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Confessions of a Former Mormon Doomsday Prepper

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 09.24.2015 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

I spent several years of my children's early years as a Mormon "Prepper" and while it may well have been a manifestation of the years-long depression I had suffered, I thought it would be useful to explain why I now think I did what I did.

Living on the Edge -- Israel, ISIS and the West

Uriel Abulof | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Uriel Abulof

After five weeks in Israel, a couple of days after the war ended, I left the bubble -- only to realize I had just reentered another. A benign bubble, for sure, substituting "rationality" for hatred, godless happiness for divine devotion, but a bubble nonetheless.

'On the Beach': On the Brink, the Fallout From a Permissive Nuke Deal With Iran

Joseph Cooper | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Joseph Cooper

With disbelief and faint hope she goes on to ask, "Why must it come to us? Can't anything be done to stop it?"

Winter is Coming: Scientist Says Sun Will Nod Off in 15 Years

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.13.2015 | Science
Van Winkle's

Might want to start stockpiling those down jackets: The sun could nod off by 2030, triggering what scientists are describing as a "mini ice age."

One Artist Imagines What Our Urban World Would Look Like After The Next Ice Age

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.13.2015 | Arts

"Throughout the 21st century, man, with his never-ending drive to control his living environment, finds himself facing the possibility of a temporary ...

A Nuclear Weapon Is Detonated Nearby... What Are Passenger Planes Supposed To Do?

Quora | Posted 05.20.2015 | Weird News

What would I do in this circumstance? Cruising along at 34,000', checking the weather in Los Angeles, sipping on a club soda, and on the horizon, a new sun grows out of the desert, all the nearby air and dust fleeing before it? Easy. I'd freak -- the hell -- out.

It Need Not Be the End of the World as We Know It

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

When religious leaders convince folks that the world is coming to an end during their lifetime, people adopt a sense of fatalism that is enormously destructive because it breeds inaction towards some of the biggest issues of our time.

Mr. Burns at ACT: Hilarity Begins With Apocalyptic Events

Leo Stutzin | Posted 04.29.2015 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Being reasonably familiar with the TV series will certainly let a viewer pick up nuances that went over my head, and I'm sure over many others, but you don't have to be a Simpsons addict to appreciate the delights of Mr. Burns. It sizzles.

ISIS, Islam, Jesus, and Practicing Theology Without a License

Leona Foxx | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics
Leona Foxx

What's the matter with a little misleading theology coming from the White House? After all, it's a means to a noble end, namely, world peace. Right?

Climate Change This Week: Apple Goes Solar, Apocalyptic US Droughts Predicted, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.25.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. @@ Deadpan Climate Humor At Its Best: Philomena Cunk Moments of Wonder - Climate...

Green Is The New Black Part 2: Human Tide

David Saddington | Posted 02.14.2015 | Green
David Saddington

The suggestions of migrants from the developing world swamping borders of the EU and USA have a very determinist view of the future. These predictions do not appreciate the huge complexity of future climate change and the even larger complexity of humans.

Apocalypticism: The Lure of the Abyss

Craig Chalquist, Ph.D. | Posted 01.24.2015 | Impact
Craig Chalquist, Ph.D.

In apocalyptic times -- and our time surely is one -- it's easy to succumb to hopelessness, but few have discussed why hopelessness can be so magically attractive.

7 Terrifying Apocalyptic Novels That Show Us Our Possible Futures

Off The Shelf | Posted 01.21.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

Can lifelong friends stay together while the world burns? Over the years, many novels have done horrible things to great characters in unforgettable settings. Here are my favorites.

What Dreams About Zombies, the Apocalypse, and the Walking Dead Could Mean

DreamsCloud | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living

By Dr. Angel Morgan via (1) Zombies have always been an integral part of pop culture, and even more so now with the epidemic (pu...

