Current Events

Who is Speculating about the End of the World?

By Olivia Matthews

Rumors spread that on Saturday, September 23, the world was going to end. Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter were flooded with biblical evidence of the impending apocalypse and apocalypse related excuses for skipping homework. In fact, prophecies and rumors about the end of the world and the apocalypse have been around for years and are constantly being recycled. Most of us hear about these rumours in the context of Christianity, but where did these ideas actually originate?

While most of the end of the world rumors we hear are backed up using evidence from the bible, these theories did not originate from Christianity. Most end of the world rumors have some connection to Planet Niribu, a nonexistent planet that is believed to have been discovered by the Sumerians. Some apocalyptic tales have also used the Mayan calendar as evidence, claiming that it ends on X date. People have used everything from ancient texts to TV shows like “The Simpsons” as evidence for the end of the world.

The most recent rumor, which claimed the apocalypse was starting on Saturday, September 23, was created by David Meade, a “Christian numerologist”. Meade predicted that on September 23, 2017, Planet Niribu would somehow interact with earth, causing fires and destruction. He uses passages from the Book of Revelation as evidence. Meade has made many other doomsday predictions, and he gets his dates (such as September 23) by using numbers that show up frequently in biblical texts (this is where he gets his title as a “Christian numerologist”). For example, Meade chose September 23 for this apocalypse rumor because it is 33 days after the solar eclipse, which he believes is an omen.

But like previous apocalypse, doomsday, and ‘end of the world’ rumors, this prediction never became a reality. The end of the world probably won’t happen anytime soon. No, there’s no such thing as planet Niribu; and no, it will not collide with earth and destroy us. So next time you hear an end of the world rumor, don’t use it as an excuse to skip homework.

Trump vs. Twitter

By Hamere Debebe

The problem right now is not only the troubles that are happening in Florida, Puerto Rico, Texas and the Caribbean. The main problem is what the news, newspapers and people all over seem to only talk of—Trump’s Twitter wars. Before you say anything such as “free speech,” know how it’s affecting you, as a person of a country being led by him.

It’s not just a few characters on an app. He is not just a celebrity icon but the representative of the “free world.” His tweets have been noticed by other countries’ leaders who’ve see it as an act of war, such as Kim Jong Un.

Jung Un has said the threats tweeted by Trump were a “declaration of war”.  By tweeting what just comes to his head, Trump has put us all at risk. He risks an all out war that seems to already be brewing with North Korea. He has also gone after his own people. Though he is known to have a tendency to not like Hispanics, you would think he would be open to helping a territory of the United States, Puerto Rico. In a series of tweets he has said Puerto Rico has a “Broken Infrastructure, [and is in] Massive Debt”. 99% of the people in Puerto Rico have lost their power and homes. This seems like a bigoted response to an important disaster. He continues to talk to their poverty instead of what he’ll do to aid them, he goes on to talk of repealing Obamacare and tweeting videos.

Now Trump has argued with athletes who took a knee. He, without understanding what they were kneeling for, chastised them for “disrespecting the flag”. While everyone knows, if you’ve kept up, that taking the knee is a movement for people of color against police brutality. It has nothing to do with the flag or anthem. Trump then said they should be fired and regulations should be put in place to ban that action. This is a violation of freedom of speech.

In my opinion, Trump should delete Twitter. It should not be an outlet for him anymore—there are consequences now that he’s in charge of a country, and he needs to know that.