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2013-11-26 11:37:32 AM
 
2013-11-26 11:45:32 AM
Oh dear God. The only way someone could destroy the entire "world" would be to initiate a global thermonuclear war. The use of chemical weapons would be silly, and biological weapons are questionable, even with engineering of resistance and virulence factors.

We're not at a point where nanotechnology is even viable on a weaponized scale, let alone the nightmare of a grey goo scenario.

I wonder when IO9 is going to try to 3D-Print a nuclear bomb on their makerbot2.
 
2013-11-26 12:01:04 PM
It takes two, baby.

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2013-11-26 12:10:22 PM
www.billboard.com
 
2013-11-26 12:11:22 PM
President Palin.
 
2013-11-26 12:11:44 PM
IIIIIIIIIIIII'M
DESTROYING
THE WOORRRRLLLLLD

/THPS3
 
2013-11-26 12:11:54 PM
This has been tried multiple times and the Fantastic Four have always bailed us out. I'm not worried
 
2013-11-26 12:13:08 PM
I thought Obama already destroyed the world and killed all the goodness...at least that's what my friends on the right say!
 
2013-11-26 12:13:09 PM
But that's where I keep all my stuff.
 
2013-11-26 12:19:10 PM
He does kinda look like Obama

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2013-11-26 12:19:28 PM
An honorable mention goes to Thomas Midgley, Jr., who covered the world with a persistent neurotoxin and managed to rip a couple of big holes in its ozone layer before he was eventually stopped.
 
2013-11-26 12:19:42 PM
Robert Oppenheimer may yet be awarded this prize posthumously.
 
2013-11-26 12:19:52 PM

hardinparamedic: I wonder when IO9 is going to try to 3D-Print a nuclear bomb on their makerbot2.


I read a Gizmodo article that says they're doing just that. Which is why we need to invest in an accelerated program for interplanetary travel.
 
2013-11-26 12:21:41 PM
Yeah, you guessed it:
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Frank Stallone.
 
2013-11-26 12:22:14 PM
Justin Timberlake walks out on stage "Yeah Jessica and I are looking for a third, winner must bring me the most human hearts"
 
2013-11-26 12:24:11 PM

hardinparamedic: We're not at a point where nanotechnology is even viable on a weaponized scale, let alone the nightmare of a grey goo scenario.

Don't worry, by then we'll be in the Silos
 
2013-11-26 12:27:30 PM
I can see it.
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2013-11-26 12:29:10 PM

Ivo Shandor: An honorable mention goes to Thomas Midgley, Jr., who covered the world with a persistent neurotoxin and managed to rip a couple of big holes in its ozone layer before he was eventually stopped.


I'd like to offer an elaborate defense of Midgley, who had no reason to believe--based on the best scientific evidence available to him--that either tetraethyl lead or CFCs could hurt anybody, unless maybe you drank them by the bucketful.

I'd like to, but my head is so foggy for some reason.
 
2013-11-26 12:32:34 PM
I suspect that by the time the future arrives we'll all be too fat and lazy to end the world.

/I'll bet that I'm right.
 
2013-11-26 12:33:48 PM

hardinparamedic: Oh dear God. The only way someone could destroy the entire "world" would be to initiate a global thermonuclear war. The use of chemical weapons would be silly, and biological weapons are questionable, even with engineering of resistance and virulence factors.


Uh.  Or you could make an airborne rabies virus, airborne ebola, etc.  Then you could create flying scorpions, which can also carry these viruses.
 
2013-11-26 12:35:24 PM
way overthinking it.

Acquire three nukes.   Doesnt matter who sells it to you.

Drive a nuke over to leningrad and kiev and moscow  or possibly some outlier sleepy milityary town


blow a nuke a day and sooner than you thnk, some guys will get the itchy idea that soon, someone will get the edge on whatever russians are left. and will launch missles to
make sure that they are pretty likely to hit the guys responsible somewhere, with 10000 nukes.
 
2013-11-26 12:41:14 PM
Thanks to The Butterfly Effect, when you read this post, the events leading to not only the end of the world, but the end of the universe have been set in motion... sorry.
 
2013-11-26 12:46:24 PM
The apocalypse portion of the article was really bland and unoriginal (heard it all before!).  What interested me most was the part at the end that had nothing to do with the article: clouds of tiny electronic sensor dust motes that pervade the atmosphere and give constant surveillance to whoever can get their hands on the data.

For all the doom and gloom in the article, they sounded awfully optimistic that the general public would have access to those sensors.  Sounds like an NSA-level government project to me.  Local clouds that private individuals could afford would surely be hard to keep from dispersing into nothingness.
 
2013-11-26 12:46:49 PM
Are we talking destroying the world, or life on the planet. Two different things

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2013-11-26 12:47:44 PM
It is already destroyed, we just haven't realized it yet
 
2013-11-26 12:50:01 PM

Jaymark108: The apocalypse portion of the article was really bland and unoriginal (heard it all before!).  What interested me most was the part at the end that had nothing to do with the article:


Nothing to do with the HEADLINE, that is.  Sorry.
 
2013-11-26 12:56:31 PM
Can two people sell a book based on theoretical bullshiate?
 
2013-11-26 12:57:44 PM
Why include technology that doesnt exist?
*I* could destroy the world if I had my own death star.
 
