End of the World http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/22139/all en Bangkok is sinking http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/thailand/090202/bangkok-sinking-1 <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/thailand/090202/bangkok-sinking-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> End of the World Business Green Asia-Pacific Thailand Tue, 03 Feb 2009 03:55:00 +0000 Patrick Winn 266292 at http://www.globalpost.com Thailand's deadly weapon of terror http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/thailand/100226/thailands-deadly-weapon-terror <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Vietnam War-era grenade launcher haunts a new generation. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Patrick Winn </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> BANGKOK, Thailand &mdash; Few weapons marry convenience and raw power like the M-79 grenade launcher. Known to Vietnam War-era G.I.&rsquo;s as the &ldquo;Blooper,&rdquo; it can lay waste to cement walls or crowds only to discretely vanish into an attacker&rsquo;s backpack.</p> <p> Throughout the past two years in Bangkok, this 28-inch menace has done just that. Just as Anthrax letters evoke post-9/11 paranoia in America, the Blooper has come symbolize politically motivated terror in the Thai capital.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/thailand/100226/thailands-deadly-weapon-terror" target="_blank">read more</a></p> End of the World Asia-Pacific Thailand Mon, 01 Mar 2010 11:14:00 +0000 Patrick Winn 5529047 at http://www.globalpost.com Opinion: President Obama in the age of loose nukes http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/worldview/100414/barack-obama-nuclear <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Securing the world's loose nuclear material has risen to the top of the US president's foreign policy agenda. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HDS Greenway </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> BOSTON — In that dawn of the nuclear age, man stood in awe of his most dread-filled creation. When the first atomic bomb was tested in the deserts of New <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/mexico">Mexico</a> 55 years ago, with a flash of light brighter than a thousand suns, there came to the mind of a watching scientist a line from the Hindu epic, the Bhagavad Gita: “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/worldview/100414/barack-obama-nuclear" target="_blank">read more</a></p> End of the World Opinion Thu, 15 Apr 2010 11:58:00 +0000 HDS Greenway 5542591 at http://www.globalpost.com Could a new Bible quell hatreds? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/worldview/101203/restored-new-testament-willis-barnstone <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Willis Barnstone's "Restored New Testament" draws from original Greek texts. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mort Rosenblum </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> LES ADRECHS, France &mdash; If Christians, Muslims and Jews are people of the same book, Willis Barnstone believes, they need a new edition. So he wrote the first significant English-language Bible since King James&rsquo; version in 1611.</p> <p> &ldquo;The Restored New Testament&rdquo; is poetically paced and rich in imagery. But beyond literature, it seeks to restore the original message after centuries of distortion that feeds hatred among religions with a shared heritage.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/worldview/101203/restored-new-testament-willis-barnstone" target="_blank">read more</a></p> End of the World France Europe Culture & Lifestyle Opinion Sun, 05 Dec 2010 13:55:00 +0000 Mort Rosenblum 5603038 at http://www.globalpost.com CDC advises on zombie apocalypse preparedness http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/offbeat/110519/zombie-invasion-apocalypse-cdc-disease-tornado-japan-earthquake <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/offbeat/110519/zombie-invasion-apocalypse-cdc-disease-tornado-japan-earthquake" target="_blank">read more</a></p> End of the World Google Japan Tsunami Twitter Offbeat Japan Thu, 19 May 2011 15:44:00 +0000 News Desk 5645925 at http://www.globalpost.com Where’s the rapture? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/dispatches-afpak/where%E2%80%99s-the-rapture <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Here in Afghanistan, I already feel like the world is ending. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jean MacKenzie </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> KABUL, Afghanistan &mdash; It has come as something of a relief to think that, after tomorrow, I may no longer have to worry about the future of Afghanistan, the stalled reintegration process, the collapse of Kabul Bank, my anemic retirement account, or, indeed, much of anything else.</p> <p> This, at least, is the message being broadcast by Harold Camping&rsquo;s Family Radio Worldwide, a Christian ministry that states without a doubt that the world will end on May 21. Believers will be taken up to heaven in what they call the Rapture, while the rest of us will have to endure several months of torment before the final reckoning.</p> <p> This, of course, is news I could have used a bit earlier. I&rsquo;ve been enduring years of torment in this land of endless war, where the situation seems to be constantly deteriorating on the one hand while progress is frequently reported on the other.</p> <p> U.S. President Barack Obama announced in his Mideast speech last night that the Taliban momentum has been broken in Afghanistan. On the same day, <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/dispatches-afghanistan/taliban-helmand-spring-offensive">an insurgent attack</a> killed at least 35 construction workers in eastern Afghanistan, wounding 17 more. Some 20 more are reported missing and presumed to have been kidnapped.