The Apocalypse Begins

Forget your stupid fantasies of zombies, alien invasions, and world-wide pandemics. This is where we were headed. This is where we are now. This is the real apocalypse.


28 thoughts on “The Apocalypse Begins

    1. I don’t believe in literal karma, but we have a lot to answer for, and have had since the beginning. The cracks have been building for a long time but no one wanted to see them.

  1. The attention the average Australian in the street has been giving to this US election is absolutely amazing. Aussies are traditionally pretty apathetic about politics – even their own. Not this time. Of course, the media are having a field day. Interesting times …

    1. The whole world has been watching, unfortunately. Aside from the many negative outcomes of the upcoming adminstration, American has just lost what little respect others thought they still owed us. And, as I’m reading from several sources, far-right influences in Europe and elsewhere now have an ally.

  2. Deeply depressed: 2016 was going to be THE year. Instead, a relative’s marriage has gone kaput. NO research progress has been made – neither in allocating fund, nor in solving CFS (which I’ve now had for 27 years). My candidate, a woman I much admire, worked very hard, was infinitely better than the opposition on every front, and lost. Misogynism? Sexism? (Note spellchecker can’t even do ‘misogynism’) Ageism applied only to women?

    I have been waiting so long to vote for a woman, that to have her win the nomination, and then have all the media say she’s going to win – and they prove themselves idiots. Yes, I did get to vote for her. But the point was to have women lead the nation. Instead, more male garbage.

    And the book I worked on (no, the universe doesn’t owe me anything), with energy I didn’t have, is pretty much dead in the water.

    2016 was going to be good; did it have to end up the worst year in ages?

    1. I went to bed my usual time last night, after looking at the numbers and being pretty sure that I’d wake up to a political nightmare. I started the day thinking there’s really no point in continuing to write. Death penalty abolition took two big steps backwards, along with so many other issues. But I can’t let that clown shackle my mind and hopes, so I’ll keep plodding along as long as I can.

      I hope that comment about your book doesn’t mean that you’ve given up on it. Don’t do that!

      1. I get very discouraged; I don’t give up.

        And it is harder to write when I’m in that state, but I live in a chronic condition, with ups and downs anyway – I can’t let it control me, or I’d never get anything done.

        I did what I could before hand, was polite and civil in argument, but have never understood the hate spewed, much less in the epic proportions of this year.

        I have to leave it now, to survive – until it proves itself unignorable (norable?).

        But I can tell you it hasn’t been easy, today especially, to separate what I don’t like about a scene from what I don’t like about a world, so I can fix what I call my own.

        1. It’s hard to separate our writing from the world around us. I get that, believe me. I didn’t do much writing yesterday. The sense that something awful and unbelievable had happened and that there was no escape from it hung over everything. I’ve been kind of amused at all the articles about coping with the anxiety of the campaign, but maybe it helped some people get through. I don’t think any psychological techniques will help now. The reality is too brutal, and it does qualify as traumatic.

    2. Sitting here so far away from it all – but not far away anymore, technology has changed that – it’s heartening to read both your commments above. We’re all in shock over here, and very worried. This naturally flows on into the sensitive person’s psyche – and writers usually are sensitive. It’s a hard time, but we’ll get through.

      1. It wouldn’t be so bad if the US was just some little obscure country with no influence. But at least it’s clear there’s going to be a lot of pushback. A professor at American University, Allan Lichtman, predicted the win, and is now predicting impeachment–by his own party. There’s lot of talk along those lines, but it will be a long, nasty battle to achieve it, if it’s even possible. Fingers crossed.

        1. Yes, a very highly placed CEO of an organisation like Reuter (but not Reuter) said on the night of the election results that the generals were already studying the constitution to see exactly what powers the president really had over them, if push came to shove. As Trump didn’t have the support of the Republican party, many of his wilder ideas won’t get past the congress, even tho the Republicans hold both houses. I suspect there will be some interesting and very unexpected developments in the next six months.

