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  •  True ;-) (12+ / 0-)

    But... think of it this least when dealing with the Americas and much of Europe.

    If someone living in the year 1650 (or even, to a great extent, 650...) was transported to 1750 ~ he/she would basically recognize most things about the world and how it worked, both politically and technologically.

    But put someone from 1750 into 1850 ~ no longer true. Telegraph and railroad on the technology side, while on the political side there are significant changes. The gap from 1850 to 1950 is even wider.

    And the gap from 1950 to 2050 will be much, much greater ~ if civilization survives....

    A friend of mine, in an effort to get her high school students to step outside their own lives, has them write an essay explaining the frustration of a slow Internet connection to Thomas Jefferson. She used Abraham Lincoln the first time she gave the assignment but realized that the telegraph was a conceptual leap that was too easy to build on for what she wanted to accomplish with the assignment.

    It's easy to see and describe the technological changes, but the political fall-out from those changes and from climate change will be dramatic, as well. Water is a basic human need ~ changes in availability are going to drive lots of bumpiness over the next few decades.

    The worst sin - perhaps the only sin - passion can commit, is to be joyless. (Gaudy Night, Dorothy L. Sayers)

    by mayim on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 03:27:25 PM PDT

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    •  If you guys seriously (0+ / 0-)

      think... ah heck with it, this is just normal change then you are going to have a horrible surprise coming.

      There probably isn't any point in me saying this, but I'll say it any way.

      Our agriculture is going to take a massive hit, and starvation will become an issue in a few decades. Yes... us fat, happy Americans will potentially face starvation.

      I'm not even saying anything unusual in this. Despite the fact that people think they need to argue with it. ALL of the scientific research shows severe food loss coming up and massive droughts hitting our most prosperous farm land, eventually leading to dustbowl conditions or worse.

      You guys are progressives... and the truth is even most of you tune out these reports. It's not like you say they are wrong, the reality just doesn't hit you.

      We are going to go off a cliff soon, and it won't be pretty. And the reason is that nobody can be convinced to take this seriously. Not even the people on this site. If people simply took the reports seriously and acted accordingly, there is a lot we could do.

      But we aren't.

      Ignorance more frequently begets confidence then knowledge. Charles Darwin

      by martianexpatriate on Sat Jul 26, 2014 at 08:49:32 PM PDT

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