I’m a little late to the party, but finally got around to listening to the entirety of S-Town – an investigative journalism podcast hosted by Brian Reed and created by the producers of Serial and This American Life.
For the uninitiated, the seven-part podcast follows a series of bizarre events unfolding in S-Town, America, a derogatory term for Woodstock, Alabama, as dubbed by the series’ central figure, John B. McLemore.
As episodes unfold, listeners delve further and further into John’s “mad hatter” world. He’s a passionate and master horologist who uses his seemingly unlimited free time tinkering with clocks.
Oh, and he has a rather negative outlook on Earth’s future…
If you have listened to the series in its entirety, you know what a major understatement that is.
By the conclusion of episode one, you’ll be asking yourself whether John is flat out delusional or a harsh realist. The conundrum with realists is though…most are “crazy” until they’re not. Hindsight is 20/20.
Without the risk of spoiling the series’ many twists and turns, I can tell you at one point John makes mention of a “Collapse Data Cheat Sheet.” This Sheet is briefly mentioned but only as a way to shed light on John’s personality.
It’s described as an exhaustive list of “truths” that point to a not so bright future for Earth’s inhabitants. As a prepper, I was immediately curious, so sought out to find this list.
After some deep digging, I uncovered the Collapse Data Cheat Sheet – in its entirety – and wanted to share with you because frankly, many of the items listed on The Sheet are shocking and downright horrifying. Taken from lokisrevengeblog.wordpress.com:
- 1,000,000 humans, net, are added to earth every 4½ days.
- We must produce more food in the next 50 years than we have in the past 10,000 years combined.
- We need 6 million hectares of new farmland every single year for the next 30 years to do this.
- We lose 12 million hectares of farmland every single year due to soil degradation, depletion, and loss.
- Humanity has only 60 years of farming left at current world soil degradation rates.
- We already passed world peak production growth-rates in 2006 for wheat, soy, corn, wood, and fish.
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