NASA is warning that the Mayan calendar predictions about the end of the world on December 21st pose real threats to children and depressed teenagers. They don’t actually think that the world is going to end. They’re warning that rumors of an apocalypse may actually frighten young people to death. The Daily Mail reported:
“David Morrison, an astrobiologist at NASA Ames Research Center, said on Wednesday that he receives a large number of emails and letters from worried citizens, most often from young people. Some say they can't eat, or are too worried to sleep, while others say they are suicidal, Morrison said. He made that announcement during an online video 'hangout' event hosted by NASA on Google+, calling the propagation of rumors on the Internet to frighten children ‘evil.’ ‘While this is a joke to some people and a mystery to others, there is a core of people who are truly concerned,’ Morrison said.”
NASA even has an information page devoted to questions about the end of the world and whether or not it’s actually going to happen in a few weeks. Some people actually think that a planet called Nbiru or “Planet X” will collide with Earth on December 21st and kill everyone.
As silly as this is, it’s not really all that different from liberals trying to scare everybody with global warming. They’ve been trying to convince people for years that the world is going to end unless we “do something” about it. Seriously, what can be done to change the natural laws that regulate global temperatures? Nothing. That’s like trying to convince everyone that we need to “do something” about this gravity problem that causes people to die whenever they jump off buildings or bridges. Maybe a gravity tax would help.
But since so many on the left have been willingly whipped up into this fear frenzy about the Earth burning up and ending life as we know it, we can all look forward to more regulations and taxes that are forced upon us in the name of fighting global warming.
Frankly, I’m a little surprised that the government and media haven’t taken advantage of this Mayan calendar thing. Remember what Rahm Emanuel said about never letting a crisis go to waste? The media are perfectly capable of pulling an Orson Welles to generate so much fear that most people would be willing to do anything and give up anything just to feel safe. With all the CGI capabilities, the graphics, the actors and everything else that the media have access to, news networks could fake an end-of-the-world scenario like an alien invasion or an imminent planet collision and convince people that the world was coming to an end. If they really wanted to, they could.
And the government would offer their solution. In fact, maybe the United Nations would step in and convince everybody that if we can all just come together as one big nation, under a single, global government, we can fight off this rogue planet and save everybody’s lives. But in exchange for our protection, we would have to give up all our liberties and surrender as slaves to the UN. People would fall for it.
I suppose such an elaborate media campaign wouldn’t be necessary since global warming seems to generate enough fear as it is. And I guess the media maintain what little credibility they do have by dispelling these silly but popular Mayan calendar predictions.