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  1. So, eristotle, I am treating magic as a skill you can learn about from the books at your local library much like learning to draw, cooking, gardening, etc. Did my suggestion help in anyway or were you looking for something like the magic in video games?
  2. More happy fun time news from Organic Consumer: Deadly Drugs The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) calls antibiotic resistance “one of the biggest public health challenges of our time.” In the U.S., at least 2 million people get an antibiotic-resistant infection every year, and at least 23,000 of those people die, the CDC says. Antibiotic resistance is a global, and worsening, problem. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “some types of bacteria that cause serious infections in humans have already developed resistance to most or all of the available treatments, and there are very few promising options in the research pipeline.” In November 2017, a WHO official said: “A lack of effective antibiotics is as serious a security threat as a sudden and deadly disease outbreak. Strong, sustained action across all sectors is vital if we are to turn back the tide of antimicrobial resistance and keep the world safe." Unfortunately, the tide isn’t turning back. In the U.S., that’s largely because lobbyists for some of the world’s biggest agribusiness corporations have successfully thwarted efforts by Congress to restrict the rampant and reckless use of antibiotics on factory farms. Reckless By 2050, 10 million people could die from drug-resistant diseases every year—that’s more than the number of people who die from cancer each year. By just 2030, antimicrobial-resistance could force up to 24 million people into extreme poverty, and trigger a global economic crisis on a scale comparable to the one last seen in 2008-2009. What’s the biggest driver of this global public health crisis? The reckless use of antibiotics on factory farms Wow. “This one tiny molecule is now gumming up the gears of life, it’s stopping, on so many levels, all normal functions of resilience, and we’re becoming a very unresilient species and damaged species, and we’re dying very quickly. ” - Zach Bush, MD A former cancer researcher, Zach Bush had been taught that cancer was a genetic disease. No more. Bush now believes that we’ve done something to our food and our environment that is causing cancer and other illnesses. That something, he says, is glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller. In this “Farmer’s Footprint” video, Bush explains that glyphosate is killing the microbiome in the soil, and in humans. And because it’s water soluble, it’s destroying our waterways, especially all those connected to the Mississippi River. (Last year, a judge ruled that our lawsuit against Monsanto, for claiming that Roundup weedkiller targets a (plant) enzyme “not found in humans and pets,” could go forward. The case is still working its way through the courts). Bush doesn’t mince words. Glyphosate is killing us, he says. I would put these under Gaia's revenge except that they are self inflicted. I suppose they could come in under Revelation for that: "As a man sows, so shall he reap" thing.
  3. I Just read this lovely little Blog from Organic Consumer Positively Frightening As if industrial factory farms weren’t bad enough, now they’ve brought us something new to worry about: a fungus, described as “deadly” and “mysterious,” that preys on people whose immune systems are already compromised. Last year, Candida auris (C. auris) killed an elderly man who was admitted to the Mount Sinai Hospital in Brooklyn. According to the New York Times: The man at Mount Sinai died after 90 days in the hospital, but C. auris did not. Tests showed it was everywhere in his room, so invasive that the hospital needed special cleaning equipment and had to rip out some of the ceiling and floor tiles to eradicate it. Dr. Scott Lorin, the hospital’s president told the Times: “Everything was positive — the walls, the bed, the doors, the curtains, the phones, the sink, the whiteboard, the poles, the pump. The mattress, the bed rails, the canister holes, the window shades, the ceiling, everything in the room was positive.” C. auris is one of dozens of dangerous bacteria and fungi that have developed resistance. Similar to how antibiotics are overused in livestock, scientists believe that overapplication of fungicides to prevent food crops from rotting may be contributing to drug-resistant fungi.
