And there are lots of other powers the President *usually* has, although many of them have been thwarted by the Republicans under the current administration. Federal appointments, for example. Normally a very underrated and subtle use of influence, and the Republicans have used Congress to block a huge portion of Obama's appointments. But in a properly functioning government (ie one not hell-bent on opposing the executive branch) that is a huge power.
Another underrated one is the decision *not* to pursue federal prosecution, as evidence by Obama not pursuing anyone responsible for the financial crisis, or any war crimes or perjury under the previous administration, and Bush/Clinton basically giving anybody casually associated with their adminstrations a free pass to skirt federal law.
Just think of how hard it would be to prove a software random number generator is deterministic if all you have to look at is the output. Even computer algorithms like that, which are provably deterministic, observationally will still have some fluctuation in their output due to uncontrollable variables (corrupted ram, design limitations, hardware errors a la Intel floating point thing) and that's in an environment that is precisely engineered to produce such determinism. Then contrast that with all the millions of social, behavioral, and environmental factors that are throwing noise at observation of the human brain and it becomes mind-boggling very, very quickly.
Any possible proof of the determinism of the human brain would first require that we come to a complete understanding of the chemical and biological processes that control human thought in addition to how environmental and genetic factors influence those internal processes. I think this particular question will stay in the realm of philosophy rather than science for an extremely long time.
It is possible to be starving while your neighbors are over fed, and indeed that is exactly what is happening. There are approximately 50 million people in the US that still deal with chronic hunger. There's a documentary out now called A Place at the Table. I highly, highly recommend that you check it out.
And you present it as an either/or, but it is possible to be both obese and malnourished. That is exactly what you find in a large percentage of the US population. If our poor are chronically malnourished because the only food they can afford makes them fat and sick, then what use is there in making the distinction between a nutrition problem and a hunger problem? In reality they are two sides of the exact same problem.
Beer, by its nature, is more ephemeral than wine or spirits. The best beer you'll ever have is fresh from the barrel at a good brewery, not stuck in somebody's cellar for 30 years.
And Germany implemented social security and universal health care in the 1880s. Hitler wasn't even born yet. If you want to avoid the more negative connotations of the word fascist, you could call the Nazi government a militaristic autarky. That's way more closer to the truth than socialist, but the word fascist exists for a reason.
Gas is cheaper in inflation-adjusted dollars than when I started paying attention to it. Commodity prices are cyclical. Fearing that they will go to infinity because you've only experienced on upswing is just like fearing the oceans will all boil during the first Summer of your life.
When did you start paying attention, 1980? That's the only time in the last 40 years the prices have been similar, and that was caused by decreased supply due to the Iranian revolution, subsequent embargoes and the Iran-Iraq war. We are at similar inflation-adjusted prices now with the whole world producing at maximum capacity. Imagine how high prices would go if we completely removed Iranian and Iraqi production from the market!
And commodity prices are not always cyclical. If production can not keep up with increased demand (as has been the case with oil for over a decade now) prices will continue to rise. There aren't going to be any more dramatic increases in oil production like we saw in the 1980s and 1990s as offshore platforms and Arctic oil came into their own. We're sucking it out of every place on earth. Demand will continue to outpace production until something displaces oil.
Your guess is as good as mine when that will happen, but it certainly isn't going to be any time soon. Even if the entire world decided to switch to some other technology *tomorrow* it would still take decades to get the infrastructure in place.
And I don't have any data to back it up, but I guarantee that the number of cars going into LA proper is a lot smaller than the number leaving during the morning commute. Traffic is always always easier to manage the further you get from a major city center. If you look at other cities like Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, DC you see exactly the same problems.
You can't move a population of 10+ million people around every day by automobile without traffic jams. It's an impossible task. You can eke out tiny improvements, but just as quickly they are overtaken by increased usage and then you're looking at an even larger, more expensive and time-consuming upgrade to keep traffic moving . The 405 is a perfect example of this.
Auto travel does not scale efficiently and over the long term LA is going to have to significantly improve its mass transit (ie subway, light rail, street cars NOT buses) to have any chance of improving congestion. Thankfully the government understands this and is moving beyond 1950s urban planning policies.
But it's LA, and no place on earth is more beholden to the notion that a car is freedom and taking public transit is for the unwashed masses. Even when it's obvious to everyone involved that upgrading the freeway system is a huge, inefficient pain in the ass and a waste of public money you still get people like yourself clamoring that they should do *more* of it. It's absurd.
I don't think I've seen a single in-depth article that didn't zero in on the fact that the older bother was Muslim, most going into great detail about his trip to Dagestan. There was a great discussion on the radio this morning about how immigrants from tribal Muslim cultures are particularly prone to alienation and have difficulty adapting to mainstream American culture.
But what do I know? I listen to NPR.
I know 1 female engineer out of the 40+ women I know, all the rest can't stand doing math, physic's or even intense thinking.
is pretty fucking condescending. Grow up.