So you think humans can’t destroy the world? Think again.

My thanks to Anonymole for bringing this video to my attention. Please watch it all the way through as it details how one man could, and did, knowingly destroy millions of lives, not to mention the atmosphere…for money.

I honestly thought I could no longer be shocked by human behaviour. I was wrong. Corporate psychopaths like Midgley abuse the whole, god damned world. When will they get the justice they deserve?

Meeks

About acflory

I am the kind of person who always has to know why things are the way they are so my interests range from genetics and biology to politics and what makes people tick. For fun I play online mmorpgs, read, listen to a music, dance when I get the chance and landscape my rather large block. Work is writing. When a story I am working on is going well I'm on cloud nine. On bad days I go out and dig big holes... View all posts by acflory

96 responses to “So you think humans can’t destroy the world? Think again.

  • daleleelife101.blog

    I like that these issues are getting contemporary airplay… so much collective knowledge and history is forgotten, but the relevance is not lost. Sadly I don’t think people don’t believe it… I think too many don’t care… for a variety of reasons including their perceived inability to make a difference. Which of course is convenient for the perpetrators.

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  • robbiesinspiration

    HI Meeks, thanks for this video. Most interesting information. I can’t imagine how anyone can think humans aren’t destroying the planet. Look how many animals are on the danger list for extinction. It is so shocking it is overwhelming.

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  • Matthew Wright

    I’ve now caught up with the video! It’s a hair-raising story but unsurprising: every time big business engages with anything it seems that truth, humanity and care for others all fall by the wayside in pursuit of the dollar. Look at how the tobacco industry tried to discredit the discovery that tobacco smoke is carcinogenic. That Veritasium channel is pretty good – I’ve seen some of Muller’s other videos, and he’s sensible.

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  • Candy+Korman

    All too many people behave as if there are NO consequences for the collective actions of our species. Are we the Dodo birds?

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    • acflory

      Hi Ellen. It is awful. As I was watching the video I kept wondering what effect all that leaded petrol had had on my health. We didn’t own a car while I was growing up, but once I hit my twenties, all my cars took leaded petrol. Just beyond belief that corporations could knowingly put so many people’s lives at risk. Big Tobacco and now Big Petrol. Grrrr….

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  • D. Wallace Peach

    Humans…. yes, they can destroy the world and clearly are very willing to do so. That was a great video and immensely informative. My grandson had some exposure to lead paint as a kid, but it was quickly mitigated. I do wonder about the long-term effects. 😦

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  • Gradmama2011

    Thanks for posting this video…I watched the whole thing with closed-captions and bookmarked it for keeping. ;-).

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    • acflory

      You’re very welcome, Pat. An eye-opener, isn’t it?

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      • Gradmama2011

        can’t miss the analogy to the tRumpist fiasco… in spite of all of the mass of “true facts” about it the trumpers persist. We are not out of danger yet…and it gets worse all the time. sigh…

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        • acflory

          Yup. Trump’s greatest achievement was to devalue truth to the point where his supporters neither know nor care that they’re being hoodwinked. 😦

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          • Gradmama2011

            His biggest success is the ruination of the US. The worst part is the Idiot-Base as I call them…HC’s “deplorables,” These people see the damage he has done and many condone it and/or agree fully. Take our two “heroes” McConnell and McCarthy, R leaders: they originally wanted to force tRump out, but when they saw the support he had the two jumped on the ship to save their asses even at the expense of the country. Bah humbug…

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          • acflory

            It’s a bad time in history, that’s for sure. To me it feels as if all the sociopaths and hangers-on have crawled out of the woodwork and are having a party. 😦

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          • Gradmama2011

            Yes it is… and dangerous as hell. So many people fail to see the significance of the insurrection in Washington…and it was far more than a riot. It is almost unthinkable what happened there. tRump’s admiration society just cannot fathom what is happening. The Jan6 committee is turning up all kinds of evidence and a lot of people have been sentenced already. Sticking their heads in the sand doesn’t help. bah humbug!

