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2006-10-12 06:06:39 AM
aaahh...less cancer.
 
2006-10-12 06:08:43 AM
Aaahh...Utopia.
 
2006-10-12 06:11:38 AM
www.travellerspoint.com
 
2006-10-12 06:11:54 AM
The most value-laden tripe I've read all day. From the term 'dominant' in the first sentence, to this gem:

The sad truth is, once the humans get out of the picture, the outlook starts to get a lot better," says John Orrock, a conservation biologist at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in Santa Barbara, California.

'Domination' and 'better' are social constructions, especially silly when discussing the fate of teh earth.

This article is nothing more than conservation biologist emo angst. FOAD glasses boy.
 
2006-10-12 06:13:20 AM
Living life in peace.....

Wait! No people???
 
2006-10-12 06:16:03 AM
Ewww, can you imagine all of the bacteria? What a terrible world it would be without Lysol.
 
2006-10-12 06:16:04 AM
No Hell below us?

/I think it was John Lennons Birthday yesterday... I for one miss him still.
 
2006-10-12 06:18:29 AM
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.


That mean the animals are still ahead!
 
2006-10-12 06:21:42 AM
Who will run the Fark servers?

www.uploadfile.info
 
2006-10-12 06:59:13 AM
Alien visitors coming to Earth 100,000 years hence will find no obvious signs that an advanced civilisation ever lived here.
Yet if the aliens had good enough scientific tools they could still find a few hints of our presence.


One can only hope, seeing as they've mastered intergalactic space travel and all.

That's probably on the checklist of things to bring with them:
- Food
- Fuel
- Scientific tools

They will probably be most puzzled by how a society of 6 billion just one day disappeared all at once. We should leave a note.
 
2006-10-12 08:12:56 AM
cool article

so is there a date when this will happen because i'm sick of waiting!
 
2006-10-12 08:16:00 AM
Imagine Earth without people

I wonder if you can...

/RIP John
//died on my second birthday
 
2006-10-12 08:16:20 AM
Imagine a world without all of these alarmist environmental wackos trying to scare people into buying hemp pants and mopeds!
 
2006-10-12 08:18:57 AM
Mr Programmer July 2012.

The Olduvai cliff will begin and permanent blackouts will occur worldwide, according to "The Peak of World Oil Production and the Road To The Olduvai Gorge" by Richard C. Duncan.

Terence McKenna's Novelty Theory claims that time is a fractal wave of increasing novelty that ends abruptly in 2012.

December 21 - End of the great cycle of the Maya calendar's Long Count and a 26,000 year planetary cycle in the Aztec calendar, and thus the end of this Baktun (the end of the cycle is dated December 22 or December 23 by some calculations).

According to the 1997 book The Bible Code a meteor, asteroid or comet will collide with the Earth. Some believe this means the world will end. This event was supposedly prophesized by John the Evangelist as Wormwood in the Book of Revelation.

Tibetan Monks specialising in remote viewing predict that divine extra-terrestrials will intervene at a point where the world's governments are about to deploy weapons of mass destruction. Adding to this, the Tibetan Monks say that the world is not ready to be destroyed and that our Earth is blessed and being saved continuously from all kinds of hazards that Mankind is not even aware of.

The Prophecy of the Popes, attributed to Saint Malachy, speculated that Pope Benedict XVI would reign during the beginning of the tribulation which Jesus spoke of, and sometime later a future pope described in the prophecy as "Peter the Roman", the last in this prophetic list, would appear, bringing as a result the destruction of the city of Rome and the Last Judgement. . It is possible that Benedict XVI and Peter the Roman are the same person, according to some interpretations.

Charismatic Korean religious leader Sun Myung Moon is talking extensively about the End of Restoration in 2012, and beginning of a New Sinless Time for Mankind.

Some postulate that a Galactic SuperWave (A galactic superwave is a large quantity of gamma rays which are released at somewhat regular intervals from a Pulsar) will strike the Earth around the 2012 time frame, as discussed by Dr. Paul LaViolette. Also see Dr. Paul LaViolette bio, and Insight.
 
2006-10-12 08:19:36 AM
Since the humans killed the dinosaurs, I guess it will be up to our mongoose pals to avenge their death and kill all the humans.

/got nothing
 
2006-10-12 08:20:27 AM
InflatableJesus make sure on that note to tell them to find my DNA and bring me back in one of those cool reanimatizors.
 
2006-10-12 08:20:29 AM
Xerxes99

You keep focusing on environmental wackos today. Did one of them pee in your cheerioes this morning or what?
 
2006-10-12 08:20:35 AM
Imagine what the earth would be like without us on it right now, oh right the earth would have plunged into another ice age and most of the world would be covered in ice.
/hurray for global warming.
//Boo alarmist environmental wackos
 
2006-10-12 08:21:16 AM
In a perfect world, We'd live in peace and love and harmony with each oither and the world, but then, in a perfect world, Yoko would have taken the bullet.
 
2006-10-12 08:23:36 AM
SarahBellum

I came in here to say something witty, but I don't think I can top that. Even so, it's way too early.
 
