Thursday, June 08, 2006

Is This The End Of The World As We Know It?

Just because I didn't wake up dead yesterday doesn't mean I have stopped worrying about imminent disaster. That dream I had was unmistakable.

So, now I am looking at three things: one, I have something wrong with me which is very dreadful, which the medics have yet to find - at present, they say I have Odynophonia and if it is just that, then I am probably going to be OK but I really do have to shut up more; two, the world economy is in fact far more near to collapse than anyone realises (see Japanese stock market, a regular barometer of the failure of capitalism); or three, the Indonesian volcano Mount Merapi, now weakened by the recent earthquake, is about to blow, plunging us all into deadly cold and causing global crop failure and terrible starvation everywhere.

As this carefully worded explanation of the consequences of a serious volcanic eruption explains, "we may be smart enough to escape from the lava and the ash, dodge the acid rains, survive the nuclear winter and protect ourselves against the killer solar radiation afterwards. But plants and animals definitely are not. We'd find ourselves in an increasingly empty world, as one species after another goes extinct. In the end, even the toughest survivalist would starve to death. In fact, 74,000 years ago, humanity almost did. In those days, a supervolcano erupted in Toba, Sumatra. Quite a lot of scientists believe this is what pushed humanity to the brink of extinction: it is a well-established fact that in those days, humanity suddenly was reduced to a slim total of some ten thousands of men."

Now for the World Cup. But I'll have to avoid shouting at the TV.

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At 3:21 PM, Blogger China Blue quoth...

In answer to your question, it probably is; but as the REM song goes, "I feel fine".

That is some seriously scary stuff, all the more for knowing there's not a damn thing we can do about it.

In the meantime, I'll just enjoy reading your blog!

At 3:50 PM, Blogger Indigobusiness quoth...

Soon, we'll be dining almost exclusively on excuses.

There's only so much crow.


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