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  • J.H. Crawford
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    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 20, 2004
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      This went by on the Carfree Network list:

      >Cold Turkey
      >by Kurt Vonnegut
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      >About my own history of foreign substance abuse. Ive been a coward about
      >heroin and cocaine and LSD and so on, afraid they might put me over the
      >edge. I did smoke a joint of marijuana one time with Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, just to be sociable. It didnt seem to do anything to me, one way or the other, so I never did it again. And by the grace of God, or whatever, I am not an alcoholic, largely a matter of genes. I take a couple of drinks now and then, and will do it again tonight. But two is my limit. No problem.
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      >I am of course notoriously hooked on cigarettes. I keep hoping the things will kill me. A fire at one end and a fool at the other.
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      >But I'll tell you one thing: I once had a high that not even crack cocaine could match. That was when I got my first drivers license! Look out, world, here comes Kurt Vonnegut.
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      >And my car back then, a Studebaker, as I recall, was powered, as are almost all means of transportation and other machinery today, and electric power plants and furnaces, by the most abused and addictive and destructive drugs of all: fossil fuels.
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      >When you got here, even when I got here, the industrialized world was
      >already hopelessly hooked on fossil fuels, and very soon now there won't
      >be any more of those. Cold turkey.
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      >Can I tell you the truth? I mean this isn't like TV news, is it?
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      >Heres what I think the truth is: We are all addicts of fossil fuels in a
      >state of denial, about to face cold turkey.
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      >And like so many addicts about to face cold turkey, our leaders are now
      >committing violent crimes to get what little is left of what were hooked
      >on.
      >
      >http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0512-13.htm
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