Human culture existed for thousands of years before copyright, and during that long expanse there has been no lack of music, drama, prose, poetry, painting and sculpture. Strangely enough "content creators" did make a living.
They seem pretty certain now that plane flew for five to seven hours and they seem to have a very general idea of possible flight paths. The question of immediate concern was this a theft for the purposes of a mass murder of 230+ people, or to gain a large jet for some other purpose.
funny, of course the norm for humans isn't leaders elected by votes.
Sure it is, and even dictatorships acknowledge this. What is a cult of personality or state propaganda but an attempt to persuade people to vote for the current leader and system, either formally or with their feet? What is brutal oppression other than an attempt to secure votes through intimidation?
You can't rule without the consent of the ruled, and a formal voting mechanism is simply a means of establishing who has it in a public and unambiguous way.
Only thing Microsoft does is handle the servers,
And Xbox One. It wouldn't particularly surprise me if this was a backroom deal to intentionally bloat the game to make it look heavier, and by extension the XO more powerful.
When you have 128 FLACs playing back at the same time, the dynamics change.
You can't stream 128 uncompressed audio streams from the HDD simultaneously, which means they have to be preloaded, which means you could just as well store them in compressed form on HDD and uncompress during loading.
It seems that these days, adding "with drones." to any old headline makes it newsworthy.
Yeah. Why would a tech site has any interest in autonomous(?) robotic couriers flying around the city? Tell me something about the sci-fi future we were supposed to have already!
Any increase in resource consumption results in an increase in price. Any increase in production results in a reduction of price. If the system gets to a point where consumption outpaces production then the price rises, and it can rise a lot! This results in people using less of the resource and finding alternatives.
The collapse results when neither the supply (because all oil fields are already producing all they can) nor the demand (because you must get stuff from place to place somehow) are elastic, and are forced past each other. At that point the resulting shocks going through the system tear it apart, and individual parts die from losing their inputs and outputs.
The problem is that developing alternatives takes time and energy; they don't simply materialize the moment you need them. But until that moment, it always makes more short-term profit to not invest in the research, so no one does. Add the enviromental groups who complain no matter what solution anyone tries, be it a nuclear plant or even a windmill, and you have a system reaching a local optimum optimizing for a dead end.
It's a great business opportunity. You can sell that land at a high price to gun nuts.
And then the gun nuts can combine work and play by selling tickets for zombie banker safaris.
"Honey? That guy who repossessed our home 20 years ago is a Chernobyl zombie now. I know where we're vacationing this year."
You're just redefining terms in contradictory fashion. There was no appeal to a divine being, hence no theocracy.
The essence of theocracy is not an appeal to a divine being. The essence of theocracy is claiming your national system reflects the "natural order of reality", which in times past was described in terms of gods and in Soviet Russia in terms of ideology, which described the both history, future and such details as how to make frost-proof wheat (with predicatable results). It even had its priest class: the Communist Party. It persecuted heretics and killed them, after extorting a confession about dealing with the Devil - excuse me, "counter-revolutionaries". And so on and so on.
In other words, theocracy is perhaps the ultimate expression of human hubris and unwarranted self-importance.
Putting the leader on a pedestal is not the same as saying the supernatural ruler in the sky has blessed your rule.
No, but claiming the entire world is going to see the light and join your nation because fate says so is.
The cost of this is extreme - by some estimates, most people pay 30-60% of their earnings for the year to support such a structure (if you don't understand the average 22% cost of goods as embedded income taxes, google for the Harvard economics study).
And after they do, the remaining 70-40% is still enough to cause the obesity epidemic. Percentages are meaningless when comparing two different cakes; it's the final size of your slice that matters.
And the more the US outsources, the less will be there when the USD loses its value.
Someone once likened private enterprise to the strong workhorse of economy. Well, guess what? Workhorses don't plow the fields unless the farmer makes them, they just sit around and eat the seed corn. Shake off the laizzes-faire, grab the reins and force the companies to send production back home.
Because nature has shit loads of fusion reactors all over the planet that go critical all the time.
I don't understand why so much of the population believes in counter intuitive stories clearly designed to keep some people in power,
Because people can't live apart from society, and a society is is its myths. Or, as Baelish put it: "Do you know what the realm is? It's the thousand blades of Aegon's enemies, a story we agree to tell each other over and over until we forget that it's a lie." Myths are the reality people live in, "objective reality" is just the scenery.
And it's not "so much" of the population, it's every single human being who has ever existed. The current financial crisis is no more tangible, objective reality than Zeus was. The European Union is a system of interlocking myths, just like United States is. Democracy is a mythic system, monarchy was one, and priest-kings ruled by it. Everything in you that isn't harwired instinct is a myth, either instilled from outside or invented by you, constantly interpreting reality for you and making you see things which aren't really there - family, nation, corporation, law, etc. Remove those, and all that's left is "Chaos, a gaping pit, waiting to swallow us all."
So the relevant questions are not whether a particular myth is "real" (consistent with the metaphysical structure of physical reality, which is generally impossible to know at this time), but whether it is whether it's "true" (let's you accurately predict the consequences of various social actions) and "useful" (is likely to inspire people to productivity rather than murder, altough this obviously depends on your viewpoint and goals). That's why everyone should study various religions, specifically the structure of their mythology and its practical results. Mythology is the social equivalent of fundamental physics, it makes up our reality, and we either master it or it continues to master us.
So you don't think using resources at sustainable levels has merit, or not doing so will eventually lead to depletion and potential collapse?
Survival of H. sapiens != survival of civilization
Because of course we can just keep doing what we're doing forever...
I don't know what's more pathetic; your belief that the universe can be forestalled by your ideology, or your tacit belief that our civilization is protected from the consequences of its action by magic.
Maybe they're one and the same view.