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  •  If you're going to take a shot at nuclear perhaps (8+ / 0-)

    you should consider burning of fossil hydrocarbons. Given the death toll of a million or more a year from pollution and the coming billion or more from greenhouse warming I'd say using any mined fuel source was/will be a technological disaster. Other disaster will be when the fertilizers, made with petrochemicals, run out or become too expensive to produce. Drilling oil for food -- that's probably the worst technology idea EVER.

    You can't assassinate the character of any of modern conservative. You'd have to find where it was buried, dig it up, resurrect it, then kill it. And killing a zombie isn't really assassination, is it?

    by ontheleftcoast on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 03:48:25 PM PDT

    •  I considered including fossil fuels in general (7+ / 0-)

      as a blunder, but I can't make up my mind about something: Whether it was necessary in the 19th and 20th centuries in order to rapidly produce an advanced technological civilization out of previous eras that were overwhelmingly agrarian.  I'd don't think we'd be very far along by now if we'd skipped FF's entirely.  It may have been a necessary transitional state from agrarian to electronic.

      Democracy is a habit, not a circumstance.

      by Troubadour on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 04:00:35 PM PDT

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