Icon:Are you going to be checking out Festival International? Cherie and I will be there tonight. She's never been b/c of having to work and I always enjoy the music and overall gathering.Also, what has your opinion been on the whole UL-Lafayette/NCAA investigation?
Ian, Ahhhhhhh oil. Sniff that nasty pollution evident air. Doesn't it just make your eyes well up? I know it makes me teary. This gas hike crisis reminds me of the Tea Tax that led to the Boston Tea Party, only I hope (and am fairly certain) that no one is stupid enough to throw barrels of crude oil into the rivers...not only because it would increase gas prices AGAIN, but because it would upset the ecological balance and endanger precious wildlife more than we already have by driving our cars everyday. It's a vicious cycle, I guess. Either way, the environment gets ruined. Maybe if we did throw it all in the ocean, we wouldn't be able to drive at all and then there wouldn't be gas pollution. And then New York wouldn't have grey snow. Nevermind, it still would. I'm especially fond of the purple haze bumper sticker that woody is sportin'. At least, it looks like a woody from the back-end, but with that drawing how do you expect me to differentiate between cars? ;) ;) No offense... I'm still lovin' the Beav from the last strip. I thought you would be interested to know that my first year in college speech and debate I did a poetry collection interpretation on the Massive Oil Overkill in the United States. I did fairly well with it. I'll have to send you links to some of the selections I sampled. I think you'd find them witty and fun.
i know that america is more dependent on cars, and consequently gas because of the lack of available public transportation and habit and what-not, than some other countries. and i know different countries make different priorities about transportation and taxes and environmental issues. and i know it's political.yet, i'm amazed at the endless complaints about your high gas price. just for reference, in sweden we pay about 10 sek per liter, which re-counted is slightly above $5 per gallon at today's exchange rate.
ian, my comment above was meant as a general response, not specifically directed at you and what you've expressed. cos it unintentionally kind of sounded like it.
Here's a little financial update from a former Financial Reporter and Analyst. The COL in each individual location across the world contributes to the prices of products. And in particular, the COL in Louisiana happens to be extremely high, which causes gas prices to go up and such. The problem here is that when the COL goes up, wages don't go up with it since wages are NOT controlled by COL. States are only required to cover the minimum wage as set by the government and after that it's up to the individual governing bodies within corporations to decide whether they pay you more when the COL goes up where you live. That's why someone who makes the same wages I do in Utah lives FAR better than I do. It's also why a great deal (not all of them...just a lot of them, especially women who are single parents) of Americans (especially those who make only minimum wage) are living at 35% below the poverty line. If you want to get techinical or need actual numbers and the actual percentage, anovas, chi-squares, t-charts, and bell graphs with standard deviations and the exact pearson Rs included it'll take a couple of weeks for me to find time to make one, or you could just go to ft.com and see if you can't find it for yourself. If you have no clue what I'm talking about, count yourself lucky and be glad if you make more than minimum wage and/or live in a location with a low comparative COL.
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