  4. Just finished reading "The Next Species: The Future of Evolution in the Aftermath of Man" by Michael Tennesen. One of the topics he mentions is Pleistocene rewilding; the use of megafauna proxies from other continents to fill the roles left vacant by the loss of our native Pleistocene megafauna. Elephants to fill the vacancies left by mammoths and mastodons for example, lions and cheetahs for the native subspecies lost at the end of the last ice age. He didn't say anything about artificial wombs but with advances in technology it might be possible to bring back some species directly instead of using substitutes. He did mention global warming, antibiotic resistant diseases, rising sea levels, soil depletion, shifting weather patterns, and contaminated water but failed to mention salt water encroachment. The next two decades should be unpleasantly surprising and problematic for human survival. The book came out in 2015 before the antivaccination cult got people to stop vaccinating their kids against measles so he didn't mention that either. I saw in the morning paper how measles infections are increasing. I don't have a scientific calculator to do logarithms on but I believe it is a logarithmic progression. I think we had about 5000 die during the influenza epidemic and I guess that we will reach 5000 measles infections before people realize that the disease is more dangerous than the vaccine. So, collapse of ice sheets raise sea levels one or two feet killing tens of thousands and dislocating millions. Drought, soil depletion, and salt water encroachment lead to crop failure resulting in famine. Predator loss leads to the spread of disease carrying vermin, along with antibiotic resistant disease, and decreased sanitation resulting in epidemic outbreaks of disease. Also we can expect fighting over access to drinkable water.
  5. Okay, as long as I'm drawing on board games for inspiration I remember Candy Land having a place called the molasses swamp and Hi Ho Cherry Oh! having spot called the cherry pit fall. I'm going to put them both in Washington DC. Back to Laurel and Hardy, I remember them playing Ollie Dee and Stanie Dum in Babes in Toyland. I've read the play and vaguely remember the Disney Movie. I think the Laurel and Hardy version is the best. As I recall Old King Cole was the king of Toyland. Barnaby the villain of the story leads the Bogeymen in attacking Toyland. I'm going to make Pocahontas State Park into Bogey woods the home of the Bogeymen. Barnaby > Barnabas Collins from Dark Shadows; Barnaby is the vampire lord of the bogeymen. If I decide to let Bo Peep and Little Boy Blue keep on human trafficking it will be to supply Barnaby with human blood and the bogeymen with human flesh so they don't reattack the town. I'm currently playing Ni no Kuni II. I like the name Ding Dong Dell so I think I'll make that my home town. I like the idea of a Grimalkin (cat person) king. In the first Ni No Kuni a mouse named Hickory Dickory steels something; I don't remember what. I'm going to have Hickory Dickory Clock; a mouse person who dresses up like the Clock King in Batman the animated series, kidnap the infant Prince Evan. I'll give the Grimalkin king of Ding Dong Dell the name Leon and give him that sword-pistol that Leon in Kingdom Hearts uses. Between my home town and Kings Dominion is the city of Richmond. I once dreamed that the fan district was being overlaid by the MMO Free Realm. I'll make that part of the city stable and name it Cary Town. The rest of the city can fade in and out of existence. I like the anime series Restaurant to Another World so I'll have restaurant row on Grace Street appear every Saturday. I'll make Virginia Commonwealth University a School of Magic and rename is Cabell University after William Branch Cabell. I'll also only let it appear from the waxing half moon until the full moon. I'm combining the title characters from the movie Firestarter and Carrie with temperance leader Carrie Nation to create Sister Cary the fire witch who used fire and hatchet to defeat the bogeymen and found Cary Town. Kingdom Hearts III has the Gumiphone and I enjoyed the anime "In Another World with my Cell Phone." I'll let people keep their cell phones but I will require that they get a special transducer that lets them convert manna into electricity in order to recharge the phone. I like the save point stones in Ni No Kuni II. When I was in college I saw a book entitled "Gods of Myth and Stone". It was about phallic stones in Japan usually carved with images of Saruta-hiko; the field path god, and Uzume: the goddess of dancing. In the Bible after Jacob has his dream about angels going up and down a ladder to Heaven he turns the stone he used as a pillow upright and pours oil over it. I'm going keep the phallic image with Saruta-hiko and Uzume, and call them Jacob stones. Players can heal themselves, and recharge their cell phones at these stones but they have to give the stone a drink first. Beer, wine, cider, milk or soda are all fine but it can't be water. I remember reading in Mother Earth News about kefir which is fermented cow or goat milk. I'm making it so that every Earth day someone has to give the Jacob stone an offering of kefir or the stone dies and looses it's power to heal. I'm naming Charlottesville after Charlotte the Harlot; that's an Iron Maiden song by the way, the mistress of Old King Cole's father. Between King's dominion and Arlington is Fredericksburg. I never saw it but I remember reading about an episode of Harvey Birdman in which Fred Flintstone is a mobster. That doesn't work for me, but I can make him a brewer and tavernkeeper noted for his fruit and barley ales. When the local water supply became tainted with cholera and dysentery Frederick Flintstone's ales gave the people something safe to drink. Thus the people named the town after him. I think this gives me a good framework for hanging stories on.
