Technology to help you survive the end of the world

If you aren't Raptured, a nice Leatherman and good flashlight might brighten up a dark future


According to those who have analyzed and integrated conclusions explicated from imprecisely translated, just barely incoherent prophecies from both the ancient Christian and ancient Mayan traditions have concluded that tomorrow, May 21, 2011, will be the one on which the world will end.

Or possibly it will be the day all the good people disappear and the rest of us are left here alone. Looking around I think it's possible to argue that happened a long time ago, but this particular disappearance is supposed to include global suffering, death and disasters of the natural and unnatural variety.

(Again, if you include Japan's tsunami, nuclear power stations, the floods in the American Midwest, 40-ish days of rain in the Northeast, and the unnatural terror caused by the influx of iThings into any enterprise IT environment, and I think the argument becomes stronger that the Rapture has already happened. )

Assuming it hasn't, what would you want to pull from the gadget bag to help you over the post-Rapturous chaos, assuming that good old technology can help you prevent or recover from calamity rather than just giving you something to read or a game to play while waiting for the train to Hell.

I'm not well versed in the details, but here are some highlights:

  • Violence will increase in all parts of the world, both nation against nation (ethnic wars) and domestically. Men will indiscriminately slay one another as peace will be removed from the earth (Rev 6:3-4).
  • There will be extreme inflation, poverty, and lack of food as one day's wages will buy enough food for one day for one person (Rev 6:5-6).
  • In a very short period of time, one-quarter of the earth's population will be killed due to wars, famine, pestilence and wild beasts. These wild beasts could very well be viruses, bacteria and other microbes. In late 1995, Time magazine ran a cover story on the rise of new infections and called microbes "malevolent little beasts" (Rev 6:7-8).

That was all from the "Post Rapture Survival Guide," which is long on explanations of the theology and short on product recommendations. It did say hard currency will be obsolete; so you can quit worrying about how insecure that RFID card is.

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