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Controversy: Nestlé killed Chipwich

I have been wondering for quite some time what happened to chipwich? I was wondering why the ice cream man didn’t have it and why 7-eleven only had the crappy Nestlé tollhouse cookie sandwich (chipwich knockoff)

Then I went to Wikipedia!

A Chipwich is an ice cream sandwich made of ice cream between two chocolate chip cookies. Sometimes, the sandwich is rolled in chocolate chips which stick to the ice cream. The original Chipwich was invented by Richard LaMotta (1942-2010) in New York City and was made up of vanilla ice cream sandwiched by two chocolate-chip cookies.

Chipwiches date back to 1981 when LaMotta created the Chipwich and began a guerrilla marketing campaign, in which he trained and enlisted 100 street cart vendors (mostly students) to sell the Chipwich on the streets of New York City. The campaign established Chipwich as a successful brand. CoolBrands, the country’s second-largest ice cream distributor, bought the Chipwich brand in 2002, and sold it in 2007 to Dreyer’s division of Nestlé who has stopped production of the original Chipwich because it competed with its own chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich.
-Wikipedia

Nestlé killed Chipwich!

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This is the crap they replaced the chipwich with!

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When Ford killed Mercury they cut costs because it was the same car but only had a different grill, tail lights and emblems, but it was the same car!!

Chipwich and Tollhouse are 2 totally different recipes! It was stupid to cancel it! People who hate chipwich would buy tollhouse and vise versa! Meanwhile, Nestlé would get both the profits! What is the best way to compete? A 2 headed coin! You always win! Unless, you pick tails lol

Nestle could have had a 2 headed coin! Chipwich and Tollhouse!

Bring back the Chipwich!!!

Lets look at it another way! What’s better a Louis Vuitton or a fake Louis from canal st in NYC?

The Chipwich is the best and original like the Louis!

But people still buy the knockoff Louis like the tollhouse because they don’t want to spend the money for the original…

Charge more if you have to but, bring back the Original Chipwich!!

**Update** April 25th 2018

The Original Chipwich is back!

OMFG! It is amazing and all that I remember! Today I received a batch of Original Chipwich!

And boy was it amazing!

Joel’s outrageous was the closest to the original I have ever tasted!

But what Joel failed to do was roll the sandwich in tiny chips like a Chipwich!

Having not tasted one in many years, I forgot the importance of the mini chips and I only liked the fact that it’s more chocolate!

However; now having tasted it again, I can fully explain: the mini chips add layered texture! You get the soft cookie creamy French vanilla ice cream and then the crunchy chips! Its layered perfection!

Now I do love Joel’s half dipped cookies!

I would say Chipwich, do a fully chocolate dipped cookie option! If you are going to go halfway screw that go all the way! And make multi flavors! Mint chocolate chip! Peanut butter!

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Controversy: Male Maxipads!

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Are you fuckin serious! Do you have to take our last shred of masculinity! If I need one of those male Maxipads I rather die or just wear the whole fuckin diaper! That’s ridiculous! Just chop my fuckin balls off and i’ll cease to be a man! How the fuck do you tell your guy friends, hey ah you guys have to try these male Maxipads they are the bomb! No fucking way! Ladies keep your pads to yourselves!!

Let us keep our last shed of dignity!


Controversy: Construction in America reaching epidemic proportions!

Construction in America is reaching epidemic proportions! Big business is ruining America! Build, build build! Build it and they will come! No they won’t! Especially, in today’s economy!

Towns in NJ such as: Butler and Pompton Lakes have tons of stores vacant! But more and more keep getting built!

The problem with that is when to take away land, you take away nature! When you take away nature, the animals have nowhere to go! I’m by no means a tree hugging hippie! But, c’mon! I don’t want to be animal lunch either! I also had to wait for a family of ducks crossing the road today!

Never in my life have I seen a bear! Once a bear wandered into my town about 15 years ago, (due to construction) a dog chased it off, never to be seen again! Now, there are a bunch of bears frequenting the area, in fact I just chased one off my lawn about 15 min ago!

