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Maya Myth Moment–Earthquakes!

Maya Myth Moment–Earthquakes!

Earthquakes have been predicted for Dec. 21, 2012.

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English: Aztec jaguar warrior, tlahuahuanque of the ritual sacrificial combat named sacrificio gladiatorio in spanish and tlahuahuanaliztli o tlauauaniliztli in nahuatl, as portrayed in the folio 30r of the Codex Magliabechiano. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

They played a big part in the Hollywood blockbuster movie, “2012.”

Problem is, they were a part of Aztec prophecy and predicted to happen long, long ago.

Here’s the video about this bogus prediction.

 

 

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Dr. Mark Van Stone: Be Prepared, More Solar Flares Are On The Way

By Dr. Mark Van Stone
Author of 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya

Today, my favorite NPR station’s network broadcast was interrupted.  The local technicians had to improvise for a couple hours, because the satellite carrying their news feed was temporarily shut down by an electronic storm from the sun.  This is the kind of event that we shall see more of over the next 12 months, as we ride out a Solar Maximum.

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The present Solar Max made its grand entrance two nights ago, catching our attention with the eruption of a strong solar flare, sending a coronal mass ejection towards earth, “Hocking a lugie” at us, as CNN put it.  On their website, CNN edited NASA’s press release thus:  “The equivalent of 10 billion tons of highly charged particles are hurtling at a rate of 3 million to 4 million miles an hour toward Earth.”

This is typical newsroom hyperbole.  Once I lived in New Hampshire, and whenever it snowed, I got anxious calls from my California relatives, concerned to hear of “Blizzards dumping tons of snow on New England.”  Yawn.  We got snowplows.  Now, my eastern relatives concernedly call when they learn of the latest 6.5-on-the-Richter-Scale earthquake that has “rattled” California.

To their credit, CNN featured a sober, trained meteorologist to give perspective to the event.  While warning that solar flare activity will indeed affect satellite communications, particularly GPS, he reminded us that this is normal, not a catastrophe.

Solar activity has an 11-year cycle: a rash of flares and solar storms for a few years, alternating with a period of relative quiet.  The peak of this cycle is known as a Solar Maximum, during which the sun roils and seethes with tremendous energy, often sending out huge fiery arcs.  These solar storms appear to us as dark “sunspots,” because they are relatively cool compared to the sun’s surface itself.  We are entering the peak year of the cycle.

Now, the last couple Solar Maxima have been relatively mild.  We have not had an intense storm for 30-odd years.  So, think back to the state of our long-distance communications in the early 1980s.  No cell phones, no GPS, and most of our long-distance calls went through cables, which are pretty robust, little-affected by solar flares.  Nowadays, nearly ALL our phone calls, Internet traffic, television, e-mail, stockbroker transactions, and burglar-alarm alerts go through satellites or cell-phone towers.  All these media are sensitive, easily disrupted by coronal ejections of charged particles.  Although no one can say for sure, many scientists expect this Solar Max could be a doozy, making up for the mild ones.  Or maybe not.

The worst-case scenario is a series of rolling blackouts.  The power grid can act like a miles-long antenna, and an electronic storm could pop some big fuses in the transmission stations, creating a domino-effect, cascading into massive blackouts that might last for a few hours (which is annoying) or a few days (which can be very expensive).  (This happened here in Southern California last September 8th, on which, more later.)   Perhaps equally problematic would be the loss of computer and telephone connections.  How would your life change if someone took away your Internet and phone for, say, three hours?  How about three days? (For a preview, ask someone in Iraq or Libya.)

During our blackout here in San Diego County and Tijuana, my worst inconvenience was that gas stations had no power to pump gas, so I couldn’t drive over to see my girlfriend.  And stores had to throw out massive amounts of produce and (un)frozen food.  (Dumpster-divers had a field day.  And, with no light pollution, I could see the glorious Milky Way from my parking lot, something impossible for the last half-century.  And, unable to watch TV or use the Internet, people came out of their homes, and actually talked to each other, sitting on stoops, and the like… It was great.  I think it would be a healthy policy for us to schedule a widespread power-shutoff for an hour once a month or so, just to slow us down a little… Dream on!)

In any case be prepared.  This kind of thing is going to happen more and more often, not less.

Now, I view the coming Solar Max disruptions as a nuisance, and wish to remind everyone that this is a regular event, whose effects are well known.  We don’t really suffer much down here on the Earth’s surface because we’re protected by the planet’s magnetic field, which directs the charged particles toward the poles, producing the Northern Lights.  And scientists don’t expect even a strong Solar Max to be particularly dangerous.  Even a tremendous solar flare, 10 times as big as we have ever seen, will not have the power to “blow away” this protective shield.  It would distort it, and maybe kill a few satellites whose electronics are not properly shielded.  But the worst we ought to expect is a long communications and travel blackout.  As bad as that could be—and, it could be pretty bad for some—It ain’t the end of the world.  This is not the collapse of civilization that overwhelmed the Maya, and the Olmec before them.  Not quite.

