"I like to believe I wound up relatively normal" Tim, you are writing for Techdirt, how is that normal? Also, I have seen some of the comments on your articles and some people might think you are an actual criminal.
As far as I know most homes have phone lines. This happened because of government incentives. Most if not all of the current lines used by ISP's run through government right of way. Given all this it is disingenuous to talk about ISP's being the result of free market forces.
That would be because they didn't have to. Drug use was legal in Victorian Times. Unless someone is typing this in for you, you obliviously have a computer with internet access. Look this stuff up and correct you mistaken "impression"
When you make a statement that this your view point you are not making a scientific argument. For example: "Violence, sexual assaults and the like appear to have been on the increase since at least the last century." Ordinarily you would source this and we could discuss the findings. Since you do not I would be arguing with your viewpoint which is a waste of time. "Why this is I have no idea -" Use a search engine of your choice and find out. Once you have a factually based idea then we could have a worthwhile discussion
They do little to prevent disease is a lie. Plus the speculation is based on a genetic analysis of how the disease can mutate. Fewer of the at risk population dies because of the flu when they are vaccinated.
No they aren't best guess. We actually know the pathogens and how they work. Spend less time at sea and more reading current medical literature. As for effectiveness. There are these things called boosters that you can get to increase a vaccines longevity. Of course they weren't particularly needed when everyone's children were being vaccinated
People are not immune to a vaccine. Also vaccines are effective against the disease they are used against. Smallpox only exists in labs because of vaccinations. You are placing other people at risk because of your refusal to actually face facts.
Brain waves are a form of electro magnetic energy. In order for someone to read your thoughts they would have to be broadcast outside of your skull. Outside of your skull is public. Therefore you are placing your thoughts into a public area and can have no expectation of privacy.
hit send too soon.
I pay people to do jobs:
I don't want to do
I don't have time to do
I do seldom enough that I do not have the required tools to do it.
I don't evaluate whether or not the job is pleasant.