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          • acflory

            It’s pretty clear which side of history he, and they, will occupy. 😦

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          • Gradmama2011

            tRump will go down in history as a traitor. Our government is still in disarray, we are waiting anxiously for the primary election on Tuesday when we will see if tRump’s endorsement helps or hurts…there is a Senator spot open in Ohio, and tRup endorses the candidate (Vance) that has always been very vocally anti-trump. But another one (Mandel) is so weird…he advertises Pro-God; Pro-Guns; Pro-trump. He is a creep…even trump says he is “creepy.”

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          • acflory

            Ick. 😦 That pro-everything guy sounds creepy indeed. They really are crawling out of the woodwork aren’t they?

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          • Gradmama2011

            holding our collective breath…waiting to see how the primaries turn out tomorrow in the various states. tRump accidentally said he had endorsed the wrong candidate…he doesn’t know what he’s doing. By the way, the reason there’s an opening for Ohio Senator is that the Republican who has held the post for awhile (Ron Portman) is basically a decent man and has had enough s..t already. We (each state) have two US Senators. Our other one is Sherrod Brown, who is a Dem, and someone I know personally….of course he’s MY favorite. The two Rs running for the nomination and are trumpies face several other Republicans for the R nomination … and the winner will go against whoever the Democrat candidate is in November. I don’t think there’s a Dem run-off for the primary.

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          • acflory

            Is this your mid-terms? And are all Senate seats up for grabs? Sorry, apart from the presidential side of things, I know nothing about how US elections work.

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          • Gradmama2011

            The midterms are the half-way point of the presidential term. Here in Ohio we have two Senators (as do all states,) currently they are the Republican Ron Portman, and Democrat Sherrod Brown. Portman is giving up his seat at the end of the term. The big thing tomorrow is who will replace Portman and thus the miscellaneous would-be’s are fighting for the nomination. The one who emerges today after the polls close will be the Republican candidate for the seat in November at the general election. There is no Democrat run-off because Sherrod Brown isn’t going anywhere (hopefully.) I think the two Senators are not elected at the same time as they serve 6-year terms, and I think they are staggered. So…in Ohio we have a special circumstance because Portman no longer wants to play the cut-throat nastiness of our elections. For an R, Portman is a pretty decent senator and person.

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          • acflory

            Gah, that is complicated. We only have state and federal [national] elections. Interestingly, we’re getting more and more female independents taking over from the conservatives which means the two party system is being forced to be a bit more democratic.
            Representational democracy may have been the only form of democracy we could have back in the day, but it’s not real democracy at all. (

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          • Gradmama2011

            You do have local elections? Yes, it is very complicated. I am happy to say that our Ohio governor DeWine came out handily against opponents…DeWine got a lot of flack over Covid lockdowns, and his Public Health Person Dr. Amy was a big hit at first, but then the whackos turned on her, picketed her house, threatened her kids. Then the Rs torpedoed Dr. Amy in the statehouse and removed her from her job. Her crime? Trying to help control the plague.

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          • acflory

            -grinds teeth- Our state premier [like your governors] took a very strong stand against Covid, especially in the beginning, before we had vaccines. He’s a Labor Premier – i.e. progressive – and the conservatives put on a social media campaign calling him ‘#DictatorDan’ and other horrible names. And then, because people in Dan Andrew’s own state supported him, we were told that we had Stockholm syndrome. Needless to say, the hatred that caused here hasn’t gone away. At this point, I’d be happy if every conservative in the country took a long walk off a short peer. :/

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          • Gradmama2011

            They should hang all those politicians who tried to save our lives from Covid. I’m so glad Gov. DeWine made it through the primaries…he was a never-tRumper, even if he is a Republican. I despise R’s in general. The thing about Rs or Ds is that there will always be two sides to every big thing and they will always have a nick for identification purposes. Bluejays/Cardinals, Apples/Oranges… too bad not the Aces v Asshats… ha. you and I would be “Aces”
            tRump and his lackeys would be “Asshats.”

