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The annual list of words to banish from the English language is out. Among the proposed prohibitions with which I could agree: "Not so much," and "That time of year again." (Of course it's that time of year again...and it will be again next year.)
Some things that should happen in 2009:
- Completion of the Burj Dubai, which is expected to be 2,300 feet tall when it's done
- Commercial space travel, either on Virgin Galactic and their "Space Ship Two" or aboard the Planet Space "Silver Dart"
- Medical microrobots injected into the bloodstream to help fix what's wrong with you
- The Communist regime in Cuba turns 50
- People living in Britain will be issued their first biometric national identity cards (proponents of liberty are not amused)
- China becomes the world's largest source of greenhouse gas emissions -- which begs the question, if we're no longer the world's biggest producers of those gases, does that change our attitudes on whether those emissions should be controlled? It's a lot like driving on a highway -- when you're the biggest speeder, you're not likely to call anyone a "crazy driver". But the minute someone else breezes past you, you're more likely to complain about all those nuts who should have their licenses revoked. Whether you believe in man-made global warming, reject it altogether, or remain on the fence, there's no doubt it puts a different spin on the matter to be knocked out of the #1 position.