I live comfortably on about $500-700 per month in the Phoenix area.
I don't think that word means what you think it means.
Envisioning the implosion of a corrupt, bankrupt police state? Brilliant! Most populous country on Earth is in the ascent? Wizard!
The difference between someoldguy and "Yoda" appears to be that someoldguy is really good at predicting the exact same things in hindsight.
MSNBC and Fox get what, a few million viewers, max, per day? A tiny fraction of the population of the US.
Your false dichotomy is a direct result of your desire to feel like you know something that everyone else doesn't, or at least, most other people, all of whom you regard as being not as smart as yourself. It's a ridiculous point of view bred by your narcissism.
Lemme guess, you can also tell us about the real story behind 9/11, that only you and a few other really smart people know about. "Really smart" in this case meaning you read websites that aren't "on anyone else's radar."
Perhaps my sense of honor and rightness are a little too finely developed.
That's his point exactly, and a good illustration of why high-end hotels charge for internet while others don't. You're not looking at it from a corporate viewpoint - it's irrelevant what the soda costs to make. If people are willing to pay $2 per glass, then the corporate mindset is "We're losing money if we don't charge $2 per glass." It was ONLY when some places started offering free refills (because they realized it "keeps you in the store where you're more likely to buy something else") that everyone started offering free refills on soda, because of the competition. Until then, it wasn't a question of what that soda cost to make; it was merely a question of maximizing profit.
If one semi-high-end hotel chain, say, maybe, Hilton, starts offering free wifi to all customers, then you'll see others follow suit. Until then, they'll all charge, only because the majority of their customers are willing to pay it, or are on corporate stays that pay for their internet charges anyway.
That's an oversimplification.
"Hey, I'm so rich, that I don't care about a $9.95 internet fee tacked onto my hotel bill per night" -- said many (not all, granted) rich people, every day.
And that's why high-end hotels don't offer free wifi.