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    ... From: Dale Celestine 12/21/12: The end of the world as we know it? Pauline.O Connor@latimes.com
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      From: "Dale Celestine" <coushattacop@... <mailto:coushattacop%40aol.com>

      12/21/12: The end of the world as we know it?

      Pauline.O'Connor@... <mailto:Pauline.O%27Connor%40latimes.com>

      February 28, 2008

      Four years, nine months and three weeks may be about all the time we have
      left on Earth. Why? Dec. 21, 2012, marks the end of a 5,000-year cycle by
      the Maya Long Count calendar. To some, this spells doomsday (disaster
      scenarios include earthquakes, volcanic eruptions caused by solar storms,
      cracks forming in the earth's magnetic field and mass extinction brought on
      by nuclear winter). To others, it carries the promise of a new beginning.
      And to still others, 2012 provides explanations for unsettling developments
      (e.g., the disappearance of bees) that seem beyond our control.

      While all this has largely been a hot topic within alternative cultures, the
      2012 phenomenon is slowly trickling into the mainstream. At least four new
      books on 2012 have appeared in bookstores in the wake of the 2006 success of
      Daniel Pinchbeck's "2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl." This month, Sony won
      a bidding war for disaster-movie king Roland "Godzilla" Emmerich's
      apocalyptic script "2012." And this Saturday, 2012-ers will converge on
      Hollywood for a day-long conference devoted to the subject.

      "There's a real hunger for this kind of knowledge," says 2012 Conference
      producer Christian John Meoli. Meoli takes a more optimistic view of the
      date, referring to it as "the Shift" (the conference's slogan: "Shift
      Happens"). "It's easy to manipulate people with fear," he says. "I wanted to
      stay away from the gloom and doom."

      Among those appearing at the conference will be "Return of Quetzalcoatl"
      author and psychonaut Pinchbeck, who describes 2012 as "a window of
      opportunity to change civilization."

      Says Pinchbeck: "At the moment, global civilization is unsustainable. .. . .
      According to many scientists, 25% of our species will be extinct within 30
      years. We need to re-center our world view away from materialism. My hope is
      that by 2012, there's a fundamental redirection of focus, and we start
      projecting the universal dream."

      Other futurists scheduled to appear at the 2012 Conference include Alberto
      Villoldo, a Cuban American medical anthropologist and psychologist who has
      studied and practiced shamanism for more than two decades, John Major
      Jenkins, author of "Maya Cosmogenesis 2012," and filmmaker Sharron Rose,
      whose documentary "Timewave 2013" will kick off the conference.

      "I'm also flying in a shaman from Peru -- you should see his rider!" Meoli
      laughs. "Do you have any idea where I can get some yuk-yuk?"

      Meoli plans to produce a total of 12 conferences in various cities around
      the globe.

      "The grand hurrah will be on Dec. 21, 2012, at the Mayan pyramids," he says.
      "This is just the beginning."



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