  6. In Grimm we are dealing with fairy tails and nursery rhymes to start with. For me this brings to mind Theme Parks. The nearest theme parks to me that I am aware of are Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Kings Dominion obviously is the seat of high king Humpty Dumpty. Busch Gardens > bush > hedge > thorn hedge > sleeping beauty. Busch Gardens and Williamsburg are surrounded by a hedge of narcotic thorns that put people to sleep with their toxic sap. Sleeping Beauty reminds me of the Disney movie with Maleficent and Shrek. Shrek lives in a swamp. South of Williamsburg is the Great Dismal Swamp. Shrek is lord of the Great Dismal Swamp. Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty and the Kingdom Hearts games is kind of two dimensional though I will give her Pete as a loyal thug. In the movie Maleficent she has motivation: the king has dumped her for another woman and stolen her wings. We watch Maury Povich in the break room at work so lets up the ante and make Maleficent the mother of the king's first born child. Who's Maleficent's son? I'm going to make him Yazora from the Verum Rex commercial in Kingdom Hearts 3, the one who looks a lot like Riku. That would explain Maleficent's interest in Riku, he reminds her of her son. Who was the king who got Maleficent pregnant and dumped her for another woman? Old King Cole that's who. "Old King Cole was a merry old soul and a merry old soul was he. He called for his pipe and he called for his bowl and he called for his fiddlers three. And every fiddler had a very fine fiddle and a very fine fiddle had he. Tweedle Dum, Tweedle Dee went the fiddlers three tweedle dum dee deedle deedle dee." This verse reminds me of the video game Aerea in which your game avatar is a musician Knight who fights with a musical instrument. I've read several tales in which musicians are taken to elfland supposedly to play for a party, frequently they are no talent musicians who only know one song. When they return to the mortal world they know many songs no one has heard before. Perhaps the "party" is just a glamour cast on them so they won't remember fighting with music. Old King Cole was the king overthrown by Humpty Dumpty, perhaps with the help of the fiddler knights Tweedle dum and Tweedle Dee. I'm going to make Old King Cole a prisoner in a foreign land like King Richard the 3rd. and I'll name the third fiddle knight Blondel after the troubadour that eventually found King Richard. Sleeping beauty is the daughter of King Cole and his wife. I will keep the name Fiona from Shrek and I think I'll make her the oldest of three sisters. I'll name the middle sister Cordelia and make her the duchess of Charlottesville. I'll make the youngest sister Elaine the duchess of Arlington. North of Williamsburg is Virginia Beach. A guy who lived there once told me that during spring high tides sea water backs up into the sewers and floods the streets. Locals he said know to park on higher ground those days to prevent water damage to their cars and too watch out for jellyfish. That story reminded me of the drowned city of Ys. I know there are like 8 or 9 video games with Ys in there title but I haven't played any of them so I can't draw on them for inspiration. I can't remember if it was DC comics or Marvel comics but I think one of them made Morgan Le Fae the queen of Ys. I'm going to make Virginia Beach the Kingdom of Ys and Morgana the enchantress it's queen and the wife of king Cole. In addition to the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty also appears in one of the Alice books. Though I can't remember if it was Alice in Wonderland or Alice through the Looking Glass. I also remember a Humphry Dumpler character in Beware the Batman but I don't remember anything I can use for the cracked king. I've never played any of the Batman or Arkham video games so I don't know if Humphry Dumpler is in them or not. When I was an Ebay manager we sold some American McGee Alice figurines. I remember that the Cheshire cat had been skinned, Alice was holding a bloodstained knife, and that one of the Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee figures was fat while the other was thin. I'm making Alice the personal assassin in the service of the Cracked King. The Dee and Dum figures remind me of both Laurel and Hardy and the Fat Man and Little boy atomic bombs dropped on Japan. I'm making the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan the time when Humpty Dumpty took over as High King from Old King Cole. The other characters I remember from Alice in Wonderland are The Mad Hatter, The March Hare and The Queen of Hearts. I know DC comics has a Mad Hatter character. I remember him from the old Batman TV series starring Adam West and Batman the animated series. I can't think of anything to do with him. The March Hare reminds me of the Bunnyman, a lunatic who dresses up as the Easter Bunny and attacks people with an axe. I remember seeing him on the cover of the Weird America Board Game. The Queen of Hearts reminds me of Princess Diane. I think there is a Heart Kingdom in the manga and anime Black Clover. When I was little and went to visit my grandparents in Charlotte, North Carolina there were signs with hearts on them saying Charlotte Queen of the South. I'm going to make Charlotte the capital of the Heart Kingdom. I remember when Wonder woman was known as Diana Prince. I'll give Diane Queen of Hearts the lasso of truth. There's more but it's getting late and I need to go to bed. I've got to work in the morning.
