Category Archives: The end is nigh! (again)

Dugway Proving Ground on lockdown tonight

Dugway Proving Ground, a US Army facility in Utah, is on lockdown tonight:

Al Vogel, a public affairs specialist for the installation, would only say that the lockdown began at 5:24 p.m. Employees were not allowed to leave, and those coming to work were not allowed in. Vogel said there were no injuries, no damage and no threats reported at the proving ground. There were about 1,200 to 1,400 people at Dugway when the lockdown occurred.

Dugway is used for chemical and biological weapon testing, and NBC response training. Roughly 3000 sheep died in the area in 1968 due to an atmospheric surplus of nerve agent. The Twitters are abuzz tonight, but nobody seems to know very much.

Zoom out on the map below to see how close you are to Dugway, and check your favorite weather site for the current jet stream map.

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Story found at Wonkette.

Tracking mass animal die-offs has a comprehensive list of the recent mass animal deaths around the world. There’s more to the story than just the bird deaths in Louisiana and Arkansas that got everyone’s attention for a few days. Explanations range from fireworks to swamp gas, with the scientific consensus being that it’s nothing to worry about, go on about your business, nothing to see here. And if you don’t believe that, maybe Professor Nilüfer Aytuğ can sway you:

“People have started to question whether the bird deaths en masse worldwide are indicators of some imminent disaster. I see a huge amount of groundless speculation about the deaths on the Internet. However, it isn’t right to discuss an issue without sound information. I suppose the Internet has become more dangerous this way. Rumors on the Internet can make an issue more serious than it is,” Aytuğ noted.

So please stop reading this and go buy something! Do it for your country, because the rich people in the USA can’t carry your cheap ass forever!

(Animal death tracking data via unrelenting machine)

Doomsday 2012 or 2200?

2012.jpgInteresting claim by Dutch scientists that the Mayan calendar doomsday prediction of 2012 is off by 208 years. Unfortunately, the best version available so far is this Google translation. There’s also some discussion over at Slashdot.

My prediction: this is some sort of viral promotion for a sequel to the 2012 movie coming out in a couple of weeks. The trailer for that one reminded me of the star studded disaster films of the 1970′s by way of and Jerry Bruckheimer’s ConAir, so I was very disappointed to see there is no Bruckheimer involvement. 2012 is directed by Roland Emmerich, who produced The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day. Think I’ll wait for this one on cable (if it even makes it there before the world ends).