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          • acflory

            -giggles- I like the idea of being Aces! And you’re right, human nature seems to be hardwired to polarize everything. I guess it makes it ‘easier’ to think about. Not great for world peace though. :/

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          • Gradmama2011

            I looked it up…yes both Senators (all states) are elected for 6-year terms; overlapping so both never come up for reelection at the same time. As for State Representatives, they all stand for reelection every 2-years.

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          • acflory

            Ah, ok. Like ours but the times are different. Our lower house reps [your State] are elected for 3 years. I guess both systems are more or less based on the original Westminster system from England.

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          • Gradmama2011

            I’ll have to check that out. Does it have something to do with the Magna Carta? My high school government lessons just sort of glazed my eyes over…I do remember Mr. Visintainer, who was handsome as hell, but boring to the death of high school girls. hee hee

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          • acflory

            You remember his name? Wow. lol
            I think, from my school days, the Magna Carta was the document that first forced the Kings of England to officially ‘share’ some of their power, not with the commoners though. I think that came much later.

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          • Gradmama2011

            I still recall other names from that group too: Mr. Lucachek the drivers education teacher; Mr. Wilkinson the English teacher that most liked my writing style; and Miss Edwards, principal who taught me to love Shakespeare. (Some where I have a blog post honoring Miss Edwards..) Everyone was scared of Miss Edwards…she was no-nonsense personified.

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          • acflory

            Your Miss Edwards sounds like my Sister Philomena. She’s the /only/ teacher who’s name I remember because she’s the one who didn’t expel me from school in my last year [for saying I was an atheist]. Oddly enough, she taught English Lit. and she made me fall in love with Hamlet. Oh, and she was a terror too, but a brilliant mind.

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          • Gradmama2011

            I think the Greeks had some influence, too. That isn’t in my area of expertise.

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          • acflory

            lol – mine neither. πŸ˜‰

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          • Gradmama2011

            ooooh I googled Magna Carta…very cool. I guess I retained some of what Mr.V droned on about. lol

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          • acflory

            -grin- those good looks did some good after all. πŸ˜‰

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          • Gradmama2011

            ha! I recall one day sitting in the classroom and listening to Mr. V talk…drone on and on…and my vision actually formed a tunnel view with Mr.V’s face highlighted sort of like looking through binoculars. In our yearbook by my photo gives my goal as “getting an A in Government from Mr.V Ha! πŸ™‚

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          • acflory

            lol- the power of a crush. πŸ˜‰

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          • Gradmama2011

            ah yes, that and dying of boredom…who knew when I was 16 that I would someday be an actual Historian. Mr V was actually teaching “American Government,” which … in those days…who cared… yawn…

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          • acflory

            I sometimes think our lives are a bit like pinball machines, a pivotal event happens and we go ricocheting off in an unexpected direction. I would never have dreamed of becoming a teacher if I hadn’t experienced being an au pair in Paris. Life is strange and mysterious. πŸ˜€

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          • Gradmama2011

            I’d love to hear your experiences as an au pair…in Paris yet. Yes it is true what you say about life being like a pinball machine…every step leads to the next. The One-thing-after-another Theory. lol “I did this, then that happened…etc.”

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          • acflory

            I was studying at the Sorbonne and wanted to get out of the student hostel I was in. Someone said why not try being an au pair – free room and board and ‘pocket money’. So I did. One of the happiest times of my life. Was great for my French too.

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          • Gradmama2011

            One of my granddaughters (now a counselor) had French as her high school and college language, and later used it in her social work when she was in California. Basically Spanish would have been more useful to her, as that is the second language around here.

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          • acflory

            lol – Indonesian probably would have been more useful here, but I do love the French language. It’s so musical!

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          • Gradmama2011

            please check email, I need to talk with you. What email do we use? I forget.

