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Posted on Wed, May 24, 2006 03:39

Scientists seem to think that a stray astroid may well mean the end of earth. I watched quite an interesting program on the History channel regarding this. I believe we had a near miss not so long ago. They showed a spot in some desert where a rock hit earth. What do you guys think of the chances of this happening? We've had Tsunamis, Eartquakes, Volcanoes etc.


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Posted on Thu, Jun 01, 2006 07:04

Well, what do you think happened to the dinosaurs? And even if it doesn't happen, or at least, in the next several hundred or thousand years, there's always that big a** hole in the ozone to look forward to, letting in the deadly rays of the sun, melting our polar ice caps... Or the sun dying out, leaving our descendants to freeze to death. There's not much we can do about any of those, except for to prevent further expansion of the hole in the ozone, but the majority of people don't seem to give a damn.


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Posted on Wed, May 31, 2006 21:07

There most certainly is a chance, I don't think anyone can dispute that, but how do we react to the eventual certainty? When I was a young college grad out exploring and "finding myself", that would've been '92, there was a near miss. I met some folks who were convinced of the inevitability and were preparing for the worst. I allowed myself to become emotionally charged and became temporarily swept up in their elaborate preparations before my traveling partner and I decided to get on the road, irregardless of our fate. What else can we do? Live now, or live for the what if? Whenever that lesson comes to me now, I laugh about the effort of these folks and especially about my own gullibility. They had committees and we were actually digging a hole into the side of a mountain. So, do you live, or dig yourself into a deep hole?


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Posted on Mon, May 29, 2006 02:29

I'm in a fortunate part of the world where we don't really face F5 tornados, hurricanes, tsunamis, volcanoes etc. We have the odd quake. A chat with a geologist here doesn't make us so safe. I believe if a quake affects the St Andreas fault we may be in trouble over here. Ggirl, that must have been frightening. How on earth did you hold out? Kaylee, I think you refer to Countdown to Armageddon, where they discussed this all. We had it on the History Channel. Valid point about us not looking after our planet. They say global warming plays a major part in the meltdown. Which almost gives Ice Age 2 a true slant. What also grabs me is at one point how movies about natural disasters followed each other. Sadly in Indonesia, the death toll is up to 5000 people after the quake. Papua New Ginea apparently had not fatalities. The quake clocking in at 6.2 on the Richters scale struck both Indonesia and PNG.


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Posted on Sat, May 27, 2006 13:34

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Posted on Fri, May 26, 2006 20:16

Funny you should post this question today . . . Last night I was in as dangerous a position as I think I have been in since I was a small child and in a building hit by an F5 tornado - however we'll save that story for another day. Anyway, I did a lot of talking to God last night and realized that I didnt have much to say besides 'Please . . .' And I think in the end that about sums it up for me: on all of these really truly terribly horribly awful things that could bring to an end our existence, the planet's existence etc. we are entirely helpless; we have NO control over anything except our own response, and at a basic level, at least for me, when you accept it, it can really be very liberating (makes you want to pick up some Kurt Vonnegut and read a bit doesnt it! : ). To the natural disasters you posit I'd throw out another I actually think more likely of occurring (in catastrophic porportion) than a rock hitting our planet and that is the super-volcano/caldera that lies under the western portion of the United States. It it believed that it is only a matter of time before it will erupt again and bring about another catastrophic climate change (in addition to obliterating and covering in ash most of the continental U.S.). Of course, in geologic time (is that the right term?), I dont think its going to happen anytime soon so I'm not losing sleep over it. Anyway, I guess I'd like to think we could stave off our ultimate destruction to any of these events. Of course, Id also like to think we could bring an end to world hunger or simply find an ecologically friendly fuel. . . . Maybe we could start on those 'smaller' things and then build from there? I guess thats why I drive a Prius . . . I'm grateful to folks trying to protect us from these and any other disasters as cited by Sixtillio (btw, love Sixtillio's humor on your other posting as well as the jokes -- keep up the laughter!). Its just I'm not holding my breath that they will be able to do so. We cant REALLY change much of anything outside of ourselves - the world, life, forces beyond our puny lives to control, OUR MORTALITY -- we just have to say 'Please . . .' and then go with it. Now, go get some sleep!


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Posted on Fri, May 26, 2006 01:48

Six, thanks for this. There is a centre in Texas that focuses on this as well.


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