2006-10-12 08:24:17 AM
if it means tom arnold has to go too , it's a sacrifice i'm willing to take
 
2006-10-12 08:24:37 AM
I'd rather imagine an Earth without all the people I don't like.
 
2006-10-12 08:24:49 AM
hokiebuckeye: I guess it will be up to our mongoose pals to avenge their death and kill all the humans.

And thus the birth of what will eventually come to be known as the holiday "Weasel-stomping Day".
 
2006-10-12 08:25:21 AM
In a perfect world, Yoko would have never been conceived.
 
2006-10-12 08:25:54 AM
Girlfriend in a Coma - this article is a total rip-off of Douglas Coupland's book...

/on sale at Amazon for only 4 bucks!
 
2006-10-12 08:26:49 AM
Humanity - an Inconvenient Species.
 
2006-10-12 08:26:55 AM
What good would all this "utopia" do, if there were no humans on earth to enjoy it? We are just as much a part of nature as any other animal. Why some humans do not believe this, is beyond me. Why some humans hope for their own demise so nature can flourish, I cannot comprehend. I fear most of these people with this attitude have no connection with nature at all, but live in a fantasy world.
 
2006-10-12 08:28:34 AM
In a world without people, I'd have no one to stop me from taking it over! Mwhahahaha!
Wait, I'm people.
Dangit, yet another wrench in my plans for world domination.
 
2006-10-12 08:29:10 AM
ArcadianRefugee: And thus the birth of what will eventually come to be known as the holiday "Weasel-stomping Day".

That was a most disturbing Robot Chicken skit.
 
2006-10-12 08:29:10 AM
No humans?

Omg thats racist against... everyone....
 
2006-10-12 08:29:25 AM
InflatableJesus: They will probably be most puzzled by how a society of 6 billion just one day disappeared all at once. We should leave a note.

A 100k year postit note?

I can barely get mine to stick for an hour...
 
2006-10-12 08:30:14 AM
we suck
 
2006-10-12 08:31:00 AM
Xerxes99: Imagine a world without all of these alarmist environmental wackos trying to scare people into buying hemp pants and mopeds!

The world would probably look like New Jersey.
 
2006-10-12 08:31:42 AM
h3lx [Total Fark]
In a perfect world, Yoko would have never been conceived.

I'm with SarahBellum on this one. She would've been conceived to take the bullet for John.
 
2006-10-12 08:32:28 AM
I imagine that I'll have another Diet Mountain Dew, go about my day, and later in some private moment, consider how lucky I am to be on this planet, in this time, in the country I call home, in the relatively comfortable circumstances my income allows.

This world would not so much be better off without us here as be different. Yeah, we keep a messy house, but our species on the whole is doing ok, and I like to think that this Universe (if not the planet) is better off for us being here.

Perhaps some day we'll run into another species out there (points up) that will say so. We have the potential, if we'll cut the self doubt bullshiat and stop staring at our shoes.

--h
 
2006-10-12 08:34:48 AM
best of all would be no pointy-headed science magazine writers.
 
2006-10-12 08:36:04 AM
Yeah...can we just imagine a world w/o Socialists, Communists, and whackjob Libs?
 
2006-10-12 08:36:04 AM
"This was a Pizza Hut;now it's all covered with daisies"

/(Nothing But)Flowers by Talking Heads
 
2006-10-12 08:38:36 AM
Well no. But fundy crazy is the reason this species will not live past this millenium quite probable this century alive.
 
2006-10-12 08:38:42 AM
If I am to imagine earth without people as requested, my first step will be to determine what I am in this imaginary imagined world.

Thus, since I can't be a person, I imagine that I'm a horny baboon looking for redassed baboons. That's all the world is, moment to moment, looking for food and fertile redassed baboons.
 
2006-10-12 08:40:13 AM
If humans became extinct on earth then a giant squid would write this same article about his species on his blog, half a million years later. ;)
 
2006-10-12 08:41:38 AM
szymke: Girlfriend in a Coma - this article is a total rip-off of Douglas Coupland's book...

That's serious.
 
2006-10-12 08:43:32 AM
Shouldn't this be a photoshop theme?
 
2006-10-12 08:43:51 AM
what is a "civilisation" ?
 
2006-10-12 08:45:41 AM
home.earthlink.net
 
2006-10-12 08:47:18 AM
Don't tell me what to do smitty.
 
2006-10-12 08:47:38 AM
Why get rid of everybody? Why not just the people we don't like? That'd give us some breathing room.
 
2006-10-12 08:47:50 AM
Imagine people without earth.
 
2006-10-12 08:47:55 AM
What kind of eco-twinkie crap is this? Pfffft. Any article that uses the phrase 'light-polluted' instantly loses me.
 
2006-10-12 08:48:13 AM
If earth were unable to impart all the things she gives us to live, wouldn't earths value as a planet drop to uselessness?

Earth needs us as much as we need her, this theory is a ridiculous clamoring from yet another over the edge environmentalist.
 
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