The government support of PBS is minor.
No, its not: Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Still, I think the CPB and everything it funds is worthwhile. Taxes are necessary if we want such things.
Men who already piss everywhere aren't too worried about a little splashback.
Ok, nice generalization.
You're ignoring some key points; this has been tried in Germany (this is where San Francisco got the idea) and it seems to be completely successful. And as a man who lives in SF neither me, nor anyone I know, has ever peed on a wall in a public place in the city to the best of my knowledge. The behaviour is really relegated to the homeless, whom I have seen doing this. For all the talk about piling on the poor homeless they really don't appear to give two f*cks about other people. There is a huge problem in San Jose, which is at the other end of Silicon Valley where homeless encampments sprout up, and wherever they do they create a huge trash/fire problem. The police come and shut them down, and they sprout up elsewhere. It would be one thing if they set up and were respectful of the environment and other people, but they never are; drugs and crime (rape) are the order of the day in these encampments.
Lastly, we need to do something. A friend of mine was here last year during the summer and his remark was "Beautiful city, too bad it smells like pee." Could have been the bay, or maybe it was the pee. Either way, it would be nice to not have people peeing like animals all over the place.
Yep, those civilians were totally to blame for Pearl Harbor. They deserved to die.
Just like those idiots in the World Trade Center. Damn fools just HAD to go to work that day.
I think Chinese is the only language we need, it's already the most spoken language in the world.
Only in head count, not by region. If the world was populated only by the Chinese, which seems to be their goal, then yes, Chinese is the most spoken language in the world. However, if you break that fact down by dialect, your statement is really weak. Mao's goal to have the entire PRC speak Mandarin really failed.
It's a democratic language that will draw from other languages where necessary and useful.
Not really. Mao tried to force all Chinese to speak Mandarin, and he failed miserably. Kinda the exact opposite of "Democratic". But of course that's not the fault of the language per se...
It's a language that has proven it can adapt to changing circumstances.
Chinese may be, but if Japanese is an example, and Japanese is adapted from Chinese by Han explorers to Japan in the Iron Age; its not very adaptable at all. The Japanese have developer THREE different writing systems to cope with with some shortcomings of the language (only two tenses, underdeveloped pronoun system, etc). That may be a shortcoming of Japanese, but Japanese is just a symptom of a language root that isn't very forgiving. I will say however that a language that can be nuanced such that 9 different meanings from changing the tone of one word may be more flexible than I give it credit for,
What a racket.
How typical of a politician...to insist that everyone, everywhere has to shoulder the responsibility for everything that ever goes wrong.
Not everything, just the things that prevent the 1% from making money.
Byte your tongue.