The possibility of an asteroid destroying earth is remote. "NASA knows of no asteroid or comet currently on a collision course with Earth, so the probability of a major collision is quite small" (NASA). I'd like to think anything is possible but maybe not in my lifetime. So I think it's safe to say that there won't be an asteroid crashing into earth anytime soon...well, we can be confident about that until one is cruising right for us.
The purpose of bringing this up is because the idea of an asteroid destroying the earth is entertaining. Since it is unlikely to happen, we are comfortable and entertained when Hollywood makes a movie about it. What's not entertaining is an oil spill in the Gulf of Meixco, tax increases, economic depression and tyranny. These things are leading us on a collision course with a metaphorical asteroid. An oil spill hardly seems like a game changer in the grand scheme of things and little to do with the collapse of the world as we know it. But it isn't very often that a civilization collapses due to one event. The oil spill is a big issue and may have adverse affects down the road. It would be hard to argue that the spill has any economic benefit. If anything, it may lead to higher taxes on petroleum products. Can this economy take anymore bad news? Especially when dealing with oil, the lifeblood of the economy. This spill may turn into something more than just a spill, it may become a hemorrhage. Along with the possibility of economic hemorrhage, the government may use this crises to erode liberties once more as was done after the eleventh of September (read: PATRIOT ACT). This spill has been quite the distraction from everything else and as Rahm Emanuel explains "...You never want a serious crisis to go to waste."
It is hard to see what good may come from this disaster. Has the oil spill brought us closer to the brink of destruction? Probably not so much but isn't life all about the little things? And I'm sure the government is up to something...they always are. Oh and I just ran into this article that is entitled The end of the world as we know it. "Forget man-made threats – the catalyst for the apocalypse will come from outer space, warns astronomer Chris Impey"(www.independent.co.uk). I still stand by the oil spill as a more likely catalyst for the apocalypse.