Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Return of the Runes

Maybe it's because the 2012 campaigns are heating up. Maybe it's because I have more to say than I can fit in a Facebook status.

Or maybe it's because I keep running into stuff like this:

The drought in Texas has killed all the fish in the OC Fisher reservoir in the western part of the state, and has caused an overabundance of a bacteria called Chromatiaceae, which thrives in oxygen-deprived water. The presence of all this bacteria has also given what's left of the water a blood-red hue.

Now, according to the story on msnbc.com, the picture of this blood-red reservoir caught the attention of an Indiana theologian named Paul Begley, who responded with a YouTube video in which he noted that this could in fact be a sign of the apocalypse--which a lot of people seem to be in quite a hurry for, though that's another entry for another time.

Begley cited a verse in Revelation that goes something like "The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead person, and every living thing in the sea died."

I stopped caring about apocalyptic predictions when I learned in one of my college religion classes that people have been making them for about 2000 years. But by golly, when some attention-craving yahoo with a camcorder can read Revelation and interpret "the sea" as "a 5000-acre lake in west Texas," I know one thing: It's time to crank up the Runes again.

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