Suzi Q answers:
“it’ll serve as a valuable lesson”
It will not.
On May 21, 2011, a bunch of people will stand with Harold, holding open Bibles over their heads, supposedly to show God that they heed His word (as if God had anything to do with an English-version of a Greek compilation made 2200 years ago, from older Jewish stories).
Of course, very few of these people (except Harold himself) will be the same people who did the exact same thing on September 6, 1994.
Many of us already knew that the Y2k scare was blown way out of proportion (there were some minor problems associated with Y2k and, sure enough, they were not fixed because they were not going to waste money on actually fixing problems). Still, after January 2000, many people patted themselves on the back for having averted the end of civilization.
When Nancy’s Planet-X failed to kill us all on May 13, 2003, she candidly announced that it was simply a dry run, as she did not want to give the “authorities” the real date of the disaster.
In October 2008, when the aliens predicted by Blossom Goodchild failed to show up and save us… It was simply announced that we probably did not need to be saved… At least not right now. The Group still exists, even though they are a bit quieter… For now.
What is interesting about that day (October 14, 2008) is that Blossom had called it off just before, but they forgot to alert all their accomplices, so that some “live videos” of the arrival of aliens still made their way to the Web (only to be removed the next day).
Did people learn? Of course not, we are still inundated with scam artists who will always find a sufficient number of gullible people to keep going.