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Michael Crichton: Fear and Complexity [State of Fear + Why Politicized Science is Dangerous]
Michael Crichton ^ | November 15, 2005 | Michael Crichton

Posted on 01/04/2006 7:49:59 AM PST by Tolik

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To: Tolik; oldglory; MinuteGal; mcmuffin; gonzo; sheikdetailfeather

"Nailed it", is right! bttt


51 posted on 01/04/2006 10:40:26 AM PST by Matchett-PI ( "History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid." -- Dwight Eisenhower)
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To: Breyean

Aw c'mon! Surely some big name actor - Costner? Cruise? Cage? - would love to play the part of the fatuous arrogant actor who gets tenderized and eaten by cannibals? Sort of hoist on his own petard!


52 posted on 01/04/2006 10:44:24 AM PST by Rummyfan
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To: Tolik
"..nothing is more ill served by allegiance to a single political party.."

There are only two viable political parties in America. We must give our allegiance to the political party in which we have a voice. For Crichton --- and for us --- that ain't the DemocRAT Party of today. He knows it, too.

53 posted on 01/04/2006 10:46:45 AM PST by Matchett-PI ( "History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid." -- Dwight Eisenhower)
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To: Tolik

Thanks for posting this.


54 posted on 01/04/2006 10:50:39 AM PST by FYREDEUS (FYREDEUS)
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To: Blueflag

Great book, finally out in paperback. I finished it a few weeks ago.


55 posted on 01/04/2006 10:54:00 AM PST by nina0113
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To: Tolik

Thanks for posting this. Mark. Bought the book for my dad this Christmas. I have read it twice! State of Fear is an EXCELLENT book, if only for the wonderful fate awaiting the Martin Sheen character!!! I love Michael Crichton.


56 posted on 01/04/2006 11:08:10 AM PST by Finny (God continue to Bless President G.W. Bush with wisdom, popularity, safety and success.)
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To: Breyean

Crichton has pretty much sacrificed his career to the cause of intellectual honesty. I hope he made enough dough off The Andromeda Strain and Airframe to carry him.


57 posted on 01/04/2006 11:51:30 AM PST by .cnI redruM (One combatant in a war can't declare peace alone.)
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To: generally

I agree with your sentiments, I tend to use the word "conservationist" when describing myself. I learned most of my conservation ideals from my father and from the Boy Scouts. The stances that the wacko environmentalist take are almost always on the extreme and the one thing they always misunderestimate (that was done on purpose) is that mother nature is a powerful b@*&$. This should not stop us from being responsible to the environment but we are a minor blip in the the grand scheme of things.


58 posted on 01/04/2006 1:06:23 PM PST by A Texan (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: Tolik
Posts like this are the reason I come to FreeRepublic.
Thanks a lot for your time and effort.
59 posted on 01/04/2006 1:28:26 PM PST by elbucko
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To: Tolik

bookmark...

State Of Fear was a great read...


60 posted on 01/04/2006 1:30:39 PM PST by g'nad
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To: .cnI redruM
I hope he made enough dough off The Andromeda Strain and Airframe to carry him.

Isn't he an Executive Producer for "ER"? I'm sure that puts a little spending money in his pocket from time to time.

61 posted on 01/04/2006 1:33:08 PM PST by ssaftler (Politically Correct isn't! Progressives aren't!)
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To: A Texan

Thanks for your reply. I'll go with "conservationist" (sounds a lot like "conservative") and see if that helps. I cringe when I hear the right talk about "envirowackos", though I understand what they're talking about. Just because the ELF or EarthFirst crowd are nuts or some in the other groups are corrupt and/or stupid, does not mean that the entire concept of conservation is worthless. That is like throwing out the baby with the bathwater.


62 posted on 01/04/2006 4:59:36 PM PST by generally
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To: SuziQ

Thanks Suzi Q, guess I'll pick that one up at the library, once I'm finished reading Narnia.


63 posted on 01/04/2006 6:03:05 PM PST by osagebowman ("I'm just trying to be a better person, my name is...")
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To: SuziQ

Yeah, I liked the book, it makes lots of good points. I have to agree with the poster who wondered how many future movie contracts Crichton will be offered. He is a proven money maker though, so I can imagine he'll sell others, if not this one.

My favorite Chricton movie is "The Great Train Robbery" with Connery.


64 posted on 01/04/2006 6:35:39 PM PST by Sam Cree (absolute reality) - "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." Albert Einstein)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I didn't know if you had seen this or not. It might work for the Global Warming list.


65 posted on 01/04/2006 7:58:27 PM PST by AZ_Cowboy (Christmas isn't over until the 6th. Don't tell the lefty bloggers!)
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To: Tolik; BIGLOOK

Is this the thread BIGLOOK??


66 posted on 01/04/2006 9:00:43 PM PST by StarCMC (Old Sarge is my hero...doing it right in Iraq! Vaya con Dios, Sarge.)
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To: Old Sarge

Wow Sarge -- try THIS article on for size today if you get bored over there! *G*


67 posted on 01/04/2006 9:09:41 PM PST by StarCMC (Old Sarge is my hero...doing it right in Iraq! Vaya con Dios, Sarge.)
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To: StarCMC
Bingo!

Crichton gives many good lectures. I have simply added his site to my favorites.
You can peke your kids' interest by showing them "Jurassic Park" and telling them this guy's the story teller. Good luck!
68 posted on 01/04/2006 9:12:40 PM PST by BIGLOOK (I once opposed keelhauling but recently have come to my senses.)
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To: BIGLOOK

I copied the whole story to a word doc. so I can read it at will -- when I have time to digest. It looks fascinating!!!

Thanks for the heads up!!


