It reminded me of a pre-9/11 Daily Show piece about a guy who had predicted the destruction of New York for a particular day. The day came and went and the Daily Show “reporter” calls the guy from New York and says something like, “What happened?? We’re all still here.” And the guy answers in a very testy voice, “Relax! I’ve been waiting a long time for this, and you’ll just have to wait too!”
I’m not quite getting the wording right, but it was clear the guy wasn’t just predicting the total destruction of New York, he was longing for it.
Someone on Echo also made the point that this is what’s behind a lot of these predictions, a lot of people long for total annihilation.