Not really, though a few of us have been trying to get a bit more. We had an International Chess Tournament planned, which would include some light RP, and I have an idea in the works for another separate RP thing. But at the moment we donít really have any real RP :(
Not as a matter of policy, though nations are more than welcome to engage in ongoing RPs on forums and the like. We are a region bound by common real-world interest, and because we use our RMB for most of our normal communication, largely keep RP separately to prevent overload.
Hmmm. I wish to start a new conversation about something, but what? *looks through major happenings*
Well, all I could find is that Earth is going through a 6/7th major extinction event caused almost solely by Homo sapiens. Ah.
Actually, I cant think of any other major causes. Most things are either being done directly or indirectly by humans, and it's pretty much a chain reaction.
Oh, also if all nukes currently in existence were detonated at once, the world would end.
The five major extinction "events" that are usually counted prior are ancient, and identifying causes can be a major challenge because we're dealing with tens or hundreds of millions of years passing since they occurred.
1) The Ordovician-Silurian event. Possibly caused by atmospheric changes related to oxygen levels and temperature.
2) The Devonian event. Unknown causes, but hit ocean life around the world.
3) The Permian-Triassic event. Unknown causes. The biggest one, wiped out more than 90% of all species on Earth. This is the one that killed off trilobites.
4) The Triassic-Jurassic event, probably caused by volcano-induced warming and acidification. Left Dinosaurs basically in charge.
5) The K-T (Cretaceous-Tertiary) event. This one is the meteor that wiped out the dinos and allowed the rise of mammals.
Its a very complex moral and philosophical issue.
Humans canít be generalized really, weíre the only animal in fact who canít be. But we also can only be held responsible for the same reasons.
The only creature aware of their actions but these same creatures often have no choice or power to change any of it.
Humans are natural and thus anything they create is natural as well.
We are invasive by definition but no natural mechanism is enough to keep us in check.
And one of the saddest facts imo is that most of our conservation and environmentalist efforts exist only for our own pleasure. We often donít care if Rhinoís can roam the plains like they once did as long as we can pat ourselves on the pack and say we saved them by hosting them in entertainment complexís.
This will sound nihilist and depressing but I want to be clear it is not so to me. I think it is Humanities destiny to completely obliterate the planet and much like in the past earth does have natural mechanisms to heal itself. It will never look like our earth and thats neither good nor bad. But the universe certainly doesnít revolve around us.
Put simply, between the choices of a hollowed existence and extinction I think extinction is better. But we canít ask the flora and fauna how they feel about it.
But you see, this is entirely incorrect. Humans are bound to Earth, we would suffer and completely die off if we tried to colonize another planet. No matter how technologically advanced we get, we would fail miserably if we lose Earth. And yes, this means humans will eventually go extinct one day, when the sun dies out and explodes. But that is billions of years away, and it's just a fate we must accept.
What we need to focus on is saving our planet. Saving it for the trillions and trillions of things living on it, for the millions and millions of years that went into its current state. We just simply cant let Earth become devoid of life, especially when we could have saved it. Because, even though it seems impossible right now, that we seem doomed and such, we can turn it around. There is still time. As you said, there is no "natural mechanism that can keep us in check", but we as a species can keep ourselves in check. And Earth cannot, and will not, survive a 6th mass extinction. It will be too destructive, and there will be no going back.
Just hopping in on this particular point, which I think is always worth hearing and making. The Earth will heal. It won't heal to be the same as it is now, but it will heal. Humans aren't destroying the planet - they're destroying its human habitability. The danger we perceive to the environment is that the changes we're causing will wipe us out. The planet doesn't have the ability to care, and will continue on without us just as it did for billions of years before us.
Stretch out your arms side to side, and imagine that to be the history of Earth. The planet forms at the tip of your right fingers, and we are currently at the tip of your left fingers.
The oldest bacteria turned up somewhere on your right forearm. Photosynthetic marine life came along near your right elbow, and spent the time until you reach the center of your chest pumping oxygen into the atmosphere. Crossing your body now to around your left shoulder, somewhere around there the first multicellular organisms came along. Reaching your left wrist, plants started to show up on land. Dinosaurs emerged somewhere around the base of your left fingers, and grass came along at your final finger digit. The entirety of human history from our earliest evolution to now could be erased with a single stroke of a nail file on your longest finger.
