Dear Conspiracy Theorists, of all stripes,
I know you feel that you're informing me of something terribly important, which explains the hushed and secretive tones - but:
No group of human beings will ever be organised enough to pull anything like that off, especially not in secret. No, not even the Vatican. Surely, in your heart of hearts you know this.
Never attribute to malice what can adequately be explained by stupidity. This includes the current financial stupid.
The Mayan calendar will in all likelihood roll over with even less fuss than the Gregorian one did about 10 years ago. Probably even less as no-one has programmed anything important using it recently.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have a metallic millinery business to set up.