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An interesting thought exercise from New Scientist magazine. What would happen to the Earth if humans suddenly were out of the picture.

Not that anyone is advocating this, but it's an interesting overview of our impact on the global ecosystem and also some educated musing on how our impact might be quickly forgotten.

Humans are undoubtedly the most dominant species the Earth has ever known. In just a few thousand years we have swallowed up more than a third of the planet's land for our cities, farmland and pastures. By some estimates, we now commandeer 40 per cent of all its productivity. And we're leaving quite a mess behind: ploughed-up prairies, razed forests, drained aquifers, nuclear waste, chemical pollution, invasive species, mass extinctions and now the looming spectre of climate change. If they could, the other species we share Earth with would surely vote us off the planet.

Now just suppose they got their wish. Imagine that all the people on Earth - all 6.5 billion of us and counting - could be spirited away tomorrow, transported to a re-education camp in a far-off galaxy.

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The humbling - and perversely comforting - reality is that the Earth will forget us remarkably quickly.
Imagine Earth without people
 

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It may yet.....teleportation be damned :(
 

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As it would now be written, "And the cockroaches shall inherit the earth".
 

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We are a wonderful, beautiful species, and while we possess the power to destroy and inflict harm on others - nature included, we also have the ability to live in harmony, to create, to inspire, to educate and to love.
 

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we also have the ability to live in harmony
statistically incorrect.:(

as I was saying

Winnipeg boy, 14, shoved into burning shed
Updated Sun. Oct. 15 2006 8:38 PM ET

CTV.ca News Staff

A disabled 14-year-old Winnipeg boy is lucky to be alive after he was shoved into a burning shed on Saturday by a group of kids who then barricaded the door and ran away.

After spending nine years in foster care, Brian McKay recently moved into his grandparents' home in Winnipeg.

McKay has spina bifida, a curvature of the spine caused by a neurological defect. He is small for his age and has to wear leg braces to get around.

He was at a Gilbert Park Housing complex neighborhood playground near around 5 p.m. Saturday, trying to make some new friends. When he peeked through a hole in the fence to see what the neighborhood kids were doing, he saw cardboard on fire inside a shed.

When he approached to take a closer look, the kids shoved him inside and barricaded the door, McKay told CTV News.
 

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As society becomes more "enlightened", we have rejected the idea that some people are simply evil. They are now misunderstood, they've suffered a bad childhood or whatever drivel psychologists and social workers consider the current buzzword.

This in turn has generated the "victim mentality", where the criminal is the one we are expected to sympathize with.

The real victim is all-to-often simply a footnote.

I grew up in Toronto in the 50's and 60's and it was common knowledge that teens who acted like assholes would (rather than be taken to the police station and given an advocate, social worker and a phone call to the parents) be given a ride to some remote place and either have the crap scared out of them or even roughed up.

I can speak from personal experience (and the experiences of some acquaintances) that many never wanted to repeat that sort of excursion.

Scared straight? Damned straight!
 

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Interesting read.

I predict that Apple Computer will still exist in some form. Nothing seems to wipe them out.
 

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Just_Doug said:
As society becomes more "enlightened", we have rejected the idea that some people are simply evil. They are now misunderstood, they've suffered a bad childhood or whatever drivel psychologists and social workers consider the current buzzword.

This in turn has generated the "victim mentality", where the criminal is the one we are expected to sympathize with.

The real victim is all-to-often simply a footnote.
Wasn't much different growing up in small city Saskatchewan in those years, although in my case perhaps 10 years earlier. Same result though compared to today's hands off, no discipline atmosphere.
 
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