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  •  I agree with you... (1+ / 0-)
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    I don't think post-industrial society is a repeatable phenomenon. We either get it right this time, or that's it. No do over -- not even for the cockroaches. We've gutted the easy access resources, and our garbage dumps are no substitute for rich ore. Asking another civilization to rise on our ashes would be a much more difficult thing than we ever managed.

    If this machine stops, it doesn't start again.

    •  more like a really, really loooooong bit of (0+ / 0-)

      down time.

      It only took, what, sixty five million years for the development of petrochemicals from the compression of the carbon-based material (plants and microscopic organisms, not dinosaurs) of the Jurassic to the Cretaceous period, right?

      So, give or take 100,000,000 years, the old machinery will be ready to start right back up...

      "in Order to form a more perfect Union"
      Basta de Guerra. No más. Enough War. No more.

      by Angie in WA State on Sun Dec 19, 2010 at 02:58:03 AM PST

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    •  They recycle. (1+ / 0-)
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      There are multiple references to groups of people who strip abandoned industrial (ahem: praxis) age cities of their useful raw materials.

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