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RatCreature ([personal profile] ratcreature) wrote2019-02-10 09:05 pm
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the catastrophe options seem to expand every day

Just now I read that according to a review of multiple studies the insects populations are collapsing even faster than the (already bad) expectations were before, which will collapse all ecosystems and our food supply fast (even faster than climate change).

And since it's been 2017 since I did the last version of this poll...
Poll #21348 why ratcreature should only look at pictures of fluffy baby animals, 2019 ed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 17


Which inescapable disaster/crisis/calamity do you think is most likely to lead to your demise?

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I'll die in the ecological collapse caused by the ongoing insect extinction
2 (11.8%)

the climate change catastrophe will kill me through a grand disaster
2 (11.8%)

climate change will kill me slowly through failing crops and the like
5 (29.4%)

climate change will kill me fast but in a boring way through some horrible heat wave or such
5 (29.4%)

I'll die because thanks to the global water crisis I won't be able to afford clean drinking water
3 (17.6%)

the next high mortality rate pandemic will come for sure, possibly via climate change mosquitoes or ticks before they're all extinct
3 (17.6%)

no pandemics needed, I'll die of some treatable condition, not able to afford medicine, thanks to the health system crisis/collapse
9 (52.9%)

I'll die in a riot/civil unrest brought on by an ongoing global economic crisis/collapse in general
3 (17.6%)

I'll die in a riot/civil unrest brought on by the economic crisis/collapse following Brexit in particular
1 (5.9%)

I'll die in a riot/civil unrest brought on by some rampaging "alt-right"/neo-fascist mob that felt slighted on the internet
1 (5.9%)

I won't die from any of the above disasters directly, but while fleeing from it
0 (0.0%)

nuclear armageddon! started intentionally by horrible politicians
1 (5.9%)

nuclear armageddon! but brought on by pure stupidity, like someone misinterpreting some screen and/or pushing the wrong button
1 (5.9%)

terrorism! I'll be blown up by some shadowy terrorist organization
0 (0.0%)

terrorism! some deranged mob will lynch me as "terrorist"
0 (0.0%)

terrorism! but it's my government who will dispose of me as "terrorist"
0 (0.0%)

my government's malicious policies will kill me without them bothering to label me as "terrorist"
4 (23.5%)

crime! I'll end up as a victim in a crime statistic
0 (0.0%)

crime! but as a victim of the "tough on crime" policies, like tazered to death or shot by police and the like
0 (0.0%)

a meteorite will kill me in a huge extinction level event, but at least I have the consolation that everyone else will be dead along with me
0 (0.0%)

killer robots will get me
0 (0.0%)

killer robots will get me, but it will be an accident (less Terminator, more self-driving cars gone wrong)
1 (5.9%)

killer robots will get me, and somehow a Facebook algorithm will be at fault
1 (5.9%)

killer robots will get me, but it will be Amazon's algoritm that did it
0 (0.0%)

I will be killed by a Google algorithm smart enough to make it look like it's not killer robots
0 (0.0%)

I'll get killed by the zombie apocalypse
0 (0.0%)

I'll get killed by the zombie army I raised to protect myself, falling victim to dramatic irony
1 (5.9%)

and so on and so forth... (civilian nuclear disaster! genetically modified crops! micro-plastics!...)
0 (0.0%)

frith_in_thorns: (HG odds)

[personal profile] frith_in_thorns 2019-02-10 11:20 pm (UTC)(link)
This is something that really stresses me out. I want to have a baby, but do I really have a right to bring a child into this kind of awful world? Force them to possibly/probably have a severely curtailed future? Contribute to the problem by having a child with the associated consumption and waste each human being produces?

Argh :(
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[personal profile] frith_in_thorns 2019-02-12 06:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Don't worry, I tip into extreme existential terror at least once a day at the moment.
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[personal profile] schneefink 2019-02-11 01:13 pm (UTC)(link)
I used to also worry a lot about what kind of life a potential child of mine could have in this world, with global warming etc., and it's a fair question. I feel better about it since I heard that my parents and their generation had the same worries, only except about global warming they worried about the nuclear apocalypse. They still had kids though and personally I'm quite happy to be here :)
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[personal profile] lilacsigil 2019-02-11 03:08 am (UTC)(link)
I'm in rural Australia so we're all going to catch fire and die, the end.
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[personal profile] othercat 2019-02-11 04:51 pm (UTC)(link)
I really like this breakdown of Bad Things And Why You Should Avoid The News And Look At Baby Animals. It states all the potential horrors and disasters that I have trouble putting into words/classifying.
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[personal profile] sillimarilli 2019-02-13 12:40 am (UTC)(link)
*sigh* I'm going with rampant tornados as a product of climate change given the part of the world I live in. Either that or someone is going to wonder why I haven't come in to work yet, only to check my office and find I never quite made it away from my desk. So, either way, end-stage capitalism is going to have its way with me.

I read the bug article, too. It was eye-opening. I didn't think it was that accelerated.