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  1. Which is the real problem: Overconsumption or overpopulation?

    It would have to be overcomsumption of course. A large population does not necessarily lead to a consumption of all available resources. In fact large, poor populations tend to reuse, reclaim, and recycle items far more often then smaller, richer populations.
  2. WATCH: Top Spanish Matador Gored (GRAPHIC)

    That is a truly awful thing to say despite how one may or may not feel about a sport. And this sport for all it's brutality does at least have the point of proving meat for people who might not otherwise be able to afford it. Further unlike the Roman Colosseum exotic animals are not being transported in sololy to fight or die as entertainment. The bull is not drugged nor handicapped in anyway. If it performs well it may be spared or win another chance at life. If it fails then at least it has lived a life rather than being born, raised, and slaughter on an assembly line. Then again I actually enjoy the sport so I might be a bit biased.
  3. GMO rice - would you eat it?

    miRNA can play a role in various diseases, but only because it is a natural part of the human organism and any part that malfunctions leads to altered processes. Further miRNA are short, easily destroyed bits of coding which in the presents of the heat and pH of a normal body can not last long enough to do anything. This is even more obvious considering that like most issues regarding RNA and it's kin there has to be a lead or tag to direct the combination/usage of the sample with the other areas of the cell/body. In other words there really isn't a way for a random bit of highly sensitive genetic material to spontaneously attach it's self to the parts of a random cell and raise Cain, Abel, and Seth, especially if this miRNA is coming from a plant. There are in fact differences between plants and people as shocking as that might seem.
  4. Why is all this trash allowed to be manufactured?

    Well in the dollar store example people are just trying to muddle through as best they can. Sure the earphones purchased aren't long for this world, but at least they work for a time and they only cost a dollar. If you need a set to get through a school assignment what do you honestly care if they work only once or twice? Looking at the larger picture the world is made of the Haves and the Havenots. The Haves can cheerfully afford to pay exoberiant prices for goods, but the Havenots need affordable items. Therefore you have items that are poor in quality, but are common enough and cheap enough to meet the needs of the less fortunate. It sucks for the environment perhaps, but that is more the result of a culture of thoughtlessness rather then malice.
  5. Why should my country face a climate change.

    Actually, the biggest problems are not developed countries, but other developing countries. If you are worried about nuclear emissions and ozone depletion then you might want to try complaining to China or India. However, I'm not sure how you could possibly make a case. What could you possibly say to these two countries that wouldn't simply be both selfish and utterly naive? Do not the billions living in these two countries deserve the right to advance in the world? Must they remain in a hell of poverty, violence, and suffering because you live in a pretty country? It doesn't seem fear and honestly it isn't. That is why when in America there are some who raise the question of curtailing the development of others in order to preserve the enviroment such talk is quickly shut down. How can it be fair for one group to shout down another?
  6. Organic Foods

    The problem with saying to eat organic and free-range is knowing what is legally required for those titles to be true. Free-range means that the animals have to be outside, it doesn't mean they have to be allowed total freedom of motion. I don't really care because chickens are stupid, filthy creatures who should definitely not be allowed to roam. Organic means no pesticides and avoiding contaimination from a long list of things. The problem is that all it takes is the runoff from a nearby farm or wind carrying GMO seeds over and that crop is ruined which is why it is not a profitble thing and why it will never be inexpensive or especially widespread. Of course it wouldn't be possible to do on a large scale anyway because the demand would never be satisfied by the supply the way it is now.
  7. Global Warming documentaries

    If you feel like an ant trying to stop a rockslide it is a lot easier to give up or give in and just walk away from the problem.
  8. Is anyone a "prepper"?

    How do you stockpile food if you are living green? And what does it mean to live green? I'm not being not trying to be funny, but if you are stockpiling food then you are substaining the farming industry which has done quite alot to negatively effect the planet. And if you are encouraging others to learn how to harvest wild growth then you are basically encouraging other to descend like a plague of locusts on what greenery is left in the world. Of course you might be asking people to garden, but does it matter if they are using industrial fertilizers? I mean that is if they even have the room to try growing something. I'm just trying to look for a realistic, sustainable solution is all.
  9. How our economy is killing the planet

    Okay, you want to stop overconsuming then you should probably recycle the tablet, desktop, or labtop you are using. Do you have any idea the economical, ecological, and social damage you have done by purchasing them? Seriously it is easy to talk of cutting, back but half the time it is nothing but hypocritial nonsense. Oh, those "other" people need to stop being wasteful, but not you because you do all the right things except when you don't which is more often the you'd like to admit. That doesn't mean something can't be done - it just means that nothing is likely to be done if everyone can't be upfront with the issues.
  10. Why others do not believe in global warming?

