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Right now, people are starving in Somalia, but most Americans are more concerned with Netflix and gasoline prices. It's sad.

I was at the car dealer's yesterday morning, and the Today show was on. I had little choice but to watch, and what was the focus of the show? The future Queen of England does her own grocery shopping. We also were told that royals today are willing to fly coach(!) and that they are career-oriented.

Why is the Today show focusing on the royal family of England? Why are people more interested in this than the war in Libya? Yes, I know the answer, but... it's sad...


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