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Wed Jan 30, 2013, 07:07 PM

 

May 17, 2640 C.E.

"I don't understand," said Chang, a young student from the University of Shanghai on his first archeological dig. "They were the wealthiest country on Earth, the most militarily-powerful country on Earth, the most technologically-advaanced country on Earth. The human race had never seen a nation more successful. What happended?"

Professor Yan sighed, paused a moment, then answered. "They shot themselves to death."

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Reply May 17, 2640 C.E. (Original post)
Ian Iam Jan 2013 OP
Drunken Irishman Jan 2013 #1
rhett o rick Jan 2013 #3
Tyrs WolfDaemon Jan 2013 #20
villager Jan 2013 #2
Ian Iam Jan 2013 #8
AverageJoe90 Jan 2013 #18
villager Jan 2013 #21
AverageJoe90 Jan 2013 #22
villager Jan 2013 #23
AverageJoe90 Jan 2013 #24
villager Jan 2013 #28
AverageJoe90 Jan 2013 #29
villager Jan 2013 #30
Warren DeMontague Jan 2013 #31
freshwest Jan 2013 #4
Ian Iam Jan 2013 #9
freshwest Jan 2013 #11
Ian Iam Jan 2013 #13
freshwest Jan 2013 #14
Honest_Abe Jan 2013 #17
DreamGypsy Jan 2013 #5
xtraxritical Jan 2013 #19
Chisox08 Jan 2013 #6
Spitfire of ATJ Jan 2013 #10
Ian Iam Jan 2013 #12
leveymg Jan 2013 #27
Dreamer Tatum Jan 2013 #7
LineLineReply ?
Ian Iam Jan 2013 #16
AverageJoe90 Jan 2013 #25
ErikJ Jan 2013 #15
Fumesucker Jan 2013 #26

Response to Ian Iam (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 07:14 PM

1. Hey! I was born on May 17th!

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Response to Drunken Irishman (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 07:24 PM

3. How do we trust you? Are you sober? nm

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Response to Drunken Irishman (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 09:53 PM

20. Me too!

It is also Norway's Constitution Day






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Response to Ian Iam (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 07:24 PM

2. Love the inherent optimism in assuming there'll *be* a 2640 C.E.!

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Response to villager (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 08:10 PM

8. There will be

 

But neither you nor I shall be there. As for humanity, it isn't going anywhere. We are a cancer upon this planet: Homo sapiens can be pushed into remission, but it always returns.

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Response to villager (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 09:26 PM

18. Gotta love the extreme pessimism in assuming there won't be......=)

Touche, baby......

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Response to AverageJoe90 (Reply #18)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 12:16 AM

21. Not really "extreme," alas.

Don't let that keep you from awarding yourself another "touche," though!

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Response to villager (Reply #21)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 12:27 AM

22. Indeed it is extreme.

It kinda sorta reminds me of the evangelical types who keep claiming that the Second Coming is going to occur at some date in the future......(edit: no offense, but I've had a LOT of experience with this kind of stuff)

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Response to AverageJoe90 (Reply #22)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 12:31 AM

23. Adding "indeed" to your first assertion doesn't make it any truer

Yet you are free to think the next 500 years are entirely risk-free for our species.

To be clearer: It's not that I think time won't pass, regardless. It's just there's no guarantee there will be any humanity around to mark that particular date.

Hey -- do I get to award myself a smilie and a touche!?

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Response to villager (Reply #23)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 12:51 AM

24. There's nothing out there to really suggest that we WON'T be around then, though.

Truth is, we've been thru plenty of disasters during our time on this planet, some of them far, far worse than anything we're likely to face anytime soon. Even a full-blown nuclear war couldn't wipe us out.

Okay, I'll admit that it's always possible another K/T event or gamma ray burst could happen, but both events are extremely unlikely to occur at any point in the future that we can comprehend.....

