Since the beginning of the Industrial Age, and especially since 1945, we have played chicken with Armageddon like reckless teenagers, daring ourselves to go past the point of no return. It’s a cliché to say that the Cuban missile crisis brought us within days of a devastating nuclear war, but that doesn’t make it untrue. If either Kennedy or Khrushchev had been a little bit more of a hothead, we’d have an unimaginably different world today (quite likely without you or me living in it). I grew up during the persistent and almost erotic apocalypse-angst of the Cold War: I kissed some girl in a basement after the broadcast of “The Day After,” vowing to seize the day; I sat in a lovely Manhattan apartment listening to some poli-sci professor go on about Soviet expansionism. (I may have believed that I preferred the Soviet Union at the time, but whatever; it was all quite thrilling.) We managed not to blow up the world despite spending an inordinate amount of time thinking about it, but other versions of the apocalypse were waiting for us. Now it turns out we were poisoning the planet and slow-cooking it with toxic gases the whole time. — “'Noah,' Rumsfeld and Fox News: Why We Long for the End of the World" (Salon)
The 13-episode series, Z Nation, will follow the struggle for humans to survive post-zombie apocalypse. Produced by The Asylum, the company who brought us the gem that is Sharknado, Z Nation “will take viewers where no zombie has gone before,” showrunner Karl Schaefer said in a statement. “[The show adds] a sense of hope to the horror of the apocalypse — our everyday heroes take the fight to the zombies.”

Another zombie apocalypse program to compete with “The Walking Dead”—but since it’s from the “Sharknado” network, I doubt that Rick Grimes and company will need to fear being challenged in the ratings race.

SyFy announces new zombie apocalypse series

ca-tsuka:

Zombillenium, an upcoming french animated feature film directed by Arthur de Pins.

(via thinkspeakstress)

christiannightmares:

I Won’t Take the Mark: A Bible Book and Contract for Children by Katherine Albrecht (For more info, watch the video at The Raw Story; For a related video, click here http://christiannightmares.tumblr.com/post/16229275376/will-this-young-christian-boy-choose-to-denounce)

Because it’s never too soon to start terrifying your children about Armageddon.

christiannightmares:

I Won’t Take the Mark: A Bible Book and Contract for Children by Katherine Albrecht (For more info, watch the video at The Raw Story; For a related video, click here http://christiannightmares.tumblr.com/post/16229275376/will-this-young-christian-boy-choose-to-denounce)

Because it’s never too soon to start terrifying your children about Armageddon.

Hobbes, however, has been on my mind, especially in recent years, when fin de siècle arts and literature seems to have focussed strongly on dystopia and the aftermaths of disasters, I keep thinking about his theory of social contracts, and how indeed we would survive in a world where nothing is certain, where there is no infrastructure, no government, no overarching leadership.

Or, as we know it these days, the Zombie Apocalypse.

— “Nasty, brutish and short" (This Climbing Bean)
The next apocalypse is surely on its way. The smart money is on climate change, but it’s also possible that the sixth mass extinction (extinctions one through five occurred in earlier periods of our planet’s geologic time) will come from an asteroid hit, a pandemic, nuclear war, or another terror we haven’t yet dreamt of. What we do know is that after every apocalyptic event in the Earth’s history—global ice ages that froze the oceans, eruptions of megavolcanoes, meteorites that blocked sunlight from the planet for weeks or months—some form of life survived. Human After Apocalypse