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  •  Then I apoligize... (none)
    for the elitist snob remark.

    If I did live only 4 blocks from work, I would walk. When I was in college, I walked everywhere I went, sometimes 2-3 miles. No wonder I was so skinny in college.

    I'm not a slacker...I'm just surrounded by overachievers!

    by arkylib on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 05:33:21 AM PST

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    •  When I was in college... (none)
      I rode my bike everywhere.  I would even make trips to the grocery store and load up my backpack.  It didn't help at all with dating, but on the other hand kept me fit.  

      Driving 4 blocks to work is absolutely ridiculous.  But I look at it this way:  That person is so lazy... but that is their choice.  The consequences of that choice is that they're most likely overweight and unhappy.. and people will judge them for their laziness.

      Sinclair Lewis' "It Can't Happen Here"... Wake the fuck up America! IT'S HAPPENING HERE!!!

      by wintersnowman on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 06:02:56 AM PST

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      •  It has deeper consequences (4.00)
        Air polution, noise polution, depletion of natural resources, etc. Those are shared by all of us. A wasteful decisions involving autos, on the mass scale they occur, affect everyone, including those who do not make those choices.

        The real heart of the problem -- and the reason it's so hard to solve -- is the decision society makes about the automobile. Society is the sum total of individual choices interacting with each other -- no one person's decision controls it. One must convince a large portion of the people to change their behavior before any progress occurs.

        Society is the collective, and we're stuck with that even if we don't like it. The health of the collective is something the right just doesn't care about (indeed, practially comes right out and admits it hates) -- except when it comes to irrational defense, of course...

        •  Exactly (4.00)
          Poor investment in public transit leads to inferior alternatives to cars, which leads to many many people sitting on highways-turned-parking lots during rush hour.  It's a public policy issue to make it not only possible, but desirable, for more people to live a more car-free life.

          How can we get over it when people died for the right to vote? -- John Lewis

          by furryjester on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 07:26:19 AM PST

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