I’ve been wanting to post something on this topic for the past few months, and every time I start over, I get to a point where I say, “what’s the point?”. It’s so frustrating to see how little people give a shit about the on-goings in the world, or even our country. I understand, though. A year ago, I didn’t know what GDP meant, or what a debt ceiling was, much less what was going on in Iran, or Syria at the time.
The point I’m making here by writing all of this, is that this shit is fucking important! I’ve never, ever been a political person. I still don’t consider myself one, because most of the stuff I read up on is the gloomy truth that CNN or MSNBC will NEVER air. I’ve grown passionate about what’s going on in our country and abroad because, first and foremost, it affects ME personally like never before in our past. And you should feel the same, because it affects YOU just as much, on the same level. They say fear is a great motivator, let’s see how accurate that is.
I realize that many people have a very short attention span, so I’m going to be as brief as possible, and I’m going to very generally summarize everything I’ve read, and been keeping updated on in the last few months.
I could write about ten pages on this topic for everyone to comprehend the big picture. I actually just had about four paragraphs written on this one topic alone and deleted it all to summarize the main points. The information is out there, use your friend google to help you dive into these topics more if you’re interested. To put it in a very small nutshell:
Our country is broke. And the only reason we’re able to continue functioning is because the Federal Reserve (the company that prints our money) has been pumping around $80 billion into our economy each month, which at the same time is devaluing our dollar. We are also living in the biggest financial bubble in history right now. What this means is that our system is being propped up on faulty legs, and at some point in the near future those legs are going to give out.
Why does this affect you?
What happens when our system gives out? Our stock market crashes, banks shut down, money goes, “see ya!” When this happens (it’s not an “if” anymore, as numerous economists have said within the next 3-12 months this is GOING to happen) stores will be wiped clean of food and supplies, power goes out because the people running the power plants aren’t getting paid anymore, water shuts off because there’s no one to pay these people for their work, people will lose their homes because they can’t afford to live there, etc etc.
I’ve read multiple times that the average american household has about three days worth of food in their house. After this is gone, people will take to the streets getting food for their families any way they can, yes, this means killing YOU for food. Law and order will go out the window almost overnight. It will be utter chaos and devastation for those unprepared. Don’t believe me? Take a look for yourself at what happened in populated parts of Chile or Venezuela. Many people who realize that their life savings are gone in the blink of an eye will choose to end their lives. There will be immediate backlash against the government for “screwing” the country, and there will be riots. I read a quote once that fits perfect here: “When people lose everything and have nothing left to lose, they lose it.” Because of this, there will be an extreme increase in murder, burglaries, rape, etc.
If people act like they do during Black Friday, imagine what it will be like when people know that their grocery stores won’t be restocking their shelves ever again.
The funniest part about all of this to me is that a species as smart as we are accepts buying the basic necessities of life. These are things we can get ourselves. People did it before there was money, and people can do it again. You can’t build a country on top of a faulty system that was doomed to fail from the start. People need to realize that the money they have, they don’t own, at all. All the Federal Reserve did was turn our gold-backed dollar into something that was worth an IOU. Then they capitalized on this in the form of inflation, taxes, interest, etc. Our country is basically a complex pyramid scheme run by the corporate bankers. As long as this nation is stuck in the mindset that they “own” their money, we will never fix ourselves of this problem, and we’ll continue to let them drive our country into the ground.
If you don’t know what this is, I would suggest you look it up. For a while, I was completely consumed by the economic collapse scenario. Until I read about this, and my next topic. These two could be potentially catastrophic for all life on earth as we know it.
Again, in a small nutshell:
Fukushima is a nuclear power plant in Japan. Because of the tsunamis and earthquakes over there in 2011, the emergency cooling systems in the plants failed to work properly. Over the next few weeks three of the reactors had semi-meltdowns and the company ended up dumping TONS of radioactive water into the Pacific ocean. Because of this, you can bet that the fish you eat is probably tainted with radiation, if it’s from the Pacific ocean. Which, surprise! Can kill you. This radiation is eventually going to to eventually circle the globe and create big problems for us down the road. This is already causing us a major problem here: Children born on the west coast, right after the meltdown and up to now, are already significantly more likely to develop hypothyroidism because of the radiation from across the water.
Another problem is that the fourth reactor is severely crippled. It’s standing on pools of soft mud from when the workers flooded the reactor with sea water to help keep it cool. If it happens to fall by any means, start praying.
