Boy, it's just a doom-sayer's holiday out there these days. Pick your imminent global disaster, there's evidence galore.
Increasingly, it's hard to find any "expert" who is not whispering "I think it's going to get worse, before it gets better..." - on any subject.
The cock-eyed optimists are being reduced to "well, but it WILL get better, one of these years, I just know it." Sounds kind of lame, though, at the moment.
Ha. You know what I just noticed?? Guess what the acronym for "cock-eyed optimist" turns out to be?!
There has to be some cosmic irony intended there!
So that's why the CEO's get the big bucks!!
One of my personal favorite pending disasters at the moment is... wheat. Things are not looking good, if you really depend on it. (Another fave is the price of diesel; but that's another day.)
Prices are up all over the world; very painfully, if you're poor, or feeding the poor.
The drought in Australia has hurt bigtime.
And, a story that has not really hit all the headlines yet- a major disease is hitting wheat; and this time, the researchers are not ready.
For a hundred years, at least, scientists, policy types, philosophers, and even regular people have been warning that it's really a bad idea for the world to depend so heavily on so few crops. Wheat, rice, and maize account for far too much of far too many peoples' basic diets.
We knew. We know. Here we are, anyway.
To my amazement, the BBC even put up a serious article on "Growing your own wheat" last week.
I'm afraid most of this- like most of ALL news these days- is just good for more headshaking.
What can we do about it? See? You're shaking your head, aren't you.
I hope you like rye.
Maybe somebody will finally be able to sell all that lovely amaranth.