Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Fall of Empires ... IMPERATOR PONTIFEXATQUE DOLORIS SUM

Hmmm ... just a quickie but don't these three items just strike you as possibly disturbing on an Asimovian psychohistorical level?

http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/science/05/04/mayan.metropolis/index.html

"Mayan civilization reached its "classic" era between 1,750 and 1,100 years ago, and then entered a period of slow decline.

The Mayan civilization ended abruptly when Spaniards arrived in the New World in the 16th century, though their descendants still live across Central America.

Archeological studies of such famous ruins as Palenque, Tikal, Calakmul and Chichen Itza show the Mayan culture to have been quite advanced, with a calendar, writing, organized religion, a powerful monarchy, and a sophisticated knowledge and understanding of astronomy.
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http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/science/05/04/thewarming.west.ap/index.html

"Global warming debate aside, West is heating up

Forget talk of global warming and speculation of what it might do in 50 years, or 100. Here and across the West, climate change already is happening. Temperatures are warmer, ocean levels are rising, the snowpack is dwindling and melting earlier, flowers bloom earlier, mountain glaciers are disappearing and a six-year drought is killing trees by the millions.
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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4893396/

"“We’ve never been burned this bad before,” said Dick Benjamin, 70, whose home in Riverside County was saved. “Fires are supposed to be in August and September, not May.” "

As for the Latin, check out the wisdom of Sting: IMPERATOR PONTIFEXATQUE DOLORIS SUM

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