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Could the problem be that every potential civilization-builder we know- or usually imagine- descends from a vagile organism: something that moves about to consume? It never needed to worry about dep...

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Though we know what we must do / Power's in the hands of Few./ Sure, we all can do our bit, / But those in charge don't give a... hoot.

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Nature has a way of healing itself. Though the atmosphere has been polluted for nearly three billion years by pesky oxygen-producing organisms, steady work by climate, geology and -take a bow- short-...

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Our few great-great grandchildren will find Tatooine-Earth normal. They will sing insulting songs about us around their campfires in the ruins of our cities, and their shamans will tell them t...

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Second cousin to Rover from the Prisoner TV series..

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How many of humanity's horrifying wars have been started by human sociopaths, whether through faulty reasoning or ignorance, or to maximize their own wealth, position, power and prestige? All of ...

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Immunization against contagious disease is commonplace. While some protest about possible side-effects, I don't think anyone seriously insists that it is immoral to prevent smallpox. Similarly, ...

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Could the actual threat come from within ourselves? When the wealthy and powerful choose ever-improving machines as servants, employees, babysitters, protectors and companions ("Siri? Alexa? Ech...

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Typoquake! "affect" not "affects", "weather" not "wether"

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The corporate attitude reflects a common societal quirk: only accept those parts of a body of information that agrees with what your appetites demand, though all parts of that body of information are...

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Mr. Blair cold have lamented a threat to peace, to scientific cooperation, to unified response to climate / health / environmental threats, to advancement in political culture. But he didn't. He...

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How would we functionally define a human to an alien culture? How about “It’s an entity which converts resources from the environment into waste, while growing, planning, generating neces...

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He also describes Hillary Clinton exactly. Perhaps this pathology has always existed- but has historically only been associated with military leaders like Napoleon or WW1 generals, willing to casuall...

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Like being a critter on the sea floor watching the ocean swells roll past overhead- enjoying a nice sunset, uninterrupted by passing container ships.
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But they are glad to see our troops arrive! They cheer, as the Saxons cheered when they saw Viking dragon ships glide into their fishing bay, as simple Eurasian farmers cheered when the dust of Mong...

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This assumes the world will continue with the values, resources and organization we currently have. As resources become more scarce, climate deteriorates and transportation becomes more expensive, th...

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Yes, man first walked on the lunar surface in 1969. Through efforts of thousands of people, two of our brains were removed from their Matrix jars deep below the lunar surface, installed in special Bo...

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What if our crafty politicians are really trying to save us from our superrich rulers? In sci-fi the only way to stop the energy-sucking monster is to overfeed it till it explodes- they're trying...

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Perhaps falling birthrate is a sign that the social, economic, chemical and climatic environment has become toxic. Why have kids who will mark their lives as a progression of uniforms, from fast-food...

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When the oceanic current patterns shift, established farmlands just stop working, or a positive feedback effect from subsea methane hydrates or Arctic soil methane occur, it will be too late to grudgi...

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