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Gas about Public Transit

"The hope that rising gasoline prices or increased gasoline taxes will substantially reduce automobile travel by inducing people to choose public transportation is unrealistic."

Piracy in the real world

"The biggest acts of piracy are taking place off the coast of Somalia by Western trawlers that take huge fish catches impoverishing the small, fragile fishing community on the Somali coast. Western countries steal an estimated $300 million worth of fish annually from Somali waters. Without coast guards or vessels, Somalia cannot protect its interests or its people. Imagine if this occurred off the coast of Canada, the US or Britain; their naval gunboats would immediately go into action but not poor Somalia."

What Is Clinton Doing?

"The bottom line here is Clinton cannot win. The question, therefore, arises: "what is she doing?"

The Recession’s Human and Environmental Impacts

"All considered, there is no way that many Americans, even with the minimum wage set at a measly $5.85/ hour, can compete with overseas $1/ day wages, nor subsume the fundamental costs associated with their rents, mortgages, the increase in food and oil prices, rising medical insurance payments and other basic expenses."

How much power does Bush think he has?

"This is the dangerous world emerging in the second half of the first decade of the new millenium. Never mind that Congress never declared war on anyone as required by the Constitution. As long as Congress signs a declaration authorizing force, the President become Commander in Chief and this president has no qualms whatsoever about exercising force against anyone."

Is anyone speechless?

"...the fact is that for the Muslim world, Obama did not go far enough. Palestinians languishing in refugee camps or in the Occupied Territories are distinctly aware that despite his harsh criticism of settlements, their quest for freedom is consistently squashed by American-sponsored weapons."

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