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ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN

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Comment by Ogden Lafaye on November 29, 2009 at 7:47am
Larry Lawson: You DON'T believe mankind is causing global warming??????

Please clarify/expand.
Comment by Marc Draco on November 29, 2009 at 5:25am
Chains are driven by customers. We're the problem - but they feed off it. Comes full circle, Larry.

GW - no matter what's causing it, it's happening and the climate is off on one. I only have to look out the window this very minute to know that. In fact, I can actually hear it!
Comment by Marc Draco on November 29, 2009 at 5:00am
Welcome Monica.
Comment by Marc Draco on November 29, 2009 at 4:59am
Chain stores are the death of the small retailer and a major cause of global warming: but who cares if they're convenient and cheap?
Comment by Monica Meas on November 29, 2009 at 2:24am
hi all :D
Comment by Wes on November 28, 2009 at 5:49pm
You were kind enough to welcome me to the site, so I figured I'd reciprocate by joining your group.
Comment by Ogden Lafaye on November 26, 2009 at 12:03pm
Yes, yes...you must come to understand that I agree...and then maybe you won't.
Comment by Ogden Lafaye on November 26, 2009 at 9:34am
Well AdrianLea...I did say that Britain enjoys a bit of freedom from the phenomena...Long known as a "nation of shopkeepers", Britain IS slowly sinking into the chain store model. I have walked the streets of many English towns and the plethora of small businesses is simply amazing. Not at all like America. You say it is a failing model and I am sure you are correct...after all, that is what trhis conversation is all about.
Comment by Rudy V Kiist on November 26, 2009 at 8:49am
Couldn't agree with you more Ogden. Although, I personally don't feel informed enough to comment on Britain specifically, I understand there still are a few European countries doing O.K. (^_^)

Something I believe to be true that I've heard others say as well, "we have a system of capitalism/free enterprise for the common man and a welfare system for large corporations". If I ran a small successful independent corner store for 40 years and Walmart moved in next door and put me out of business, too bad for me. If that same Walmart were to start to go broke, it's "how much do you need?" Or to put it in more real terms, I wonder how many independent used car dealerships got bailout money during our latest "economic downturn"?
Comment by Ogden Lafaye on November 25, 2009 at 11:29pm
Rudy V Kiist, glad to know you are out there and PAYING ATTENTION. The chains ARE anathema to independence (individuals on a successful, contributing track)

I see it as an inevitable fall back position due to the excessive population. Our Western civilization does act on crisis and problem and it does so a lot faster than 3rd world countries. You have to give it that. Our governments do not let us sink into a quagmire in which we are virtually inextricable. Not to say the methods (chain supply) are beneficial to the overall citizen mindset.

Britain enjoys a bit of freedom from this phenomena in that almost all of its citizens are engaged in the smallish trades in some way buit even they are falling into the McDonalds trap.

I have been to most countries in the world and spent a lot of time just studying these very things you speak of as a rank, curious tourist.

I believe we need to centralize on a local basis which would involve discouraging interstate commerce.

The above sentence is an invitation and challenge for comment.

Ogden
 

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