Fair enough. I'd put this very similarly to somebody taking a course on how to paint a simple scene, or a weekend carpentry thing. Just enough to show you some basics, get a feeling for things, and probably appreciate a whole lot more those who are actual professionals at it. The adult will almost-certainly not take it up, but for a kid it may be a gateway for more later in their life.
Either way, I think that things like that are good gateways into appreciating others' work. They're not an instant "I know how how to (whatever)!" but just broaden what you know ABOUT rather than something you can do full-steam.
Actually if I were building another PC soon, I'd do exactly that. Get a 2TB drive cheap ($50-60) and then this for $77. Cheaper than a $99 SSD and the same hard drive, and I don't need to worry about getting a "very large" %APPDATA% directory or have to do configuration of my media, which (large) games are on my SSD versus not, etc. I'm willing to do that now, but I'd be glad to not have to worry about all of that. Just put it all on "C" and then let the Intel "magic" do its job for what I'm running most frequently.
It's the "just make it simple" approach which is good.
I hate SMS as well, but realize that many people like it. Sure it has all the problems, but many (usually older, sometimes younger) like the idea of "give me this one number, and I can contact you from it" without needing an email, or some other type of ID. They WANT to contact you via your phone number. Sure they want it secure, via the internet, etc, but they still want your phone number first for that.
So any "universal" solution must support SMS, but I also think that it shouldn't require it, which therefore makes it a non-universal solution, as some people will not want to contact anybody they can't use "a phone number" for, for whatever reason, and others will exclusively use non-phones for it, separating the two groups. But it's still a better solution to have both. Skype I guess is a bit like this, but I don't know how their SMS support is.
Honestly, the "old" Google Hangouts that would mix your SMS and "computer" accounts together when contacting people was the closest thing to universal IMO. Shame more people didn't use it. Skype may be the next alternative due to user base, and "support" of phone numbers (as I said, not sure how this works).
In a properly functioning government, independent bodies are created to gather data for use by the public and politicians. Those bodies are overseen by bi-partisan groups with representatives from multiple parties, and their mandate is independence, transparency and impartiality.
I'd say you're missing one main part there: "bi-partisan groups" is itself one of your problems. In more functional democracies, they're called "all-party committees" because we're not two-party systems.
I agree with most of what you posted, but remember to focus on one of your other major problems, that being your two-party system.
As for those knocking the submitter, at least they were self-aware enough to realize that this may always have been a problem that they were for some reason (ie: their own political bias) ignoring before.
Of course, that doesn't change the fact that forcing everyone to switch to UTC would be the most hare-brained idea in history of timekeeping.
Oh it's bad, but I think the 28-hour day is worse: The 28 Hour Day. But we're arguing over which pile of shit is worse, which just means we both agree they're horrible. Let's leave it at that.
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