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Yesterday, I saw a family of about 10-15 wild turkeys in a neighbors yard! I had to wait for them to cross the street! Who the fuck sees wild turkeys in the suburbs!

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Years ago none of this happened! All we had were squirrels, and raccoons and rarely I mean rarely a skunk and a possum. Now, we are infested with deer, chipmunks, rabbits, bear a few squirrels and now turkeys! The raccoons, skunks and possum are all gone! Extinct! From my neighborhood! Guess the bears ate them!

Stop building crap we don’t need!! Oh, and to make things worse, NJ has the worst gun laws! We can’t even protect ourselves!

The day I see a bobcat, a wolf or a mt lion, in NJ I’m shooting that shit on site!! Fuck that I’m no ones lunch!

I know people need jobs, but towns need to stop building shit we don’t need! When all the stores are full, by all means expand, but when you have tons of empty locations, cut the crap! If its a monetary problem (people jacking up rental prices, either regulate it or buy the building out and have the town be the landlord)

But stop destroying nature, before nature destroys us!


Controversy: Food Network caught lying?

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Ok so it says its live at 9pm and right now it’s 8pm

On demand has star salvation 2 posted already:

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Lets play it (hint I already watched it about 2 hours ago)
Star salvation is where eliminated finalists compete to return to the show. It’s hosted by Robert Irvine.

Well the new not yet kicked off (because its supposedly live) contestant gets to compete for a return spot:

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But wait a min he hasn’t been kicked off yet? Are we in a time machine? How are we glimpsing the future outcome of a 9pm live show?

Shame on you Food Network!

I would expect this from WWE, but not from you!


Controversy: USA Cancels Burn Notice!

Sad but True!

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Fox TV Studios action-drama has been top player for cabler since its 2007 debut

Cynthia Littleton Editor-in-chief: TV @Variety_Cynthia

USA Network will call it a wrap for “Burn Notice” at the end of its seventh season that begins June 6.

Fox Television Studios’ spy vehicle created by Matt Nix has been a pillar of the cabler’s sked since 2007, and set the template for the blend of high-octane action and comedy that characterize USA’s signature original dramas. The final season will consist of 13 episodes, taking the show past the 100-episode mark.

“ ‘Burn Notice’ has had an incredible run over the last five years, and we could not be more proud of the extraordinary talent both in-front of and behind the cameras who have collectively made this show into one of the most popular and lauded shows on TV today,” said Chris McCumber, USA Network co-president. “From day one, ‘Burn’s’ characters, storylines and mythology have consistently captivated a massive audience, and this final season will raise the stakes even higher, leading up to a spectacular series finale,” said Jeff Wachtel, co-president of USA Network.

Series stars Jeffery Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Sharon Gless and Coby Bell.
-Variety.com

This Sucks! Especially when USA Keep steaming piles of shit like: Covert Affairs, Royal Pains, White Collar and Necessary Roughness! Instead they kill their top show! That’s real smart!

Now before we jump on USA, Was it the USA Execs that canceled the show or did Burn Notice’s writers say hey, there is nothing else we can put this guy through before he either dies, gets back in the CIA Permanently (thus is no longer burned) or he is blackballed for life! We ran out of believable stories! If that was the case then, I much prefer killing the show rather than putting out garbage. Just make sure you can bring it back in the future for a special movie!!!

I hate to see my favorite show go! (I need more walking dead, true blood and game of thrones to help fill the void!)

except for suits, USA Now blows! Nice going USA!

Bruce Campbell on ‘Burn Notice’ end: “There will be time for tears”

Published Tuesday, Jun 18 2013, 6:06am EDT | By Morgan Jeffery |

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Sam Axe is back! The sixth season of Burn Notice is launching in the UK on FOX, so Digital Spy got on the phone to the legendary Bruce Campbell to talk about the new “Sam-tastic” episodes and what to expect from season six.

