From: USA Me-FL-DC-Guam-WS-NE-IL-?
Somewhere on a book shelf in my house is a book titled, 88 Reasons the Rapture will Occur in 1988.
On another shelf is a book by the same author, written the next year, that he had made a mistake and that the rapture would occur in 1989.
I don't know what that author is doing these days.
Also on my dusty shelves are some NewsGroup magazines from the mid 1970s confirming that we were entering a new ice age.
Also, I have from 2003 a copy of NewsGroup and a copy of Time predicting that the US armed forces were going to get chewed alive by the Iraqui army as they drew closer to Bagdad. Just after those issues arrived in the mail, I was reading them in the cab of my pickup truck, listening on the radio to news that the US forces had rolled into Bagdad and the city had fallen. (This isn't to say anything about the long and trying period to follow.)
NewsGroup no longer offers a print edition. Time is now a pamphlet-sized publication that specializes in ranking colleges and hospitals and propaganda.
Meanwhile, reality is very different from apocalyptic predictions. Mayan calendar, meteor, asteroid, war, disease, global warming, overpopulation, polution, death, the end!
My father said he recalls seeing a guy back in the 1930s when he was a teen claiming the world was about to end. He's seen a lot of predictions of doom come and go since.
Bad things do happen in the world. The game this forum is about is one of the largest human events/disasters in history. (It was a disaster for those directly effected.) But I've found human imagination for what could conceivably happen is usually far more colorful than real events most of the time. Look at all the various disaster movies that have been made. Very few ever happened.
It's possible Yellowstone will explode tomorrow, or California will have a massive earthquake that does a lot of damage (or the New Madrid fault will move flattening St Louis), or, or, or. However, the safe bet is that the world will continue to bumble along like it did today. The news will have a few stories that may be worth note, but in the grand scheme of things, probably not anything that will be remembered in 100 years, nor will the human race go extinct any time soon.
Thanks a lot Bill! I honestly had not heard of the New Madrid fault that you mentioned. As I sit in my hotel room JUST outside St. Louis, preparing to move myself and all my worldly possessions here, and hurriedly look up the referenced disaster. ARG!!!!! I thought I left that crap in Seattle and on Guam!!!! Now I need to worry about tornados AND earthquakes! I'm doomed, doomed I tell you!........
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