10 October 2009

Celebrate Doomsday in NYC October 23-25

Humans are obsessed with the apocalypse. So it is fitting that they celebrate the idea of doomsday in NYC only a few weeks after the Singularity Summit.
From raptures, plagues, meteorites, nuclear holocausts, aliens, zombie attacks, ecological catastrophe, and cybernetic revolt to the 2012 doomsday predictions, the Festival will touch upon all possible permutations of our collective demise.

We'll be screening films from across the board, with works ranging from premieres to established classics to rediscovered gems. On the schedule for the 2009 Festival are nuclear fallout cartoons, early '60s atomic parables, '80s zombie punk, award-winning independent shorts, and much more.

The event will incorporate a panel-based symposium featuring authors, artists, and all manner of experts on the End of Days. We plan to tackle the Apocalypse in all its forms, and hope you'll join us for the ride! _NYCDoomsdayFilmFestival_via_SurvivalBlog
Humans should not take comfort from their relatively easy survival of the Y2K catastrophe. Although the global warming catastrophe is beginning to look like a giant hoax, they still must worry about Peak Oil Doom -- which will occur no later than 2500. An economic doom is certainly not out of the question. For example, "What if Obama held an economic collapse and pronounced it world peace?"

And there is always doom from a catastrophic epidemic. Not necessarily an epidemic of zombies -- as suggested by the NYC Filmfest above. Just a simple bacterial or viral illness out of control in a few large population centers would be enough to trigger the media and governmental panic buttons.

So what's a prudent person to do, at a time when the world policeman is unilaterally disarming? When the previously robust private sector of the US is being dismantled, and replaced by rickety, corrupt, and incompetent bureaucracies that will be incapable of responding effectively to even the slightest catastrophe?

Take a look below, and you may get an idea of what you will need to do in order to survive an apocalypse in the age of Obama. (via Wired, H/T Instapundit)It would be most logical to acquire the missile silo via government surplus, rather than to build it yourself on a vacant lot. That would save you time and money. You will need to invite plenty of tool-handy friends over for the re-modeling -- and don't spare the beer!

Once made livable, such a shelter could accomodate a large quantity of doomsday supplies and equipment. Don't forget to install heavy-duty air filtration and water treatment. Positive pressure ventilation combined with a multiple airlock entry system might also be appropriate, depending upon the nature of your doomsday. Stock plenty of food, water, medical supplies, distilled beverages, coffee, teas, and beer-making supplies.

Finally, you will not be able to save enough people to re-populate the Earth, inside a single refurbished and doomsday-hardened missile silo. You will need to form a coalition of like-minded survival oriented renaissance men and women, dedicated to building the minimum viable population numbers necessary to replenish Earth with a more enlightened population -- a population worthy of going to the stars.

I regret that the Society for Creative Apocalyptology is currently closed to new chapter memberships. But if you can locate a chapter near you, and convince the membership committee that you fit the SCA profile -- and are not an Obama zombie -- all will be considered on a case by case basis.

Happy Doomsday, everyone!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been told that you actually can grow a population from two breeding humans even if they are brother and sister. While the population would likely be plagued by higher than normal genetic diseases for generations, enough healthy individuals would be produced to keep going. That's why social taboos exist against incest evolution can not afford to completely prevent it by instinct because it might be needed if a brother and sister find themselves as the only survivors somewhere. Not that I am recommending it. The last thing we need is lots of silos filled with inbred freaks. Then we'd never get the Democrats out of office. End of the world indeed.

Saturday, 10 October, 2009  
Blogger al fin said...

I wouldn't want to try that, Baron, regardless of how attractive my sister may be.

Without at least a thousand breeding pairs you lose a lot of genetic variation and adaptability -- lost population fitness.

Not to mention being existentially vulnerable to any stray plague that happens to drop in.

Monday, 12 October, 2009  

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