Or want to buy liquor on Sunday, or play a few hands of blackjack after work, or...
Everything's bigger in Texas. The frakwads in Austin don't let being a part-time legislature get in the way of them getting in your way.
Um, "good public transit" in SV? Calling VTA shit would be an insult to shit public-transit agencies everywhere.
Under US federal law, discrimination against persons under 40 years old is perfectly legal (although states can enact stricter legislation). It may or may not be a good idea, but you can't get into trouble with the EEOC for it.
There are indeed reasonable number of fare-free systems. But you neglect the core purpose of public transit as it is seen by most US governments—i.e. distributing cash. Even if a system has 10% farebox recovery, they still get to buy the equipment and employ people to collect the money. Sure, they could go to proof-of-payment (or drop fares entirely), and further reduce costs by putting the Buy America Act and Davis-Bacon out of their misery, but that would reduce the opportunity for graft.
Your modems are Hayes-compatible? My, that's new-fangled.
In practice, death sentences in the US tend to be more expensive, and that's leaving aside the far-too-high rate of improper convictions. Perhaps an alternate universe with substantially less judicial process would be cheaper, but that option isn't on the menu.
The McAfee/Symantec/Kaspersky salesman. The software doesn't sell itself, y'know.
Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind.
And a spare lightbulb kit.
In other words, "I'm doing SCIENCE!"