Wikipedia says there are 4,200 religions in the world. The likelihood that Christianity is the "correct," "true" religions seems scant. So picking 6,000 years isn't logical as I'm sure other religions put the age of the universe at other numbers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...
I don't consider excessive regulation to be a problem so much as the general state of the U.S. economy.
Basically since Reagan took office everything's been downhill.
Globalization... decline of unions... technology's influence in the labor market... concentration of wealth among the elite while the masses get poorer and poorer.
If you cannot or will not pay for news at a site like nytimes.com, etc, then you're likely not the kind of reader a news org wants, anyway... people with money and good educations.
Because then they can sell those "eyeballs" to higher end advertisers.
If you wanna know why the original trilogy worked, read about Joseph Campbell's book "The Hero with a Thousand Faces."
"George Lucas' deliberate use of Campbell's theory of the monomyth in the making of the Star Wars movies is well documented. On the DVD release of the famous colloquy between Campbell and Bill Moyers, filmed at Lucas' Skywalker Ranch and broadcast in 1988 on PBS as The Power of Myth, Campbell and Moyers discussed Lucas's use of The Hero with a Thousand Faces in making his films. Lucas himself discussed how Campbell's work affected his approach to storytelling and film-making."
"I [Lucas] came to the conclusion after American Graffiti that what's valuable for me is to set standards, not to show people the world the way it is...around the period of this realization...it came to me that there really was no modern use of mythology...The Western was possibly the last generically American fairy tale, telling us about our values. And once the Western disappeared, nothing has ever taken its place. In literature we were going off into science fiction...so that's when I started doing more strenuous research on fairy tales, folklore, and mythology, and I started reading Joe's books. Before that I hadn't read any of Joe's books...It was very eerie because in reading The Hero with a Thousand Faces I began to realize that my first draft of Star Wars was following classic motifs...so I modified my next draft [of Star Wars] according to what I'd been learning about classical motifs and made it a little bit more consistent...I went on to read 'The Masks of God' and many other books."