2013-11-26 01:09:07 PM
www.sciencethrillers.com
 
2013-11-26 01:10:33 PM
Ideas, man. Ideas can destroy your world, man! Ideas...
 
2013-11-26 01:10:58 PM
What a crock of shiat.  Did we really just hear "expert" statements to the effect that a super intelligent computer is going to kill us all?

Man, people are farking dumb.
 
2013-11-26 01:18:53 PM

Eddie Adams from Torrance: Thanks to The Butterfly Effect, when you read this post, the events leading to not only the end of the world, but the end of the universe have been set in motion... sorry.


I knew Ashton Kutcher was to blame for everything.  It was either that or Stephan Alzis collecting occult tomes of immense power and summoning Azathoth, thereby starting the End Times.

bluefoxicy: hardinparamedic: Oh dear God. The only way someone could destroy the entire "world" would be to initiate a global thermonuclear war. The use of chemical weapons would be silly, and biological weapons are questionable, even with engineering of resistance and virulence factors.

Uh.  Or you could make an airborne rabies virus, airborne ebola, etc.  Then you could create flying scorpions, which can also carry these viruses.


Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse!  Let us break the Seven Seals and bring forth Armageddon!
 
2013-11-26 01:21:02 PM
FTFA:

"While it is important to stay well clear of any fear mongering and undue alarmism, the naked facts do sum of all fears tell us that we are, jointly and severally, in 'clear and present' mortal danger. What is worse is that a kind of unstoppable 'perfect storm' of coinciding and converging existential chain reaction risks is brewing, such as an outbreak."

What a failed attempt...he could've at least fit like 4 more movie titles in that statement:
 
2013-11-26 01:21:06 PM

FrancoFile: [www.sciencethrillers.com image 184x274]


Came for this...beat me by two posts.
 
2013-11-26 01:23:19 PM
That's an awful lot of words when all they needed to do was print:
And as the White House US National Security Council has stated, "We are menaced less by fleets and armies than by catastrophic technologies in the hands of the embittered few."
 
2013-11-26 01:23:34 PM

semiotix: Ivo Shandor: An honorable mention goes to Thomas Midgley, Jr., who covered the world with a persistent neurotoxin and managed to rip a couple of big holes in its ozone layer before he was eventually stopped by his own invention.

I'd like to offer an elaborate defense of Midgley, who had no reason to believe--based on the best scientific evidence available to him--that either tetraethyl lead or CFCs could hurt anybody, unless maybe you drank them by the bucketful.

I'd like to, but my head is so foggy for some reason.


/FT4IS
 
2013-11-26 01:33:29 PM
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2013-11-26 01:48:56 PM
After about 6 of these I could take out a small city.
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2013-11-26 01:50:52 PM
Psssht, I could do one better than a silly weapon.

I just crash agricultural economies and let the rest of the country collapse atop that.

/don't piss off someone that knows about your food supply.
 
2013-11-26 01:52:45 PM
Just divide infinity by zero.
 
2013-11-26 01:58:17 PM
I'm already destroying the world by not driving a Prius.
 
2013-11-26 02:00:47 PM

khyberkitsune: Psssht, I could do one better than a silly weapon.

I just crash agricultural economies and let the rest of the country collapse atop that.

/don't piss off someone that knows about your food supply.


I worked for the electric utility during summers in HS and college. I got to know the distribution network like the back of my hand.

Give me some bolt cutters and sledgehammers, and let me assemble a dozen friends, and I could take down half of Ohio for a week without much trouble at all.  Shining Path did that kind of thing in Peru all the time.  And the only way to really stop me would be to put armed guards 24/7 at all the substations.
 
2013-11-26 02:04:41 PM

hardinparamedic: The only way someone could destroy the entire "world" would be to initiate a global thermonuclear war.


You underestimate the size of this armed and fully operational planet. Even if every city around the world gets bombed, that's not enough to destroy the suburbs, much less the numerous villages.
 
2013-11-26 02:10:27 PM

FrancoFile: let me assemble a dozen friends


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2013-11-26 02:10:53 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: hardinparamedic: We're not at a point where nanotechnology is even viable on a weaponized scale, let alone the nightmare of a grey goo scenario.
Don't worry, by then we'll be in the Silos


A very small percentage of us, anyway.  I take it you were picked?  I didn't get the Silo 1 job I wanted, but I am going to be head of IT for one of the fifty.
 
2013-11-26 02:30:08 PM
the naked facts do tell us that we are, jointly and severally, in 'clear and present' mortal danger.

This is why I sit on the floor day and night in a corner whimpering with a large box over my head.
 
2013-11-26 02:31:18 PM

MayorOfJefferton: A very small percentage of us, anyway. I take it you were picked? I didn't get the Silo 1 job I wanted, but I am going to be head of IT for one of the fifty.


holy hell who would want a Silo 1 job?
 
2013-11-26 02:35:51 PM
Guttermouth - I'm Destroying The World

AFI- Boy Who Destroyed The World

It's been a while, so not 100% sure if SFW. Use headphones and discretion.
 
2013-11-26 02:47:47 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: MayorOfJefferton: A very small percentage of us, anyway. I take it you were picked? I didn't get the Silo 1 job I wanted, but I am going to be head of IT for one of the fifty.

holy hell who would want a Silo 1 job?


It comes with false hope, which is just as good as real hope when you don't know it's false.
 
2013-11-26 03:11:44 PM
One person actually could destroy the world. Here's how :Be me.
 
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