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/dispatches-afpak/where%E2%80%99s-the-rapture" target="_blank">read more</a></p> End of the World Dispatches: Af/Pak Fri, 20 May 2011 15:54:00 +0000 Jean MacKenzie 5646209 at http://www.globalpost.com South African rapture believers stuck with huge hotel bill http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/offbeat/110523/rapture-judgment-day-south-africa-johannesburg-hotel-bill <p> The rapture hasn&#39;t come (so far), and now Johannes Coetzee&#39;s group is left with a hotel bill in the thousands of dollars.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/offbeat/110523/rapture-judgment-day-south-africa-johannesburg-hotel-bill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> End of the World Travel/Tourism Offbeat South Africa Mon, 23 May 2011 08:15:00 +0000 News Desk 5646655 at http://www.globalpost.com Spontaneous fish deaths alarm Filipinos http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/800-tons-dead-fish-mystifies-the-philippines <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Local media: lake's surface "turned white" with thousands of upended fish bellies </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Patrick Winn </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> And the latest apocalyptic mass animal death is... 800 tons of fish, whose lives spontaneously ended in the Philippines.</p> <p> According to the ABS-CBN TV news channel, the fish may have died from a <a href="http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/regions/05/28/11/fishkill-hits-taal-lake">sudden temperature change</a> brought on by rainy season. Another outlet, Manila&#39;s Inquirer, reported that<a href="http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/10679/after-fishkill-‘bangus’-consumers-cautious"> locals are paranoid</a> that dead fish dredged up with backhoes will end up in market stalls. The government has warned shady fishmongers that this will bring criminal charges.</p> <p> The stench of rotting fish has permeated towns around the body of water, Lake Taal. Officials have dumped lime on the mountains of dead fish to limit the smell. The International Business Times <a href="http://sanfrancisco.ibtimes.com/articles/154627/20110530/philippine-fishermen-struggle-with-massive-number-of-dead-fish-photos.htm">has lots of photos.</a></p> <p> 2011 is fast becoming the year of sudden fish deaths. Still, this &quot;fishkill,&quot; as the Filipino media called it, does not marks the phenomenon&#39;s 2011 Asia debut. That honor goes to Vietnam, where 150 tons of tilapia died spontaneously just seven days into the year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/800-tons-dead-fish-mystifies-the-philippines" target="_blank">read more</a></p> End of the World Philippines The Rice Bowl Tue, 31 May 2011 11:48:00 +0000 Patrick Winn 5648362 at http://www.globalpost.com Harold Camping's "real" rapture, October 21, is upon us http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/harold-camping-real-rapture-october-21-2011-judgment-day <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Radio host and preacher Harold Camping's revised prediction of judgment day — October 21, not May 21 — is only a day away. Maybe. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Camping">Harold Camping</a> &quot;real&quot; rapture day is approaching, with October 21, 2011, now predicted to be the <a href="http://global.christianpost.com/news/harold-camping-oct-21-rapture-what-will-the-bible-teacher-say-on-oct-22-58424/">day of judgment</a>, according the radio host and preacher.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/harold-camping-real-rapture-october-21-2011-judgment-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> End of the World World Religion South Africa United States Weird Wide Web Tue, 18 Oct 2011 20:45:00 +0000 News Desk 5678347 at http://www.globalpost.com Harold Camping's rapture: Friday, October 21 is Judgment Day (probably) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/harold-camping-rapture-friday-october-21-2011-judgment-day-again <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> World will "probably" end October 21, 2011, says radio host and preacher Harold Camping, who has twice wrongly predicted Judgment Day. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Poor old <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Camping">Harold Camping</a>. The radio host and preacher predicted the rapture would come on May 21, 2011. It didn&#39;t.&nbsp;</p> <p> Now Camping says the real day of judgment will be October 21, 2011. &quot;Probably.&quot;</p> <p> Camping, 90, has admitted that his previous prediction of a May 21 apocalypse was wrong due to an error in calculation.&nbsp;He also previously said the end of the world would come in 1994. When that date came and went, he said he made a mathematical error.</p> <p> In a recent audio statement, Camping predicted the October 21 rapture with a little less certainty than in his previous proclamations, <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/under-god/post/harold-camping-world-probably-to-end-oct-21-2011/2011/10/05/gIQAmxMMuL_blog.html">according to the Washington Post</a>.</p> <p> Camping said &ldquo;the end is going to come very, very quietly probably within the next month ... by October 21. Probably there will be no pain suffered by anyone because of their rebellion against God,&rdquo; he said, according to the Post.</p> <p> &ldquo;We can become more and more sure that they&rsquo;ll quietly die and that will be the end of their story.&rdquo;</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/harold-camping-real-rapture-october-21-2011-judgment-day">Harold Camping&#39;s &quot;real&quot; rapture, October 21, is upon us</a></strong></p> <p> In June, shortly after revising his apocalypse prediction, <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/culture-lifestyle/world-religion/110613/rapture-harold-camping-stroke">Camping suffered a stroke</a>, and he has since been playing a less prominent role with the Oakland, California-based evangelical Family Radio network.