With Burn Notice drawing to a close after seven years, Campbell also spoke about Sam’s final fate and why he’ll miss blowing stuff up with a beer in his hand…

Season six of Burn Notice is launching now in the UK – should we expect some Sam-tastic episodes? “Yes, very much so Sam-tastic episodes. You can expect the game to change – it’s not going to follow the same formula starting with this season. It’s going to get shaken up – some big dramatic changes. I think the creators were determined to set it free and let it go a little crazy… so Burn Notice is going to get a little crazy in season six.

“You’ll see all kinds of new bad guys – you’ll see some crazy stuff, that’s really the best way I can describe it! It’s been fun for us, because now when we get a script – and into season seven that we’re filming now – we have no idea where this is gonna go until it ends. So we’ve enjoyed it very much as well, just like the viewer.”

Season seven of Burn Notice has been confirmed to be the last. Do you think now is the right time to end the show? “Well, I’m not an executive of a network, but I think there’s always a point where the cost of a show rises and your viewership drops a little bit, and whenever it hits a certain kind of nexus point, that’s usually when they pull the trigger.

“The good news is, we got the news soon enough that the writers can now address that – they’ve got all season to wrap it up now, ‘cos we’ve known about this since pretty much day one of season seven.

“It’s been good for all of us to know, ‘OK, this is it, so let’s give it a good shot’ and the writers have a chance to really wrap it up, ‘cos that’s what viewers want. They want a satisfying wrap-up to a show that has these mysteries to it.”

Have the writers let you in on what Sam’s final fate might be? “Not the final fate – they’re not letting us know about that. But they’re letting us know big, broader things, because I had asked [series creator] Matt Nix the other day, ‘Do I have the right tone based on where you’re going with this?’ and so he had to send me an e-mail letting me know broadly what was happening. Now I know what to keep in mind.”

What is the mood like on set as you prepare to wrap up the series? “It’s fine – we’re too hot and sweaty [to get upset]. These crew members work on average about a 77-hour week, so they don’t even know their names by this point! We’re all just working on a TV show, y’know what I mean? There will be time for tears and reflection later.

“But a lot of these people are certainly sad to see it go. A lot of people on the crew got to go find another gig. It’s easier for an actor to go find work – I’m a gypsy, I just travel wherever the job is -but some of them who are pushing a dolly or working on lights… they can’t always do that.

“But thankfully Miami… when we started the show, we were it – we were the only TV show filming here. Now, seven years later, there are four or five shows here and so I think we’ve helped revitalise this area, [in terms of] being a viable place to film.”

Looking back on the series, what do you think it was about Burn Notice that clicked with viewers? “That it’s more positive than negative. That you are fighting for the greater good. That there’s loyalty. Even though we have a lot of rough edges, we’re pretty responsible, reliable people and we don’t kill that many people. It’s amazing – if you go through in seven years of how many people we’ve actually killed… I think I’ve killed three or four.

“I mean, we have an episode coming up in season seven where I kill someone and it’s a big deal. We make a big deal out of it and I like that. There’s not a high body count – we’re smarter than that.

“So it’s not a bitter, jaded show – as they call it in the industry, it’s a ‘Blue Sky’ show – you’re outdoors, the sun is shining, the breeze is in your hair, y’know?”

And a beer in your hand! “Yeah, a beer in your hand while you’re blowing stuff up!”
-digitalspy.com

Bruce Campbell is well spoken, that’s why he keeps getting work!

**Update**

This final season of Burn Notice is terrible! It’s like an entirely new show! They stopped the clients! They almost never give the spy tips anymore! They even had the perfect chance tonight! Fiona was trapped by a wall of fire, passed out from smoke inhalation and Michael picked up a fire extinguisher threw it into the flames and shot it to put out the fire. (Ps myth busters please test that stunt out!!)

The show is all focused on working for a mystery bad guy… In which we have no idea why he is working for the guy…

**Update** September 10th 2013
Is this really the end of Burn Notice?
Why? Burn Notice: the fall of Sam Axe!

I believe in a couple seasons they will release a 2hr movie! This is their best original series!


A little bit of fun: Creepy Animals!

