I finally did a little searching today to find out exactly what the Mayans predicted would happen on Dec. 21, 2012. It turns out that they did not predict the end of the world.

According to USA Today,

“For the ancient Maya, it was a huge celebration to make it to the end of a whole cycle,” says Sandra Noble, executive director of the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies in Crystal River, Fla. To render Dec. 21, 2012, as a doomsday or moment of cosmic shifting, she says, is “a complete fabrication and a chance for a lot of people to cash in.”

But the theories abound, and that same USA Today piece also says,

Part of the 2012 mystique stems from the stars. On the winter solstice in 2012, the sun will be aligned with the center of the Milky Way for the first time in about 26,000 years. This means that “whatever energy typically streams to Earth from the center of the Milky Way will indeed be disrupted on 12/21/12 at 11:11 p.m. Universal Time,” Joseph writes.

Regardless, at the rate we’re going, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the world implode by the end of 2012.

As  Naomi Klein writes today in The Nation, “There’s a Hole in the World.”

Aside from the hole in the world, the level of anger in the US seems to be at an all time high. The crazies are on a rampage and they seem determined to make the Obama administration fail, even if it means the total destruction of our country.

But it’s not only here.  The middle east is as volatile as ever, with no signs of relief.  The Islamic world wants the rest of us to pay, and the Christians aren’t a whole lot better.

I’m wondering if there’s a discarded island that Survivor no longer needs where some of us can go to start our own safe corner of the world.

On tonight’s show, I’ll speak with Dave Rauschkolb, the man who came up with the idea of Hands Across the Sand.

Dave started this event last year as a way to call attention to the dangers of off-shore drilling. How ironic is it that today, the beaches where he lives (between Destin and Pensacola, Florida) are awash in oil and tar balls.  Also troubling is the fact that his website, which allows people to find a gathering near them, has been down for most of the day.  Kind of makes you wonder….

If, for some reason, the site doesn’t come back up, you can still find all the information on facebook.  But plan to show up at a beach near you on Saturday at noon to join in the protest and say enough to this madness!

John Amato, founder of Crooks & Liars, will join in to talk about his new book-written with C&L editor Dave Neiwert, “Over the Cliff: How Obama’s Election Drove the American Right Insane

***Update*** I started the show with a couple of sad and horrifying videos.  Watch, because you should. And show up at a Hands Across the Sand event on Saturday to show your disgust.

A quick note to fans of the show.  I truly apologize for the invasion of obnoxious pre-pubescent kids calling and infiltrating the chatroom this week. Apparently I’ve  been targeted.

Hopefully they’ll forget about me by Monday.  Just in case, we’ll do our chatting at Nova Exile, where it’s much easier to keep them out. I hope you’ll join us there.