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That's not what I said or implied.   Without government involvement in marriage, you either don't have a legal status of marriage or you only have religious marriage (unless you turn the administration of marriage over to some private company, which I'm sure purist capitalists would love.)    Since there are laws and associated rights around marriage, which is the primary reason why LBGT couples need the right to marry, Government is always going to be involved in some...
And no religion should have to marry a gay couple if that violates their beliefs (IMO) - if someone doesn't like it, they don't have to be a member of that religion. But there are civil marriages and there's supposed to be separation of church and state.   Therefore, if a gay couple wants to get married, they should be able to.    People used to use the bible to claim that interracial marriage should be banned.   People said it violated their religious beliefs.  Today we...
No.  Audio can always be better and you can't say that better audio would be a negative.    Audio is amazing considering how incredibly tiny the transducers are, but it's still lacking in what good, full frequency response audio should sound like.  While it's true that a headset can be plugged in for better audio, there would be nothing wrong and everything good about getting better audio directly out of the device.   
Exactly. And we all know how AOL chat rooms deteriorated and were abandoned and there were probably far less trolls on the web back then.
Well then your accountant is either in the dark ages or is unduly anal.   I can see an accountant wanting original printed copies of 1099s and W2s, but as far as expenses are concerned, I just keep a big spreadsheet which I create from statements, not from receipts, and we simply orally walk through each category of deductions in the spreadsheet.    The fact is that the only "receipt" that gets attached to a a return is a W2.   Even 1099s don't get attached, although the...
The problem is that many medical insurance plans today pre-define who you must use to fulfill prescriptions on the plan.   So at least as far as prescriptions are concerned, many people can't switch pharmacies. If you use any of the affinity/membership programs, where you have to swipe a tag at checkout in order to get points or discounts, they're already tracking everything you purchase, which bugs the hell out of me.   I predict that within a few years, someone is going...
At first I was going to write that I really didn't understand the iTunes complaints and that it's not a mess.   But then when I started thinking about the problems that did exist, I realized that it actually is a mess.   Still usable, but a mess.    Having said that, it almost doesn't matter because once you download a track from a store or upload it from a CD and place it in a playlist, you really don't have to think about it anymore or even go to iTunes if you only...
Really?   The web sites of major retailers, Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Monoprice, Newegg and countless others are not the Wild West except perhaps in terms of credit card security breaches.   Yes, there are some corrupt operations on the web, but there are also some sleazy operators in the physical world, like the "going out of business" electronics stores in the tourist areas of Manhattan where they might charge you $200 for a battery or if you buy a DSLR, tell you...
Factory jobs are not necessarily skilled labor.    Is there a shortage of highly qualified engineers, chip designers and high-level programmers?  Sure.   Toolmakers?  Sure.    But factory workers who mainly do assembly.   That's not an issue. The reason why Apple chose a low-volume product to produce here is because this isn't about any great desire on Apple's part to produce products in the U.S.   It's about being politically correct (which is fine) and because they...
That's ridiculous.   The Chinese workers are each doing one small assembly task and they were trained to do it.   American workers, as unskilled as we are, could do the same.   The only reason iPhones will never be built in the U.S. is because of cost, although as conditions improve for Chinese workers and as more enter the middle class and demand more - and assuming that there's still going to be more workers than jobs in the U.S. for the foreseeable future - I wonder...
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