Just last month, a friends kids class had 8 become infected with measles, but they were all vaccinated.
Rich prick didn't like the idea of losing his total control of media, so began a relentless attack of the previous government using the current media he has at his control. All sorts of brainwashing techniques were used. It worked.
We had a chance and we blew it.
Rubbish. The reality is it costs too much.
A full FTP roll out will cost $100B (given how poorly NBN has performed). The takeup will be 25% (Currently only 15% takeup rate)
With 10M connections at 25% takeup is $40k cost of capital per premises.
For a 8% return cost of capital + 5% Interest + 3% operation/maintainence, you are looking at $6400 per annum per household.
Bottom line is, given Australias' low density, we can't afford a gold plated fibre to the home roll out.
Tulip mania is essence what Bitcoins are experiencing.
Money supply should be able to expand and contract depending on the number of users and the value provided. Bit coins have a fixed number that can be created thus make poor measure of value as the user base changes.
I'd like to add to Toms comments.
Micro finance is a system of loaning small amounts (avg $130) to the very poor, who use it as capital to start a business. eg They might buy a Pig, or Sowing machine. The lender usually forms a group of about 15 people who meet weekly and co-guarentee their loans. The weekly meeting allows mentoring and accountability. Women make up >90% of the loan applicants (because 3rd world men can be lazy pricks) and have defaults of less than 2 percent. Microfinance really lifts people out of poverty by increasing productivity of the community.
It requires the lender to love their client in a way no commercial bank would/could, thus it is predominantly executed by Christian (and Muslim) organisations who have an accountable humanitarian desire.
I agree with larkoss.
As an engineer I'm always dealing with with these abstactive questions that require a subjective best fit answer.
While I sympathise with you, you do realise we have a full private system in parellel with our public system.
If you find the public system too slow, you can have a private doctor & hospital see you as soon as you like: and still cheaper than the USA.
Thanks for your comments, and no offence intended to your drone friends. That chain of command may be in operation now, but if there is mass civil unrest, requiring 'thousands of drones', this authority could be curtailed to just the drone operator... or even more scary, computer AI.
I have never understood the hatred and mistrust placed on drones versus aircraft,
I think the issue is that is much easier to push the 'fire' button when it all looks like a videogame, compared to being in a plane/helicopter as a human pushing the button.
With America heading toward corporate fascism, there will be a big need to 'protect the citizens from the nasty terrorist protestors'. Drones have scalability, and the 20yr old kids will think it's just like a video game.
Thats less than a months expenditure for the United States military middle east operations.
They don't call it the Military Industrial Complex for nothing.
I read Obamas auto biography, and thought after reading it (I'm not from the USA), the only way you got to be president, is by being bankrolled by some very powerful pupetmasters. Obama was employed for his marketing and oratory skills, not becuase he was the new Martin Luther King.
All this is why you turn down the radio when looking for an address in the dark.
Wait, what?!? I have never turned the radio down when looking for an address in the dark. Is that a thing?
Yes, that's a thing.
I have done that with my wife and three boys, when in heavy traffic in an unfamiliar area.
I also remember a time when I was invitied into the cockpit of a commercial jet for the entire flight (back in the day), and the pilots about 20mins out from landing saying, we can't talk to you anymore until after we land.
The human brain can only process so much information at once.
As an Australian, I thank you for recognising our excellent mostly free healthcare system, that also alows some private coverage so you can see doctors of your choice. Hillary visited us way back to see how we did it so well, but I see there was no real will in The USA to change your criminaly cruel system.
Generally they can't. But they can be badly grounded and damage you (which actually happened recently).
The issue is not grounding, as all these chargers are double insulated, but rather creepage and dielectric isolation.
Creepage in electrical engineering terms is the safe distance between electrical conductors of a different potential.
There are tables we use depending on pollution level, voltage, and whether it is surface or air creepage.
Dielectric isolation is the method(s) used to prevent a direct connection between the high voltage input, and low voltage output.
Normally a transformer and opto couplers provide the isolation. Cheaping out, or poor design in this area, is the likely cause of the electrocution.
Checkout this link for a teardown on a cheap chinese fake apple charger.
Which when you think about it, is like a restaurant meal. Entree, Main, Desert. Western cuisine has not strayed too much from that formula for a long time. There is nothing wrong with that basic formula. It all comes down to the execution.
BBC is the closest news network to cover it?
You must be new to the United States media, where the local TV devotes far more airtime to crucial stories such as fucking Zippy the Wonder Dog which does backflips and where the local Pravda newspaper devotes front 5 pages to a local recycling effort. If you're lucky, I mean really really lucky, the local Prava may, just may, have an article buried in page A15 of a 30 page section to 2 paragraphs on something which may affect you.
Amen to that.
Listening to USA tv news is the equivalent to diet of Crispy Cremes. Real news comes from the likes of AlJezera, BBC, NPR...