This Is The End
(Posted 2015-10-20 18:06:30 +0000)
Disclaimer: I am not a prophet.
With that safely out of the way, let me just say that there’s been a lot of things on my mind lately:
The Highway Trust Fund runs out of money on October 29.
The Federal debt ceiling will be reached by mid-November, even with extraordinary measures in place. That’s according to the U.S. Treasury (PDF), the Congressional Budget Office, and the Bipartisan Policy Center. (Stan Collender is calling this the “fiscal abyss”.)
The Federal government runs out of money on December 11.
Style seems to be winning out over substance in the presidential race, and a Trump presidency — which I feel would be disastrous — is increasingly a possibility. More generally, the US is swinging away from rational thought and scientific proof.
Methane plumes that are almost certainly the result of frozen methane clathrate decomposing are showing up off the Pacific Northwest coast — a harbinger of a rapid acceleration in climate change. (Personally, I don’t expect the polar ice caps to survive past 2050.)
Record ocean temperatures across the planet are causing coral bleaching events — essentially, dead coral reefs — across the globe.
I don’t believe any of this is the result of any prophecy, or any outside and/or supernatural forces.
I do believe that we’re in for a very bumpy ride for the next century or so, and I’m starting to doubt we’ll come out the other end.