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Creepy Sloth! Watch out he’s coming for you!

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Giant Poodle that shits creepy! A toy Poodle is foo foo cute, but a giant foo foo dog, that shits creepy!

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Platypus – God just grabbed a bunch of spare parts he had left over and slapped that shit together! Creepy!

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Aardvark eeeh God he’s ugly!!

Got any more creepy animals? Lol


Controversy: Should Transgender Athletes be allowed to compete in their New gender sport?

FSBC reviewing Fox’s MMA license
Franklin McNeil and Melissa Isaacson
ESPN.com | March 6, 2013

Florida State Boxing Commission officials are reviewing the mixed martial arts license of Championship Fighting Alliance women’s featherweight tournament participant Fallon Fox after learning she is a transgender female.

Fox revealed her original gender to SI.com on Monday, two days after Fox landed a knee to the chin of Ericka Newsome, who was knocked out in 39 seconds of their quarterfinal bout in Coral Gables, Fla.

It is believed that Fox is the first transgender male or female to participate in an MMA event.

Neither FSBC officials nor CFA founder and CEO Jorge De La Noval was aware that Fallon was a trangender female. On the application she submitted March 1 for a Florida fighting license, Fallon listed her gender as female.

De La Noval said Fox was “heartbroken” as news of her 2006 sexual reassignment surgery went public, drawing intense scrutiny and criticism from fellow MMA fighters as well as triggering an investigation as to whether the 37-year-old was properly licensed for last weekend’s fight.

“As a promoter, obviously everyone who comes into my office, what I see is a fighter,” De La Noval said. “I don’t ask anyone what their sexual preference is. What they do with their personal life is not my business. She’s a sweet girl. … And where we stand as a company is that she’s a female. She has an Illinois driver’s license (as a female). She’s a female and she’s definitely a fighter. I just don’t see how anybody can revoke her license.”

Fox claimed to be licensed in California, but her application still is being reviewed by that state’s athletic commission.

The confusion, said Fox’s agent Brett Atchley, came after a journalist who knew Fox’s previous identity began inquiring about her. Atchley said they then went to a reporter he knew from SI.com, who wrote the story earlier this week.

“The bone of contention for Fallon seems to be people characterizing her as dishonest and manipulating, that she somehow manifested her destiny by saying, ‘I’m going to have this operation and then I’m going to be a fighter and world champion,’ ” Atchley told ESPNChicago.com.

During its rules workshops next week, FSBC officials plan to address how to proceed with applications submitted by transgender fighters.

“There is nothing on her application for a license that indicates anything of that nature,” FSBC spokeswoman Sandi Copes Poreda told ESPN.com Wednesday.

“We are currently investigating some allegations related to the information provided on the application.

“The commission is in the process of updating its rules for professional MMA events, and this particular topic will be part of our workshops on March 15. We’ll have additional information about the rules workshops after it’s completed.”

In the meantime, De La Noval is standing fully behind Fox, though he did not learn of her transgender status until after Saturday night’s fight. He has no intention of removing her from the tournament.

“She [currently] has a license by the Florida State Boxing Commission as a female; she’s going to stay in the tournament,” De La Noval told ESPN.com. “She’s a female fighter to us. And we’re standing behind her when it comes to that.

“We’re not going to kick her out of the tournament. She’s going to continue fighting for CFA.

“It wouldn’t be fair to cut her out of the tournament now. There’s a lot of money on the line for her that she needs. She’s a great fighter.”

De La Noval said that Fox was scheduled to return to action April 20, but with all of the controversy surrounding her competitive license in Florida, the bout has been postponed.

There is a discrepancy over how many MMA fights the 5-foot-6 Fox has had. De La Noval said it is his understanding that Fox has fought three times professionally, though he’s heard she has competed in as many as five fights.

Despite the number of bouts Fox has under her belt, De La Noval is convinced she is a high-caliber mixed martial artist.

“We want to give her a couple of weeks to get that license cleared,” De La Noval said. “She’s obviously a fighter. There’s no doubt in anybody’s mind that she is a fighter.

