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Charlotte Philosophy Discussion Group Message Board › Danger! Danger! And Who Is In Charge?

Danger! Danger! And Who Is In Charge?

Bill Van F.
Group Organizer
Charlotte, NC
Post #: 1,463
A former member
Post #: 469
the projected 100 year supply of shale gas, 'fracking' natural gas, is looking like a 6-7 year supply of shale gas.

Peak Fracking & Happy Talk

A former member
Post #: 472

Shale Gas: The True Story
Pure, clean groundwater! Nothing can replace it.
This is why fresh-water aquifers need to be protected through legislation.
The concerns around groundwater contamination are primarily centered on one fundamental question:
Are the fractures such, that they do not contact underground sources of drinking water?

Gas Land The Movie

A former member
Post #: 96
Don't believe everything you read or see.­

Not saying to believe this one either. The point is, if you *really* want the truth, you have to find it for yourself and that takes a LOT of work.

If you're not willing to put in the work to find real truth and be able to back it up with facts, science, history, economics, etc, then do not propagate either side of the argument. Just bow out and leave it to those people who are willing to make the effort to become experts.

Bill Van F.
Group Organizer
Charlotte, NC
Post #: 1,469
So you think that this video should not have been posted here?

No one should share anything unless he or she is an expert?

What about watching such a video? Should a person watch it only if he or she is an expert?

Or is it okay to watch it but not okay to share it and/or say anything about it? Or it's okay to say something about it, but not okay to share it?

We need more guidance.

But I sure do agree that we cannot believe everything we read or see.
A former member
Post #: 99
Of course it should be posted for two reasons.

1. My libertarian views dictate that I do not ever infringe on your right of free speech
2. If you hadn't posted, you might have continued to live with only one viewpoint in your mind and that's a bad thing.

My point, however, is that, even better than just posting it would have been to take another 30 seconds to look for a rebuttal and post it along side the original. It took me no time at all to find that alternate view point video. Researching alternate views is not difficult and well worth the effort.

A former member
Post #: 474
True (counter arguments give an idea of where a debate may lie), albeit, at times however, there are no countervailing arguments.

And, also, at other times, a topic may be scuttled by manufacturing false impressions of the issue. And, too keep investigating the issue.

Propaganda model

In my model of the world many of the Earth's sustainable ecosystems are decreasing in health.
Also, too, the numerous precedents of bad enforcement of best practices of energy extraction also gives
us today a scatter plot to aim with our thumbs with which to say which kind of practice of energy extraction is being used. In this case, not a best practice method, in my estimation.

Natural gas fracking practice in North America seem to not follow a best practice of least environmental

Deepwater Horizon oil spill
Environmental impact of the petroleum industry
Lago Agrio oil field

Animal Extinction - the greatest threat to mankind - By the end of the century half of all species will be extinct. Does that matter?

Today we're living through the sixth great extinction, sometimes known as the Holocene extinction event.
We carried its seeds with us 50,000 years ago as we migrated beyond Africa with Stone Age blades, darts, and harpoons, entering pristine Ice Age ecosystems and changing them forever by wiping out at least some of the unique megafauna of the times, including, perhaps, the sabre-toothed cats and woolly mammoths.
When the ice retreated, we terminated the long and biologically rich epoch sometimes called the Edenic period with assaults from our newest weapons: hoes, scythes, cattle, goats, and pigs.

Holocene extinction

List of environmental issues

Risks to civilization, humans, and planet Earth
A former member
Post #: 492

A documentary on a guy making housing using trash. His work of using garbage to make housing
is in response to his reasoning that humanity is headed towards an extinction event, kind of.

Excuse me, if this may not be the perfect drop off location for this video.

Garbage Warrior
The epic story of radical Earthship eco architect Michael Reynolds, and his fight to build off-the-grid self-sufficient communities.

Michael Reynolds
After graduating from the University of Cincinnati in 1969, Reynolds began his provocative work almost immediately.

His thesis was published in Architectural Record in 1971 and the following year he built his first house from recycled materials.

The structures built under his direction utilize everyday trash items like aluminum cans, plastic bottles and used tires.

Instead of using conventional (and energy-consuming) recycling methods, however, Reynolds takes the discarded item and recycles them as-is.

His Thumb House, built in 1972, used beer cans wired together into "bricks," which were mortared together and then plastered over. (The brick design was awarded a U.S. patent in 1973.[1]

Garbage Warrior [Full Length Documentary]

A former member
Post #: 533

TEDxPSU - Sam Richards - A Radical Experiment in Empathy

Richards is also the co-director of the World in Conversation Project at Penn State (, whose mission is to create a kind of dialogue about social and cultural issues that invites the unexamined, politically incorrect thoughts of participants to the surface so that those thoughts can be submitted to conscious exploration and inquiry.
The conversation topics span a range of cultural issues — from U.S. race relations to gender to faith to international racism.
This year, nearly 7,000 University Park students will participate in one of more than 1,300 of these unscripted conversations.
Furthermore, the project also sponsors video dialogues between Penn State students and students at other universities around the world.

Bill Van F.
Group Organizer
Charlotte, NC
Post #: 1,494
Jesus' six commandments:
Be non-hostile.
Be non-vengeful.
Be non-punitive.
Be generous.
Be rational.
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