Scenes from the Apocalypse, part II
-My neighbors, good, upstanding blue-collar types, have torn up a large section of their back yard to put in a vegetable garden. This does not appear to be a sudden urge to get back to nature. In all the years I've lived here, they've never had one before. What shall we call these plots? "Victory Gardens" has been done before. How about "Defeat Gardens"?
-I've started seeing people wearing facemasks in public. Seattle hasn't had any cases of swine flu. Ever get the feeling people don't believe the government any more?
-Plants and flowers are over a month delayed from their usual schedule. The sun is still deathly quiet. If we get another Maunder Minimum it won't be funny. Too many people around the world are subsistence farmers, and if the planet cools some of them will starve.