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Getting political in General
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Profile #100
quote:
Originally written by Nick Ringer:

quote:
Originally written by Drew:

And who would determine the criteria for the right to vote, anyway?
Me.

No, me!

I say no-one gets to vote.

But then again, according to that, I shouldn't tell you whether you should vote or not...

... but they can't tell me not to tell you -

I am confusored. :(
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Getting political in General
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Profile #58
My two cents (and no sense): anyone who actually wants to be a politician isn't worth voting for.

:D
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Nothing's gonna change my world... in General
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Profile #32
quote:
Originally written by *i:

Conservation is a good thing, but is not going to solve the problem.
I know. I know. You'll have to excuse me - every once in a while a little bit of idealism actually escapes. However, I never said it would ever solve anything: I'm well aware that energy needs (or, more accurately, demands) will keep rising notwithstanding. What I'm frustrated with is that everybody I've talked to in the electricity business, the transport business, the coal business, and even most people in the general public don't even seem to consider conservation. At all. I've never heard it on any politician's agenda, as far as I know (even the Green party over here never seems to get quoted saying it. Hell, we have a government Department of Conservation that seldom even mentions the word). I know expansion isn't going to stop just because a few people turn off their lights when they leave a room, but dammit, if we all chipped in we could make things better. We wouldn't solve the problem, but we'd make it better.

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Originally written by *i:

While all well and good, it is counter to human nature.
(sigh). You just had to remind me, didn't you?

Oh well: /idealism.
Posts: 10 | Registered: Tuesday, February 14 2006 08:00
Nothing's gonna change my world... in General
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Profile #28
A couple of things...

Firstly, if anyone is interested in how a nation copes with converting to 'cleaner' power without resorting to nuclear, they should look into the situation in New Zealand, where we've been avowedly nuclear free for 20-odd years now. I'm not going to pass judgement myself yet, but suffice to say that although there is a large investment in renewable energy there has also been an expansion of coal power. Imported, dirty coal power in some cases.

Secondly, biofuels not only take up valuable land and production capability in a world where the richest nation on earth still has starving people, but may also contribute more to global climate change since they release a large amount of (I think I'm right on the specific substance, but please correct me if I'm wrong) nitrous oxide when used in combustion engines - a gas which is approximately ten times more effective as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Not to mention the emissions from pesticide use, farm machinery, etc...

And as a general plea; please, please, please start thinking in terms of energy conservation, rather than expansion: that is the one thing, I believe, that I have ever heard groups of scientists agree on as good for the situation.
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SimCity: the greatest evil? in General
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Profile #35
While we're speculating: what sort of political philosophy would the Caesar/Pharaoh/Zeus games be advocating, then?

And while I know how to take the environmentalist option (don't build anything!!), well - here's a tougher question - how would I take the anarchist position?
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Flora expert requested in General
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I'd say you're looking at some sort of Japanese plum hybrid: they're the most widely cultivated, and hybridisation with a species of apricot is definitely possible.
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The Sky Is Falling...? in General
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Profile #162
quote:
Originally written by Synergy:

People alter their lives based upon what the scientists offer them.
Which is, of course, why we've all stopped chopping down trees and driving cars.
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The Sky Is Falling...? in General
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Profile #76
If I could interject here -

While I'm willing to accept that there is doubt over whether human activities have caused any current warming, since I'm not involved in the field I don't feel I should offer you my opinion about it. What I cay say is that it is indicative of a larger problem, related to widespread ecological degredation around the world driven by overconsumption and exploitation of natural resources. As an ecologist, I can affirm that the evidence for that is damn near conclusive. I think that might be a more important perspective to take here.

Oh, and with respect to the "gaia" hypothesis, that the earth is somehow able to regulate itself, and that eventually these things will stabilise - the theory about whether ecosystems can maintain themselves in a stable state is still unproven, for either position. I wouldn't go relying on it.
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A Few Advance Notes On Geneforge 4 in Geneforge Series
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Profile #62
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But does anyone remember a female slith having breasts (i.e. mammary glands -> mammal)?
Strangely enough, the best defining characteristic of a mammal is that it has hair. All of the others are somewhat hard to check (sweat glands, baby teeth - damn, I must be a pretty poor ecology student if I can't remember more than that... :D ).
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