Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The End-of-the-World FAQ Sheet

I know someone who works for a company that is not taking orders for work after this Saturday, when good people will be swept up to heaven. The company's employees are not especially taking the whole thing very well, their boss is sure he will have left this world by next week but some of them think they might still need a paycheck after that. I admit I am not the most devoutly religious person in the world, and I am not very well informed about the events that are due to happen on Saturday. Luckily for people like me, the San Francisco Chronicle has published an end-of-the-world factsheet to answer questions about this important event.
The end-of-the-world FAQ sheet

As you probably already know, a worldwide earthquake will strike at 6 p.m. (local time) Saturday, May 21, alerting the human race that Judgment Day has begun. Or so says Family Radio president Harold Camping.

Camping is very certain that the Rapture will occur.

"There's nothing in the Bible that holds a candle to the amount of information to this tremendous truth of the end of the world," he told New York Magazine. "I would be absolutely in rebellion against God if I thought anything other than it is absolutely going to happen without any question."

Not everyone is as informed about Judgment Day as Camping, of course. With that in mind, here are a few answers to frequently asked questions about the End of Days:

Q: Who gets to ascend to heaven?
A: Those who accept Christ as the messiah. Even Jews are invited, says Camping, but only if they accept Christ - which would seem to make them no longer Jewish.

Q: How many will be Raptured?
A: Campbell estimates 200 million. The remaining nearly 7 billion face a grisly fate - crushed in the quake, burned by sulfur, turned into pillars of salt, etc.

Q: Why May 21?
A: Camping calculates May 21 is exactly 7,000 years from the date of the Noah's Ark flood. In his book "Time Has an End," Camping writes. "The year 391 B.C. is the year when the Old Testament was finished, and 2,011 + 391 - 1 = 2,401, or 7 x 7 x 7 x 7." There you have it.

Q: Any other reason?
A: Yes. Gay Pride and same-sex marriage. Camping says God will punish America and the rest of the world for Gay Pride and same-sex marriages, just as Sodom and Gomorrah were punished with fire and brimstone in the Old Testament.

Q: Will the Earth end on May 21?
A: No. The Earth will stick around for a few more months of "chaos and awful suffering" before being obliterated Oct. 21.

Q: Didn't Camping predict the end of the world would take place in September 1994?
A: Yes, but the book in which he made the prediction was titled "1994?". The question mark makes all the difference.

Q: Will the Rapture happen sooner in Australia, like New Year's celebrations?
A: Yes. May 21st begins first on Kiritimati Island, a Pacific Ocean atoll, so presumably the earthquake would strike there first.

Q: If I'm Raptured, what will happen to my pets?
A: Probably nothing good. However, a business called Eternal Earthbound Pets run by "confirmed atheists" offers to save pets left behind and ensure their care in 26 states. It lists a fee of $135 for a single pet ($20 each for additional pets), but has raised rates due to "increased activity associated with the May 21, 2011 Rapture." Pets are limited to dogs, cats, birds rabbits and small caged mammals in most states. Four states can accommodate horses, camels, llamas and donkeys.

Q: Are exploding watermelons in China a sign?
A: Yes.

A Conversation With Harold Camping, Prophesier of Judgment Day New York Magazine

The end-of-the-world FAQ sheet

There you have it. That last link goes to an interview with the man who has figured out that the Rapture will be this weekend. This is Wednesday. You have tomorrow and the next day to be saved.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, so far no evidence has surfaced that self-appointed doomsday prophet Harold Camping or his followers have been selling indulgences, but a lot of other money has been changing hands in preparation for the prophesied May 21, 2011 Rapture.

While the buzz is that the world will end at 6 p.m. this coming Saturday, there are plenty of entrepreneurs and businesses (to use polite words) out there capitalizing on the hype to lay up treasures for themselves -- not in heaven, but right here on earth. From billboards to beers, companies have been generating revenue by capitalizing on those planning for the forecasted apocalypse.

