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It wasn't really $1.3 billion "for iPads". The $1.3 billion included big bucks for many other things like updating school tech infrastructure, as well as the Pearson online learning material. 
 Sanitary regulations for restaurants is not just about consumer safety. It's also about economic sanity. A higher level of consumer confidence will always lead to greater sales. It's a regulation that improves the market.
 Name a utility that citizens of the United States don't have to pay for simply because it's regulated by the government. Besides, weren't the deregulation of electric utilities supposed to lead to lower electric bills due to "competition" in the free market? That never happened. If anything, there's ample statistical evidence for those types of markets that private companies failed to deliver on their promises to paying customers. Plus, think of all the paying customers...
Private property doesn't exist without the laws, judicial system, and enforcement of the government, so keep that in mind. It's not intended to be out of reach of government regulation or legal power. Many on the right like to talk about private property as if it's somehow independent of the government or the will of the people, but it's obviously not.
 That's the "moral hazard" of publicly held companies. The executives can make decisions that provide personal enrichment short-term and expose the company to bankruptcy. Most obvious example: many of the large banking and financial companies during the real estate bubble.
 Structurally weak? That's not what Consumer Reports said after testing. They specifically said that although some phones had a higher level of resistance than others, that all of the phones were perfectly acceptable for structural integrity. In other words, they were all well beyond the frame strength needed to prevent permanent bending under normal use, which includes people sitting on their phone in the back pocket. Apple had three different stress tests for simulating...
 They aren't spying on everything. The major phone companies like Verizon testified in front of Congress (with proof) that the only domestic metadata that had been mass collected by the NSA was from land line phones. No cell phone or internet.   Also, the major tech companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft etc. proved that PRISM was a standard subpoena procedure with limited scope, not an unlimited backdoor access to servers.
 What damning revelations? That PRISM was a standard subpoena procedure? Or that the NSA never actually mass collected cell phone or internet data domestically? Snowden made a bunch of exaggerated and/or false claims about those things initially in order to hide the fact that his most valuable data was related to foreign surveillance, not domestic. 
 Surface area is irrelevant to bending. It's how the force is being applied that makes the phone bend. That's why all the videos that show people bending the phones do not involve them placing the phone vertically against their leg. They bend the phone by having most of the surface area underneath the phone unsupported. That's obviously not going to occur if the phone is placed vertically in your pocket against your leg.
The great thing about the videos where people are using their hands to bend the phone is that they prove you would need a fulcrum underneath the phone in order to bend it across it's width. It can't be bent if the force across the bottom is evenly distributed, which is exactly what would be happening if the phone was placed vertically in your pants pocket against your leg. The only way your leg could possibly act like a fulcrum and generate the force needed to bend the...
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