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The world after the apocalypse is pretty easy to visualise. Vast deserts, people wearing gasmarks and mutant cannibals. It’s become such a staple in fiction that we’ve got it down pat. Everything from Mad Max to Fallout 3 looks roughly the same. On occasion things go a different way, and the world we end up in is…weird.

#10 – We Become Both Hippies and Jerks

The Time Machine

Morlocks

When a Victorian England scientist creates a time machine and travels far, far, far into the future he finds the peaceful, gentle and frugal Eloi, living among the overgrown ruins of human society. For those not looking forward to a life of vegetarianism there’s the Morlocks, an underground race of savage, ape-like creatures who prey on the Eloi. Most post-apocalyptic worlds see something resembling the human race scraping out a living, but here we’ve turned against ourselves in an extreme way.

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There’s already something spooky about planned communities — whole towns of giant, identical homes that seemingly popped up out of nowhere. It’s why the suburbs are prime material for artists to examine the secrets that we keep behind closed doors, either taboo subjects detailed by writers like A. M. Homes or something as wild and extreme as horror films like Fright Night and A Nightmare on Elm Street. But even more eerie is when a suburban community falls on such hard economic times that an entire population uproots itself, and a modern-day ghost town is left in its wake. 

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For those who watched American Horror Story and thought, “Gee, it looks like Connie Britton is having a fantastic time, how can I recreate this living experience?”—you’re in luck. To pay off its public debt and appease the European Union’s budgeting guidelines, Italy is auctioning an island off of Venice that just happens to be considered one of the most haunted places on earth! Or as HuffPost puts it, “Like Hell, but in Italy.” Getting driven into madness by ghosts is so much more fun when you get to eat pasta while doing it!

Why should you be afraid of the deserted Venetian island of Poveglia?

For starters, it is deserted. Even though it’s beautiful and incredibly close to Venice, one of the most fannypack and Segway-tour-filled cities in the world. Literally 10 minutes from Saint Marco Square.

Poveglia’s sordid history serves asa good explanation for why no…

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Stop this madness! You might think it’s all very well for some dentist somewhere, who apparently has one of John Lennon’s teeth, to use it to create some sort of clone of the late Beatles bandleader — but this is the thin end of the wedge. Remember Jurassic Park? If this idea isn’t stopped immediately, then we’re looking at something even worse than the end of the world: eternal life for the baby boomers! It starts with one Lennon, but before we know it, there’ll be armies of Jerry Garcias devouring everything before them, and hordes of John Bonhams prowling the streets in search of prey.

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Posted: January 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

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From Salon:  http://www.salon.com/2013/11/20/antibiotic_resistance_will_mean_the_end_of_just_about_everything_as_we_know_it/

Tracing the full implications of a post-antibiotic future

Lindsay Abrams
Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013

In the United States, 2 million people are infected with drug-resistant “superbugs” every year, and at least 23,000 die as a result. Such numbers, journalist Maryn McKenna suggests, will seem trivial if we reach the point when all antibiotics are no longer effective — something that’s on track to become a reality.

Considering the full implications of a post-antibiotic era, McKenna concludes that it wouldn’t be so different from the apocalypse. And to know what we’re facing, we need only look at where we’ve come from:

Before antibiotics, five women died out of every 1,000 who gave birth. One out of nine people who got a skin infection died, even from something as simple as a scrape or an insect bite. Three out of ten people who contracted pneumonia died from it. Ear…

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