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Vulnerable dot

October 15, 2010

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To the editor:

On Valentine’s Day 1990, a camera on the spacecraft Voyager I was turned back toward Earth in a daring attempt to photograph our plant. The result was an amazing photograph showing a pale blue dot in an immense sea of blackness. That pale blue dot is planet Earth! Home to all the peoples of the Earth, our only sort of air, water and food!

Sadly the ability of our Earth to continue to support all of its inhabitants is rapidly decreasing. The fault lies in the greed and folly of its human inhabitants. Population has tripled since many of us were born. At the same time, our pure water supplies and our fertile croplands have decreased. Habitat for wild creatures has been destroyed. The air we breathe is often polluted. To make matters even worse, humans continue to waste and destroy precious resources carelessly and in seemingly endless wars.

It is rather clear from the photograph of the pale blue dot that there will be no relief shipments to Earth any time soon. We have to mend our destructive and wasteful practices ourselves. Since Americans have been major contributors to these problems, we must be major contributors to finding solutions.

The next election could be vital. Please vote for those who are able to understand the world situation and U.S. contributions to the many problems and who are willing to work for some of the changes we so desperately need. Remember the pale blue dot in the blackness of space!

Comments

gl0ck0wn3r 3 years, 6 months ago

Hippies can't stand death metal.

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mr_right_wing 3 years, 6 months ago

Doris,

Isn't there a tree or two in your yard that could use some hugging??

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rtwngr 3 years, 6 months ago

"Major Tom to ground control....."

Thank you LJW for a good laugh for today. I thought this was a serious letter for a moment. Then I got to the punch line and laughed until my sides hurt. Hats off to whoever penned this spoof down there at the LJW. Maybe they could do a whole book like this. I'd buy it. I love good comedy. Thanks again.

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independant1 3 years, 6 months ago

1990 was the end in alarmist letters written when I was much younger. Therefore we shouldn't be here having this debate.

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bearded_gnome 3 years, 6 months ago

On Valentine’s Day 1990, a camera on the spacecraft Voyager I was turned back toward Earth in a daring attempt to photograph our plant. The result was an

---my question exactly, that "plant" was wacky tobaccy?"

humans: Bad! Bad! so Bad! a "virus" upon the earth.
Doris, "there's no 'there' there" [pun on german meaning of her last nae]. but then of course she opposes war, thus we all should either be speaking german hier, or japanese.
if we unilaterally decide "no war" somebody else still willing to be beligerant will win by default.

yes, we have a potable water crisis growing right now. however, for example, environnuts/greenie wheenies are in fact making it worse across the western states.
if we decided to apply technology in the way we did to put a man on the moon, we can solve the water crisis. plus, if hydrogen cells become a power source of any significance, then we've just created a potable water source.

Doris forgets that the primary cause of famine throughout history has actually been actions of governments.

and now, Louie and Marie antoinette Obama want to actually raise the cost of energy and thus increase the cost of food and food preparation.
break into the royal graneries and seize the flour now!!!!

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notajayhawk 3 years, 6 months ago

"On Valentine’s Day 1990, a camera on the spacecraft Voyager I was turned back toward Earth in a daring attempt to photograph our plant."

Did your "plant" it was trying to photograph have leaves with seven lobes, perchance?

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thebcman 3 years, 6 months ago

Picture a bright blue ball Just spinning, spinning free Dizzy with eternity Paint it with a skin of sky Brush in some clouds and sea Call it home for you and me

A peaceful place or so it looks from space A closer look reveals the human race Full of hope, full of grace, is the human face But afraid, we may lay our home to waste

There's a fear down here we can't forget Hasn't got a name just yet Always awake, always around Singing ashes to ashes all fall down Ashes to ashes all fall down

Now watch as the ball revolves and the nighttime falls And again the hunt begins and again the bloodwind calls By and by again, the morning sun will rise But the darkness never goes from some men's eyes

It strolls the sidewalks and it rolls the streets Staking turf, dividing up meat Nightmare spook, piece of heat It's you and me, you and me

Click, flashblade in ghetto night Rudie's looking for a fight Rat cat alley roll them bones Need that cash to feed that jones And the politician's throwing stones Singing ashes to ashes all fall down Ashes to ashes all fall down

Commissars and pin-striped bosses role the dice Any way they fall guess who gets to pay the price Money green or proletarian gray Selling guns instead of food today

So the kids they dance, and shake their bones And the politician's throwing stones Singing ashes to ashes all fall down Ashes to ashes all fall down

Heartless powers try to tell us what to think If the spirit's sleeping, then the flesh is ink, yeah History's page, it is thusly carved in stone The future's here, we are it, we are on our own On our own. On our own. On our own.

If the game is lost then we're all the same No one left to place or take the blame We will leave this place an empty stone Or that shinning ball of blue we can call our home

So the kids they dance, they shake their bones And the politicians, throwing stones Singing ashes to ashes all fall down Ashes to ashes, all fall down

Shipping powders back and forth Singing "black goes south and white comes north" And the whole world full of petty wars Singing "I got mine and you got yours" And the current fashions set the pace Lose your step, fall out of grace And the radical he rant and rage Singing "someone got to turn the page" And the rich man in his summer home, Singing "Just leave well enough alone" But his pants are down, his cover's blown

And the politicians throwing stones So the kids they dance they shake their bones Cause its all too clear we're on our own Sing ashes to ashes, all fall down Ashes to ashes, all fall down

Picture a bright blue ball just spinning, spinning free It's dizzying, the possibilities

Ashes to Ashes, all fall down (Ashes to Ashes, all fall down)

Grateful Dead - Throwing Stones from In the Dark (1987) written by John Perry Barlow and Bob Weir

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kenos 3 years, 6 months ago

The dimming dot I see belongs to the people who think like Doris. The dimmer it gets, the better I feel.

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labmonkey 3 years, 6 months ago

If you actually look at population projections, the world's population will increase to about 9.1 billion by 2050, then fall off to half of current levels by 2150 due to low birthrates.

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Healthcare_Moocher 3 years, 6 months ago

Don't bogart that joint my friend, Pass it over to me. You've been holding on to it, And I sure would like a hit......

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 6 months ago

Doris, the policies you you seem to seek from "those who are able to understand the world situation" will quite effectively exceed, timewise, in doing us in vs. the actual self-induced damage to the earth that environmental alarmists claim is occuring.

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Benjamin Roberts 3 years, 6 months ago

"The next election could be vital. Please vote for those who are able to understand the world situation and U.S. contributions to the many problems and who are willing to work for some of the changes we so desperately need."

I am shocked that a letter supporting TEA Party candidates would find its way into the Lawrence Journal-World.

Great conclusion, Doris, in spite of the weird stuff preceding it.

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Liberty_One 3 years, 6 months ago

In the past socialists claimed their way was the best to achieve great economic progress. Central planning was the only way to bring great prosperity to everyone. When socialism failed to create this prosperity they just changed the goal and renamed themselves environmentalists. Now socialism is needed to create poverty because our prosperity is ruining the Earth.

Also, since the population increase is listed among the "destructive and wasteful practices" for which the "fault lies in the greed and folly of its human inhabitants," it follows that there must be too many people. You first, Doris.

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