In response to the request of a reader here on BrooWaha, I hereby offer my two cents about the doomsday event that many folks believe will happen next year. There is nothing in the ‘Long Count’ Olmec/Maya/Aztec calendar that suggests the end of the world or some other catastrophe will take place when this calendar resets in December 2012. It is merely the end of one cycle and the beginning of a new one. I know this to be true, because I spent years researching the civilizations of prehistory so that I could give my novel, ‘Secret of the Immortals’ as much basis in fact as I possibly could.
While Secret of the Immortals was planned from the beginning as nothing more than an entertaining work of fiction, I tried to slip in a little sub-rosa educational item here and there in the book as a bonus to my readers. So, am I concerned about the events coming up in 2012?
Actually, there is some reason for alarm that has nothing to do with prophecies by ignorant savages or modern for-profit prophets, healers, hustlers, and their ilk. This reason is the potential for a massive Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that could set back global society by hundreds of years, and possibly result in a new ‘Dark Ages’.
We first learned about the destructive potential of EMP when the USA set off a nuke in space just beyond the limits of our atmosphere in the Hardtack-Teak and Hardtack-Orange tests over Johnston Island in August, 1958. Those explosions destroyed electrical and communications systems over a vast stretch of the Pacific ocean including Hawaii.
One Second After is a 2009 novel by American writer William R. Forstchen, that describes the aftermath of a sneak attack on the USA by terrorists. The attack consisted of two nukes that were detonated exactly like the 1958 devices, and rather than delve into the details, I’ll just say that it is 100% scientifically accurate, and although a work of fiction, it should be read by everyone. In the book, people were reduced to cannibalism in short order, and chaos reigned. The book was deemed so important that the politician, Newt Gingrich, wrote the forward.
So, why am I raving on about EMP? Well, Nukes are not the only way to create an EMP disaster. Mother nature does it on a regular basis. Check out this video: