In the past week or so Iíve had to seriously (not really) reconsider my current path in life, not due to any monumental decisions or surprising changes of any kind, simply because itís become readily apparent that I can see into the future.
And donít think Iím joking for one second here, because I can prove it.
I first made this amazing discovery last week while reading one of the most prolific news stories to ever sweep the nation Ė it turns out that Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction. However, unlike the rest of you Ė some of whom applauded then-president George W. Bush for his (completely illegal) invasion of Iraq Ė I was not caught unawares by this tragic news; I had already predicted it.
Yes, itís true. Thanks to my clairvoyant abilities I was well aware that there were no weapons of mass destruction, just as I was fairly certain President Bush and his merry band of corrupt little cronies simply wanted an excuse, any excuse, to invade Iraq.
And while Iím sure I donít know all of the reasons behind this questionable military action (oil), to be honest, I donít think Iíd ever want to. Iíd only be more disappointed and disgusted with our nationís past leadership, or lack thereof.
And all because of one Iraqi malcontent looking to take down Saddam. Unbelievable. No, I mean really, thatís not believable.
You mean to tell me that we invaded a sovereign nation, killing hundreds of thousands of people, including women and children, on the word of one man, this Curveball character? Not to mention the deaths of thousands of our own troops and wounding of tens-of-thousands more?
Our countryís leaders must think we have the collective IQ of a turnip. You know, kind of like that whole Mission Accomplished nonsense (another farce I predicted). No, what really gets me is the fact that I know four-year-olds who could come up with a better cover story.
And then thereís the recent news that, hey, it turns out thereís still oil in the Gulf of Mexico following British Petroleumís April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion. Some people seem surprised by this but not me, no way, no how. You may ask yourself, how did he know when we didnít?
Itís simple really Ė 200 million gallons of crude oil doesnít just up and disappear, even though thatís what they (you know, them, they, whatever you want to call them) would have you believe. But no, thanks to the efforts of University of Georgia marine scientist Samantha Joye, we now know the brutal truth. Of course thereís still oil in the gulf and of course it continues to have a negative impact on the areaís ecosystem. Another no-brainer.
Which brings me to a third nifty news story I stumbled across just this week. The headline? Planet could be unrecognizable by 2050, experts say.
Global population, according to the United Nations, may well reach seven billion in 2011, and increase to over 9 billion midway through the 21st century. Yet people continue to act surprised when they hear statistics such as these. Not me, though, Iíve known of this ďnewsĒ for over a decade now.
When you sit down and really think about it, itís no wonder weíre in the shape we are today. We continually refuse to change our ways, learn from our collective history or, in any way, plan for the future. To put it simply, we keep making the same mistakes over and over (and over) again, which is disheartening to say the least.
Maybe if we took a step back and considered the possibility that peace is Ė the vast majority of the time Ė preferable to war. That our planet with its diminishing resources is worth saving. That our continued ignorance of our impact on this Earth is not only foolish, but dangerous.
If we could do that, Iíd be willing to go out on a limb and predict a brighter future for us all.
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