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2021-11-03 2:34:29 AM  
Ah-yup.
 
2021-11-03 2:34:34 AM  
Short answer: No.
Long answer: Noooooooo.
 
2021-11-03 2:34:52 AM  
Conservative mouthpieces: Money hoarding for the wealthy is more important than continuing human survival.
 
2021-11-03 2:35:11 AM  
Subby's got the one right.
 
2021-11-03 2:35:54 AM  
Nope, we won't.  As a species, we want to die.  I think it's wonderful.  I get to help it along.  We all deserve to die.
 
2021-11-03 2:36:23 AM  

fetushead: Short answer: No.
Long answer: Noooooooo.


Forgot this from the article: "Humanity is capable of great things when sufficiently motivated. Will we save our planet?"
 
2021-11-03 2:38:28 AM  
Strangest headline typo I've seen in a while:

Humanity could do great things, but we're all just kind of assholesl

Some admin needs to get the L out of here.
 
2021-11-03 2:38:56 AM  
What a terrible article. All those words about one topic, then quickly switch to a structurally different one in the last two paragraphs.
 
2021-11-03 2:48:06 AM  

jerryskid: Nope, we won't.  As a species, we want to die.  I think it's wonderful.  I get to help it along.  We all deserve to die.


In that case, please feel free to go first and save us your pretentious bullshiat
 
2021-11-03 2:50:44 AM  

jerryskid: Nope, we won't.  As a species, we want to die.  I think it's wonderful.  I get to help it along.  We all deserve to die.


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2021-11-03 2:59:37 AM  
Kind of?
 
2021-11-03 2:59:43 AM  

cyberspacedout: Strangest headline typo I've seen in a while:

Humanity could do great things, but we're all just kind of assholesl

Some admin needs to get the L out of here.


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2021-11-03 3:05:07 AM  

jerryskid: Nope, we won't.  As a species, we want to die.  I think it's wonderful.  I get to help it along.  We all deserve to die.


No, just a massive chunk of us.
 
2021-11-03 3:07:55 AM  
Ok maybe i just missed the part where that farking moron actually talks about how we did anything to reduce emissions during the last two years. Anyone else find it or was it just a pr blowjob for vaccine companies?
 
2021-11-03 3:08:38 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: jerryskid: Nope, we won't.  As a species, we want to die.  I think it's wonderful.  I get to help it along.  We all deserve to die.

In that case, please feel free to go first and save us your pretentious bullshiat


No we all have to go at the same time or it's not as special.

/and immediately afterwards look me directly in the eyes and say "oh what a lovely tea party"
 
2021-11-03 3:11:18 AM  
I equate it to losing weight.

Say you're fat. You want to shed 50 lbs. You realize to do so (especially in a quick timeframe say 6 months or so) would require a drastic overhaul of your entire lifestyle: Special diet, special training -- both weights and cardio -- that you keep to a strict routine every single day, and foregoing a lot of things in order to run a continuous calorie deficit. For months, without deviation in focus or discipline.

But you don't wanna do it. You keep your existing diet -- pig out on all the junk food you want -- and instead of working out every day, you do it once a week. Casually. Maybe that one day is a calorie deficit, but the rest of the week is a calorie surplus that completely neutralizes any gains you might have made on that one day.

And 6 months later, there's been no change or improvement in your body. Because your level of commitment just isn't there.


That's kind of where I see every country is at via climate change. They all accept that there is a problem, we know what we have to do to solve it, but doing so would require a radical upheaval of all our economies and social policies. It would be a serious disruption to every existing system and comfort level and standard of living that we enjoy. So we don't wanna do it.

Instead, we make token efforts to kind of address the problem, like recycling, green energy initiatives, electric vehicles -- but that's all the equivalent of working out once a week. It's just not good enough and it's not going to do anything to save the Earth.

If we want to get serious about climate change, we need radical, revolutionary change now. Overturn multiple systems and industries. But we're just too lazy and complacent to do it.
 
2021-11-03 3:22:53 AM  
Most of the world recognizes the problem and is at least trying. The problem is that most of them are peanuts. The problem countries are the ones that don't want to believe, and they're the ones doing most of the contribution to the problem. And for the most part, it's not even people. It's corporations. We have the tech to switch away from fossil fuels. We're just not doing it. And that is a choice that isn't up to everyday folks.
 
2021-11-03 3:24:45 AM  

foo monkey: cyberspacedout: Strangest headline typo I've seen in a while:

Humanity could do great things, but we're all just kind of assholesl

Some admin needs to get the L out of here.

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I can hear that GIF.
 
