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Fixation Over Dead Birds and Fish in Arkansas Prove We’re Obsessed With the End of Days

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Are dead birds and dead fish a sign that the end is near?

“It seems to be that people have a real fascination with the mystery of end time predictions.  People get all excited about Nostradamus’ prophecies, 2012, and of course biblical prophecy has really been a topic of fascination for thousands of years.  But birds falling from the sky?  That has more to do with pagan mythology.”  That’s Kirk Cameron, creator and star of the right-wing Christian apocalyptic series Left Behind talking to Anderson Cooper about the dead fish and birds that have, well, plagued Arkansas in recent days.

Certainly knowing that some 90,000 dead fish have washed up and 5,000 dead birds have fallen on your state is, at the very least, hella creepy.  Not to mention the fact that USA Today just reported that “500 red-winged-blackbirds and starlings were found dead along a quarter-mile stretch of highway in Louisiana” yesterday. The Arkansas Game and Fish commission believes that the birds that fell from the sky New Year’s Eve “hit something very hard and had hemorrhages.”  According to USA Today, “speculation for the cause of death is that loud noises, perhaps from fireworks, frightened the birds and sent them crash(ing) into buildings.”  Experts haven’t yet offered a reason why the birds in Louisiana were killed.

So are these bizarre animal deaths a sign of the end of times?  Madeline noted yesterday that Harold Camping, leader of the independent Christian ministry Family Radio Worldwide, believes Judgement Day will be May 21, 2011.  As Madeline wrote, Camping thinks, “On that day of the Rapture, followers of Christ will be taken to heaven.  The rest of us will suffer through the Period of Torment.”

All of the natural disasters that took place around the world in 2010 serve to fuel this end of days frenzy, as do things like NASA’s discovery of “alien” life on Earth.  The question is not whether or not people are enthralled by the idea of the end of times, but why?

Humans seem to have a hankering for the self-destructive, and romanticising the end of our existence may be easier than rising to the occasion of creating a better world.  Negative energy is so alluring in every aspect of life, even parenting.  But negative energy is deceptive.  It seems so much easier to ignore or yell at a child than to take time to kneel down at their level and talk to them, explain things to them, answer their questions.

Perhaps there’s a metaphor there for our understanding of the Universe, as well.  It’s easier, some think, to believe in supernatural forces than it is for us to dig for the scientific explanations for bizarre happenings.  It’s sort of primitive to jump to conclusions, assuming that something evil or ominous has caused these bizarre animal deaths and the natural disasters we’ve seen in the last year.  Rather than try to identify the fireworks display that startled the birds in Arkansas, people would rather remain fascinated by the unexplained nature of thousands of birds dropping from the sky.  Remember the UFO’s over New York that turned out to be a bunch of balloons that escaped an engagement party?  UFO’s are a lot more exciting than balloons.

I’m not saying there’s a scientific or rational explanation for every strange thing that happens, though.  I mean, a friend was just telling me today about the television series Ancient Aliens that explores the idea that “thousands of years ago, space travelers from other planets visited Earth, where they taught humans about technology and influenced ancient religions.” Whereas believing in aliens was once something just for weirdos and sci-fi geeks, it’s almost uncivilized now not to acknowledge the possibility that intelligent life may exist elsewhere in the Universe, even though we can’t explain how or why.  None of that precludes me from believing in God, but my concept of God is more mystical than the vengeful God depicted in the Old Testament who might do something like make it rain birds.  (You have to admit, the dead birds falling from the sky thing is a bit reminiscent of the frog scene in Magnolia.)  I guess if it starts raining frogs, I may have to think twice about whether or not Harold Camping is right.

I’m not sure how it started, but my daughter often ends her phone conversations with her Dad and I by saying, “I love you to the end of the Earth.”  I think it comes from me having told her, “I love you ’til the end of time.”  What I meant, naturally, was that my love for her is infinite, because to me time has no beginning or end.  The end of the Earth, however, seems sort of finite – and clearly to some, imminent.  Hearing my daughter say that has always kind of rubbed me the wrong way, considering the end of times obsession that began around Y2K.  I’ve thought about trying to wean her away from the phrase, but I’ve never wanted to make a big deal about it.  I’m sure to her the end of the Earth is unimaginable, which is just how it should be, dead birds or no.

