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    Looks like we ALL may be moving...

    Pack you bags, then check this out: http://www.observer.co.uk/Print/0,3858,4201561,00.html

    Should be quite a ride!

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    Am I the only one who has a problem with comets flying at me?

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    I have not read the entire article yet, but I HAD to respond to this as soon as I read it.

    This startling idea of improving our interplanetary neighbourhood is the brainchild of a group of Nasa engineers and American astronomers who say their plan could add another six billion years to the useful lifetime of our planet - effectively doubling its working life.
    Yeah, cause you know we're so likely to use up the 1 billion years we currently have left on the planet.

    Silly scientists.
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    OK, I just finished the whole article and I all I have to say is "dumbasses". For scientists these guys sure are a bunch of freaking morons.

    They didn't even mention the fact that this would alter our timetables and calendars.

    Just because you think you can do something does not mean you should even try. Besides, like I mentioned earlier, how likely is it that we will NEED an extra 6 billion years? All of recorded history has only taken up around 10,000-12,000 years. I think we'll be just fine using the 1 billion years that we have left.

    Anyways, who would make the decision? The USA, England, China, Russia, Zimbabwe? You would literally need approval from every person on the planet for a decision of that magnitude.
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    USA obviously - they have made 3 films about it afterall!

    Scientists are arrogant and stoopid.
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    ......and after the interview, the men in white coats came and took Dr Laughlin back to his padded cell and gave him a new box of wax crayons to keep him occupied.

    The head of the mental institution where Laughlin resides admits negligence in the administering of medication where this patient is concerned, and promises to keep him doped up to the eye-balls in future so that he isn't even aware that the earth exists, let alone able to come up with any plans to move it.

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    If you take the L away you get LAUGHIN' !

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    Originally posted by creole

    Anyways, who would make the decision? The USA, England, China, Russia, Zimbabwe? You would literally need approval from every person on the planet for a decision of that magnitude.
    The Federation would organise it - of course

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    I thought the NASA boffins were hard at work on a plan to destroy the moon. To see what it's made of.

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    Just remember... these are the same folks who brought you the Mars Polar (crash) Lander and the speed-record-setting unmanned X-43A (BOOM) jet!

    Oops...

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    I sure hope someone makes a backup of earth before trying this stunt. Sounds interesting, but keep in mind we only get one shot, and just a little too cold, and we're all dead.

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    BRRRRR?

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    all good.
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    This startling idea of improving our interplanetary neighbourhood is the brainchild of a group of Nasa engineers and American astronomers who say their plan could add another six billion years to the useful lifetime of our planet - effectively doubling its working life
    Of course, when our Sun burns out in less than 4 billion years and comes back as a giant supernova enveloping almost all the planets in our solar system, collapsing into a neutron star (I don't think it has the guts to become a black hole), we'll have to move to another star.
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    who here really thinks we can go 6 billion years without dropping a few nukes on ourselves??? so do we really need these 6 billion??
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    Wow! What will they think of next? Those scientists sure do know how to hopelessly waste millions of taxpayer's money!

    Well, I for one am going to invest in some prime real-estate on Io. I've heard its nice and toasty there. Don't believe me?

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    I believe the abundance of volcanic activity brings down real estate prices considerably.
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    Of course, when our Sun burns out in less than 4 billion years and comes back as a giant supernova
    FYI our sun is too small to become a supernova.

    But when it reached red giant stage it would swallow the earth anyways.
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    One website at a time mmj's Avatar
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    Thanks aspen.

    Yes I had a feeling I might have had the supernova/red dwarf thing the wrong way around
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    Originally posted by aspen FYI our sun is too small to become a supernova.
    YEAH, it's only big enough to be a Chevy Nova.
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    Another interesting article.

    It is the year 2050, and April blizzards have gripped southern England for the third successive year while violent storms batter the North Sea coast. The Gulf Stream, whose warming waters once heated our shores, has long since disappeared, destroyed by a deluge pouring south from the melting Arctic ice cap...

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/globalwarm...466611,00.html
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    That's certainly a bleak picture to say the least.

    I've read some other material which says developing countries (China for example) put much more pollution and greenhouse gasses into the environment than the developed nations, simply because of the lack of pollution controls.

    However, I suppose (as your article pointed out) the US not going along with Kyoto is a good reason for others to opt out as well.

    Pay now, pay later, but pay we will.

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    It's definately an eye-opening article when you realize that it's based on fact. If these events are to unfold on or around the year 2050, I wonder what changes will occur between these years. It is somewhat disappointing that Bush had not accepted this treaty, though I haven't researched the issue much myself. According to the article it seemed it would only slow the process. It still would have been a good place to start. Even National Parks have been affected by pollution carried in from surrounding cities. I think if bush had his way there would be oil fields in place of these.
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    Greenhouse gasses? ha!

    http://www.newstrolls.com/news/dev/heller/col1.html

    The media would like everyone to line with the enviornmental lobby and tremble in fear for our planet. These people hate industry and make a living trying to destroy it.

    I wouldn't worry too much.

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    that was a great link. I have always felt similarly. My ex-girlfriend was hugely against Global warming, cruelty to animals, deforestation and similar topics. She got really upset when I didn't take it as seriously as she did.

    She would quote statistics and stories at me, but she could never seem to understand that I could come up with as many quotes "pro" of view as she could come up with "con".
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