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We are constantly bombarded with issues and as Black people we sure have our own issues to deal with. However, there are some problems that Humanity face. What do you think is the most pressing problem Humanity is facing? I only chose the 3 most popular ones. If you think there is another one that I did not choose, let us know and share your reasoning for believing it is the single most pressing problem facing Humanity.

I personally choose AIDS. This global killer is taking over countries. The rate at which HIV is spreading in a 100 yrs or so dating will be about who do not have the virus and who do have the virus. If no cure is found I truly believe this disease will become like the common cold and we will have to learn to live with it as a human condition.

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By all standards, some creatures are just plain strange, making us do double takes because their compositions or habits or appearances defy our sense of logic and our way of viewing reality. Take the wildebeest, the warthog, the hyena, the brown pelican, the Shar-Pei. These animals, seemingly wrought by committee, make us laugh or shake our heads. Another such creature, of the human kind -- and perhaps the strangest of all -- is the black Republican. "

Bill Maxwell

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Your Brother Faheem
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There are Negroes who will never fight for freedom. There are Negroes who will seek profit for themselves from the struggle. There are even some Negroes who will cooperate with the oppressors. The hammer blows of discrimination, poverty, and segregation must warp and corrupt some. No one can pretend that because a people may be oppressed, every individual member is virtuous and worthy. Martin Luther King

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I think AIDS may be the most acute problem today. AIDS will be rather insignificant against the problems that global warming and over-population can produce in the long run though.

As well, a huge problem will be the ecological impact of the rise of middle-class populations all over the world. While this is a wonderful thing in that more and more people will live much more comfortable and fulfilling lives, there is also another side to that coin. This could create an extraordinary drain on resources as well as pollution problem unless we start implementing solutions now!



Onward and Upward!
I think we are much further from Population growth being a bigger problem than AIDS. There is so much land throughout the earth in many countries that has yet to be cultivated. I was in Vegas recently and this place is expanding all the time. I went to the Wal-Mart Super center there and it was at the end of the road, literally. Nothing but desert was behind it. There are still many places that can produce vegetation that have yet to be cultivated. I am not completely sold on Global Warming; the data behind it has too many contradictions that have yet to be answered.

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By all standards, some creatures are just plain strange, making us do double takes because their compositions or habits or appearances defy our sense of logic and our way of viewing reality. Take the wildebeest, the warthog, the hyena, the brown pelican, the Shar-Pei. These animals, seemingly wrought by committee, make us laugh or shake our heads. Another such creature, of the human kind -- and perhaps the strangest of all -- is the black Republican. "

Bill Maxwell

More to come later!

Your Brother Faheem
i agree with factoid { eek }. But seriously, Poverty and subsequent immunosuppression from poor health secondary to poverty, is why and how AIDS has spread so rampantly in the world. Poverty is what made AIDS everyone's number one answer { actually, i was the one who nominated Global Warming }.
Poverty is something I did not think about, that should have definitely made the list of choices. Poverty exists all over the world as AIDS does; however Poverty is relative to the country it exist in. Poverty in the US is definitely not what one would refer to as living in Poverty in other nations around the world. Poverty does contribute to the spreading of the virus that causes AIDS.

If poverty ended tomorrow would the spread of the AIDS virus stop or even be cut in half? In order for Poverty to stop the people living in Poverty have to be educated, the lack of education contribute to poverty.

We have the resources and the manpower on the Earth to end poverty if it was in the best interest of governments around the world. From what I know we do not have the cure for the virus that causes AIDS. I would definitely give Poverty the nod over the other choices on the list but I still do not see it as a bigger problem than AIDS.

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By all standards, some creatures are just plain strange, making us do double takes because their compositions or habits or appearances defy our sense of logic and our way of viewing reality. Take the wildebeest, the warthog, the hyena, the brown pelican, the Shar-Pei. These animals, seemingly wrought by committee, make us laugh or shake our heads. Another such creature, of the human kind -- and perhaps the strangest of all -- is the black Republican. "

Bill Maxwell

More to come later!

