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I Want My Post-Apocalypse America, And I Want it Medium-Rare

I was kinda gripped by this article on Helium a few days ago. It kinda struck me as panicky and sensationalistic, or in other words, crap. Doomsday: How BP Gulf disaster may have triggered a ‘world-killing’ event

Ominous reports are leaking past the BP Gulf salvage operation news blackout that the disaster unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico may be about to reach biblical proportions.

251 million years ago a mammoth undersea methane bubble caused massive explosions, poisoned the atmosphere and destroyed more than 96 percent of all life on Earth. [1] Experts agree that what is known as the Permian extinction event was the greatest mass extinction event in the history of the world. [2]

I mean, scientists don’t run around screaming ‘DOOMSDAY!!’ like chicken little. But there was the scientific basis for a glimmering hope of mass destruction. Obviously, I’m narcissistic enough to believe that I will be one of the survivors, killing and fighting for the remaining food supplies, hoarding antibiotics and generally being a post-apocalyptic badass. A post-apocalyptic badass with a degree in espaƱol (so I can barter with the surviving Mexicans).

Sadly, it was too good to be true. Well, fuckers, thanks.

I suspect that if something on the scale of a mass extinction event is even remotely possible, there should probably be contingency plans in place, right? Howabout getting that goddamn Mars colony started, Mr. President? If an asteroid destroys Earth, Mars is a nice fallback position. And it would be even more awesome than anything the SyFy channel is showing these days.

I think science and policy need to start reflecting a general need to realize our science fiction dreams. The DEA’s budget could be used for it instead of justifying a broken prohibitionist ideal.

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