Children: The Unforeseen Victims of Family Radio

And let’s be blunt about this:  Adults have the ability to make rational decisions with their lives, their money, their property. This includes adults who recognize the farce that Camping was running, the dilettantism, the failure of his predictions.  Children, however, are far less capable of determining the difference between fiction and reality.  And unfortunately they are the victims of this whole fiasco, more than the adults who should have known better anyway:

Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping, 89, had predicted that the rapture would take place on May 21, 2011, at 6 p.m. based on time zones. Not many people took Camping’s claim seriously, including workers at his Family Radio. But some of his devout followers emptied their bank accounts to pay for ad campaigns warning about the day.

Among his followers on the East Coast is the family of Adrienne Martinez, 27, who decided not to attend medical school after she listened to Camping on Family Radio. Martinez and her husband, Joel, quit their jobs and moved from New York City to Orlando to spend the last supposed year they had on Earth reading the Bible, distributing tracts and spending time with their two-year-old daughter.

And what of this unborn baby?

‘Judgment Day’ came and went on Saturday, and John Ramsey hasn’t been able to sleep.

The 25-year-old Harrison, N.J. resident had rearranged his life in recent months to devote himself to spreading a fringe California preacher’s prediction that May 21 would bring worldwide earthquakes and usher in a five-month period of misery before the world’s destruction.

His family nervously huddled in their apartment living room Saturday, holding their Bibles open, switching between CNN, Facebook and Google for news of quakes in the Pacific.On Sunday, a dejected Ramsey said he faces a “mixed bag.”He has to find a new job. So does his mother. His 19-year-old brother, who had quit high school the year prior (“It’s pointless to graduate,” the brother had said), is thinking of re-enrolling or finding employment.

His wife, Marcia Paladines, had come to accept that she might never meet her unborn baby, whom she and Ramsey had named John Moses. Now, she’s praying for a healthy birth. The child is due as early as Friday.

“Life goes on,” Ramsey said Sunday. “I get to live. I get to be a dad.”

Personally, and this is just my opinion, anyone who puts his family in this sort of predicament should never reproduce.  Now his baby will be born into a state of near poverty, unless a miracle happens–but then we have to ask, does this person deserve such a favor?

“It’s not [Camping’s] fault,” said Ramsey, who added he also won’t ask for his money back. “Nobody held a gun to my head. I read the Bible. The math added up. I don’t think anybody would do something like this without meaning it.”

What about your child?  Did you ever stop to think that your actions had consequences?  That, if this prediction turned out to be wrong, you might not be able to provide for your family, your child?  How selfish.  And finally, you’re a dilettante.  Reading is easy; exegesis is not so easy and requires schooling, knowledge, reasoning skills, something that Camping doesn’t seem to have.  “The math added up.”  Yes, and what it adds up to is a negative balance in your bank account and your failure as a parent.  Next time put your trust in scholars who know better.

And just last week I learned of this (dated but relevant) incident:

Absolutely tragic.

Family Radio’s New Homepage

Can anyone say… “Well, that was fast!”

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Notice three things:

  1. It was updated on May 22, 2011.
  2. No mention of judgment day.

Officials: Fish Suffocate in Marina

So I guess it isn’t the end of the world after all…

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (KABC) — Millions of fish were found dead in a Redondo Beach marina early Tuesday morning. Authorities say tests show the fish suffocated.

Boaters woke up to find the small, silvery fish floating around their vessels at King Harbor Marina.

“We believe the sardines were chased in, probably by some other type of predator fish,” said Sgt. Phil Keenan of the Redondo Beach Police Department.

Authorities also tested the water for oil and other contaminants.

“There are no signs of oils or chemicals or anything else in the water that shouldn’t be,” said Andrew Hughan of the state Department of Fish and Game.

Millions were seen dead in the harbor, but millions were still alive and being fed on by sea lions and birds.

“The water content is good,” Keenan said. “There are other fish still living. It’s just the sardines that died off.”

Officials initially said a red tide may have been the cause of the oxygen deprivation, but Keenan said that was not the issue. Red tide is a naturally occurring bloom of toxic algae that can poison fish or starve them of oxygen, according to Staci Gabrielli, a marine coordinator for King Harbor Marina.

“What we’re operating under is that there were so many sardines, and sardines consume a lot of oxygen, and there was not enough oxygen in the confined area that they were, so they died of oxygen deprivation,” Keenan said. “It’s like putting too many fish in a small aquarium.”

It was reported that there were millions of dead fish so thick in the marina that in some places, many of the 1,400 boats could not get out of the harbor.

“I’ve lived in Hermosa Beach since 1963 and I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Bill Lyle, who was surprised to see the massive amounts of belly-up fish.

Crews say they will take the dead fish to a landfill. They had thought about putting the dead fish out in the sea, but officials said it would be impossible to accomplish.

The clean up was expected to take days.

via Fish suffocate, die in Redondo Beach marina |

More Dead Fish!!! RUN!

Let the dilettante media go at it again.  Who will be the first to go into a religious theme while reporting this?

LOS ANGELES — Millions of anchovies washed up dead early on Tuesday in the harbor area of Redondo Beach, Calif., just south of Los Angeles, puzzling authorities and triggering a cleanup effort.

Local television news footage showed the mass of dead fish, said by a police spokesman to be about a foot deep on the surface, choking the waters in and around dozens of private boat slips in the King Harbor Marina.

“We’re having millions of anchovies die off in our harbor,” Redondo Beach police Sergeant Phil Keenan told Reuters in a telephone interview. “At this point it’s an unknown reason.”

