There have been plenty of people who argued for banning the use of cash. In many EU countries I believe they already have a ban on cash transactions above 1000 euro.
You don't live in that kind of a society right up until the moment when you do live in that kind of a society, at which point it is rather too late to do anything to prevent it. Trust someone who lived behind the iron curtain - you don't WANT to know what society will be like if we keep heading in that direction. However small those steps are, they are not reversible.
It sounds like you're missing the part where you have to plug your vaunted HDMI cable into something. Perhaps you have a HTPC or a Plex Server. Who knows? But the Chromecast costs $35 (and was on sale for $25) so you can stream without having to set up a HTPC.
The problem with customs domains is that it created another attack vector that no one really thinks about. The attacker hijacked his mx records and directed his email away. Up until now, I was sitting pretty thinking that I was safe because I used LastPass to create a long fucking Google Apps password and Google Authenticator for two-factor security. I never considered the notion that someone could hijack my mx records. I'm going over to namecheap to enable two-factor authentication.
Wake up. The rest of the world spies on our industries as well. I'm not even talking about China I'm talking about. Read the Wiki articles on the topic. The French are our allies but are also pretty big industrial spies. It's also old news that the NSA spies for American industry. When Boeing was bidding on a Saudi deal, the other side offered a bribe. The NSA picked up on it and disclosed it to the Saudis.
These idiots probably designed those flyers on a Mac using Microsoft Office, and used Google to find all the facts and allegations in their flyers.
In contrast, traditional public schools which fail students do not close and are allowed to fail students year after year after year. Closing a charter school is a feature, not a bug.
Charters often serve niches of students. A charter which is good with, say, kids with learning disabilities, may be horrible with kids without those disabilities. You can't take the "it's either a good school or it's a bad school" model -- you have to ask "Is it appropriate for this child, or not."
Also, note that many charter specifically target students who are struggling academically.
In North Carolina, charter schools have to take all comers and accept by lottery if there are more comers than seats available. Can't speak for other states -- each state does something a bit different. That, of course, doesn't mean that each charter school is appropriate for every student. But, of course, the traditional public school system also isn't appropriate for every student.
However, I disagree that they should have to take the same standardized tests. Those tests are generally based on state curricula, so saying "you have to have the same standardized test" really says "you have to teach the same curriculum that the rest of the state teaches." And, that undermines part of the idea of charters -- allowing them to teach a different curriculum.
I've noticed that charter-school opponents really neglect the benefit of allowing parents to choose to send their kids to a charter school, and do not give enough deference to those parents' decisions. Instead, those parents are basically treated like they're not smart enough to make those sorts of decisions. So, for example, opponents may say "Only 36% of the students at this charter school are reading on grade level. We should close that school. Those kids' parents obviously don't know what's best for their kids, so we need to step in." In reality, though, it may be that the public school where those kids would otherwise attend only has 25% reading at grade level. Or, it may be that the charter school is really good at helping kids to read and takes them from being 4 grades below grade level to only 1 grade below grade level. Or....
You're making the mistake of assuming technology will advance within the confines of our current designs only and you're ignoring the fact that whenever technology advances it often crashes through the confines of walls assigned to try and keep it the way a select few want it to be. Mouse cursor translucency could fix the problem or a simple cross-hair. Another possible fix is that there would be multiple cursors that would be manipulated in polygonal patterns. This polygon method is probably the best application because it would enable at minimal a third dimensional approach to object manipulation. The result? You could quickly mold the screen objects to suit your own requirements just by rapid eye movement. And a side effect of REM is that we might require less sleep using a setup like this.
Context is always missing from computer tracking. Without context there is always a shadow of a doubt.
Basically the eye becomes the part of the system that moves the mouse and you have buttons or voice commands for accessing areas if you want. So you move your eye over to something and click it or you quickly adjust between five things and order a command that changes how the five things interact. This is way better ergonomically than sliding a mouse or using your hand on a touchpad because no part of your body is actually pushing against a slide-surface.
The only free country is outer space. It ain't free to get there but if you can manage it, you'll have everything you need.
These American documents were always false. Look at the whole commie scare during the cold war. Everyone who was suspected of being a commie (as in anybody who didn't see exactly eye-to-eye with big business) was put under a microscope. The fact is that democracy's tenets are as freely interchangeable as any other ideology. It's all just a sham. A total nightmare. Nobody really believes any of this stuff do they? Do you really believe that not knowing what other potentially dangerous people are doing is a good idea? Do you not want to know?
At the end of the day we can use all the information gathered to lock up all the wrong people or we can lock up the right people. Unfortunately all the people in charge are in their position because they are sociopaths. There is absolutely no defense against that kind of tyranny apart from utter revolt which by my watch is now impossible because our younger generation has now had a taste of revolt and how futile it is with Occupy Wallstreet. They accomplished NOTHING. Everyone knows it. Will they ever try again? Nope.
Most people don't believe in fairy tales, but a good test of that is whether or not someone is a theist. Not atheist. A theist because the space there really means something.
The funny thing is that anyone who calls attention to these things is torn down, and damaged. There is no way no possible way to defend against this sham.
The only real way is when it eventually collapses in on itself but by then the real enemy will become evident. And it will be too late. That's the plan.