Stupidity Is Final Sign of Apocalypse
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2009 5:23 AM CDT
A man standing on top of the Pyramid of the Sun raises his arms to receive energy from the spring sun outside of Mexico City.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – "Recession" and "depression" seem far too understated to describe our world's woes. With conflicts raging from the Middle East to Mexico—and politicians pandering to Wall Street crooks who ruined our economy—let's try another word: "apocalypse," writes David Sirota in Salon. "It's not just the economic turbulence" that warrants the A-word, Sirota writes, but "the 'I feel fine' obliviousness of REM’s cataclysmic ballad."

The A-word came to Sirota as he sat atop the Pyramid of the Sun near Mexico City: "When the Aztecs discovered the site, it was abandoned, and nobody knows what happened." Wall Street's CEOs, who whine about living on $500,000 a year, and Hollywood producers, who feed us fatalistic and hedonistic fare, seem equally primed to disappear. Witness "the aggressively defiant, adamantly proud ignorance that marks history’s end times."