So when NASA tells us that invisible planets light years away are real we all clap, but when it tells us that climate change right here is happening some how it's all a big con?
Right, calling this a hack is a joke. This was unauthorized access. No systems were breached. No exploit.
Expelling diplomats and seizing property is outrageous behavior if it's believed that it was done for no reason.
Not really. What the administration did was actually pretty much the least retaliation they can do. On MSNBC, they asked an analyst what the actions were on a 1-to-10 scale and it was called a 1, maybe a 2.
There's not much else less severe that could have been done.
including things like activity focus during Moscow time zone's daylight hours
This is amazingly weakly "evidence". Moscow daylight time is also nightime in DC. Which is the time of day you'd least expect someone to notice data-ex-filtration.
This is like groundhog day. Putin very likely struck out at Sec. Clinton because of the damage her claim that the 2011 elections in Russia were illegitimate. That claim from the United States, by the way, is effectively like what Russia is accused of doing in 2016 - interfering in national elections of a rival.
This is a fools game. Retaliating by interfering in Russian politics will simply invite more of the same. There is no sense of balance or proportionality here.
It would have been nice for the Obama administration to have done a policy change here at the end, that put some teeth into a rule that prohibits the United States from interferring in the elections or politics of any foreign nation. But of course that's not in the cards.
No for the past 30 years you've been competing on the world stage
The problem is that you want trading partners that will sell you cheap stuff, but want to sell your own stuff at far higher prices
Yes, more sponsored free data transfer and optimization from content providers. It's a grey area now. But "Stream Game of Thrones now without using your data, exclusively on AT&T" is something that carriers and content providers really want to do.
Seriously think about how kids learn how to use and appreciate money - using an ATM card is just not the same as holding coins, counting them, feeling the weight in your pocket.
And (USA I'm looking at you) start including sales tax in advertised prices - explaining to a 5 year old that yes he has enough for that ice cream, but he has to calculate 6% in his head and add that to the price, is just insane
I've looked back through this thread and can't for the life of me figure out who SJW is that you are responding to
You are confusing the state budget with the ratio of federal taxes and money received back from the feds - they are quite different things
California's budget is deeply hamstrung by Regan era meddling that makes hard to raise money for simple things like schools - it's the main reason why the state's schools used to be rated #1 in the nation and are now at the bottom
You are quite wrong - look at the real numbers Californian's pay more in taxes proportionally than they receive back in benefits from the federal govt.
It's the bible belt states, Trump's big supporters, who really suck at the teat of federal government, paid for by those very people in California you deride
you don't need to change the constitution to get a winner of the popular vote become president - the constitution says the states decide how to choose electors, used to be in some states you didn't get a vote your state govt did, the whole people voting thing is a relatively recent idea - if enough states, those representing at least the number of electors+1, choose to assign all their electors to the winner of the popular vote it simply happens - no constitutional change whatsoever
Of course it should - essentially Trump won by an accident of geography
Times have changed, a national vote is completely practical, certainly less unwieldy than sending someone to vote for you.
It's also time we got rid of a system that effectively gives every voter in Wyoming 3 votes for every 1 a California voter gets
Outsourcing is a non-trivial affair. There are just about as many failures as successes.
Accepted economic theory is that capital is fungible, however, labor is not yet. That's the bottom line. Despite it's flaws, the Western way of doing business is superior to what happens in most of the world. Anyone who has worked with China, for example, can usually back that up.
Anyone who imagines that all fruits ripen at the same time as the strawberries, knows nothing about grapes. -- Philippus Paracelsus