You've made some errors in your assessment. No one is going to use micro-USB, it will be USB-C. I'm not sure if power both ways is part of this standard but it doesn't matter because the signal coming out is the same analog levels as a TRS plug, just on the pins of the USB-C instead.
High humidity feeling hotter has very little to do with greenhouse effect. It's because sweat doesn't evaporate well enough to cool you off and because it's easier for condensation to form on cold objects which warms them up faster.
"take a valuable good...and deliver it to third parties who are not in privity with the copyright owners"
Sounds like they are making the argument that every turntable, tapedeck, and CD player should have been build and sold by the record companies. Phrase it that way and no one would agree with them.
When did the term "whitewash" start meaning racist and stop referring to censorship or covering up of the unsavory? The English language is great at coming up with new words,we need to stop repurposing old terms with well defined usage.
The great benefit of mirrors is that they preserve depth perception, and furthermore you can move your head slightly to get a better angle to view something. In short cameras suck because of loss of parallax.
One reason I can think of is that journals offer a sort of legitimacy, both through peer review and having to uphold their own reputation. There's no reason this couldn't be done with open papers as well, but there would have to be some sort of organization to the process.