July 13th, 2004

Elephant

I woke up this morning thinking "graphite!" It was an attempt to hold onto some dream or other. It didn't work. That single exclamation is all I've got left.

So consider yourselves lucky- I have no dreams to tell.

But this is worse. I've been thinking on and off about the massive volcano under Yellowstone National Park. If it goes off, the USA will effectively cease to exist and the rest of the world will be plunged into an Ice Age. This puts our worries about global warming and the "war on terror" into perspective. We talk too freely about Armageddon and the end of civilisation as we know it, but if Yellowstone goes bang, that really will be it.

The volcano (several kilometres across) erupts once every 600,000 years. The last eruption was 630,000 years ago.

I wonder if they're doing anything about it. I mean, is it possible that science could somehow relieve the pressure and defuse the bomb? If we were sensible (which we're not) it seems to me we'd forget most everything else and be pouring billions of government money into trying to sort this one out.

Talk about the elephant in the living room!