Here are some examples of why I believe the apocalypse is near.
The eighth annual "Pregnant Bikini Contest" was recently held in Houston. Before you click the link, I must warn you that what has been seen cannot be unseen. Notice of the first seven contests somehow escaped my attention.
A dispute at a bar in Calgary, Canada erupted in violence resulting in the death of a man. The disagreement was about the pitching staff of baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays.
Harvard University is investigating 125 students who may have plagiarized their test answers for a course ironically entitled "Introduction to Congress." After looking at some examples of the course material, I wonder why it would be necessary to cheat. An article in Salon magazines states, "The student source said Professor Platt was a fun lecturer who presented with accessible slides. In just one lecture he used ‘Sesame Street,’ ‘The Simpsons’ and the singer Bobby Brown to explain the origins of modern Congressional careers and committees." The same article quotes a student as saying Harvard is “out for blood” for daring to look into the matter. At least the students will be well-prepared for futures as politicians.
Also in Boston, a federal judge ruled that the state of Massachusetts must pay for a sex change operation for a prisoner serving a life sentence for murdering his wife. The Wall Street Journal reports that this prisoner has been receiving female hormones since his diagnosis of gender identity disorder in 2003. The judge noted that the murderer may receive better care for his problem than many law-abiding Americans.
A judge in England has let a burglar off without jail time while praising him. According to the BBC, the judge said, "It takes a huge amount of courage, as far as I can see, for somebody to burgle somebody's house. I wouldn't have the nerve." Prime Minister David Cameron had a dim view of the judge’s remarks.
As a charity fundraiser, donors in Japan were offered the opportunity to squeeze the naked breasts of young women, described as "adult video actresses." For an unspecified amount of money, one was allowed two squeezes per hand.