I know Google Voice has provided this for some time. I know you can use 3rd party service YouMail. You're missing the point. Apple is pushing for user privacy. This means that the voicemail would be transcribed by Siri on *your* phone. Nobody else would have access to it to store it or scrape it or learn from it. Not in "the cloud".
What the hell are you talking about? Siri can't do jack-diddly without the internets. Won't even set a fricking timer or tell me what time it is. Every single thing Siri does is reported to and processed by the Apple mothership.
I'm not sure what the difference is, but for some reason nearly all of California has scarce restrooms. Places like Denver are the opposite.
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You don't know what the big deal is because you've probably never experienced humid heat. 90F is extremely dangerous at 100%RH and people die from it all the time.
If anything can be deduced from unemployment rates, CA is doing better than TX lately. I bet energy prices are going to cause some drag in the next couple years, too.
Biking to work eliminates the caloric surplus in many cases, and reduces the need for gym or other leisure activity. The math isn't as clear as you think. Bikers aren't always turning new calories into travel, they are often turning calories otherwise destined to turn into fat or be spent at a gym into travel.
In many cases replacing a car commute with a bike commute eliminates several energy uses for a much lower carbon footprint.