For the United States hard data is surprisingly difficult to come by but the guardian says that 903 people have been killed by law enforcement so far this year. The Washington Post says that the number is consistently above 1000 per year.
In Australia between 1989 and 2011 there were 105 people killed by law enforcement so maybe 5-6 per year.
I make the US population about 14x the Australian population so per capita US law enforcement are killing more than 10x the number of people.
Hey, don't look down under to make you feel better about your expensive plans. For AU$50 my current provider will give you unlimited calls, unlimited text, and 10 gig of data - either 4G or 3G depending on what is available in your area. Unused data can be rolled over to the next month. Now international calls are limited - I think to the countries I would call occasionally the plan includes what works out to about 6 hours talk time a month - but I don't call overseas from my mobile (cell) phone all that often. After we do a currency conversion we get a plan price of about $35 in American money. Even the most overpriced unwieldy telecommunications company in Australia (I think most Australians would know to whom I refer) will give you 7gig and unlimited talk for under the US$50 pricepoint. For only 1gig with unlimited talk and text prices start around AU$30 or US$21.
One more thing, never paid for an incoming text in my life - what is that all about?
I could open 2 MB files no problem in Notepad when I was running Windows 95 on my 75 MHz Pentium, with only 4 MB of RAM.
I don't mean to disrupt your rant but either your memory is failing or mine is. My recollection was that there was a 64k limit on notepad files until either Windows Mistakes Edition or Win2k.
This is why I like preferential voting. You get to vote for your preferred candidate and if that person isn't elected your vote still counts toward what you consider the lesser evil. You number your candidates in order of preference. If no candidate gets an absolute majority the candidate with the least primary votes is eliminated and their votes distributed to the next preference and so on until a candidate has an absolute majority.
Stellar rays prove fibbing never pays. Embezzlement is another matter.