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Make My Bed? But You Say the World's Ending - NYT
...Abby Haddad Carson, left her job as a nurse to "sound the trumpet" on mission trips with her husband, Robert, handing out tracts. They stopped working on their house and saving for college.

Last weekend, the family traveled to New York, the parents dragging their reluctant children through a Manhattan street fair in a final effort to spread the word.

Kino Douglas, 31, a self-described agnostic, said it was hard to be with his sister Stacey, 33, who "doesn't want to talk about anything else."

 "I'll say, `Oh, what are we going to do this summer?' She's going to say, `The world is going to end on May 21, so I don't know why you're planning for summer,' and then everyone goes, `Oh, boy,' " he said.

...In 1992 Mr. Camping said the rapture would probably be in 1994, but he now says newer evidence makes the prophecy for this year certain.

Gary Daniels, 27, said he planned to spend Saturday like other believers, "glued to our TV sets, waiting for the Resurrection and earthquake from nation to nation." But he acknowledged that his family was not entirely behind him.

 "At first there was a bit of anger and tension, not really listening to one another and just shouting out ideas," Mr. Daniels said.

 But his family has come around to respect -- if not endorse -- his views, and he drove from his home in Newark, Del., on Monday night in a van covered in Judgment Day messages to say goodbye to relatives in Brooklyn. "I know I'm not going to see them again, but they are very certain they are going to see me, and that's where I feel so sad," he said. "I weep to know that they don't have any idea that this overwhelming thing is coming right at them, pummeling toward them like a meteor."

While Ms. Haddad Carson has quit her job, her husband still works as an engineer for the federal Energy Department. But the children worry that there may not be enough money for college. They also have typical teenage angst -- embarrassing parents -- only amplified.

 "People look at my family and think I'm like that," said Joseph, their 14-year-old, as his parents walked through the street fair on Ninth Avenue, giving out Bibles. "I keep my friends as far away from them as possible."

 "I don't really have any motivation to try to figure out what I want to do anymore," he said, "because my main support line, my parents, don't care."

The children, however, have found something to giggle over. "She'll say, `You need to clean up your room,' " Grace said. "And I'll say, `Mom, it doesn't matter, if the world's going to end!' "

 She and her twin, Faith, have a friend's birthday party Saturday night, around the time their parents believe the rapture will occur.

 "So if the world doesn't end, I'd really like to attend," Grace said before adding, "Though I don't know how emotionally able my family will be at that time."

Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Fri May 20th, 2011 at 05:08:12 PM EST
I really want to read the article in which all of these people are interviewed again on 22 March...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri May 20th, 2011 at 05:25:28 PM EST
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Plus the people in the comments (I hope the following is a prank):
"From studying the Bible, we have come to the understanding, through God's mercy, that May 21, 2011 is the date of Christ's return. Knowing this, I ask you, would you continue business as usual?" --Abby H. Carson, MD

The more disturbing thing is that the calculator/prophet person has received donations of $100 million in total over the last years! Is a refund possible? I think the Eternal earth bound pets, USA have a more trustworthy business proposition:

You've committed your life to Jesus. You know you're saved. But when the Rapture comes what's to become of your loving pets who are left behind? Eternal Earth-Bound Pets takes that burden off your mind.

We are a group of dedicated animal lovers, and atheists. Each Eternal Earth-Bound Pet representative is a confirmed atheist, and as such will still be here on Earth after you've received your reward. Our network of animal activists are committed to step in when you step up to Jesus.

Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Fri May 20th, 2011 at 08:22:21 PM EST
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Camping is a Grade A creep.

I wouldn't be even slightly surprised to learn that he doesn't believe his own nonsense and is only doing it for the money.

At least at 89 it's unlikely we'll see a repeat in another 15 years.

And let's not forget we're going to be waiting for the Mayan Filofax Apocalypse for all of 2012 - so there's that to look forward to.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri May 20th, 2011 at 08:31:57 PM EST
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I wouldn't be even slightly surprised to learn that he doesn't believe his own nonsense and is only doing it for the money.

Suckers will be separated from their wealth under any economic system - at least this guy is doing it in a way that doesn't threaten to crash the payment clearing infrastructure of an entire subcontinent.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat May 21st, 2011 at 08:17:07 AM EST
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It's also a narrative that can work for people who are unable to assert themselves and/or are emotionally un-self aware. When there is such intense social pressure to work hard in this country and that life gives back so little, knowing that the world is going to end can be a massive emotional relief. Now that other narrative can be chucked and you can spend time with your family before the end comes.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Sun May 22nd, 2011 at 01:17:03 AM EST
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I used to have suit like that.

IIRC, during a hot summer day in downtown LA I forgot I was wearing it and leaned against a building.  The polyester melted and it took 3 men and a small dog to pry me away.  

The suit was ruined during the rescue operation.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat May 21st, 2011 at 09:01:23 PM EST
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I wonder how many murder/suicides there will be this weekend.

Economics is politics by other means
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 20th, 2011 at 05:38:23 PM EST
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