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chancelucky

Glad to hear that you made it back safely. It's fascinating to hear about the state of the Internet in the country that handles so many of our technical support calls. Also the bit about the mandatory natural gas for public transportation is pretty interesting. I do think there's a lot to be said for environmental matters for governments "reasonably" and after appropriate research just stepping in and saying "This is the way it's going to have to be".

I was appalled by Mitt Romney's take on the CAFE standards etc. when he was campaigning in Michigan.

Atul

CL,

Yes, I commented on Bellarossa's blog about the irony of tech support in India where high speed internet is scarce. Yes, I think the government needs to do what's best sometimes, even if it is unpopular at first. I didn't see what Mitt said about CAFE standards, but then I'm not voting for him anyway. He's just trying to win votes in Michigan, (and it worked in the primary).

chancelucky

Basically Mitt was telling the Michigan voters that the CAFE standards were standing between them and their jobs and the industry would figure out fuel efficiency on its own. I know you're inside it, but one of the things I remember was seeing a proposal for a GM hybrid in like 1981. I think one of the issues at the time was they didn't have the electronics then to do the shift between gas/electricity all that effectively, but GM was first to look at a lot of this stuff....they just didn't bring it to market.

Tara T

Wow, that is really interesting. I have never been to India and I never would have guessed that the things we expect to see everyday in the U.S. such as clean toilets, bottled water etc. are rare in your country. I am also curious to know what it's like to go to a place where everyone looks and talks just like you do. A place where no one is prejudice and where no one judges you when they see you because, they all look just like you. I have never had the oppurtunity to experience that, but I would like to very much.

Atul

Tara,

Thanks for the comment. It is strange to be surrounded by people who look like you when you're used to being a minority, but I think of the USA as my country and India as providing my heritage and a part of my upbringing. You should try to travel to a non-European country and see what it's like to be in a totally different culture. It's a very enriching experience.

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