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    Generally speaking, people living in 2018 are pretty fortunate when you compare modern times to the full scale of human history. Life expectancy hovers at around 72 years, and diseases like smallpox and diphtheria, which were widespread and deadly only a century ago, are preventable, curable, or altogether eradicated. But let's journey back to a time when humans were not 7.7 billion strong, and a global catastrophe was about to warp Earth's climate and decimate its population. It was a period so grim that scientists are calling the year it started "the worst year to be alive."


    No, we're not talking about 1349, when the Black Death killed more than half of Europe's population. Nor are we talking about 1918, when an influenza outbreak wiped out tens of millions. The unluckiest year to be alive, according to Science Magazine, was much further back in history: AD 536.


    This year was during a period medieval historians call the Dark Ages, and it was in 536 that that name took on a literal meaning. An enormous volcanic eruption in Iceland launched massive amounts of ash into the sky. The ash would create a "mysterious fog," blocking out the sun over several continents. And this fog would last for 18 months. Read about some more disturbing historical facts you didn't learn in school.





    And it wasn't just the dark skies that made this eruption so catastrophic. Because of the obscured sunlight, temperatures plummeted–China experienced below-freezing weather in midsummer–and crops failed throughout Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. People starved to death on a massive scale. And the medieval world still couldn't catch a break. In 541, the Bubonic Plague reared its ugly head for the first time, long before its better-known outbreak in the 12th century. Historians call this outbreak the Plague of Justinian, and it wiped out an estimated 33 to 50 percent of the Eastern Roman Empire.


    Modern scientists and historians have long known about this sudden bout of darkness, but the exact cause remained a mystery until recently. A Cambridge University study published in November 2018 theorized that a volcanic eruption triggered the widespread darkness. That knowledge allowed the authors of the study to come to a definitive conclusion: The year 536 was as bad as years come. "It was the beginning of one of the worst periods to be alive, if not the worst year".

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    Thanks Tommy...fascinating!
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    Pretty scary if you ask me, but we've got our own coming one day if you read Revelations in the Bible. I don't want to be here for that one... just sayin.
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    Thanks Tommy...fascinating!
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    Here's a preview of what's coming...

    https://www.openbible.info/topics/the_end_of_time

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    Thought you might be talking about the last year of Obummer's presidency.
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    I actually thought you were going to say "the year without a summer" -- 1816. On that date, the same things happened, except the event you cite was likely MUCH worse. Still, many did die of starvation from crop failures in 1816, and there was frost, snow, and ice in parts of the Unite States in June and August. Other parts of the world were more harshly affected.
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    Not sure if it's actually the end of time or just another phase/cycle but isn't "2 Timothy 3:1-5" happening now?
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    This is why I am so critical about all the Global Warming and Climate Change regulations and money grabbing legislation being shoved down our throats. We can throw Trillions up Gazillions of dollars at regulating the climate and one good fart from a rather large volcano can send all that money down the drain in a matter of minutes. We can't deny that we as the human inhabitants of this world are damaging it but more than anything it is the population explosion close to reaching 8 Billion strong that has the most detrimental effects. Who among us is willing to give up their TWs, SUVs, Pick up trucks, oil or gas burning home furnaces and every other internal combustion devices that keep this world running?
    Right here in these united states we have a super volcano in and around Yellowstone that could blow it's top tomorrow and be the near end of all life as we know it. It is an eiree thought but very real. How about some massive comet hurling toward the globe and we can't stop it. A major earthquake in or close to NYC could kill millions in a flash and turn the entire worlds economy on it's ear for many years. I have lived through a number of long duration power failures right here where I live over the last 20 years and can tell you for sure when the electric is off we go in to a very bad state of emergency pretty quick. It is usually just an isolated regional thing but if the entire power grid shuts down over major sections of this country you can rest assured we are not at all prepared for it. I can probably keep my own home running OK for 3 weeks or more and have enough food supplies for that long. When all the fuel runs out between what I keep for the generator and can suction out of my vehicles if there is no place to get more fuel life will get real hard real fast. Folks will panic in the big metro areas first but then spread out to the country in search of those who have the means to stay alive. As we speak the country of Venezuela is as close to total societal collapse as we have ever seen in this modern world. Those who cut and ran early are probably way better off than those who stayed because the rule of law is near completely gone in many of the high populous areas and life is cheap with thugs ruling every street corner and the government is completely overwhelmed. This is all Doomsday stuff but Doomsday could be tomorrow if you really do think about it. Just ask yourself, How long could you live without fuel, without electricity and without food or clean water? Noah and the Ark are a good story weather true or not but there are not all that many Arks around today and those who don't have tickets would sink it anyway.

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    I made the no fossil fuel sacrifice till age 39 and even the TW only sips fuel. I'm only now studying to take my first drivers test now that I'm living in the country again. Mostly for emergency purposes.

    We talk a lot about alarmist theories that are worthy of concern but despite the high population we've never had it better on average. I do agree there are way too many people on this planet. It's one reason I have no children.

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