Leave it alone because planets are inherently dangerous places to live. The eventual home of all intelligent species is an artificial habitat in empty space. There are still a few hazards, even then, but far fewer than on a planet's surface.
My own thought is that when a species reaches a certain level of technology, they migrate to space habitats while restoring the surface of the planet they are leaving - kind of turning the planet into a natural preserve. Perhaps they think that doing so also allows the planet a chance to produce another intelligent species.
Think about it - humans haven't been around that long, and maybe a previous species already developed and then left Earth long ago, removing all signs they were here when they did so. Maybe in another hundred or so years, we'll be in O'Neil stations while robots remove all signs of human habitation from the surface, leaving the Earth free for the next species.
I'm more worried that if TPP goes through, the US will claim to need to remove Fair Use to match other countries. After all, other countries would be able to make ISDS claims against the US over "IP" used without license in the US under Fair Use depriving them of income.
I'd expect them to pay the sum in cash, then alert the local police that a known "security threat" is carrying a large sum of cash for "unknown purposes". One asset forfeiture later and things are back to square one.
It's appropriate in many cases for reporters to take a side. Throwing out some info and claiming to not be taking sides is one of the modern evils of mainstream media reporting. When the government persecutes whistle blowers, when the MPAA/RIAA flat out bribes AGs to illegally persecute a company, when the government tries to lock up the law for only lawyers, these things DEMAND that good people take a side and stand up for what is right. The COURTS should be blind, not the media.
I think the real misunderstandings were of culture - not technology. For example, for the old school judges it was difficult to comprehend how it's possible for a very loosely coupled and leaderless group to achieve concrete results via the internet. They tended to instead use a traditional hierarchically run business as their frame of reference.
In other words, they didn't understand the technology.
Because an officer will think that's suspicious behavior, that you're protesting too much, and suggest kicking in the door later to see what you're REALLY growing.
These days, the people in charge want to know every aspect of your life for every second of the day. If you complain, you're obviously a criminal because "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear."
So, no growing anything where they can't see if you don't want kicked-in doors.
A single bird rarely ever takes out an engine. It nearly always takes a whole flock to make an engine die. And plastic and aluminum is about the same to a jet engine as flesh and bone - next to nothing.
Don't forget that Chris Dodd warned Obama directly that when they bought a politician, they expected them to stay bought. I was rather surprised at the time that they weren't called on that behavior, so I don't expect this to develop much either.
Indoor gardening is almost impossible now. Back when I was a kid, it was possible, but then we started the War On Drugs. Many drugs are plants grown indoors, so this became the War On Indoor Gardening. Anything you need to grow plants indoors is now illegal or highly regulated as they assume that Grow Lamp bulbs (for example) are being used to grow marijuana. Best keep your gardens OUTDOORS to avoid nosey LEO breaking down the door some day.
It does? Last time I was at a computer show in Toronto, I never saw a hint of the slightest public transport. We used cabs to get around, and boy was it expensive! Fortunately, we could write that off as a business expense.