    Okay, let's say that people do believe that things are happening and it will only continue to worsen. Now what? Just because you acknowledge a problem doesn't mean they you have automatically fixed it, only that you now have something else to worry about. Worse most people understand that it is a worry they have no real control over versus the many problems they do have control over. "I can pay my bills if I work for the timber company or I can refrain from applying or accepting this job because it might save a bit of the ecosystem." No one is going to think like that and nobody wants to try to think like that. There are too many issues for most people to look at without looking at a seemingly hopeless one like this. I mean I had a class where it basically came down to the idea that in a 100-200 years the themocline would fail thanks to global warming and another extinction class event would occur as it has time and time again. Who wants to hear that? In another class we basically learned that there was no point in trying to preserve natural populations of species particularly species of big cats or whales. In another class we learned that the driving forces of population are tied to in part the aggression of the population and that as the one increased so did the other. And the other day I learned about what happened to Easter Island's population as it relates to what is happening now to the Earth. The last tree was cut down and everybody died in a flurry of cannabalism, murder, and madness. Who really wants to think about that? No one.
  11. The Population Problem

    I think someone wrote a book about this, ah yes it was called Rainbow 6. Seriously though saying we need to stop people from producing does smack of racism because you immediately thought of the 3rd world where they are already suffering from the organic movement (no pesticides mean more malaria) rather than say the 1st world which has done more to ruin the enviroment then any 3rd world country. There are fish enduring sex changes though to all the women in 1st world countries trying to beat back hot flashes with estrogen pills. Most of those new cars coming online every year are in 1st world countries. And of course there are many fertility clinics and treatments in the 1st world leading to miracles like octomom. Stepping away from that I have to say that presenting your stance like this is what generally turns people away from the conversation. If the Green movement is going to be seen as more than a bunch of hippies or lunatic treehuggers it might help to be diplomatic or at least tactful. It might also help to realize that changing the minds of that many people requires time and patience rather than what seems like an unending river of negativity and demands.
  12. I dislike wind energy and I really wish people would stop pushing it. I mean have you seen how huge these things are? Or how much of the enviroment is iether displaced or destroyed to make way for the construction of these things? I would much rather focus on something with a smaller footprint and a bigger more reliable production - like nuclear power.
  13. Okay and where do the animals go? The problem with this is that there are many animals that have never been outside of captivity and so would be dead in no time if released. Furthermore I would rather have some animals on exhibit and alive then have no animals prancing around in the none existent wild. I mean even the last bastions of wilderness are being invaded thanks to Google Earth, Hollywood, and Big Business.
  14. GMO rice - would you eat it?

    I understand some of the concerns to a point, but I have to wonder if most people who are complaining would actually know the difference if no one told them. I mean if I made a meal of GM foods and didn't tell you would you really know the difference? It's like when people say they know their wines or how they only like one specific brand, but when put to the test they can't really say which is which. I'm not saying you guy are wrong or trying to be disagreeable, I'm just trying to play Devil's Advocate for a minute. Well, that and I can't see GM as a purely evil thing anymore then I can see insulin as a bad thing. I mean the same techniques used to make GM foods are generally used to mass-produce insulin and work-out how genes in the human body work. And some GM foods have been very helpful and reducing world hunger thanks to things like Golden Rice which is specifically enriched.
  15. Alternative Travel Project

    I don't know about it being less stressful, cheaper, or faster although it may be at least somewhat healthier. See most companies are cutting back on tolerance and so being late is an excellent way to get fired which in just job economy would be the worse thing possible. Now my job is in the industrial park which is about 25 miles from my house, and on the way I have to drop off my kid brother, my younger sister, and my niece at the daycare. I have to be at work by 9:00, have the first grader at school by 8:00, have the college kid at school by 8:45, and the baby gets let off by 7:45. That doesn't include chores and my mother has to be at work by 8:00, so it's on me. I'm not sure how I'd get this all done without a car. I do know that relying on public transportation wouldn't work because that is being cut back. I know that none of us have bicycles and I wouldn't trust a seven year old alone even so (there are a lot accidents involving bicycles and cars here). My sister's college is across the bridge and the public transit is totally different thanks to being run by two different states, and the baby is a baby. I really think that alot of things would have to change before people could just cut out cars and that not taking that into account is kind of irresponsible.