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Brooks resident convinced that world will change Dec. 21, 2012

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By Stephen Thomas

BROOKS - John Kehne doesn’t exactly know why or how, but evidence convinces him that the world will change on Dec. 21, 2012.

The Brooks resident has gone as far as creating his own Web site, www.december212012.com, currently the number one Google site devoted to the topic. Kehne boasted over five million hits per month from 63 countries.

Kehne does not claim to predict the future in any fashion. He just feels there is enough evidence to believe that something significant will happen on that day.

With a specific date and time offered for the event (11:11 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time, 6:11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time), and a new movie (“2012”) being released, Kehne personally focused on the scientific potential.

“Pole shifts, hurricanes, tsunamis... my general thought is we’re in a progression of disasters that are going to continue,” he said.

According to Kehne, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) predicted major solar activity in 2012.

“It could be something that could knock back technology 100 years, and this comes from NASA,” he said.

Other scientific evidence Kehne offered included a specific planetary alignment that takes place once about every 26,000 years, falling on the date of the Winter Solstice.

Kehne’s first interest in the subject sprang from the astronomical interest found in a children’s story, “The Angry Aztecs,” he found at a used bookstore.

“This started as an interest, no rhyme or reason, it began just as a hobby I guess,” he said. “As I researched it, so many things coming together at one time sparked my interest.”

From there Kehne researched the Mayan calendar. A culture dating back about 3,000 years, Mayans are famous for advanced astronomical and mathematical knowledge.

Many 2012 believers point to the calendar, which began in 3,114 BC and stops on Dec. 21, 2012.

“It’s not a religious thing, it’s a cyclical thing,” said Kehne. “It’s the end of a big cycle.”

Kehne also referenced other far-away cultures, such as Egyptians, Chinese and Hopi Indians, all of whom share a cycle end at that time. The Hopi Indians referred to it as a “purification.”

On the astronomical side Kehne noted that the solar system’s placement in the Milky Way would shift from one plane to another. He believed the change could result in cataclysmic disruption and potential change in the planet’s magnetism.

“The equinox wobble occurs every 26,000 years based on the NASA Web site,” Kehne said. “Even a small wobble could mean extreme changes.”

Kehne mentioned both religious and astrological aspects many believed offered hints to a major event in time.

According to Kehne, astrologers felt that astrological ages take place roughly every 2,000 years based on the Zodiac’s astrological symbols.

“Some of it ties to religion,” he said. “The Age of Taurus ended around the time of Moses, leading into the Age of Aries.”

Astrologers believed Aries, the Ram, was a symbol of many gods leading into a god-head. The belief correlates with religions beginning to accept one god rather than many.

Kehne added that astrologers acknowledged the Age of Pisces, the fish, as the time of Jesus. The new age, or Age of Aquarius, is believed to occur beginning Dec. 21, 2012.

A Christian himself, Kehne said he was not belittling religious aspect. Despite a great deal of support for his site and hundreds of daily emails, he receives hate mail, including a few death threats.

“Some religious-minded individuals remind me that no man will know the end of the world,” said Kehne. “To me, this does not represent the end of the world. It’s a new beginning, not an ending.”

As the anticipated date edges closer, Kehne said overall interest increases. He added that, unlike other humanity-driven phenomena such as Y2K or 9/11, the Dec. 21, 2012, scenario is not controlled by technology or governments.

“People are not looking toward a conspiracy theory,” he said. “It’s not a government control issue. It’s just Mother Nature. I think people are taking it more seriously now.”

Kehne’s Web site is not a predictor of things to come; rather, it’s a collection of resources pertaining to the topic. He described it as a one-stop source for researchers.

“I didn’t make it all up,” he said. “I’m just collecting information.”