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11 Ways The World Could End

Since the 1500s, there have been more than150 documented predictions of when the world is going to end. Luckily for us, none of themhave come true…yet. However, you'll be surprised that not allof them are destructive. Here are some terrifyingly amazing ways theworld, genuinely could end. When you think of scientists working on superviruses, you probably picture Hazmat workers, deep in a mountain bunker, studying vats fullof insidious green liquid. But these labs do actually exist! Maybe notworking for some shady Bondstyle villain looking to ransom the world away to the highestbidder, but for pharmaceutical companies and

government agencies studying ways to curedangerous pathogens. But what happens when a vial full of an extremely dangerous virusbreaks out of containment, or is misplacedé Over the years, there have been numerous documentedcases of dangerous viruses escaping from laboratories around the world. One of these happened asrecently as 2009. A group of scientists based in Europe, workingwith Baxter Pharmaceuticals, were conducting lab tests on a seasonal flu strain.Without realizing it, Baxter had sent them live supplies of the H5N1 virus, better knownas “bird flu,â€� which has a mortality rate higher than 60%. One of the world's deadliestviruses was handled and distributed to three

other labs without any pathogen safety protocolsin place. The grave error was only realized when onelab worker in the Czech Republic inoculated a group of ferrets with samples of the “seasonflu� batch, and was horrified when they all died.The scientists were immediately placed under quarantine and monitored for signs of thedeadly virus. Luckily, none of them were infected and all the scientists were freed with a cleanbill of health. Two years later, these same strains of avianand human flu were combined in a laboratory, successfully creating “the most dangerousvirus in history.� The virus was highly

pathogenic, while retaining its dangerouslyhigh fatality rate. If it got loose, it could kill 60% of the world's population in afreakishly short amount of time – a truly apocalyptic notion.Some say it's only a matter of time before this kind of virus escapes containment andwreaks havoc on mankind. After going through two world wars, you wouldthink that the world would have learned to get along by now. But unfortunately for thesurvival of humanity, we are constantly under threat of triggering the final war – NuclearArmageddon. Mutually Assured Destruction, like its acronymsuggests, is one of the maddest doctrines

ever devised. It ensures that if a countrywere to ever use a nuclear weapon on another state with the same capability, both sideswould unleash their entire nuclear arsenal, bringing about the complete annihilation ofboth countries. With the resulting nuclear winter, and the likely participation of othercountries in the exchange, this would almost certainly lead to destruction and death onan apocalyptic scale. There are over 15,000 nuclear warheads inthe world, with more than 4000 ready to fire at any one time. That would make one hellof a firework show, but probably not one you'd want to be around to watch.There have been a few “close calls� since

we first developed nuclear weapons. A surprisingnumber of these were technical glitches that nearly started World War 3, on both sidesof the Cold War. The average yield of a modern nuclear weaponis around 500 kilotons of TNT, that's 25 times more powerful than the bomb droppedon Nagasaki. Each one of these 500 kiloton bombs are powerful enough to flatten hugeparts of a large modern city such as New York, or London.And there exists some truly unimaginably powerful weapons, like the Tsar Bomba, which had ayield of more than 50 megatonnes. That's two and a half THOUSAND times more powerfulthan the one dropped on Nagasaki. Thankfully

December 21 Mayan Calendar versus Sexy Astronomy Jeremy Ratchford

hey, i don't mean to alarm you but december twenty first two thousandtwelve the world is going to end Need a hugé August 11th three thousand one and fourteen bc the mayans started their calendar they saw a great light

and sky people came down from theheavens forming the world as we know it a world which was to end a hundred and forty four thousanddays later divide by three hundred and sixty five and you get five thousand one hundredtwenty six years bring us to december twenty first two thousand twelve well you know it takes

three hundred and sixty five days five hours fortyeight minutes and fortysix seconds for the earth to revolve around the sun and that's why since forty five bc there's a whole extra day added every fouryears now I never want to disappoint but the apocalypse was due august fourteenth two thousand eleven

I'm not going to lead you on. and i won't pretend you know when it's all going to end but I will say this if you'd like to go out with a bang I'M YOUR MAN! we've got tonight who needs tomorrow

let's make it last, baby lets find a way turn out the lights or a leave them on. I never told you I couldn't sing laugh cut.

Daily Press Briefing December 21 2012

MR. VENTRELL: So good afternoon, and happyFriday to all as we head into the holiday season. I do have something for you at thetop, and then I will turn it over to all of you. The United States is concerned by measuresin the bill passed by the Russian Duma today that, if it becomes law, would halt intercountryadoptions between the United States and Russia and restrict the ability of Russian civilsociety organizations to work with American partners. American families have welcomed more than60,000 Russian children into American homes

over the past 20 years. Just last month, weimplemented a Bilateral Adoptions Agreement with Russia to improve safeguards for adoptedchildren and their families. If Russian officials have concerns about the implementation ofthis agreement, we stand ready to work with them to improve it and remain committed tosupporting intercountry adoptions between our two countries. The welfare of childrenis simply too important to be linked to political aspects of our relationship. Additionally, we continue to have concernsabout efforts to limit Russian civil society's contact with American partners. Decades ofcooperation between Russian and American nongovernmental

organizations in a broad array of areas havebeen beneficial to both our countries and citizens. We have reportedly we have repeatedlymade clear that our interaction with Russian civil society has always been nonpartisanand transparent and in the spirit of mutual respect and common interest. Having said that, I will turn it over to allof you. QUESTION: Patrick, since the Mayan apocalypseseems to have depopulated our group here, maybe I can just start. MR. VENTRELL: Indeed, it's definitely December21st and some of us are still here. (Laughter.)

QUESTION: Those of us who are left behind,so to speak. Just on this Russian adoption bill, I mean, frequently in the Russian pressand elsewhere it's described as a retaliatory measure for the Magnitsky bill. I'm wondering MR. VENTRELL: Yeah. QUESTION: if you guys see it that way.Do you think that there's any kind of rational parallel thereé And can you tell us, haveyou made any sort of official representations to the Russians either through AmbassadorMcFaul or here in Washington about your concerns on this billé

MR. VENTRELL: Thanks for the question, Andy.Last time I was up here a few days ago, that same question arose, and then I rejected anyattempt at sort of reciprocity here. It's hard for us to imagine a reciprocal situation.And what's particularly concerning here is, in this present legislation, what the Russiansare doing is effectively preventing what this would do is prevent children from growingup in a family environment of happiness, love, and understanding. And so that's the basicpremise of our Bilateral Adoption Agreement. It's something we've worked for many monthswith the Russians on. And so, really, it's Russian children who would be harmed by thismeasure.

QUESTION: Okay. And the bit about making anykind of formal representations to the Duma or MR. VENTRELL: Oh, right. Absolutely our Embassyhas been engaged, and Ambassador McFaul's been engaged. But beyond that, I don't haveany sort of specific meetings or phone calls to read out. QUESTION: Okay. MR. VENTRELL: Other questionsé Go ahead, Nicolas.Yeah. QUESTION: Do you have any update on this AmericanKoreancitizen who is detained in North Koreaé

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