  7. I think I may have stupidly sold my copy to 2nd & Charles. I can't find it anywhere.
  8. How about the TV shows Gravity Falls, and Star vs. the Forces of Evil? In addition to Gravity Falls itself check out the AU's Monster Falls, Reverse Falls, and Reunion Falls on Bing Images and YouTube.
  9. Christians have always believed in magic. Church officials and those aspiring to control Christians have repeatedly tried to limit access to magic and since the 1970's have frequently joined with secular humanists in trying to convince the public that magic is either a hoax or doesn't exist at all, but the vast majority of Christians have always known that it exists.
  10. Check your local library for Mesoamerican Mythology. In particular look for a book titled "The Flayed God." You will probably find more in a college or University library if you have access to one.
  11. I've read that 17% of the population is psychically active. So if you or any of your fellow players have one of the many how to develop your ESP books give them a try. You'll be just as successful in game as you are out game. ESP is kind of generic though and I believe I have once read someone calling it secular humanist magic, so expect some pressure to conform to whatever scenario you are facing. Gaia's Revenge: Herbal magic, Green Magic, Wicca. If you or your fellow player's have any of these books in your collection give yourselves a one die bonus. If one of you has actually practiced any of this for three years or more that person gets a two die bonus. Return of Quetzalcoatl: Mexican Folk Magic, Aztec Witches, Mayan Code. Mayan Oracle. If you or your fellow players have any of these books in your collection give yourselves a one die bonus. If one of you has actually practiced any of this for three years or more that person gets a two die bonus. Ragnarok: Runes, Norse Magic, Rites of Odin. Lots of stuff available for this one. If you or your fellow players have any of these books in your collection give yourselves a one die bonus. If one of you has actually been practicing any of this for the past three years or more that person gets a two die bonus. Revelation: Hoodoo, Conjure, American Folk Magic, Pennsylvania Dutch Powwow, Novenas, Coptic Magic, Psalm Workbook, Traditional Witchcraft. There is actually quite a bit of Christian folk magic out there. If you or your fellow players have any of these books in your collection give yourselves a one die bonus. If one of you has actually practiced any of this for three years or more that person gets a two die bonus. That is not Dead: I've seen at least three versions of the Necronomicon out there and I would include anything on Chaos magic as well. If you or any of your fellow players have any of these books in your collection give yourselves a one die bonus. If one of you has actually been practicing any of this for the past three years or more that person gets a two die bonus. The one die bonus for the group is because communities survive while individuals die, but to keep the bonus you have to practice the magic from the books in game. If three game sessions go by without using the magic you loose the bonus.
