Sunday, May 22, 2011

Why am I not surprised?

Harold Camping missing after his rapture didn't happen.

My guess is that he'll either be found at the bottom of a gully slumped over the wheel of his RV, or in Hawaii living it up on Rapture Money. So, dead or scam? A nation eagerly doesn't await news of yet another small-time fraudster's fate.

-- Badtux the Cynical Penguin


  1. Many of his followers spent every cent they had in order to spread the word about Judgment Day. Some of them may have guns. Camping would be very wise to make himself scarce.

  2. I think a guy with $82 million can run far and hide well.


  3. On the other hand, what if he was supposed to be using the Julian calendar, for which today is May 9th?

  4. Maybe he used the Mayan calendar.

  5. My captcha reads "repents"
    Is it a sign?
    a sign would read repent!!
    or not
    Welcome to hell and all the good folk who live here.

  6. Maybe he is the only one that got raptured! All the rest of us are sinners.

  7. Update: San Francisco Chronicle finds Harold Camping. He answered the door wearing a bathrobe and floppy slippers, and expressed bafflement over the fact that he had not been raptured.

    The man is 89 years old, so perhaps the notion of a tropical vacation no longer holds the attraction for him that it would have held when he was a young studly man of, say, 65. Hmm...

    - Badtux the Not-so-baffled Penguin

  8. Why should he care about running and hiding. As was well-documented before this latest lunacy, he had predicted the end of the world before, and was wrong there. If there are people who are so stupid as to buy into his nonsense and waste their money/time following his delusions, fcuk em. They'd get scammed by somebody somehow, whatever snake oil salesman happens to catch their attention. There's a reason why that saying about "A fool and his money" has persisted over the ages.

    There's two things that interest me about the Camping doom kerfuffle. One is that the meeja bought into it so much. Not that the mediots who did stories about it were believers, but they were willing amplifiers of the doomessage, even if it was just so they could ridicule it. Another bright shiny object to divert the attention of the people. That's the price that gets a lot of publicity -- billboards all over the country have a knock-on effect.

    The second item of interest to me is how many average people are thinking about these ludicrous prophecies. No one I know socially or even the disturbed people in the psych ward has said much about Camping's folly. But the 2012 meme has a place in many peoples' mindspace. It seems there's a recognition that things are fcuked up, that some shit is inevitably going to hit the fan. I think that subconscious realization amongst masses of people explains the popularity of apocalyptic forecasts.

  9. It seems there's a recognition that things are fcuked up, that some shit is inevitably going to hit the fan.

    Indeed. While the average man on the street has never heard of "peak oil" and wouldn't know a "rent extraction" from a ice cream cone, he is quite aware that his life seems to be getting harder and things seem to be getting worse in fundamental ways every year. It is a slow-moving apocalypse, but an apocalypse nevertheless. In such times, those preaching apocalypse find willing takers because all you have to do is look around you...

    More later. This deserves a post.

    - Badtux the Busy Penguin

  10. "... and wouldn't know a "rent extraction" from a ice cream cone..."

    Mmmmm... ice cream!

  11. Well, it appears we got a five month extension: he says the end of the world will now be on October 21, 2011.

    Save the date!


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