There are not "dumping" the chemicals. They want to build a secure, floating, facility for destroying the chemicals. Building this facility in an environmentally sensitive area doesn't seem that bright. I would have expected it to be better to build it somewhere dry, like an isolated desert.
This creator must be some sort of evil, violent,psychopath to design: cancer, hiv, fig wasps, malaria, a universe where pretty much all of it will kill his favorite creation, parasitical wasp Dinocampus coccinellae, old age, lupus, etc...
Or, maybe there is no sign of a creator and it all just evolved.
Science is not at all like religion. As you say yourself: "The difference is we test all that stuff in science and try to break it; whereas in religion we try to protect our views". Science takes nothing on faith, it is all tested multiple times. Science is not a a belief, it is a method of determining what the real world is actually like.
Science does not automatically reject the benefits of meditation, or any other hypotheses. Some people might, but science does not, and it it is science, not Buddhist philosophy that has determined that meditation has a real affect of the state of your brain.
Science - it just works. No faith required.
Getting paid the going rate is nice until the super rich get the pols to pass laws allowing hundreds of thousands of hb1 visa's so they don't have to pay the going rate.
The USA does NOT have a free market. p.
There is no "free market" any where in the world - least of all in the USA.
Any time government has allowed a fairly unfettered free market it has led to wealth concentration, resentment, and revolution. this revolution might be the raise on unions, violent overthrow of the current government, but it happens eventually.
And most revolutions happened when income disparity reached new highs.Read some history.
CEO salaries are set by the board of directors, not the workers or even the shareholders. Exec wages are high because the boards are stacked with people rubbing each others backs.
Executive salaries are obscenely high because the executives are on each other companies board of directories and vote each other high salaries. It has nothing to do with attracting talent. And this is another case of free market fail as it is very common for shareholders to vote (non binding of course) for lower executive salaries and being ignored by the board.
By almost any objective measure of standard of living, general happiness, health and well being the USA comes in last when compared to other modern western states.
The USA has more murder, higher income disparity, lower economic mobility, terrible health care, almost non-existent social safety net, uneven education, and we could could go on for a bit here, but you get the idea.
The USA is still an economic powerhouse, but the rewards are going disproportionately to the already wealthy. There are many signs that the USA is heading the wrong way: unreasoning ideology replacing thoughtful policy, laws based on fear not facts, various scandals involving abuse of power by almost all levels of government, and population quite happy to trade false security for their liberty.
I've used the Canadian version of turbo tax for years without any problems, but my taxes are pretty simple.
I'm not sure how asking for a bunch of anecdotes will help you verify how good tax software is. Maybe there is study or review on this subject somewhere.
Why not just donate?
I'm pretty sure the people who might be interested in the overly complex bond lottery are the same people who would just donate money to seti. A Donation gives seti all your money with very little overhead compared to a bond or lottery.
No hint of Sexism? Women were officers only, and the big bad troopers had to stay in their own zone in the ship away from them
I'm not entirely convinced that military service is a good way to make men of callow boys. If you live in a society that demands "government service" to get the franchise it might seem like a glorious option to a callow youth. I'll concede it wasn't a classic fascist government in the book, but it certainly wasn't a democracy.
Our hero got to kill aliens and "come of age" pretty much as in the book, just without power armor. The book had quick military trails, and the scene were our hero faces "administrative punishment" instead of being drummed out of the service is straight from the book. The leadership in the book underestimated the "bugs", and I do not think they were portrayed as "clowns" in the movie.
The movie did a good job of showing the horrors of war, for example, the crew running about terrified in the ship that broke up - not calmly and heroically dying. War is gory. War is horrible. War should be a last resort.
But I certainly think the movie can be seen as you see it, given its much different tone, and obvious elements of satire where the book was much more earnest.
The spying is too much without enough oversight and should be scaled back, reined in, and controlled. BUT, spying on real, actual enemies is required.
And it isn't just the abuses of the NSA. The USA is FORCING people to have intrusive body cavity searches then being asked to PAY for them. And how about those border searches 100 miles from a border. There is a lot of government abuse that needs to be fixed.
But you still need to spy on your actual, real enemies.