How does this affect you?
In addition to the radiation issue listed above, Just ONE of the fuel rods inside of the reactor has the potential to kill almost 3 billion people. How many fuel rods are in there? Around 1,500. So, if this thing explodes, it has the ability to kill 45 billion people…..or, the equivalent of our entire human race almost six and half times.
They are working on taking care of this as of right now, but it is HIGHLY dangerous and will take quite some time to finish. Let’s cross our fingers that there isn’t another strong earthquake over there any time soon. Oh, and the latest article I could find said that there were still leaks dumping highly radiated water into the ocean.
3. Peak Oil/Climate Change
This is, in my opinion, the most important one. Because this one has the most widespread catastrophic effect on everything.
Peak oil is the fact that our oil consumption has peaked, around 2005. We are in an oil shortage (which is why oil prices are rising) and are now in the plateau before the devastating fall of the oil age. Why do you think our country is so hell bent on stealing oil from other countries?
Well, that’s fine, you say. Well, it’s not. Everything we use is made from oil- plastic, rubber, car bodies, anesthetics, etc etc. Almost everything we use today was made from oil in some form or another. Before the rise of oil, our population was sustained at around 1 billion people. After we figured out how to use oil to make all of these things we have now, our population has shot up to over 7 billion in a very short time. It’s been exponentially growing ever since. What happens when we can’t sustain our oil to make products to provide for all of these people? A die-off happens. We can very well experience an average excess death rate of 100 million per year every year for the next 75 years
An ever growing side effect of trying to produce enough to sustain an exponentially growing population is the damage we are doing to our world. The World Wildlife Agency is saying that at our current rate of consumption the earth needs 1.5 years to replenish the natural resources we consume in one single year. They are also saying that by the year 2030, we will need the equivalent of two planet earths just to meet our yearly demands, if we continue on the path we are headed now. Obviously we don’t have two planet earths, and we don’t have 1.5 years in a single year to replenish what we need. This is very dire news for us.
The processing plants we use to refine oil spew hundreds of chemicals into the sky, which is depleting our ozone layer, and warming our environment. I used to think “global warming” was a myth, and a dumb one. But the more I’m reading, the more I’m realizing that this shit is real. If we don’t stop polluting our environment by trying to provide for people that we already cannot provide for, our world climate is predicted to shoot up 3-6 degrees celsius. This doesn’t sound like much at first glance, but even if it went up 3.5 degrees, our climate would be unsustainable for human life.
Fracking is an important part of this, as well. See, since we have scarce pure oil, companies have figured out a way to bore deep into the earth, inject uranium which is supposed to push out oil they can drill. This has been known to cause violent earthquakes, as well as poisoning our earth from the inside. This process is currently degrading around 360,000 acres of land and emitting around 450,000 tons of air pollution. And I thought climate change was made up. Why do you think we’ve had so many intense earthquakes all over the country lately?
Mining tar sands is another way we’ve been trying to avoid this oil crisis. Which is by far the dumbest idea out of all of these. Tar sands are a combination of clay, sand, water and a heavy black oil called “Bitumen”. This can be processed to create an alternative to the more traditionally pumped oil. The problem is, it takes around two tons of tar sands and seven barrels of water to create one barrel of pure oil. Not to mention the greenhouse gases and toxic emissions produced by this process is just a nightmare. So basically, putting more money and effort into creating small quantities of oil, and polluting the earth worse than regular oil mining.
Needless to say, this is all very bad news for us. Even NASA did a study this year and concluded that continuing on the path we are on now would have catastrophic effects on our existence, saying our entire world would collapse within the next few decades. We have about three years before the climate change we are causing is irreversible.
How does this affect you?
The point of all of this is to get people to wake up. People are constantly saying “let’s make the earth a better place for our grandchildren”. Yeah, right! This is happening RIGHT NOW. This is going to happen in our lifetimes. We need to stand up and make a change for everyone living today. It all boils down to one thing or the other. If an economic collapse doesn’t take us out, the radiation from Fukushima has the ability to do so. If neither of those do, the peak oil crisis will most certainly. Who knows? Maybe all three will happen. Or another world war (nuclear this time), which would kill us all anyway.
The point is: If we don’t divert how our society and world functions in the next couple years to something more positive, we are looking at the extinction of the human race within the next twenty to twenty-five years.
Suddenly Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc, doesn’t seem so important, does it?