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(Mother Jones)   What are some of the biggest problems we need to worry about in the coming future? Here's a short but important list   (motherjones.com) divider line 19
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2012-12-11 11:37:05 AM
6 votes:
I'm worried about the baggage retrieval system they've got at Heathrow.
2012-12-11 11:40:33 AM
3 votes:
THERE ARE ONLY 10 DAYS LEFT!!!
WHY AREN'T YOU PEOPLE DOING ANYTHING?!?!?!?!?

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2012-12-11 12:36:37 PM
2 votes:
Um, hello? The world is ending in 10 days. Our only problem is running out of vodak.
2012-12-11 12:21:46 PM
2 votes:

fiver5: Hahaha stupid hand wringing leftists never fail to amuse.


Okay ... 5 things REAL AMERICANS should be worried about:

1. Taxes
2. No tax cuts
3. Lack of cutting with the taxes
4. Gheys
5. Gheys getting tax cuts.

/Feel better now?
2012-12-11 11:28:22 AM
2 votes:
#3 and #4 cancel each other out. Yay!
2012-12-11 01:04:17 PM
1 votes:

ItsJustJake: OK, but how do they fit into my list of things to worry about:

1) Impending Asteroid Collision with Earth
2) Global Warming
3) The Next Big Earthquake of California
4) The Next Big Wildfire of California
5) The Next Big Rainstorm of California
6) The Next Great Drought of California
7) Alien Invasion
8) Realizing That Aliens Are Already Among Us
9) Next "Great Cross" Planetary Alignment Ripping Planet Apart
10) Oil Prices
11) Iraq
12) 9/11, Part II
13) Satan
14) Antichrist
15) Iran
16) North Korea
17) Chupacabra
18) Genetically Modified Food Products
19) Mega-Tsunami
20) More Star Wars Prequels
21) Next Rodney King
22) Magma Death
23) Bears
24) Bee Rapture
25) Black Holes
26) Spider Plagues

Am I just out of date, or do I need to add something?


You missed hitler and George Bush. I'm sure a lot of farkers would probably put them between numbers 13 and 14
2012-12-11 12:56:17 PM
1 votes:
OK, but how do they fit into my list of things to worry about:

1) Impending Asteroid Collision with Earth
2) Global Warming
3) The Next Big Earthquake of California
4) The Next Big Wildfire of California
5) The Next Big Rainstorm of California
6) The Next Great Drought of California
7) Alien Invasion
8) Realizing That Aliens Are Already Among Us
9) Next "Great Cross" Planetary Alignment Ripping Planet Apart
10) Oil Prices
11) Iraq
12) 9/11, Part II
13) Satan
14) Antichrist
15) Iran
16) North Korea
17) Chupacabra
18) Genetically Modified Food Products
19) Mega-Tsunami
20) More Star Wars Prequels
21) Next Rodney King
22) Magma Death
23) Bears
24) Bee Rapture
25) Black Holes
26) Spider Plagues

Am I just out of date, or do I need to add something?
2012-12-11 12:38:16 PM
1 votes:
I join the vast majority of people who worry more about what I am going to order for lunch than any of the five things Mother Jones proffers as worry worthy. I, at least, have control over what I order for lunch. I, on the other hand, have no control over anything on the list.
2012-12-11 12:38:01 PM
1 votes:
Biggest problem we face.

Mother Jones NOT going bankrupt!
2012-12-11 12:26:41 PM
1 votes:
Idiocracy.
2012-12-11 12:14:19 PM
1 votes:
Hahaha stupid hand wringing leftists never fail to amuse.
2012-12-11 12:06:29 PM
1 votes:

GRCooper: Think cell regeneration. *Never* aging. Only dying of non-aging related issues (accidents, uncured diseases). Being 25 years old *physically* forever.


25 works.
I sure as hell don't want to pay the car insurance premiums of an 18 year old man forever....
2012-12-11 11:49:19 AM
1 votes:
Immortality or Zombie Apocalypse? From certain angles, they look alike.
2012-12-11 11:48:19 AM
1 votes:
The lack of really hot cheer leaders.
2012-12-11 11:40:10 AM
1 votes:
Immortality will never be available to the masses.

It will be reserved for people that "deserve" it and politicians.

Think the 99% Congressional re-election rate is bad? Wait until its 100%. Forever.
2012-12-11 11:40:01 AM
1 votes:

hogans: I'm worried about the baggage retrieval system they've got at Heathrow.


That's not my bag.
That's not my bag.
That's not my bag.
That's not my bag.
That's not my bag.
That's not my bag.
That's not my bag.
That's not my bag.
That's not my bag.
That's not my bag.
2012-12-11 11:39:24 AM
1 votes:
1. It's going to change. Deal with it.
2. Bigger problem: remote control warfare. Already started.
3. Seriously? I want to laugh.
4. Yeah, that's a problem And small nuke/dirty bomb proliferation.
5 Call me in 50 years. It'll probably be long distance. REALLY long distance.
2012-12-11 10:08:10 AM
1 votes:
#3

Imagine a world where we say, "Remember when we used to be able to die to solve our problems?"
2012-12-11 09:55:34 AM
1 votes:
1) Climate change. Needs no explanation, I assume.
2) Robots. Explanation here. Even Paul Krugman is tentatively on board now.
3) Immortality. Laugh if you want, but it's hardly impossible that sometime in the medium-term future we'll see biomedical breakthroughs that make humans extremely long-lived. What happens then? Who gets the magic treatments? How do we support a population that grows forever? How does an economy of immortals work, anyway?
4) Bio-weapons. We don't talk about this a whole lot these days, but it's still possible-maybe even likely-that extraordinarily lethal viruses will be fairly easily manufacturable within a couple of decades. If this happens before we figure out how to make extraordinarily effective vaccines and antidotes, this could spell trouble in ways obvious enough to need no explanation.
5) Energy. All the robots in the world won't do any good if we don't have enough energy to keep them running. And fossil fuels will run out eventually, fracking or not. However, I put this one fifth out of five because we already have pretty good technology for renewable energy, and it's mainly an engineering problem to build it out on a mass scale. Plus you never know. Fusion might become a reality someday.

I see problem 4 fixing problem 3 for us, maybe even a combination of problem 1 and 4. Problem 2 will be easily fixed with the creation of Mentats.
 
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