One of the most talked-about rapture merchandisers is Rapture Wear, a shopping site dedicated to help those aspiring to be perfectly-dressed for the end. The online catalog even includes a doctrinal statement and Scripture list if you want to read up on the rapture between transactions. For those looking for deep discounts, a Superior, Wisconsin jeweler held a 50% off "Second Coming Sale" on his entire inventory:

And for the ultra-prepared, we have those start-up companies who will care for the "left behind" loved ones in any raptured person's life. Eternal Earth-Bound Pets assures your dog or cat will be taken care of for a mere $135 per "rescue":

"You've committed your life to Jesus. You know you're saved. But when the Rapture comes what's to become of your loving pets who are left behind? Eternal Earth-Bound Pets takes that burden off your mind. We are a group of dedicated animal lovers, and atheists. Each Eternal Earth-Bound Pet representative is a confirmed atheist, and as such will still be here on Earth after you've received your reward. Our network of animal activists are committed to step in when you step up to Jesus."

To keep your left behind family from worrying about you once you've gone off to your great reward, the You've been Left Behind email service will contact up to 62 of your beloveds with a notice that you've been raptured if you fail to log in to their databank for 6 consecutive days -- all for $15 per year.

With only a few days left until the May 21 deadline, it's no surprise that as of the writing, shows only one copy of Steve and Evie Levy's book How To Profit from the Coming Rapture: Getting Ahead When You're Left Behind left in stock.

May 18, 2011 3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You have tomorrow and the next day to be saved."

not necessarily

you may have a heart attack tonight and that's the end of your world

II Corinthians 6:2:

I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.

I doubt Harold Camping is right but, who knows, the rapture may happen before Saturday.

One thing is certain: it will happen someday.

If you're worried, repent, make peace with God and receive the forgiveness of Christ.

Be ready at all times and you won't be concerned about whatever the latest prediction is.

If you're not worried, why are you mocking others?

"To keep your left behind family from worrying about you once you've gone off to your great reward,"

you guys don't get it

if you're left behind, you won't have time to worry about your raptured relatives

you'll be constantly fleeing the horror always coming your way

btw, Camping says that he thinks the earthquake will hit at 6pm on May 21 in New Zealand and, if so, images of a destroyed Christchurch and believers rising in the air should be broadcast and you would know as soon as 2am Friday night if Judgment Day has begun and it's too late for you

double btw, the planets Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars will be aligned on Saturday and there are some secular scientists who theorize this will cause earthquakes

remember, today is the day of God's favor

don't wait until Friday to think about it

May 18, 2011 3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

since you guys seem interested, here's some lyrics from a song Bob Dylan wrote about the return of Jesus:

"The iron hand it ain’t no match

for the iron rod

The strongest wall will crumble and fall

to a mighty God

For all those who have eyes

and all those who have ears,

It is only He who can reduce me to tears

Don’t you cry

and don’t you die

and don’t you burn

For like a thief in the night,

He’ll replace wrong with right

When He returns

Truth is an arrow

and the gate is narrow

that it passes through

He unleashed His power

at an unknown hour

that no one knew

How long can I listen to the lies of prejudice?

How long can I stay drunk on fear out in the wilderness?

Can I cast it aside?

all this loyalty and this pride?

Will I ever learn?

that there’ll be no peace,

that the war won’t cease

Until He returns.

Surrender your crown

on this blood-stained ground,

take it off your mask

He sees your deeds,

He knows your needs

even before you ask

How long can you falsify

and deny what is real?

How long can you hate yourself

for the weakness you conceal?

Of every earthly plan

that be known to man,

He is unconcerned

He’s got plans of His own

to set up His throne

When He returns"

May 18, 2011 4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If everybody left behind will be constantly fleeing horrors, who's going to take care of my left behind dog?

May 18, 2011 10:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

probably no one

May 18, 2011 11:11 PM  
Anonymous rrjr said...

Under the doctrine of Predestination, the creator decided before the world began who would be saved at the end of it. Free Will is a myth.

May 19, 2011 7:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and is that a doctrine you believe in?

May 19, 2011 9:04 AM  
Anonymous svelte_brunette said...

So does this “rapture” thingy mean we’re going to lose internet service? That would be a bummer.

I plan on having a BBQ on Saturday to celebrate. Do you think having “deviled” eggs is tempting fate?

Evil Cyn

May 19, 2011 10:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't anyone here has supported the idea that the rapture will definitely occur on Saturday

it will happen someday, however, and Saturday is as possible as any other time

there's been a lot of fiction written of rapture accounts that have led the general public to believe that a bunch of people will disappear and then life will go on as before

probably won't be anything like that so it's likely that a lot of modern conveniences will not be present

the reason saved people would be taken up is that things here will get very bad

but the whole thing is mixed with a lot of metaphors which are difficult to seperate from literal events so there are probably a lot of things no one understands

just a tip: whenever it happpens, I wouldn't light up the grill

May 19, 2011 11:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gary Vollmer took a leave of absence from the Department of Homeland Security to spread the word. He’s supposed to go back on May 23. “But I’m not going back,” he said. “I’ll be gone on the 21st.”

