The Astronomer Royale™, Dr. Stuart Robbins, has returned for his annual contribution to The Conspiracy Skeptic with everyone's favorite Canadian skeptical host, Karl Mamer. Why am I (Lady St. Whitehall) writing this review? Duh, because I was mentioned! We shall see who gets the last word...
As Mr. Mamer queried, what's next in apocalypse news now that 2012 was a non-starter, Dr. Robbins returned to The Conspiracy Skeptic just in time to inform the masses to beware of the Era of the Blood Moon. As you are reading this, you are living in the Era of the Blood Moon. Or, should that be moons? Yes, multiple moons will go through what should be properly termed as lunar eclipses. Four lunar eclipses to be exact, which gives everyone the chance to learn that tetrad means four of something. First of all, blood moon is a nickname for what should properly be termed a full lunar eclipse where the Earth is between the sun and the moon and the light refracting through the Earth's atmosphere casts a red glow on the moon. (I think I understood that correctly?)
Dr. Robbins stated that this all started with a pastor named Biltz, who actually wrote a book about "decoding" the blood moon signs. In reading some articles, Biltz did deny that he thought this was the end of the world. However, he was extremely vague otherwise, just stating that these are signals or signs from God. As Dr. Robbins noted, Biltz has basically "predicted" dooooom, possibly for Israel. This is because the blood moons coincide with the holy days of Judaism, such as the first one which occurred on the start of Passover. Here's the problem with that little theory: As Dr. Robbins' explained, the Jewish holy days are basically already set up to align with eclipses as the holy days tend to follow the lunar cycles. Most holy days are already set up to fall on the 1st or 15th of the month, which pretty much guarantees new moons and full moons occurring on these holy days. Ta da!
I enjoyed this episode. Although the conspiracy does not have the grand scale of say "2012", it was still an interesting topic, and I think I even learned something about astronomy. (God, I hope so. Ed.) Of course, if I completely misstated or screwed something up in this review, all errors are mine and not of Dr. Robbins or Mr. Mamer.
Dr. Robbins is also contemplating TAM! attendance, which will hopefully happen and will give him the chance to meet myself and Nigel. Hopefully, myself and Mr. Mamer's "hotass girlfriend" can hang out and shop and do our nails, and do you sense the sarcasm? No, I kid; shopping will likely happen as well as lots of day drinking! And, I think Dr. Robbins is correct in his prediction that Hershey chocolate will be forced upon him by myself and Nigel! Rumor was that a Hershey's store would be joining New York New York hotel in Vegas, but apparently, it is still not completed. Don't worry, Dr. Robbins, we get two free checked bags* each on our flight to Vegas!
*And I will let the shoes comment slide, only because it is completely true! True story: One whole suitcase was devoted to primarily shoes and sundries when we last went to Vegas; a girl has to be prepared!(FYI: We were in Vegas to get married. Ed.)