T-Mobile lost the Starbucks contract to AT&T a couple years ago. AT&T wanted it so badly that they were willing to take terms that T-Mobile just wouldn't (wanting to actually keep making money off the service, crazy i know).
Requirements that the contract holder develop a method for people to order coffee from their iPhones was one of the driving forces in the decision. Another one was the required development to support their current "pay for coffee with a SBUX card, get free wifi for a couple hours" offering.
All that development work was/is expensive.
The networks at SBUX are all run by AT&T now.
The HotSpot division of T-Mobile has been gutted.
This kind of mentality is why cutting the federal budget is so difficult. Your case could be applied to any program funded by federal dollars (NFA and crosses floating in a cups of urine come to mind).
Oh no! You are not going to cut MY program! Besides its only of the federal budget!
This stuff adds up.
"We should be paying teachers twice what they are now and expecting the very best for it."
I agree. But that is not going to happen until we can get rid of the teachers unions. They ensure that bad teachers do not get fired, and that all teachers are paid the same without regard to talent. Basically the opposite of a meritocracy.
Expecting anything other than mediocrity under those conditions is a denial of reality.
Can't we go back and re-refine the nuclear waste for further use later once we get rid of the stupid "no breeder reactors allowed to prevent proliferation" laws?
Entitlements cost money, you know.
It's a smart move, really. Go after successful foreign companies with the cash and avoid raising taxes at home.
Think of this as a tariff that is not regulated by the WTO.
I am shocked (well not really) that there are classes at a university where 90% of the students can get an A.
When i went to university, many classes were set such that a predetermined number of students would fail. The first day of class, the professor would state the grade breakdown:
10% : A
20% : B
30% : C
20% : D
20% : F
The percentages may have been a little different, but you get the picture.
I dont see how that is going to happen. Last I checked, your average Indian citizen has been denied the gun ownership civil right.
Well, not counting "black money" bribes to the corrupt government agency that issues permits for gun ownership, but we are talking your "average" citizen who cannot afford such bribes.
"Balance is bullshit, truth is paramount."
To whose truth, then, should i subscribe?
All I have to go on is what is reported in the media, and what I can see with my own eyes.
How can you EVER know that what is being reported is the truth?
We dont have them.
As far as you know.
We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise. -- Larry Wall