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I have this theory that National Geographic predicts the future.



October 2004 issue-in an article about the Louisiana wetlands

"It was a broiling August afternoon in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Big Easy, the City That Care Forgot. Those who ventured outside moved as if they were swimming in tupelo honey. Those inside paid silent homage to the man who invented air-conditioning as they watched TV "storm teams" warn of a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. Nothing surprising there: Hurricanes in August are as much a part of life in this town as hangovers on Ash Wednesday. 


  The storm hit Breton Sound with the fury of a nuclear warhead, pushing a deadly storm surge into Lake Pontchartrain. The water crept to the top of the massive berm that holds back the lake and then spilled over. Nearly 80 percent of New Orleans lies below sea level—more than eight feet below in places—so the water poured in. A liquid brown wall washed over the brick ranch homes of Gentilly, over the clapboard houses of the Ninth Ward, over the white-columned porches of the Garden District, until it raced through the bars and strip joints on Bourbon Street like the pale rider of the Apocalypse. As it reached 25 feet (eight meters) over parts of the city, people climbed onto roofs to escape it.
Thousands drowned in the murky brew that was soon contaminated by sewage and industrial waste. Thousands more who survived the flood later perished from dehydration and disease as they waited to be rescued. It took two months to pump the city dry, and by then the Big Easy was buried under a blanket of putrid sediment, a million people were homeless, and 50,000 were dead. It was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States.
When did this calamity happen? It hasn't—yet. But the doomsday scenario is not far-fetched. The Federal Emergency Management Agency lists a hurricane strike on New Orleans as one of the most dire threats to the nation, up there with a large earthquake in California or a terrorist attack on New York City. "

!August! 25th, 2005-Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans

October 2005 issue-big old article about avian flu H5N1 and human infection in Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Mainland China and the possibility of a major pandemic.

October 2005-H5N1 has spread from southeast Asia (where it has been active for some time) to Turkey, Romania, Russia, Croatia, Canada, Kuwait, and Greece. There are no reported cases of human infection.

This month's National Geographic (December 2005):

we are so screwed

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Date:December 27th, 2005 02:54 pm (UTC)
You're scaring me...
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Date:December 27th, 2005 07:53 pm (UTC)
its a good thing we don't live in "the deep"
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Date:December 28th, 2005 10:28 pm (UTC)
i love that magizine. so much good stuff. and now that we can tell it predicts the future, we can be more alert and ready for the disasters. plus it has great pictures.
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