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    Cyburbian circusoflife's avatar
    May 2005
    Seattle, WA, USA

    The Nature of Things

    Found these interesting charts while poking around the Internet searching for a related matter.




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    I'll post a link to the original blog article on it later. Curious what people think...

    ..on a related note...I recommend the following 2-DVD set:

    National Geographic - Strange Days on Planet Earth

    "Around the globe, scientists are racing to solve a series of mysteries. Unsettling transformations are sweeping across the planet, and clue by clue, investigators are discovering ways that seemingly disparate events are connected. Crumbling houses in New Orleans are linked to voracious creatures from southern China. An asthma epidemic in the Caribbean is linked to dust storms in Africa. Scientists suspect we have entered a time of global change swifter than any human being has ever witnessed. Where are we headed? What can we do to alter this course of events? Hosted by actor Edward Norton. 2 Disc Set. Approximately 240 minutes in total length."


    The opening chapter on invasive species has a nice story on New Orleans and non-native termites eating the city alive. (Though termites is obviously the least of their concerns now)
    Last edited by NHPlanner; 13 Sep 2005 at 3:09 PM.

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    Chairman of the bored Maister's avatar
    Feb 2004
    on my 15 minute break
    Well the civilization flow chart is inherently flawed as it does not take into account the primary goal and purpose of civilization. Population corrections in nature are things like starvation and disease. Ideally we humans should be able to minimize the suffering imposed by these phenomenon by intelligent distribution of the planet's human population, resources and reproductive activities. We have that capability (though we do not exercise it very effectively) whereas the other critters on the third rock from the sun don't.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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