Good point, I never thought about the inheritance tax angle.
The theory of punctuated equilibrium holds that there were long periods of stasis and sudden bursts of evolution when the conditions changed rapidly. So if the statis periods were short plenty of evolution could take place in a few million years. Still it is difficult to believe multi celluar organisms could evolve that quickly.
I don’t know about you evilutionists. But to me, these stalactites and stalagmites look very much designed. Only dogmatic Darwin worshipers could be dumb enough to believe that these stalactites and stalagmites would know where to start growing so that eventually meet at a point, conjoin, become a pillar and hold the roof of the cave up.
There is symmetry in the formations, symmetry means information, symmetry means reduction in disorder, reduction in disorder is reduction in entropy and entropy can not be reduced by random naturalistic mechanistic processes. If these formations are “natural” then they violate the Second Law of Thermodynamics. The pathetic inability of the theory of evolution to account for the cave formations completely disproves any credibility the Big Bang Theory might have. It stretches the credulity of the American Public, 62% of whom don’t believe evolution anyway, that these scientists would confidently see amino acids and methane in planets and moons in the sky, when they cant see that mud-to-stalactite evolution is impossible.
But the point remains, no one is FORCED to believe in the statue.h
Exactly! You got it buddy. You will not be forced to believe in the satanistic display.
you do NOT have the right to not be offended anymore than someone of a different faith/non faith
Very well put. Christians have no right to be not offended. The satanistic display will have equal access to the public places. You worship yaweh, he worships satan, all American citizens respect the right of each other to worship whomsoever they want and have equal access to the public spaces. I am very glad you agree.
However, the main problem with these flights of fancy is the extra energy expenditure involved. It is perhaps the least energy efficient method of transport you could possibly come up with.
What the heck are you talking about? Flying tiny little R/C quadrocopters around is highly energy efficient, when you compare it to the amount of fuel you need to propel a 10,000 pound UPS van on city streets.
Assuming the Amazon warehouse is within a short distance of the customer's location, the quadrocopter has an enormous cost an energy advantage. 1) It's electrically powered, so it doesn't suffer Carnot inefficiencies like diesel trucks. 2) It travels directly between the two locations, regardless of any obstructions in the way, traffic, poor street layouts, etc. With UPS, you have to ship the package first to the UPS warehouse where it has to be sorted, then load it onto another truck for delivery. If the UPS warehouse isn't too close, that's a lot of extra distance to travel, all using diesel fuel with big, heavy trucks. 3) It uses no labor, as it's entirely automated. The UPS delivery requires human labor for pickup, sorting (perhaps multiple times), and finally delivery to your doorstep. Human labor is expensive. Amazon's idea is really great; the only Achilles' heel is that it entirely depends on the distance between the warehouse and the customer. These drones will only have so much range, and can't group together packages to build economy-of-scale savings, so the farther that distance, the less viable this delivery method becomes. But for metro areas, it makes pretty good sense.
Most of eBay's operation (and their desired method) is the seller goes to the local UPS store and ships it himself.
Exactly. Also, a lot of their operation involves the USPS, especially for smaller items. This is why Ebay's Paypal unit makes it easy for sellers to ship with USPS (and also UPS) by integrating that into Paypal, so you can buy USPS postage and print out a mailing label right from your Paypal account.
FTFY. It is becoming increasingly difficult to determine the country of origin for anything you by from eBay.
On searches there's a checkbox to select North America or US-only. Of course this won't stop a shady vendor from claiming to ship from the US, and shipping from China instead, but the capability is there to screen the shipping location.
I don't think so. The Wright Brothers didn't compete against bike shops with their airplane (people wanting to buy a bicycle aren't going to be talking into buying an airplane instead). They created a whole new market, separate from the bicycle shop market. If anything, the bike shop competitors were better off with the Wright Brothers spending their time and money on airplanes instead of concentrating on selling bikes. It worked out well for the Wrights of course, but it didn't detract from their competitors in any way. And bike shops are still around; the bike market was only hampered by the rising automobile industry, not by airplanes.
for an example my mom worked with a nice gay couple at the hospital. After nearly 30 years of being together one was killed by a drunk driver but because the state recognized common law for male/female but NOT gays the survivor had ZERO rights and the parents of the dead partner, who just FYI had disowned him more than 40 years before and refused to even allowed him to be buried in the family cemetery, were able to come in like vultures and sell everything that he owned.
This is horrible, I'll agree, but wouldn't this situation have been easily averted by simply having a will in place? I understand that for many younger people they might not have one as they don't think they're going to die in an accident anytime soon, but a couple that's been together for 30 years (making them probably over 50) really should have thought of that, I'd think. You don't need legalized gay marriage to write a will giving everything to your partner if you die. I'm not saying gay marriage shouldn't be legal (I believe in equality for all; I also believe in legalized plural marriages between consenting adults), but this doesn't seem to be a very good example to me.
But is it possible to compile all of this "free" source code and get a working Windows installation? I didn't think so.
I believe it is, actually. The whole reason why it is provided to the governments is so that they can certify it as secure for their purposes (hence why it's called the Government Security Program). I can't imagine how such a certification can be meaningfully made without building the binaries from source and verifying that they match the regular Windows install.
When they say "taxation is theft for the government", we should reply in equally short sentence. "Taxation is the ROI for the government". Longer argument would be, the government invested on all the citizens, not knowing who will win and who will lose, much like investing in an index fund. Some fund will win and it will pay dividends. Congratulations, you won. Now kick back the government's share of the profit.
When they say, "the rich are the job creators", we should counter, "the consumers are the job creators".
Unless we go on the offensive, value of all the labor will be lost. There is no difference between blue collar and white collar. Between software engineer and domino's delivery man. All labor is taxed at double the rate of passive investments. Why should my wages be taxed more than their dividends?
You seem to have a mistaken notion that the American standard of living is somehow tied to its population - like there's some kind of magical fountain of wealth in the country which has a limited output, and if you add more people then there's less for everyone.
There is, of course, such a fountain, but it's not magical - it's powered by the very same people who drink from it. That's why the country's wealth keeps growing just as its population does - because the new people don't just take, they also contribute. So long as the society is set up in such a way that most contribute more than they take, it can keep scaling up. Broadly speaking, this set-up is a part of the society's culture.
Immigrants (by which I mean people who come and stay, not temporary labor) are fundamentally different from natural-born citizens in one way only: hey bring the baggage of their culture with them. In some cases, that baggage gets in the way of being productive. But that baggage can be dealt away in the cultural "melting pot", so long as immigrants are truly assimilated (instead of being shoved into ghettos), which is generally true of America - in fact, it is a model "melting pot", with anyone who is willing to undergo assimilation welcome to do so.
Now, the processing capacity of said pot is limited, in that it requires the proportion of new immigrants be significantly smaller than the rest of society, so that the latter majority can assimilate them in a reasonable amount of time. But this is a limitation on throughput, not on the total capacity.