I'd vote for moving on. Companies can be quite vindictive and screw you over with any future employers. They have even been known to sue whistle-blowers.
Pure capitalism generates monopolies. Monopolies are bad, just look at the railroads in past years and the oil companies in the early part of the 20th century...or MS today. Pure capitalism generates banks that are too big to allow to fail lest they take the entire economy with them, car companies that are too big fail lest they take unemployment to ridiculously high levels, insurance companies (AIG) that couldn't be allowed to fail without taking down the credit markets, etc. Pure capitalism generates unacceptable levels of pollution, i.e., smog in L.A. before the EPA cracked the whip, Love Canal, Three Mile Island, Fukushima, etc. Pure capitalism will put fake medicine on your pharmacy shelf without a whimper of remorse. Yes, it will get taken down again after enough people die, but not until.
Pure capitalism gave us the cigarette industry and their special form of scientific reasoning about how cigarettes don't cause cancer. It helps to generate tainted food (see China and the melamine in baby formula, or the fresh produce in the U.S. which kills a few yearly before U.S. health agencies get on the case and figure out how to stop it).
Pure capitalism means no social security for grandma, no medicare for grandma, no disability for workers broken in serving capital producing industries. It means shyster lawyers with no training, shyster doctors with no degree, oil companies drilling in your back yard and fouling your water supply with no recourse by you. It means coal companies dumping their waste anywhere they see fit, even upstream of your property, it means cars with no emission controls so you get to breathe their raw exhaust (mmmm, good).
And I'm a conservative Republican although I cannot stand the ignoramuses currently running the Republican party.
You do realize that until the 60's, the U.S. had a fair number of asylums. Then it was determined that the mentally ill had rights and they were promptly discharged with many finding the street life fit them better than anything else. It turned out the mentally ill had a right to be homeless.
What is needed is a more sane approach to mental illness, especially now with so many vets suffering from PTSD. The discrimination should stop, but for that to stop people would need to be educated about mental illness....well, I guess the mentally ill are screwed then.
The prisons are filled with people that simply run into the law enforcement system before they run into a mental health system. The law enforcement system cannot force one onto meds, so the poor souls get warehoused in the prisons. When they are let out, their neuroses are that much worse because mental illness frequently does not get better on its own. Left untreated, it gets worse. By that time, the mentally ill think of prison as a refuge, so they commit another crime to back.
If by music industry you mean "record companies", I don't think they can survive on tours because any decent band is going to keep the reins to themselves. There isn't enough easy money to skim off. Not so decent bands won't draw. Individual performers already are managed by sharks, they don't need music companies sponsoring their tours.
Actually, Nicko McBrain did become a born again Christian about 1999. However, he doesn't find that incompatible with Iron Maiden.
I don't care for the rest of Nickelback, but their drummer is top-notch. Metallica's drummer tried out to become Dream Theater's new drummer after Mike Portnoy quite and then wanted back in. The rest of DT claimed Portnoy really nailed the audition but frankly, I cannot see him coming close to Portnoy. Now they have Mike Mangini and he's great.
Another old group still touring is Deep Purple. Jon Lord left and then died a bit later (not so long ago, in fact). And Ritchie Blackmore is playing Renaissance music with his wife, but DP is still a good strong band with Steve Morse on guitar....they should put Ian Gillan out to pasture though.
I work in a combination engineering (without PhDs) and science (with PhDs) environment. I'll admit the PhDs are bit high on the Oddness Scale. The engineers, however, have this enormous chip on their shoulder about the qualities of the PhDs. They widely deride the PhDs has not doing anything real or even capable of doing anything real. Some PhDs are like this. In general, though, the PhDs are working on higher level problems, so it isn't any mystery that the engineers find them difficult to relate to. I get the general impression that for engineers, good mathematics is born of a virgin and immediately applicable to their interests. That "other" mathematics is the stuff that's difficult to understand and probably invented by PhDs somewhere in a ivory tower dedicated to the ineffable. Getting engineers to back off their immediate problem and tell us any general lessons about their widgets is nearly impossible, and they take pride in snowing us with trivial detail that makes no difference in the general picture. When we do attempt to generalized, we are immediately hit with "it doesn't solve my immediate problem with all the details filled in." Yeah, well, that's because your problem was generalized into a class of problems and the math we gave you will work for the entire class; now quit bitching and particularize it to your widget.
Yes and no. Vietnam cuddled up to the U.S., not the other way around. They felt threatened by China. Can you imagine that?
The Philippines told the U.S. to go suck eggs years ago when they closed the U.S. bases. Then the Muslims in the south got armed and pissed, the Philippines decided a bit of military training with U.S. advisers would be acceptable. But China next decided they owned the entire S. China Sea right down the Philippines. The Philippine government then more or less said, "bases, shmases, let's be buddies again like the good old days when you booted out the Japanese."
China brought increased U.S. involvement in SE Asia on themselves.
It doesn't have anything to do with ICANN. It has everything to do with China realizing it cannot keep expanding its economy without a lock on a lot more natural resources. They've already claimed most of the S. China Sea all the way down the Philippines. Their "deals" in Africa are designed to lock in their claim to Africa's natural resources. They have even expressed an interest in making claims in the Arctic.
Put quickly, there is no governor on China's ambitions. Their domestic politics requires them to keep their young people supplied with enough interest in economic gain so that they don't turn to political interests. They also see the U.S. as a declining power.
This is only the beginning. It will be rough century.
Not just this area, China is claiming all the ocean down to the Philippines. China has driven several of the SE Asian countries closer to the U.S. Even Vietnam wants to cuddle closer to the U.S.
The current stock market is a bubble inflated by the Fed in their effort to goose the rest of the economy. When quantitative easing is eased, don't be near the stock market.
While I'm at it, the Republican Party is an ignorance bubble...too bad it won't pop any time soon. And I'm a Republican, my views haven't changed but those anti-science, Bible thumping morons will damage this country for decades by not investing in education, science, etc.
Let's overlook the 20 million Chinese that didn't get educated because Mao killed them via hunger, purges, whatever it took...he wasn't choosy.
Insurance companies also have panels that decide whether you get covered for whatever ails you.
The insurance companies have also fixed the system so that, as you observe, the U.S. has a problem with access. When a prior condition is enough to ding you out of the insurance market, one must question whether the insurance companies are worth having or should be first up against the wall.
The U.S. spends about $2.4 Trillion on the "safety net" out of a $3.5 Trillion budget.
Intel cannot make money on ARM. My own opinion is that this is an attempt to knacker ARM development. No company should take Intel up on this.