The assassination thing gets tried now and then, but assassinated leaders have a habit of being replaced by other leaders, who are not always better. Sometimes, instead, they're replaced by multiple would-be leaders and a civil war, also not necessarily better.
He insults everyone who believes in any possible supernatural entity
That's incorrect. Dawkins has acknowledged many times that deities could exist, but we have no reason to believe in them (empirical or a priori). Any such insults are directed at the arguments of people who profess to have such a legitimate reason to believe in a particular deity. And he's right to. Such arguments are invariably foolish at best.
You may not support criticizing others for unjustifiable beliefs, but consider that the religious people who represent you in government essentially believe in unicorns and faeries. It's more than a little troubling that the people with so much power have such flawed reasoning.
I don't know I am right, so how can I tell someone else with certainty they are wrong?
You can't. But you can say with certainty that their beliefs are completely unjustifiable, and they have no legitimate, rational reason to believe them. And that's what atheism is. You have quite a distorted view of what atheist proponents like Dawkins actually do and say.
They never say that "the Christian god certainly does not exist", they only say, "the Christian god ALMOST certainly does not exist". In other words, the probability that such a deity exists is negligable for many, many reasons.
I have ads turned off on
If I read correctly, this is per ad, not per page. So on your average online magazine, that's 5-10 per page. So that's 1000 page views. Your average article is split up over 2-3 pages these days, in order to generate more ad impressions. It also includes every article you click on, load the page, realize it's not interesting to you and leave again with a second or two.
Not sure how much you read, but for me, that would last me maybe a week, and if it includes sites I frequent a lot, less.
It's come to the point where I honestly believe we need to outlaw all advertisement. Yes, I mean that. Make it illegal, absolutely all of it. Posters, mailings, newsletters, TV and radio, web, banners - the whole lot.
Make all of it illegal and then apply the same principle to it that we know works whenever something is dangerous and easily abused: Whitelisting. After pulling the plug, have a serious conversation about where, what kind and how much advertisement we as a society are willing to accept, and then make limited excemptions.
We know for a fact that blacklisting doesn't work. Nobody sane configures a firewall with allow-all and then block lists. You always start with deny-all and then open up services selectively.
Same approach. Outlaw it all, and then decide what is acceptable.
Advertisement poisons everything. It's time to put a stop to it and this is the only way we can do it without fighting over the topic for the next century.
So now "between and man and a woman" is now "men paired with women." Even you can see those aren't the same thing.
But read up on it. You'll find that there have been Western institutions of pairing a man with multiple women. There have been institutions of pairbonding of men (specifically monks). There have been institutions of spouse ownership. You only have to go back a short way to find that the "traditional marriage" is a fairly recent invention. Again, read Coontz (yes, I know you won't, but she has a hell of a lot more documentation than I'm going to post here).
And hey, if we're going for "tradition," why not go whole-hog? Let's bring in all of the possible traditions. Widows must marry their brothers-in-law. Adulterers must be killed. Anyone who disgraces the family honor must be stoned. These are marriage traditions that go back thousands of years too.
The so-called "Internet of Things" has rapidly become a buzzword du jour
The "internet of things" was one of the old buzzwords of Sun Microsystems (R.I.P.), along with "the network is the computer" and "write once, run everywhere".
I'll be more impressed when it's capable of printing a vaccuum tube...
Printing a metal-shelled tube shouldn't be that hard.
Printing the vacuum, on the other hand.
Attach a small fan to it as an air-printing attachment, then turn the power plug 180 degrees so it runs backwards. Do I really have to think of everything around here?
One way that seems to work in tech is just to "do a startup". This can be basically any idea, no matter how stupid, and doesn't need funding to count.
CS is for a certain type of person, but most of the people programming professionally today are not those types of people. Most of the people programming today went into CS for the better-than-average salaries associated with programming. Most of them are not great programmers. Most of them don't seem to even be good programmers. They're put in environments where they're given vague requirements to automate business they don't understand or want to understand. And then we find ourselves in a situation where most of the in-house software out there is absolute crap. And consumer-grade software really isn't that much better.
So really, at the end of the day, introducing more people to it can't really have that much of a negative effect. If just a few of those kids decide to make a career out of it after having been exposed to it in school, it'll have been worthwhile.
I think what we can say is that marriage has been between a man and a woman for thousands of years.
You think wrong. Marriage has been a quite varied institution even within the narrow stricture of "Western" culture over the past few thousand years. A good starting point if you want to learn is Stephanie Coontz's book. But there is a great deal of actual research on the subject, which would be well worth your time to look into.
It has nothing to do with political correctness to point any of this out. It's simple fact.
States started with the marriage licenses to prevent brothers and sisters from marrying each other.
Incorrect. Marriage licensing, historically, is directly related to inheritance.
You have this low-tech piece of equipment that brakes the non-drive wheels while spinning the drive wheels (called a "line lock"), problem solved. I guess they are going to do that, but with some electronics?