you hit that on the bubble.the bigg bubble. stupid bailout when do i get one?The world will actually never end. Only change. We are simply star stuff, made from molecules that were once in something else, and in time, we change back into the dust we were made from. We have no influence on a universal scale, and like the dinosaur, our day will one day come and we will be no longer.
As for being enslaved by a one world government, we already are. We don't know it, because we have been told we are free. Nobody is more hopelessly enslaved, than those who falsely believe they are free.
Have you ever asked yourself why you pay interest on borrowed money the banks don't even have to give you? Or why you pay for land your forefathers fought to own outright? Every institution is inheritly corrupt becuase an institution exits for its own benefit, not for the benefit of the people. Governments exist to oppress people, not help them. If a government helped people, and solved problems, they would not achieve their own personal goals. Bush and Cheney made boat loads of money on one of many BS wars, in a long line of BS wars. Not the first one, nor the last. The price unfortunately will now be paid by US taxpayers and the dead have already lost everything.
The real criminals in this world are not thugs carrying sawed on shotguns wearing bandanas. They are rich, mostly white men who wear $10k suits, drive in bentleys and go to church on Sunday. They are the people we chose to elect, chose to run our education systems, religious systems, corrupt money systems, and we follow them like sheep on the pretense they operate for the good of the people. They do not.
Those who question this human system of power and corruption are quieted, and those who rebel and succeed eventually turn into what they fought in the first place. The human weakness of selfishness, inherit in each and every person.
I share much of what a-smerek posted (thanks for saving our fellow members from yet another one of my potentially long-winded rants). Life comes without guarantees or instructions, it's up the the indvivdual to learn as much as he, or she, can including the ability to think for oneself. History is a retelling of events, usually with lots of lies, partial truths and careful omissions...by one side or the other, both claiming the moral high ground. For example, a Jeffersonian quote conspicously absent from the list: "come here, big daddy wants some brown sugar". Not disputing the veracity of some of his more famously virtuous quotes, but come on, one of the patron saints of American civil liberties was himself a slave owning member of the arsitocracy. In the same vein, blaming the results of the last 40 years of growing coporate control of everything on a newly elected prez 6 months into his first term...give me an effing break.
The Mayans weren't the only ones prediticing the same date for the end of the world as we know it. The Roman catholic church is among a number of organizations in the world among that same group. Who knows what'll happen until Dec 22 2012. Either way I reckon there's not much anyone can do about, so why ruminate on the subject? Make the most of what you have while you still have it and above of all learn to think for yourself. You need an industrial-strength/world-class BS filter to figure out who's telling the truth and those aren't easy to come by.