The End of the World--& I Feel Fine

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The End of the World--& I Feel Fine

Postby K. M. Kirby » Sun Jul 12, 2009 11:52 pm

I can almost smell those North Korean subs out in the Pacific.

Goodbye Cruel World!
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Re: The End of the World--& I Feel Fine

Postby Ezra Lb. » Tue Jul 14, 2009 8:58 am

What bullies we must be to need a little nothing of a country like North Korea to exaggerate into some phony threat. Couldn't be to keep up the idea that we need the missile defence shield that doesn't work, could it?

Nah. That would be cynical.
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Re: The End of the World--& I Feel Fine

Postby FrankChurch » Tue Jul 14, 2009 10:49 am

Hell, if North Korea tries anything they know that that part of the world will become a parking lot.

I am more worried about global climate change. Derrick Jensen has a book called Endgame, where he maps out some rather scary statistics on how doomed we are. Industry and the military use so much energy, water and dump so much garbage that even if all of us recycled or saved energy the planet would still melt. We have to drastically restructure corporations, especially agrobusiness, or we are fucked. I don't see that happening any time soon.

Apocalypse Now is today.

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Re: The End of the World--& I Feel Fine

Postby David Loftus » Tue Jul 14, 2009 10:54 am

It's almost enough to reconcile one to one's own mortality.

At least I'm likely to be outta here before it gets real ugly.
War is, at first, the hope that one will be better off; next, the expectation that the other fellow will be worse off; then, the satisfaction that he isn't any better off; and, finally, the surprise at everyone's being worse off. - Karl Kraus

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Re: The End of the World--& I Feel Fine

Postby Coil 2.0 » Tue Jul 14, 2009 10:59 am

David Loftus wrote:At least I'm likely to be outta here before it gets real ugly.


Yeah, me, too. And it saddens me that so many just don't give a shit.

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Re: The End of the World--& I Feel Fine

Postby FrankChurch » Tue Jul 14, 2009 5:25 pm

So, you believe me? lol

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Re: The End of the World--& I Feel Fine

Postby K. M. Kirby » Tue Jul 21, 2009 11:45 am

In so very many cases, it may not be just lack of caring. There's an ingrained feeling that, considering one's miserable state and treacherous social conditions, the rest of the world outside deserves exactly the worst possible thing that can happen.

How many ghosts of suicides past will feel a pang of rightous joy when finally they are allowed to dance upon the decaying bones of this horror we call Earth?
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