  12. A 33% loss in population in one year's time should collapse any government. An 805 loss over seven years should give plenty of time to adapt. My problem with the Gaia's revenge scenario was that I couldn't reconcile it with any mythology until it suddenly occurred to me to link it to Wicca. I've made several assumptions that may work for others: 1. If it reproduces it's alive and under Gaia's influence, this includes both computer viruses and nanites. 2. God; or the gods, tries to communicate with us through our dreams. 3. Gaia's goal is to reduce the human population by 80% to 90%, induce behavioral changes that support sustainability, and institute biological controls that will prevent the human population from ever again exceeding 2.5 billion. 4. Gaia already has access to cyberspace through computer viruses and will have complete control over cyberspace within 3 to 5 years. Below is a general outline for year one of a seven year Gaia's revenge. If it reads like your playing Harvest Moon End of Days, jump on that analogy and see if you can make it work for your. You will of course want to change the state and local news to reflect your area. I recommend using a pendulum to access whatever you subconscious mind has put together from disaster films, animal attack videos, your life experiences and whatever you know about Witchcraft and Homesteading. In the unlikely event that your group is comfortable with a Ouija board you could use that to outline the course of events instead. Yo will notice that I make frequent business references. I am a firm believer in the idea that the end of the world will be somebody's business opportunity. If you are wondering about the fundamentalist vs. transhumanism dynamic, I got that from the book "Forbidden Gates" by Thomas R. Horn. Check your local library, you may find more by the same author. You can look for transhumanism in the index of any of his books and probably find something. Christian Wicca is a real thing. I looked up Ram of God on google images just to see if it already exists and turned up the cover of "Christian Wicca the Trinitarian Tradition" by Nancy Chandler Pittman. I looked that up on Barnes and Noble and I got two other titles along with it. Wrath of the Gods Gaia's Revenge Year 1 March: World News ~ Mt. Tambora in Indonesia erupts. Ice sheet collapse in Antarctica raises sea level 1 foot. Massive flooding in Bangladesh, Indian army shoots Bangladesh refugees trying to flee the flooding. National News ~ Blizzard dumps between 12" and 18" of snow from Maine to Washington DC and west to Ohio. 4.8 earthquake in downtown Los Angeles. Tornado swarm across Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. State News ~ Forest fire in the Great Dismal Swamp. Mosquito borne yellow fever, DDT spraying has no effect on mosquitos but laborers working with the pesticide seem especially vulnerable. Early movement of black bears reported across the state. Local News ~ Bear attacks school bus in the west end. Hail storm drops 3" of pea sized hail, fruit trees loose 70% of their blossoms. Sewer explosion knocks out power in the east end. April: World News ~ 5.2 earthquake hits Kabul Afghanistan, government collapses. Surviving U.S. troops evacuated from Afghanistan, no more U.S. presence in the country. Late freeze in Europe, north sea covered in ice, canals in Venice freeze over. National News ~ Eruption of Mt. Rainier sends a mud flow through Seattle. Category 4 Hurricane slams islands of the Caribbean, Florida and Georgia. Category 5 Hurricane slams into Texas west of Galveston. State News ~ Spring rains and rising sea levels bring flooding to Hampton Roads, Newport News and Virginia Beach. Fire goes out in Great Dismal Swamp. Yellow fever mutates producing an air borne strain. Local News ~ Severe thunderstorms knock out power in many neighborhoods, downed trees and branches make driving difficult. Morel mushrooms sprout under every birch tree, local newspapers carry recipes. Office gossip: passion fruit with mango and ground ginger helps speed recovery from yellow fever. May: World News ~ Eruption of Mt. Tambora ends. Blizzard conditions hit South African Coast. Category 5 hurricane devastates the South China Sea. National News ~ 4.8 earthquake hits Oklahoma oilfields. Category 5 hurricane hits North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. Late season ice storm hits New England and upstate New York. State News ~ Tornadoes hit Charlottesville, Alexandria and Lynchburg. Feral pig population explodes, people advised not to go outside in groups smaller than 4, all road crews have at least one person armed with an automatic rifle to protect the crew from pig attacks. Prices for suburban and small town homes drop to a ten year low. Local News ~ High winds and heavy rain knock out power for most of the area, some places take 9 days to get back power. Measles epidemic among school age children and in retirement homes. Break room gossip: plant your own carrots the California carrot crop has been devastated by the weather and prices are going to soar. June: world News ~ 4.7 earthquake hits Waziristan region of Pakistan. Three day blizzard in Chile and Argentina. Russian and Ukrainian forces stop fighting each other to putout wild fires in order to avoid burning to death. National News ~ Yellow fever epidemic spreads from Virginia and North