Your Brother Faheem
Poverty is bigger than AIDS; it definately has spread AIDS. It has helped to spread many other infections including malaria, including diseases, like Polio,measles, etc.{believe me, the list goes on and on} which still exist in impoverished countries because of a lack of childhood immunizations{ i couldn't believe the mumber of children and adults that i saw on cruches-- because of Polio- while visiting several of these countries}. All diseases thrive in immunosuppressed hosts. Poverty disallows healthcare in most countries{other than Cuba; but, that's another story}, and without proper preventative medicine, disease spreads. Now, the answer to the question "would AIDS be ...cut in half" is yes. Because, AIDS is not defined as HIV positive; rather, it is a constellation of symptoms that occur after HIV has run amuck. Also,if everyone were well fortified and used condoms than the projected number of future cases would be halved and DEFINATELY those suffering now would improve if pharmaceutical companies allowed AIDS meds to be
given to those folks who can't afford them. If the majority of people with HIV had access to the current AIDS meds, their lives would be significantly improved and they could boast the 20 plus year survival that we see here. Anyway, I completely agree that it is within our power to end poverty if the world-- or even the US-- decided to do so { did anyone else notice that the US did not yet send representation to the global conference on economic development being held in Johannesburg?};but, then if we did end poverty, we still would have to deal with global warming { tee-hee}

[This message was edited by Faith on August 26, 2002 at 09:33 PM.]
My initial thought before I read the choices posted was in agreement with Kweli4real ... I was thinking man, himself, is the biggest threat to humanity ... but Kweli4real put it much more eloquently!!! big grin

Poverty, hunger, rapid spread of diseases, and all other such travesties would disolve under the compassion, caring and consciousness of men (and women) simply caring about each other! IMHO smile
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I was in Vegas recently and this place is expanding all the time.


This is an example of what makes all other problems worse. The stupid allocation of resources.

Where does the water come from to make Vegas possible?

How much electric power is used for air conditioning to make Vegas livable.

Without water Vegas would become a ghost town so fast it's ridiculous and the place only exists for gambling and entertainment. Like that couldn't be done somewhere else. Golf courses in Pheonix Arizona are another example.

umbra
Given that China's trade with the world rose some 400 percent from US$281 billion in 1995 to $1.5 trillion in 2005, which global trade partners stand to benefit the most?
Top Countries China Exports To

United States = $162.9 (+30%)
Hong Kong = $124.5 (+23%)
Japan = $84 (+14%)
South Korea = $35.1 (+26%)
Germany = $32.5 (+37%)
Netherlands = $25.9 (+40%)
United Kingdom = $19 (+27%)
Singapore = $16.6 (+31%)
Taiwan = $16.6 (+22%)
Russia = $13.2 (+45%)


Top Countries China Imports From
Japan = $100.5 (+9%)
South Korea = $76.8 (+23%)
Taiwan = $74.7 (+15%)
United States = $48.7 (+9%)
Germany = $30.7 (+1%)
Malaysia = $20.1 (+11%)
Singapore = $16.5 (+18%)
Australia = $16.2 (+40%)
Russia = $15.9 (+31%)
Thailand = $14 (+21%)

China's Trade Surpluses by Country
United States = +$114.2 ($162.9-$48.7)
Germany = +$1.8 ($32.5-$30.7)
Singapore = +$0.1 ($16.6-$16.5)
http://internationaltrade.suite101.com/article.cfm/chinas_top_trading_partners
STUPIDITY

I think that is about the simplest way to put it. It aggravates all other problems. The increased complexity of technology and increased population combine to make the mental demands higher.

Then on top of that people hide information from each other. There can be quite intelligent people that don't have a clue. The bullsh!t flying around is just too hard to sort out.

