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Stupid War [Mar. 18th, 2003|01:09 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
I hate going to war because Tivo thinks it's recording new episodes of my favorite shows, but really it's recording the Breaking news!!!!!!!!! EXCLUSIVE FROM CHANNEL nn TEAM COVERAGE REPORT DIRECT, which is just the same ol' regurgitated 1 tidbit of real information you can get anywhere, stretched out into an hour. And the episodes aren't being rerun later. :/

I don't know if Saddam is the asshole I often hear he is, so I don't have a real position on the war. But.... I am excited to see gas prices skyrocket. I would love nothing more than to see America get in a huge tissy-fit over, say, $4.00/gallon gas. In Germany, I remember gas costing about that, and they're closer to the Middle East. Why's our gas so cheap?

I just wanna see alternative fuel sources being used in the auto industry, and not just in demo/gimmicky cars. If attacking Iraq and Saddam setting fire to his oil fields is a means to that end, well... cool. I mean, Bush is gonna attack anyway. One might as well look at the bright side, even if it's years off.
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From: fullerton
2003-03-18 01:19 am (UTC)
I think that petro is taxed more in europe. I remember living in England and it was like 3.50 a gallon. Perhaps it stems from cars being somewhat of a luxury item over there and not absolutely pertinent to survival as they are here.

We throw so much value on automoblies in this country. We see them as freedom, so no politician and his right mind would try and raise petro taxes.

I don't drive and I'm with you in hoping that this results in people using more alternative forms of transport. We wouldn't be in this jam if it weren't for our dependence on oil.
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[User Picture]From: angelicdestiny
2003-03-18 01:27 am (UTC)

IM BORED

COME CUDDLE :oP
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[User Picture]From: brad
2003-03-18 01:29 am (UTC)

Re: IM BORED

where were you wanting to cuddle when we lived in the same state?

cuddletease.
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[User Picture]From: angelicdestiny
2003-03-18 02:15 am (UTC)

Re: IM BORED

foo, you had a gf, and i had a bf. remember that bit? :oP
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[User Picture]From: angelicdestiny
2003-03-18 03:43 am (UTC)

Re: IM BORED

fer sure.
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[User Picture]From: denshi
2003-03-18 02:01 am (UTC)

Re: IM BORED

Brad, I'll handle this one; you handle Oregon.
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[User Picture]From: angelicdestiny
2003-03-18 02:15 am (UTC)

Re: IM BORED

wrong state :oP
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[User Picture]From: denshi
2003-03-18 02:25 am (UTC)

Re: IM BORED

Plane tix are cheap.
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[User Picture]From: brit_will
2003-03-18 05:47 am (UTC)
i heard somewhere that global warming could be cut by a third if US cars were as fuel-efficient as European ones. i don't see why you can't make the effort the rest of us do...
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[User Picture]From: adcott
2003-03-18 06:37 am (UTC)
$5.34/Gallon -- and I live in the cheaper part of Britain aswell.
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[User Picture]From: chuck
2003-03-18 08:57 am (UTC)
I remember reading an article that had GM actually releasing a car in ten years(or 2010, I forgot) that was purely hyrogen/oxygen. They're putting a LOT of money into it.
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[User Picture]From: dpb
2003-03-18 10:13 am (UTC)
All lies I tell you, lies!

Man Chuck, you are gonna be hurt'n if gas goes up to $4/gallon. How much does it cost now to fill up?
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[User Picture]From: chuck
2003-03-18 10:53 am (UTC)

Re:

a lot. :p
I have a 30 gallon tank, normally fill up to 23 gallons every couple weeks. Thankfully I only drive to bothell twice a week, and that's about the extent of my car usage.
I want a smaller car!
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[User Picture]From: dormando
2003-03-18 09:56 am (UTC)
It seems that every time there's a gas crisis, the general public just bitches more about the problem until it goes away. It'd be nice if US energy companies put investments into altenrative fuel/power, so they wouldn't be losing oil revenue, but creating new stable revenue.

ideals ideals ideals.
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[User Picture]From: dpb
2003-03-18 10:14 am (UTC)
I don't know. I find it amusing seeing Billy-Joe and Mary-Sue being interviewed on Channel 5, spazing out how they can no longer afford gas, b/c it has gone up .03/gal.
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[User Picture]From: chuck
2003-03-18 11:51 am (UTC)
it's gone up at least 25 cents/gallon since the quarter began.
Sometime this (school) year I was playing 1.21 at safeway gas near bothell, last I checked it was 1.79.
ya, it sucks, but fussing about it won't really change it.
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[User Picture]From: dpb
2003-03-18 12:37 pm (UTC)

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Yeah, but it was funny when it first started going up...and people had a cow about it going up .03/gal. They were saying how they can't drive as much, and they can't afford it....

.03/gal * 15gal = .45 more. OMG, CAN NOT AFFORD!
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[User Picture]From: girl_on_a_stick
2003-03-18 10:02 am (UTC)
Word.
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[User Picture]From: bostonsteamer
2003-03-18 10:48 am (UTC)
Amen to that! I think gas is cheap because it's subsadized by the government. I'm sure you can connect the dots (theoretically, at least) between gas being cheap and a healthy US economy? Since our public transit generally sucks, and cars are such a big part of the "American way of life" we'd all have to shop online or something if driving was prohibitively expensive....hey wait!
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[User Picture]From: dina
2003-03-18 02:08 pm (UTC)

Cuddling

It's amazing how conveniently everything works out. I was just thinking "If gas prices go up I won't be driving out to Hillsboro too often," and then I look on your comments and you've got yourself a new cuddling partner, thus eliminating any need for me to go out there in the first place. See how nicely things fall into place?
I would love it if the world just ran out of oil and we were forced to permanently find alternative means of energy. It has to happen someday. Have you ever seen that grid on how every person at the executive level of our government is connected to the oil business? It's not even like they are stretching to find connections, most of them directly made their fortunes from it. So I'm thinking the only real solution would be to flood the government with independently wealthy representatives who have no connection to industries that hurt the environment. Unfortunately the only people who have that kind of exposure and popularity are media celebrities. Perhaps Dan Rather for president and Tim Robbins for VP? Bonus: Even foreigners who hate the US still love our celebrities.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2003-03-18 02:24 pm (UTC)

Re: Cuddling

Heh, that's brilliant.

And don't worry about Naomi... she gets bored and flirty. Nothing ever comes of it. In a few minutes she'll get bored with flirty and turn to being vindicative in some interesting way, finding it more amusing.
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[User Picture]From: dina
2003-03-18 02:42 pm (UTC)

Re: Cuddling

Oh, Brad. I suppose I can't worry myself about all of your LJ groupies. There just wouldn't be enough time in the day....
It's true about the celebrities. Dan Rather gets more repect from Middle Eastern leaders than Bush does. If that's our nations principole concern, why are we leaving this up to an the leadership of an illiterate redneck? It's all nonsense.
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[User Picture]From: jwz
2003-03-18 02:11 pm (UTC)
I think it would be great if gas was $4+/gallon if the extra money was being used for, say, R&D of alternatives, or improving public transportation, or environmental cleanup or something. But right now those inflated prices are pure profit for the Old Way of doing things, which is actually pretty counterproductive.
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