Increasingly grim climate projections have convinced a growing number of scientists it's time to start conducting experiments to find out what might work.
The grim projections are increasing because people are tuning out the repetitive mundane warnings of climate hysterics, and because they are an effective way for the climate change industry to raise money.
I actually used to have a DVR - home built PC, running Windows XP Media Center for years and then Windows 7 (still with MC). Finally dropped it and moved to streaming when it became easier to get more content that way for a lower price and not have to worry about manually skipping through commercials on recorded content. When cable went from analog to digital things got messier, and then when cable cards became a requirement I got out. Besides, paying for a high-end cable package costs as much as Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube Red, Amazon Prime, and something like SlingTV all together. Yes, Sling still has commercials... but its only used (in my home) for the things that we can't get through those other ad-free services. I still use the HTPC for viewing that stuff, but never bought into the CableCard thing. I did try OTA, but can't get much reception without a roof-top antenna (which is more than I want to deal with).
For those of us not as interested in illegality, there is also Netflix, YouTube Red (for normal YT content without ads plus some unique programming), Hulu Plus (a few things will have a very short, single ad at the beginning and end), and purchasing tv seasons and movies a la carte via any number of services (Amazon, Google, etc).
There are tons of applications where performance matters, and the differences between one desktop and another even at similar price points can be drastic depending on where the money is spent. Video editing, animation, rendering, engineering... just to name a few. Even if the difference is only 20-30%, saving that much time throughout a workday can make a huge difference in a user's overall productivity.
I dunno, my phone (a Nexus 6, so no slouch) is nowhere near as fast as my desktop - especially when it comes to multitasking. Granted, it may rival a 2005 desktop... but really, 12 year old computers is the benchmark?
I can see giving a phone a larger screen when to make some activities like watching movies more enjoyable, but it will be a long time before phone / mobile hardware is fast enough to satisfy me in a desktop environment. And anyone using their desktop or workstation for serious stuff - Photoshop, video editing, programming, etc - will not be pleased with a phone's performance, storage, or OS capabilities.
I would concur that they are a 'threat' to secularism, in that they believe and will preach in opposition to it, but the OP stated "Democracy, Secularism, and the rule of law, and civil rights". Using "and" makes it inclusive, and if even one of the four listed is not true then the whole statement becomes untrue. But I digress.
As for civil rights, I would say that depends on what rights you are looking at. Free speech, self defense, the right to life... all of these are fully supported by Christianity (both in general and specifically Evangelical Protestants) as far as I have ever seen. Now some of the newer ideas of civil rights, like homosexual marriage, are of course contested.
I also wonder what problem you - or people in general - have with someone spreading what they believe their God says? In the case of Christianity, the core message is that we humans are sinful by nature, that as such we deserve death (we all do die, that seems to be a fact), and that Jesus came to earth and died in our place so that while we may still physically die we can be brought back to life and live forever with him. That isn't a message that harms anyone, and it has to be taken pretty far out of context to be used to cause injury or lead people do commit crimes. Sure, people *have* managed to mangle it and other teachings to cause problems... but the same can happen with the philosophy of Darwin (survival of the fittest -> kill those who aren't fit) or numerous other ideologies.
And *if* Christians are right, but they kept the good news to themselves, then you'd be pretty pissed to find that out after you died. So they are in a catch-22, so to speak: tell people what they believe, and be persecuted for it, or don't and disobey their God as well as potentially harm people by not warning them.
"Is Evangelical Protestant Christianity a dangerous cult that is a clear and present danger to Democracy, Secularism, and the rule of law, and civil rights?"
I disagree with you - the Christians I know mostly fall into this particular section of the spectrum, and not a single one is a threat to or opposed to democracy or the rule of law. I nearly modded you down, but... free speech is important! You have your opinions, I have mine. An open discussion and dialog is more important than trying to silence our opponents.
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