9K YEAR WEATHER
In years past, when there was a severe weather event ( which, obviously, was every year on a global scale-or in Texas ), our beady eyed little monopolists just shifted grain surpluses in one region to another to cover the resulting crop shortages. Well, then something really bad happened. All those ungrateful bastards we had saved from previous potential famines had babies and world population got way too large when the next wave of weather failures went global. Too many years in a row, too many of the globes grain regions had weather related fails all at the same time. Now add in the economic problems ushered in by petroleum becoming a much more expensive energy source ( remember, Peak Oil wasn’t about immediately running out as I and a few others screamed about in morbid fear, but was about Peak Cheap Oil which was what our global economy is built around ) so that too many farmers are getting triaged out of the system ( Indian farmers in once lush areas needing too much money to drill wells down too far are failing. Afghanistan farmers planting poppies rather than wheat due to drought. Etcetera ). This is a triple whammy impacting food world wide ( the ethanol program here was just poison frosting on a crap cake ).
Now, we all know the economics are going to get worse. The central banks traded growth from oil production, which ended ten years ago, to growth in derivatives for their continued survival and profit. Which can’t continue indefinitely. And drought is here to stay. You might get alternate years of flooding, but that is almost as bad. Population growth is only slowing. All the Happy Talk crowd is pointing to this fact as if Malthusian concerns are unfounded. But growth is still growth, only allowing the can to be kicked down the road a bit further. Now there are further rumors of more bad news to add to all the following. Just rumors, but I’ve read of some scientists concerned over the current lack of sunspot activity tied to increased volcanism and earthquakes, and how this is the worst recorded in nine thousand years. If a valid concern ( as opposed to just a short lived blip that will right itself and become a false alarm ) this just adds a lot of fuel to the weather fire already established. Who needs more crap in the atmosphere due to volcanic eruptions? Or, more so, increased odds of a nearby "dormant" hill exploding or at least melting enough snow and ice to bury your burg under tons of mud. Plus, don’t discount the economic aspect. When Katrina hit New Orleans, and remember this was just after the economy started showing signs of weakening, years and years on we still have sodden piles of bulldozed homes sitting in corners of the ghetto, right next to a repaired professional sports complex ( money to fix the few areas outsiders spend money on, none to give to residents ). If an earthquake hits your town, expect little to no money available from either the insurance company or the government. But mostly, I’d be very concerned about global weather, and the global food supply, to get much more precarious. Got food stores?
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