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-    33,144 people want to "Require free access over the Internet to scientific journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research."  According to the petition: "The highly successful Public Access Policy of the National Institutes of Health proves that this can be done without disrupting the research process." 

-    31,203 people want to "Not Allow The FDA To Regulate Premium Cigars."   This petition seeks to prevent regulations from being drawn, saying that regulation would  cost jobs and hurt retailers. 

-    31,199 people want to "Persuade South Korea (ROK) to accept Japan's proposal on territorial dispute over islets."  Japan's proposal is to have the dispute over the island of Takeshima considered by the International Court of Justice.    [A third petition with 29,568 signatures, addresses both comfort women and Takeshima islands "which has abundant methane hydrate."] 

-    30,521 people want to "support the Polish Nation appeal for an international investigation of the Smolensk [Russia] 2010 air crash."  In April 2010, a Russian plane crash killed the Polish President, First Lady, and 94 government officials.  The Russians, investigating themselves, have ignored reports of two explosions in the plane before it crashed. 

Of the numerous petitions (23) to allow individual states to secede from the United States, the most-signed petition is for Texas with 38,087 signatures asking the United States to "Peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government" (languages almost identical to that in other secession petitions] -- as posted November 9, the Texas argument is:    

The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government's neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the US suffer from blatant abuses of their rights such as the NDAA, the TSA, etc. Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so would protect it's citizens' standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers which are no longer being reflected by the federal government.

Other states with petitions to secede are:

-    North Carolina, 7,529 signatures

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-    South Carolina, two petitions, 10,838 signatures total

-    Georgia, two petitions, 12,124 signatures total

-    Florida, 8,464 signatures 

-    Alabama, 8,521 signatures

-    Mississippi, 6,071 signatures

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-    Louisiana, 17,210 signatures 

-    Oklahoma, 2,339 signatures 

-    Arizona, 2,173 signatures

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Of course, it can also illustrate the fact that ba... by Doc McCoy on Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012 at 1:10:27 AM