“But is she going to get a female license? That’s what the whole debate is about now.”

De La Noval said other fighters have been calling, and he is getting mixed reaction.

“It has gotten to the point where some are saying, ‘I’m fighting her in the next round. Am I fighting a male or female? What’s the deal?’ ” he said. “I told them the same thing. I’m not pulling her from the tournament. She’s a female fighter and if she goes all the way, she’s going to be my champion and I’m very proud of her. It’s just a matter of time before we see how this plays out.”
-espn.com

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This is a touchy subject! The way I see it, to put it bluntly: If you peel the banana it’s still a banana, whether you peel it or not!

Let’s get something straight, Transgender to me, is like any other plastic surgery. You do it to make yourself feel better. If getting breast implants makes you happy and more confident, or a facelift does the same then by all means go do it! If by looking like a female or a male makes you feel better then by all means go do it! But, to me it doesn’t and will never make you be the opposite gender! Yes, it changes the physical appearance, but not the physiological makeup.

As far as athletes go, I’m going to have to say, treat it like a steroid case! If the Transgender athlete has a testosterone level higher than the normal female then they are banned!

Testosterone aside, that also brings up other factors, muscle mass, average height and weight… Let’s face it Men have more average muscle mass, less bodyfat and a larger frame and height!

Is that too much of an advantage? I believe so! This has nothing to do with personal beliefs, prejudice or religious beliefs etc.. It has to do with physiological differences between the genders.

One argument that can be brought up, but is irrelevant; Some natural born women can beat up natural born men.

Yes; there are always exceptions, but those are the athletes we are talking about! Is it unfair to put those athletes that have to seriously battle their own genetic makeup to cut weight and build muscle to get where they are against a Man?

NORMAL BODY FAT
The normal body fat range for women older than 18 is between 14 and 31 percent. The normal body fat range for men is between 6 and 25 percent. Women have a higher body fat range than men because they need more body fat for estrogen production and other hormonal processes and as energy reserves during pregnancy.
-bodyfat taken from livestrong.com

I think that is enough of an advantage to say no!

Especially, with the controversy over male athletes taking sports supplements to enhance their performance and having their careers ruined: Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Brian Bosworth, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Lance Armstrong etc…

Should Transgender Athletes be allowed to compete in their new gender division… I would have to say NO!


Unemployment rate sky high due to budget cuts and flawed human resources systems

It’s no surprise the World is in a Depression! America likes to call it a Recession, but it’s a Depression! The Government isn’t the only problem! It’s Technology and lazy people!

Email is ruining the hiring process!!

Before the new millennium: If a company received a résumé from a prospect and they liked him/her they would use the number on the resume and call them! They would then tell them to come in for an interview, if they liked them, they hired them!! End of story!!

Now: If they like you they send you a fuckin email to email them back with a good fucking time for them to call you!!!

**Hint**
Human resources pick up the phone and call them!!

Then:
Then they call you for a phone interview, then then email you back after the phone interview to email them back to set up an in person interview

Next:
You go there, meet, talk, leave, after they email you to email them back to set up second interview then repeat above… Sometimes 3 times!!!!!

Finally,
They call you and tell you that you get the job or they email you and tell you that you have the job and to report here at a certain date and time.

This is freakin ridiculous!!

A note to Human resources: People not only apply to one place, they apply to a couple and go on a couple interviews.

Sometimes they drive 1-2hrs to get there, spend $20-30 in gas & tolls, $5-10 on resume paper, $10-15 on dry cleaning their suit. Plus wear and tear mileage on their car and you make them do it 2-3 times!!! Then sometimes you don’t hire them and get have to do it all over again!!

You wonder why the unemployment & suicide rates are so high!!!

Stop the bullshit! Pick up a freaking phone and talk to people!! If you have a job don’t be lazy and help people!!! Make things easier for them!!

Ps: that’s the definition of a job! Helping people for money!!!

That’s what a job is!

The Government cutting budgets and causing hiring freezes all over the place is only half the problem!