Carolina throughout the eastern seaboard and gulf coast. Category 4 hurricane strikes on the Texas-Mexican border, massive flooding along the Rio Grande. Everyone who owns a book on Wicca or Witchcraft dreams of participating in Wiccan rituals, those who act out the dream receive a bonus die to their positive dice pool until the Autumnal equinox, those who do not act out the dream get two die in their negative dice pool until the Autumnal equinox. State News ~ Dash cam shows a state trooper and the motorist he's pulled over being mauled by a bear. GMO corn ruined by jelly fungus, farmers growing heirloom varieties of corn suffer no damage. Killer heat wave as temperatures climb above 108 degrees. Local News ~ Sounder of wild pigs gets through the fence around an elementary school, students and teachers attacked, animal control officer killed. Realtors and banks send brochures to apartment dwellers asking if they are interested in home ownership. Thunderstorms bring lightning and wind damage but no rain. July: World News ~ Prions released by GMO soybeans infect farm workers, the disease known as Monsanto fever soon becomes a global pandemic, 1 in 6 people world wide infected, 1 out of 4 infected survive, all CEO's and board members of Monsanto corporation who have served within the past 20 years are arrested and turned over to the world court for trial and execution for crimes against humanity, no amount of "campaign contributions" will buy them immunity. 4.6 earthquake hits China, the three gorges dam breaks two days later during an aftershock. Blizzard conditions in Tasmania and Melbourne Australia. National News ~ Geriatric measles spreads throughout the country affecting those over 65, 1 out of 4 survives, Japan and Italy quarantine anyone coming from the United States. Category 5 Hurricane slams into Florida before crossing the Gulf to hit Mobile Alabama. Unexpected snows in the mountains of Southern California, Arizona and New Mexico. State News ~ Killer heat wave returns as temperatures again climb to 108 degrees, massive price gouging by the power companies. Caribbean Ghost Crabs found in coastal plain streams and culverts. Poison ivy, trumpet vine, and Virginia creeper all grow one meter a day. Local News ~ VCU art student paints "Ram of God" which depicts Christ risen from the tomb with ram horns growing from his head, proceeds from T-shirt sales of the painting are enough to pay for both tuition and textbooks for the fall semester. Neighbors and co-workers with vegetable gardens all report good harvests. Most neighborhoods have organized patrols of teenagers and adults to defend the neighborhood from marauding animals. August: World News ~ Monsanto fever survivors can absorb chloroplasts from raw vegetables and transfer them too their skin, fundamentalist leaders denounce these "greenies" as transhumanist abominations and call for their deaths, "greenies" and their families fight back. Belgian flu outbreak, no vaccine available for this strain, drugstore riots as people fight over Tamiflu and Theraflu, 1 out of 20 people world wide dies of the flu during the next year. Meltwater from Greenland raises ocean levels 5 feet. Killer heatwave in India, Pakistan and Myanmar. National News ~ Books on herbal remedies fly off the shelves as people prepare to self medicate, sales of "Powwows; or the long lost friend" also very popular. Swarm of grasshoppers denudes Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma, swarm mostly dies out when five tornadoes touch down in Oklahoma city. Loss of migrant workers to Monsanto fever along with poor weather conditions in California make fresh vegetables 3 times more expensive than they were a year ago, home gardening now seen as a survival skill rather than a hobby. State News ~ 3.2 earthquake knocks North Anna Nuclear power plant offline. Lowes and Home Depot offer household wind and solar kits along with free installation as households feel the pinch of rising electrical bills. Those who have a book on Wicca or Witchcraft dream of participating in Wiccan rituals, those who act out the dream add a die to their positive dice pool until the winter solstice, those who fail to act on the dream add 2 dice to their negative dice pool until the winter solstice. Local News ~ Out of state relatives; first cousins, second cousins, maybe some of each, ask homeowners to foster some of their children while they wrestle with their insurance company over money for home repair even if they haven't communicated in decades. Parks and recreation offers a class in raising backyard chickens, Southern States and local farmers markets offer chickens for sale. Area home owners dream of harvesting winter vegetables, local newspapers carry articles on fall and winter gardening. September: World News ~ Another Category 5 hurricane in the South China Sea, China's artificial islands are indefensible due to climate change. Blizzard conditions cover all of New Zealand. Meltdown at a French nuclear facility more like Three mile Island than Chernobyl. National News ~ Category 5 hurricane hits Florida and travels up the east coast to long Island before turning out to sea. Series of thunderstorms moving across Wyoming, South Dakota and Nebraska produce orange sized hailstones. Nanotech research labs report the development of nanotech-fungus symbionts, these cyber-fungi are used to