Just When You Thought It was Safe, just when you thought we all dodged the bullet, that the Mayan calendar was wrong, or the interpretation of it was wrong, that the end of the world as we know it had somehow been forestalled… well, not exactly.
I’m old enough to remember (and young enough to still remember) 9/11, Y2K, H1N1, Vietnam, Haiti, Mogadishu, the Achille Lauro, the 72 Olympics, the 1963 Missile Crisis, Bopal, India, Jim Jones, Heaven’s Gate, H-Bomb tests, lighting off the Large Hadron Collider. I even remember my dad explaining to me when I was four why it was a dangerous thing for the Soviet Union to have both A-Bombs and Sputnik. It managed to frighten three generations of Americans into trusting their government over all else.
I watched as Saddam burned the oil fields of Kuwait and all the doomsday pundits predicted the smoke would cause a famine in India. Instead, India had a bumper crop. The oil smoke probably did far less long term environmental damage than the depleted uranium rounds used to pulverize Saddam’s Republican Guard.
Smoke and ash from coal is going to kill off all living things by the end of the century. An asteroid is going to kill off all living things in 2036. A nuclear winter is going to kill off all living things any day now. Ebola, swine Flu, Anthrax, tainted foods, lead paint, fracking, drilling, blasting, cigarettes, Twinkies. Well, we all have to go sometime from something, but I don’t think we’re all gonna go at the SAME time from the SAME thing (although the asteroid thing is a doozie).
However, that still leaves a lot of room for the “as we know it” part. Read more