Congratulations, you're not far off. Humans use music as a group bonding tool, and once we form groups (goths, emos, punks, indie...) with close-knit social bonds, the need for the music is no longer as strong and it fades over time.
I actually think Stroustrup's introductory textbook does this quite well. He clearly separates out the simple drills that get you familiar with syntax and assigns more complex exercises, and frequently relates it back to real world operations.
Giving out free champagne is fun until the hangover kicks in. The worst thing about Chavez dying now is that it will cement his cult, because all the good things are conveniently coming to an end after his death.
Not the worst breach I've ever seen, but a couple of stupid things still. Not least, the reset email linked you to http://links.evernote.mkt5371.com/ctt?kn=4&ms=NTcwNzMxMwS2&r=blahblahblah. I actually presumed it was a high quality phishing attempt and flagged it as spam. Later down the same email they advised "Never click on 'reset password' requests in emails - instead go directly to the service"...
A dog is pretty defenceless against a piece of meat with some horse tranquilliser in it. And to be really honest, they're not much against a steady nerve and a hefty crowbar either. And we're talking about a storefront here, not a private residence.
No, they are well-intentioned but misguided. The fact you are willing to use words like treason to describe this behaviour (and the fact your opponents do the same, in fairness), is a large part of the reason your country's a fucking mess.
Dude, you have no clear just how serious the meltdown would have been. I agree your response would have been the best in an ideal world, but it's not the one we lived in c. 2007. Katrina would have been nothing compared to what you're advocating.
The more general problem is that effective prediction creates arbitrage opportunities. If I can predict with >50% probability some future economic event, then I can act to profit from it. Simple supply and demand then pushes the probability to 50% - an economic Heisenburg, if you like.