That’s when a great big earthquake is scheduled to occur. “The remains of all the believers who have ever lived will be instantly transformed into glorified spiritual bodies to be forever with God,” Family Radio says on its Web site. “On the other hand the bodies of all unsaved people will be thrown out upon the ground to be shamed.”

Tony Moise, a 47-year-old insurance underwriter from Silver Spring, Md., quit his job to prepare. “It will be hell on Earth,” he said, taking a break from handing out material. “You won’t want to be around on May 22. There will be no electricity, no power, no water.”

Camping, an engineer by training, says he came up with the very precise date of May 21 through a mathematical calculation that would probably crash Google’s computers. It involves, among other things, the dates of floods, the signals of numbers in the Bible, multiplication, addition and subtraction thereof. Camping describes his equations with absolute conviction.

“He seems to be the only one who understands the equation,” said Paul Boyer, a University of Wisconsin historian who studies apocalyptic beliefs. “But he has a very persuasive radio voice, and he preaches with absolute confidence, and there seems to be enough people that believe it all.”

But there are also many skeptics, including Tim LaHaye, who has made a fortune selling books about the end, although he hasn’t picked a specific date. “I would assume he’s sincere, but many people can be sincerely wrong,” he said, noting that in the Old Testament, false prophets were stoned. “Camping is very fortunate we don’t do that anymore.”

On Thursday, Brenda Forester, visiting from Michigan, got into a somewhat heated encounter with one of Camping’s followers, citing a passage from the Bible that says nobody knows when Christ will return.

“He will return,” Forester said, “but not on May 21st.”

Another man was so perturbed by the May 21 message that he brought over a woman he found on the street who needed money. He asked whether the Camping followers would give her some cash, because there was no need for them to keep money with the world ending. They did not.

Still, those in the yellow earthquake shirts insisted that the end was near, saying all signs point in that direction.

To bolster his claim that “judgment days are coming,” Camping has mentioned the massive earthquakes in Chile, Haiti and Japan, as well as the recent tornadoes in the South. And to top that off, gay people are thriving.

“There has always been some homosexuality in the world, of course, but now it is successful everywhere it turns,” Camping said. “Whole nations no longer consider it a sin, even though it is a sin. It fits into place now – God has orchestrated this to indicate we are right at the end. We are at the threshold of being destroyed by fire and brimstone.”

The end will come sometime around 6 p.m. on May 21 – not 6 p.m. California time or New York time or Hong Kong time. The world will end at 6 p.m. only when it is 6 p.m. locally, Camping said, citing his calculations. “People will see this coming to them from around the world,” he said. “It will follow the sun around.”

Camping doesn’t seem exceptionally sad to at the notion of seeing the world go: “Frankly,” he says, “I wonder why this hasn’t happened sooner.”

May 19, 2011 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

will the world end Oct 21, as Harold Camping says?

I don't think so but some strange things seem to be setting up

in Revelation, right before the end, armies will surround Jerusalem for a final attack

this week, for the first time, mobs rushed every border crossing in Israel

and, tonight, the leader of the most powerful nation in the world, the United States, Israel's only ally, advocated that Israel withdraw from Jerusalem

so, five months from now, in the midst of a chaotic world, might armies be surrounding Jerusalem?

who knows, maybe the rapture will happen tomorrow night at 2 am

but even if doesn't, one thing is certain:

everyone's world will end someday

more lyrics from Dylan:

"Are you ready to meet Jesus?

Are you where you ought to be?

Will He know you when He sees you

Or will He say, “Depart from Me”?

Am I ready to lay down my life for the brethren

And to take up my cross?

Have I surrendered to the will of God

Or am I still acting like the boss?

When destruction cometh swiftly

And there’s no time to say a fare-thee-well

Have you decided whether you want to be

In heaven or in hell?

Have you got some unfinished business?

Is there something holding you back?

Are you thinking for yourself

Or are you following the pack?

Are you ready for the judgment?

Are you ready for that terrible swift sword?

Are you ready for Armageddon?

Are you ready for the day of the Lord?

Are you ready?

