True enough, but consider things from the ability to pay vantage point.
Individuals are limited to $2,000 campaign contributions. Result: The system crushes them like bugs.
Small corps. yield small donations, if any at all. Result: Crushed at the discretion of the prosecutor handling the case.
Giant corps. yield continuing enormous donations to hordes of politicians and their associated parties. Result: Here's a bailout for your corp. and we could smack-down a competitor while we're at it, too.
Like the rural folk that complain about slow internet, you just live in the wrong place. Try this one in Salida, CO. It's open 70 hours per week and nearly every day of the year.
If we're talking about Prince George's County in Maryland, I'll bet against. The board appears to be elected on a non-partisan basis. Take a look.
The constitution is silent on specific modes of travel. I take that to mean that all modes of travel belong in Y.
You're right, a hard top and real doors would address some of the problems. Then again, so would a small pick-up truck. Lesson learned.
There are after-market solutions for most of the problems that I've listed, they simply require you to "Just Empty Every Pocket". If you'll buy my 22 MPG Jeep, I'll go buy that 45 MPG Range Rover that I've recently read about.
Do the withdrawls on payday. When regular customers come in with their paychecks, they'll be the ones that can't get cash. Since they're the long-time customers, they'll make plenty of noise and be the ones subject to the disorderly conduct charges.
Go back a few more years (to 1964) and the dollars were exchangable for on a 1 for 1 basis for silver dollars.
Your hour at Wally-world would buy about 40 gallons today. After you fill up your tank, think about the 130 gallons that a 1910 dollar would have bought.
All figures are based on $3/gallon. The melt value of the coins is based on Friday's closing prices and taken from coinflation.com
some other form of communication that we are unable to detect.
If there is such a civilization, let's assume that they have figured out that form of communication. All we have to do is to stick some rocks, bits of wire and some twigs together to find it. We might not be able to detect it efficiently enough or correctly demodulate the signal, but just finding the presence of a signal would be a breakthrough.
Think back, it would have been possible to build an AM receiver a few thousand years ago. All you need is a coil of copper wire connected to an interleaved pile of gold foil and parchment. That's a tuned circuit, now hook that up to a rock (galena) and you have most of a crystal radio. A piece of quartz with some foil stuck to it might be enough to act as a sound transducer.
What would it have received? Probably just static from a nearby thunderstorm. Once someone worked out that lightning made the quartz crackle, it could have served to jump-start the development of electronics. That development may have been totally mis-guided and cloaked in alchemical style jargon, but it would have been progress where there was none.
After any salary raise, you will have less money at the end of the month than you did before.