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October 04, 2006


Thom H.

I turn 59 next week. Optimistically I've got another 20 years, super-optimistically another 30. From what I've been told, global warming will have had very noticable effects by then. I've been watching what appears to be a general rise in religious fundamentalism and especially in militant Islam. I've watched the U.S. government spend us into trillions of dollars of debt with no observable way of ever paying it back. I have always called myself an optimistic pessimist... I believe that bad things will happen but I'm sure that we will somehow handle it. The optimistic side is starting to fade. I have two daughters, ages 20 and 22. I am not so confident about their future as I would like to be.

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