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Posted by Mike Rosenberg on November 15, 2006, 11:39 pm

Excuse me, but I have not raised any political issue in this newsgroup,

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Posted by Bill on November 16, 2006, 12:08 am

You wrote:

"The point is that this is not a political discussion group."

With respect to the ANWR topic (go back and follow the thread).  That was, I
believe, the first time it was politicized.



Posted by Michael Pardee on November 16, 2006, 12:45 am

My wife and I have bought two 2002s now, and peak oil and global warming
never entered our minds. The Prius is the first successful expression of
truly intelligent automobile design, and that different facets of that
appeal to different people is quite natural. For my wife it was the fuel
efficiency that interested her, for me it was mostly the advanced design; I
was unwilling to buy a 20th century car in the 21st century. Then we drove
it and fell in love.

The controversy in this thread started a week ago with a frankly partisan
pronouncement. The fact is that the issues of peak oil and global warming,
as well as the involvement of oil in world unrest, are thoroughly
politicized (you would be appalled at my views). Any discussion of those is
fated to devolve into polemic - we've all seen it many times. We are
passionate people, after all. And that *is* a good thing.


Posted by Bill on November 16, 2006, 1:32 am

All I can say, Mike, is try to get over it.  Politicizing those issues is


Posted by Michael Pardee on November 16, 2006, 8:01 am

It was not my decision to politicize any of those issues - I'm just an
average guy tucked away in a small mountain town in rural Arizona. If I were
to disappear tomorrow all those issues would be every bit as political as
they are today. All those became political footballs because they imply
policy effects. We are better off here without all that hoorah.


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