The Last Of The Millenniums

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The Big Bang Bucket List Of A Buddhist Blogger

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KITTEN VS PAINTING CANVAS

GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPY VS ICE CUBE

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Music – The Mamas & The Papas – Monday Monday

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The Thought For Today

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The Day in a Picture

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The Day in a Quote

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Blog Running – ‘Twelve risks that could destroy humankind’

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3 years ago when I begin this blog, this concept was why I started it.

How long would we as humans, dominate or even be around…..

Hence the name ‘The Last Of The millenniums.’

My own thoughts have always gone along the line that the wealthy would hoard food and water and thus put the poor and non wealthy on the bottom of the ‘food chain’, slowly killing them off.

At some point, the few remaining wealthy, would begin a fight among themselves for the remaining food and water and kill the rest of humanity off.

What would be left are small, isolated ‘tribes’ for lack of a better term, that combined ancient survival skills that led our long distant ancestors out of Africa, combined with necessary modern day survival technology that managed to grow ‘safe’ food and produce ‘clean water to survive.

Then the question would be will our future generations learn the lesson that we are only shepherds on Earth?

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“The idea that we face a number of global challenges threatening the very basis of our civilization at the beginning of the 21st century is well accepted in the scientific community, and is studied at a number of leading universities. But there is still no coordinated approach to address this group of challenges and turn them into opportunities”.

‘A report has listed the twelve greatest global risks that could kill off humans, ranging from an asteroid collision, nuclear war, a global pandemic, to a catastrophic volcanic eruption’.

‘The Global Challenges Foundation together with the University of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute have narrowed down the number of possible ways the world could end to twelve’.

‘While many of the catastrophes, such as the eruption of a supervolcano or an asteroid impact are beyond our control, others including extreme climate change and out-of-control artificial intelligence could be the result of human activity’.

‘The authors of “12 Risks that threaten human civilization” (citation below) claim their report is the first to create a list of global risks with impacts that can be called infinite’.

“It (the Report) is also the first structured overview of key events related to such risks and has tried to provide initial rough quantifications for the probabilities of these impacts.”

‘They say their aim is to inspire action and dialogue, and also increased usage of the methodologies used for assessing risk’.

‘They have separated the risks into four categories’:

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1. ‘Current Risks: a) Extreme Climate Change. b) Nuclear War. c) Ecological Catastrophe. d) Global Pandemic. e) Global System Collapse‘.

2. ‘Exogenic Risks: These are risks that are formed or occur on the surface of the Earth. a) Major Asteroid Collision. b) Supervolcano’.

3. ‘Emerging Risks: a) Synthetic Biology. b) Nanotechnology. c) Artificial Intelligence. d) Uncertain Risks’.

4. ‘Global Policy Risk: Future Bad Global Governance’.
From : http://marketbusinessnews.com/twelve-risks-destroy-humankind/48247

How Republicans Will Govern – ‘States Consider Increasing Taxes for the Poor and Cutting Them for the Affluent’

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“We wanted to connect the dots for people,” said Mr. Herzenberg, an economist at Keystone. “If more money’s flowing to the top, and the top folks are taxed at lower rates, inevitably that’s a problem for state budgets.”

While the bottom fifth of earners pay more than 10 percent of their income in state and local taxes, the top 1 percent pays closer to 5 percent, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy estimates’.

  • Taxing the top fifth of earners at the same rate as the middle class would bring in $200.5 billion to state and local coffers, the report says’.
  • ‘Taxing just the top 1 percent at the same rate as the middle class would bring in $88.5 billion, 10 times the amount needed to restore five years’ worth of cuts to higher education’.

‘Conservatives are known for hating taxes but particularly hate income taxes, which they say have a greater dampening effect on growth’.

‘Of the 10 or so Republican governors who have proposed tax increases, nearly all have called for increases in consumption taxes, which hit the poor and middle class harder than the rich’.
From : http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/14/upshot/states-consider-increasing-taxes-on-poor-cutting-them-on-affluent.html?abt=0002&abg=1&_r=0

How Republicans Will Govern – ‘New Poll Shows American People Support President Obama In Netanyahu Speech Dispute’

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NOT doing the people’s work…..again……

‘A poll reveals that by a 47%-30% margin respondents overwhelmingly agree that it was inappropriate for John Boehner to invite Netanyahu to address Congress without consulting President Obama’.

‘The Huffington Post/YouGov poll of adults interviewed February 4 – 8, 2015 revealed a consensus that Boehner’s Netanyahu invitation was inappropriate’.

‘By a margin of 47%-30%, those polled believed that Boehner’s actions were inappropriate’.

  • ‘A majority of both  (45%-37%)’,

‘Women (49%-23%)’,

  • ‘People age 18-29 (39%-25%)’

People age 30-44 (51%-19)’,

  • People age 45-64 (51%-34%)’,

‘And those over age 65 (45%-44%) all thought that Boehner’s actions were inappropriate’.

‘Whites (42%-36%)’,

‘Blacks (67%-12%)’,

‘And Hispanics (55%-12%) all agreed that Boehner’s behavior was inappropriate’.

‘Democrats (72%-11%)’

‘And Independents (41%-31%) believed Boehner’s invitation without consulting Obama to be inappropriate’.

‘Only Republicans supported Boehner’s disrespect of the president (50%-29%)’.
From :http://www.politicususa.com/2015/02/15/poll-shows-american-people-support-president-obama-netanyahu-speech-dispute.html

It’s Obama’s Fault – ‘Boehner Blames White House For Netanyahu Speech Dust Up’

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So much for being the party of personal responsibility. John Boehner knows full well the trouble he was stirring up by inviting Bibi to speak before Congress, but now he wants us to believe it’s all the White House’s fault’.

“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace on Sunday quizzed House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on his decision to invite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress’.

‘Boehner invited Netanyahu without consulting the White House, leading numerous congressional Democrats to boycott the speech’.

“Haven’t you taken one of the few bipartisan issues in this country — support for Israel — and turned it into a political football?” Wallace asked’.

I have not. The fact is that we had every right to do what we did,” (After consulting the Presdient yes)  Boehner responded. “I wanted the prime minister to come here. There’s a serious threat facing the world. And radical Islamic terrorists are not going to go away.”

“Why would you do that?” Wallace asked.

“Because I wanted to make sure that there was no interference. There’s no secret here in Washington about the animosity that this White House has for Prime Minister Netanyahu. I frankly didn’t want that getting in the way, quashing what I thought was a real opportunity,” Boehner responded’.
From : http://crooksandliars.com/2015/02/boehner-blames-white-house-netanyahu

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