69 posted on 01/04/2006 9:14:18 PM PST by StarCMC (Old Sarge is my hero...doing it right in Iraq! Vaya con Dios, Sarge.)
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To: StarCMC
It only looks long. 20=30 minutes read....gawking at graphs.
BTW, Next time you get an letter with pretty stamps and a solicitation for a donation to preserve the environment from Sierra Club or a like organization, keep the stamps and save your money. The only credible organization is the Audubon Society; the rest are pick pockets.
70 posted on 01/04/2006 9:32:39 PM PST by BIGLOOK (I once opposed keelhauling but recently have come to my senses.)
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To: Tolik
false information can be a health hazard as damaging as radiation

Sounds to me like a reason to demand that the media be held responsible for the "facts" that they report. ;)

State of Fear was a good read. Like in most techno-thrillers, the hero has an incredible ability to overcome the odds and survive, but setting that aside, I found the book to contain all sorts of astute information.
71 posted on 01/05/2006 2:13:26 AM PST by Fawnn (Canteen wOOhOO Consultant and CookingWithPam.com person - Faith makes things possible, not easy.)
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To: elbucko

The pleasure is all mine

:^)


72 posted on 01/05/2006 4:34:25 AM PST by Tolik
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To: BIGLOOK; All

We don't donate to ANY conservational causes because I trust NONE of them. Two doors down from our office is the "Nature Conservancy." They have hoodwinked one of our most conservative clients and it drives us NUTS. Actually, if there is anyone reading this who knows about such things, can you tell me if this is truly a possibility -- to me it sounds like a way to make a land grab!!

They have told him (and he owns a TON of land) that there is a grass spore that floats in the air. It doesn't grow anywhere and they are trying to catch it in the air. It's a prairie grass or something -- one they are supposedly trying to revive. (Don't you love how the folks who believe in evolution don't want to let anything go??) They wanted him to test his air for them to see if it existed in the air near his farm. He did it!! I personally would have told them to go fly. I am assuming they didn't find it - I never heard any more about it. Ugh!!!


73 posted on 01/05/2006 4:54:42 AM PST by StarCMC (Old Sarge is my hero...doing it right in Iraq! Vaya con Dios, Sarge.)
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To: RhoTheta

Long read, but excellent.


74 posted on 01/05/2006 5:53:40 AM PST by Egon (I don't want edible meat, I want edible animals. - CygnusXI)
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To: Tolik

The foundation of population control exposed! Outstanding!

Most people don't have a clue how dangerous it is to have a bunch of people thinking that we must save the 'fragile planet' from 'overpopulation'. Maybe if they think of Scrooge and Tiny Tim.


75 posted on 01/05/2006 6:17:20 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Fight corruption by choking government power and curbing government spending.)
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To: Blurblogger

Debunking population control:

"Notice that in 1968, when Ehrlich published the Population Bomb, world birth rates were already in decline. Ehrlich was thus urging people to do what they had already been doing for about 10 years in the third world, and about 100 years in the industrialized world. It's not clear whether he knew this or not. But certainly when he said, "The battle to feed all of humanity is over....At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate..." he was simply wrong..."


76 posted on 01/05/2006 6:35:02 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Fight corruption by choking government power and curbing government spending.)
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To: Temple Owl

ping


77 posted on 01/05/2006 6:45:01 AM PST by Tribune7
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To: StarCMC
Yes, it is a land grab.The Nature Conservancy, in order to save the "Beautiful Places", finagles to drive down land values, deny legitimate owners' rights to usage, then buys them up using donated funds. Later on NC sells scenic property to wealthy Hollywood types for profit.......violating their status as a non profit organization but hey, what the hell. They make large donations to lib pols too. In turn, NC gets laws and condemnations to preserve more "Beautiful Places".

Their business is to make a killing......and business is good!
78 posted on 01/05/2006 7:57:53 AM PST by BIGLOOK (I once opposed keelhauling but recently have come to my senses.)
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To: Tolik

This is one outstanding piece, Tolik! YOU nailed it! I read it out loud yesterday to a friend, who was riveted.

Thank you again for all the great work you are doing on this forum. FRegards....


79 posted on 01/08/2006 5:51:47 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Fight corruption by choking government power and curbing government spending.)
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To: Tolik

Excellent article. Ping for a second read later.


80 posted on 01/20/2006 1:33:52 PM PST by Buggman (L'chaim b'Yeshua HaMashiach!)
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To: Tolik

Wow, what a GREAT post.
Thank you for posting it.


81 posted on 01/20/2006 1:40:15 PM PST by ConservativeBamaFan
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To: Tolik

This is a great read. Thanks for posting it.


82 posted on 01/20/2006 2:49:46 PM PST by Rocky (Air America: Robbing the poor to feed the Left)
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To: All

I just finished "State of Fear". What a great book! It absoutely show the environmental industry for what it is...an industry. Everyone should read it.


83 posted on 02/26/2006 2:10:43 PM PST by DouglasKC
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To: DouglasKC

Bump

Finished it, loved it, gave it to the wife, she loved it. Now I gotta find a lib to give it to to see their head explode :)

As with all of Crichton's books it read like a screen play. But I bet it is one of the few that will never make it to the big screen without significant plot changes, like Rising Sun.


84 posted on 03/07/2006 1:09:06 PM PST by ParadigmLost (If I know the answer I'll tell you the answer, and if I don't, I'll just respond, cleverly.)
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To: Tolik

bump


85 posted on 10/11/2006 1:28:49 PM PDT by overkill_007_2000
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To: Tolik

I am reading this book now, and already can recommend it as a "must read".


86 posted on 01/23/2007 7:09:55 AM PST by devane617 (It's McCain and a Rat -- Now what?)
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To: FBD

bookmark


87 posted on 02/06/2007 10:51:28 PM PST by FBD
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