The Worst Places To Be During The Zombie Apocalypse

The Huffington Post | Landess Kearns | Posted 11.19.2014 | Weird News

If and when the zombie apocalypse is nigh, we will all have to make one monumental decision: Where to seek refuge? Steer clear of the 25 cities on ...

AMC's Walking Dead: Top Do's and Don't's for the Zombie Apocalypse

Brett Arends | Posted 12.09.2014 | Entertainment
Brett Arends

Are you ready for the zombie apocalypse? You had better be. AMC's The Walking Dead is one of the most popular programmes in cable TV history, and it kicks off a new series Sunday night. And it's pretty educational.

Christine Weir: Life on Earth

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 12.08.2014 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

The first of many surprises in the work of Christine Weir are the acrobatic surface variations she achieves using only graphite.

Left Behind

Martin Marty | Posted 12.07.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

When movies with biblical or Christian themes (e.g., the recent Noah) get panned, one hears instant charges that they are regarded as bad simply because they treat such themes.

Nobody Is Getting Left Behind (Because the Rapture Is Never, Ever Going to Happen)

Zack Hunt | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

While the idea of believers being "caught up in the air" is mentioned, it is metaphorically describing the Second Coming. Paul is not claiming, nor even implying that Christians will disappear before all hell breaks loose on earth. In fact, the very idea of the rapture is antithetical to the narrative of scripture.

Apocalyptic Weather Forecast by World Meteorologists

Thomas M. Kostigen | Posted 10.27.2014 | Green
Thomas M. Kostigen

Massive waves in the seas and intense turbulence in the air will result from apocalyptic weather over the coming decades, say forecasters at a World M...

4 Under-Represented Ways We Could Go Extinct

Ravishly | Posted 09.07.2014 | Science

As the morbid and jaded creatures we are, humans really get a kick out of pondering our species' ultimate demise. It's time we give some love to more obscure, but still scientifically plausible means of extinction.

Heaven's Hellraisers: Origins of Bad Angels in Syfy's 'Dominion' and Pop Culture

Aaron Sagers | Posted 08.17.2014 | Entertainment
Aaron Sagers

Once Dominion premieres on Thursday, audiences will have a better idea as to what a day's work looks like for the show's superstar seraphim. But if these heavenly hellraisers opt for a machine gun over a harp, at least they're just following order.

5 Things Every Movie Gets Wrong About The Apocalypse | Posted 06.06.2014 | Comedy

Hollywood seems pretty confident that at some point humanity will find itself at the mercy of a world-resetting apocalypse. Over the years, movies hav...

Five Reasons Why the Sky Is Not Falling

Gareth Evans | Posted 07.27.2014 | World
Gareth Evans

BUDAPEST - When it comes to geopolitics, there is always a market for gloom. Business has been booming in this respect lately, with The Economist, Foreign Affairs, and many less exalted journals full of claims that the global order is crumbling, America's ability (and willingness) to save it is in terminal decline, and the prospect of avoiding major conflict in the decade ahead is illusory. Plenty of recent events -- along with the ghosts of 1914 and 1939 -- have boosted the reputations, royalties, and revenues of today's doomsayers. There is Russia's adventurism in Ukraine; China's territorial assertiveness -- and Japan's new push-back nationalism -- in East Asia; continuing catastrophe in Syria and disarray in the wider Middle East; the resurgence of atrocity crimes in South Sudan, Nigeria, and elsewhere in Africa; and anxiety about renewed communal strife in India after Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi's stunning election victory. But, though global political conditions are hardly as good as they could be -- they never are -- there are plenty of grounds for thinking that they are not nearly as bad as so many are claiming. Here are the five most important reasons not to lose as much sleep as some pundits say you should.

Disaster Prep Expert: Why Godzilla Can't Kick Our Ass; Conversely, Why Godzilla Can Totally Kick Our Ass

Aaron Sagers | Posted 07.19.2014 | Weird News
Aaron Sagers

With Godzilla back in full force on our movie screens, it seemed like a good time to chat with a disaster expert about concerns associated with monster attacks.