Yes, I am fascinated with the 2012 hype and the possibilities that it brings to mind. With seventeen days to go, here are some interesting world reactions:
Government promises world won’t end on Dec. 21
2012 Mayan Apocalypse Rumors Have Dark Side, NASA Warns
In Russia, it's official: this isn't the end of the world
I must say that I find it highly irresponsible of NASA to disingenuously downplay the risk of maxed out solar activity to the technology of the planet.
...In fact, said NASA heliophysicist Lika Guhathakurta, it's true that the sun is currently in an active phase of its cycle, meaning electromagnetic energy has picked up. Large solar flares can impact electronics and navigation systems on Earth, but satellites monitoring the sun give plenty of warning and allow officials to compensate for the extra electromagnetic activity when it hits our atmosphere. What's more, Guhathakurta said, this particular solar maximum is the "wimpiest" in some time — scientists have no reason to expect solar storms beyond what our planet has weathered in the past.
This information is in direct contradiction to all the current articles on the subject:
(Toronto Sun - 15.07.2012) Solar flare could wreak havoc on Earth
(National Geographic - 08.03.2012) Solar Flare: What If Biggest Known Sun Storm Hit Today?
(Forbes - 23.06.2011) Huge Solar Flares Could Spell Catastrophe for Earth
You might find the following video of interest, as I did. Although they also make fun of the idea that anything could seriously change in our present reality.
A word about Y2K, which is mentioned in the video and also thrown out by ignorant people in defense against putting any credibility into the 2012 predictions: Y2K was a real computer coding problem which cost hundreds of billions of dollars to repair. It was never supposed to be the End of the World, but it was a distinct possibility that, had a fix not materialized, it could have been the End of the World as We Know It with a banking and business collapse.
Instead of being cognizant of the fact that the world dodged a bullet and being grateful for another opportunity to do better, people prefer to be cynics and defy both history and logic by claiming that nothing "bad" will ever happen.
Whatever happens, it will all be "good" for Bnei Yisrael.
For lo, the sun comes, glowing like a furnace, and all the audacious sinners and all the perpetrators of wickedness will be stubble. And the sun that comes shall burn them up so that it will leave them neither root nor branch, says the Lord of Hosts. And the sun of mercy shall rise with healing in its wings for you who fear My Name.... (Malachi 3.19-20)
(Rashi) For lo, the sun comes: This instance of יוֹם is an expression of sun, for so did the Sages state that there will be no Gehinnom in the future, but the Holy One, blessed be He, will take the sun out of its case; the wicked will be punished thereby and the righteous will be healed thereby. That is the meaning of what is stated (verse 20): “And the sun of mercy shall rise for you who fear My Name, etc.”