Apocalypse Watch

For a given value of no one.

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Update to the story:

On Wednesday, American fast food chain Wendy’s said it has no plans to dynamically raise menu prices based on demand after reports about the experiment, which was set to roll out in 2025, caused a stir online, reports Reuters. In a statement to the news service, a Wendy’s spokesperson said it “would not raise prices when our customers are visiting us most.” Instead, the company framed experimental price changes as discounts during “slower times of day.”

“We said these menuboards would give us more flexibility to change the display of featured items. This was misconstrued in some media reports as an intent to raise prices when demand is highest … We have no plans to do that,” the company told Reuters. Presuming that lowered prices during slow times will eventually rise again, it appears some sort of dynamic pricing will still be taking place.

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Is the apocalypse s’posed be before or during dystopia?

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Much like the future, the total collapse of civilization is not evenly distributed.

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What I want to know is which comes first: an apocalypse or a dystopia?

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Generally an apocalypse will come before a dystopia, but it’s not necessary. Sometimes a dystopia can be the result of careful planning.

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Thanks!

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US ‘prepper’ culture diversifies amid fear of disaster and political unrest

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Update for anyone who was wondering about this story:

The subways are quite safe and this is political theater aimed at voters who never actually enter the city. The last time she did this was 2022. As was the case in that election year, crime in our nation’s disintegrating cities are a major concern among people who live elsewhere, i.e Republicans.

I, and no one I have asked, have seen any increase in police or any national guard members anywhere. The National Guard must be stationed prominently at major transit hubs, like Grand Central and Penn Station. Police continue to behave as they always do — chatting in groups and reading their phones.

The local perspective:

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If I was an animist, I might wonder if the planet is trying to rid itself of a bothersome irritant, namely us. We do seem to be making a mess of the place.

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Wouldn’t be surprised.

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Bingo:

That was when it struck me: homeless people are not awaiting the eventual collapse of society. Homeless people are people for whom society already collapsed. I don’t think it will permanently collapse for the preppers in the way they fantasize about. But that worst case scenario is already real for the homeless.

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