I hope you’re ready"

May 19, 2011 11:40 PM  
Anonymous They'll be left behind! said...

One day it’s a French diplomat, the next former-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Remember when Republicans wanted to amend the Constitution so the Austrian-born action film hero could be president?

Meanwhile, every randy rooster in politics -- that is, virtually all of them -- should unite behind Newt Gingrich. If Newt wins the GOP nomination, anything goes. Edwards and Ensign can start planning their comebacks.

Alas, Gingrich’s only constituency appears to be the Washington political press. "The Republican thinker-in-chief" Time called him recently. Pundits worry that Newt may be too brainy for voters. "Can the Professor Connect?" the magazine wondered.

Didn’t these people go to college? Academically, Gingrich is the worst kind of faculty lounge-lizard, a third-rater in his own discipline given to sweeping pronouncements about subjects he barely comprehends.

This is the intellectual who blamed a mother’s drowning her children on Democrats. "I think that the mother killing the two children in South Carolina vividly reminds every American how sick the society is getting and how much we need to change things," Gingrich said. "The only way you get change is to vote Republican."

Susan Smith’s stepfather turned out to be a GOP county official who'd abused her. But that’s immaterial. Gingrich’s attempt to exploit the tragedy showed exactly what he is: a callow hypocrite who brought his first wife divorce papers while she was hospitalized for surgery, and who sneaked around on the second while impeaching Bill Clinton.

May 20, 2011 9:08 AM  
Anonymous svelte_brunette said...

It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.

(Lyrics and video):'s_the_end_of_the_world_as_we_know_it_(and_i_feel_fine)/

If the world plunges into chaos after armies surround Jerusalem, it
will be because human politicians, each believing they have some "God given" right to a piece of land, that "God chose them" or "God is on our side" do the only actions they see fit based on their religious and nationalistic predilections, rather than dealing with other human beings as equal to themselves.

The chaos that ensues will have nothing to do with a God, and everything to do with human stupidity.

Have a nice day,

Have a nice Sunday too, because the rapture is NOT occurring on Saturday.


May 20, 2011 10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Have a nice Sunday too, because the rapture is NOT occurring on Saturday."

I don't think so either nor do most Christians but believers know it will happen one day and, since the time is unknown, it could be tomorrow.

"It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine."

That's interesting because the Bible predicted non-believers would feel that way at the end.

Matthew 24:37-39

As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

"If the world plunges into chaos after armies surround Jerusalem, it"

I don't think you've paid attention. Armageddon doesn't start the chaos. It happens right at the end. If Camping were right, the chaos starts tomorrow and the armies surround Jerusalem at the end of the chaos on October 21.

"will be because human politicians, each believing they have some "God given" right to a piece of land, that "God chose them" or "God is on our side" do the only actions they see fit based on their religious and nationalistic predilections, rather than dealing with other human beings as equal to themselves"

you're right about the guilty party

it's humans that bring destruction upon themselves

"Didn’t these people go to college? Academically, Gingrich is the worst kind of faculty lounge-lizard, a third-rater in his own discipline given to sweeping pronouncements about subjects he barely comprehends."

Gingrich was the de facto President during the time you Dems and liberals consider the Golden Age. He's actually brilliant albeit non-telegenic.

It always cracks me up when you guys start talking about some Republican who has some indiscretions in their personal life.

I'm not defending him but Dems have had their share of scumbags. John Edwards and Barney Frank immediately come to mind but they aren't lonely in the Dem Hall of Infamy.

You hate to say it, but truthfully, moral depravity is a ubiquitous human condition so we probably should stop throwing every such person out of consideration.

Really, some of the great leaders of the past were fortunate enough not to live in open societies with mass communication and high-speed internet access.

We won't even mention MLK.

Well, it looks like pranksters in the government are pulling their annual prank. Haven't these guys ever heard of April Fool's Day?

"MIAMI -- U.S. government forecasters announced Thursday they expect three to six major hurricanes from an above average Atlantic storm season.

No major hurricane has made a U.S. landfall in five years, but the forecasters warned U.S. coastal residents that odds are diminished that they can't expect a sixth straight year without a major landfall on either the Atlantic or Gulf coasts."

it's the beginning of another "above average" hurricane season as we know it and I feel fine

a song lyric by a secular humanist:

"do you see those dark clouds gathering up ahead?

they're going to wash this planet clean

just like the Bible said

you can hold on steady

and try to get ready

but everyone's gonna get wet

don't think it can't happen

just because it hasn't happened yet"

when did the Bible say the planet will be washed clean?

it actually says the planet will destroyed by fire someday

and you can get ready

why not get ready now?

