Than why are you pulling a microsoft and ignoring your community? Your community
This is a bad idea because it gives an air of credibility where it doesn't belong. What's next, debating 9/11 truthers? I respect Bill Nye and his decision, however i feel he degrades himself doing this.
Thanks for playing internet lawyer. You have failed and now some person might think that they can get out of things just because the evidence was obtained illegally. As long as a private citizen gets the evidence without being under the direction of law enforcement, even if they got it illegally, it is admissible.
United States v. Jacobsen
(1984) 466 U.S. 109, 113 [The Fourth Amendment] is wholly inapplicable to a search or seizure, even an unreasonable one, effected by a private individual not acting as an agent of the Government or with the participation or knowledge of any governmental official
Isssues with jobs being outsourced are just as prevelant in the UK, Australia, Canada etc. Unfortunately it is a very international problem.
We don't need to pay students to study engineering. We have plenty of engineers. We need to stop paying companies (through tax breaks) to out source engineering. There is no STEM shortage, and this myth needs to mercilessly shot down every time a company executive propagates it.
Many people seem to be under the delusion that if we don't allow the pipeline into the US that the oil wont be extracted. It is Canada's right to extract the oil and sell it to the market - and they will. By removing the pipeline to the US from the table all you are doing is forcing the market to adapt. The market can and will adapt by either using trucks to haul the oil (much higher risk of a spill) or by selling their product elsewhere.
You lose the advantage of having the environmental impact of a single pipeline that is easy to monitor and the safest relative way to transport oil. Your instead replacing it with shipping through another pipeline to a port where it will be placed on ships and sent overseas. The most likely place to ship it to is China and you can rest assured they won't be worrying about environmental impact reports.
Now the same amount of oil is being used and it has a higher impact on the environment during shipment and afterwards. Meanwhile the US will be importing oil from overseas to meet demand, again adding shipping risks and emissions. This is plainly worse for the environment and the net result is pretty much the opposite of people are trying to achieve.
You fall into a black hole and you will heated up from friction to the point that you become atomized. The idea that wouldn't be incinerated is absurd when the brightest and hottest objects in the universe are quasars caused by material being incinerated from friction. Now whether you are incinerated first or spaghettified first or killed by radiation is a different story. One way or another though you will be incinerated.
I have to wonder what will happen to their outsourcing efforts if a person from India is made CEO? Microsoft already has well over 10,000 jobs outsourced to India as it is now? That being said their enterprise division generally seems to be run much more competently than their other divisions and he may well be the best candidate for the job.
Let's give this an honest name shall we. Why don't we call these bills Protect Oligopoly Results Kineticly act - or PORK acts. The only thing these bills do is protect the business model of existing oligopolies and prevent competition. They are inherently anti-capitalist and have no place in the US (or anywhere else in my opinion).
Competition is a wonderful thing and those countries that have competition have much better service for much better prices and their companies still make quite a bit of money.
I think you'll find a hell of a time finding idiots that can drive in a foot, much less half a foot of snow. We get ice and sleet up here as well, or even the fun combination of freezing rain covered by a sheet of snow that hides the ice from visibility.
If you live outside of a main corridor you probably won't get your road salted before a storm. Even in major cities you probably wont see a plow for a few days after a storm and the streets are left covered in snow and ice for months at a time with no pavement visible. If you live in the country you might not see a plow for several days or a week after a storm. Anything less than 4 inches in many places isn't considered enough to bother sending out the plows at all.
You can drive up and down hills covered in ice, and we routinely do so. You sound like a whiny pretentious child. However in my years of travel I have spent quite a bit of time with southerners that are not whiny pretentious children and who routinely asked me for advice for how to drive in winter weather conditions. The advice wasn't for you, it was for those with a desire not to crash their car or get stranded the next time this happens. I know your conditions quite well. I have experienced winter weather in the south everywhere from Texas to Georgia. I have even driven in Atlanta during rush hour.
I'm not oblivious to how things are in the south in the winter, I've spent a year in Texas and traveled the south extensively. It's quite possible to drive on ice and do so safely, you only need to google pictures of ice fishing to find all kinds of vehicles that are driven onto frozen lakes. The third responder to my post gave a fairly decent description that would work quite nicely for streets that are covered in ice.
The bottom line is to make your tires
I read story after story about how most people don't have 4 wheel drive, snow tires and they don't have salt for the roads. Most people from the north don't have 4 wheel drive and they don't have snow tires (all season are most common). The amounts of snow that shut down the south doesn't even justify putting salt down up north, it simply snows small amounts like that too often to justify it.
Really, you don't need a 4x4 SUV with snow tires just to tackled a couple inches of snow. In fact a vehicle like that is more likely to lose control and roll over in the ditch. A regular 2wd car with all season tires is perfectly fine for typical winter driving in the north. If you can afford snow tires those are preferred, but hardly required. Applying more gas if your stuck will never get you out, it will just make you more stuck. Slowly rock your car out sideways and back and forth and you can free yourself most of the time.
What you do need to do is remember to slow the hell down. You need a lot more stopping distance than normal. You also need a lot longer to start and if you pull into traffic like normal your going to get T-boned. When you do slow down do so before the curve and don't slam on your brakes. Most people lose control and spin out when they are braking. Try braking when you are in an isolated area to know how long it will take your car - not you - to respond.
There is no excuse for that kind of thing other than people being reckless. If the conditions aren't familiar to you, than slow the hell down until you become familiar, it's that simple.
Replace the denizens of an entire city with a single creature - check. Single creature spends most of it's time lounging about and doing nothing - check. Single creature reuses the work product of others instead of making their own emissions - check. Single creature eats far less than an entire city - check.
It's a no brainier - Smaug is good for the environment.
Somebody ought to cross ball point pens with coat hangers so that the pens will multiply instead of disappear.