Um. Trying to keep a low profile here actually.
Anyhoo, grew up in rural Minnesota on a farm with a few animals (horses and chickens, mostly). Started drawing at a young age.
Transformations: The Shaggy Dog did it for me the 1st time. Since then, I've gone through some of the typical pervert's angst: "It's wrong", "I should burn all these drawings" (and I did - twice), "This is everything to me but it's impossible so I have nothing to live for," and, finally: "Eh. It's just a fetish." Your world doesn't end if you are attracted to nonhuman, nonfemale things. Also, the world at large doesn't care. The world at large believe that people who care about these things enough to act upon them are assholes trying to push their beliefs onto you.
* 9/11 killed around 4,000 people. That scale of destruction has not been repeated as of today, 10-30-2009. I would not classify 9/11 as a typical terrorist event.
* On average, according to stats from the US Government data since the 1970s, 1,000 people die due to this sort of "international" terrorism worldwide.
* There are about 6 billion (6,000,000,000) people worldwide.
* 1,000 divided by 6,000,000,000 is about equal to 1 / 1,000,000. So, the threat YOU face due to terrorism, worldwide, is 1 chance per million per year.
* If you change the definition to include "Domestic" terrorism (committed by an individual who has NOT crossed borders before committing their crimes), the number jumps to 20,000 deaths per year... making the chance of death 1 in 100,000.
* Here in Minnesota, 13 people died when the 35W bridge collapsed. 100,000 cars crossed that bridge daily. The chance in this scenario is about 1 in 10,000 - IF you used the bridge once a day, every day, all year long.
Men who fight wars in foreign countries are very brave and are doing an incredibly great job. About 200,000 soldiers died in WWII, which lasted less than 5 years. This is off the top of my head, I don't have the facts in front of me. So far, the troop death in Iraq and Afghanistan is less than 10,000. That's a lot, but it's no meat grinder like WWII was, and our conflicts in those regions have lasted over 7 years now.
The civilian (Iraqi) casualties are over 20,000.