Paul Simon – So Beautiful or So What

I’ve been a big fan of Paul Simon’s since his Simon & Garfunkel days. His latest album is released on 13th June and is entitled “So Beautiful or So What” If you liked Graceland, as I do, you will like this, it has touches of African music on many of the songs, as well as rhythm & Blues, slow ballads,  up-tempo Folky style numbers and downbeat reflective numbers. I’ve managed to hear some of the tunes on YouTube and I think the album sounds absolutely brilliant  so would really like to get it.

The Rapture

I was going to file this under “Events” but nothing seems to have happened 😀 , anyway, It was billed as the biggest event of all time when Retired Civil Engineer Harold Camping, 89, predicted that the so-called ‘Day of Rapture’would take place on on 21st May 2011. It would be the day when all the righteous people would receive deliverance to Heaven whilst all the sinners would remain on Earth, and it would be heralded by Christ’s second coming

Camping has built a multi-million-dollar non-profit ministry based on this apocalyptic prediction. He also predicted ‘the rapture’ date once before in 1994 but said this earlier apocalyptic prediction didn’t come true because of a mathematical error. Harold Camping’s homemade mathematical formula for the apocalypse works like this.

  • He bases it on a verse in Chapter 2 of Peter verse 3:8, which says that one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like one day to God.
  • Elsewhere it is said that there will be seven thousand years between Noah’s flood and the end of the world.
  • Camping believes that the Noah’s Ark flood happened in the year 4990 BC
  • by this reckoning, the seven days translates to 7,000 years.
  • And 4990 plus 2011, minus one because there was no year ‘0’, equals 7,000 years.
  • The date of May 21 has been derived from complex mathematical formula made up from numbers that appear repeatedly in the Bible.

Sceptics point out  that Many people also said that terrible things would also happen in the year 2000, and that the 6th June 2006 (06/06/06) was also said to be the day of reckoning by some. The French astrologer Nostradamus also made some predictions about when the End-of-the-world/Armageddon/Rapture would occur

He predicted that “before the age of the new millennium, the third anti-Christ will awaken, The King of Terror, King Mongol”. His predictions mention that wars, plagues, and natural disasters were going to start raiding through the world, causing mass destruction.

The ancient Mayan Civilisation in South America also predicted that the world would end on December 21st 2012. This date was reached because the Mayan calendar ends on the Gregorian calendar date of December 21, 2012. Most people believe it is the total end of civilization, as we know it. It marks the point when The Sun will conjunct the intersection of the Milky Way in the ecliptic, giving us a view of what the Mayans called the Sacred Tree or Tree of Life. However this does not necessarily mark the end of the world, the Mayans believed that there is a future which lies beyond this date which will be the start of a New Era.

Of course Some People are bound to point out that the ongoing Wars on Terror in Afghanistan & Iraq, The Tsunami which affected Banda Aceh and the Earthquake and Subsequent Tsunami which almost caused a Nuclear meltdown in Fukashima, Japan are evidence of the approaching Armageddon. But then Scientists will also point out that these disasters were caused by the movement of two Tectonic plates in the Earth’s crust, and that volcanoes & Earthquakes are part of how the Earth works.