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Spock and his party arrives moments later. Kirk hails the Enterprise informing them to standby to transport the party in ten minutes or carry out General Order 24 on schedule. Then, Kirk tells Anan his plan: to save his crew, he plans to end the war. The captain asks Ambassador Fox to hold the people outside while Spock, one other councilman, and Lieutenant Osborne remain. They retrieve their phasers and communicators and locks the master computer. Spock details that the computers are in constant contact with their Vendikan counterparts. Terminating that contact abrogates the agreement between them, and by destroying the master computer, the others will go.
Kirk orders Osborne to escort the councilman, Sar 6 , out and destroys the master computer with his phaser. With the machines destroyed, Kirk paints a very frightening image to Anan 7: those on Vendikar will assume Eminiar has broken the treaty, and will plan for real war. The next attacks, by both sides, will be very real. Kirk offers an alternative: they could change five hundred years of theoretical fighting, and make peace instead. Kirk tells Anan that if they contact Vendikar, they will quickly realize that they are just as horrified at the prospect of a real bloody war.
Anan remembers that the communication link with Vendikar is still in existence, though it has been unused for centuries. There might be a chance to save both planets if they put it to use. Fox offers to serve as a mediator between Eminiar and Vendikar, and Kirk leaves him behind to negotiate the peace. Later, on the bridge of the Enterprise , Lt. Uhura reports that the peace talks are looking hopeful. Spock remarks on the big chance Kirk took in destroying the computers running the war between Eminiar and Vendikar, risking real war.
Kirk disputes that, noting that a real attack would not have killed as many as the computer simulation, but it would have ended both planets' ability to make war — permanently.
Kirk, however, acknowledges that it was a calculated risk, but had a feeling that an orderly society such as the Eminians would not have risked war, since it is a very messy business and they would have done anything to avoid that. Spock tells Kirk that a feeling is not much to go on and Kirk replies that feeling is sometimes all Humans have to go on. Spock tells his captain that he makes him almost believe in luck.
Spock, you almost make me believe in miracles, " Kirk retorts.daquidezanos.co/wp-content/4442.php
Scientists Warn of Insect ‘Armageddon’ After Dramatic Drop in Populations
The best diplomat I know is a fully activated phaser bank! Complete destruction of our culture, here yes and the culture on Vendikar. Disaster, disease, starvation! Horrible lingering death! Pain and anguish! What kind of monster are you?! You said so yourself. A hunter, a warrior. And let's be honest, a murderer. That is our joint heritage, is it not?
That's what war is all about, Anan. That's what makes it a thing to be avoided. That's all it takes. Dia ; gunboat diplomacy ; Ripoma.
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Over-exaggerating the results of a single study does a disfavour to science. This is why consensus , built from many years of different types of research in different parts of the planet, is so valuable and important. Now more than ever we need to increase public trust and understanding of science. We desperately need everyone to understand that the value of scientific knowledge is built on time, details, and contexts; not broad generalisations.
Nice article — what we need, as Stuart Reynolds says in the comments section of my article, is some joined together action from entomologists globally and locally. Ideally we need a few Gates type donors.
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Like Liked by 1 person. Good article, but the Puerto Rican studies sounded very bad.. No hype, just sadly astounded by the lack of insects and birds in a preserve far from human activity. He emphasized the need for more research before running to conclusions. But your points are well taken. Like Like. It was a very localised study, in a very small plot of the rainforest, and targeted specific types of insects. Might this be a case of the Texas sharpshooter fallacy?
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I notice the lead author on the paper relates a windshield anecdote in The Guardian article. Is it possible that his observation of fewer insects on the windshield led to the original biased search terms? It makes sense that day after day, year after year, road traffic will cause a lot of mortality. Martin, Amanda E. There are some studies showing declines on or near roads, but other studies show no effect, e. I think the effect of traffic is definitely plausible, but as far as I know no one has addressed the many confounding factors around different kinds of roads, existing local insect communities, other effects not related to roads eg pollution, habitat clearing etc , seasonal differences, distance from roads, how cars have changed over time faster, different designs etc.
Like Liked by 2 people. In I drove to Saskatchewan from BC. When we arrived, the front of the car was full of insects. In , I did the same drive late August. Way less bugs. I never had to clean the windshield. Tells me there are less bugs around then there used to be. Given the amount of wind in the area, I would suggest that there was no local depletion of insects. It is too easy for the population to be replenished. Wishful thinking in the prairies.
Great comments — especially for general public who arnt scientists but have a genuine interest in the world around us. Another excellent blog, Manu. It is all too easy to get swept along in hysteria, but sometimes I wonder if we are not too honest about objectivity. I calmed down industry people who phoned me in a panic when mountain pine beetle started killing spruce. In retrospect I should have told them to invest in research to figure out what was going on, perhaps. The Puerto Rico paper used temperature data known to be unreliable for climate analyses to draw conclusions about the effect of climate on insects.
You have certainly been kind to the authors. I think they have been grandstanding. China along with its allies and their vast armies will also one day cross the Euphrates as they march through the oil-rich Middle-East towards Israel … and into the Battle of Armageddon. The coming Battle of Armageddon will be the last battle ever fought during this Age of Mankind. China will unleash its deadly weapons of mass destruction. Much of the world will be destroyed. Cities will disappear.