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What links the banking crisis and the volcano?

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posted on Apr, 25 2010 @ 06:14 AM
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What links the banking crisis and the volcano?


www.guardian.co.uk

We rely globally on over-complex, over-strained systems. Act now, or wait for the much more brutal corrective of nature

Man proposes; nature disposes. We are seldom more vulnerable than when we feel insulated. The miracle of modern flight protected us from gravity, atmosphere, culture, geography. It made everywhere feel local, interchangeable. Nature interjects, and we encounter – tragically for many – the reality of thousands of miles of separation.
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posted on Apr, 25 2010 @ 06:14 AM
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Just saw this on SBS's Dateline with George Negus. I find it very interesting, and more than accurate in this day and age. We are still part of nature, even if we're doing everything we can be to remove ourselves. But we are inextricably linked - and its time for us to recognise this, and move in such a direction.

www.guardian.co.uk
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posted on Apr, 25 2010 @ 07:26 AM
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A very good point ghostsoldier, but one that is doomed to be ignored and even ridiculed There are those of us who 'get it', but we are by far the minority and the evolution of society has shown that at a general level we only react to cataclysmic events, rather than use our intelligence to recognise their effects and plan accordingly, but this in itself is about the collective human conciousness only being concerned with the immediacy of necessity.

A great deal of necessity is born of ego; we deem it necessary to prove our triumph over nature by undertaking a course of action that has practical consequences, however, we choose to ignore those risks to placate pride in the envisioned superiority of our technical advances.

Our lives are cosseted to the effect that necessity is no longer concerned with the preservation of our physical lives - think of the lives of the early pioneers toiling every day just to survive - but is concerned with the sustenance of status as a projection of our ego.

Humankind will prevail in the destruction of its greatest enemy - itself!



posted on Apr, 25 2010 @ 06:31 PM
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www.guardian.co.uk

It suggests that "by 2012, surplus oil production capacity could entirely disappear, and as early as 2015, the shortfall in output could reach nearly 10m barrels per day". A shortage of refining and production capacity is not the same thing as peak oil, but the report warns that a chronic constraint looms behind the immediate crisis: even under "the most optimistic scenario … petroleum production will be hard pressed to meet the expected future demand". A global oil shortage would soon expose the weaknesses of our complex economic systems. As the cultural anthropologist Joseph Tainter has shown, their dependence on high energy use is one of the factors that makes complex societies vulnerable to collapse.


People can say what they want about Climate Change, but if nothing else it's got a good portion of the industrialised world thinking about the planets well being. I think we are slowly getting there.

In this highly interconnected world, so much of our lively hood is dependent on others. Not that this is a bad thing, but it potentially brings new problems.



posted on Apr, 26 2010 @ 07:54 PM
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I would of thought this article would have been more popular *shrugs*



posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 12:19 AM
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No one wants to discuss our fragility ey?

*shameless bump*



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