Regarding your first link, sad to say that it seems to me these are not signs of the end, but the beginning, but YMMV. The sooner these events are seen as global instead of just local, the better. Terrible things have always happened, but (this tends to be my refrain) the frequency, the SPEED, of this global change and the apparently increasing number of events being reported is what interests me.
I cannot discount that the increased reach of global communications over the past decade or so have been tremendous, and that we might now be hearing about events that may not have reached the local news in earlier times. What is worrisome is that they all seem to be news because they are so unusual in their respective areas.
Thank you for the links, they are very welcome on this thread (if Neven allows
). Stories and narratives are how humans generally process information. And the human narrative might be useful.