Any degree worth getting can easily repay itself.
This is not always true. I graduated with a BS in CS from a decent state school, went for Database Administration. Education was thorough, covered basically everything technical for Database, Information Security, literally assembling a computer, project management, and basic programming. Graduated during a bad period for employment and have never been able to land a database job. I live in a fairly large city and barriers to gainful employment exist and are numerous.
the problem is mcdonalds are usually franchises, not corp owned. so while that establishment gets treated as big business, it in reality is a mom and pop business.
Then wouldn't franchise fees get reduced? It strikes me as a short term problem. Even if prices doubled, it ultimately becomes a minor increase in a person expenditure.
Your argument is... what, exactly? That skilled jobs in engineering, accountancy, nursing, medicine, architecture, law, and even trades like plumbing, carpentry, HVAC, mechanics, etc are somehow being automated away and are less secure than minimum wage jobs at McDonald's?
Two things: 1. Vocation training, in my experience, is used to refer to low skill jobs. 2. We do use automation to reduce the demand of many of those jobs. We have software to reduce the need for enigeers and accountants, there is that new computer based on Watson that searches case law reducing the need fro assisstantns, and we are starting to self diagnostic devices that lowers the demand for medical professionals.
You're probably correct about the wand, but I don't believe McCoy ever used a tricorder. If memory serves, he placed patients under a device with the Gian monitor.
I believe the tricorder is a TNG thing, especially since it seemed to composed of three parts.
Plus Space Above and Beyond, Farscape, Lexx, Quantum Leap, etc.
There were more but I won't bother listing them. I know you guys have a limited length to the list but why THREE Star Trek series? Damned trekkies. ST: Voyager is a waste of space in the list.
What? No Earth 2?