15 May 2011

The End of the World, Again

Harold Camping, president of Family Radio, has used "Bible Math" to calculate that the Rapture will occur on the 21st of May 2011, and that mean ole god will destroy earth 5 months later, 21 Octobre. Why the delay? It must be to allow us "Unraptured" to repent; that or else to give us time to have a great party with all the stuff the Raptured leave behind. I'm betting there won't be much alcohol or good music, so BYOB. Also, if you are expecting to pick up a good car, don't expect to find any hybrids or Smart Cars.

Now the flooding Mississippi gives fresh perspective to this 'End of Days" crap, for it is surely not unlike the end of the world for 30,000 or so folks who live in path of the flooding Atchafalaya River. It might be a good time to read--or reread--John McPhee's great article about the subject, Atchafalaya, published by The New Yorker in February 1987. He is a brilliant stylist and a man who thoroughly researches his material.

We should all be thinking of how we can help our brothers and sisters displaced by this calamity.

You can bet Sugar Ray Nagin is cogitating mightily to turn this to his advantage. Maybe the Rapture is his Get Out Of Jail Free Card.

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