The way we have chosen to use computers may be doing us more harm than good. I 1999 I could do a search on a phrase and possibly get 20 hits, now I might get more than 2000. Sometimes it seems impossible to find what you want but it almost certainly has to be out there. How can you possibly figure out exactly the right combination of words that don't bring up lots of BS?

I bought a Computer Power User magazine yesterday. I can't help but laugh at all the razzle dazzle electronic crap these days. You have got to buy a ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT. It's only $400. 20

umbra
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Originally posted by Khalliqa:
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Originally posted by MBM:
Single most pressing problem facing humanity? The centuries long exploitation of human and environmental resources as a result of capitalism.



I agree.... but I would use the term that Oshun has


White Supremacy rule....


Yah... Capitalism is a tool/mechanism...

China's 'reason' is reaction to the former. They are copying the original offender. That's what most folks do in a myriad of ways...no?
greed, ignorance, complacency, nonchalance. the four horsemen of our time, heralding the dereliction of our children's.

i believe it's the fetid combination of the aforementioned that leads to many of humanity's problems. greed, or rather a lust for money, is something that causes many to even consider the road of exploiting an ignorant populace, as this is the probably one of the most efficient ways to make money on a grand scale: make one's initial investment trivial in the face of potential profits by way of acquiring cheap labor, selling otherwise worthless products to a race of people willing to spend copious and unjustified amounts of money on them, etc.

the ignorance and complacency (among others, of course) factor in when considering how a smaller group of people if oft able to manipulate a larger populace for the sake of, perhaps, the greed of the smaller group. complacency prevents the group from banding together for the sake of escaping the gangsta rap, er... i mean "fetters," placed upon them by the moneyed minority (for the sake of hyper profit destiny, no less). ignorance allows a group to feel that this way is easier and should be allowed to be so, and also to "stop snitching" (my heart and mind held hands and shed a tear for our race when i saw "cam'ron" on 60 Minutes this past Sunday).

nonchalance is that which expands the pool of excuses one group, that may otherwise wielded the power of change, feels are applicable in the "turning the other cheek" to world atrocities, thus allowing for a delicious cycle of perpetuation and consequently the condition our current world.

the sad thing is, i find it rather difficult to even imagine a world wherein these four pressing problems and their antecedents/consequences do not exist. it's almost as if these are what makes humans, humans. despite of that, i still find myself trying not to justify making the life of others more miseralbe with phrases like, "get over it, the world is cruel," "that's just the way it is," "haha, sucks to be you," and other Greatest Hits.

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Originally posted by umbrarchist:
I bought a Computer Power User magazine yesterday. I can't help but laugh at all the razzle dazzle electronic crap these days. You have got to buy a ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT. It's only $400. 20

what ya think about the GeForce 8800 GTS?? i want one......
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the sad thing is, i find it rather difficult to even imagine a world wherein these four pressing problems and their antecedents/consequences do not exist. it's almost as if these are what makes humans, humans. despite of that, i still find myself trying not to justify making the life of others more miseralbe with phrases like, "get over it, the world is cruel," "that's just the way it is," "haha, sucks to be you," and other Greatest Hits.


This is a point that can be philosophical and metaphysical.

What are humans and what are they supposed to be?

I have said to a friend of mine, Mr. Spock was the only human being on the Enterprise. It is like "human" is used as an excuse to be stupid. Television has been helping brainwash us into being dumb and telling us it's OK.

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what ya think about the GeForce 8800 GTS?? i want one......


You're kidding me? My price search turned up $450 for that thing.

This is currently going for $311. It might or might not go over $450. Let's wait and see.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Dell-Dimension-9100-Pentium-D-3-2-G...QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

I can imagine gamers and some people doing high end rendering spending that much for a graphics card but I regard it as absurd for gamers. I got hooked on Doom in the 90's for about 8 months but I would not have spent $400 to play Doom better. Every used computer I have purchased cost less than that even after I add a new hard drive.

umbra
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This is a point that can be philosophical and metaphysical.

