One day in the life of the planet

One day in the life of the planet

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On Wednesday, February 5, 2014:

  • Selena Gomez is in need of rehab for emotional trauma and possibly drug addition
  • Nearly a million people are without power in the Northeast as severe snow and ice storms hit overnight
  • Charlie Chaplin’s only novel to be released
  • States look to rein in government surveillance
  • Catholic watchdog group demands the Pope expel all priests accused of sexual crimes
  • Deputy Czar says pot less dangerous than alcohol
  • West Virginia residents desperate for clean water after coal mining pollution
  • Iraq faces possible civil war as religious factions fight over control
  • Cancer rate will surge 57 percent in next 20 years
  • Obamacare will lose jobs due to employers not able to maintain fulltime employees and layoffs
  • A 20 year sanitation worker is fired for accepting a $20 tip
  • France plans law to restore GMO crop ban
  • U.S. firms lax with data security, Illinois official tells Congress
  • 18-foot long Burmese python found in Florida Everglades
  • Man gets first prosthetic hand that can feel
  • Bill Nye, the Science Guy, debates creationist over evolution
  • One-third of kids killed in car crashes were unbuckled

What might a visitor from outer space conclude about our civilization if all they could see is a summary of the news every day?

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Well, based on the sample above, they might say that we usually put the fox in charge of the chicken coop, our federal government has become overpowering, we do not know how to prepare for natural disasters, our emotions rule us more than our intellect, we still do not know the true origin of our species, we rush in without considering the consequences of our actions, we are always inventing ways of augmenting our natural abilities, we take either/or positions rarely negotiating middle ground  for the common good, we have a fascination with the rich and famous, we love our children but provide them little supervision, and we act irresponsibly when it comes to our environment issues.

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