quote: You've probably heard about it, but have you ever thought about participating: One Laptop Per Child
I think its a great idea to educate children. They are the future of any civilization. Exposing children in third world countries to ideas of freedom and information otherwise hidden from them gives hope for the upcoming generation. The status quo in many of these countries are heavy handed dictatorships. They will not take kindly to a generation of twentysomthings, a few years from now, demanding changes in their government. The more these children are educated, the more "Tianamen Square" type events will played out across the world as the younger generation stands up against the dictators.
We could start a new program.
One AK47 per Freedom Fighter.
So, you send your $100 to buy a laptop now and I will send my $100 for an AK47 a few years from now so they can free themselves and use that education.
There's a certain sense of invulnerability that photographers feel when taking pictures. One of the reasons we have footage of tornadoes long past when a normal person would have sought cover. Perhaps this fellow should have sought cover a little sooner: Photographer speared by javelin at Utah meetPosts: 10857 | Registered: Oct 2004
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Today when I started MSN Live the news summary had as the headline: Can’t quit your ex? How to say goodbye for good. Then right next to it was a link to an article with the title: Guys: How to get her back located someplace at the MSN match site.
The juxtaposition was too funny to ignore.
The match site is blocked for me at work so I can't vouch for the content. So, I'm not going to create a blind link.
The few times a year when you do need one you can rent or use car sharing... So even if living “car-free” isn’t your style, this book can show you how to live happily “car-lite.”
It may not be a matter of style for everyone. Even where I live, the S.F. Bay Area, which has one of the best networks of regional & local transit in the country.
The person who wrote this article couldn't be LDS. They have not had to get 3-4 kids to church, with all the paraphernalia the family needs for 3-4 kids, plus whatever Mom & Dad use for their callings. They have never been a YM or YW leader & had to pick up youth for activities or drive them & their stuff to camp, youth conference, or service projects. They have not been an EQ president & been called repeatedly at midnight to Stanford, UCSF, Sequoia, San Francisco General, Alta Bates, or the various Kaiser hospitals to give a blessing to someone about to have emergency surgery. They don't teach early morning seminary five days a week at 5:30 or 6:00 a.m. They aren't bishops who have meetings at the ward a couple nights a week, at the stake several nights a month, & various pastoral visits at all hours in all places. They haven't been a HT or VT with folks to visit in neighborhoods where even if there is transit, it may not be safe to take a bus.
[ETA: they have probably never had a semi-emergency, that is, a situation not life-threatening enough for 9-1-1 but serious enough that they needed a car & could not wait for a bus, cab, friend, or other alternative transportation].
I'm all for being as economical & environmentally responsible as possible with cars. I wish mine were more "green," but I try to make the best use of the resources it consumes & keep it maintained so it doesn't harm the environment. But like every Church member with any kind of calling or responsibility, & most average Americans, I wish I didn't need a car but don't have many alternatives.
in addition to all Curelom's great comments, I think that though it is definitely feasible to NOT have a car, it would mean relying on others for everything in terms of rides. That would mean those folks would need to do extra driving. To me that seems incondsiderate.
Definitely there are areas we can cut down, maybe try to do more carpooling in certain situations.
let energy be spared for giving rides to those who truly need rides, ie who are unable to drive or who truly cannot afford to drive,etc.
But if someone said they are going green and not driving, they would need to give me green (ie money) to drive them places whereas those who truly need driving service will get it for free.
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I seem to recall that some cities in Europe have implemented a car sharing scheme. Where you leave the keys in the car when you get out. Similar to that commercial where a person gets out of a car tosses the keys to another person, who uses the car then tosses the keys to someone else.
If cars were more like self driven taxis, there would be no imposing on others. While a foreign concept to many, I think relinquishing the idea that only I can drive my car, would eliminate the imposition effect.
Perhaps the notion of neighborhood cars, where the cars are shared amongst several neighbors. Would it be so bad to have a life a bit less convenient if it meant saving $200 a month?
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With car sharing, who is going to keep it maintained? Pay for repairs? You could say it would all be divided equally, but it wasn't my driving that ruined the transmission. The oil light didn't come on while I was driving and get ignored. So, I see lots of problems with the shared driving concept.
It seems to me that most of the "savings" talked about in the article were made by not making car payments. Buy an older car you can afford. Learn to maintain it yourself, or take it to a qualified shop for maintenance and repairs. Most likely it will cost waaaay less than making payments every month.
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