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Global geophysical events so why doesn't anybody care?: The Gaurdian

  1. Oct 23, 2003 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/naturaldisasters/story/0,7369,1068213,00.html

    I think this author lacks perspecitive in that many scenarios offer little hope, or much that can be done, but I found the article to be interesting.
     
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  3. Oct 23, 2003 #2

    drag

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    Well, in the late 80's they said we're gon'na loose
    the Ozone layer pretty soon and die from radiation
    poisoning. Did anyone care ? Today they say that a
    few more degrees up and ten years later we'll bring
    back the Ice Age. Do people not drive their cars because
    of that today ?
    Nope, because nobody gives a damn.
    Why ? Because people in general are just a huge stupid mob. :frown:

    And BTW, there are just too many of us, unfortunately.

    Live long and prosper.
     
  4. Oct 24, 2003 #3

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  5. Oct 24, 2003 #4
    What I think is funny is that terrorism is alot less likely than alot of the 'doomsday' predictions, but we pay more attention to it...more proof that the terrorists are winning.
     
  6. Oct 24, 2003 #5

    drag

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    Really ? It's like I said before then, you and some other people
    here just won't care until it happens to you. There are places
    on Earth where terrorism claims victims almost every day.
    Before 9/11 there was a great amount of attacks - some of them
    with hundreds of victims on US citizens alone(if that's all you
    care about at least a little). But, it didn't happen to you or
    people you know, right...

    Live long and prosper.
     
  7. Oct 24, 2003 #6

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    Dunno about that: How many Americans have been killed by volcanoes in the past 3 years? 10 years? 20 years?
     
  8. Oct 24, 2003 #7
    Uh huh...how many have dies in earthquakes and tornados, though? :wink: Or car crashes, being struck by lightning, choking on food, etc? We (sometimes) correctly don't worry about things that we don't think we have any control over and that happen by accident. We focus alot on things that we pretend to have control over, or are guided by human hands.
     
  9. Oct 25, 2003 #8

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    Tornados? Car crashes? [?] [?]

    Focus Zero, the article was about volcanos.
     
  10. Oct 25, 2003 #9
    Quit being a smarta$$, Russ...
     
  11. Oct 25, 2003 #10

    drag

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    Russ appears to be a very polite person, his insult, that
    was certainly provoked, was masked so well you actually missed
    it, Zero. I on the other hand have less tolerance for BS.

    Peace and long life.
     
  12. Oct 25, 2003 #11
    Stay on topic, or this thread gets locked...you all know better.
     
  13. Oct 26, 2003 #12

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    Re: Re: Global geophysical events...so why doesn't anybody care?: The Gaurdian

    No, the threat of this event happening is well known, though whether it is quite as diasterous as some say it could be is up for debate BUT it certainly should not be ignored.
     
  14. Oct 26, 2003 #13
    Re: Re: Re: Global geophysical events...so why doesn't anybody care?: The Gaurdian

    We also know that building a house on the San Andreas fault, or on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, is a lousy idea, but people do it anyways.
     
  15. Oct 28, 2003 #14

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    I only read the first page and the article @ the beginning...

    but the issue is for real. I think I saw something along those lines on the discovery channel here in the U.S. Worst case scenerio, this mass of land crashs the Atlantic... Mega-tsunamis destroy huge area of the east coast(U.S.) and kills thousands of people. Its not to be taken lightly for its better to be prepared, forewarned and live than the other eventuallity.
    Mega-tsunamis are three to five times more destructive than the normal ones. I'm out.
    P.S. Did I mention the entire east coast is at stake from Florida to Maine.
     
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