He said one possible explanation was that too many of the fish had congregated into a relatively small area, exhausting the water’s oxygen supply, “but that’s still to be determined.”

Anchovies are prey for bigger fish and marine mammals, so large numbers may have swarmed into the harbor from deeper waters seeking shelter, he said.

“The issue now is cleanup because we have tons and tons of dead fish rotting and purifying, which obviously creates hazardous material,” Keenan said. “We’re in the process of figuring out what were going to do.”

Trudy Padilla, the marina’s tenant services coordinator, said the dead fish suddenly began showing up overnight, and that one end of the marina has been blocked off as cleanup operations get organized.

She said the smell of decay has not become so strong yet, “but it’s going to if they don’t clean up the fish.”

King Harbor Marina provides 850 boat slips to private vessels.

via Millions of dead anchovies swamp marina – U.S. news – Environment –

For those concerned citizens out there who think this is the end of the world:  Don’t worry.  There is nothing biblical about it.

Over 100 Dead Birds Fall Near California Highway

Jim West blames Bob Cargill for this (and in the process, through some bizarro-world implication,  lends supernatural prophetic abilities to the Golbs…scary!):

Who’s at fault? Americans supporting the Palestinians? No, my friends, the cause of this is obviously Bob Cargill! Yes, Bob Cargill! It’s because he rejects Golb-ianity that God has smitten these poor helpless birds. But what’s the connection? It’s so obvious: Bob begins with a ‘B’ and so does ‘bird’!

But you know what this means, right?  Oh noes!!!!  It’s teh endz of teh worldz!!11!!!1!!  And that means it was either alien spacecraft or one of God’s new plagues.  At least, that is what the conspiracy theorists and dilettantes will Google search (and, as it goes, find my blog in the process).

GEYSERVILLE, Calif. – California wildlife officials are trying to figure out what caused the death of more than 100 birds found clustered together just off Highway 101.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that California Highway Patrol officers found the dead birds near the roadway on Saturday and called in the state Department of Fish and Game to investigate.

The officers who found the birds described them as small with brown and black feathers. They were intact and had not been shot.

The reports come as other, larger bird deaths have been reported in Arkansas, Louisiana and other states.

Scientists say mass die-offs of wildlife happen regularly, and are usually unrelated and unreported.

More than 100 dead birds found off Calif. highway – Yahoo! News.

Blah.  And let the circus begin.

That Guy Predicting the End of the World? He Has Done This Before!

This is nothing new.  See the Great Disappointment; when that failed, people still believed him, too!

Well he did it before- claiming that the world would end in April…. of 1996! And people still believe him!!!! (in the same way that adherents of Jehovah’s Witness-ism still believe their folly ridden ‘doctrine’ in spite of the fact that their founder was dead wrong about the millennium and everything else).

via Hey, you Know the Guy Predicting the End of the World??? « Zwinglius Redivivus.

As Jim West notes:

Only one word fits this guy and his followers- dilettantes.


Experts: “Mass Bird Deaths Are Not Apocalyptic” – Well, d’uh!

Only in America do people freak out this much over matters that have absolutely nothing to do with this myth of an ‘end of the world’.  Quote of the day?

“In the United States the reaction is ‘oh no, Doomsday is coming’. In Sweden, they say ‘let’s call the veterinary authorities’,” he said.

via Experts: Mass bird deaths are not apocalyptic – U.S. news – Environment –

I could not have said it better.  (Though, I was saying this same thing days ago)

History According to the History Channel

So. True. It makes me want to cry.



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Searching for Muses: New 10 Plagues?

Of course the dilettantes continue on with their lunacy.  Someone today found my blog today searching:

  • rain of dead birds are part of the new 10 plagues

Right…new 10 plagues… because God wants to, what, terrorize us with dead birds and fish?  The whole point of the plagues on Egypt was they they were living; they were everywhere and made life unbearably intolerable for the Pharaoh and the Egyptians so he would release the Jews (which, of course, he couldn’t do anyway because God forced his heart so, even if he would have normally released them, he wasn’t allowed–so much for free will, eh?).  What purpose would God have for pummeling one or two miles-worth of rural(!!) roads with dead things?  Hell, I pass dead animals all the time on my way to work.  Let’s wake up people, stop being dilettantes, and remember that we have brains.  Use them.

Though, if there were new plagues upon the earth, I’m going to say that the first is probably American Idol.  Ten seasons of that show makes life pretty unbearable.

First Arkansas and now Baton Rouge, LA? Dead Birds Everywhere!

Okay, not everywhere… But, seems that bird deaths are on the rise in Louisiana as well…

LABARRE — Hundreds of dead and dying birds littered a quarter-mile stretch of highway in Pointe Coupee Parish on Monday as motorists drove over and around them.

State biologists are trying to determine what led to the deaths of the estimated 500 red-winged blackbirds and starlings on La. 1 just down the road from Pointe Coupee Central High School.

The discovery of the dead birds — some of which were lying face down, clumped in groups, while others were face up with their wings outstretched and rigid legs pointing upward — comes just three days after more than 3,000 blackbirds rained down from the sky in Beebe, Ark.

Necropsies performed Monday on the birds in Arkansas showed the birds suffered internal injuries that formed blood clots leading to their deaths, The Associated Press reported.

In Louisiana, biologists with the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries spent part of the day Monday scooping up some of the birds in Pointe Coupee Parish to be sent for testing at labs in Georgia and Wisconsin

via | News | Mass La. bird deaths puzzle investigators — Baton Rouge, LA.

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