I got to say SARGE, you are getting to be one annoying bag of chittlin' puckers to several members who express to me in PMs how annoying you are - with posts from you such as "I'll let you in on a little secret... I started this thread as a social experiment." which by the way, I don't care much of anyone using our members as personal lab rats, and then in many posts using language pointed at members personally and not just their ideas and thoughts. Referencing a topic by quotes is fine and normal, seeing 80% quote and one-lined zingers in responce is annoying.
I have to say this and gladly do so in public, if you have disagreeing ideas, generalise your references toward the opposing concepts - I don't want to see anything that looks like personal attacks at a members unique ideas, surely you can debate an issue without dragging the people you disagree with into it?
I like people with passion, but be mindful, here you debate issues NOT personal opinions, personal opinions are shared not criticized here. If you disagree, then easy on the ENDLESS QUOTING and try not beating dead horses.
On a topical note, I think everything is cyclical, I just believe none of us are lucky enough to understand the complexity of interweaving cycles that overlap and interact, few things in this world are as simple as the phases of the moon, tidal changes and 11 years sun spot cycles. But to think man doesn't contribute to Earthly issues seems a bit naive too. I think back to the original Gulf War and remember the countless oil wells on fire, pumping black smoke by the billions of cubic feet into the atmosphere - personally, I think Saddam could have been held accountable for crimes against the planet.
But I have said and will repeat that I believe EARTH is a living, breathing entity of its own and capable of doing whatever it needs to in order to survive. If and when MANKIND becomes to large of a threat to Earth, then we will likely find our species wiped clean of this planet, plagues have occurred before but none to a scale of total annihilation of our species. Lucky for us I suppose we haven't reached that point, even with 6.3 billion people MOST living in squalor, yet somehow through the grace of God or planetary miracle we haven't exceeded the tolerance level which will initiate the giant can of RAID that eventually will doom us humans.
Sarge, if you must respond, do you think you can do it without sub-quoting me 40+ times - don't pick apart people's posts like a seagull tearing at a clam shell - I am asking that you cool your jets a bit, some times you get on member's nerves, especially lately and I get letters in PM about you, when this happens more than a few times in a week about any members, I usually write letters like this in open forum so that others can see that attempts are made to calm things down - it is a more civilized way than just waking up one day and wondering where a member went.