I like your thinking, but there do seem to be some flaws with the idea: Emergency vehicles will be impeded in getting to where they need to be, and the system would probably not be immune to mechanical failures or power outages.
Or for that matter, what "perfectly adapted" even means. Almost every aspect of physiology I can think of has hard limits and has trade-offs to considered. "Perfect vision" is simply not achievable - not enough photons, number of light detecting cells in an eye, diffraction, etc.
Also, Lovecraft's "The Colour Out Of Space" dealt with an incomprehensible life-form landing in rural Massachusetts.
Great book, but might be hard to find. There hasn't even been a copy available on Amazon for at least a year, and on eBay it goes for $120. There was a film version on the Discovery Channel about a year ago, so you might be able to see it on Youtube or somewhere, though I don't think it does much with the narrative and "notes" which were another great feature.
That's presuming that either Snowden intended to help Putin all along, or that he realized that his safety is not guaranteed, no matter what the US says. Either way, the way the US handled his flight was nothing short of incompetent and disgraceful.
No it is not. It is nothing more than a single cherry that you picked to fit your narrative.
I seem to recall reading an article for "curb stomp" in the English Wikipedia, which had a link to "American History X." In the American History X article it looks like "curb-stomp" was linked, de-linked in Feb. 2012, and the term was replaced with a description in subsequent edits.
"Freedom of speech does not mean free from consequences" - I'm sorry but this is a bullshit statement. Speech is free exactly when it is free from consequences. If someone makes a statement against a despotic government and goes to jail for it or if someone makes a statement against popular sentiment and will have to live like a hunted animal after that, the net result is the same, the person is persecuted for it. This is not to say that a society can ever have truly free speech - shouting "fire" in a crowded theater being the canonical example of proscribed speech, but in a civil society the limits to speech should be as narrow as possible, otherwise the society risks sliding towards despotism.
I'm positively sure in parts of NYC the red lights are staggered so that you will have to stop at every single one of them, unless you are going 20 MPH or so above the posted speed limit.
Krushchev was born in Kalinovka, which was and still is in Russia to Russian parents. Brezhnev was born in what was part of the Russian Empire to Russian parents. Try again.
It would be awkward, but the cynic in me says that the US and Russia would then find common ground for a mutual extradition.
It got tagged troll because STEM education in Russia is about just as bad as in the USA, but the poster was making the claim that Russian high school students had the equivalent of advanced undergraduate students in STEM subjects. This is not borne out in various education indices, such as PISA.
Yes, 34th in mathematics, 37th in science, and 41st in reading, according to the latest PISA results http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PISA_2012_Tests. Sounds like the Russian education system only excels at instilling jingoism.
I voted FF. At work I use FF for all my development needs because I am comfortable with its debugging toolset and Chrome for anything not work related (can have flash disabled, adblock running, etc.). At home I almost never use Chrome because Google's penchant for data mining your personal information. Also, my Linux box (an ancient PC with Fedora) is much more stable with FF - Chrome will cause a kernel panic within a few minutes of browsing.
It's not nearly so cut-and-dried as you suggest: source