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/05/22/BAKO1JJIK7.DTL&amp;tsp=1">Camping told the San Francisco Chronicle</a> he was &quot;flabbergasted&quot; when the predicted End Times did not materialize on May 21.</p> <p> He decided that May 21 was actually &quot;an invisible judgment day&quot; in which a spiritual judgment took place, and the real apocalypse will take place October 21, he said in a radio broadcast.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/harold-camping-rapture-friday-october-21-2011-judgment-day-again" target="_blank">read more</a></p> End of the World World Religion United States Weird Wide Web Thu, 20 Oct 2011 10:31:00 +0000 News Desk 5678592 at http://www.globalpost.com Ohio county conducts zombie preparedness drill http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/zombie-preparedness-drill-delaware-county-ohio-cdc The zombie idea drives home the message of “bracing for the unexpected," Jesse Carter, a spokesman for the local health district, told the AP. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/zombie-preparedness-drill-delaware-county-ohio-cdc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> End of the World Health United States Weird Wide Web Sun, 30 Oct 2011 19:50:00 +0000 Samantha Stainburn 5679685 at http://www.globalpost.com World not ending in 2012, scientists say http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/the-end-the-world-not-nigh <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> On closer inspection, that Mayan tablet didn't say what people thought it said </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sarah Childress </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Remember those Mayan heiroglyphics that were supposed to forecast the apocalypse for next year?&nbsp;</p> <p> Turns out <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/expert-mexico-glyphs-dont-predict-apocalypse-040313881.html">somebody</a> got the translation wrong.</p> <p> Oops.</p> <p> A German archeologist, Sven Gronemeyer, has been studying this tablet. He says it talks about a transition to a new era, not the end of the world.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/the-end-the-world-not-nigh" target="_blank">read more</a></p> End of the World Culture & Lifestyle Mexico Que pasa Thu, 01 Dec 2011 15:06:00 +0000 Sarah Childress 5683028 at http://www.globalpost.com Top 10 Dumbest Moments of 2011 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/politics/world-leaders/111215/top-10-dumbest-moments-2011 <p> The world was supposed to end twice this year, but it didn&#39;t.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/politics/world-leaders/111215/top-10-dumbest-moments-2011" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 US Elections End of the World Libya Gaddafi War World Leaders Elections France Germany Culture & Lifestyle Italy Russia United States Fri, 16 Dec 2011 11:30:00 +0000 News Desk 5684371 at http://www.globalpost.com Blackbird deaths in Beebe, Ark., becoming New Year’s Eve tradition http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/blackbird-deaths-beebe-arkansas-new-years-eve-tradition <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> For the second year in a row, blackbirds dropped from the sky after Beebe residents began setting off fireworks to greet 2012. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samantha Stainburn </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> New York City and its ball drop has nothing on the town of Beebe, Ark., where a dead bird drop on New Year&rsquo;s Eve is becoming a distressing annual tradition.</p> <p> For the second year in a row, blackbirds dropped from the sky after Beebe residents began setting off fireworks to greet 2012, <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/01/us/arkansas-bird-deaths/">CNN reported</a>.</p> <p> Arkansas Game and Fish Commission spokeswoman Ginny Porter told CNN that between 50 and 80 birds were reported dead.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/blackbird-deaths-beebe-arkansas-new-years-eve-tradition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> End of the World Wildlife News United States Weird Wide Web Sun, 01 Jan 2012 23:35:00 +0000 Samantha Stainburn 5685620 at http://www.globalpost.com Apocalypse could be minutes nearer if Doomsday Clock goes forward http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/doomsday-clock-bulletin-atomic-scientists <p> UPDATE: <em>The <a href="http://thebulletin.org/content/media-center/announcements/2012/01/10/doomsday-clock-moves-1-minute-closer-to-midnight">BAS</a> did indeed move the Doomsday Clock forward, by one minute. It now reads five minutes to midnight.</em></p> <p> Tick, tick, tick... doom. Listen closely this afternoon and you may hear the ominous whirrings of the <a href="http://www.thebulletin.org/content/doomsday-clock/overview">Doomsday Clock</a>, counting us ever closer to mankind&#39;s certain end.</p> <p> The clock, invented in 1947 in the wake of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, tells the world &ndash; symbolically &ndash; how close it is to total nuclear destruction.</p> <p> Initially set at seven minutes to midnight (i.e. wipe-out), the clock currently reads 11:54 PM. Later today, <a href="http://www.livescience.com/17810-doomsday-clock-moves.html">LiveScience</a> reports, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (BAS) will decide whether to adjust it to reflect current threats to humankind.</p> <p><p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/doomsday-clock-bulletin-atomic-scientists" target="_blank">read more</a></p> End of the World Global Warming Nuclear Science United States Weird Wide Web Tue, 10 Jan 2012 17:25:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5686711 at http://www.globalpost.com