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These predictions focused not only on events that were supposed to occur in the near future but also in the very distant future. It is said that if these quatrains, which were mostly written in French with some Latin, Italian and Greek sprinkled in for good measure, are interpreted correctly, it is evident that many of his predictions have come true. Naturally, this leads some people to believe that there could be more correct Nostradamus predictions to come.

Unless we’re missing something, the Rapture never happened and the world obviously didn’t end. So what’s with all the predictions citing 2012 as the year the world ends? Snippetz looks into the Armageddon predictions for 2012 and wonders, is this the end of the world as we know it?

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So what did he “correctly” predict? Believers claim that he predicted the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. They also claim he predicted the fall of the Nazi regime. Some claim that Nostradamus predicted the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Supposedly an email was circulated that claimed to be one of Nostradamus’s works that spoke to Two Brothers (the twin towers, presumably) torn apart by Chaos in a City of God (again, presumably New York), with a fortress that endures (the Pentagon) and a great leader that succumbs (President George W. Bush).

Michel de Nostredame, more commonly known as Nostradamus, is one of the more popular doomsday prophets, dating back to 16th century France. Although he was a physician and astrologer, Nostradamus probably made his biggest mark with his writings. Originally titled “The Prophecies of Michel Nostradamus,” this particular assemblage of writings contained about a thousand quatrains or four-lined verses organized into sets of a hundred. These works were later called “The Centuries.” In these works, Nostradamus claims to have been able to predict the future using

It was later determined that this email was completely fabricated. Nostradamus never wrote such a quatrain and it was eventually attributed to a student at Brock University in Canada who wrote on essay showing how easily you could “predict the future” through vague, general images. Sort of like modern horoscope predications you’d find in the paper.

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THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT 2012 Probably the most widely known is that of the Mayan calendar’s supposed prediction of the world ending on Dec. 21, 2012. The Mayan calendar is broken into different cycles of day counts, known as the Great Cycle. This cycle lasts 1,872,000 days or about 5,125 years. The assumption is that the date the current Great Cycle ends, Dec. 21, 2012, will be the day the world ends. However, it is said that there are no Mayan inscriptions or writings indicating that the world will end on this day. In fact, it is said that the end of this Great Cycle will simply denote the beginning of a new Great Cycle, sort of like our New Year’s Eve rolling over into the next year on our calendar. Another doomsday prediction centers around the idea of the mysterious Planet Nibiru (or Planet X or Hercubolus, depending on who you talk to). In this prediction, the wayward planet is set to smash into Earth in December 2012. However, it is said that if such a planet did exist, we would all have seen it by now because it would be one of the brightest “stars” in the sky. Not to mention the obvious distorting properties its gravity would have on other planets’ orbits, especially ones that are supposed to be close by, such as Earth. The prediction that Earth’s North and South poles will flip in polarity, causing a magnetic reversal of Earth’s rotational direction, is an2012 Doomsday Predictions... Continued on Page 3

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other 2012 doomsday event. Supposedly, when this occurs in (you guessed it) December 2012, the reverse in the rotation will cause catastrophic events worldwide. This flip-flop in polarity is said to be likely since Earth’s polarity is said to shift each year, sometimes up to 25 miles from its previous location. However, a complete flip is said to be infrequent and the most recent occurrence is thought to be about 780,000 years ago. And this flip did not cause Earth to spin in the other direction; that is said to be impossible. This polarity prediction seems to have spawned another doomsday scenario involving solar flares. Supposedly, a giant hole will be left in the atmosphere when the poles re-

verse which will allow solar flares, which are a common occurrence now, to reach the Earth with disastrous effects. However, since the poles shift relatively frequently and solar flares aren’t exactly unheard of, if this situation was indeed catastrophic, it would’ve already occurred. Of course, one good theory leads to another, which brings us to solar flares and “space weather” in general. It is said that the sun is on an 11-year cycle, the peak of which (known as the solar maximum) will occur in…wait for it…2012! This solar maximum is said to cause gigantic solar flares which have the capacity to reach Earth and, again, cause catastrophes worldwide. 2012 Doomsday Predictions... Continued on Page 4

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This theory is said to be false for a number of reasons. The first is that this peak is not supposed to occur until 2013. Second, the strength of the next solar maximum is actually anticipated to be lower than the average solar maximum. And lastly, solar flares cannot damage the Earth’s surface, although the same can’t be said for satellites and the like. Planetary alignment has gotten other doomsday believers up in arms as well. Some believe that the planets will align in December, 2012 and that cataclysmic events will follow. However, it’s said that every year in late December, the Earth, Sun and the center of the Galaxy all align (for the most part) with no real disastrous affect to speak of, and that an alignment of the planets wouldn’t effect Earth anyway.

