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Topic: Vote/Voted off the Island (05/29/14)
TITLE: The Panic
By Gary Ritter
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I was famous some years ago with a book predicting that the world was cooling. In fact, from my research, I was convinced we were soon to enter a new ice age. For some reason that didn’t happen. Revisiting my calculations I found the miniscule error that led me astray. Did I let that stop me? Not a chance!
It was only a couple years later that my colleagues and I discovered the real truth of the matter. The earth was warming! The challenge was so great that we knew we had to get the word out. And we did. We were scientists. Science is the greatest force for positive action known to man. When scientific research reaches a conclusion there’s no denying the consequences. Governments woke up. We began a movement that swept the globe. Countries repented. New systems of taxation were imagined, and great progress was made to combat this existential threat.
Unfortunately, several years later the data revealed a slight mistake. The earth wasn’t warming. The infamous hockey puck, the poster-boy for global warming, was based on manipulated data. To my chagrin I learned that many of my colleagues lied to support what many called a fantasy, a fraud. I would never do such a thing, so I recalibrated all the statistics in a new program of my own devising. Low and behold, it showed that both situations were true! There was both global warming and global cooling. One couldn’t predict which might occur at any given time so we call the phenomenon climate change. After a few more years, to drive the point home, we renamed this lack of a trend climate disruption, and truly covered all the bases.
Having the power and the authority to move governments was quite humbling for me as you can imagine. So it was that when I looked deeper into the problem of overpopulation I knew something must once again stir men of good will to action. Because of the uncertainty of climate disruption we faced a disaster of epic proportions. Thus my revelation. There was a scarcity of resources that would soon engulf all that we knew and loved. It wouldn’t be long before everyone would starve to death. Something must be done! Preemptive action had to be taken.
My challenge to mankind was met with ridicule. It was labeled as inane and insane. Critics called it the “Voted Off the Island” mandate. But I persisted. Here was the truth: unless the vermin of the earth were eliminated, we would all die. The masses were worth little. What value did the poverty stricken have? What could AIDS-infested children contribute to our wellbeing? How could the mentally ill add to the wealth of nations? Was there any point in feeding those who proclaimed themselves followers of God and Christ? Deniers! Fools every one of them. There was no use for them in this brave new world we were building.
Naturally, people panicked when they realized their fate. Yes, there was a fair amount of rioting and unpleasantness when the troops came in. But the disruptions were quelled. When their bodies were processed for food and meat became plentiful, fewer folks complained. A full belly solves many woes.
I’m now feted as the one who saved the world. It’s an honor and a privilege, and I try to remain unassuming in my labors. And speaking of work, I’ve just been asked to solve another problem. It seems the culling of the masses might have gone a little overboard. I have to figure out where we can find enough people to do all the work that has gone undone.
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