Tale Weaver’s Prompt #10 – Fast Forward – June 1, 2014

 Into The Future

We  love our ingenuity and of course we always thought that we could rely on that ingenuity to solve all our problems.  I sat back looking at videos about “the future” and shook my head at how innocent we were back in the 1900s.

With a population of over 10 billion people, a world economy that had gone through 20 years of havoc due to the maverick attitudes of the plutocrats that virtually ruled the world and depletion of Earth’s resources, all of which the happy oracles of the past could never have imagined, the reality of our passage was quite different from what they’d imagined.

We’ haven’t been able to organize a complete recovery of our planet, yet.  Back then, each government felt that their particular needs had priority over the common good, so things had to be done slowly to avoid all-out war.

The climate change reduced Europe to a winter wonderland once the Gulf Stream stopped flowing…chilling that continent down rapidly.  But technology was able to take care of most of the problems first and foremost by creating the domed villages.

Asia had no space to grow food to feed its population, many had tried to immigrate as they’d often done in the past during periods of famine or drought…but in the end, there was just no place to go, so the tidal-wave of people were rejected and sent back home.

Water, drinkable water is still an expensive commodity, though of course a certain amount of communal fountains exist in each town or city quarter so that although some must stand in line for hours to get their daily ration they don’t have to pay the high prices of tap water.  However, scientists are working on the problem by studying the feasibility of converting sea water and rain making.

The rich became richer wielding their power through their patients gained through the financial manipulation of inventions and technology.  Even medicine was a commodity!  The consumers of the world tried to rebel.  Riots rocked the streets as the new poor, those who’d once been the middle class,  clamored for food, medicine and shelter.

It was just a matter of time before the conservative regimes were born, with the approval of those who still had something to lose, but also by the poorer classes and they clamped down on the excesses of the past.

Democracy toppled in one country after another as emergency plans were created to keep the peace and stem the worst of the economical disaster.  “You can’t have it both ways,” one important politician said:  “rule by the people in times of crisis is like being governed by a  pack of wolves!”  The first thing they did was to renig on all their National debt.

Fortunately the population was quickly reduced after the epidemic of 2030.  What had seemed a banal influenza turned out to be so virulent that it wiped out half of the world’s population in just a few short months.  Some whisper that that was planned … that they had released the viral strain that had killed so many to bring the population down, but nobody has ever been able to prove who they are.

Things have been getting a little better since the Chinese Empire allied itself with the American Confederation, back in 2053,  to share technology and resources for the world good.

State run Internet helps organize the various thinkers of the world and to keep the world informed of the important projects that have been adapted to control the worst of the Global Warming. Strangely enough no one believed it existed only a few short decades ago. Internet is the perfect medium for global cooperation and coordination.

Of course the oil fields have virtually dried-up and we now depend on solar and aeolic power for our personal power needs.  The Europeans were the spear-head of the alternative energy market, having been the first to start experimenting when they could no longer depend on oil, way back in the 20s.

Sahara Desert United is now one of the richest energy producers of the world, along with the Gobi Desert Project and the Sonora Desert Consortium.  New aeolic fields are growing daily in Antarctica, and of course the area is still free from any specific national interests.

The new leaders of our world, the conservative technocrats quickly freed themselves from the plutocrats of the past.  Now with a controlled population of 5 billion people and collaboration between the various smaller regimes due to the Sino-American alliance, things are looking up.  In this year of the lord 2099, we have hope for the future of the planet.

 


 

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie : Tale Weaver’s Prompt #10 – Fast Forward

I’m not sure what the future holds for us…this is just an exercise in speculation based on pseudo facts and history…I am sure though that we won’t be seeing any time in the near future the world depicted in the video.

Tale Weaver’s Prompt – May 24, 2014

Jane heard the alarm clock go off and jumped out of bed.  The morning was beautiful full of bright sunshine.  After her morning ablutions she began dressing then her eye fell on the calendar.  She stopped dead in her tracks, took in a deep breath and sat down.’Oh my lands! Friday the thirteenth!’ she thought.

It seemed to her that a dark cloud had hidden the brilliant sun.  She finished dressing.  That morning she had decided to go to visit a writer she’d met at an exhibition the week before, but now she hesitated.  She’d wanted to write an article about him.

She went downstairs and started breakfast.  Strangely enough, the coffee tasted better than usual…and for once she her toaster worked didn’t burn the bread to a black crisp.  She went out the door and got into her car and drove the 3 kilometers to the town center and found a parking spot without any problems…she hadn’t had to search at all.

She did her shopping and then walked to the café where she had her appointment with the writer.  He was sitting in a booth near the entrance and looked a little haggard.

“Hello Jane.  How are you this morning?” he asked.

“Actually better than I thought I’d be…since it’s Friday the 13th!”

“I do so know what you mean.  I’m just waiting for the axe to fall!”

“So far, nothing but good has happened to me today.  Have you any adventures to tell me about Friday the 13th?”

“The last one, my editor sent word that the printers had botched the lay-out of my last book.  And then I had an accident with the car.  Nothing more than a cracked fender but still my heart was in my throat.  I was thinking of not going out today.  But the last time I tried that out, my computer fried!”

“And did all this start out right away?”

“Yeah.  As soon as I woke up I got the phone call from my editor.  This morning I had to go back home because as soon as I walked out the door a bird bombed me!”

They talked for another hour, fortunately not only about bad luck and omens.  Seems the the writer was pretty superstitious. However, she had enough material to write a great article.

Jane got through the day without any mishaps and that go her to thinking;  ‘why should Friday the 13th be so omenous?’ and decided to look it up in Wikipedia.

According to folklorists, there is no written evidence for a “Friday the 13th” superstition before the 19th century.The earliest known documented reference in English occurs in Henry Sutherland Edwards‘ 1869 biography of Gioachino Rossini, who died on a Friday 13th.

He [Rossini] was surrounded to the last by admiring friends; and if it be true that, like so many Italians, he regarded Fridays as an unlucky day and thirteen as an unlucky number, it is remarkable that on Friday 13th of November he passed away.

One theory states that it is a modern amalgamation of two older superstitions: that 13 is an unlucky number and that Friday is an unlucky day.

She started her article feeling much better.  The rest of the day had passed without a hitch, well almost, when she’d gotten to her car there was a ticket on the wind screen, she’d forgotten to put out her parking disc!

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Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie – Tale Weaver’s Prompt