The King of Pop & "Carmageddon"
Is mankind being driven to "the end"?
The Firpo Files
July 7, 2011
(Sentinel July 21-27, 2011)
case you haven't heard, before the name "Carmageddon" was associated with Los Angeles' infamous "4-or-5-hour
freeway"--officially known as the 405 freeway--Carmageddon the video game, released in 1997, was "the first
of a series of graphically violent vehicular combat video games," and "was inspired by the 1975 cult classic movie
Death Race 2000," so says Wikipedia.
And as much as you and I may
love and respect the Supercool King of Pop--the inimitable Moonwalker; that ever glowing Gloved One--it is a little-known
fact that he was a terrible driver.
For those around Michael at the time, who
years ago lived just a few miles away from the 405 ground-zero construction this past weekend, it was "Carmageddon"
whenever he got behind the wheel! The guy didn't know how to drive.
Nathaniel Brown, who owned a driving school, finally taught the Gloved One to get a grip on driving. Whew! But what did Michael
think about the real Armageddon, from which the word "Carmageddon" was derived?
in California: The reason that the weekend closure of the 405 freeway to dismantle half a bridge made world news
is mainly because it is the busiest freeway in the United States. Prior to "Carmageddon" National Public Radio (NPR)
"With some predicting there will be ‘carmageddon' when 10 miles
of the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles are shut down from the evening of Friday, July 15 until 5 a.m. local time on Monday the
18th, the Los Angeles Police Department is reaching out for help in urging folks to avoid the area. Officials are asking ‘celebrities
with large Twitter followings' to spread the word, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to the newspaper: ‘The
LAPD said it is making contact with representatives for Lady Gaga (nearly 11.3 million followers), Ashton Kutcher and Demi
Moore (7 million and 3.7 million respectively) and Kim Kardashian (8 million followers). None of the celebrities have sent
out warning tweets yet, but officials hope they will do so closer to the closure dates.'"
The Movie: The movie Armageddon (1998) starring Bruce Willis captured the attention
and imagination of millions. "There seems to be no shortage of end-of-the-world scenarios," says the March 1, 2011,
issue of The Watchtower.
"Books, movies, and magazines, ranging
from the comic to the scientific, portray an assortment of doomsday catastrophes. They include annihilation by nuclear war,
asteroid collision, deadly virus, runaway climate change, or invaders from outer space." But what about the Biblical
Authentic Armageddon: Revelation (or Apocalypse)
16:14, 16 equates Armageddon with "the war of the great day of God Almighty," and the worldwide monumental devastation
of the real Armageddon will transcend by far the overblown inconvenience of a weekend "Carmageddon" in Los Angeles.
But like most Biblical wars, only God's enemies are targeted. "Consider
an illustration," encourages the above Watchtower. "Suppose you owned a beautiful home and allowed people
to live in it for free. Some of the tenants lived peaceably with one another and took good care of your home.
Others, however, made nothing but trouble, fought with one another, and abused the good tenants.
They damaged your property and stubbornly refused to respond to your efforts to stop them. What would you do to correct matters?
Would you destroy your home? Not likely. You would probably evict the bad tenants and repair what damage had been done.
"Jehovah will act in a similar manner. He inspired the psalmist to write: ‘Evildoers
themselves will be cut off, but those hoping in Jehovah are the ones that will possess the earth. And just a little while
longer, and the wicked one will be no more; and you will certainly give attention to his place, and he will not be. But the
meek ones themselves will possess the earth, and they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.'--Psalm