clean up oil spills on the Gulf coast. State News ~ Climate refugees from coastal areas move into township resettlements, 80 acre mixed use towns surrounded by moat and palisade, all of which are built west of highway 1 in anticipation of continued sea rise. Fires in Virginia Beach, Newport News, and Hampton Roads are left to burn as high tide usually puts them out. Navel operations in Norfolk hampered by congressional interference and uncertainty over how much climate change needs to be prepared for. Local News ~ Lowes, Home Depot and Southern States give workshops on building and using cold frames. Wiccan neighbors practice their faith outdoors in their own backyards, people starting to talk to each other about what works spiritually with their friends, neighbors and co-workers. White tail bucks in rut attacking humans. October: World News ~ 4.8 Earthquake hits the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Mt. Erebus in Antarctica erupts. Shadow virus infects computer games world wide, named for "Shadow of Mordor" the virus lets monsters and NPC's learn and adapt from experience interacting with other NPC's, monsters and avatars. National News ~ Mt. Rainier stops erupting. Yellow fever epidemic subsides. A category 5 hurricane hits New Orleans and moves up the Mississippi river until it reaches Minneapolis-St. Paul where it stalls until hit by an arctic front from the northwest. State News ~ Early snowfall reaches as far south as interstate 64. Small towns and some neighborhoods adopt the moat and palisade defenses of the refugee towns. Video of a bear climbing over a wall reminds everyone that; yes, bears can climb and they need to organize a neighborhood watch to man the walls. Local News ~ Parks and recreation offers a class on pickling and preserving. Richmond port authority does steady business 24/7. Wild geese behave aggressively towards cats, small dogs and people. November: World News ~ North Korea declares was on South Korea and Japan, a nuclear missile explodes over the Aleutian islands creating an EM pulse that knocks out electricity in Alaska, British Columbia, Eastern Siberia, and Manchuria. China disavows North Korean idiocy and does a profitable business selling arms and supplies to Russia, South Korea, and Japan. Epidemic of geriatric measles fades away. Rising sea levels and storm damage have rendered many ocean ports unusable, cargo dirigibles are now economically viable. National News ~ Two Hurricanes hit the United States a category 5 hits Myrtle Beach South Carolina and travels up the coast to New Jersey, a category 4 passes between Florida and Cuba before turning north to hit the Texas-Louisiana border. Blizzard from Maine to the Appomattox river and west to St. Louise. Free Realm video game reboots itself from the undernet, social media users have to quest to use their accounts, access is site specific meaning that where you in the physical world changes your avatar's location when you access cyber space. State News ~ Bears seek shelter for the winter. Blue-maple Oaks sprout in a ten mile radius around the North Anna and Surry Nuclear power plants, these cybernetic oak trees have a maple like leaf and blue bark and they give off a Wi-Fi signal, the leaves are thick and waxy like holly leaves. The governor and the speaker of the house of delegates give a joint press conference where they talk about Virginians pulling together for a common good, journalists and political junkies have a panic attack the rest of the state is not impressed. Local News ~ Building contractors offer good deals on root/storm cellars. Area gays are pressured to take up pottery, weaving of both. Lesbians are pressured to go fishing. December: World News ~ Icelandic volcano erupts disrupting air travel in northern Europe. Wiccans/witches in the northern hemisphere dream of wassailing the fruit trees; this consists of offering a slice of fruit cake to the largest/oldest tree in an orchard and pouring a libation of cider while singing, those who act out the dream are blessed with a good crop of fruit and nuts, those who dream and do not act out see their crop wither to blight and insects. Electric jasmine appears in temperate forests around the world within a ten mile radius of electric power plants, these cyber vines give off a faint but noticeable electric current and attach themselves to power and phone lines. National News ~ An article in Psychology Today reveals that scientists working in biotech and nanotechnology fields have been visited in their dreams by a green hermaphrodite calling itself Gaius-Gaia who makes suggestions for their research. Fundamentalist ministers call for the death of biotech and nanotech researchers the same way they called for the death of abortion doctors, a few gun battles take place at research labs and Universities around the country. Swarm of tornadoes moves across Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. State News ~ Wintry mix of sleet, snow and freezing rain brings down most power lines across the state. Almost all remaining homes have installed the wind and solar power kits, sales of wood burning stoves increasing. Christian Wiccans across the state get dreams telling them to celebrate Christmas in March, those who act out their dreams are blessed with good planting weather and abundant spring crops, those who do not suffer mildew and insect