          1. There are also people who are talking about refusing to work with him–security analysts, etc. Yes, it’s going to be fascinating. He’s being coached to be more “presidential,” but his loose tongue will always get in the way. Tantrums, when he discovers he can’t just wave his hand and order things to be done?

      2. Just remember that, in this age of the internet, you hear EVERYTHING wrong with the world, almost instantaneously.

        The media have always followed the dictum about stories: ‘If it bleeds, it leads.’ But, with local news, there wasn’t something horrible going on (and there probably still isn’t, unless you live in Syria or some of the places in Africa) every minute.

        They import ‘news’ – and it’s always the most lurid.

        Not minimizing what just happened – but the media (who reported polls, etc., continuously – because they’re trying to sell advertising!) bear a huge responsibility that none of them acknowledge.

        They make the world seem far worse than it is. And it’s bad enough.

        But the good stuff never gets any air time.

        We have to live with that, and learn to manage it.

        1. The media definitely bears some responsibility, Alicia. At least I read enough sources to get a different view than those who mostly watch tv news, and read Time, etc. Quite a few good things happening here and there, and Trump himself may be responsible for some of it if the outrage doesn’t just burn out and disappear.

          1. There are financial forces at work that do not bode well for democracy – the need not to offend your advertisers or clients is not always pure.

            It’s just not possible to be in agreement with so many people on the planet. And income disparity is rising – because the bottom rung is pegged at bare survival, and the rich are getting MUCH richer.

            Too many of our citizens are in search of a guru to tell them how to process the modern world – and then just follow along. This doesn’t actually make the modern world safer, and a lot of these people are going to be VERY disappointed when all the promises made get dumped because keeping them would be, you know, actual WORK.

  3. You have two things that should help rekindle a little hope. Politicians always lie to get elected, and then fail to follow through, so he might not do most of the things he promised. And there is a large, stable bureaucracy that should impede any violent change of direction in the course of your society. Of course, given your history, you’re likely to elect him for a second term.-)

    1. You’re right about the lies and the bureacracy. But given the things he can do that will impact the future: cut support for climate change initiatives, appoint a hard-line conservative to the Supreme Court, he’s still dangerous. You may also be right about a second term — unless he fails to follow through on all the promises of better times ahead that sucked in the people who put him in office.

      1. You’re right to worry. In a democracy, the most dangerous leaders are the populists. And don’t count on people seeing through him. Those who believed in him this time will believe even more strongly when his clay feet are exposed. It works that way for some reason.

        1. Many of those who voted for him won’t see through the lies that don’t affect them personally. But if promises about jobs and the issues that impact them directly aren’t fulfilled, that’s a different matter.

          1. Then it will be someone else’s fault. Probably those darned PC bureaucrats. Or maybe the liberal press. Possibly special interest groups. Whatever, it won’t be Don’s fault.

            1. Oh never the Donald’s fault. Can’t happen. Just like the mounting number of incidents in which people of color or gays, or protestors are being attacked. One news site is keeping tabs — over 130 so far. Has Trump said a word, trying to tamp it down? Of course not.

  4. Think about what you say: promises about jobs. The president can no more create jobs than he can fly – or every president in the past would have created a job for everyone with good pay and good benefits.

    The tone – what is better for the businesses that create those jobs – is set by the party in charge. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama had hugely prosperous ‘reigns.’ Reagan and Bush, Jr. left us with huge debts. MANY other factors affected the economy, but you have to wonder.

    People are hoping that a ‘businessman’ will fix things; I don’t think that will happen. We’ll see. I’m praying that I’m wrong, if you can imagine that.

    1. With so many jobs sent offshore, any promise of jobs is BS. What does Trump think he’s going to do — force all those companies back to the US? Reopen the factories? How much intelligence does it require to think all that through and see his promises for the hot air they are?

      1. Apparently, this was not as important to his supporters as being heard.

        The sad part? I think Clinton was planning on DOING something that would benefit those people (as Obama has tried, stymied by Congress at every turn) – whereas the candidate they voted for promised anything they wanted – and will deliver nothing.

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