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Posted: 9/30/2002 4:50:43 AM EDT
[url]http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/728460/posts[/url] It reminds me of the old story of the atheist taking a walk through the woods, admiring all the natural majesty. "What beautiful trees!" he exclaims. "What powerful rivers and streams! What interesting animals!" Just then he hears a rustling in the bushes and sees a giant bear charge toward him. The atheist runs as fast as he can, but the bear is gaining on him. His heart is racing as he runs. He looks over his shoulder to see the bear is only a few feet behind. As he turns, he trips over a branch and falls to the ground. He looks up to see the bear right on top of him with a paw raised ready to strike a deadly blow. "Oh God!" cries the atheist. At that instant, time stops. The bear freezes. The forest is silent. Even the river stops running. The atheist hears a voice coming from heaven: "You deny my existence for all these years, teach others I don't exist and credit creation to a cosmic accident. Yet, now you call on me for help? Am I to count you as a believer?" The atheist says: "No, it would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask you to treat me as a believer. But perhaps you could make the bear a believer?" "Very well," says the voice. In an instant, the sounds of the forest are back, the river is running again. The bear sits down. Putting both paws together, he bows his head and says: "Lord, for this food which I am about to receive, may I be truly thankful. Amen."
Link Posted: 9/30/2002 6:05:36 AM EDT
That was one of the stupidest things that I have read recently. It basically amounts to "The forests wouldn't have burned if we cut them down!".
Link Posted: 9/30/2002 8:32:00 AM EDT
Originally Posted By deadman: That was one of the stupidest things that I have read recently. It basically amounts to "The forests wouldn't have burned if we cut them down!".
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Not too hard to understand if you ask me.
Link Posted: 9/30/2002 2:18:30 PM EDT
Originally Posted By deadman: That was one of the stupidest things that I have read recently. It basically amounts to "The forests wouldn't have burned if we cut them down!".
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Obviously you don't know anything about resource management and don't live near any forests. Controlled burns, selective logging, and brush clearing are the only things that keep a constantly pampered forest from burning to the ground when the conditions are right. The tree-huggers are convinced that leaving the forest to the envrio-nazis, never logging it, never letting it burn, and never clearing some it out is good. Newsflash, it ain't very good for forest maintenance. Fire and disease are what traditionally cleaned the forest every few years, but because of continual meddling by humans, those cycles of disease and fire have been irrevocably interrupted. The forests need to be logged and burned to survive, or you will see many more destructive fires running amok destroying forests and homes alike.
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