In the United States, over the past decade or so, planes have been disappearing too -- as routes and flights have been eliminated or cutback. The apparent reason for this is due to a lack of competition.
Unlimited exports of U.S. natural gas without restoring honest supply-and-demand-based markets worldwide will permit us to kiss goodbye to the jobs that would have been created, as gas prices will be pumped to artificially determined world levels, much to the glee of the 'oil patch.'
With each click of the mouse we leave breadcrumb trails of our interests, needs and websites we stumble upon. But the majority of the companies that track us online and collect data on our activities never asked for permission.
The idea of big companies continuing to control their markets, and control the behavior of consumers, continues to march on. Even now, two major deals are proceeding apace, one in telecom and one in the entertainment world.
It's time for us to let go of our excuses about negative behaviors in ourselves and others. It's time for us to have faith that we can get better. It's time to speak plainly. This is the only way we can truly have one another's backs.