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Great article, worth the click.

K&R

Tonight Bill Maher repeated a great but not new idea that someone touted decades ago: Philanthropic Billionaires (Democratic) should band together and buy large portions of the Amazon rainforest to preserve them for the good of the whole planet. Such a large area however would need to be guarded by a small army and many drones in order to keep it from being encroached upon and burned.

This could and should be done. Time is running out.

I wonder if "AnusMouth" would like to buy the Arctic?

Someone should tell him it's for sale.

Tiananmen Square viewing

In '89 my husband & I sat in our flat in Cambridge with our dear Chinese friend watching Tiananmen Square play out until CNN's live broadcasting was stopped by the Chinese authorities. Our friend had been celebrating what he thought was the coming revolution in China. We disagreed and shared our fears with him. With the eventual leaked facts, our worries were proven warranted and our Chinese friend became very saddened. Another but younger Chinese colleague and friend of his at Cambridge U. defected and fled to Canada rather than return home to Shanghai. On his last night in Cambridge, we shared a beer with this young friend.

I'm at a loss to explain how British rule equates to China's. And why we should turn a blind eye to those seeking more freedoms.

Goodbye. 🐦


I cannot believe you're equating British "autocratic" rule

With what China is offering! Wow.

You're saying that 1.7 million people protesting in the streets in Hong Kong have their heads up their asses? That they are "racists"? That Mainland has better human rights than the horrible British Hong Kong rule? K J Noh's analysis cherry-picked their facts. Yes, the US is terribly flawed and all that the podcast said it is, thanks to the fuckin' rethugians, but to say China is a better model for human rights and self-determination? Wow, again!



(Btw, I've been to the mainland twice, have friends there who've candidly discussed their country when living/studying abroad. And i read slanted Chinese news.
Another btw, as long as the corporate political party has so much power in the US, we're also not a democracy and are only pretending to be.)

Spare any more lives ending horribly, prematurely.

Stop having children. (Folks have them for their own selfish needs anyway.)




And, of course, I agree with all the above.

Best quote of the article...

"The obvious solution is to have fewer children. In 2017, an important research study, published in the journal Environmental Letters, found that giving birth to one less child is 60 times as effective as all the other actions a person can take to improve the environment combined, such as switching to an electric car, to solar energy or to a vegan diet."



Bless my childless friends! Btw, most of my friends are childless or only have one.

Life by 2100? Well...

We are killing the planet's life, yet Israel has a 3.1 child fertility rate! Why?

A/C and desalination shall become essential solutions, but I think our environment will be much worse than those can solve long-term. Hint: food. Arable land will disappear. Build huge air-conditioned domes where food can be grown? Perhaps, but does Israel in particular have the space? (That brings up more ugly thoughts, such as war and armies to defend these assets.)

And then there's the little problem for all of the planet: Lowered planetary oxygen rates. Warming is increasing exponentially! And it's killing the oxygen-producing phytoplankton in earth's increasingly acidic oceans!* Our major sources of oxygen are those phytoplankton and of course the little remaining rainforest which are now being cut everyday.

I think this article is rather too optimistic and am expecting earth to become a dystopian world by 2100.


*"Phytoplankton are responsible for 70% of Earth's oxygen production. ...Phytoplankton levels have declined by 40% since 1950 due to the warming of the ocean."

Tell it like it is.

It will be. Even many DUers don't want to hear or believe this. It's very difficult to accept and once accepted, most difficult to deal with until one come to a certain place.

I cried for weeks when coming to terms with the knowledge that my son will be unable to experience a full lifespan. Our own mortality is most difficult to face (hence religion) but knowledge of what we've done to our children is devastating. My son's a brilliant person, knows what's coming, and is living life to its fullest now. I've profusely apologize to him.


Did you watch the video?

This guy has a long, long history of dealing with pitties, so he does have quite a bit of expertise.

I've some mixed feelings but in general, am supportive of folks trying to save the good pitties - yes, there are such critters. The best trained, best behaved dog I have ever seen in my life was owned by a dog trainer we knew. In the middle of a class of ~15 crazy young dogs being trained, this pittie was so chilled that he never let the yelping, biting pups bother him a bit.

Yrs ago we adopted a pittie as companion for our sweet Border Collie. This pittie ended up dominating our girl b.c. to the point that he was actually mean to her. He was gone, given away, w/o regret on our part.

My son just adopted the sweetest 9mo pittie mixed. She's a doll and is working out really well. Is even good with his 2 cats.

Blanket statements bother me.

I came from generations

Of dumbassed, racist rethugians! But like my hubby, I broke the mold. "Gotten more progressive and leftist" - that's me as I've aged.

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