they are as bad as PETA. Lego are children's toys, leave your goddamn petty politics out of them.
I'd argue that this one (from your link) is patently wrong:
"6. Batch processing through automated actions is far superior in GIMP. Because photographers often need to do repeatable actions to large groups of images, this feature alone is worth its weight in gold."
I am a photographer and although I use LightRoom heavily, I use the batch rules in PS for my concert work, I can get very detailed with little trouble in PS. I did try to switch to gimp (or more accurately, tried it out) and found this to be sorely lacking. Not to mention the batch actions in PS merge/link nicely with the plug-ins (specifically the Nik software for B/W work) so if I wanted to, and on occasion I have, I can do some *serious* transformations on a shot in PS with one click of a button.
The NSA, with apparent approval from our gov't, spies on its own citizens with impunity, and let seem to be caught flat-footed by events unfolding the Middle East and Ukraine (at least from what I have heard on the radio)
The president twiddles his thumbs while our allies cry out for help.
What in three hells happened to our country?
I quit (albeit accidentally) caffeine over 20 years ago, and I've never thought about the effects like you describe before, until you brought it up.
Yes, going to sleep quickly is a piece of cake, and instantly awake is the norm for me.
I'd like think there are health benefits from giving up caffeine as well, but overall I'm just glad to be done with the caffeine-related headaches.
I have a small photography journal, free to go to, and while I know it's hosted on Google's blogspot, I don't run any kind of revenue generating ads on it. I know Google has their own monitoring crap built in to blogspot, but I do not think there is anything I can do about that.
My main site is hosted and paid for fully by me, no ads, nothing, just content. If my hosting costs go up because of increased bandwidth, then I pay the costs. I am happy to see increased traffic, means I must be doing something right.
But ultimately I'm providing content because I want to, not because I want anything back.
This is the way it should be.
Alien asteroid mining.
That NBC has broadcast (ahem) their intentions loud and clear. It is now up to you (the person wishing to watch the Olympics) do decide what you are going to do about it.
When your choices are systematically taken away, yours options become much easier to make.
I've heard it, but I disagree with your outcome.
For starters, as the other poster made mention of, the bank bailouts add a whole lot more to this.
But let's just stick with my example for the time being.
50k will buy you a LOT of options:
Job re-training via an education
Re-location to a place with a better job market (I think this was mentioned elsewhere)
Paying off debts, allowing you to live on a reduced income.
I'm sure there are more options.
I object to the US gov't propping up failing businesses, esp ones with shoddy products. If they can't compete, off they go. Someone will come in and fill the vacuum.
'To Western eyes, it may seem rather inappropriate to launch space programs in sub-Saharan Africa, where nearly 70% of the population still lives on less $2 a day
And he would be correct all around. I think Africa has larger issues to deal with first, before sending someone into space...but that's just my viewpoint