May 20, 2011 12:36 PM  
Anonymous Aunt Bea said...

"Gingrich was the de facto President during the time you Dems and liberals consider the Golden Age. "

It sounds like Anon is as prone to historical errors as Gingrich is.

It's time to teach historical some facts!

Jan. 8, 1997
Gingrich Survives Close Vote For Speaker: A Humbled Newt Gingrich Apologized For His Mistakes And Preached Conciliation As Congress' New Session Got Off To A Tense Start

"''It was nip and tuck up until the last minute,'' said Rep. Mark Foley of West Palm Beach, a deputy Republican whip who helped round up support for Gingrich. ''There was a degree of uncertainty on every name called, always a chance there could be a run against him once some people saw Gingrich may not win.''"

July 17, 1997
Gingrich Survives Backroom Rebellion: GOP Conspirators Met With Tom Delay And Tried To Enlist Him. Instead, He Reported Back To The Speaker's Advisers

"House Speaker Newt Gingrich escaped a planned coup last week in a flurry of back-room intrigue that raises new doubts about the speaker's future and the loyalty of his inner circle.

``This was, I think, the most serious effort yet to get Gingrich to resign,'' said Rep. Joe [we're sorry, BP!] L. Barton (R., Texas), who rebuffed an invitation to join the conspirators. ``Everything the leadership does or doesn't do alienates more people who weren't alienated before.''"

Nov. 7, 1998
Gingrich Steps Down in Face of Rebellion

"It was a sudden and spectacular denouement for the onetime college professor and smart-mouthed backbencher who led his party in 1994 to a House majority for the first time in four decades, only to see his triumph, like his personal political fortunes, dwindle four years later."

Nov. 11, 1998
Gallup: Gingrich An Unpopular Figure During His Tenure As Speaker

"Immediately after the Republicans' election success – and for the only time in 18 different measures of his image since that time – Gingrich's image tilted positive. In a November 1994 poll, 29% of the public had a favorable opinion of Gingrich and 25% had a negative opinion. By December of that same year, however, his image had moved back into negative territory. It has remained more negative than positive ever since.

The public appeared to turn particularly strongly against the Speaker after his budget confrontation with Bill Clinton and the resulting U.S. Government shutdown in late 1995. (Publicity at the time, including a famous front page caricature in the New York Daily News, included the allegation that Gingrich had closed down the government because he was given a bad seat at the back of Air Force One when returning from the funeral of Yitzhak Rabin in Israel.) By January of 1996, 57% of Americans said that their image of Gingrich was unfavorable, compared with 37% who had a favorable image of him. This nearly two-to-one negative-to-positive image ratio persisted throughout most of 1996 and 1997.

...There has been some discussion that Newt Gingrich might entertain the possibility of running for President in 2000 or 2004. The early signs for such a run are not encouraging for the Speaker. In a poll conducted earlier this year, Gallup pitted Republicans against Al Gore in a hypothetical 2000 presidential ballot. Current Republican front runner, Texas Governor George W. Bush, was essentially tied with the Vice President at that time, while in the same poll Gingrich was soundly defeated by Gore, by a 62% to 32% margin."

May 20, 2011 6:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

none of your news clips change the fact that Gingrich got what he wanted from Clinton and Clinton took the credit

the U.S. ended welfare as it was known and agreed to make all new legislation deficit neutral

Clinton opposed these things until forced to accept them by Gingrich and the budget was balanced as a result

May 20, 2011 6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's May 21, a little after 10am in New Zealand

those of you who secretly believe Harold Camping is right (and we know who you are) have less than 8 hours

Camping may have some things wrong here but I've always liked him and, I must say, the mockery we're seeing this week really is reminiscent of Noah's time so, in some ways, he's not far off in his assessment of the times

today, I went down to the Billy Goat Trail, which is closed due to flooding on the Potomac, and, while there, got an e-mail on my Blackberry about the Doomsday Special at Old Angkers Inn, free cocktails on Saturday if you tell the bartender "I'm still here"

Wow! Some day that won't seem that funny.

more lyrics, from Keith Green this time:

"Just think about Noah

showing his umbrella

when there wasn't a cloud in the sky

his neighbors would laugh

at his pet giraffe

and snicker as he went by

by the Lord said

Noah, keep building that boat

it's just a matter of time

til we see who's gonna float

Just keep doing your best

Pray that it's blest

and I'll take care of the rest

I'm the weatherman"

May 20, 2011 6:24 PM  
Anonymous Camping blew it, again said...

