3 more years of this and you’ll WISH it was the end of the world

The 2012 frenzy has begun.  In case you didn’t know it, the Mayan calendar ends on December 21, 2012.  As far as I know, the Maya themselves attached no significance to this fact, but every whackjob, wingnut, and opportunistic New Age prophet have latched onto this bit of trivia to spin a tale of global catastrophe and cosmic dread.  The next time you wander into your local bookstore, check out the impressive amount of shelf space devoted to something that has no historical or scientific basis.  And I hate to be a pessimist, but I’m willing to bet there’ll be a non-trivial number of people whose lives will be ruined by poor decision-making based on the premise that It All Comes to an End on 12/21/12.  Tim Farley, keep those pencils sharpened.

On the lighter side, filmmaker Roland Emmerich (the man behind such monumentally bad–but nonetheless moneymaking–films as Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow and 10,000 BC) is releasing 2012.  Due out on the irrelevant date of 11/13/09, it has an all-star cast and looks like idiotic popcorn fun.  I promise it won’t be the last pseudo-sci-fi tie-in.  We’ll have to put up with this crap–along with credulous reporting from the mainstream media–until 01/01/13.

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