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That Apocalypse Was a Let Down

Well it seems we survived another end of the world.

All the semi-serious stations on TV were offering various specials about the Maya and their calendar and some even included actual science.  One in particular got my attention.  Called Apocalypse Island the two hour show explores the idea that this particular island off the coast of South America is home to a Mayan monument located ideally to watch several key celestial events in 2012.

The monument and in fact the whole notion that this is apocalypse island has mostly been written off as a hoax at worst or as wildly over-optimistic wishful thinking at best.  The story goes something like this – a Canadian explorer and adventurer was on this island a few years ago, he was out hiking, got lost, made camp in a rainstorm and when he woke up the next morning, he looked up and saw this huge monument that he instantly recognized as being of Mayan construction.  He’s been trying to raise money ever since to go back and examine the monument with a professional and then hopefully raise money for an archeological dig.  The History channel fronted some money and our Canadian adventurer returns with an anthropologist.  The show follows the two (and their never seen camera man) as they make their way to this distant island, hike across it, camp out, then finally find the monument.

Part of me wanted the discovery to be real.  How amazing would it be that the Maya – who were careful astronomers – had mapped out the location of this distant island and using their astronomical projections located a monument from which they could view these celestial events?  Whether or not there was an apocalypse, wouldn’t it demonstrate the genius of Mayan culture if they had done what the explorer and adventurer said they’d done?

Watching the show, it’s difficult to not be impressed by the beauty of the isolated island.  Watching as the two men hiked closer to the monument, seeing the adventurer’s excitement as he gets closer to the monument, I felt excited myself.  Then they get to the “monument” and frankly all I saw was a rocky outcropping, worn away by centuries of wind and rain.  That’s all most people see.  In other words, it’s just a windswept piece of rock thousands of miles out to sea.  It’s a real let down.  The show itself plays and fast and loose with the facts, unfortunately.  It makes it seem as if the island is uninhabited when in fact it is inhabited by nearly a 1000 people.  It has an airport.  It has a place a boat can safely land.  It has a name – it’s known as Robinson Crusoe Island.

But there’s a lesson in all this brouhaha about the end of the world and the excitement of discovery.

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Rocky Anderson Accepts Justice Party Nomination for President of the United States!

(See Video)Salt Lake City, UT: The Justice Party nominated Ross C. “Rocky” Anderson to be its first Presidential Candidate.  The former two term Mayor of Salt Lake accepted the nomination in front of a crowded auditorium at the University of Utah. Anderson spoke with enthusiasm about the campaign ahead.

Speech: Full Text
January 13, 2012, Salt Lake City, Utah

Ross C. “Rocky” Anderson Accepting Justice Party Nomination for Candidacy for President of the United States (website)

I am proud to accept the nomination of the Justice Party to run as its candidate for President of the United States.

This is not my campaign.  This is a campaign of, for, and by the people.  We join together in this endeavor for the sake of justice – social justice, environmental justice, and economic justice.   We pledge to organize and act, tenaciously and over the long haul, for the sake of the public interest, to enhance and protect freedom for all, and to vindicate the sacred promise of justice for all.

Those who understand that our great nation and its people have been harmed severely, and are at tremendous risk for even greater damage in the future, can be powerful agents of positive change.  We need not settle for governance by the Republican and Democratic parties, which thrive on the corrupt money machine, nor do we have to confine ourselves to voting for the lesser of two evils, if indeed there is a lesser evil among the common choices.

If we have the vision, the courage, and the will, we can, together, forge a very different way – a way that will lead to a future of fiscal responsibility and respectful regard for the economic burdens we leave for later generations; secure jobs and fair compensation; decency and rationality in our cruel, self-destructive criminal justice system that is largely based on an irrational rage to punish; an investment in our nation’s infrastructure, education, and innovation that is as substantial as our need to re-gain our global competitive edge; compassionate and rational immigration reform; respect for fundamental human and civil rights; victory over the stranglehold of the military-industrial-congressional complex; protection of our air, water, and wild lands; essential health care for all, as in every other nation in the industrialized world; protection against and condemnation of illegal wars of aggression, pursuant to the United Nations Charter and the Kellogg-Briand Pact; international leadership on the urgent challenge of climate change; and restoration of the rule of law, including full accountability for crimes, regardless of the wealth or status of the perpetrators.

Men, women, and children across the United States, and throughout the world, are suffering horrendously because of the corruption of our government, the timidity of much of the public, and criminality that is rewarded rather than rectified.  Lives have been taken, lifetime injuries inflicted, life savings decimated, essential health care rendered more elusive for millions of people, jobs lost, and the damage inflicted by our nation’s debt increased exponentially — all because of crimes committed with impunity, public policy guided by bribery, and a crooked two-tiered economic and justice system that rewards a narrow class of rich and powerful people while devastating the rest.

The root of this disaster is systemic corruption fed by money from the few who have benefited.  The public’s interest in catching up with the rest of the industrialized world and providing essential health care to every man, woman, and child has been undermined by the corrupting influence of money flowing from the medical and insurance industries. Read the rest of this entry »

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