Wednesday, 30 December 2015

The Beginning of the End Foolishness

There's a piece over at MSNBC today about the 2015 being the beginning of the end....at least for those enthusiastic about climate change, global warming, and global cooling. It was a short-winded discussion over how 2015 was a terrible thing for climate change and it's big indicator of course.....for the beginning of the end.

The 'end-of-times' enthusiasm is one of those odd historical things which tend to come up often and get proclaimed a fair bit.

It was the beginning of the end.....when Reggie Jackson wrapped up his last year at the Yankees in 1981.....or at least some Yankee fans believe that.

It was the beginning of the end....when Bear Bryant left the University of Alabama in 1982....or at least some (ten-percent) of Alabama football fans believe that.

It was the beginning of the end....when in the early part of 1920....prohibition came and alcohol ceased to exist in America....or at least some hard-drinkers believed that for a few weeks until someone offered them booze from under the counter.

It was the beginning of the end....when some woke up to realize that the Soviets had the nuke bomb....or at least some folks believed that.

It was the beginning of the end....when in November of 1988....some Americans woke up to realize that George H. W. Bush had lost the election....mostly because of Ross Perot taking 19-million votes across the US.

It was the beginning of the end.....when Columbus landed in 1492....and the America fell into the hands of the Europeans.

It was the beginning of the end....when women got the right to vote.

It was the beginning of the end....when Americans landed on Normandy.

For some reason, days will pass and the beginning of the end will reoccur tomorrow morning....pretty much on schedule, and then pass on.

I'm not much of a believer in the beginning of the end business.  It gets old after a while.