2021-11-03 3:34:51 AM  
What an asshole on the L might look like

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2021-11-03 3:44:54 AM  
You thought telling the average US citizen to wear a mask or get a shot was hard.  Try telling them they can't have almond milk, real milk, or a hamburger because we need the water.  Or they can't buy bananas from Africa or a PS5 from China because it uses too much fuel going around the hurricanes. Or you can't have a new phone every year because we need the rare earth elements to make solar panels.  Or telling them they are no longer allowed to drive - you have to use a shared electric self driving car because we can't use fossil fuels anymore and personal vehicles still use too much power.  Or all the farms, utilities and every other industry necessary for survival is now owned by the state - we need it all as cheaply as possible because the economy collapsed. Or breaking quarantine is now an automatic prison sentence because the new strain of smallpox released by the melting permafrost has a 90% fatality rate.  Or you have to move 1000 miles because we can't afford to rebuild your city anymore (I'm looking at you New Orleans).  Or we have to decide whose going to die because we only have enough food for 100 million people and there's 331 million of you. Or we have to decide who we are sending to the asteroid belt to recolonize the planet in 200 years.
 
2021-11-03 3:52:09 AM  
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2021-11-03 4:16:08 AM  

starsrift: Most of the world recognizes the problem and is at least trying. The problem is that most of them are peanuts. The problem countries are the ones that don't want to believe, and they're the ones doing most of the contribution to the problem. And for the most part, it's not even people. It's corporations. We have the tech to switch away from fossil fuels. We're just not doing it. And that is a choice that isn't up to everyday folks.


Not really. The biggest problem is that the problem itself is a long term, intangible thing. Humans, for whatever reason, CANNOT work towards a long term goal without visiual signs of progress. You cant equate climate change to building the pyramids or castles or cathedrals. Even though those were multigenerational projects, they had VISABLE progress even day by day

There is no such thing with climate change. Its a frog in a pot of water slowly heating to boil. Its not that we are physically unable to do it, its that we are psychologically unable to do it because no matter what we do we see nothing change on a timescale we can take pride in. Even if we could magically switch everything we need to in a nanosecond, it would still be decades before we actually saw any changes happen

Which is also why its too late to do anything. We already lost our chance to return to the way climate was in the 80s. There is no force that can change that absolute fact. The best we can do at this point is figure out how to survive in the hellscape we created for ourselves. And honestly, the chances of that are slim to none. The most likely path for humanity is a collapse of technological society and a slow return to nomadic ways simply because of how much of the ecosphere we destroyed without realizing it
 
2021-11-03 4:17:59 AM  
The pandemic shows that no matter how hard you try to better the world around you the conservative people around you will sabatoge you every step of the way to prevent your goal.
 
2021-11-03 4:24:09 AM  
Save the planet, kill yourself
 
2021-11-03 5:11:50 AM  
We could, but only if we realize there's way too many of us.

A 90% reduction would go a long way towards sustainability.

But, that's a lot of potential births to prevent over the handful of generations we have left.
 
2021-11-03 5:40:41 AM  
The real problem is it's way too late.

To impact climate change in any meaningful way, we'd have had to start when it was recognized humans were having an effect on the climate: Back in the mid 1800's which, coincidentally, is when climatologists (or natural philosophers as they were still called then) realized all the soot that was being pumped into the air was affecting the atmosphere.

As to humans doing amazing things, we can accomplish intense, short bursts of awesome achievements with sufficient stimulus: wars are good, natural disasters, sometimes building projects like the Hoover Dam or the TVA. When it comes to low-intensity lifestyle changes like cutting back on electrical output...that takes pressure from above.
 
2021-11-03 5:44:36 AM  

DarkSoulNoHope: Conservative mouthpieces: Money hoarding for the wealthy is more important than continuing human survival.


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2021-11-03 5:48:00 AM  

Bread314: You thought telling the average US citizen to wear a mask or get a shot was hard.  Try telling them they can't have almond milk, real milk, or a hamburger because we need the water.  Or they can't buy bananas from Africa or a PS5 from China because it uses too much fuel going around the hurricanes. Or you can't have a new phone every year because we need the rare earth elements to make solar panels.  Or telling them they are no longer allowed to drive - you have to use a shared electric self driving car because we can't use fossil fuels anymore and personal vehicles still use too much power.  Or all the farms, utilities and every other industry necessary for survival is now owned by the state - we need it all as cheaply as possible because the economy collapsed. Or breaking quarantine is now an automatic prison sentence because the new strain of smallpox released by the melting permafrost has a 90% fatality rate.  Or you have to move 1000 miles because we can't afford to rebuild your city anymore (I'm looking at you New Orleans).  Or we have to decide whose going to die because we only have enough food for 100 million people and there's 331 million of you. Or we have to decide who we are sending to the asteroid belt to recolonize the planet in 200 years.


But don't you even dare think about hinting that the world is overpopulated.  No no no.
 
2021-11-03 6:17:19 AM  
"We're only gonna die from our own arrogance."  ~  Bad Religion
 
2021-11-03 6:24:08 AM  
Humanity is also capable of some breathtaking feats of..."insanity" might be the best way to describe it.
 
