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In the case of marriage, Government has to be involved because of the legal ramifications of marriage in the areas of marital assets, decision-making when one person becomes ill, estate issues, etc.     That was one of the arguments for legalizing gay marriage in the first place:  partners were not recognized by the State.   People would live together for 50 years, one would become ill and hospitals wouldn't recognize the right of the partner to make health decisions....
I disagree.   No post should take personal shots that don't add to the discussion.    You want to construct a logical argument for or against something, that's fine, but no decent forum should permit posters to make personal attacks, in spite of the fact that this has become common across the web.  Furthermore, when a post only contains a personal attack and not an argument (don't know if yours did or not, since it was deleted), it's a complete waste of my time to read it....
I don't consider civil rights to be political, even if some politicians try to make it so.    Cook celebrated a ruling by the Supreme Court that gives people more freedom.    It's no more political than ending legal segregation or supporting equality for women.   John Lennon & Yoko Ono were part of the original campaign.   Don't you think Lennon would have been in favor of gay rights?   
We have plenty of "sexual craziness" with or without gay marriage or even gays.   Heterosexual pornography is one of the largest industries in the U.S., and sex still sells tons of products.    The hetereosexual divorce rate in the U.S. is above 50% and a large percentage of those divorces are because of adultery.   lf civilizations do fall apart because of "sexual craziness" (which I don't happen to believe - it's war and economics that killed most nations), gay marriage...
I completely support the removal of the Confederate battle flag from State offices and the like and I also completely support retailers stopping the sale of products that use the flag as a logo or design. IMO, the flag represents those who committed treason and fought to support slavery. It was co-opted, beginning around 1948 and especially after the 1954 Brown vs. Bd of Education Supreme Court decision by those who wanted to enforce and keep legal segregation. It's...
Because programmers used to write tight code to make minimal use of memory (and disk space for that matter).   No one cares about that anymore.    I've got an old article somewhere from the Apple II days which talks about how Woz wrote a printer driver or something in 150 bytes.    Also, to be fair, we couldn't put much in the way of images (aside from MacPaint) into documents in the early days.    And no audio aside from the speech generator on the Mac itself.   One short...
I wouldn't buy one for myself, but I'm surprised at all the criticism (actually, I'm not, but if this were Apple's product, I'm sure we'd be hearing praise). I think they've done a great job at coming up with an imaginative way of changing form factor and further integrating voice-commands into daily life by providing functionality that doesn't feel like you're using a computer or smartphone. Of course, the proof is in how it works in practical daily use and I suspect...
They used to say the opposite: that you don't make money from touring but you do it to support the record.Big acts who can fill stadiums can do quite well although touring costs can be in the multi-million $$. But most bands play 100 seat clubs and split $700 a show among the band, roadies, managers, etc. Even a lot of artists who were once quite big frequently now play 300 seat clubs where the band grosses $6000 a show before all costs. Throw in airfare, hotels, food,...
Radio? in the U.S.? AM FM radio pays zero to artists and labels. Only the writers get paid via payments to BMI, ASCAP and SESAC. . Digital and satellite radio pays artists via Sound Exchange. But it's all pretty meager.
It depends on the album.  During the height of the 'concept album' era, pop singles largely became the province of 12-year-old girls.   "Real" record collectors bought albums.   Most jazz albums and most of Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Springsteen, Beatles, Stones, post-Motown Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Pink Floyd, the better Beach Boys and tons of others work far better as albums than single tracks.    (It was a little different for classic soul and R&B -- singles still...
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