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To Be Or Not To Be

Will this generation hold its leaders accountable?

How fitting that the world’s leaders are gathered in Copenhagen, where they can ask themselves that proverbial Danish question: To be or not to be? A Greenpeace-sponsored campaign unveiled in the city this week presents a stark image of the negation. World leaders who chose not to be – not to be the ones who imposed firm limits on emissions, who initiated clean energy infrastructure, who stopped deforestation – apologize from the future for their failings. But what the campaign doesn’t address is us. Who are we to be? The generation that held its leaders accountable and catalyzed real, systemic change? Or the generation that chose not to be – and took the entire planet down with it.

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bumto

there is no 'scientific evidence' as for the creation of man, just a more fact based logical arguement for a likelihood. its not 'evidence'.
'science' is not the cure all.

bumto

there is no 'scientific evidence' as for the creation of man, just a more fact based logical arguement for a likelihood. its not 'evidence'.
'science' is not the cure all.

Anonymous

This Global Warming concept has been plugged for too long. What I mean by that is that when you look at the issue from it's beginning you can tell that it has been talked about for way too long and acted on way too late. Global Warming is important, but not a word is heard about arsenic and uranium in 20% of America's water supply. Global Warming, not a word about rubber tires burning into the atmosphere, for living creatures to breathe in. Global Warming, yet nobody talks about the destruction of our mountain tops. Global Warming for decades, increasingly being plugged in the media as of the last two years, injected like poisonous vaccines into the hearts and minds of humankind. No more words about East Timor, no more words about Haiti, extreme starvation or poverty, no more words about The Rights of Man but many, many words explaining and debating and hypothesizing the effects and causes of Global Warming.

Sometimes, I feel like the left has been hijacked by corrupt politicians attaching themselves to a real issue for public relations purposes, greed and power. The right has been hijacked by wealthy people bent on greed, power and looking moral or fiscally intellectual. Both sides are two wings of the same bird, a two headed monster, two religions, teams to be worshiped and cheered on when the respective aristocratic teammate wins an election - and none of them are my leaders.

Copenhagen will be a horrible letdown. It's public relations propaganda to put a lid on progress and convince all of us that something is going to be done. We pay for Water and Carbon, next comes Helium and then Oxygen. If you haven't seen it coming already - future life on this planet will have a market, investors, stocks and bonds. Copenhagen is just going to help form that market. The odds against us are immeasurable. We are going to lose.

Anonymous

This Global Warming concept has been plugged for too long. What I mean by that is that when you look at the issue from it's beginning you can tell that it has been talked about for way too long and acted on way too late. Global Warming is important, but not a word is heard about arsenic and uranium in 20% of America's water supply. Global Warming, not a word about rubber tires burning into the atmosphere, for living creatures to breathe in. Global Warming, yet nobody talks about the destruction of our mountain tops. Global Warming for decades, increasingly being plugged in the media as of the last two years, injected like poisonous vaccines into the hearts and minds of humankind. No more words about East Timor, no more words about Haiti, extreme starvation or poverty, no more words about The Rights of Man but many, many words explaining and debating and hypothesizing the effects and causes of Global Warming.

Sometimes, I feel like the left has been hijacked by corrupt politicians attaching themselves to a real issue for public relations purposes, greed and power. The right has been hijacked by wealthy people bent on greed, power and looking moral or fiscally intellectual. Both sides are two wings of the same bird, a two headed monster, two religions, teams to be worshiped and cheered on when the respective aristocratic teammate wins an election - and none of them are my leaders.

Copenhagen will be a horrible letdown. It's public relations propaganda to put a lid on progress and convince all of us that something is going to be done. We pay for Water and Carbon, next comes Helium and then Oxygen. If you haven't seen it coming already - future life on this planet will have a market, investors, stocks and bonds. Copenhagen is just going to help form that market. The odds against us are immeasurable. We are going to lose.

ben in japan

although it may not be as bad as he says, this POV needs to be heard in the debate

http://www.endgamethebook.org/

and hey, even if you don't agree with it, you can still have a good tie with it. Invite some friends over, take turns reading from a random chapter, and everyone has to take a drink whenever the words 'salmon', 'dam', or 'civilization' come up.

First one to pass out wins

ben in japan

although it may not be as bad as he says, this POV needs to be heard in the debate

http://www.endgamethebook.org/

and hey, even if you don't agree with it, you can still have a good tie with it. Invite some friends over, take turns reading from a random chapter, and everyone has to take a drink whenever the words 'salmon', 'dam', or 'civilization' come up.

First one to pass out wins

Anonymous

Don't buy into the media hype, the sceptics or the politicking about AGW, listen to the scientists around the globe. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_opinion_on_climate_change

Anonymous

Don't buy into the media hype, the sceptics or the politicking about AGW, listen to the scientists around the globe. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_opinion_on_climate_change

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