Lets fix what we can first!!


TV Show Review: Pete Rose Hits and Mrs.

Pete Rose – that is a subject that pisses me off beyond belief!!!!

For those of you that don’t know who he is:
Peter Edward Rose (born April 14, 1941), nicknamed “Charlie Hustle,” is a former Major League Baseball player and manager. Rose played from 1963 to 1986, and managed from 1984 to 1989.

Rose, a switch hitter, is the all-time Major League leader in hits (4,256), games played (3,562), at-bats (14,053) and outs (10,328).[1] He won three World Series rings, three batting titles, one Most Valuable Player Award, two Gold Gloves, the Rookie of the Year Award, and made 18 All-Star appearances at an unequaled four different positions (2B, LF, RF, 3B & 1B).

In August 1989, three years after he retired as an active player, Rose agreed to permanent ineligibility from baseball amidst accusations that he gambled on baseball games while playing for and managing the Reds, including claims that he bet on his own team. In 1991, the Baseball Hall of Fame formally voted to ban those on the “permanently ineligible” list from induction, after previously excluding such players by informal agreement among voters. In 2004, after years of public denial, Rose admitted to betting on baseball and on, but not against, the Reds. The issue of Rose’s possible re-instatement and election to the Hall of Fame remains a contentious one throughout baseball.
-Wikipedia

Ok so the guy bet on baseball!! Who hasn’t been involved in a baseball or football pool at work c’mon! If I was a player or mma fighter and bets were being made, of course I would bet on myself!! That’s free money!!

Whether its wrong or not doesn’t matter. He wasn’t caught or accused of shaving points (that’s a big unethical no-no!) that’s straight up cheating!

If he wasn’t caught cheating then it shouldn’t be an issue!

Betting on sports has nothing to do with getting all those hits! Winning all those games and championship rings and all the records broken! That you can’t take away from the guy!! So, as a player he should be in the Hall of Fame!

Now, as a coach; that’s a different story! If he is a Hall of Fame worthy coach (and he was) sports gambling should disqualify him from the Hall of Fame as a coach! After all, those are 2 separate careers! If I was a player making 15 mil a year then I retired and wanted to be a scout, do you think get are going to pay me 15 mil a year to be a scout? Yeah, I don’t think so!! It’s 2 separate careers!!

You should treat it as such!

Now about the show:
Major League Baseball legend Pete Rose will be coming to TLC later this year with a new reality show about his life and impending wedding to model Kiana Kim. We’re looking forward to watching the romance between the 70-something superstar and his 30-something fiancee unfold.
The LA Times is already anticipating the new drama, “Expect to see some drama from Rose’s adult children, who are quite skeptical of the relationship, and some long-distance woes: Rose lives in Vegas and Kim lives in Los Angeles. But we’re pretty sure those crazy kids are gonna make it work.”
-discovery.com

It’s about time he gets to voice his side of the story! As for the relationship, they are adults, if that makes them happy life is short!! Have fun! The popular saying now is YOLO – you only live once…


Doomsday is here! It’s the End of the World as we know it…and I feel Fine!

“It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”

That’s great, it starts with an earthquake Birds and snakes, an aeroplane, and Lenny Bruce is not afraid

Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn World serves its own needs, don’t misserve your own needs Feed it up a knock, speed, grunt, no, strength The ladder starts to clatter with a fear of height, down, height Wire in a fire, represent the seven games And a government for hire and a combat site Left her, wasn’t coming in a hurry with the Furies breathing down your neck

Team by team, reporters baffled, trumped, tethered, cropped Look at that low plane, fine, then Uh-oh, overflow, population, common group But it’ll do, save yourself, serve yourself World serves its own needs, listen to your heart bleed Tell me with the Rapture and the reverent in the right, right You vitriolic, patriotic, slam fight, bright light Feeling pretty psyched

It’s the end of the world as we know it It’s the end of the world as we know it It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine

