I doan read that Ole Grey Hag, but some folks insist on sendin' Aunty articles in it from time to time.
Yesterday, Tom Friedman jes' freaked out all over the the Op-Ed pages. The man is ready to be put to pasture. In his The Earth Is Full rant, Friedman wrings his hands an' hyperventilates:
"You really do have to wonder whether a few years from now we’ll look back at the first decade of the 21st century....and ask ourselves: What were we thinking? How did we not panic when the evidence was so obvious that we’d crossed some growth/climate/natural resource/population redlines all at once? "
The man either has never read history (What were the Vesuvians thinkin' durin' them orgies when the ground started vibratin'? What were the The Romans thinkin' when the Hideous Huns scrambled over the walls ? What were the Europeans thinkin' when rats infested their cities an' plague came knockin'?) or he jes' needs to get 700 words written an' collect his 2k fer he day.
There is always SOME panic SOME where. Has ever been so.
Friedman is horrified. But the man got a hold of the wrong horror.
Personally, I'se a lot more worriet about the GMO corn in the chips and salsa at the neighborhood Mexican Mama's ...GMO corn is engineered wif on board pesticides so bugs doan eat the crop profits. Nobody cares I reckon that that pesticide transferred to yore gizzard changes the bacteria in your gizzard to be super resistant to antibiotics? Many scientists say thas' whas' up wif' these deaths in Germany whar' a new serotype of E. Coli done turned itself into a population scythe (see post below). NO antibiotic is workin' against it--why? cause this super toxic bug ain't phased by nuthin' we throw at it--they theorize thas' cause it grew up in the intestines of cows fed GMO corn an' soy.
An' while we's theorizin', what if some whiz at the microscope--a Bernie Madoff of micro-world--has been readin' Friedman? What if Friedman freaked off Micro-Madoff who now figgered he'd save the earth fer the snail darter by settin' off a roach -bomb on humans? Well...I said it was theorizin'....mebbe.
What's worse, a spike in gas prices or recombinant microbiology experiments on the human race?
What's yore theory?
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