What are humans and what are they supposed to be?

ua~ what a delicious question; this would be a wonderful topic for discussion!

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It is like "human" is used as an excuse to be stupid.


sad but true Frown . the only thing i can think of that "human" can be used to justify is imperfection, but even then only as prelude to resolving to at least attempt to get better at something each and every passing day.

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I have said to a friend of mine, Mr. Spock was the only human being on the Enterprise.


teh irony

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You're kidding me? My price search turned up $450 for that thing.

This is currently going for $311. It might or might not go over $450. Let's wait and see.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Dell-Dimension-9100-Pentium-D-3-2-G...QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

I can imagine gamers and some people doing high end rendering spending that much for a graphics card but I regard it as absurd for gamers. I got hooked on Doom in the 90's for about 8 months but I would not have spent $400 to play Doom better. Every used computer I have purchased cost less than that even after I add a new hard drive.


mega deal! i think i've fallen my pc enthusiast game... why this is so cheap? Confused
pentium d??
xp pro??
dell ram??

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Television has been helping brainwash us into being dumb and telling us it's OK.


"Rarely is the question asked: is our children learning?" -George W. Bush
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Originally posted by listener:
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what's China's excuse?


why "China's excuse"? Does it make excuses?
Mentioning white supremacy is then an excuse for whom or what?

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Human beings' disconnection from nature....

all humans are disconnected?

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our plants, animals


life isn't owned by us. So it isn't *ours*


The planet's & earth's plants. Happy? Then again, if I plant a tree - and I've planted many trees - is it my tree? Or yours? Where's the grammar book. I most probably planted it to share it... and for a host of other reasons we could discuss ad infinitum. sleep

It is the act of disconnectedness from nature that I think is the ROOT of most issues of ecological and spiritual lacking... And IMO YES most humans ARE disconnected from nature... and disconnected = disrespected directly or indirectly.

That's just MY OPINION and you've got YOURS.
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I think that is a false statement based on the projection of a Western industrialized worldview/viewpoint onto the rest of humanity, the 'rest' being the majority of humanity BTW...

Yes. The quite typical European way to see things. 'Our' nature Roll Eyes

but as we are told:
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And IMO YES most humans ARE disconnected from nature

(psst, just can't have anything to do with European culture/ws or capitalism)
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Originally posted by FireFly:
It is the act of disconnectedness from nature that I think is the ROOT of most issues of ecological and spiritual lacking... And IMO YES most humans ARE disconnected from nature... and disconnected = disrespected directly or indirectly.

I guess I am having a hard time with the assertion of "most". I certainly believe that this may become the case with the spread of global capitalism and the commodification of basically everything, including other human beings, but I would assert that such a disconnect probably does not yet exist for indigenous peoples around the world, or perhaps a more accurate/appropriate way of saying it might be those cultures that are basically still pre-modern.
Kresge, because you know so much about religion (and I almost nothing): I think also Christianity has to do with the European disconnection from life? This sentence 'subdue planet earth' 'Mach dir die Erde untertan' (I don't know the correct English term for it), was used in many ways to just exploit and destroy. This feeling of having the right to do so.
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Originally posted by listener:
Kresge, because you know so much about religion (and I almost nothing): I think also Christianity has to do with the European disconnection from life? This sentence 'subdue planet earth' 'Mach dir die Erde untertan' (I don't know the correct English term for it), was used in many ways to just exploit and destroy. This feeling of having the right to do so.

Yes, you are correct. This was particularly true of the Reformed Christian traditions. It is often translated as subdue or have dominion over the earth.

As Max Weber would argue, the link between religion and capitalism had a profound effect on society. There is also the sense that this world is not the "real world" or my final destination. This eschatological or even more drastic apocalyptic notion has it that this world is going to pass away. It is temporary, expendable. We should be looking forward to the New Heaven and the New Earth.

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