Six o’clock, TV hour, don’t get caught in foreign tower Slash and burn, return, listen to yourself churn Lock him in uniform, book burning, bloodletting Every motive escalate, automotive incinerate Light a candle, light a motive, step down, step down Watch your heel crush, crush, uh-oh This means no fear, cavalier, renegade and steering clear A tournament, a tournament, a tournament of lies Offer me solutions, offer me alternatives, and I decline

It’s the end of the world as we know it (I had some time alone) It’s the end of the world as we know it (I had some time alone) It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine (It’s time I had some time alone) I feel fine (I feel fine)

It’s the end of the world as we know it (It’s time I had some time alone) It’s the end of the world as we know it (It’s time I had some time alone) It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine (It’s time I had some time alone)

The other night I dreamt a nice continental drift divide Mountains sit in a line, Leonard Bernstein Leonid Brezhnev, Lenny Bruce, and Lester Bangs Birthday party, cheesecake, jellybean, boom You symbiotic, patriotic, slam but neck, right? Right

It’s the end of the world as we know it (It’s time I had some time alone) It’s the end of the world as we know it (It’s time I had some time alone) It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine (It’s time I had some time alone)

It’s the end of the world as we know it It’s the end of the world as we know it It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine (It’s time I had some time alone)

It’s the end of the world as we know it (It’s time I had some time alone) It’s the end of the world as we know it (It’s time I had some time alone) It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine (It’s time I had some time alone)

It’s the end of the world as we know it (It’s time I had some time alone) It’s the end of the world as we know it (It’s time I had some time alone) It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine (It’s time I had some time alone)

(It’s time I had some time alone)
-lyrics by REM

Well, the end is upon us… and I feel fine, but the day isn’t over yet. I am of course referring to the end of the Mayan Calendar.

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In Mexico, New Agers say end of Mayan calendar will herald ‘cosmic dawn,’ not end of world

By Mark Stevenson, The Associated Press | Associated Press – 10 hrs ago

MERIDA, Mexico – Doomsday hour is here, at least in much of the world, and so still are we.

According to legend, the ancient Mayans’ long-count calendar ends at midnight Thursday, ushering in the end of the world.

Didn’t happen.

“This is not the end of the world. This is the beginning of the new world,” Star Johnsen-Moser, an American seer, said at a gathering of hundreds of spiritualists at a convention centre in the Yucatan city of Merida, an hour and a half from the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza.

“It is most important that we hold a positive, beautiful reality for ourselves and our planet. … Fear is out of place.”

As the appointed time came and went in several parts of the world, there was no sign of the apocalypse.

Indeed, the social network Imgur posted photos of clocks turning midnight in the Asia-Pacific region with messages such as: “The world has not ended. Sincerely, New Zealand.”

In Merida, the celebration of the cosmic dawn opened inauspiciously, with a fumbling of the sacred fire meant to honour the calendar’s conclusion.

Gabriel Lemus, the white-haired guardian of the flame, burned his finger on the kindling and later had to scoop up a burning log that fell from the ceremonial brazier onto the stage.

Still, Lemus was convinced that it was a good start, as he was joined by about 1,000 other shamans, seers, stargazers, crystal enthusiasts, yogis, sufis and swamis.

“It is a cosmic dawn,” Lemus declared. “We will recover the ability to communicate telepathically and levitate objects … like our ancestors did.”

Celebrants later held their arms in the air in a salute to the Thursday morning sun.

“The galactic bridge has been established,” intoned spiritual leader Alberto Arribalzaga. “At this moment, spirals of light are entering the centre of your head … generating powerful vortexes that cover the planet.”

Despite all the ritual and banter, few here actually believed the world would end Friday; the summit was scheduled to run through Sunday. Instead, participants said they were here to celebrate the birth of a new age.

A Mexican Indian seer who calls himself Ac Tah, and who has travelled around Mexico erecting small pyramids he calls “neurological circuits,” said he holds high hopes for Friday.

“We are preparing ourselves to receive a huge magnetic field straight from the centre of the galaxy,” he said.