(edit: I did edit that last reply, btw)

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Response to AverageJoe90 (Reply #24)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 01:11 AM

28. Well, I suppose there might be *some* survivors if the nukes go off, or full-scale climate feedback

...is unleashed.

But not any throwing a bunch of "Happy New Year" parties as they watch their digital devices roll over to 2640.

My comments -- your rapier-like touche-ing aside -- were more to do about the assumption that we'll get to any such future in a "straight line," with the next five hundred years resembling anything like the last 2 - 300 or so.

I think the times, they are definitely a-changin'. And faster than we realize.

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Response to villager (Reply #28)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 11:31 AM

29. Nah, it's alright, I get that civilization's advancement isn't really linear.

It does bothers me to some degree, though, that so many people who think that the end of civilization, period, is inevitable, either can't, or don't want to, take into account that the world is constantly changing and advancing, and not always for the worse.

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Response to AverageJoe90 (Reply #29)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 11:58 AM

30. Civilization's end isn't inevitable, but it certainly isn't assured

And the threats that "civilization" faces now -- changing weather, all over the globe -- are indeed unprecedented.

But I guess this century will give us a good idea of how it will all play out!

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Response to villager (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 12:04 PM

31. DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMED! WUR DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!@









To be fair, odds are, for you and I there -won't- be a 2640.

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Response to Ian Iam (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 07:35 PM

4. Abraham Lincoln said:

If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 08:30 PM

9. Suicide isn't painless

 

I don't give a jot what M*A*S*H says. (I've always detested that show.)

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Response to Ian Iam (Reply #9)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 08:35 PM

11. Nothing Lincoln nor I said made that claim.



Bye now.



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Response to freshwest (Reply #11)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 08:38 PM

13. Terribly sorry if I offended you, sir

 

Such was not my intent.

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Response to Ian Iam (Reply #13)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 08:40 PM

14. I was trying to support the OP, have a nice evening.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 09:10 PM

17. He recognized this when he was a young man.

He was right then, and right now.

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Response to Ian Iam (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 07:44 PM

5. Not certain of the day, but 2153 is estimated to be the end of the human race...

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... by singer/songwriter Eliza Gilkyson:

Well their brains were quite large for their bodies
And it lulled them into thinking they weren’t dumb
They did guns, extreme sports, special hobbies,
And cool tricks with their fingers and thumbs
And they thought they would be guaranteed delivered
To some guy in Roman sandals and a beard
So they bought and they fought and they twittered
By 2153 they’d disappeared





“2153”
Words and music Eliza Gilkyson
GilkySongs BMI 2010

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Response to DreamGypsy (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 09:43 PM

19. What a great song, besides the lyrics the interplay between the steel guitar and tuba is great.

 

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Response to Ian Iam (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 08:00 PM

6. Sometimes I wonder if we are living in the modern day fall of the Roman Empire

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Response to Chisox08 (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 08:34 PM

10. No. The rise of populism over politics. Worldwide.

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Response to Chisox08 (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 08:36 PM

12. At this point, it would seem to be EXACTLY the position the USA is in!

 

Which is truly sad: You Yanks have done many good things.

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Response to Ian Iam (Reply #12)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 01:05 AM

27. That was only because we assumed it was in our own best interests.

Guess there could be worse motives.

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Response to Ian Iam (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 08:01 PM

7. If I had to choose between living in Murdertown Chicago or Polluted Beijing

guess which one I'd choose.

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Response to Dreamer Tatum (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 09:07 PM

16. ?

 

I honestly do not know, as neither option appears attractive.

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Response to Dreamer Tatum (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 12:52 AM

25. Chicago. You're a lot less likely to die in a gang shooting.....

Than to choke to death on smog.....sad thing is, air pollution still kills about 5 million a year, worldwide.

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Response to Ian Iam (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 08:59 PM

15. Then the Constitution WAS a suicide pact after all.

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Response to Ian Iam (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 12:58 AM

26. Obligatory tune

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