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Mark Gongloff

Humanity Is Caught in a Doom Loop

The planet is not exactly having its best decade. Then again, it’s been here before.

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed and stuff.

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed and stuff.

Photographer: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

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Last week on the East Coast the moon turned blood-red. Birds are dropping from the sky. Billionaires are frantically building rockets to flee the planet. It all feels a little apocalyptic, and maybe it should: The world is wracked with drought, floods, wildfires, hunger, plague, more plague, political upheaval and jorts, to name a few examples.