Even in the most catastrophic scenarios like a nuclear war or a dinosaur-scale meteor hit, enough people should survive to gradually rebuild it to the current level.
That's pretty much what they're talking about. Some hit that breaks down society and then requires a rebuild.
Not if they raise other tax rates to make up for lost revenue... One might think that some how paying tax is kind of like a multi-way prisoner's dilemma between other tax payers, but in reality, the government will get their money some other way, and on that other game (a different tax revenue source), you may be the loser...
"May be the loser" is a lot better than "will be the loser".
We are becoming more like animals.
This is always how the human race has been right to the myopic malcontents whining about materialism. I would suggest improving yourself rather than improving humanity. It's something you can actually do.
The energy input to produce each calorie of food, must either stop or rise to reflect the scarcity price.
You do realize that the primary energy input for agriculture is the Sun, right?
And cheap petroleum has arguably already run out.
Anything is arguable even when it's simply not true.
"Traitor" is a legal term. "Hero" is a value judgment. Snowden is probably both. The government he turned against, having long turned against their own people, deserved it.
From my point of view, what is special about Florence and Silicon Valley is the trade/industry. The Renaissance followed from that in Florence. It'll be interesting to see what follows from that in Silicon Valley. Already, we seem to have some significant stuff in space flight, for example.
Finally, I imagine that artists in Florence probably were complaining about the merchants, cloth finishers, and bankers too.
You really must have the strange and twisted mindset of a US citizen to liken the rightful banning of Nazi propaganda to being Nazi like.
The US had Nazis from before they became really unpopular and they never became a problem. So why did the US fare better than the Wiemar Republic which got overrun by them? Here's a clue: it wasn't too much freedom.
What the fuck is wrong with you?
I have too much of a sense of proportion. Or maybe it's my excessive modesty? Too good looks? Totally impartial viewpoint? Rugged individualistic lifestyle? Nah, it's people who get a little taste of hypocrisy and then go on a huge bender. I get that you don't understand your problem. I'm used to that.
But since you asked so nicely, look in the mirror. Give that guy a punch for me.
However, keep in mind, if you actually live in NJ, you are essentially screwing over the state you live in, so it's not a clear cut win for you give your hard earned money to Pennsylvania (in your example).
You also have to benefit from that sales tax. My take is that New Jersey will miss your sales tax more than you will.
Banning Nazi propaganda is wrong? Since when?
Well, the Nazis of Germany certainly put a high priority on banning other peoples' propaganda so there must be something to it.
I've got a lot of money tied up in my house. Should it have First Amendment rights separate from my own?
That would be equivalent to making it illegal to borrow against your house to fund a political ad, but allowing other means of funding.
The thing here is that the corporate personhood argument applies because the corporation (here, Citizens United) was being blocked from speech that was otherwise legal. The corporate personhood argument wouldn't apply, if nobody was allowed to do the speech in question though obviously other First Amendment considerations would apply.
The NTIA wasn't arbiter of all internet content, and the way the internet is designed, nobody can be.
NTIA administers the top level (.com,
Censorship would be imposed on the traffic itself, at the ISP/carrier level, not by the dns root servers.
You can get 10 watts over it, no issue. All the new high end Samsung phones come with a 5v 2a charger that is nothing special. 10 watts is more than plenty for phone devices. That is enough to run the device at full bore and to still have power left over to charge. You wouldn't want a cellphone that could draw more than that, it would have next to no battery life.
I'd be fine with a connector that is better, if someone wants to work up and introduce a standard, meaning an open standard the whole industry can use (like USB). But I'm not buying the bullshit of needing proprietary connectors because of power requirements. No, not for handheld devices. USB is fine. Use it, or introduce a better standard.
Regular USB will do 10 watts, 5 volts 2 amps. My Samsung phone uses just such a charger. Need more? The USB Power Delivery standard, which needs different cables, will handle up to 100 watts, that being 20v 5a.
USB PD was standardized in July 2012 so it has been around for awhile.