[censored] !!<p><hr></blockquote><p>the only thing that would do is bring on even more demagoguery from the politicians, along with more sensational headlines from "news" sources that don't have a clue how economics works, but do know how to hop on bandwagons.<br><br>Google earns close to 3 times/share over what the oil companies earn. Where's the indignation and headlines about that! I read all over the place that Exxon had it's best 1st quarter ever -- I also heard, on public radio (so it must be true) that the same is true of 58% of all the companies listed on the NYSX but I guess that's not newsworthy.<br><br>In summery, I think we should all become Amish. Of course, if we did that, we might have to tear down some cities (who needs 'em) so corn could again be planted in 3 foot rows.<br><br>Second summery: I heard (again on NPR) about a pretty well respected financial type who says that the model for the future of corporate America can be seen by observing GM and what's happening with them. That should enlighten your day. <br><br>Old farts, the hidden caulk of civilization. Jim Atkinson
_________________________ Old farts, the hidden caulk of civilization. Jim Atkinson
As much as I agree about planning for Bastille Day ASAP<br><br>...one thing has struck me about the situation;<br>The environmentalists have been saying for years to push up the price of petrol products <br>to cause a shift in the perceived comfort level that "cheap-gas" was affording Americans.<br>HOWEVER, the plan was to use the Imposed Gas Tax to foster further research into alternative<br>fuels, for OUR benefit, NOT to be funneled into DICK Cheney's pocketses. <br><br>Think about it: <br>Almost every horse's ass in This Administration has his (or her) roots in oil & energy.<br>They may have been as useless as Dishonest DUBya's Sock-Stuffed Cod-Piece, without<br>Petro Chemical Funds to lever for power.<br><br><br>In any case: it's interesting to witness the sudden (and remarkably abrupt) public acceptance<br> of alternatives the moment they felt the slightest pinch.<br>If it had happened as little as a decade ago, things might have been quite different right now.<br><br>It's also interesting to muse upon what it would take to shift the public onto the road to <br>a totally revolutionary way of thinking about a total turn around in the way we've been using<br>and abusing each other, and the entire planet.<br><br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p> the only thing that would do is bring on even more demagoguery from the politicians, along with more sensational headlines from "news" sources that don't have a clue how economics works, but do know how to hop on bandwagons. <p><hr></blockquote><p>I don't think so. I had a friend that worked in Norm Mineta's (Dept of Transportation) San Jose office back in the 1980s'. Congressional offices have a number that they use to track public mood on issues. If they get 100 letters on issue X- they figure there are 20-30 times that many Americans who feel the same way but didn't take the iniative to write. Maybe 20-30 is too high a number but there's a number that they factor into analyzing any specific issue.<br><br>SO if 5-10 million participated, and they even figure a factor of 5... that'd equate to 25-50 million voters... that would be a "9/11" to them.... believe me ! they'd be forced to do more than demagoguery if they wanted to be re-elected in Nov !!<br><br>David (OFI)<br>
Are you aware of the Peace Rally<br>that took place Just Yesterday in New York City?<br><br>Neither was I. <br><br>What's fukked, is that even living literally within site of NYC<br>I knew NOTHING about the rally until AFTER THE FACT<br>and worse yet..... Only by reading about it in BBC News! <br><br>IOW<br>People can only gather in significant numbers to make an impact<br>if they find a way of communicating with each other that doesn't<br>depend upon media that is controlled by the government.<br><br>BTW;<br>That now includes the internet, since @$$H@LES Insisting that they<br>"had nothing to hide" allowed the intrusion into the WWW & our HDs.<br><br>IOW<br>They already know all your plans & intentions before you even get it <br>off the ground.<br><br>What you'd been seeing around the world as troops are called in to quell<br>unrest and protests (and ultimately called upon to fire on the populous)<br>fore shadows what DUBya has is store for us ... just as simply as allowing<br>BLACKWATER (Hallibuten) MERCENARIES to "shoot to kill" looters in N.O.<br><br><br>Sooooooooooo whatever you think needs doing, you'd better do it ASAP,<br>and in such a way that it's a coordinated effort, without advance warning.<br><br><br>
I guess George Cluney draws more press for the Darfur rally than some not so cute peaceniks do for their rally.<br><br><br>- This is gonna get pretty interesting. <br>- Define "interesting". <br>- Oh, God, oh, God, we're all gonna die..
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