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Others have claimed that there were no, or very few, critical problems to begin with, and that correcting the few minor mistakes as they occurred (the 'fix on failure' approach) would have been the most efficient and cost effective way to solve the problem. Editorial writing in the Wall Street Journal called Y2K an "end-of-the-world cult" and the "hoax of the century".
One of us regularly visits local school classrooms, giving an astronomy talk and Q&A session, and has been doing this for 5th and 8th grade classrooms for about three years. Beginning in 2008, a shift in the nature of the questions was noticed over the year before. Instead of the classic "What would happen if you fell into a black hole?" the questions are pointing more towards "What's really going to happen in 2012?" and "Somebody told me a planet is going to hit us in 2012". When the students were asked where they had heard this information, the top two sources named were Yahoo! Answers and YouTube.
In May 2009, a teacher left a comment on Astrogeek's blog, commenting on his 2012 hoax article.
…[I] am a teacher and my 3rd graders are hearing about this - A small child is talking about how if its ending, and why she shouldn't just end it now. This isn't anywhere close to funny any more.
On the comments page of this site, a mother of a 7 year old said:
I have a 7 year old that happened to see a documentary on the history channel that scared him so bad, that he became depressed and began to question the meaning of life. He is 7 years old. This nonsense is scaring our children - it must stop immediately. I found this website and tried the best I can to explain to him it was all a hoax.
In order to make some money, several 'authors', 'scientists', video producers, and, in select cases, even the History Channel have churned up an international hoax, which is scaring young people, children, to the point where they are talking about suicide, or questioning the meaning of life.
reply to post by LiveForever8
So the next time you think about creating a new thread on this topic, perhaps think again. Think about who might be reading it and the effect it could have on them. Especially in light of all the recent "LOOK...NIBIRU!!!!!" threads.
Originally posted by LiveForever8
I personally can't wait for 2013 to roll around so we can have done with this forum all together.
i think the two cannot be compared - y2k was a man made event. Whereas 2012 is supposedly (depending on which particular ending you subscribe to) a phenomenon from space or naturally occuring at the very least.
Originally posted by Silencer 2012
Year 2000 a man made computer glitch that could never effect more than computers
2012 Prophecies Predicted and prophesied by almost all ancient cultures as a significant time in human history, if you think there's any comparison at all then you really are stupid.
Originally posted by lostsock
As parent of two boys ages 12 and 16 the subject of 2012 comes up pretty often in my house. We watch documentaries and read the news then we DISCUSS whats going on in the world. Its making them aware of ideas and opening their eyes to possibility's and scenarios and talking about these things makes them mentally prepared in case TSHTF and that's the best thing anyone can do for their kids make them mentally prepared for anything. We all have a game plan for just about any situation and its usually amusing listening to them on what they would do when the zombies arrive or after a nuclear attack or a huge earth quake. They have their game plans all mapped out. Neither of them want to die/commit suicide or wonder what they will do when the power goes out. The interesting thing is that the boys also have plans of things they want to accomplish before December of next year "just in case" The youngest one wants to finish reading all the Harry Potter books and beat a video game called Grand Tirismo and the older boy... well he wants to lose his virginity
Originally posted by JibbyJedi
Right on. It's better to be prepared and nothing happen than the opposite. For those who KNOW nothing is going to happen in 2012.....have fun with that. Must be nice to be a perfect psychic. Man made disasters are the bare minimum of what's coming, but I'm sure not preparing will turn out just fine.