iPod was a FireWire device, back when PC's used PS/2, serial, and parallel ports.
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Roadways are also hugely subsidized. Fuel taxes and tolls only pay about a quarter of the cost of driving. Roads never break even. All of them subsidize their costs with taxes. Many of them even take money from federal and state programs because communities cannot afford to build them without money from the federal and state governments.
Why do you insist that mass transit not be subsidized while roadways are?
The Republicans held the Senate long enough in 2001 (with a 50-50 tie broken by war criminal Dick Cheney) to ram through their tax cuts on simple majority votes. Then Jim Jeffords switched his affiliation from Republican to Independent, and began caucusing with the Democrats.
The problem is the bankers already received their golden payouts. It's a big "Oh, well! Better luck next time" to them.
Trickle Down/Supply Side as a 20th and 21st century record of failure. Keynesian Economics, not so much.
There may be proportionally more Anti-Vaxers who are liberal than are conservatives. But the anti-vaxers are nearly unrepresented in the ranks of Liberal/Democratic elected leaders. As opposed to the anti-global-warming-ists or anti-evolutionists who are leading the Republican party in the US.
Flu is dangerous. 20 to 40 million deaths in 1918-1919. annual deaths 250,000-500,000, more in pandemic years. US deaths averaged 40,000/year from 1979 to 2001 (by one measure).
It is true that immunity from the flu vaccine is not 100%. But reducing ones chance of contracting the disease after exposure by 2/3rds is worth it. I've gotten a flu shot every year since I last had the flu (1994).
I own a mac, and have three obsolete macs in my "museum". I own a Pentium IV computer, but it runs Linux. Work provides me with a PC. But that's only for work.
Microsoft is a corporation that knew exactly how far across the legal line it could go before it would be punished. How many times were investigations into its business practices settled with "we promise we won't do it again", which they then did?
The critique of "Cold Equations" on the web is also useful.
I was in High School when Star Wars came out. The first one, before it got retitled "A New Hope" and "Episode 4".
Joseph Campbell's _The_Hero_With_a_Thousand_Faces_ or the PBS Series (with its accompanying book) The Power of Myth both talk about the archtype Epic. Read wikipedia for more.
I saw the Dune movie before I read the book. It worked for me.
I am quite fond of Roger Zelazny's short story "The Game of Blood and Dust". It didn't resonate at all with my daughter, who never really lived under the threat of nuclear annihilation. It's included in _The_Last_Defender_of_Camelot_, and only 5 pages long.
I don't believe you can run an
MacOSX tells me whenever I ask it to run a file downloaded from the net for the first time. The OS needs to get in the user's face a little, because downloaded executables carry risks that executables installed from local media do not.
No, the voters chose Gore over Bush. Even in Florida. Somehow, the greater evil took power anyway.