Sadly, most of the coming disruptions are preventable.  Hospitals already invest in backup power systems, stocking fuel and generators to carry them through a blackout.  Some entrepreneurs are already producing small, inexpensive generators for stores and gas stations.  Let’s hope SOME of our suppliers are investing therein!  (Computer programmers tell me that much of the expected Y2K “crash” was actually *prevented* by feverish activity of a band of noble geeks, staying up late rewriting code so computer systems would NOT crash.  Thank you!)  Nearly every problem we shall encounter due to solar storms will in some way be due to people neglecting to develop backups, or building robust shielding and delivery systems for power and data.

In any event, if a cascading-blackout, communications-satellite disruption, or other techno-failure results from this year’s Solar Maximum, it won’t be because the Maya foretold it.  It is mainly the fault of our short-sightedness, putting all our eggs in one basket; of trusting a fragile technology.

Which, on a wider scale, is what caused the Maya Collapse. And the Fall of Rome.

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TWE Teams With Renowned Mayanist Dr. Mark Van Stone To Publish ‘2012 Meme’ Interactive Book For The New iPad

TheWondersExpedition.com Turning ‘2012: Science and Prophecy of Ancient Maya’ Into First Of Its Kind Interactive Book For The New  iPad In iBooks Format

For Immediate Release                                               Contact: Donald J. Claxton

March. 7, 2012                                                                        972-863-8784

DALLAS:  Dallas-based, TheWondersExpedition.com, Wednesday announced that it is actively working to publish the works of world renowned Mayanist, Dr. Mark Van Stone, as one of the world’s first interactive books for the new iPad on the 2012 “world-ending prophecies” of the ancient Maya.

The book, “2012: The Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya,” is presently on the market in hardback, softcover, and e-Pub formats by Dr. Van Stone, a professor of Art History at Southwestern College, Chula Vista, California.  He recently was featured in the first two episodes of the History Channel’s Ancient Aliens and was the 2001 co-author of “Reading The Maya Glyphs” with noted professor, Dr. Michael D. Coe, who often is credited with beginning the 2012 meme in his 1966 book, The Maya.

The Wonders Expedition, founded by Donald J. Claxton of Dallas, says the new edition will expand the potential of the book through the technology of Apple’s iPad, and said that Wednesday’s announcement of the new iPad, will allow them to produce even more and incredible versions.

“Dr. Van Stone is a leader among Mayanists and has been able to decipher what the Maya were sharing in glyphs on their temples and monuments throughout MesoAmerica,” Claxton continued.  “What we’re working with him to produce is a virtual learning, travel and adventure, edutainment experience in your lap where anyone on an iPad can open up his book and interact with it in a way no one could have dreamed possible just a few months ago.”

Claxton said Van Stone’s book will help anyone who is concerned about the wild predictions of end of times coming on Dec. 21, 2012.

“The real Maya are much more interesting than mere prophets of doom.  I wrote this book to help ease concerns about what might happen on the December Solstice 2012 because there is a lot of inaccurate and false information about the subject out there,” said Dr. Van Stone.  “Taking the book into an interactive format means those of all ages will be able to take a closer look at the actual evidence and make informed decisions about what may or may not happen, on their own.”

Wednesday’s release of the new iPad by Apple also means that higher resolution graphics, animations and video will be possible for the 2012 book and others in the works.

“The release of the new iPad will expand the potential of taking scholarly works like Dr. Van Stone’s book on 2012 and adding interactive features to them like video, interactive charts and graphs, and audio so that the book can be used by anyone, anywhere, who has an iPad,” Claxton said.  “We see this as a fun, exciting new way to teach children of all ages about current event topics like 2012, and then to help take them on virtual tours around the world.”

The Wonders Expedition also is working with potential vendors to ensure that interactive books also will become available on other tablets on the market.

Claxton said his organization, made up of writers, editors, graphic artists, and Web designers from around the country, also are working to produce the first interactive tour books of Stonehenge, Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, The Colosseum in Rome, The Great Wall of China and Machu Picchu in Peru.

The Wonders Expedition seeks to have Dr. Van Stone’s book available for inclusion in the iTunes Store in mid-summer of 2012.

