Here is the quote of the week from Ask Oxford - the Oxford English Dictionary website http://www.askoxford.com/?view=uk
Whosoever commands the sea commands the trade; whosoever commands the trade of the world commands the riches of the world, and consequently the world itself.
Walter Ralegh (c.1552–1618), English explorer and courtier
Here is my question of the day: Does this still hold? I suspect there is a new ocean. Could it be space? How about the internet?