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  •  Local politics... (2+ / 0-)
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    BenGoshi, Munchkn

    If you think the major leaguers are bad wait until you get up close and personal with the minor league team.

    Local food, local goods, etc. is all well and good but it's mostly looking backwards for solutions. There's a way to have mass transportation available, to move goods across the globe, to grow tomatoes in South America and eat them in Minnesota without destroying the world and making large swaths of the Earth's population be peasants.  It's a bit like Ron Paul people clamoring for the return to the gold standard and early 20th century thinking. I don't mean that as inflammatory. I just have an incredible amount of hope and belief that we humans can figure out solutions to these problems through science and through our souls. Giving up on that and reverting to philosophies and policies that were in place at one time and didn't result in certain problems will only lead to restoring problems that originally led society to evolve away from those ideas.

    •  Oh, hell, I wouldn't want "locals" to touch... (5+ / 0-)

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       . . . most standard-setting or regulations with a 10-foot podium!

       I mean, just as one example, look how effing sad it is when "locals" (i.e., State or County Boards of Education) who are averse to science have control over teaching evolution in the Middle and High Schools!  You've got kids who through no fault of their own graduating high school with huge disadvantages compared to others in other counties or states where those Boards are not unfriendly towards the 20th Century, let alone the degree to which these poor kids are being left behind in the natural sciences compared to their Chinese or Japanese or Korean or French or German or Swedish, etc. counterparts.

       No, sometimes I want, and we should all want, a disconnected, neutral, no-local-politics-bone-to-pick, dispassionate, "faceless bureaucrat" making decisions, rather than a local rube with a particular personal or religious axe to grind.

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      by BenGoshi on Sun Apr 19, 2009 at 10:01:48 AM PDT

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      •  I mean, hell, goes back to that "States' Rights" (5+ / 0-)

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         bullshit, which said, in effect, states and counties are free to keep them niggers out of voting booth and away from the "Whites Only" restaurants and hotels and treated like virtual slaves in the workplace.  That was letting "local decision-makers" have their way.  

         Ironic (eh?) that someone who uses a moniker invoking "Civil Liberties" seems to think that such "liberties" means only the liberty of the powerful to stomp the easily-exploited.  Some liberty.

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        "Unseen, in the background, Fate was quietly slipping the lead into the boxing-glove." -- P.G. Wodehouse (via Bertie Wooster)

        by BenGoshi on Sun Apr 19, 2009 at 10:05:23 AM PDT

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