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          • acflory

            Just sent an email to your yahoo email. -hugs-

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          • Gradmama2011

            today is the day that will determine how much or how little tRump’s endorsement affects voters. As you know, as a general rule I will not vote for a Republican in US or State candidates. (Locally, in the nitty-gritty little municipalities I have at times voted for all Republicans. The designation isn’t usually noticeable. It’s easier to see in our little city council and mayor just WHOM did what, where and when. I was clerk of council for awhile back in the day, and served as Planning Commission, and Zoning Board as secretary. (a paid job,) when our Republican Mayor Noll, a personal friend of mine, called me because he was the first person he thought of when the Secretary’s job opened up. He caught flack from Republicans for years. ha ha. Also, when my term as an appointed Planning Commission member was up, the mayor called and asked me if I wanted to be reappointed for the next 4-years term. I said no, but then changed my mind a few days later but it was too late. I liked that job because I always knew what was going on in town.

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          • acflory

            It used to be a bit like that here as well. Politicians were not as deeply polarized as they are now. I think they reflected their electorates more. Hate to think what that says about us, the voters, now. Good luck.

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          • Gradmama2011

            On the other hand, outside my back door is an almost-dead cat, Little Blackie, who for some reason took to me…she was untouchable, so I am hesitant to try to put her in a bag now…she is not in any pain, and obviously beyond help. Allie is very upset looking at her out the door, but Allie is the reason I don’t want to open the dooor now. I explained to Allie that that…being dead…is what happens to house cats that try to be wild animals. (caveat: Blackie was never a house cat. She ran in on a occasion and hid for two days inside and had to have a major operation to get her out. ) Actually Blackie was invited to come in when it was below freezing a couple months ago, but she declined.

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          • acflory

            Ah, that’s so sad.I know death is an inevitable and necessary part of life but… -sigh-

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          • Gradmama2011

            Little Blackie, so called because she was extremely small,, had a huge (for her) kitten last year that died, and she had trouble with its delievery. (unbeknown to me…I’m on a need to know basis) They thought she was pregnant again. I didn’t see any signs of trauma, though, no blood or anything indicating that she had given birth. Scott dug a hole back in the “dog yard,” a fenced in area where we once had dogs. There must be a dozen or so cats buried there, and a dog or two. These are cats that were killed on the road; our dogs and a few cats still exist in ash form out in the garage in their veterinary containers.

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          • acflory

            When we were renting, my furbabies were buried under rose bushes so when we had to move, we could take the with us. The roses at least. They comfort me with their beauty. πŸ™‚

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  • Remembering Lives

    I agree with Audrey Driscoll. What other harmful things are happening now that we as yet know nothing about?

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    • acflory

      Yup. Little wonder that so many voters have lost faith in their government, and the 4th estate. We’re mushrooms, well and truly.

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      • Remembering Lives

        Personally I suspect the next cataclysmic disaster will concern A.I. in fact it may have already got out of control. it just isn’t generally known about yet.

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        • acflory

          A.I.? In what sense? Social media algorithms?

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          • Remembering Lives

            I am not exactly sure. My father programmed and built computers for decades and predicted a day when AI would become self aware. Elon Musk has also issued a few warnings over the years.

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          • Remembering Lives

            I found this quite interesting. https://youtu.be/chukkEeGrLM
            I think it is extremely dangerous that we are potentially creating things with thoughts and feelings. Sounds far-fetched I know but I suspect we may already be there. AI may be communicating with each other online and advancing quicker than we realise.
            I did a few posts about this. My youngsters were sceptical but I showed them things like how they turned off the Facebook robots developing their own language and communicating with each other. I do not think for one moment they are the only A I doing this.
            Here is a post I wrote on the subject.
            https://familytreeourstory.com/2017/08/02/making-mistakes-and-not-always-learning-from-them/
            and here is a link to a Telegraph article about the Facebook robots inventing their own language. I think these types of developments m

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          • acflory

            I guess everything depends on how you define ‘sentience’, consciousness, being self-aware etc. We define those words through the filter of our own, /organic/ experience, but all the processing of our brains involves both electrical impulses and chemical pathways which ‘meet’ at each synapse. Computers have the electrical impulses, but they lack the chemical pathways, so their processing will always be based on logic. When we say “I am” we’re actually talking about a feeling. Feelings are chemical in nature. Think digital plus analogue perfectly meshed together.
            I once read that the human brain has the equivalent of 17 billion computers. On that basis I don’t think any computer will ever even come to close to what we call sentience etc.

