Maya End of Times (of Sorts) is Back for 2012

Did we tell you not to panic because archaeologists have discovered evidence that the Maya Apocalypse has been delayed some 7,000 years in the future? Well, scratch that.

A newly discovered Maya text reveals that 2012 is indeed an "end date" of sorts: the end of political stability, instead of an outright apocalypse:

Now, researchers exploring the Maya ruins of La Corona in Guatemala have unearthed another reference. On a stairway block carved with hieroglyphs, archaeologists found a commemoration of a visit by Yuknoom Yich'aak K'ahk' of Calakmul, the most powerful Mayan ruler in his day. The king, also known as Jaguar Paw, suffered a terrible defeat in battle by the Kingdom of Tikal in 695. [...]

In an effort to tie himself and his reign to the future, the king linked his reign with another 13th cycle — the 13th bak'tun ending on Dec. 21, 2012.

David Stuart, a professor of art history at the University of Texas at Austin, recognized the reference to the date among 56 glyphs that were carved on the stone block. "It was a time of great political turmoil in the Maya region, and this king felt compelled to allude to a larger cycle of time that happens to end in 2012," Stuart said in a statement released by UT.

Are they talking about the US presidential election? Can't be a coicidence now, can it?


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No doubt there are hordes of people putting on tin hats and going under ground over this. Personally, I find it a bit foolish to follow a prophetic calendar from a group of people unable to see the Spanish coming right around the corner with their bibles and swords drawn.
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People have been screaming that the world is ending since about 5 minutes after it started. I should point out that so far, every single one of them has been wrong. Harold Camping anyone?
Show me one real prophecy that has ever been borne out. Not some vague, wishy-washy thing that is "interpreted" after the fact, or made up afterwards, or is just an educated projection of outcomes from ongoing events. Show me something real that can't be attributed to a lucky guess, and I might start to lend the idea some credence.
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