problems. Local News ~ Home owners a boy comes to your front door and offers you a ferret, households that do not have a cat or ferret will have mouse problems and loose part of their food supplies. Outbreak of antibiotic resistant tuberculosis, one out of four infected, one out of eight infected survives. Neighborhood patrol saves a utility crew from an attacking boar, one utility worker is killed, two utility workers and three members of the patrol are injured. January: World News ~ Monsanto fever starts to decline. Melt water from Antarctica raises sea levels another foot. Cyber-fungi appear on platform game systems and computer hard drives, they give off a Wi-Fi signal. National News ~ Blizzard covers the U.S. east of the cascade and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges and west of the Mississippi river, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, blow their snow removal budgets cleaning up after this one storm. Coywolves kill a postal worker in Pennsylvania. Monitor lizards spread from Florida into Georgia and Alabama. State News ~ Tuberculosis spreads across the state. Sleet and freezing rain hit the state two weeks in a row. Blue-maple Oaks start to bloom, allergy sufferers are less responsive to treatments. Local News ~ Neighborhoods without a moat and palisade are abandoned for more secure areas. Dead from flu and tuberculosis are stacked outdoors on the frozen ground their bodies eaten by pigs, vultures, crows and feral dogs. Heavy snows delay delivery to grocery stores, households without root sellers and cold frames experience food shortage. February: World News ~ Heavy snows hamper fighting in Korea, war mostly put on hold for the month. Human access to the internet disappears for most of the month, research facilities studying virtual life forms know that something is going on but they can't observe or interfere in any way. With most coastal refineries underwater and many ports either underwater or storm damaged oil shipments are down 78% from a year ago. National News ~ Antibiotic resistant tuberculosis spreads throughout the country, Canada and Mexico seal their borders threatening to shoot anyone coming from the United States, the rest of the world denies landing to all ships and planes coming from the United States. Blizzard covers the eastern part of the country as far south as the southern borders of Tennessee and South Carolina. Bioluminescent prickly pear cactus trees appear across the southwest, these plants give off a Wi-Fi signal. State News ~ Auto mechanics offer deals on converting cars from gas burning to wood burning, plenty of wood chips available. Offended by their dead friends and relatives being eaten by dogs and pigs Appalachian communities build towers of silence for the dead to be eaten by birds alone. State offers unrestrained planting of hemp and tries to market weaving as a "traditional" practice for gay men. Area News ~ Packs of feral dogs are as much a problem as wild pigs for those outside of townships, rest stops are fenced, gated, and patrolled. Bread shortages promote the search for alternative grains, recipes for acorn bread appear in local newspapers, potato flour is the favorite alternative. Foragers from townships where Wiccans are an open and accepted part of the religious community find persimmons, sugarberry and wintergreen even if they are certain no such plants existed in the area previously, townships without Wiccans do not share in the bounty, townships where Wiccans are persecuted or have been driven out suffer a 20% loss of food supplies due to spoilage.
  13. Movies from 2016: Jungle Book, Huntsman Winter War, and Kubo and the Two Strings. For books I'ld like to recommend "Darkthunder's Way" by Tom Deitz. In this one a group of teenage boys from Georgia take on Uktena the horned serpent ftom Cherokee Myth and Legend. I've just come to the forums from End of the World: Wrath of the Gods. How about the players playing themselves, but forced back into their nine year old bodies by whatever manipulator sends them to the world of Grimm? Darkthunder's Way even provides a manipulator in the form of Tsistu the rabbit, you can have him change into Bugs Bunny if you like. If your old enough to remember the cartoon with Bugs Bunny and Witch Hazel you can have Bugs mess up the transformation a few times before getting it right. If you don't mind new age stuff I recommend "Power Within the Land" by R. J. Stewart, especially the technique on page 28 for entering into Fairy Tales.
  14. I read in an issue of "The Futurist" an article by Ray Kuzweil of the "Singularity" in which he says "The Singularity is a future period during which the pace of technological change will be so fast and far-reaching that human existance on this planet will be irreversibly altered. ...This merger of man and machine, coupled with the sudden explosion in machine intelligence and rapid innovation in gene research and nanotechnology, will result in a world where there is no distiction between the biological and the mechanical, or between physical and virtual reality." This has always seemed like an RPG video game turned inside out. Is the Singularity one of the scenarios in End of the World: Rise of the Machine or is Virtual becomes Real a potential subject for another End of the World book?
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