‘Doomsday’ an unexpectedly profitable event

By SpencerRoush

The idea behind the phrase “Not even if you were the last person on Earth” could actually happen if supposed “scientific evidence” is correct that the Ancient Mayan culture predicted our planet’s fate thousands of years ago. Apparently, everyone on Earth is supposed to be wiped out on Dec. 21, 2012, according to the Mayan Long

Count Calendar.

It seems people are profiting from society’s fears and anxieties about the possibilities of 2012 by selling bunkers, making movies, etc. But if this catastrophic event were to happen, I know I wouldn’t want to be one of the survivors trying to live in the newly created pile of rubble.

The survivors of the potential 2012 doomsday scenario would have a scarce food supply and would be forced to procreate. And what are the chances of the other survivor, with whom you’ll have to mate with, being Brad Pitt or Jessica Alba? Probably slim to none.  So paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for a bunker that may save your life won’t stop the fact that you would be forced to mate with a person you said you wouldn’t have liked before the end of the world.

Who really wants to be around after the apocalypse? I guess there are people buying protective bunkers and putting their name in a lottery to be the saved, “chosen” ones, all for the price of their life savings and dignity. How are we supposed to know these scientists aren’t just trying to make a buck? People will need to decide if they are willing to put up the money to be “saved” and essentially be in charge of repopulating the world, or take no course of action and hope the Mayan people, who were etching the calendar into a rock, simply fell asleep before its completion.

Some groups and scientists, such as the Institute for Human Continuity, are doing a great job scaring people into believing that the world will end. However, this group is fake and is a part of a great advertising campaign created by the movie, 2012.  Yahoo chat forums have been buzzing about the popular commercial seen on MTV featuring Institute for Human Continuity, and it’s hard to tell if it’s real.

The Institute for Human Continuity commercial tells viewers to put their name into a lottery for a chance to stay at a bunker that won’t be affected by the event, whether it’s Planet X smashing into Earth, a solar flare killing everyone and everything instantly or a shift in the Earth’s crust that will create shattering outcomes. But what the commercial doesn’t say is that it’s a ploy to create interest in the movie. Even the Web site looks believable, except for the “Explore the 2012 movie experience” advertisement at the bottom of the page. There is even a place to put your name into the fake lottery. However, there are other “real” Web sites that are dedicated to providing the public with doomsday information and places to buy expensive protective gear.

On 2012Base.com, there are links to many Web sites about the supposed event, including suggestions about how to survive solar radiation and the best expensive bunkers to purchase to ensure safety. The site states missile bases used and discarded by the government are the best to use if doomsday is really almost a month and two years away.  MissileBases.com has a listing of all the properties with protective bunkers available for purchase. They range from $300,000 to more than $1 million. According to the Web site, 47 bases have been sold as of January 2009.

People have already made plenty of money off the 2012 doomsday theory, whether it’s Hollywood movie producers boosting interest with a fake Web site, or people marketing overpriced bunkers to ensure safety. Because 2012 is around the corner, people will have to decide what course of action they will take, if any. I for one won’t be spending money on protection. If the end of the world is coming, I’m going on an expensive vacation to enjoy Earth’s final moments.