Some 60K soldiers were killed, 500K wounded in the Vietnam theater during that "little war." 5M were present. So there was a 1.2% of dying, a 10% chance of being wounded. Many of these soldiers were draftees, or enlisted to avoid the draft. LBJ ended grad school deferments destroying life ambitions. Marriages were destroyed by long separations. For pay that was ridiculous.
Today's cops have talked themselves into a belief that there is a war against them when the death rate of cops is about 100 per year -- less than 1/5 that of taxicab drivers.
They are a bunch of self serving wusses who bully the defenseless, empire building and power seeking wretches.
Like most fields there are multiple levels of understanding. As an example consider the proposition that 1+1=2. Probably learned by most children before they start kinder-garden. Yet its formal proof is usually not encountered until graduate levels in mathmatics. A fairly short proof (about 50 steps) of this can be found at:
I don't know the details of Google and YouTube, but a number of well known artists artists of movie and music genres have said they have never gotten a dime from royalties. That creative accounting practices have eaten up every bit of profit made. A couple of people I knew in the business backed up the likely veracity of their claims.
No concept of technology, what it is, what it means, how it is powering the little left of US productivity. Now that manufacturing has pretty much been destroyed, without the ability to export tech, we will be left as a producer of agricultural goods.
The worst part emotionally for me, is that these idiots are proud of what they are doing.
How could Winkler not have known? These "accounting" practices have been standard in the entertainment industry for decades. He may not have known the exact amount, but he had to know what was being done.
This is one of the reasons that I don't watch movies. They seem to be the product of very organized crime.
Because it gives all appearance of being a standard practice, a RICO investigation would most seem to be most appropriate action for the DOJ to take. Not just against the movie industry, but the music groups as well. Not likely though.
I can not say that I find the use of such terminology offensive. But when it, and its ilk, is used as verb, noun, adverb, adjective, punctuation, and every other role of words in the language, I do find it rather boring.
HIPPA was never meant to provide privacy for patient data, but rather the illusion of privacy. It creates a significant hassle for those who have a reasonable right and need to access patient information, while leaving the door wide open for just about any LEO to gain full access. Sometimes directly, sometimes indirectly.
What is worse, is that in almost all cases, physicians and patients never know about it.
The highest price for a Taxi Medallion in NYC was ~ $1M. The most recent sale was $750K. It is damn near impossible to imagine that the "right" to ferry people around is worth that much.
Uber is realistic competition to the politically powerful taxi companies. And the media will be paid in dollars, or favors for thei support. Perhaps it is just fear of retribution that causes these "poor, poor" taxi cab company stories.
But what kind of margin does a cab make that a medallion goes for such incredible sums of money?
There are massive class differences and inequality that are evil. That are intensely destructive of not just the poor, but society as a whole. But this is not a significant issue.
So people who spend their day behind a desk can wear a watch that reminds them to exercise. Meanwhile the poor are either out excercising on a basketball court, or running for their lives from cops who would like nothing more than to shoot them in the back, or beat the gut contents out of them.
There is more meaningful technology available today than ever before. The net is the largest library ever available to humankind. The greatest treasure is knowledge, not another phone with a capability that few will ever use.
Further, technology, like shit, rolls downhill. Early models are expensive, but prices drop not just rapidly, but radically. And after all, how many people are truly happier with an 8 core computer rather than a 4 core? How many even know the difference, except that the number 8 was on the box?
A decent education, a proper diet, medical care, fair treatment in the courts (and on the streets), opportunity, and other issues are of real significance -- not the latest piece of techno-bling.