LET’S NOT FORGET THE WEB BOT PROJECT’S PREDICTIONS If Nostradamus could predict events, then why can’t a computer? Here’s why: the Web Bot Project (which was originally developed to predict stock market activity in the 1990s) is a specific type of computer software that scans the internet for

commonly used keywords, phrases or other frequently chatted-about topics. Sounds a bit like the way a Google search works… Anyway, the project’s developers, Clif High and George Ure, claimed that this same program could predict the future. They claimed that these bots predicted 9/11, saying it had foreseen a “world-changing event” occurring in the months following June 2001. Other believers have claimed that the bots predicted Hurricane Katrina. And, of course,

The young man knocks on the door. He waits nervously and starts to over think everything with each second the door remains closed. Finally, a nice looking, albeit intimidating, middle-aged couple answers the door. They invite him in and start questioning him; setting rules for the evening ahead. Finally, a beautiful young girl sporting a classy but young dress starts gliding down the stairway. The boy and girl both know that the night ahead is going to be one they remember for their entire life. They have waited their entire educationallife for Prom after all…

the bots have supposedly predicted a catastrophic event happening on none other than Dec. 21, 2012. Naturally, critics have come forth to say the predictions are vague, general descriptions that one can easily fit into events that have already happened.

Don’t you miss that feeling, the one of nervousness and excitement all over a silly

Also, knowing that certain keywords or phrases are considered more “relevant” due to how often they are searched, critics say this tricks the system into making a 2012 doomsday seem more likely.

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hey’ve really come up with some beautiful new Poinsettia colors. All shades of burgundy, white, peach and even multicolored Poinsettia like my favorite ‘Jingle Bells’ which has mottled red and white bracts, are now widely available. The original was a simple dark red and has been widely planted for centuries. The plant was prized by Aztecs who used the reddish bracts for dye and the latex, the white sap inside the stems, to counteract fever. In winter shortly after the Poinsettia’s natural booming period they used the Poinsettia in ceremonies to symbolize purity, blood and sacrifice. Later Franciscan priests used the Poinsettia to celebrate Christmas and represent the blood of Christ. Bright and indirect light will keep your Poinsettia going all the way through mid March. Water when the soil is dry to the touch being careful not to let it go too dry. Don’t allow your Poinsettia to sit in water as if they are over watered they are not very forgiving. Though most Poinsettias are tossed to the curb shortly

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I really can’t imagine why anyone throws out their Poinsettia. We all have plenty of time to cater to the high maintenance needs of a plant, don’t we? Ok, seriously it can be fun and if you’re successful then you’ve earned some bragging rights among your friends! That makes it worth it!

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a Broadway stage, electrifying the audience at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre during the first-ever performance of Tennessee Williams’ play “A Streetcar Named Desire.â€? • On Dec. 9, 1950, Harry Gold -- who had confessed to serving as a courier of top-secret information on the atomic bomb -- is sentenced to 30 years in jail for his crime. Gold implicated his brother-in-law and sister, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were later convicted and executed for espionage. • On Dec. 5, 1964, the first Medal of Honor awarded for action in Vietnam is presented to Army Special Forces Capt. Roger Donlon of New York for his heroic action at Nam Dong. Donlon was shot in the stomach during an attack by hordes of Viet Cong. He stuffed a handkerchief into the wound, cinched up his belt and kept fighting. • On Dec. 8, 1982, “Sophie’s Choice,â€? starring actress Meryl Streep as a Holocaust survivor, opens in theaters. The “choiceâ€? in the film’s title refers to a terrible decision Streep’s character is forced to make, about which of her two children will live or die while in a concentration camp. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Second, silence improves conversation. We’ve all been around someone who just plain flat talks too much, who wears us out with their words. Someone once said, “He had occasional flashes of silence that made his conversation perfectly delightful.” The best conversationalists are those who know how to listen.

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sn’t everyone’s favorite Christmas carol “Silent Night”? When we sing it we always use that soft breathy voice that indicates we understand and enjoy the beauty of silence. A few seconds after the “Amen” we’re back to the reality of the noisy world we live in. Look, no listen to all the noise we hear every day. We get up in the morning and immediately turn on the TV or radio. Even the shortest journey in our car is accompanied with the noise of a highend automotive sound system.

hour of silence. I kicked the footrest out so I could lie nearly prostrate in the plush comfort of the chair. It took a few minutes to get comfortable and settle in and soon my eyes closed as I enjoyed the superb sound of silence; it was marvelous.

