jcsuperstar wrote:i've been talking about this stuff for around 10 years (a long time considering im kinda young). i remember seeing something in the 90s that talked about the price of providing clean water to the world, and at that time it was kinda cheap, compaired to say stealth bombers and space shuttles, and my comment was why would america need to spend so much on the military when we could give the world clean water, i mean it's probably pretty easy to get people to hate america as it is now, but it would be a bit harder to convince some guy to hate the people who gave the world clean water, and wouldnt that be far more ost effective than more planes?
pink_trike wrote:We tend to forget how erratic, extreme, and dangerous Planet Earth really is - especially amnesiac modern humans who are deeply estranged from the natural world, and who's sense of climate history only extends back a couple of hundred years during a relatively stable period between extremes. Our premodern ancestors knew that periodically temperatures rise high enough to force humans to live deep underground, and that periodically global drought is severe enough to nearly kill nearly all living beings on the planet. And on the flip side, periodically cold enough to cover most of the planet in ice, or wet enough to drive all life to the top of mountain peaks for decades. Cyclically. Not separated by millions of years, as previously believed - ten's of thousands of years...a blink in earth time. Modern science is only now discovering evidence of this cycling in the geological and archeological record. There is no solid ground to be found anywhere in the phenomenal world.
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