Sources: Movieline, USA Today

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17 thoughts on “Fixation Over Dead Birds and Fish in Arkansas Prove We’re Obsessed With the End of Days

  1. Richard Lefew says:

    The reason why people don’t go looking “for the fireworks that startled the birds” is because most people are smart enough to know that fireworks can’t cause the sudden mass killing of 5,000 birds by massive trauma, and the simultaneous death of 100,000 fish.

    Whatever killed these birds was not fireworks..such a ridiculous excuse. More likely something more along the lines of an exotic weapons test, or geo-engineering project gone awry.

    The truth is probably more outrageous than our imaginations worst case scenario.

  2. goddess says:

    Dear Goddess0 my first thought about the birds and fish was- what the heck kind of environmental toxin is killing living things- and who can say that humans are safe. BTW- now 500 blackbirds have turned up dead in Louisiana.

  3. Corinne Brogenski says:

    I just think it’s a scary ordeal, although reading through some other things, this is not the first time something like this happened. Is it all hype? Who knows, whatever is going to happen is going to happen either way.

  4. Gotit says:

    I figured it out… its alien worms… the birds and fish ate the worms and then died. All hail the might worms.

  5. melissa says:

    So it’s the first time Arkansas has held fireworks ever? Same as those crop circles must be pranks pulled by teenagers, and those hovering spacecraft an optical illusion, or maybe that pilot and high ranking military general mistook that cloud for a UFO.

    My point– the explanation is lame so far. Why wouldn’t people turn to God as a reason when all we can come up with is Fireworks??? I mean, really. 5,000 birds scared to death by fireworks? That’s worse than saying “we don’t know.”

    I love that you mentioned Harold Camping!! Remember, it’s May 21 2011 not January 1st 2012 that the world will end. He’s right this time, really.

  6. melissa says:

    (Camping was wrong before about the end of the world… he admitted it and has come up with a new date, for anybody unfamiliar with him.)

  7. Priscilla says:

    In recent years birds have been falling out of the sky around the world, there seems to be a pattern going on, of wild life dying off. If people believe it is the end times, its because they believe in God, and there is a lot of truth in the Bible of what is going on in our world today. I don’t think this is caused by God, its more likely man is causing this from experiments.

  8. JTaylor says:

    OH NO THE ANTICHRIST OBAMA IS TAKIN OVER BUDDY BOY (ONLY REPUBLICANS WILL GO TO HEAVEN)! Please what Non sense!!!!!!

  9. Tracy says:

    OBAMA FULFILLING THE BIBLE

    Pres. Lincoln stated: “I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man.” But several Bible verses are embarrassing to Pres. Obama:
    Proverbs 19:10 (NIV): “It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury – how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!”
    Also Proverbs 30:22 (NIV) which says that the earth cannot bear up under “a servant who becomes king.”
    And Ecclesiastes 5:2-3 (KJV) advises: “let thy words be few…a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.”
    Although Obama is not descended from slaves, he may feel that he’s destined to become a black-slavery avenger.
    Or maybe an enslaver of all free citizens!
    For some stunning info on Pres. Obama and his fellow subversives, Google “Michelle Obama’s Allah-day,” “Obama Supports Public Depravity,” “David Letterman’s Hate Etc.,” “Un-Americans Fight Franklin Graham” and also “Sandra Bernhard, Larry David, Kathy Griffin, Bill Maher, Sarah Silverman.”
    PS – Since Christians are commanded to ask God to send severe judgment on persons who commit and support the worst forms of evil (see I Cor. 5 and note “taken away”), Christians everywhere should constantly pray that the Lord will soon “take away” or at least overthrow all US leaders, including Obama, who continue to sear their conscience and arrogantly trample the God-given rights of the majority including the rights of the unborn. Do we need a second American Revolution?
    (Theologically radioactive Harold Camping prophesied that Christ would return during Sep. 1994. Undaunted, con man Camping now predicts it will occur in May of 2011. Since Deut. 18:20-22 requires the death penalty for false prophets, Camping and his deluded groupies deserve inclusion in the above “take away” prayers. False prophets in the OT were stoned to death. Today they are just stoned!)
    PPS – For a rare look at the 180-year-old, imported-from-British-crazies endtime escapist belief which has long neutralized millions by promising them an “imminent rapture” off earth – which has diverted them away from being prepared to stand against all enemies, domestic as well as foreign – Google “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty” and “Pretrib Rapture – Hidden Facts.”

