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Okay, I have a 3500 word essay due in a week and a half. I sat myself down and started doing it in earnest today, but it is hard as hell to do that when the computer is in a state of change (with me taking hours upon hours to configure it, and this isn't even the new one! Nope this is the older one that just got the OS X treatment and a nice complement of my favorite programs. Yup, I still have the new machine to configure. Part of it is just the task of learning some things about OS X, but certainly pillaging Limewire for all it's worth is time consuming!

But I digress. I meant to tell you about my essay.

I sort of already wrote chunks of it in blogs that you will never see because of some errant finger on a mouse button. The topic is one about America not being too ideal a model for globalization/free trade. I have about 30 articles and books sitting here with tales of corporate corruption, labor abuses, short sighted business aims, and dinosaur-like institutions that do just about everything for us except make us happy citizens. Fast food, record companies, big energy, Wal-Mart... it's all bad news. I mean, bad. And I haven't even mentioned the government's part in things, which primarily is to stand back and call it good, but dressing it all in happy language, calling it "free trade" and "open markets" and shit. Yup, right. Wal-mart is free. Free to exploit, free to plunder, free to utterly destroy communities. Yeah, truth, freedom, justice and the fucking American Way.

Oh, then we have a mad cow out there, but no one can find it, because it and 5000 others are all mixed up at the meat plant so we can eat burgers at McDogfoods. Instead of killing one herd, the whole fucking nation and world needs to get in on the hype and hysteria because one cow ate bad food. Now it will be harder to sell beef or a lot of other products to foreign markets. We've abandoned tried and true practices in agriculture, entertainment, commerce, ethics, family life, politics, and the arts. When our fallacy of greatness is dispelled, we will be more fucked than a Siamese whore.

We are great because of oil. One day we will have to fight for it tooth and nail. Not a lot of our tanks and ships will run without the stuff. Our cars don't seem to be able to yet. All our jet fighters won't fly without the old dinosaur juice. We only really have total air superiority over nations. We certainly don't have what it takes to fight some militia fighters in a desert town. I've heard we have less infantrymen in our army than the NYC police department has officers. Now that Dipshit in the White House went and messed stuff up for us beyond belief, no one trusts us. So where are we gonna put our air forces so we can keep fighting our wars for oil? Turkey didn't want us. A lot of Europe is growing impatient, South Korea isn't too hip on having us. If anything, we will need a lot more oil to fight for oil.

I see idiots in big cars. SUVs are a subset of "big cars." I see joyriders, I see people using cars senselessly. Doesn't anyone realize what a foul thing that is? Owning a car and driving it is one thing, but getting absurdly bad mileage, and driving needlessly (like to the corner store) is just stupid. I mean, what other word applies here? My roommate and my neighbor both get into their trucks to go to a liquor store that is only three blocks away. I just don't have the heart to call them idiots.

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