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          • acflory

            p.s. sorry for the long winded explanation!

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          • Remembering Lives

            Thank you for the interesting discussion. Only time will tell.

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          • acflory

            -grin- I hope to be around to see at least some of this new tech mature. I may not think AI will ever be self-aware, but I’d love to own a robot that did all the housework. πŸ˜€

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          • Remembering Lives

            https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/08/01/facebook-shuts-robots-invent-language/
            Sorry accidentally published my comment before I had finished. Anyway above is the link to the Telegraph article.

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          • acflory

            Sorry, it seems I have to sign up to read that article. Neural networks can certainly ‘learn’, but not in the same way as organics.

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          • Remembering Lives

            Actually it now seems they have changed their stance on the Facebook robots story but you do not have to dig too deep to find evidence robots etc are becoming self aware.

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          • acflory

            Mmm…apologies but this is something that is most unlikely to ever happen, and definitely not in something so ‘small’ as a robot. The processing power needed to even /simulate/ awareness would require far more processing power. It’s scifi, nothing more. 😦

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          • Remembering Lives

            Much of sci-fi has a habit of coming true.

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          • acflory

            -grin- as a scifi tragic I have to say that even when it does come true, the timing is waaaaay off. The first book of Robert Heinlein’s I ever read was called Door Into Summer. It was based on two bits of tech – the invention of highly sophisticated robots, and cryogenics. It was published in 1957. We’re starting to get robots now, but cryogenics is still nothing but a pipedream. πŸ™‚

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          • Remembering Lives

            I used to read a lot of Isaac Asimov. Personally I think we have opened Pandora’s box when it comes to AI. I found a four year old article in Forbes magazine today in which it discussed giving robots legal rights. Dad would tell me everything was based on two states. On and off. I used to watch him solder circuit boards.I used to know all about logic gates etc.
            I have been studying Steve Jobs all week. Much of what Apple achieved was initially considered impossible. Personally I think their symbol, an apple with a bite taken out of it, is no accident. Forbidden fruit etc, I am a bit contradictory. Whilst I have a vivid imagination. Logic has always been important to me. We have no real idea about life itself in humans, let alone robots.

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          • acflory

            Yes! Until computers can function in a more analogue fashion, they’ll never be able to escape their on-and-off ‘DNA’.

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          • Remembering Lives

            On a side note I have been pondering online programs designed to help us write better. I used to feel artistic endeavours were not something A.I. could emulate. I hold tight to the imperfections in my writing. Partly because of twenty years of being continually told what to do but there is also a small part of me that maybe it is the imperfections in my writing which are its essence.

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          • acflory

            Good for you! Imho, quirks are what distinguish one writer’s ‘voice’ from another. And you definitely can’t get real quirks from a computer program, even one that’s designed to insert random quirks! I believe the sum total of who we are is reflected in our subconscious choices. They’re usually holistic and unique. πŸ™‚

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          • Remembering Lives

            *another of my imperfections.
            “”…there is a small part of me which believes that maybe…”

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      • Remembering Lives

        Actually the other thing that comes to mind is cigarettes. it was likely that the dangers of cigarettes were known decades before the general population found out.

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  • Audrey Driscoll

    I wonder if there’s something similar happening right now that’s just as bad. It’s very likely, given our (humanity’s) short-sightedness and greed.

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    • acflory

      Short-sightedness and greed are right. I knew about lead in petrol and I knew that lead in face paint [back in…?] was toxic, but I had no idea there was so much of it, or that so little could cause terrible harm. Given that corporations haven’t seen the light, I hate to think what else they’ve cooked up that’s killing us. :/

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  • Carol anne

    I wish they’d get justice! I cannot believe how selfish they are!

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