new year, new apocalypse: is 2012 the end of the world as we know it?

from thejakartaglobe.com: The last New Year’s Day in human history has come and gone. You may not believe so, but millions do. They’re convinced that ancient Maya priests calculated Dec. 21, 2012, as the end of the world as we know it. These claims and warnings, prognostications and reassurances are on bookstore shelves, on Web sites, in museum exhibits and in tourist promotions. The global doomsday industry even has a name — 2012ology.