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As far as the heavy weather over the last few days here in the U.S., it happens every year and has happened like that for decades. Try reading "The Wizard of Oz". Dorthy was picked up by what would be an F5 tornado. Huge cyclones have been recorded in the U.S. Midwest and West records have been kept. There is nothing new going on. It is just that people are more aware of it and more afraid of it.
Global warming can't stand up to the criticism they give other kinds of faith, but is regarded as not only science but the holy grail of science.
I beg to differ. Global warming is not the "holy grail of science" and it never has been. The holy grail of science is understanding and knowing the truth.
The problem is that science has become politicized, requires funding from the government and corporations, and too many people claim to be scientists when they do not follow the scientific method. Global Warming, especially Anthropogenic Global Warming is espoused and taken as proven scientific, when it is based on very shaky evidence a lot of supposition. It bases most of it's predictions on measurements from the last few hundred years, but ignores the fact that the climate has changed greatly over the last 500 million years. The last 200 thousand years have been abnormally stable when compared to the last 500 million. To assume that it would continue to remain this stable is foolish, yet that is what climate "scientists" say the case should be.
Take out the politics, the egos, and the monetary pressures and give climate "science" an objective look, and it looks looks like more phrenology than neurology.
Now, as for your "bullshit" comment, I was around when games and music didn't have DRM. DRM came about because of people making ILLEGAL, UNAUTHORIZED COPIES, dumabass.
That is the basic difference between a right to something and a right from something. If you have a right to do something, then the government MUST help you do it. But, if you have a right from the government stopping you from doing something, then the government doesn't have to help you, but it can't stop you either. This is why many of the rights of the new rights legislations are causing problems. When the disabled have a right to equal access, and self-cleaning, public toilets can't accommodate the disabled, then the self-cleaning, public toilets can not be deployed through out the city because that violates their right to equal access. (That is an example from real life: self-cleaning public toilets weren't allowed in NYC)
I am saying that having a fancy cell phone and a data plan are luxuries and your suggesting that people who can't afford the luxury are being ripped off by having to pay the price for the luxury makes you an entitled prick.
Mobile data access is a luxury. It is a premium service. GoPhone is pricing it as such. You don't like it, don't use it. If their customers don't like it, they don't have to use it. You and they can go over to MetroPCS and get a phone from them with unlimited phone, text, and data for about $60.00 a month plus the usual taxes and fees.
Don't sit there and say how some company should price its services how you think they should because you don't think it is fair. It is not your decision and if you don't like their pricing structure, don't use them. Don't use their product or service and they will lower their price or go out of business. GoPhone doesn't want to lower its mobile data access fees, so don't use GoPhone for mobile data accesss, or at all. I am explicitly saying that it is perfectly fine for GoPhone and AT&T to charge a high price for a premium service if it is provided by a sub-prime carrier like GoPhone, especially if they do not want GoPhone users to use said premium service. If GoPhone customers don't like it, they can go somewhere else because they do not have a contract. That is one of the advantage of a GoPhone, remember? And, don't go around suggesting that the government should step in and set the price for that company's service. The U.S. is not the a fascist or socialist state where the government runs all the companies and/or sets the prices. If you want that, move to Venezuela or Cuba.
I think everyone can set their own priorities and make their own decisions, and the best we as a society can do is to prevent predatory business plans from taking root and fucking everybody over.
So, what you are saying is that people should be allowed to make their own decisions, except for the people who run companies. Those people should have to price their product according to what you think is fair. It can only be a predatory plan if the plan causes people to have to continually return to the business. That is what makes payday loans predatory. But, this is not like that. This is pre-paid phone and data service. The phone part is reasonable and no one is forced to use the premium service, the luxury service of mobile data access. And, when one runs out of credit, one doesn't have to pay and continue to use the service, phone or data. One can simply stop using the data access service and use only the phone service. Or, one can go to a different service. One does not have to use mobile data access and one can simply walk away from a pre-paid service. There is no debt and no contract to hold one to the provider.
Oh, and you have already proven yourself to be arrogant, short-sighted, and willfully ignorant of the subject, capitalism, and our government.
If one is looking for a job, one has the time to go to the library. Also, where I live, I can go to the local unemployment office and use computers in the office to search for on-line jobs. One can also go to Kinko's or an internet cafe as many people in the 2nd and 3rd world do. For almost everyone, mobile data access is not vital. For most, even internet access is not vital. Unless one is required to be able to access the internet at a moment's notice, one does not need mobile data access. There is a good chance even you don't need internet access nor is it vital to your existence. Remember, gaming is not vital, neither is checking twitter, facebook, or slashdot. Looking at lolcats, porn, or youtube is not vital. And, you don't need to do any of that from your cell phone. Get a netbook or a laptop and go to Panera Bread, Barnes and Nobles, Denny's, coffee shops, even many McDonalds have free wifi now. I can go to my local mall, which is pretty ghetto, and they have an area set up by the food court with couches, power, and free wifi.Mobile data access via cellular telephone provider is not a necessity, it is a luxury and almost no one needs it.
It is really you that is just making this a social issue and saying how people should spend there money!
You are the one saying a company should not be allowed to charge whatever they want for their service. You are saying that the government should step in and regulate the price of a luxury service so that everyone can have it because you don't think it is fair that only those that can afford the service can use it. YOU are the one making this a social issue by saying that the people are being ripped off because they are being charged a lot for a luxury service, which most people don't even need, by their sub-prime provider. You are the one saying the government must regulate the price of a luxury good to ensure everyone can have it. And, yes, GoPhone is the sub-prime service arm of AT&T.
The limits of your knowledge are much greater than you imagine. I work in the wireless industry and know a lot more about it than you do. I do not directly work for any one carrier, but I have worked for several carriers, several handset manufacturers, and now for an inter-carrier operator. I have a pretty good idea as to why they charge so much for it. They have only allocated so much bandwidth to GoPhone units and using data eats up that bandwidth. They don't want their GoPhone customers using data, so they make using data very expensive. It is their right as a company to charge what they want and if the customers don't like it, they can go somewhere else, say MetroPCS.
And, it doesn't matter if you think it is extremely expensive. All luxury goods are expensive. Diamonds, caviar, champagne, supercars, fur coats, furniture made from solid wood and leather, etc. are all expensive. You keep complaining that something that is a luxury is expensive from a budget brand. Yes, it is expensive, but it is not a ripoff. Very few people actually need it. Don't like it, don't use it.