The World Is Doomed, Head For The Hills

January 25, 2008


Dan Bloom thinks the world is screwed. Who is Dan Bloom you ask? Some scientist or expert on global warming? No, he's a writer that doesn't own a computer and lives in Taiwan teaching English. Proving it doesn't take a scientist to believe Mother Earth is packing up her bags and calling it quits. Dan is also the one that came up with the idea for these awesome Polar Cities. Basically he thinks that in no longer than 500 years (and possible way sooner) the world's population will be decimated and only a few hundred million people will survive in these specially-designed cities in the Arctic.

Well damn, Dan, way to put a damper on my usual 'Get Drunk and Watch The Price Is Right' Friday ritual. Screaming at the idiotic contestants really lost its luster with this depressing news. Oh my god you better bid $601 or I swear I'll kill you! Oh you lost? Really? Well maybe it's because YOU'RE A BONEHEAD ASSCAP AND DIDN'T BID WHAT I TOLD YOU TO. Jesus the people are stupid today. It's like half-wit vs. quarter-wit day on The Price Is Right. I bet these are the same morons responsible for destroying the damn planet. God I hate them so much.

A few more pictures of the conceptual cities after the jump, in case you're building a sweet Habitrail for your gerbils and want to use them for reference.





CLIMATE CHANGE: Northward Ho? [ipsnews]

Polar City Illustrations

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    Chilling sci-fi novel about 'global heating' good summer read

    by Dan Bloom

    I have seen the future and it's dank, dark and dystopic. At least in one Oklahoma author's eyes, it is.
    When veteran sci-fi writer Jim Laughter sat down last summer to start in on a new novel about mankind'sshaky future on this third rock from the sun, he wasn't sure where the book was actually going, hesaid. Seven months later, after typing out each chapter of"Polar City Red" on his computer keyboard, Laughter, 59, was finished and ready toface critics on the right and on the left. Climate denialists are going to say it's not science,and die-hard climate activists are going to say it's just fiction.
    Rick Perry's not going to read, that's for sure. Neither will Rick Santorum or other national politicianswith their heads in the sand. But Laughter's book could make a cool movie in the future dystopia department,following up on such Hollywood films as "City of Ember" and "The Road."
    Laughter's pulp "polar western" is set in the Last Frontier and it poses a veryimportant and headline-mirroring question: will mankindsurvive the coming climapocalypse coming our wayas the Earth heats up over the next few centuries?As sea levels rise and millions of "climate refugees" make their way north to Alaska, Canada,Russia and Norway, think scavenger camps, Mad Max villages, andU.N.-administered ''polar cities'' -- cities of domes, as Laughter (his real name)calls them.
    "Polar City Red" is more than mere sci fi: a retired USAFtechnical writer who has lived all over the world on military assignments, the retired grandfather of four comes across as a probing moralist and a modernJeremiah. His worldview befits a Christian pastor who has built two churches and findsin religion both an anchor and a place for hope.
    His book is not just about climate change or northern dytopias. It's also about the moral questions that must guide humanity asit tries to keep a lid on global warming's worst-case scenarios whilealso looking for solutions to mankind's worst nightmare -- thepossible final extinction of the human species due to man's own follyand extravagant ways. Can a small 200-page book do all that? No, it's justentertainment, a good book to put on your summer reading list.
    Writing the novel took Laughter seven months of non-stop researchand keyboarding, he told me, but I have a feeling that what he wrote will last 100 years.It's more than a cli-fi thriller. It also exposesthe underbelly of humankind's most terrifying nightmare: thepossible end of the human species and God's deep displeasure at what His peoplehave done to His Earth. Even if you're an atheist, as I am, Laughter touches a nerve.
    The book is prophetic, futuristic and moralistic. Youas reader will get through this one alive, but will our descendants, 100 or 1000years from now, survive the Long Emergency we find ourselves in now? That's thequestion that Laughter poses.
    Fortunately, the book ends on a note of hope and redemption, so it's not adowner at all. You and your loved ones need to read it. As Laughterhimself says in the introduction, quoting ChristopherMorley:  ''When you sell a man a book you don't sell just twelveounces of paper and ink and glue -- you sell him a whole new life."
    "Polar City Red," which I just read in a preview copy, won't giveyou a whole new life, and it'll probably just give you a headache and heartburn.I would not advise Rick Perry to read it.

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