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To: arno who wrote (6596)9/18/2000 10:53:46 AM
From: Martin Wormser
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On the other hand, I never get tired watching the Ameritrade commercial. "Now take a deep breath and imagine yourself in a far away place" You don't hear it but Richard who is sitting at his computer and trading stocks is laughing, wickedly. The guy who is holding the woman upside down changed his arms in a different position.

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To: Gary M. Reed who wrote (6595)9/18/2000 10:56:10 AM
From: Jim S
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****CNBC NEWS FLASH!!!****

Major announcement from CNBC news: If Bush gets elected, actor Alec Balwin will leave the country!!!

Oh no, oh woe will be on us!!! Think of the MAJOR financial catastrophy this would be for the country!!! The entire economic system will probably collapse unless we can keep every spoiled left-wing actor within the confines of the country. Luckily for us, the Dems in congress passed some laws that will keep his money in the country, but, even so, losing the benefit of his sage wisdom will strike a cruel blow to Democratic money men.

Of less importance, and not worth reporting, is that if Algore is elected, there are several major industries (like tobacco, oil, and guns) that will either be forced to cut back, shut down, or move their operations out of country. Of course, these mere few thousand jobs would be nothing compared to the loss of Alec Baldwin.

jim

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To: Martin Wormser who wrote (6601)9/18/2000 10:59:09 AM
From: Martin Wormser
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Sick of this oil crap. Has any analyst on CNBC mentioned if the govt and states would drop the taxes on gas the price of gas would drop in half????????????

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To: Martin Wormser who wrote (6603)9/18/2000 11:25:04 AM
From: Jim S
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Far be it from me to foment civil unrest, but here's how some are handling the fuel price problem:

dailynews.yahoo.com

Monday September 18 9:03 AM ET
European Fuel Protests Pick Up Speed

OSLO (Reuters) - The wave of fuel price
protests sweeping through Europe
regained momentum Monday after a
weekend lull, while shaken governments
scrambled to limit the political fallout.

Monday's protests centered on Scandinavia but blockades sprang up at the Spanish port of
Barcelona and in Slovenia, while Israeli truckers threatened to stage their own
demonstrations from Tuesday.

In Norway, demonstrators blocked 11 oil terminals at key ports along the south and west
coasts, but later called off their protest under the threat of police action.

Swedish truckers and farmers partially blockaded southern ports and ferries Monday in
protest at a planned increase in the tax on diesel fuel. The protests were expected to involve
about 400 drivers and stop traffic from ferries between Sweden and Denmark and Sweden
and Germany.

Spanish fishermen, meanwhile, sealed off Barcelona's port and truckers laid siege to fuel
distribution points in the center of the country.

Drivers throughout the continent, dismayed at rising prices of gasoline and diesel sparked by
higher world oil prices, have been demanding their governments reduce the tax burden on
fuel.

[more...]

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To: Jim S who wrote (6602)9/18/2000 12:15:43 PM
From: Gary M. Reed
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Jim,

I saw that and laughed my arse off. Hmm, let's see, if Bush wins, Alex Baldwin will leave the United States. Well, if I was on the fence btwn Bush and Gore, knowing that a vote for Bush could send the pompous Baldwin packing for another country (Cuba perhaps?) would place me firmly in the Bush camp. Maybe if Lazio also wins, we could get a package deal where Alex takes Hillary with him.

I don't know why these Hollywood types think their political views are so enthralling to the rest of us. How many of these guys have ever filed their own 1040? Balanced their checkbook? Pumped their own gas? Applied for a job listed in the classifieds? Made even the simplest of business or financial decisions on their own? And yet they'd have you believe they've got a firm grasp on what's best for America...tell us Alex, when was the last time you read a newspaper or watched C-Span?

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To: Gary M. Reed who wrote (6605)9/18/2000 3:15:12 PM
From: Ted David
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In all fairness, Gary, these folks did not start at the top. Most, (perhaps not Baldwin) have experienced the world of menial jobs...perhaps more than you or I.

Like they say (my memory may fail me on a word or two)in old song "Do you know the way to San Jose".... 'LA is a great big freeway, put a hundred down and buy a car. In a week or maybe two they'll make you a star. Dreams turn into years and blow away, and there you are without a friend you're parkin' cars and pumpin' gas."

This is more the case than it's not. And among those who make it, very few do so overnight.

That you don't care about their political endorsements is one thing, but give them their just due. They know going to bed hungry, not having the proverbial "pot to piss in" and usually remember from whence they came, thus their apparent social responsibility.

td

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To: Martin Wormser who wrote (6603)9/18/2000 3:20:16 PM
From: Archie Meeties
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An excellent solution. Kinda like "the highways are packed with cars, therefore we need bigger highways". LOL

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To: Ted David who wrote (6606)9/18/2000 3:27:17 PM
From: Archie Meeties
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Did you notice that the stock market of the worlds 11th largest economy dropped 8% today? Thats equivalent to an 800 point drop on the DOW.

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To: Ted David who wrote (6606)9/18/2000 3:38:52 PM
From: Jim S
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...usually remember from whence they came, thus their apparent social responsibility.

YGBSM!!! Surely you aren't trying to say that the elitist snobs in Hollywood are socially responsible, are you?

Or, perhaps, you are saying that GW Bush is socially IRresponsible?

jim

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To: Ted David who wrote (6606)9/18/2000 3:42:18 PM
From: arno
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In all fairness, Ted, I think you should go back to doing whatever ever it is you do and not lecturing people about some two-bit actors' perceived social responsibilities.

I find it rather odd the CNBC deemed this to be newsworthy in the first place. Unless, of course, the powers-to-be may be trying to influence this election.

Why haven't we heard about Al Gore and the DNC Finance committee urging wealthy Texas lawyer Walter Umphrey to send a 100K contribution "before" Clinton vetoed tort reform instead of "after", as previously promised by Umphrey?

arno

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