Ebola is running rampant in Liberia, they say. 2300 patients have already been infected and the World Health Organization expects ‘exponential’ growth in more cases over the next little while. “It is out of control!”
It must be a horror show for those people living there – especially the ones they have trapped in some locked off urban ghetto called West Point. Trapped in so many ways by life and now trapped by the guns of their government and the threat of Ebola, these people are truly victims waiting to happen.
Could this be the start of a worldwide pandemic?
Could this be what the doomsday preppers prepare for?
ISIS is a violence-prone fundamentalist Islamic state-in-the-making. Another Hamas. Another Taliban. Al Queda gone more nasty and effective. They seem to want some large portion of the Middle East starting with the old Iraq. By all accounts, they are not nice people and don’t like anyone not into Islamic fanaticism. Obama reckons they are a force to be reckoned with. Mind you, the other fanatical groups from Lebanon to Palestine, from Afghanistan to Somalia, from Pakistan to the-next-nuthouse aren’t all that pleasant either.
Russia is getting a bit ballsy these days, too. Invading Crimea and all. You’d think they would be content to sell oil and gas for awhile after having lost the empire but they are definitely bullying Ukraine. That’s a bit closer to home for Europeans, anyway. So soon after Bosnia and all…………sheesh. Peace is alright but kind of dull and war isn’t boring at all, I guess. By that measure, Syria must be having the time of it’s life. So is Iraq.
No point in going into climate change. That is some kind of massive but insidious threat we can’t really know until it’s here and what has been seen and felt so far isn’t making anyone happy. California farmers immediately come to mind but almost all equatorial sections of the world are getting too hot and causing massive starvations and migrations. It is getting too hot to live near the equator it seems.
Anyone notice how much older Obama looks these days? The guy has aged twenty years in the last eight. I don’t think that is indicative of anything but massive concern, an incredible sense of responsibility and an even larger sense of impotence. I feel sorry for him. Harper, on the other hand, is getting into it, rattling sabers at Russia and Syria and ISIS. Lucky we got a tough guy, eh?
I am not a doomsdayer. I am not. I am enjoying my life. Hell, I even like to see the new cars, the new technologies and the new cheap B flicks. But maybe I am in denial. Maybe there are enough signs worldwide to warrant a bit of extra preparation, anyway.
And, I am naturally doing some of that. Some. A bit, anyway. But I think I am doing that mostly to save the tedium of going to town, I am doing that to become more independent and skilled in my new ‘world’. I am doing that because I am interested in learning. But, in doing so, I may also endure somewhat better. Sal certainly will. She’s getting good at all this. So we hope for the best. But you have to call ’em as you see ’em and I see us ‘prepping’ a bit. Hard not to. We kinda feel that there is a handbasket full of hell out there. And we are the semi-reluctant survivalists, I guess.