Ah, now, I'm on the other side of the fence regarding defence spending.
The armed forces have had their budgets slashed year on year for over a decade, while more is asked of a smaller force, equipment is more expensive etc.
In the meantime the biggest expenditure for our GDP is the NHS; everyone screams for more money to be put into it while it gets less efficient, and more of our money is wasted. It's treated like a holy cow, you'll be hanged for blasphemy if you suggest the NHS shouldn't get more resources. That's where all our extra stealth taxes have gone.
Sorry for taking this off topic, but media is partly responsibly again.
Had a friend round last week and we LAN'd a couple of computers. We tried some of those mentioned above, and do you know what we ended up playing 90% of the time?... Doom2 (Legacy version) - just can't beat the original gameplay!
Here in the UK, some people are trying to start an organisation to buy the fuel directly from the manufacturers (at a discount) and made available by using a card at some big branded fuel stations. http://www.pipelinecard.org/
Beg, plead, blackmail someone who has a credit card, and pay them cash. I think all here will agree that it a safe to use a credit card, no problems.
They would buy you a voucher to redeem on your account, so you can continue to use your username.