Christmas Island and other locations near New Zealand, where self-styled scriptural scholar Harold Camping predicted that the apocalypse would strike by Friday night Los Angeles time, so far remain free of "super terrible" earthquakes.

The 89-year-old Oakland-based doomsday predictor told his followers that destruction would begin on May 21, wherever it happens to be 6 p.m. New Zealand is 19 hours ahead of Pacific Daylight Saving Time.

As of 10:30 p.m. PDT -- 7:30 p.m. May 21 on Christmas Island, also known as Kiritimati -- no earthquakes had been reported within the last hour and a half, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, which tracks seismic activity worldwide.

The Times' Christopher Goffard reported that Camping had warned:
The earthquakes will then roll on, time zone by time zone. The saved, perhaps 2% to 3% of the world population, will be whisked to God, while the rest will be obliterated in what he calls "a super horror story."

Camping reads neither Hebrew nor Greek, the two main languages of the Bible, but insists his arithmetic is ironclad. He calculates that God gave humanity 7,000 years to prepare for its destiny, just as Noah had seven days to prepare for the flood, and that May 21 is the terminus of human history if one counts time by the Jewish calendar. There are other signs of the end, he teaches. Gay rights. The rebirth of Israel, and the Jewish state's rejection of Jesus.

May 21, 2011 9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually, Camping qualified the 6pm rolling earthquake thing a little, saying that was his best guess

those of you who secretly think he's right (and we know who you are) have a little time left

I don't think you can say he was unequivocably incorrect until it is no longer May 21 in the Holy Land

right now, it is between 4 and 5 in the afternoon in Jerusalem

fret on

you can breathe easy in about seven hours

if you can call not knowing when Christ will return, breathing easy

May 21, 2011 9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Readers Digest has it right, laughter really is good medicine.

May 21, 2011 10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

in the Dark Knight movie, that's what the Joker has written on the side of his truck

May 21, 2011 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Joker's truck had a red "S" spraypainted on the logo, changing the original saying "Laughter is the best medicine" to "Slaughter is the best medicine"

The Reader's Digest article titled "Laughter really is good medicine" ("really is good," not "is the best") is about the health benefits of laughing and reports "Experts say that laughter increases endorphins, strengthens your immune system, and sends extra oxygen coursing through your veins."

The effects of too much anxiety and irrational fear can be debilitating and may have affected your ability to recall facts from movies about comic book characters accurately.

Here's a resource for you that you may find helpful.

May 22, 2011 5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Raleigh, N.C. – For all the media coverage it got, the latest PPP national poll finds that, at most, 2% of Americans were anticipating the end of the world last Saturday, and only slightly more, 11%, think the Rapture will even occur in their lifetimes. Two-thirds think it will not, and 23% are not sure.

But even if they do not particularly subscribe to Rapture theology, most people would like to believe they will be one of the chosen. Two-thirds of Americans think if the Rapture does occur in their lifetime, they will be taken up to Heaven, 13% think they will not, and 21% do not know. Conservatives are most likely both to think the Rapture will come soon and that they will be the beneficiaries.

Therefore, those that do look forward to a Rapture in the next few decades and those who think they personally will be Raptured are far more likely than others to see Sarah Palin favorably and to disapprove of President Obama’s job performance. But Americans overall are split on whether they think Palin herself would be Raptured if the time came, and they are considerably more likely to favor Obama’s chances. 35% think Palin would be taken up, 32% think she would not, and 34% are not sure. However, 44% think Obama will, while 26% do not, and 30% are not sure. Evidently Democrats see the president as more holy than Republicans see Palin. While only 22-23% of the opposite party thinks the two will be Raptured, two-thirds of Democrats think the president will be Raptured, and only half of Republicans think Palin will.

Assuming both Obama and Palin are still around to run post-Rapture and that everyone who thinks they will be gone has vanished, an already wide 54-37 advantage for the president in the national popular vote over the ex-Alaska governor would turn into a 61- 26 rout.

May 29, 2011 9:58 AM  

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