Embarrassing perhaps... in my humble opinion, this is PR pure and simple. The real question is why focus on PR instead of actually fixing the cultural issues that make rape okay in India? Rape is rape - embarrassment or not.
Statistics on how well read the average article is are hard to come by.
That is why I simply say "insert statistical method here" and continue on.
Here is a fine example of usage. [link]
Ok, so what part of that* are you now not sharing with us?
* the answer to this question, vulnerabilities contained therein etc.
So what happens when my neighbor and his "friends" all start smoking weed and stinkin' up my home?
Legalization sure... I don't really care what people do in their own homes, but when the stinky effects start impacting me and my neighbors respond to friendly, "hey would you do something about
I'm still undecided whether now I'll have to contend with stoned people on the road
True about showing ID and tickets, but as far as I know, they don't record that information, they just inspect it. (I could be wrong on that one too).
Until we have randomized MAC addresses, the MAC is one common denominator.
Perhaps I wasn't explicit enough, its not where you are going, it is where you have been, that is equally or more important to a Police State.
Of course, there are other instances where Governments have been rather crass about it:
A few years ago I was transiting at Singapore's Changi Airport. They had free WiFi, but subject to me giving them the MAC address of all my devices, the flight I had arrived on and they wanted to record my Passport number as well. The girl behind the counter said, with a big smile and fluttering eyes, everyone gives us those details and the WiFi is really good.
Government not acting in the interests of the people? Give 'em the boot!
I'll enlist! Where do we start? Here is one guy in Iceland who did just that and won...
I have seen him talk and he is funny and very sensible. I wish he'd have left some sort of legacy so a pattern of change and good candidates could appear. Perhaps wishful thinking but its a start.
The lack of Leadership, and I mean true forward looking people who take risks to move the Nation forward are no where to be found. The mantra of becoming rich is gospel and quick monetization, quarterly Wall Street figures reign supreme.
The Leaders of the past few generations, those who would see a public interest and use the immense power and resources of the Government to enable it, are long gone.
So the question isn't really one of giving up... the question is one of choice and priority. If you have no vision and no real sense of purpose beyond enriching yourself when you occupy a position of influence, then the rot will spread and not just Scientists but many others will wither away as well.
We can spend on un-ending and meaningless Wars, enriching the military-industrial-political complex through war mongering, developing our sense of uber individuality where our selfish needs are supreme above any common good or we can choose to go after bettering the lives of our fellow humans by challenging ourselves to bigger better goals and being a good/reasonable neighbor.