, it’s just a lunar eclipse of a full moon which results in it taking on a reddish tint. Back before science explained exactly what was going on folks tended to take a blood moon as a portent of Very Bad Things About To Happen. Today most folks won’t even notice the event happening and those who do won’t think much of it.

Even the deeply religious won’t be too alarmed by it because it’s known to not be an unusual phenomena. However, when you get 4 of them in rapid (from a cosmological perspective) succession — as we will over this year and next — there are still a few True Believers™ out there who are ready to start predicting Very Bad Things About To Happen:

‘Blood moon’ sets off apocalyptic debate among some Christians – The Washington Post.

Recent books capitalizing on the event include “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs” by Washington state author Mark Biltz; “Blood Moons Rising: Bible Prophecy, Israel, and the Four Blood Moons” by Oklahoma pastor Mark Hitchcock; and “Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change” by Texas megachurch pastor John Hagee.

Naturally, it’s Hagee’s book that’s attracting the most attention because he’s making the biggest prediction:

This time, Hagee suggests that a Rapture will occur where Christians will be taken to heaven, Israel will go to war in a great battle called Armageddon, and Jesus will return to earth. Hagee planned a special televised event on Tuesday (April 15) on the Global Evangelism Television channel.

Yes, apparently Hagee has learned nothing from the stunning failures of other big Christian leaders making predictions about the end of the world and is declaring the coming blood moons are a sign of the End of the World! Nevermind the fact that this sort of thing has happened previously and isn’t all that uncommon. This time is different! Why? Cause Hagee said so!

“When you see these signs, the Bible says, lift up your head and rejoice, your redemption draweth nigh,” Hagee said in a sermon, according to the San Antonio Express-News. “I believe that the Heavens are God’s billboard, that He has been sending signals to Planet Earth but we just have not been picking them up.”

So the good news is we have until September 28th, 2015 before the apocalypse arrives to give everyone except the truly faithful a really shitty day. The bad news is we’re going to have to listen to Hagee and his ilk hype this shit up for another year and a half.

The Mayans were just a little bit right…

… there was a mini-apocalypse. It happened in my basement:

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This was taken at 7:30 this morning. You can clearly see the horror in my eyes.

 

Word has it that Harold Camping is finally retiring.

In case you haven’t noticed, Harold Camping’s latest prediction for the end of the world has, again, failed to come to pass. We’ve not heard anything about this latest failure from the man himself, but rumor has it that he’s tossing in the towel:

Although Family Radio declined to confirm or deny Camping’s status to Charisma News, news reports are swirling that Camping has officially retired from Family Stations Inc.

Family Radio removed from its website Camping’s written comments on why the rapture did not occur on May 21. Those comments included a prediction that the world would come to an end quietly on Oct. 21.

Given Camping’s silence after the world did not end on Friday, a recent stroke from which he is still recovering, and the take down of his comments, it appears he may not make another rapture prediction.

Which makes him smarter than most of the people involved in predicting the Apocalypse. I’ve written several times of the goal post shifting from the folks at the True Bible Decoders website. They started predicting that New York would be hit with a nuclear attack back in April of 2006 and, as of today and by their own admission, they’ve made the same wrong prediction some 338 times. Their latest date was for sometime between October 23rd and 24th (today is the 26th). That hasn’t stopped them from claiming that several of their predictions have come true. They claim for example, that the Japanese earthquake and resulting nuclear plant disaster was “the second fire sign of 1Kings18”. You really have to read the explanation to appreciate just how silly it is. Just be sure to take precautions in case your head asplodes.

So if Camping is retiring then he deserves a little credit for recognizing when he’s talking out of his ass and packing it in. Now the question is: What will all his faithful followers do?

Maybe the LHC is a bad idea after all…

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN has been attracting a lot of nutcases worried about it destroying the world by creating mini-black holes or some other Thing Man Was Not Meant To Know when it goes online. There’s been legal challenges trying to stop it and several people at CERN have even received death threats over it.

It’s all nonsense of course… or is it? Say, is that Half-Life‘s Gordon Freeman in the picture below?


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Guess it may be time to buy a shotgun and stock up on anti-alien anal probe ass shields.

Found over at Popgive.com.