2021-11-03 6:26:19 AM  
Why yes. Certainly.

We are assholes. Anyone who has followed the whole COVID19 thing, since just after Gwyneth Paltrow died, knows that NOBODY thought a vaccine would be ready in 1 year. Most were guessing 4 or 5 years. But no. Humans are awesome, and did the impossible.

And then a bunch of trogs screwed it up. Humans really are the best, and the worst, that humanity has to offer.
 
2021-11-03 6:26:30 AM  
say what now?  The pandemic?  Where we're hitting 'worst case scenario' death tolls because we did nothing to mitigate its spread?  That humanity?
 
2021-11-03 7:33:54 AM  
I find this funny since over the last 24 hours so many people have suddenly been eyerolling about the pandemic. Almost as if they're being instructed to do so just before the holiday travel season.
 
2021-11-03 7:47:04 AM  

2fardownthread: Why yes. Certainly.

We are assholes. Anyone who has followed the whole COVID19 thing, since just after Gwyneth Paltrow died, knows that NOBODY thought a vaccine would be ready in 1 year. Most were guessing 4 or 5 years. But no. Humans are awesome, and did the impossible.

And then a bunch of trogs screwed it up. Humans really are the best, and the worst, that humanity has to offer.


I'm sorry, Gwyneth Paltrow died? When?
 
2021-11-03 8:10:14 AM  

jerryskid: Nope, we won't.  As a species, we want to die.  I think it's wonderful.  I get to help it along.  We all deserve to die.


When did real life turn into Dark Souls?
 
2021-11-03 8:21:44 AM  
There are too many people, but I like being alive, so some others should go kill themselves/kill other people who aren't me.
 
2021-11-03 9:22:44 AM  
No, only SOME of us are a55holes, but it only takes a few in the right job to fark us all.
 
2021-11-03 9:31:46 AM  
That's most of our problems, though. If we really wanted to, I could solve world hunger overnight. We just don't want to.
 
2021-11-03 9:44:48 AM  
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2021-11-03 9:47:17 AM  

discoballer: 2fardownthread: Why yes. Certainly.

We are assholes. Anyone who has followed the whole COVID19 thing, since just after Gwyneth Paltrow died, knows that NOBODY thought a vaccine would be ready in 1 year. Most were guessing 4 or 5 years. But no. Humans are awesome, and did the impossible.

And then a bunch of trogs screwed it up. Humans really are the best, and the worst, that humanity has to offer.

I'm sorry, Gwyneth Paltrow died? When?


Nah, pretty sure he means Naomi Watts, the star of Pretty Woman.
 
2021-11-03 10:24:24 AM  
Anti vaccine lobby: some dipshiats on Facebook

Anti-clean energy lobby: The majority of wealth of the entire farking planet.
 
2021-11-03 11:12:49 AM  
There's something in Fark's asshole.
 
2021-11-03 11:13:40 AM  
I've been saying the opposite, that the pandemic has demonstrated why we're boned when it comes to climate change.

After the virus' initial escape from China, there was a simple protocol that could have kept it in check -- mask, distance, quarantine.  And all around the world (not just here, US-centric Farkers), enough people refused, ensuring the continued spread and mutation of the virus.  After the development of the vaccines, we had another opportunity to bring the virus under control, and what happened?  People refused to get vaccinated, ensuring that the disease continued to spread, with hospitals remaining clogged with COVID "victims."

Now imagine the requirements for dealing with climate change.  Reducing the usage of existing technologies, creating a huge variety of new ones, and (most importantly) reducing consumption.  By a lot.  Because climate change is just the tip of the iceberg (poor pun intended) when it comes to the environmental catastrophe we're facing, and they all boil down to consumption.

We weren't willing to give up our "normal" lives for a few weeks or months, even when the possibility of death from COVID could be measured in days away.  We're not going to give up "normal" when the payoff is years away.
 
2021-11-03 11:17:23 AM  

discoballer: I'm sorry, Gwyneth Paltrow died? When?


Her soul was swapped for JFK Jr's. As per the prophecy.
 
2021-11-03 1:15:49 PM  
I'm capable of being one too at times.

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2021-11-03 2:32:24 PM  
All of us? I don't think so. I think the people with money and power are, and the folks who sell themselves to them for a taste of it are.

That still leaves two-thirds of us who ain't.
 
2021-11-03 2:48:57 PM  

DarkSoulNoHope: Conservative mouthpieces: Money hoarding for the wealthy is more important than continuing human survival.


You really have to wonder why the rest of the people go along with it.  Especially in America.  We really are that dumb.
 
2021-11-03 7:23:25 PM  

yet_another_wumpus: DarkSoulNoHope: Conservative mouthpieces: Money hoarding for the wealthy is more important than continuing human survival.

You really have to wonder why the rest of the people go along with it.  Especially in America.  We really are that dumb.


"John Steinbeck once said that socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires."
 
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