By Ryan Velez
The world is in a midst of massive changes, not just political, but ecological. An increase in volcanic activity and bizarre weather patterns has led to a renewed interest in how humanity will react to said changes. A recent Forbes article looks to the past doomsday theories of the 1980s, and what seemed like crackpot talk these days bears a bit of revisiting.
Both futurist and metaphysicist Gordon-Michael Scallion and psychic Edgar Cayce predicted a shifting of the poles, and while this is extreme, one potential disaster that seems to be a bit more likely is an asteroid or comet collision causing a shift of the earth’s rotation. After all, we hear every now and again about some of these pieces of space debris coming close.
According to a NASA report, “Many doomsday theorists have tried to take this natural geological occurrence and suggest it could lead to the Earth’s destruction. But would there be any dramatic effects? The answer, from the geologic and fossil records we have from hundreds of past magnetic polarity reversals, seems to be ‘no.’ There is nothing in the millions of years of geologic record to suggest that any of the doomsday scenarios connected to a pole reversal should be taken seriously.” Interestingly enough, while it is believed that an asteroid would need to be at least 0.6 miles wide to threaten human civilization, a potential result could vindicate Scallion and Cayce’s prediction.
However, in the midst of all this talk, Forbes puts together one theory: do the billionaires of the world know something we don’t? At the moment, several of the richest people in the world appear to be grabbing up farmland across the world, suitable for farming and far away from coastal areas. These include names like John Malone (currently the largest landowner in America, owns 2,200,000 acres including Wyoming and Colorado), Ted Turner (2,000,000 acres in Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico and North Dakota), Philip Anschultz (434,000 acres in Wyoming), Amazon’s Jeff Bezos (400,000 acres in Texas) and Stan Kroenke (225,162 acres in Montana) all have amassed major land. Several also are also buying safe havens in these areas, buying real estate and eschewing storing food and water in favor of creating self-sustaining regions.
Experts suggest that if these people are preparing for the worst, they are planning correctly. Money and precious metals would likely become useless in a post-polar shift world, with many areas possibly sinking within the sea as other landmasses grow (granted, this would need far more scientific scrutiny to prove). As a result, sustainable land would be the major commodity, and it looks like billionaires aren’t waiting until the end of the world to buy in.