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    Oct 23, 2011 7:08 PM GMT
    Remember the crazy old bird who predicted the world would end last May? And then when it didn't happen, he revised his prediction to say the world would end on Friday, October 21... as in, two days ago. Obviously we're all still here, so it looks like he crapped out again.

    Well, MSNBC ran a story about how his prediction failed again, and the world didn't end as scheduled. Problem is, they posted the story on Thursday night, October 20. I saw it online at 6:30 Friday morning. Imagine my surprise at reading the words, "... as Friday morphed into Saturday around the world, there was no sign that doomsday had come."

    Now, to a point I can see them writing a story like this in advance - because if the world doesn't end, there's really nothing new to report. And if it does, then getting the story wrong won't matter much. The only real goof was that some idiot posted the story too early.

    But on another level this is just plain irresponsible. They report that the crazy preacher "had little to say when he answered the door of his home in Alameda, wearing a bathrobe and leaning on a walker", as if they tried to confront him with the fact that he was wrong again, and he balked.

    It's one thing to write the news in advance when you have absolutely no chance of being wrong. It's quite another thing to pretend you were denied an interview on an event which hadn't even happened yet. If I was the crazy old bird, I'd sue the bastards.

    Makes me wonder how many other news stories are made up in advance, and how many times "he was unavailable for comment" really means "we were too lazy to do the job right."

    If you're interested in reading the "news" story, it's here:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44983933/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/preachers-doomsday-forecast-fizzles-out-again/

    Notice that it now says, "updated 10/21/2011 2:10:11 PM ET" to make it look a bit more current... but that's still several hours ahead of schedule
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    Oct 23, 2011 7:30 PM GMT
    Um, EST is behind EDT by many hours. The point is that it was Oct 21 in New Zealand way before the article was posted.

    Another way of thinking about this: the US is not the center of the world. Greenwich is. icon_lol.gif (Or is it any one of these places:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axis_mundi)
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    Oct 23, 2011 11:53 PM GMT
    Trollin Trollin .... Trollin .... Rawhide! icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Oct 24, 2011 12:13 AM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidUm, EST is behind EDT by many hours. The point is that it was Oct 21 in New Zealand way before the article was posted.


    Um, no, I think you're the one who missed the point.

    The article said, "... as Friday morphed into Saturday around the world..."

    When the article was originally posted (on Thursday, October 20), it was not Saturday yet ANYWHERE in the world.
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    Oct 24, 2011 12:16 AM GMT
    Um, I thought the world was supposed to end on Oct 21. So, by their calculations, as soon as it hits Oct 21 (Friday), the world should end, starting from west of the international date line. icon_lol.gif

    The "Friday morphed into Saturday" was unfortunate, but I think they meant Thursday into Friday.
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    Oct 24, 2011 5:48 AM GMT
    So did the world end or not?!
    Enquiring minds want to know....