People always overlook the need for a thermodynamic sink...
I think we would be better off going 100% silver bullets. That would instantly fix everything.
I obviously see it differently. Yes price is a factor. But Australia went to regulated taxis for safety reasons. Both that safety of the driver and the passenger. Here most taxi drivers are their own business and operate under the banner of the major brands.
Also I don't see how I am being taken from a government approved start to finish? Unless you mean a street address? I think you are stretching a bow here. Regulation is not inherently bad
This is bullshit. Each state racket has their own scheme of licensing, it isn't unified across the continent. As for most taxi drivers owning their own business; you'll more likely find that the licenses are owned by (and traded amongst) a class of wealthy investors who wouldn't see fit to sit their arses in the driver's seat of a cab.
The drivers are likely to be impoverished newly minted immigrants who get paid a pittance and, typically lacking in local language fluency, get fleeced when legal things go awry.
But that doesn't make it right.
Its what makes society function. Not every "outdated law" can be compared to the civil rights movement. Some bad laws you live with, because the alternative of everyone determining which laws apply to them is called anarchy, and works well for noone.
I think you'll find that most people don't consult "the law" as a benchmark for determining their behavior. Saying that "the law" is what makes "society function" is a classic example of the correlation equals causation logical fallacy. Just because a law prescribes or proscribes a particular behavior, doesn't mean it is the motivating force for undertaking or abstaining from such behavior.
Only when the farmer finishes collecting all the straws in his field.
They expect us to make the trade, but provide no guarantees that they will perform on their half of the bargain.
See Sousa v City of Antioch for a pertinent example of them denying their obligations.
Citizenship is supposed to involve reciprocal duties of allegiance and protection. Protection is not guaranteed, but you betcha they'll guarantee to get their pound of allegiance.
Hey! Stop looking behind the curtains.
It should be obvious that politicians project their own fears and desires in the legislation they create.
Prices are set at the margin, so any new and additional borrowed capital chasing the existing market-share will catalyze a boom in prices.
Where the banks failed is in assessment of borrower's capacity to service. But rising prices combined with the government-sponsored protection that is the mortgage, meant that moral hazard was the order of the day.
And that's without going into the problem of side-letters...
There was outright fraud being perpetrated, but no one has the balls to prosecute.
No sooner than some institution of authority is constructed and sold as legitimate, those who see opportunity in co-opting its perceived legitimacy for nefarious and personal advantage begin their work.
Flares are part of the pressure containment safety systems. Very few modern operations flare gas willy nilly.
The last project I worked on included flare gas recovery. Most power generation is fired by "waste" gas, and usually includes waste heat recovery for process heating.
So you're acknowledging that it is the coercion and threats thereof which are the chilling mechanism; not the surveillance per se.
Its easy with a simple email and attachment...