Some of you wear a new kind of head jewelry called “Bluetooth Technology” or I-pods that pipe noise directly into your head. Most stores play “background” music and some even broadcast extra-loud advertisements on strategically placed TVs throughout their stores.

Unfortunately, silence is not easy to find, what with several phones in every home, TVs in every room, children, coworkers, machinery, barking dogs, etc. Perhaps the reason it is so difficult to find a place of silence is because of the high value of a little peace and quiet. You see, valuable things are always scarce, and silence can be very valuable.

Now farmers no longer have to plow in silence because their tractors come equipped with quality sound systems. We may breathlessly sing, “Silent night”, but we live in the noisiest society in history. So I’m calling for a little silence, a little peace and quiet, an uninterrupted hour or two with absolutely no noise. But I’m not only calling for it, I’m seeking it, I’m trying to create it.

Here are four reasons that silence is valuable: First of all, silence rests the mind. The constant noise of life tires the brain and weakens its ability to do the work it is designed to do. Silence renews and refreshes the brain for more productive, creative labor.

Yesterday the wife went to the Mall which meant the house was going to be empty for at least two hours. “Ahhh… some peace and quiet”, I thought as I made my way to my favorite recliner and settled down for an uninterrupted

Silence settles arguments. You can stop a raucous argument or quiet down an angry person with silence. “Silence” said Josh Billings, “is one of the hardest arguments to refute.” And last, silence preserves integrity. One hundred years before the birth of Christ a writer penned, “I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.”* We have all said at one time or another, “I wish I would have just kept my big mouth shut.” Mark Twain said it best, “Tis better to be silent and thought a fool, than to speak up and remove all doubt.” But if silence bothers you and you find it hard to endure, do not worry, the noise will return soon enough. My quiet silence was broken by the most annoying sound ever invented by man – the ringtone on my cellphone. *Publilius Syrus © 2012 Dr. Ron Ross Please send comments to Dr.Ross@RonRossToday.com.

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in 1993 to pursue a Doctorate in Music at the University of Northern Colorado. Rex reformed Jazz Express in 1997 and the group performed on the Western Slope until Mr. Matzke accepted positions at Colorado College and Pikes Peak Community College. Jazz Express is considered a mainstream jazz group that performs many standards and jazz classics that the listener will recognize and enjoy. We are located at 443 South Highway 105, Palmer Lake, CO, 80133 Call For Reservations: 719-4811800 CHRISTMAS EVE BUFFET MoZaic Restaurant at The Inn at Palmer Divide 24 December, 2012 4pm - 8:30pm

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TWO POTATO SAGE AND BUTTER CASSEROLE 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces 1 pound Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces 2 teaspoons salt 4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus 1 ounce (2 tablespoons), melted 2 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage or 1 1/2 tablespoons dried sage 1 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon honey or brown sugar 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 1/2 cups milk 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs (from 3 slices white bread, crusts removed) or 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs (plain, whole wheat or Italian flavored) 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 1. Place sweet potatoes and potatoes in a large saucepan; cover with water, and season with 1 teaspoon of the salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 9 minutes. Drain and mash until fairly smooth. 2. Preheat oven to 375 F. Melt 1 stick

butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, swirling occasionally, until golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat; and stir in the 1 tablespoon of the sage, the remaining teaspoon of the salt, the pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, honey or brown sugar, lemon juice, nutmeg and the cayenne pepper. Stir butter mixture and milk into potatoes and stir until well-combined. Transfer potato mixture into a 2-quart casserole dish. (Mixture can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.)

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New DVD Releases for Week of December 3, 2012 PICKS OF THE WEEK “The Dark Knight Rises” (PG-13) -- The Dark Knight trilogy comes to a climactic conclusion as Batman (Christian Bale) must come out of hiding to save civilization from a new foe. Eight years after Batman took the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, crime is down and things are quiet. A muscle-bound chap named Bane (Tom Hardy) causes enough trouble to bring the Bat out of the shadows by amassing an army in the city’s sewers.

