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My life oscillates between pessimistic optimist to optimistic pessimist. Some say realist.

The scenarios for doom are there and, sadly, are far too real and plausible.  

"Governments" tend to be very good at 'muddling through', seeking a lowest common denominator.

The question, at the core, is whether we can 'muddle through' the challenges of the coming decades to generate a meaningfully, decent, sustainable life for humanity (and, well, enough other species).

To be blunt, as with Jerome, looking in the eyes of one's young children does not allow a blase throwing up of the hands to consider extinction within a generation as an acceptable alternative ... a 1000 generations can be intellectually considered, a generation for utter collapse is terrifyingly painful to consider. (Thus, as with Jerome, efforts re Global Warming, Peak Oil, Water challenges.)

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by a siegel (siegeadATgmailIGNORETHISdotPLEASEcom) on Wed Jul 11th, 2007 at 06:59:52 AM EST
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