We trust you have not planned anything extensive for December 21, 2012 because there is a strong chance there will not be a December 22, 2012. Next month a new Hollywood film, “2012” opens which describes horrible events on that day which marks the end of the Mayan calendar. The Mayan civilization which thrived from 300 A.D. to 900 A.D. had its own calendar. The Mayan calendar begins in 3114 B.C. and marks periods of time in 394 year chunks known as Baktuns. The number 13 was sacred to Mayans and their calendar, in effect, culminates in the 13th Baktun which occurs on December 21, 2012. Hollywood predicts on that day there will be tornadoes and hurricanes and turmoil and disaster with the entire planet coming close to its ultimate climax.
Once every 25,800 years the sun lines up with the center of the Milky Way and is the lowest spot in the horizon. Guess what, that will happen on December 22, 2012.
I assume Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck and company will blame Barack Obama for the coming calamity. See what happens when you elect a Kenya born black man as president. Now, if we had a nice white conservative woman like Sarah Palin the apocalypse will not occur. So, head to the voting booth in November, 2012 and cast your ballot for Sarah if you want to save civilization from liberal disaster!
It is difficult these days to pick up a newspaper or watch a sports program on television without encountering some issue related to the use of steroids by athletes. However, the British Gambling Commission has uncovered a greater concern than whether or not athletes use drugs– gambling! It has uncovered at least 47 cases of alleged match-fixing and illegal betting on British sporting events. One official commented “football, rugby and cricket don’t have a doping problem, but they know they have serious gambling problems. A spokesperson for the Gambling Commission says that horse racing, football and snooker accounted for most of the illegal fixing.
In the era of gambling occurring across the world on the same match, it becomes increasingly difficult to uncover fixing schemes that originate outside the jurisdictional lines of a particular police force. Athletes come and go from one nation to another and lack the old intense loyalty to a team or community. The money has risen to astronomical heights and it is difficult to ensure that every athlete is honest.