Humans are utterly irrelevant to the ongoing existence of the planet, but in our infinitesimally small time here we have overcome immense odds, become a cosmopolitan species, then a totally dominant species, taken over the whole planet, re-shaped it to our will, and are rapidly in the process of destroying ourselves by re-shaping things so far that we can no longer survive. At our present rate, by the time those fingernails grow long enough to need a trim, the entire existence of humanity will be nothing more than an anomalous chemical signature in a rock layer, a bit of pollution that belies artificial synthesis should any sufficiently-advanced analysis be applied by an interested future party.
It is my hope that we will actually become a spacefaring species one day. The universe is indeed so much bigger than Earth or humanity, but what a journey it would be to venture through the stars. I wouldn't want humanity to contaminate other planets of course, so I hope by then we'll find a better way of developing and living, one that is in harmony with nature and the environment (whatever environment that may be, Earth or alien).
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1-quart heavy cream
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
1 cup vanilla sugar, divided
6 large egg yolks
2 quarts hot water
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place the cream, vanilla bean and its pulp into a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
Remove from the heat, cover and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Remove the vanilla bean and reserve for another use.
In a medium bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup of the sugar and the egg yolks until well blended and the mixture just begins to lighten in color.
Add the cream a little at a time, stirring continually. Pour the liquid into 6 (7 to 8-ounce) ramekins.
Place the ramekins into a large cake pan or roasting pan.
Pour enough hot water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
Bake just until the creme brulee is set, but still trembling in the centre. This should take approximately 40 to 45 minutes.
Remove the ramekins from the roasting pan and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 3 days.
Remove the creme brulee from the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before browning the sugar on top.
Divide the remaining 1/2 cup vanilla sugar equally among the 6 dishes and spread evenly on top. Using a torch, melt the sugar to form a crispy top. Allow the creme brulee to sit for at least 5 minutes before serving. Propane gas torches are highly flammable and should be kept away from heat, open flame and prolonged exposure to sunlight. They should be used only in well-ventilated areas. Follow the torch manufacturer's instructions for use.
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Hey there, it's your old pal Cad here to give you some informative relief from the mess we're all in. If you're reading this, then you're browsing the internet and are probably a regular consumer of all things online - but did you know you can browse the web smarter, even to the point of helping charities and protecting the environment while not taking out any money, all at the comfort of your own home! Here are some of the ways you can help the world while using the internet:
USE AN ALTERNATE SEARCH ENGINE
🌿 Ecosia is one of the best ways you can help the environment while searching the web! This search engine, which displays results powered by Bing, spends the money it earns from ads to plant trees and invest in green campaigns and infrastructure - over 80% of their profits actually go towards planting trees in places like Madagascar, India, Kenya, and others, and they've planted millions of trees already! Their services also run on renewable energy - and are CO2 positive! They also don't sell your data to advertisers and anonymize your searches within a week! Their financial reports can also be found here for ultimate transparency!
You can set Ecosia as your default search engine for browsers like Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or Brave in their Settings. If you're on Chrome, you can also install the Ecosia extension or add on this Ecosia Dark Mode extension. If you're on mobile, there's also an Ecosia browser app you can install - or this fancy customizable widget I use which allows you to switch between search engines right on your home screen!
🌊 OceanHero is similar to Ecosia in which your searches help fund an environmental cause, only this time, their profits go to cleaning the oceans of plastic waste! Its search results are also powered by Bing, and they've partnered with Plastic Bank, which has plastic collection hubs in Indonesia, Haiti, and the Philippines. As proof of their efforts, you can view how much plastic they've collected with their certificates posted here. While it's not recognized as a default search engine on most browsers like Ecosia is, you can still add it and use it as smoothly as most other search engines.
Can't choose between saving the forests or saving the oceans? Why not have a little bit of both and more with 🌈 YouCare, a search engine where you choose where your donations go! The money you help generate from ads can go with the million of meals they've helped make for shelter animals, the three-hundred thousand square cm of coral reef planted, the 13k kilograms of plastic removed from oceans, four thousand hours of schooling to the disadvantaged, twenty thousand trees planted, 4 million litres of drinking water contributed, and 3,000 minutes of cancer research funded.
CHANGE YOUR NEW TABS FOR THE BETTER
Every time you open a new tab, it's just the boring old search engine and some sites you might have recently visited. If you're okay with changing these new tabs, there are a bunch of extensions that have a similar mission - display small banner ads whenever you open a new tab and the revenue they'll receive will go straight to various charitable causes. Many of these extensions also add much more customizability and convenience to your new tabs - not to mention they look clean and aesthetically pleasing!
