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Yes. Just because we don't understand the science behind a thing yet doesn't mean that it isn't there to be understood.

And, having a scientific explanation does not make a thing any less miraculous. Don't believe me? Look at a newborn baby. We understand the science, but it is still a miracle.
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My first job was in an industrial laundry, feeding either a "spreader" (a gizmo designed to take wet, crumpled sheets and open them up so that they could be fed into the ironer) or the "ironer" itself (another huge machine, probably about 20 feet long and very, VERY hot that literally pressed wet items between super-heavy rollers filled with steam.) My dad was the mechanic there, and got it for me when I was 17 as a summer job. It was hot work, mind-numbing - but it was a paycheck.
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[Error: unknown template qotd] Star Trek may have been the start of it all, but the best that I've seen so far has been Babylon 5.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Does it matter?

Face it, the world itself isn't going to end, only mankind's involvement in it. And, nine chances out of ten, the "end" will not be a clean one - meaning that there will remain behind small enclaves of humanity desperately hanging onto whatever veneer of civilization is left to them.

And maybe that's a good thing.

It gives me hope that whatever method takes out the vast majority of us will at the same time take out most of the idiocy, bigotry, malice and competition that has made one human turn on the other over the ages. Considering that the population will be miniscule at best, perhaps we will re-learn what it means to be mutually supportive.

And, with any luck at all, whatever becomes of humanity after that will include us being a more humane humanity.

Ah well. I can dream, can't I?
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[Error: unknown template qotd] Do I agree with Bush? Never - on anything. He took us too damn close to a Fascist Regime, and I for one would like to see the bastard tried and convicted of treason and jailed, right along with Rumsfeld, Rove, and Rice.

How would I have handled it differently? I would have remembered that we are a nation of laws, and that the Animal Farm motto of "All are equal, but some are more equal than others" is an anethema to a nation of laws. If, in an open trial, where the accused has the right to confront his/her accuser, where the rules of evidence do not allow for second-hand testimony or that gathered through use of torture, the government cannot prove its case well enough to bring about conviction, then they had a pretty lousy case to begin with.

We have the Geneva Conventions because another nation decided it could simply declare a person an "enemy of the state", imprison and torture them, and allow them no legal recourse. If we would condemn the Nazis for what they did, we damn well had no business doing the same thing and claiming any moral high ground.
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Mine's simple: buttered popcorn.

And yes, I'd weigh a lot less if my comfort food weren't fattening. Forget leaving the butter off - I already have made peace with the fact I like a little popcorn with my melted butter... :D

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