Even asking a neighbor won't always work. I once lived in an apartment where the whole area was serviced by AT&T DSL, but AT&T decided they'd oversold their capacity and wasn't accepting new customers there (fortunately comcast was available in that case).
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Not wanting the fuel you need to keep the lights on to be at the mercy of an antagonistic country (France) or a single powerful patron which could easily turn against you if the geopolitical situation made that profitable (Russia) is an extremely good reason to want to enrich locally.
We're not genuinely looking for other civilizations, because we don't have the capacity to look for that yet. We can listen for what would have to be absurdly strong radio signals, but that's not really looking. We can't even check an exo-Earth's atmosphere for oxygen yet, let alone signs of civilization.
Frequently they're extremely gullible. And many of them are rebel teens who want to lash out. And many of them are just evil -- bound to be a few thousand of those per billion people. It would be interesting to see the age demographics -- how many 50 year olds move to Islamic State, compared to teenagers?
If a plainclothes officer knocks and pretends to be a Jehovah's Witness at first in order to access the situation, even unstable armed murderers do not have a history of shooting.
Trying to minimize civilian casualties when attacking your target is much more civilized than trying to maximize them, yes. Neither is good except in the most desperate circumstances, but that doesn't mean there isn't a huge huge difference.
Most of the USA does not agree with the American religious right, which is what you are referencing. Most of ISIS does not disagree with ISIS.
Actually most of ISIS disagrees with ISIS much more strongly, since most of them are coerced into joining at gunpoint.
In the old days my browser would crash from java or flash at least once a week, but I can't even remember the last time Chrome or Firefox crashed now. Chrome stays open with dozens of tabs 24/7, the only reason I ever restart it is to get security updates, probably been a year since a crash. If you're getting regular crashes in everything but IE, there's something wrong.
Consider also that if you're going somewhere with someone the public transit price doubles while the car price remains the same.
As it happens, my total cost of car ownership has been significantly lower than the $100 monthly buss pass price for the last 5 years. But that's not the point. Many of my trips (and most people's trips) aren't possible without a car, so I have to own the car. As long as I own the car, public transit is prohibitively expensive. If public transit were affordable, people would leave their car at home sometimes.
I'd gladly use public transit for a significant percentage of my journeys, if it didn't cost so much more than driving. I'm not going to buy a $2.25 bus ticket to go a couple of miles when my car can get me there on 20 cents of gas.
Curbside recycling doesn't help much either when it's just for homeowners, as it seems to be most places. The homeowners around here have their recycling bins, but none of the apartments I've lived in have ever had any recycling options for any materials.
You could set a floor. For example, at least in California, the annual vehicle registration fee is based on car value. Set a percent of the registration fee as the minimum fine, then a percent of income tacked onto that.
Well it does help when you're dating the judge.
Drug users/dealers are considered guilty, so that doesn't bother most people.