This is the big, loud, dark conclusion the trilogy deserves. Christopher Nolan takes the themes inherent in the previous Dark Knight movies and pushes them as far as they can go. Besides Bane, there are some shiny new features in this installment; Anne Hathaway dons the skin-tight black suit of Catwoman, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays John Blake, a young cop. “Hope Springs” (PG-13) -- You’ll get a lot of laughs, sighs and uncomfortable moments from this drama/rom-com about the intimacy issues of an older married couple. Kay (Meryl Streep) wishes her husband, Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones on an extra dosage of cranky pills), would be attracted to her. Kay gets Arnold to come with her to a couples retreat with a therapist (Steve Carell). The trailer suggests it’s all fun and games, but these are serious discussions about things that come and go over a long mar-

riage. Even with the laughs, the overall movie experience is an awkward one as the film tries to stay light while digging into marital issues. “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” (PG) -- A young married couple unable to have their own child adopts the first mud-covered boy who shows up at their doorstep. Really, all they had to do was write down everything they would have wanted in a child, bury it in a box and wait for the spirits of PG-rated movies to grant them the perfect boy. Magic is fun and all, and Disney has made heaps of money and emotional capital by selling wishes-come-true fantasy, but Timothy Green is just sappy and boring. “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (PG-13) -- This live-action adventure shows the complexity of the real world as it is to a 6-year-old who has to fill in the gaps with imagination. Hushpuppy is a little girl

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who lives in the bayou with her father and a band of likeminded people who like swamps better than cities. When a severe storm pounds on the coast, Hushpuppy’s world is plunged into danger and the unknown. This is a unique and memorable experience. The story is imaginative, but the world is still real enough to reach out and touch. The film is cast with all nonprofessional actors, contributing to the emotional authenticity at the movie’s heart.

TV RELEASES “Star Trek: The Next Generation -- Season Two” (Blu-ray) “My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Season One” “The Simpsons: Season 15” “Eastbound & Down: The Complete Third Season” “Mannix: The Final Season” (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your holiday planning might have to take a back seat for a bit so that you can handle a problem with a friend or family member. Your schedule resumes by the 8th.

1. Martin Sheen 2. The Miracles 3. Ben Franklin 4. A fear of poverty 5. “The Merchant of Venice” 6. Korean 7. 1901 8. About 28 feet 9. William James 10. February (Februa)

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You’ve let yourself be distracted from what’s really important. But love finally gets your attention this week. However, it comes with a challenge that could create a problem.

SPORTS QUIZ ANSWERS 1. Willie Mays Aikens of the Kansas City Royals in 1980. 2. Three -- they lost in 1965 and won in 1987 and 1991. 3. Army averaged 7.6 yards per carry in 1945. 4. Philadelphia’s Moses Malone, in the 1982-83 season. 5. Markus Mattsson of the Los Angeles Kings. 6. Six out of 19, with the last being France in 1998. 7. Muhammad Ali beat Sonny Liston in 1965.

FLASH BACK ANSWERS 1. The Seekers, with their U.K. version in 1965. Two years later, Sonny James took it to the top of the U.S. country charts. 2. Cat Stevens wrote the song about his girlfriend, Patti D’Arbanville, when she left for a one-month modeling job. The lyrics indicate that she is dead. Patti was understandably upset and ended the relationship. 3. For the money. They’d been offered a gig doing a television commercial for chewing gum with the requirement that their hair be blond. 4. Ozzy Osbourne wrote it in 1980 after a contentious breakup with Black Sabbath, saying goodbye with the lines, “broken wings can’t hold me down, I’m free again.” 5. “Tell Laura I Love Her,” by Ray Peterson in 1960. This teen-angst hit has all the requirements: boy, girl, car, death, tragedy.

TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Be careful not to bully others into following your lead. Best advice: Persuade, don’t push, and you’ll get the cooperation you need to move forward with your plans. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Resist the urge to gloat now that you’ve proved your detractors wrong. Instead, charm them back into your circle. Remember: A former foe can become your best ally. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You might want to claim all the credit for making this holiday season special. But is it worth producing a lot of hurt feelings by rejecting offers of help? Think about it. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Ignore a coworker’s questionable behavior. Instead, put your energy into making your own project special. Then sit back and purr over your well-deserved applause. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) You might not want to accept those suggested changes in your workplace. But don’t chuck them out before you check them out. You could be happily surprised.

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SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Relationships in general benefit during the early part of the week, including in the workplace. Also expect some overdue changes in a personal situation. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) “Prudence” should be your watchword this week. Best not to be too open about some of the things that are currently happening in your life. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Money is on your mind, so you’d best mind how you’re spending it. Take another look at that holiday budget and see where you can make adjustments. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Resolving to revive an old friendship could open some old wounds. Are you sure you want to risk that? Think this through before making a commitment. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Your need to know more about a new friend could lead to some startling revelations. Best advice: Keep an open mind about what you learn until all the facts are in. BORN THIS WEEK: Your loyalty to friends makes you a very special person to those whose lives you’ve touched.

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