Did i say I was for outright banning the car? Obviously, we need better public transit - including public transit to outdoor recreational areas. That is how it is done in Europe. And when they do drive cars, they drive cars that 4 to 5 l/100 km or better - 50 mpg in US units.
Yes, it’s been a slow moving but relentless process to bring us to the point of unadulterated fascism…
Wow - the politics of the economics you outline are, I believe, not accidental. The impact of the fetishized consumer marketing is deadly and millions are subjected to the divide and conquer of predatory capitalism.
Can you imagine if instead of burger joints there were coops and regional companies and variations and REAL public transportation - rather than the scenario you describe?
Well, Europeans are much smarter than Americans and more thoughtful, too.
I work with people who don’t have cars but they pay 1-1/2xs more for living in a convenient location, with a good mix of public transport. But their access to the coast and parks, etc: not so much.
Yes, I can. Unfortunately, Texans and many others don’t have much of an imagination. They like $$$ and burgers, though.
With Certain Grains of Salt (for Soros, this CD article and Robert Parry’s):
Silencing Dissent: [A]ny American who questions this propaganda immediately is dismissed as a “Kremlin stooge” or a “Russian propagandist,” another ugly campaign spearheaded by the Post and [collaborating entities]. Again, no [plausible] evidence is required. . . .
[U]nder the guise of combating “Russian propaganda” and “fake news,” Google, Facebook and other tech giants have begun introducing algorithms to hunt down and marginalize news that challenges official U.S. government narratives. . . .
As Democrats, liberals and [many] progressives join in this Russia-gate hysteria . . . they might want to consider whom they’ve climbed into bed with and what [they] have in mind for the future.
Arguably, if fascism or totalitarianism comes to the United States, it is more likely to arrive in the guise of “protecting democracy” from . . . another foreign adversary. . . .
The New McCarthyism with its Orwellian-style algorithms: a structure for letting . . . neocons [, the DNC, associated collaborators] and the mainstream media monopolize American political debate might be a far greater threat to both democracy and peace.
And, therefore, to most of “our” representatives (the corporations’ proxies) in Washington.
I don’t think you will be convinced by any evidence of Russian involvement. You are convinced that your propaganda conspiracy theory is correct so all evidence is therefore just part of the propaganda. People just have to think for themselves if it is evidence or is it propaganda. Is this really the new McCarthyism or is it based on solid evidence of Russian involvement? It is the same type of judgements we have to make of whether 9-11 was carried out by al Qaeda or the US government with demolition. Whether Sandy Hook was a real massacre or a staged psy-op. Whether JFK was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald acting alone or acting on behalf of the CIA. Did the US really go to the moon or was the whole thing carried out in a TV studio. We have to judge the evidence as best we can and decide what is true and what isn’t. Conspiracy theories that are wrong can also be a threat to democracy. You should keep that in mind.
Everything is too expensive. The majority cannot afford these already high and climbing prices for even a basic survival.
Yunzer, some people who aren’t a business need pickup trucks. Myself for one. While I can get hay for my horse and sheep one bale at a time in the car, it really isn’t very efficient, and it’s quite messy. Not to mention bulk materials and blocks and such for my garden. It’s the only reason I drive my truck any more.
Precisely. Now if we could just “figure out” a way to not have politicians reliant on corporations…on second thought, that’s too “difficult.”
Agreed. No reason at all to manufacture these ten ton turds.
Yes, the war mongers had to discredit and arrange the abandonment of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in order to safely pursue and profit from war and foreign intrigue.
And, for good measure, W and his ilk took the U.S. out of the Int’l. Criminal Court. Just darn convenient.
To liken the our attacks on the fascist Trump campaign’s involvement with Russian capitalist gangsters with McCarthy’s savage war against forward-thinking socialists is such total bullshit that it is unbelievable.
So I presume that you in the farming business? Then the truck is for business use. And surely the hay could be delivered too. And for other poeple who may need a truck only rarely, they can rent one.
But I can assure you that 90 percent of the pickup trucks in my right-wing suburban/exurban area are bought purely as fashion statement for the purpose of thumbing their noses at the tree hugging socialists…and yes also for occasional hobby activities around their suburban houses.
But if your animals are more of a hobby nature, then nobody said that saving a place for humanity on the earth will not require sacrifice from all of us - including giving up bourgeois hobbies. Me, I have always wanted to travel and go hang gliding in exotic locations around the world - or at least the USA - but the carbon footprint is too big. Also, I am foregoing hundreds of thousands to a million dollars in Trump-bull-market stock market earnings in my retirement plan becasue I find the whole capitalist syatem so fucking repulsive that my conscience does not allow me to put the money there - it goes in the government bonds fund that earns maybe 2 percent.
I did indulge in one thing, a new $2300 battery pack for my electric motor scooter whose manufacturer long ago went out of business.
Fuck the rich!
ATT…sends me texts the past two days, 1 is for DirectTV installation on 1/25/16 ! The other is for returning my old phone by 1/18/18! I call customer service, of course it’s in Mumbai…Poor lady didn’t have a clue…told me to go to the nearest ATT store.
Apparently, the customer service Dept does not communicate with the texting Dept., Two separate sub-contractors
I concur…I heard a lady on “CounterSpin” on KPFA say those very words… This is another billionaire bitching about other billionaires…
One other bone that stuck in my craw, Soros’ fantasmoricfic dream about the Democratic Party and the two party system…
Another bone, is the oft repeating Trump-Rant…Please…
Trump is the symptom…like a virus…that’s been festering in an unhealthy body
The demonizing of Putin and the Mafia State is another bone to pick. What about Israel?
Hell, George, Google used to visit Obama twice a Month for 8 years besides Obama visiting the Bay Area 4 times a year! Shit Fire man!
Excellent points. One of the most amazing thing about or times is that all this complex, sophisticated technology has made us (USAns at least) far more stupid and ignorant than people 200 years ago.
Wow unbelievable, Soros is right on this