Tuesday, April 30, 2013

This Says It All

Check out the magnificent new essay by Daniel Drumright at Nature Bats Last:

 One look at the trouble we’re in,
And our view of the world starts to spin:
Much to our chagrin,
We see, under our skin,
What we are, and always have been.

Print the message on wall and fridge door,
Hand releases out to the press corps;
The news sure will delight
Folks at every web site:
Nothing matters anymore.

Your know preps will prove ineffective,
And also, that lots of invective
Will be coming your way
If you choose to display
A post-acceptance perspective.

It turns out the future is not-so-great,
But we can’t do a thing at this late date;
We must meet our fate
And there’s not long to wait:
The best we can do is commiserate.

Folks’ justifications are based
On laws which get changed and replaced;
What they call wrong or right
(At least in their sight)
Will soon be completely erased.

Special instructions for Southern California

As soon as you see the glow, flee—
Don’t even stop to go pee;
You may try to pray,
But you won’t get away
Far enough from San Onofre.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

It’s Gonna Get Worse

“It’s gonna get worse before it gets worse.”
—Guy McPherson, attributed, in Progressive Commentary Hour with Gary Null at 43:34. 

The doomers, they like to converse
And compare their pathways diverse;
Some folks call them perverse
‘Cause their forecast is terse:
It’ll get worse before it gets worse. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Life is Suffering — Buddha

The Buddha made clear what we’ve got:
Suffering—that is our lot;
Based on things that I see
And what happened to me,
I’m no one to say that it’s not.

“Life is suffering,” Buddha once said,
And since that popped into his head,
We’ve had no advisor
Teach anything wiser:
It won’t be that bad being dead.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Zen Doom Guru

Watching collapse news get curbed,
Zen Doom Guru’s unperturbed;
“What’s the diff?” asks the wit:
“Not one fucking bit!
No reason to get all disturbed.”

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Okay. So, What?

theozarker says:
“Yet, as I came home from the doctor’s appointment, new medication in hand, and sat down at the computer to read that day’s news, it hit me just how little control I had over any of these things. And how much the tingly anger and fear and worry I feel in reading the news really comes down to that lack of control....I’ve decided to quit. Quit being angry, quit fearing, quit worrying over things I can’t control.”

Controlling the world is an art
That’s mental, but not really smart:
As we exit our role,
We can’t even control
How our bodies are falling apart. 

Monday, April 15, 2013


For kids, supervision’s a feature
Restraining the bullying creature;
For growups, life’s game
Stays exactly the same,
Except that there isn’t a teacher.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Lord of the Flies

The lesson is there to derive:
We’re all youngsters, stranded alive;
But before our demise,
Unlike Lord of the Flies
No adult will ever arrive. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


If the world weren’t getting too hot,
We’d be in much less of a spot;
If this weren’t the end,
We’d be O.K., my friend,
But it seems that it is, and we’re not. 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Game Over

...James E. Hansen...said if all the oil was extracted from the oil sands it would be "game over"....
Is tolling extinction’s farewell;
But don’t get all pissed—
We’re not going to exist,
With or without the XL.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

More Pre-Doomers

“Pre-doomers” and “doomers,” one finds,
Divide people of earth in two kinds:
Early explorers
Glimpsing the horrors,
And the rest, who’ll soon change their minds.

The world’s full of pre-doomer folks
To whom climate warnings are jokes;
They’ll laugh less at the jest
Upon joining the rest
Who found out global warming’s no hoax.

The doomer’s now seen as a loon,
But we’re all going to be doomers soon;
Calling soon-to-be “pre”
Comes off more PC
Than to laugh and say, “What a maroon!”

“We’re all caught in the very same net.”
We learn from this micro-vignette
BAU consumers
And other pre-doomers
Just haven’t become doomers yet.

In the end, the world will attune
To the song of the doomer commune:
Those in the choir
Can see things are dire;
The rest will become doomers soon. 

The Pre-Doomer’s Guide

Unexpectedly, doom will betide
The obvious truth you denied:
That everyone lied,
We’re about to be fried,
And you’re needing The Pre-Doomer’s Guide.

The world upon which you relied
Will be gone when the doom hits worldwide;
It hits where you reside—
You’ll be wise to provide
Yourself with The Pre-Doomer’s Guide.

This coming best-seller worldwide
Will be of help once you decide
That from what all’s implied,
It will be like we died;
It’s there in The Pre-Doomer’s Guide.

The entrance to hell opens wide:
Abandon all hope for the ride;
You’ll be sitting inside
Charon’s boat as it’s plied—
Look it up in the Pre-Doomer’s Guide.

When thinking about suicide,
And why the hell you ever tried,
With labels applied
To grief stages inside,
There’s advice in the Pre-Doomer’s Guide.

And then there’s stuff people deride:
Like food to eat, both canned and dried,
Guns and ammo you hide,
The doomstead supplied—
This and more’s in The Pre-Doomer’s Guide.

So when everything starts to slide
To the point you can no longer hide,
You’ll be glad you complied—
You’ll be prepping with pride!
All because of the The Pre-Doomer’s Guide.

(Originally posted Sunday, March 31, 2013)


Most people don’t get doom’s rumor,
But they will (and not with good humor);
Since so many people
Don’t like the word “sheeple,”
Perhaps we should call them “pre-doomer.” 

(Originally posted Thursday, March 28, 2013)