Terry Kvasnik, 32, a stunt man from Manchester, England, said his motto for the day was “be in love, don’t be in fear.” As to which ceremony he would attend on Friday, he said with a smile, “I’m going to be in the happiest place I can.”

At dozens of booths set up in the convention hall, visitors could have their auras photographed with “Chi” light, get a shamanic cleansing or buy sandals, herbs and whole-grain baked goods. Cleansing usually involves having copal incense waved around one’s body.

Visitors could also learn the art of “healing drumming” with a Mexican Otomi Indian master, Dabadi Thaayroyadi, who said his slender hand-held drums are made with prayers embedded inside. The drums emit “an intelligent energy” that can heal emotional, physical and social ailments, he said.

During the opening ceremony, participants chanted mantras to the blazing Yucatan sun, which quickly burned the fair-skinned crowd.

Violeta Simarro, a secretary from Perpignan, France, taking shelter under an awning, noted that the new age won’t necessarily be easy.

“It will be a little difficult at first, because the world will need a complete ‘nettoyage’ (cleansing), because there are so many bad things,” she said.

Not all seers endorsed the celebration. Mexico’s self-styled “brujo mayor,” or chief soothsayer, Antonio Vazquez Alba, warned followers to stay away from gatherings on Friday. “We have to beware of mass psychosis” that could lead to stampedes or “mass suicides, of the kind we’ve seen before,” he said.

“If you get 1,000 people in one spot and somebody yells ‘Fire!’ watch out,” Vazquez Alba said. “The best thing is to stay at home, at work, in school, and at some point do a relaxation exercise.”

Others saw the gathering as a model for the coming age.

Participants from Asian, North American, South American and European shamanistic traditions mingled amiably with the Mexican hosts.

“This is the beginning of a change in priorities and perceptions. We are all one,” said Esther Romo, a Mexico City businesswoman who works in art promotion and galleries. “No limits, no boundaries, no nationalities, just fusion.”

Gabriel Romero, a Los-Angeles based practitioner of crystal skull channeling, was so sure it wasn’t the end of the world that he planned a welcome ceremony for the new age at dawn on Saturday, when he would erect a stele, a stone monument used by the Mayans to commemorate important dates or events.

The Maya, who invented an amazingly accurate calendar almost 2,000 years ago, measured time in 394-year periods known as baktuns. Some anthropologists believe the 13th baktun ends Dec. 21. Still, archaeologists have uncovered Mayan glyphs that refer to dates far, far in the future, long beyond Dec. 21.

Yucatan Gov. Rolando Zapata, whose state is home to Mexico’s largest Mayan population and has benefited from a boom in tourism, said he, too, felt the good vibes.

“We believe that the beginning of a new baktun means the beginning of a new era, and we’re receiving it with great optimism,” Zapata said.

He said thousands of tourists and spiritualists are expected for Friday’s once-in-5,125-years event. “All the flights to the city are completely full,” Zapata said.

The Yucatan state government has even invited a scientist to speak about the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, to debunk the idea it could produce world-ending rogue particles, a concept popularized by author Steve Alten in his recent book “Phobos, Mayan Fear.”

Alten suggests the rogue particles — “tiny black holes” — could unleash earthquakes that might cause a huge tsunami, but acknowledges that linking such events to Dec. 21 “is author’s license.”

“It’s science fiction theory, I’m a science fiction writer,” he told The Associated Press.

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, however, has listed a number of odd subatomic phenomena — “magnetic monopoles,” ”vacuum bubbles” and “strangelets” — that could play a role in the next apocalypse scare.

All of it amused Deyanira de Alvarez, a tourist from Mexico City, as she snapped a photo of the countdown clock mounted in the Merida international airport showing just over two days left to “the galactic alignment.”

“My grandmother says that people have been talking about (the world ending) ever since she was a little girl,” De Alvarez said. “And look, grandma is still here.”
-Associated Press

Maybe the day is right, but the hour is wrong… I’ll check in with you tomorrow… Hopefully we will all still be here!

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It’s not Planet of the Apes yet…
**Update**
Well, we are alive and ticking… So much for that!