Archive for March 23rd, 2006

Civilization as we know it is coming to an end soon – the issue of Peak Oil

| March 23, 2006 | 4 Replies
Civilization as we know it is coming to an end soon – the issue of Peak Oil

No, this isn’t one of the many religious end-of-the-world warnings based on dusty books or personal revelations. It’s much worse. It is the story of “peak oil,” based on the sort of evidence that leaves both disciplined scientists and conservative bankers tossing in their sleep. Exhibit A is the refusal of oil companies to build […]

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Understanding a billion

| March 23, 2006 | Reply
Understanding a billion

A dollar bill is approximately 0.0035″ thick.  So, a stack of one billion dollar bills would be 55.24 miles high. A stack of 224 billion dollar bills (the approximate cost so far of invading Iraq) would be 12,373.76 miles high.  That’s halfway around the earth’s equator (the earth’s circumference is 24,900 miles).   A stack of nine […]

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Wasn’t the Iraq insurgency foreseeable?

| March 23, 2006 | 1 Reply
Wasn’t the Iraq insurgency foreseeable?

One thing I still don’t understand about Iraq is why nobody in the Bush Administration apparently anticipated this long-running insurgency.  Wasn’t it reasonably foreseeable that some of Iraq’s tens of thousands of Republican Guard troops, and hundreds of thousands of regulars, could simply hide their weapons and melt back into the population so they could live […]

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I Give Homage to God. I am Morally Superior.

| March 23, 2006 | 6 Replies
I Give Homage to God.  I am Morally Superior.

People who don’t believe in God are constantly disparaged as immoral by those who do.  Many conservatives believe that most of what they perceive to be wrong with the world can be traced to secular humanism, a phrase they can barely utter without spitting.  For them, secular humanism is a nasty weed that sprouts from […]

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