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End Times Hysteria Watch: Lyn Benedetto Allegedly Tried to Kill Her Daughters to Save Them from The Tribulation

The Antelope Valley Press, a northern Los Angeles County newspaper, had the following disturbing headline on Sunday, March 20, 2011: Mom feared ‘The Tribulation,’ cops say: Cut daughters’ throats, then her own. And the opening paragraph to the story was … Continue reading

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A Bit of Happy News for the Weekend

Willem Buiter is Citgroup’s chief economist, and here’s CNBC today reporting his forecast for the global economy over the next 40 years: “We expect strong growth in the world economy until 2050, with average real GDP growth rates of 4.6 percent … Continue reading

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How Likely is President Obama’s Reelection?

At the New York Times this week, Nate Silver lays out some criteria for an educated guess: I estimate that Mr. Carter’s approval rating was 31 percent, and George H.W. Bush’s was 39 percent, at the time of their respective … Continue reading

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Thanks, Steve Jobs! If the Global Cellular Network Collapses This Decade It May Not Be Because of Osama bin Laden

The Washington Post reports, via Jim Giles of New Scientist, that a catastrophic collapse of the globe’s cellular networks is a real possibility over the next decade: [S]ome kind of collapse in cellular networks in the near future is a real … Continue reading

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12 reasons that people are attracted to End Times woo

About half of all Americans believe that, within the next generation or so, humanity will come under the domination of an evil global ruler, experience the apocalypse described in the Book of Revelation, and witness the second coming of Christ. But why do they think this? … Continue reading

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Half-term Governor Sarah Palin gets a half-term “Palin for President” bumper sticker

I think this is clever:

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A 2012 Prophecy: Suicides Will Accompany the Advent of December 21, 2012

It’s not a nice thought, but this is an easy prophecy to make. And it’s the singular prophecy surrounding December 21, 2012 that will almost surely come to pass. Perhaps you remember Heaven’s Gate. Heaven’s Gate was a San Diego based cult whose … Continue reading

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I Love Terence McKenna

He died of a brain tumor a few years back, but he was always a wonderfully engaging thinker and speaker. I went to one of his talks in Los Angeles in the late 1980s, and Roy of Hollywood used to … Continue reading

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Be Here Now

There’s something eschatalogical about the above clip that I like. It contains within it the seed of the idea that life goes on in a functional way, but when a very particular “presence” arrives on the scene you drop everything and enter … Continue reading

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Has McCain Created a Rogue Monster?: With Just Ten Days to Go, CNN Reports That Sarah Palin, with an Eye to 2012, is Breaking Free of Her McCain Handlers, and Saying What She Wants

Hillary Clinton’s campaign also started to implode with recriminations at the end, and it looks like McCain’s is doing the same. Money quote from CNN today: Several McCain advisers have suggested to CNN that they have become increasingly frustrated with … Continue reading

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