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  •  What's frustrating is knowing that this didn't (3+ / 0-)
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    Marja E, Egalitare, EdgedInBlue

    happen by accident...our way of life was designed by Ford and GM and Standard Oil way back when. Of course the American people enthusiastically bought into it, which is why we are stuck where we are today, and will be in deep doo-doo anytime the price of oil gets too high.

    "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

    by Alice in Florida on Fri May 07, 2010 at 12:07:24 PM PDT

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    •  Yes. (1+ / 0-)
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      I lived in Sweden for a year without a car and didn't miss it at all.  Trains, buses, walk ways, centralized shopping in neighborhoods... it was like heaven.  I walked 3 km to school every day, through all weather and when I couldn't, there was a bus to fall back on.  When I had to go to Stockholm (LOL 'had'), a bus to the train station and in an hour I was in Stockholm.  Everything was switching over to biofuel, even the cars (I did rent a car or two to travel).  Here...phhhhttt.

      Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't.

      by EdgedInBlue on Fri May 07, 2010 at 12:13:57 PM PDT

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      •  which is how it was in the US long ago (2+ / 0-)
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        you could get anywhere via train. It's doubly ironic that in many places, they're fighting to put back in the interurbans (in modern parlance, the light rails) that they tore out in the 40s and 50s.

        black kos tue-fri/ sistahspeak fri/wglb fri/c&j daily!

        by terrypinder on Fri May 07, 2010 at 12:15:56 PM PDT

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        •  I remember cuz (1+ / 0-)
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          My father worked for Sante Fe. I live near the third largest city in Missouri and there is no rail.  Getting to even KC or St. Louis, if you don't drive, is nearly impossible.  I took a Greyhound last year and it was like a horror story, nothing like the buses I had taken in Sweden.  Flying out of here, to anywhere, is cost-prohibitive because the airport supports so few airlines.  

          Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't.

          by EdgedInBlue on Fri May 07, 2010 at 12:22:41 PM PDT

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