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My major at Cal was Political Economy & International Relations. I graduated in 1973 after 6 years of active duty in the Army. My senior year, one of our textbooks was "Limits To Growth." Like the authors, I expected effective mitigation was eminent. Still waiting, but now have the time to contribute to that effort. While I believe it is too late to curtail the consequences of our poisoning of our planet's seas, soils, air, water, food and children, I still have some "fight" left in me, quixotic though it might be. With the exception of "religion," I am interested in all of the areas listed above. As a former "Baby Killer," I have no areas of expertise in international relations to be proud of.
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