  10. Linda, the original one says:

    Dear Strollerderby editors,
    Delete the racist bullshit. TIA!

  11. IrishCream says:

    Predictably, this post brought out the crazies.

    Also, I googled Kathy Griffin and Sarah Silverman, and found some really fun videos! Thanks for the tip, Tracy!

  12. an says:

    The date 2012 has more concern than may 11, 2011. The facts of an aliens coming to this world is in plain sight through text and buildings and each alien lineage story has direct correlation to the bible itself. Has anyone ever questioned how convent our exist is on this planet everything is layed out just like a zoo think about it.

  13. chanel says:

    Wow we just all need to wake up and take heed, no one knows the time, day or hour of the Lord’s coming. We are to watch for these signs and be ready. Are you willing to take that gamble? Just what if what the Bible says is right? And as far as Christians praying against anything or anyone thats wrong we are to pray Gods will be done. Read the word of God, pray for all nations and for you and your Families’ souls. God help us ALL!!!

  14. HARVEY HALE JR says:

    This is serious! Very Serious! Look @ movies. 2012. Is that a hint?

  15. daniel few says:

    im so tired of everybody making up reasons why things are happening. why is it, its always something somebody else has done, or is chemicals but you never hear on the news that maybe its has to do with god. why is it the news only shows the bad things and never anything good, i think that god needs to be put back into schools and everywhere around us why would anybody in there right mind take that away from there kids sounds to me like we are being run by people that dont belive in god. people have forgot that this country was founded under god.

  16. Lauren says:

    Something very serious is going on! The events in past years have troubled me some, but none have made me worry and really think, like these recent events do.
    I don’t for one minute believe the fireworks theory, or any other lame reasons that are being thrown out there by the government, “experts”, or whoever.
    Stuff like this isn’t natural, and doesn’t “just happen”!!!
    Tons of birds, fish, crabs, and pigs dying…THIS ISN’T NORMAL!!!
    Not only is it taking place in the U.S., but in other parts of the world as well. Again, this isn’t normal!!
    I don’t know what’s going on, and I don’t have any guesses really. I kind of think that GOD is trying to tell us something, or even warn us. Maybe he’s saying “Wake up! Wake up! I’m giving you a chance….take it before it’s too late.”
    Idk. ..What I DO know, is that all of this is VERY weird and something is “off”. The truth hasn’t been told…I don’t know if it ever will be.

  17. telson says:

    Hos 4:3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls (ofe - birds) of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.

    Hosea 4:3 is the word languish, which is  hebrew amal. Amal is in this verse such verb tense, which means to be or grow feeble and to languish. The Bible has the prophecy that because of sin of men everyone who dwelled in the earth shall languish (weaken) (diseases, sudden deaths). The Bible says that animals in the field, birds and fishes weakens and fishes shall disappear from the seas. I believe that this means deaths and mass deaths of animals.

    Hosea 4:3 says also that the man poison the fields, which causes weaken and deaths to animals, which eat the harvest of the fields. This partly explains mass deaths and disappearing of the honey bees.

    It is very clear that the activities of the men have been polluted, poisoned and destroyed the nature, the oceans and the seas. This means that animals, birds, fishes and so on have died and shall come to die (mass deaths). The Bible tells this very clearly.

    Hosea 4:3 shows for us also that weakening is the reason to deaths. This means that man made pollutants, toxic chemicals and environmental poisons influence to animals that they weaken and die.

    Hosea shows for us also that all (also people) who dwelled on the earth shall suffer from this. In the last days, many people shall die to several diseases, which due to poisonous substances made by the men. All over the world die daily many people, but it doesn’t necessary awake people and therefore, God says in the Bible that when animals begin to die (mass deaths) so it is time to wake up from the sins, and it is the time to believe in the Lord Jesus.

    More info:

    http://koti.phnet.fi/petripaavola/massdeathsofanimals.html

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