I was thinking the same thing. We only know about what is observable to us, but what if there is more out there that we can't observe? Our universe could be like a pond of ripples where big bangs are happening all the time.
It's the parent's fault because society produces ignorant and intolerant fools that abuse anyone that's not part of their norm? We should be teaching our kids to be accepting and tolerant of those that are different. Just because people can be assholes, it doesn't mean you should stop your child from being who they are.
As a parent myself, I'm mortified at the blatant stupidity pervading the school system. My child must have his self-expression and imagination censored because some small minds are foolish enough to think that having zero tolerance on pretending to play guns will somehow reduce gun violence in schools. So my child is expected to not act out any scenario that would involve a gun? "We better watch out! He has a finger and I think it's loaded! Who gave a deadly weapon to a 2 year old?!?" Deadly indeed. The only thing that is dangerous is administrative stupidity.
"they will pay (lobby) our government to keep it that way."
You just answered your own question. The "great" thing about capitalism is that it encourages every company to externalize all costs, whether it be monetary, environmental, or social. AT&T externalized their costs by buying favors in government to give them billions to establish and maintain a oligopoly.
So the plaintiff can't take the NYPD to court because they weren't aware of the covert surveillance until someone told them about it with unauthorized publication? Also, the NYPD can violate any rights they wish, so long as the victim is not aware of it.
No, the NYPD does not have the power to participate in illegal surveillance just because the people being surveyed are unaware of their rights being violated. Police surveillance is, by its nature, covert. How is anyone supposed to fulfill the supposed 3 requirements the judge cited in order to effectively challenge these violations if the violations are being deliberately obscured from their awareness? So if I'm not aware that the police searched my home without a warrant or probable cause, I can't challenge their actions? What about my right to due process?
Whether or not someone was aware of their rights being violated cannot be a factor in challenging rights violations. The government agency must be held accountable for violations of protected rights regardless of victims' awareness. The whole point is to prevent and discourage violations of civil rights. What good is the 4th amendment if the NYPD can ignore it if they're doing it in secret? If the NYPD assassinates someone and no one is aware of it, is it legal? No, if a person murders another and nobody knows about it, our system of law says they still committed murder. A crime is a crime whether the victim is aware of it or not. "Injury in fact" is a bullshit excuse.
They use thermoplastic, so they are already reusable. Just about every recyclable container is thermoplastic. Polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, and PVC are all thermoplastics. Some are better suited to particular purposes, but they all can be melted and reshaped repeatedly.
What is stopping people from shredding those items so the resulting pellets can be melted into more raw material for the printers? This seems to be very ecologically efficient. Use cheap, reusable raw materials, make them into new items, and break them down into raw material again after they no longer serve a use. It seems to me that 3D printing is a way to create an abundance of highly reusable resources. Why would you toss useful raw materials into a landfill when you can just use it to make something else, saving you money in the process? I will be glad to see billions of people using these tools to see what they can create. I welcome the infinitely renewable, ubiquitously abundant, post-scarcity economy and their beneficent overloads.