Quoting Adam Walker <[log in to unmask]>:

> And I can't believe that there is any way any part of California,
> North, Cetral, South, East, West, polkadot-hopscotch, could be among the
> poorest anythings in the US.  Are you forgetting that the US still includes
> West Virginia, Arkansas, and other really ecconomically disadvantaged
> areas?

Right. The US has a vast disparity in regional wealth:  places
like California, New York, Texas (my native city Houston has a
gross city product about the size of Taiwan's) are unquestionably
the greatest concentrations of wealth on the planet. On the other
hand, you have places like the Corales (sp?) in San Antonio, which
was literally walled off -- the wall is about 20ft high or so IIRC --
by the city authorities in the 30s because it was too unsightly
and had too many brown people; people there live like people in the
shanty-towns of Sao Paolo, which is frighening. The only place I
know of that's done that recently is some town in the Czech Republic.
The entire states of Mississippi and Alabama have poverty levels
that approach those found in Southern Italy, which is also terrifying.
(Umberto Bossi may be a racist and a fascist, but he's right that
those regions are draining away the North's lire/euros.)

Thomas Wier <[log in to unmask]>

"If a man demands justice, not merely as an abstract concept,
but in setting up the life of a society, and if he holds, further,
that within that society (however defined) all men have equal rights,
then the odds are that his views, sooner rather than later, are going
to set something or someone on fire." Peter Green, in _From Alexander
to Actium_, on Spartan king Cleomenes III