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That's very true.  It's just very difficult to get laws off the books.   I have a book that details a lot of these insane, archaic laws, but most of them are local laws, not Federal laws. As of the book's publication in 1998, they were all still on the books:- Children tiding on a train are not allowed to drink milk while passing through the state of North Carolina- It is "unlawful to tease or torment skunks or polecats" in Minnesota. - In Kingman, Arizona, camel hunting...
So the EU would prefer a model where almost no one gets paid to one where it's more likely artists will be paid? I don't have EU figures, but in the U.S. in 2014, Ad Supported streaming generated only $295 million for the industry. That compares with $773 million paid by Sound Exchange and $799 million generated on the basis of paid subscriptions. Although downloads of albums and singles are in somewhat of a decline, downloaded albums generated $1.15 billion and...
At my local Rite-Aid, which is now part of Walgreens, it recognizes that the phone is there, but the transaction gets rejected.    As for the article claiming that a large percentage of terminals will still not accept NFC by the end of the year, I doubt that will be the case, because starting at the October deadline, the credit card companies are raising the fees substantially for any retailer who doesn't convert. The bigger issue (at least for me) is changing the...
I've frequently thought about not responding to any post dealing with politics, race, civil rights, etc., because one is never going to change anyone else's opinion.   In fact, arguing with someone frequently hardens their position. But on the other hand, I also feel that if we don't respond to such a post, we're leaving the impression that we endorse that position - or at the very least that we don't object to that position or the validity of holding such an opinion.  ...
No he didn't truly believe he was fighting a great evil.   He just found something to "appeal to the base" and put his face in front of everyone and he latched onto it.   And the proof of that is when he screamed, "I have the names!", and held up a piece of paper, it was blank.    Don't forget that it was the U.S. army who went after McCarthy in court, not the ACLU or another group like it.   
You're free to accept and believe anything you want and you're free to join any religion that believes the same things that you do, but that has absolutely nothing to do with civil law.   That's what separation of church and state is all about.   I can't impose my religious views on you and you can't impose yours on me.     The difference between us is that you think that my opposing views somehow restrict your ability to practice your religion but I don't think your...
How about divorce?  Does divorce make a mockery of marriage?  Because in the U.S., half of all marriages end in divorce and most of those divorces happen to Christian couples (and even Catholic couples), simply on the basis that Christianity is the dominant religion.   So there's a tremendous amount of hypocrisy right there.   You can't tell me that Christian and Catholic churches don't close their eyes to both the use of birth control and the number of divorced church...
While I don't support the position that the "free market" should decide this for themselves, lawful segregation was indeed in part ended by blacks taking their business elsewhere.   The Montgomery Bus Boycott (which also included not shopping in businesses, such as the local "5&10" which didn't permit blacks to eat at lunch counters), forced the city to end most segregation because of the economic impact. The main factor that ended apartheid in South Africa was U.S....
I think that entire new campus should be named after Jobs, not anything less.   IMO, anything less would seem insulting.  It shouldn't be named after Jobs because he wanted the new building or was involved in its design.   It should be named after Jobs because there would probably be no Apple today if Jobs hadn't returned to the company and guided it to its current success and because Jobs was probably the finest CEO of any American company of all time.        I think...
Basic civil rights is not "politics" even though politicians turn it into politics.   This isn't about whether a Democrat or a Republican has the best ideas, whether deficits are a good or bad thing or whether we should spend more taxpayer money on cops or education.   It's about basic civil rights and treating all people with respect.     If the Nazis came to power in the U.S. and started sending Jews to concentration camps, should Tim Cook ignore that, because it's...
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