💜 Tab For A Cause has raised over a million dollars just from showing small ads whenever you open a new tab! They've partnered with 10 different charitable organizations for causes such as ending world hunger, giving clean water, addressing poverty, defending human rights, educating children in third-world countries, saving the environment, and even combating mass incarceration. Their list of partners can be found here and their financial reports here
🌐 OpenTabs works similarly but focuses more on two causes - addressing poverty and saving trees. They've saved over fifty thousand trees and provided over a hundred microloans. You can also find their financial reports here as they're all for transparency and privacy.
💕 GiveHearts, while less polished than the above two, works similarly to Tab For A Cause but is partnered with over two times more non-profits! In addition to the causes supported by Tab For A Cause, they also help support mental health initiatives, health and research, animal welfare, and various other humanitarian charities. A full list of their partners can be found here.
SHOP ONLINE AND SAVE THE PLANET
If you commonly shop online, especially during this pandemic, you might want to consider looking into some extensions which help generate revenue for saving the environment while you place an order online - for no additional costs or fees!
🌱 refoorest is a bit different from the next two extensions, as not only is it partnered with different shopping websites, but also various other websites in which simply visiting them generates money to put towards planting new trees! It displays partner websites on your search engine while you browse so you know which one can be opened to help the environment. Some of their partner websites include Amazon, BestBuy, Walmart, Target, and EBay, so if you commonly visit those websites, consider installing reforest!
🌲 TreeClicks is a big one, as it is partnered with over 50,000 online stores such as Amazon, eBay, Etsy, Walmart, Target, Tesco, Ikea, Adobe, Honey, Quora, Disney+, iTunes, heck even Grammarly! They impose no additional purchase fees and instead earn money by receiving advertising fees from the partner store for bringing you in to shop with them! They've planted thousands of trees, primarily in India, so if you want to plant a tree with your next delivery, add the TreeClicks extension today!
🌳 EcoCart can make your purchases carbon neutral by simply clicking a button at checkout! They receive a small commission fee for bringing you in to shop in their partnered online stores such as FootLocker, Sephora, Levi's, Bose, Freshly, Kohl's, Vans, Petco, and 10,000 other online stores! The revenue they receive goes to creating wind energy, providing clean drinking water, and planting new trees. Not only that, but your purchases can also earn you EcoPoints which can be redeemed for coupons, gift cards, and even planting more trees!
It's your friendly neighbourhood Cad here with another article giving you some relief from the things going down around us. Surely you've heard of YouTube, and there's a good chance you're still amidst a pandemic, so why not read some of my recommendations for you to find some high-quality content on YouTube so you have something to fill your free time with!
OverSimplified - there's a good chance you've already watched an OverSimplified video, as even if there's not a lot of videos available, the beautifully animated and comedic "in-a-nutshell" type videos are widely popular and viewed. Need to learn about some historical events in a short period of time? Brush up your knowledge on OverSimplified!
Popular videos include WW2 Oversimplified, The Cold War Oversimplified, and The American Revolution Oversimplified. My personal favorites include The Emu War Oversimplified and Three Kingdoms Oversimplified
- Half As Interesting - HAI creates amazingly animated satirical education videos, each only 5-6 minutes long! They are extremely entertaining yet surprisingly informative as stories and trivia are summed up in a short amount of time.
Popular videos include Why Photos of the Eiffel Tower at Night Are Illegal, The Secret Protocol for When the Queen Dies, and The Man Who Time Travelled 0.2 Seconds. My personal favourites include What Is The Shortest-Lived Country in History and Why Saudi Arabia Imports Sand
Wendover Productions - this channel is run by the same person who runs Half As Interesting, and is also home to similar content, just a bit longer as videos here are over 20-25 minutes long, as well as a couple of hour-long documentaries. If you've run out of HAI videos to watch, Wendover Productions is sure to have more to your liking!
Popular videos include How Aircraft Carriers Work, China's Geography Problem, and How Submarines Work. My personal favorites include How Overnight Shipping Works and How Embassies Work
- PolyMatter - while run by a different person, PolyMatter has beautifully designed and animated educational videos covering multiple trivial subjects, similar to HAI. These videos last 10-15 minutes each and have truly quality content as each video is animated to the smallest detail.
Popular videos include What Do iPhones Really Cost, Why Bing Isn't A Failure, and How Cruise Ships Work. My personal favorites include Why Starbucks is Actually a Bank and What is Tencent
A Hill To Die On - while not home to as many videos, this channel is also run by the same person who runs PolyMatter, and obviously, is home to similar animated content.
