Does anyone get the impression that our civilization is doomed? Short of finding a way of making practical nuclear fusion reactors work, something that has been always "30 years from now" since the time I was in middle school forty years ago, there seems to be no solution to our future energy needs that don't do evil things to our planet's climate that eventually will doom our civilization.
You are 100% correct no matter what the source of energy. The course we are on is unsustainable at our current rate of energy consumption. Tom Murphy's excellent essay "Galactic-Scale Energy" made the case rather well (and it deserves its own Slashdot entry if it hasn't already had one -- I'm too lazy too look it up). About 1400 years from now (which is less time into the future than we are from the fall of the Roman Empire) we will be using more energy than is currently produced by the entirety of the sun if we don't back off on the growth of our energy consumption, which is showing no signs of easing up. It doesn't matter if the source of the energy is fossil fuels, nuclear fusion, or some future magic, the earth cannot host that amount of energy consumption. The planet will have reached its thermodynamic limit long before then.
So don't use your high-beams, just quickly turn the low beams on and off.
Then they would ticket you for driving at night without use of any forward beams at all.
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There were worldwide protests AGAINST our invasion.
The protests were so bad that almost none of our allies going into Afghanistan joined us in our Iraq invasion.
We sent 150,000 troops.
England sent 46,000 troops.
Australia sent 2,000 troops.
Everyone else sent a total of under 2,000 troops.
Talk is cheap.
Dead troops are expensive.
No one else believed the talk enough to risk the political expense of dead troops.
US population 307,006,550 and at 150,000 troops sent, 1 soldier sent for every 2,027 residents.
UK population 62,218,761 and at 46,000 troops sent, 1 soldier sent for every 1,353 residents.
Australia population 22,328,800 and at 2,000 troops sent, 1 soldier sent for every 11,164 residents.
Looks to me like the UK supported the war even more than the US did using your figures.
This quote sums up all you need to know about religion: "Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful." – Lucius Annaeus Seneca (Seneca the Younger).
That quotation is spurious.
Disputed is not the same as spurious.
However, in this case the quote is disputed because it is completely spurious.
Ripley: "You're crazy Burke, you know that? You really think that you can get a dangerous organism like that past ICC quarantine?"
Burke: "How can they impound it if they don't know about it?"