What am I thanking them for? Well, nothing really, just the end of the world. That’s right people, we’re all fucked, and we’ve no one to blame but ourselves (assuming, of course, you live in one of those countries that’s part of the `Western culture’ that Pat Buchanan is so suicidally dedicated to keep — everyone else is just along for the ride).
The way I see it, the human species has two ways out of this dilemma:
- Globally cut military funding, tax the hell out of the infamous fifth, and put that money into research for alternative energy, efficient recycling, sustainable farming, schools, colleges, refugee handling, and generally saving what little of the natural world we have left. Disallow patents for all the fruits of this research, and release the results to the entire world. Offer to help the `developing world’ build their capabilities in these fields. Stop all GM food production, and anything else that increases the likelyhood of famine or interruption of the food supply.
- Cut social services and increase the global military budget, replay the arms race and prepare for global thermonuclear war, which generally means the end of human life on this planet.
- Do nothing, and end up using the nuclear weapons we have much sooner in response to population pressures.
Granted, it’s not a pretty picture, but these are the choices that we have. Realistically, either the whole planet survives or nobody does — hang together writ large.
Unfortunately, from those articles, it appears as though the military is (unsurprisingly) opting for choice #2, because that increases their budgets exponentially, at the cost of everyone’s lives.
Finally, a little `fuck you’ goes out to the Baby Boomer generation, who saw what needed to happen in ’68, and turned back because they were afraid. You motherfuckers disgust me.