Liveblog at the End of the Universe
Before we begin, here are some links that will help you follow along as God calls his children home. Or as Harold Camping endures the worst disappointment of his life. Or, conceivably, both.
Family Radio’s website, which should be interesting to watch as the disappointment unfolds. Already it’s on the slow side, though, so it might also manage to disappoint the rest of us.
The U.S. Geological Survey world earthquake map. Camping predicts massive earthquakes like none we have ever experienced, starting at the International Date Line. We’ll see them here first.
According to this map the Line Islands should be the first to feel the wrath. World Time Server says it’s already May 21 there, just very early in the morning. Camping says the Rapture most likely starts in the early evening, around 6:00PM, although he’s never been as certain of the time as he is of the date. (How certain is he of the date? “The Bible guarantees it,” he says, and he’s sure enough that he personally refuses to speculate about what he might do this Sunday or beyond.)
Doomsday cults often provoke suicides. Do not do this. Here are some online suicide counseling resources.
Still want to be a Christian? Try these.
Searching for a new outlook on life? There’s always skepticism. How skeptical do you want to be? That’s largely up to you, but you can always deny the Rapture while remaining a Christian. But the time might also be right to consider atheism. (C’mon, give it a try… it can’t be more wrong than what you were just believing on Thursday.)
Hawaii, which is due north of the Line Islands, observes the same local time that they do — but in Hawaii, it’s that time on the twentieth. Confusions like these are why the International Date Line is well-placed at a meridian with a low population.
A California radio broadcaster has spent millions of dollars warning people that the end of the world will commence on Saturday. Bart Centre, a New Hampshire atheist, author and entrepreneur, thinks of it as advertising for his insurance business.
Mr. Centre is a retired department store executive who two years ago started selling insurance to Fundamentalist Christian pet owners who believe they’ll be “raptured” into heaven ahead of the apocalypse. For those worried about what might happen to their dogs, cats, goldfish and parakeets when they’re gone, Mr. Centre has a solution.
Rapture insurance for your pets. Of course, it would be a little late now.
Live Updates as They Occur
Stay tuned. I’m sure I’ll have something any time now.
Ah, here’s a helpful site. Be sure to check back frequently.
7:02PM EST, May 20: Family Radio’s website has discreetly removed the countdown, which stood at “01 days” this afternoon. It’s now just after midnight on May 21st in the United Kingdom. It’s 1:00PM, May 21 in the Line Islands… developing…
9:59PM EST – the last of Harold Camping’s pre-recorded Open Forum radio programs ends. “If you could not get through this time, we invite you to call on a future Open Forum.” Those should be… interesting.