What is this very much American infatuation and worshipping of Apple. And yes it's still a form of worshipping to even create a project that's only raison d'ętre is to break a product that is the reason for the whole problem in the first place!
Do what the rest of the world does and work with anything except Apple and maybe Apple might lose the market hold they currently have with the US market (they have lost it with the rest of the world thank gawd) and lo & behold get that so needed kick in their proverbial whatsits and actually create a product that is WHAT PEOPLE NEED instead of What people are TOLD they WANT.
Ah but that would be logical and consumer friendly, and no one ever accused the American markets of that ;)
As for point 1: Could we really reduce poverty by giving everyone a minimum monthly income? This concept isn't exactly a new idea, but it's making the rounds -- but will any country (or town?) really try to implement a social welfare program that gives away money to everyone? [emphasis added]
Australia already does this, it has a federally mandated minimum wage that MUST be paid to all employees for any job. The minimum wage is based on CPI and changes accordingly.
Australia already has a huge unemployment welfare system that gives a minimum 'livable' income to anyone who is unemployed and actively either looking for work, training, or cannot for whatever reason (medical, psychological, or hardship) look for work and is ongoing! (Currently for a single person over 25 approx $250 minimum per week + things like rent assistance etc)
The system isn't perfect, there are always people who will try to defraud it but it works and with the social medical system already in place plus free public schooling and highly subsidized tertiary education (ie: IT degree will only cost approx $35K and paid back interest free using 4% of salary when a job is obtained that earns over $40K per annum).
I would state that yes point 1 is totally done by Australia.
Oh and what country had no problems and didn't fall down in a huge economic craphole during the GFC???? hmmmm
Ok firstly this is NOT a request its now a motion in the Senate backed by the MAJORITY of the Senate and the Australian Government (House of Representatives) which is currently controlled by the Liberal/National Coalition Parties MUST comply otherwise it can face dismissal (ie: the whole government is actually sacked and a new election occurs)
As for anyones argument that they wont release the COMPLETE and TRUE copy of the TPP Treaty before any signage due to it being a part of the negotiation treaty not to release the documents.. that doesn't hold any sway under Australian law since if they do that (any Minister, Politician, or Bureaucrat) they are then in contempt of the Senate and also would face criminal charges under Australian law.
The reasons that this motion will pass the Senate and will become a Compelling Order is that the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions have been revealed to be still part of the treaty that the Aust Government is willing to sign and the Senate believes, and rightly so, that "These provisions and others within the agreement pose a real a threat to Australia’s public interest laws that protect our environment and rural industries, and underpin public health".
The rich tapestry of humanities art, literature and scientific achievements from day dot and up to and in some respects after 1710 (Statute of Anne) makes your whole statement absolutely wrong and makes you look like the shrill you are
Then I am extremely grateful that I live in a country where sex education for children is not only taught in schools it is LEGALLY MANDATED for EVERY CHILD to attend whether their personal ideology (or their parents) states otherwise or not.
That sex education includes but is certainly not limited to such things as LGBT sexuality, contraception and how/when to use it, sexual practices, sexually transmitted diseases, historical deviant behaviour and why it changes, anal sex, oral sex, masturbation, etc etc etc etc
Oh and they get taught ethics as well now.. Scary hey!
Like most charismatics they mix up mores and ethics..
But hey, each to their own.. though there main problem is trying to shove their own mores onto others that are unwilling to accept them. That is where they fail with basic ethics.
But arguing with people like "The Real Michael" (as opposed to the imaginary one I guess *shrug*)in regards to ideological fanaticism is like masturbating with a cheese grater. An amusing comcept but ultimately fruitless and extremely painful.
I have absolutely no idea what allegations or otherwise have been made against you by government departments or otherwise.
In fact I have no clue whom you are other than someone who starts branching off into ramblings about something that happened to them that proves in some way or other that "the govt is bad and out to get them". Whether it's true or not, without some basis of understanding with THE REST OF US you're entering tinfoil hat land.
The reasons I stated you are part of the problem is that you are screaming that "it must be stopped" without looking at it holistically and seeing the chilling effects allowing such a practice to occur would eventually lead to.
Educate yourself, look past the political and ideological FUD and understand that the people with the skills to stop (actually mitigate.. I'm too cynical and been doing it too long to think it can ever be fully stopped) this occurring would only be hindered by organisations like GCHQ, NSA, et.al being brought in to 'help'.
Re: Re: Re: Re: Forcing you to accept TOS to use a product should be illegal
not if reading and accepting that TOS was only available After the fact of purchase. a TOS is not a binding contract after the fact.
And it's Not a service if it is an always ON system that cannot be turned off other than by removing the actual connection to the Internet. You purchase a product for specific purpose based on what is advertised, if that product requires extra structures & consideration after the sale then it is not fit for designed purposes and can be construed as false and misleading. Not in the USA no, but nearly everywhere else that has equitable consumer laws this is the law of the land.
Re: Re: Re: Forcing you to accept TOS to use a product should be illegal
That might be the case in the US though the EU, AU, NZ courts see things a LOT different and are bound by consumer laws that actually protect the consumer.
As for this situation LG most likely have committed numerous offenses under Privacy, Telecommunication Interception, and Consumer Statutes (some criminal some otherwise) in the EU and more definitely in my own country of Australia. In fact it's in the process of now being verified here with LG devices and if correct LG Aust are in for a pile of hurt