Popular videos include Why Fahrenheit is Better, Morning vs. Night Showers, and Tomatoes are Vegetables. My personal favorites include The Case Against Timezones and Netflix Ratings Suck
- Vox - while you might have already heard of Vox News, you might not have realized they actually create a whole lot of content aimed at fulfilling their tagline, "explaining the news". These videos are extremely well-edited, informative, and contemporary as it addresses many recent events you might not be informed about. Their videos are a shining example of video journalism as they have several different series addressing several different things.
Popular videos include The rise of Vladimir Putin, Inside Hong Kong's Cage Homes and The Israel-Palestine Conflict. My personal favorites include How the Republican Party went from Lincoln to Trump and From white supremacy to Barack Obama: The Democratic Party
Company Man - this channel focuses a lot on providing context and information on different well-known companies, their histories, competition, and even some of their downfalls in well-made animated educational videos.
Popular videos include The Decline of Chuck E Cheese's, The Rise and Fall of Krispy Kreme and What is Vevo. My personal favorites include FedEx vs UPS and Comcast - Why They're Hated
- Slidebean - Slidebean is a service that has allows aspiring entrepreneurs to create pitch decks, but their channel is surprisingly full to the brim with quality content mostly addressing companies and start-ups, their success stories, why they failed, and even some informative videos for aspiring start-ups.
Popular videos include How Zoom defeated Skype, How Spotify Beat Apple, and The Death of Yahoo. My personal favorites include Twitter Killed Vine and Why Microsoft keeps Failing at Being Cool
City Beautiful - this beautiful channel focuses on cities, city planning, transportation, and logistics made easy, informative, and beautifully edited. A professional Urban Planner runs it, so you know you'll get the quality content you deserve in the 10-15 minute long videos they regularly produce.
Popular videos include An Urban Planner Plays SimCity, How did planners design Soviet Cities and The Reason our Streets Switched to Cul-de-sacs. My personal favorites include An Urban Planner reviews Minecraft Cities and An Intro to Urban Wastewater Systems
- People Make Games - while they don't produce videos as regularly as the other entries on this list, PMG makes fascinating videos looking into the video game industry and makes them beautifully edited and entertaining enough for you to stick around in their 15-20 minute videos.
Popular videos include What Happened to the Queen's Golden Wii, How Neopets was sold to Scientologists and The First non-Valve Game on Steam. My personal favourites include Why Subnautica Owes Its Success to This Button and Inside Second Life's Most Expensive Brothel
Now before I end this already long article, I know the headline claimed Informative quality content, but if you want quality content that's not exactly educational, feel free to look into the following channels: Let's Game It Out, Slimecicle, The Try Guys, Household Hacker, RTGame, Michael Reeves, and OfflineTV
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i don't believe the rest of the universe is going to let us slash and burn and move on for very many cycles of doing so, if we could reach other solar systems that have a world we could, but i do believe pointy ears and fluffy tails will inherit the earth.
yes and no blaming the species generally. it is our sheer numbers that are crowding everything else out. the one choice about that is to reduce our birth rate. using combustion for things we don't need to use it for, because we have better and other technologies compounds the problem.
i also believe that nothing is inevitable or cast in concrete, while current trends are what they are, and those aren't all bad either.
contact will be good, if, as has happened, though seldom, neither see the other as having been created for themselves to posses.
(or as something negative out of their own mythologies)
exploring our surroundings on the grandest possible scale will be good for many things, but not as a solution to the destructiveness of our collective narcissism. which in turn is at the root of the myth of positivity of continuing expansion of human's own species exclusively.
problems can be solved. the will to solve them as a statistic is not by any means awol, but neither does it yet appear as strong as needed.
again it is narcisstic cultural values that obstruct it.
Here's the current entry, as per The Juice Media:
6) "We're Fvcked (happening in your lifetime): when a species uses its own ignorance to screw itself and everything around it so hard that its own planet tells it to GTFO."
Unrelated Edit: After doing three little oopsies on Jan. 9th, 16, 18th, and 19th in the Civil Rights department (brought on by real world events, as explained by the Ruinenlustian government, we are happy to announce that we are back up to fifth in the region for Civil Rights!
But what if this isn't true? Imagine a hypothetical world in which humans are not fundamentally different to any other species, multiplying when the circumstances permit purely as a function of the situation now without reference to what the situation will be later. In this scenario consciousness, free will and morality might be interesting characteristics that humans possess, but like the quirks and peculiarities of many species they aren't fundamental game changers. Wouldn't this hypothetical world look very much like the world we actually find ourselves in?