Copies of Dr. Van Stone’s books can be found for purchase on his Website, MarkVanStone.com

The Wonders Expedition™

Founded by Dallas public relations veteran, Donald Claxton, The Wonders Expedition™ is designed to explore and unlock the mysteries of the world via virtual and real-life experiences to the most historically significant places on Earth.  Through its Website and interactive books, the organization seeks to transport anyone at any age to historic sites they may never physically visit and give them such a vivid experience, they’ll feel like they were there, and hopefully, be inspired to go back in person.  Because of its focus as an early-adopter of technologies, TWE hopes to encourage students of all ages to study in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO of an Ancient Aliens Guest About 2012 and The Maya

The Season Four premiere of  Ancient Aliens on H2, began a few weeks ago with two shows about the 2012 meme and the alleged catastrophic predictions of the Maya and somehow, how ancient aliens were involved.  One of the guest scholars of those two episodes, Dr. Mark Van Stone on Twitter, (@MayaTruth) has provided The Wonders Expedition with an exclusive video interview we’ve entitled:  What Ancient Aliens Left Out.

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Dr. Van Stone is one of the world’s most recognized Mayanists and the author of the book, 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya.  It’s a great read and we encourage you to check it out, along with his Website.  He’s fun to talk with, doesn’t have a bad sun tan and Einstein hair, and most importantly of all, thinks that the presumption that the work of ancient humans being done instead by aliens is “racism against humanity.”

We are excited to bring you this exclusive interview and will be providing additional interviews as we go along, hopefully with other recognized scholars on 2012.  We’d like to talk with Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, Erich Von Daniken or David Childress, too, just to give them a fair shot. 

 ANCIENT ALIENS

As the season premier began in mid-February, we began to tweet about some of the things we were seeing wrong in the show and wound up having a similar conversation with Dr. Van Stone, whom you will see is very colorful and friendly.  The more we talked, the more it became apparent that what he was saying needed to be shared with you.

As we’ve noted before, the Lord Pacal Sarcophogus cover, all decked out as a spaceship model is pretty cool.  The thing is, it just doesn’t have anything to do with reality.

Last Friday night’s show probably was the most appalling of all–the thought that Ancient Aliens, now not so ancient, were and possible are controlling the weather and natural events on our planet to affect the outcome of the human race.  Amazing.

A NIGHT WITH A PROFESSOR

The conversations with Dr. Van Stone have been very engaging and informative.  In fact, we’re proud to announce that on March 22, 2012, he will be available in a Webinar to talk more about the fantastic predictions about 2012 and Mayan culture and allow you to ask questions and interact with him like you cannot when he and others are in a TV show.  For this first show, we’re offering a discounted rate of $7.99 and it will begin at 6 p.m. PST (9 EST/8 CST) in the United States.  Sign up today, we are going to limit the size of the first Webinar so we don’t want you to miss out.

 

 

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2012 : What’s Really Likely To Happen–Dr. Mark Van Stone Talks to TWE

Click the Link to Play the Audio File ==>:  Dr. Mark Van Stone On What’s Going To Happen in 2012

The Dec. 21, 2012 Doomsday predictions can be pretty scary if one believes everything heard without giving it any real thought or researching the specifics of 2012 prophecy associated with the Maya.  Many have predicted the end of the world in 2012 and used the Mayan calendar and things like the “unusual” galactic alignment etc. to make far-fetched predictions about when will the world end. But the evidence that actually exists point to dramatically different conclusions than those who have been given megaphones on TV shows like Ancient Aliens on the History Channel 2.

From an excerpt in his book, 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya, Dr. Mark Van Stone, quotes four typical predictions for events that could happen in the year 2012 based on interpretations of many scholars and amateur archeologists.  Those often include:

 “An imminent polar reversal that will wipe our hard drives clean.” — Daniel Pinchbeck

“The rare celestial alignment of our solar system, our sun, and our planet with the center of our galaxy—an event that will not happen again for another 26,000 years.” –Gregg Braden

The “dawning of a Wisdom Age … standing on the shoulders of the Information Age.” –Peter Russell

 “The December 21, 2012, date will likely be a “nonevent” similar to … the widely anticipated Y2K phenomenon.” — Robert K. Sitler

But the reality is, when the morning of Dec. 22, 2012 arrives, unless something truly bizarre happens, most of us still will be here. At most, ancient Maya writings say that the god, Bolon Yokte, is going to appear in person and yes, as Dr. Van Stone says, “put on a costume.”

Why is there so much speculation about planets aligning, magnetic poles of the Earth reversing, high numbers of solar flares from the sun affecting the communications on the planet, etc., etc. etc.  And Lord, let’s not forget the guys on Ancient Aliens.

2012: Science and Prophecy of The Ancient Maya

We’ve partnered with Dr. Van Stone to do some very special and amazing things with his book in the coming months, but for now, we are honored to share with you this audio recording with him talking about some of the predicted things that will happen in 2012.

This is just the beginning in a series of recordings with Dr. Van Stone.

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