It seems most questions were asked last Tue or Wed, and there's only, about three ESR responses I can find. Am I missing something?
Try to focus on arguments of fact, not arguments of person or source. Then you will weed out most deception.
You are correct to an extent. The challenge is that, in many instances, we cannot all be experts on every topic. Even Bill Nye must rely on the summaries and conclusions of experts. In those instances, we are forced to make judgments--and argue--about sources.
I wish I could propose "reason" as an alternative, but in my own experience and observation, there are some very well reasoned propositions that reach absurd conclusions.
That leaves the Bucky Fuller solution: we have to test our propositions and see how well they hold up. Easier said then done, eh?
Isn't that how a pluralistic democracy is *supposed* to work?
Your comment is only true if there is an accessible supermarket. See "food deserts." They do exist, and mostly in really poor areas, where many folks are dependent on their feet or public transit to get around.
Same is true in many rural areas, too, where a trip to town can be very costly.
You know, if there was any reasonable evidence to suggest that NSA, CIA, or DHS practices had prevented any attacks, you might have a good point. What evidence there is seems to suggest, however, that "Intelligence" actions have made the world less pleasant for most people, including most people in the US.
The quotes around "intelligence" allude to the fact there are many actions taken by our government's intelligence arms that have little to do with gathering or understanding information. Instead, many of the actions are about maintaining secrecy while doing their best to shape the world.
As a US citizen, I do want the world shaped to my advantage. But according to my morals and observations, my best advantage is served when neighbors respect and appreciate me, not when they fear me.
I have insufficient information to conclude whether the lightning connector is 'technically' superior, but I have loads of experience that leads me to conclude it is vastly ergonomically superior, especially for aging eyes and arthritic fingers.
Government owned lands are not public in the sense you suggest. They are a public "trust," which means the government holds the lands in trust for the benefit of the public (theoretically). This is to distinguish us from England, where the lands are owned by the crown, and has no legal incentive to provide any benefit from the lands to the public.
Just like other trust funds, the trustee controls and decides what produces the highest benefit, and is largely free to do just about anything, even screw it up, so long us the trust is managed in good faith.
I make no statement on the usefulness or fairness of this legal construction, I am merely pointing out how it works.
It is, technically, illegal to hire an employee for an unreported cash wage. Small businesses can get away with, but only because they fall under the enforcement radar. And no, simply calling someone an "independent contractor" and issuing 1099's does not provide a loophole, as the law defines who is and is not contractor v. employee independently of applied labels.
The point is, in order for someone to legally work for you, you are supposed to pay minimum wage + taxes, so if everyone obeys the law (ha!), there should be no change in the ration of wage v. cash.
Wage v. salary, though?
Yes, taxes are important. But gas tax, like all sales tax, is regressive. It hits poor people harder
This is BLATANTLY unconstitutional.
The 4th gives a right to be secure from unreasonable search and seizure. It does not guarantee any privacy. In fact, privacy is not mentioned anywhere in the constitution.
The Fourth Amendment is kind of like Santa Clause. It's a great idea that we all wish was true, but in reality is just a story we celebrate with children.
I am thinking hard about this inevitable question. Part of the answer is philosophical: it does me good to take positive action, regardless of the results of my action.
I am not so cynical or conspiratorial to think that the gubmint has become completely insensitive to the wishes of its polity. Largely insensitive perhaps, but completely, no. See their willingness to (at least claim to) convert the images from the naked scanners to a less explicit version. I think many times an issue that a few feel strongly about, when the few are truly in the right, can be transformed into a change garnering public discussion, when the few vocalize their thoughts. It takes time and sustained action, however. And there's no guarantee of success.
There is, however, a guarantee of failure if we do not take whatever positive actions are available to us.
My thought is that Silicon Valley, populated with folks like us here on
Most lawyers litigating in a big trial like this are from a firm. In-house lawyers guide the company's transactions, typically.
In fact, MS still massively dominates the business sphere at all levels. A few tech companies use linux, some big enterprises use back end linux, a few "hip" shops use Macs, and everyone else uses Windows.
And Windows 7 doesn't suck. It's not pretty enough to make me switch from Mac OS, but I don't mind using it when I have to.
a factory in Germany, Canada and Finland
That's some factory--Nokia must have invented some kind of trans-dimensional technology. Surely that's worth a few bucks to someone?