Here's the Scoop: Nov. 11, 2009

It’s the end of the world...and I feel fine
“The sky is falling!” How many times have we heard that one? Quite a few. Apparently, it’s going to fall permanently in 2012. Again. This news is certainly making a lot of folks quite anxious.
Personally, I’m not that worried about “the end of the world” coming. Honestly, I was among those who lived through the whole thing when the year 2000 rolled around. In terms of “world-ending” events, it really wasn’t that bad — unless you consider the Yankees beating the Mets in the World Series that fall.
I’m sure there are many folks out there who will agree with me the end of the world in 2000 was a wee bit overstated. Plus, if the world didn’t come to a screeching, smoke-belching, nuclear cloud end with two George W. Bush presidencies, I think we can withstand pretty much anything.
Nevertheless, there apparently are a bunch of people who have been studying the Mayan calendar (Where do they get these? I have trouble remembering to order refills for my $1.29 tear-off desk model.) and are fearing that our planet will pretty much turn into a giant dust ball toward the end of 2012.
The good news for these true believers is that the “end of the world” doesn’t exactly extend to everybody. The people who “prepare” for this occurrence will be in decent shape — as long as they spend the next couple of years hoarding essential goods like duct tape and vegetable seeds.
As my wife so keenly pointed out, “If the sun will be blocked out by a giant dust cloud for 40 years (as some say) what good will the seeds be?” This is an end-of-the-world detail that still needs refining, I think.
But this is a very good point. And one that is certainly being addressed in the training camps and printed pieces that are helping folks prepare for this world-ending (for most!) event.

Who needs cash?
I’m also wondering, if the world is gonna go dark in a couple of years, are the folks who are supplying all this survival preparation training and equipment doing it for free? After all, what good is the money going to do them when there’s nothing to buy in a few years? At the very least, if the world somehow fails to end, will this money be refunded?
These questions apparently aren’t being asked by some people. No, the survival types are being quite selfish about the whole end of the world threat. They are going to be prepared.
For others who don’t take this prediction so seriously, the end-of-world folks simply warn: “You’ll be sorry. Nyah, nyah.” I added the last part, but I’m sure that’s what these people are thinking.
After all, they’re going to be prepared to deal with a dusty, empty world. And, unlike in the original “Planet of the Apes,” they won’t need the Statue of Liberty to wash ashore to let them know where they are residing.
For me, this whole scenario just leaves too many questions. Should I cancel my life insurance? What good will it do anyone? Why bother waxing the car? It’s not going to have a chance to rust?
Plus, when you tune into the news each day and hear about wars, disease, global warming and more, you really have to wonder if we’ll even make it to 2012.